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   Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - December 22, 1942, Adrian, Michigan                                ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM Rain Weather Details on Pale Two DECEMBER 1942 PRICE 3 51LESOF BIZERTE Americans Took Part Rom mel Reported Only 100 Miles From Tripoli BRITISH DRIVE TO REOPEN BURMA ROAD HAD TO SWIM FOR IT By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS commando raid on in which Ameri cans were reported to have parti stabbed to within five miles of Bizerte in a hitandrun loray last Reuters said The report of American partici which Reuters did not men tion and which was not was made by the London Tele Reuters dalelined with Kenneth Ander sons army in said the landing was made in heavy seas and that the commandos just had returned to their This daring foray into the core of the Nazis last stronghold in North Africa was disclosed as Rommels army was reported only 100 miles from Tripoli and apparently plan ning to continue westward all the way to Tunisia to join German forces battling the Allies Most of the raiders had to swim for their commander but losses were light because the land ing was The incursion lasted several he and the raiders had to re gain the beach through about 15 miles of enemyheld territory in which the Germans held strong machinegun as we found out when we bumped into We came under fire from but we also succeeded in killing a number of he The showed no inclination to come even when they had shot us One group was said to have pene trated within five miles of Bizerte because of its was withdrawn to the hills to rest and prepare for a raid the next When day the commandos found that they were on high ground but still lacked the safety of a hilly Ordered to Flee The commander ordered the unit to break into small parties and CHINA INDIA CALCUTTA iiliilil Oj IVVN o A i A iku i STATUTE MILES iilJiiiliHiniJlliBilIiiil In the first phase of an offensive to reopen the Burma the British arrow have driven into Burma toward which is only 300 air flee to the sent The a strong force after them and they were com pelled to return to weary and dirty but with relatively light loss es compared with those inflicted on the The Morocco radio reported that Rommel already had reached Misu 100 miles east of but the Cairo communique gave no new geographical location of the It said yesterday that the eighth army had reached 255 miles east of on Sun See MEDITERRANEAN Page 9 miles from in Japanese hands would be a potential threat as a base for a Japanese attack on PLOT 10 Indiana Plant Charged With Sending Defective Wire To Forces Abroad IS KILLED IN North African Plans Made Rock ay THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Allied headquarters today disclosed that allied commander in had commanded Gibraltar dur ing the first days of the North African becoming the first foreigner ever to control that fortress two He and staff worked there in the worlds safest air raid under feet of rock in offices carved from American and British advance groups worked secretly at Gibral tar for weeks before the North African operations Security reasons restricted the Gibraltar announcement until yes Censorship further de layed publication of the dispatch even after it was Never in my wildest dreams in my West Point days did I ever think that American general ever command the British fortress of Eisenhower declared one day at a press con ference at his office in the of was actual ly under his command only be cause he was allied commander Inchief and Mason MacFar who actually is in was responsible to his the zero British advance Weeks before American and groups were working secretly at Gibraltar and keeping out of the way of a daily influx of Spanish They installed signal apparatus and put 40 of fices in the heart of the rock in shape for allied To reach one had to pass navy guards and then guards at the mouth of the which was about three quarters of a mile Final British guards more than a quarter of a mile inside the tunnel inspected passes lowing one to enter the North African admirals and privates all had to walk through the dripping tunnel to headquarters where concrete case ments kept out the The privates used to be treated to the unusual sight of their com manderinchief clad in a field jacket and sprinting entire length of the tunnel with his stall trailing behind him likethe tail of a It was aboutthe only chance Ike had for Delivery Truck By New York Central Train Robert 17 year old Ad rian high school died at oclock last night in Bixby hospital from injuries suffered at oclock yesterday afternoon when the delivery truck he waf driving was struck by a westbound New York Central passenger train at the South McKenzie Street It was the first traffic fatality of the year in Adrian and the 19th in the The youth evidently failed to see the making a right hand turn north from Beecher Street onto the steep grade leading to the The owned by the Maple City Floral was struck squarely in the center by the engine of the train and was carried approximately 150 yards west of the crossing before the train could be ThV impact of wrapped the truck around the front of the engine and it was necessary to back the train to the McKenzie Street crossing before the demolished truckcould be re City police were told that only seconds before the Robert lad waved gaily to his Wendell who was in an other truck backing out of a drive way on Beecher Street near the The view at the crossing is not obstructed by buildings or trees but the crossing long has been regarded as one of the most hazardous in the city because of the extremely steep grade leading up to the tracks on both Christman and Shahrers of were the conductor and re of the The chiefs truck of the Adrian fire department was called to stand by while the truck was being re moved from the front of the en gine but no fire The driver was removed from the truck and rushed by ambul ance to the hospital where he died four hours later of internal in He was treated by Robert was the son of Myrtle Feme Glaser of 313 North McKenzie He was active in athletics at the particularly in swimming having been elected captain of this years In addition to his he is survived one Richard who is home for the holi days from the United Brethren College at Robert was born in Toledo but for the last ten years had been a resident of Adrian and the vicinity with the exception of a year spent in The funeral will be Thursday afternoon in the Lenawee County Brotherhood Tabernacle of which he was a The body wil remain at the Braun Funeral Home until the service is DRAFT SENDOFF Singing Christmas the vocal ensemble of the Adrian sen ior high school ivill help to send ofi Lenawee countys current indue tion group tonight Members o the ensemble are to meet at oclock in the Adrian armory on West Maumee Street where they will present their The group is under the direction of Eussel Men who have been ordered to report for induction will report at armory at for roll call and final instructions will meet later at the Wa bash railroad station arid will boait the train ior Detroit at Those who are accepted after the final physical examina lions will Be inducted Army tomorrow and then will be granted the usual furlough Wounded in Action Walter DeLine of Clayton repeivr entered the service ini Motorists Warned Driving Conditions Are Bad 22 state highway department reportec today that roads were icecrusted throughout most of the state due to a thaw and sudden freeze over night and that driving conditions were extremely department main tenance said misty rain fall in most was delaying sanding operations and that trave will be unsafe for some time unless temperatures Its really very bad on mos Downey and would advise against driving unless it is absolutely Traffic was able to move within the city limits at but on Jrewster Predicts Critics Soon Will Be Praying For His Return 22 Asserting that administration lead ers crucified Leon Henderson to appease congressional Sen ator Brewster predict ed today they soon would be praying for his return as price Henderson has submitted his resignation to President Roosevelt nd is expected to by Senator Brown DMich early in he new As Brewsler Andres n RMinn issued a statement assailing what he called discrim ination and bungling in govern mMit handling of gasoline and One set of unfair and stringent rules in AndreseiKsaicLAYte a agricultural and S essential Another set of rules permits unlimited use of gasoline for the jureaucratic and for thousands of governmentowned engaged in nonessential Andresen declared he had receiv ed no reply to a letter which he 22 in of gasoline US16 between Lansing several here and Eas large transpor trucks jackknifed and blocked th First ice casualty reported was Marie Mercier secretary to Karl H McDonel Michigan State Collegi who was taken to Spar row hospital after suffering an arm injury in a A freezing rain starting in Mus kegon at today halted all bus traffic going out of the cit this delayed city bus run and produced a tangled tieup o private automobiles carrying work ers to and from early morning shifts in war Bus Runs Cancelled Greyhound officials said all bu runs to Grand Rapids and Chicagc were cancelled until the roads are safe enough for The bu from Grand Rapids carrying em ployees to the morning shift at fac arrived at or 3 minutes The bus driver sail it would be unsafe to take thi machine back on the return run as the highways were a glare o One car was struck by a train but no one was Busses also were kept at Fre mont and prevented some em ployees from getting to war worl here this City bus lines were delayed by private cars sliding allover th street frequently slopping cross Many cars were unable t go up inclines and some worker were forced to walk long distance to report for Rain started to fall in a tempera ture of 27 degrees and froze on streets and made travel Themer cury fraduaily rose to 35 by and was helping to melt som of the ice on the to ICEPaee FACTORY HEADS ACCUSED By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ney General Biddle announced yes terday a federal grand jury at Fort had indicted the Anaconda Wire and Cable Ma and five of its officers for conspiracy to defraud the Unit ed This is one of the most repre hensible cases of defrauding the government and endangering the lives of American soldiers and sailors ever to come to the atten tion of the Department of Biddle declared in a formal state I can conceive of nothing more or than delib erately supplying our armed forces with defective war material and I am informed that only the alert ness of government inspectors and the promptness with which the war frauds unit and the FBI investi gated complaints in this case have irevented enormous quantities of lefective wire and cable from be ng transported to our troops over The Justice Department charged he defendants secretly installed behind sliding panels under test mechanism that enabled the passing of inferior or defective In addition to the the lustice Department said defendants named in the indictments were Thor general manager of all Anaconda Mills Frank manager of the Marion divi sion of Anaconda Dan Carpen superintendent of the Marion lants Chalmer chief com Japs Pinned Down To 2 Major Sectors In New Guinea War wrote Henderson on quiring the source which he said was used to fly and Henderson to their New Jersey home private airplane on election Andresen declared in his state ment that the unfairness of fuel oil rationing has now become a national Turn to HENDERSON Page 9 German Resistance Stiffens As Russians Drive On To Southwest Toward Rostov E By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SOMEWHERE In New Alliedgeneral which began last Sunday and em ployed tanks in the Buna area for the first within three days has pinned the Japanese down to two major sectors with a combin ed coastal length of approximate ly five Although Japanese just a few weeks ago held a solid 12 mile strip between Cape Endaia dere and Cape General Douglas MacArthurs United States and Australian forces still feel no cause for The enemy has fortifed both sec tors The westernmost runs two miles from the junction of the old and new Buna air strips to the Buna government station the other from a point west of Buna village to Cape In the eastern area the Japanese defenses run about a mile In the which is shaped like a rough the enemy held territory extends approxi mately two miles inland at its deepest These sectors1 are separated by the American force which captur Report Subsidization Plan Has Been Abandoned 22 The administration was reported today to have abandoned the idea of using subsidies generally to hold down the cost of it was understood creases in ceiling prices would be permitted to wipe out inequities that may arise and such as now confront millers whose ceiling price on Hour was pegged to wheat whereas the price is now a Weighing against subsidies was said to be their excessive Agriculture Department officials said the penny a quart milk sub sidy in NewYork City alone was costing between and a They contended if subsidies were extended to the 25 areas under federal milk marketing agree ments the cost would be between and a and if extended to all dairy products more than Department officials are report ed to be of the opinion it would be better to adjust prices rather than place an additional drain on the federal While subsidies appear to be out as a general policy in keeping down the cost of they prob ably will be used on a temporary basis in some Subsidies are available to small packers of meat if they need them to remain in operation and to re lieve the possibility of a squeeze by big packers through narrowing the margin of The whole question of subsidies was said to be one for final de cision by James director of economic The Office of Price Administra tion announced meanwhile that re tail food ceiling prices will lie standardized according to the type of beginning next Page any inspector at and assistant chief com any inspector at Russians Complained Tom chief of the Jus Jce Departments war fraud old newspapermen that Russia had complained that practically 50 er cent the wire manufactured 3y this company and shipped to Russia was Clark announced the Army had ordered that the communications wire thus far delivered by the Marion Anaconda plant be used only on and not be sent to fighting He said the com pany worth of such wire for the The Justice Department thus de scribed the conspiracy to circum vent government requirements and specifications in the manufacture of wire and Without the knowledge of gov ernment the defendants secretly installed a transformer or circuitbreaker on insulationresist ance test It was com monly called a button box by those operating Inferior material Passed By secretly manipulating the button box during tests of wire and company officialsin inspec tors were able to pass inferior or defective material which did not actually meet rigorous government requirements of megohms per feet of field By using this button box the galvanometer reading of the meghoms of resist ance could be raised as high as 10 times the actuaj resistance existing in the wire actually having 220 megohms of by the use of the button would test megohms or Clark said the complaint from Russia contended that tests of the sent there for combat showed that when put under water for three hours instead of megohms the resistance of the wire dropped to less than 50 megohms that the wire was poorly impreg nated that the braid had insuf ficient mechanical The rubber insulation cracked when and the impregnation compound separated from the JAP BASE ON KISKA BOMBED 22 American planes heavily bombec submarine base on Kiska Island in the Aleutians the Navy reported while in the south Pacific army Flying Fort resses executed new raids on the enemy airfield at Munda in the Solomons and damaged at least one cargo ship near Bougainville Navy Communique Number 227 North On December United Slate escorted by fight executed a heavyy coordinat ed attack Japanese shore in stallations on the island of Kiska Hits were scored and heavy ex plosions were observed in the vi cinity of the submarine Cam areas and buildings were bombed and All United States planes South Pacific All dates are east On December 20th Arm Flying Fortresses attacked enemj installations in the Munda area o New Results were not On December 21 Army Flying Fortresse again bombed Japanese shore fa cilities at but no report o the results has been Two Japanese cargo ship were attacked by Flying Fortres ses near Kahili in the Buin area on Bougainville One direc hit and several War At A Glance By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS throw j re serves to stem Red drive reaching within 120 miles of Rostov and threatening entrapment of million Nazis and collapse of Hitlers en tire Caucasian Stalin grad front boils with new fierce ness Reds battle counterattacks on Rzhev NORTH Rom 100 miles from seen attempting junction with Axis forces in On weather slowed Tunisian front French re port Axis counterattacks beaten back near where French drive to through to EUROPEAN fires Munich loss of 12 planes indicates raiding force make scattered raids on English NEW infantry follows tank wedge into Japs Buna area mowing down dwindling holdouts getting toehold on penetration reaches 50 miles asRAF hits Jap base at 45 miles bomb second time intwodays damagereported One of ist seen near hits wen the cargo vessel settling by th 22 continuing their advance into have occupied Aleth 11 miles south of Maung advices from allied headquart ers in India declared The advance was the dis patches without opposition from the who thus fa have offered no resistance to thi British column pushing down th Burmese coast along the Bay o Occupation of Alethang placed the British within 45 mile of the seaport of Akyab and gav them control of a small A joint BritishAmerican com munique issued in New Delhi sak that Japanese had attacke Calcutta again early this mbrnin second raid on that city i less than 36 declare that preliminary reports showe casualties and damage were Lenawee Sergeants May Get Press Reports Say Because of outstanding work i New Guinea on the Buna fron two noncommissioned officer from Lenawee Sergean Elmer Buchanan of Blissfield an Sergeant Richard Pieh of Deer are being recommended fo commissions and ac cording to press Th two sergeants recently led a 15 man patrol in a surprise attack o The missio was successful butthe patrol ha its throug terrific Jap fire which killed on American another Pieh killed six Japs single hande when he wiped out a machine gur grenjgjesy d Buna1 with Giropa point he likely enemy concentration enter of the eastern and anananda the key Jap holding oint to the Report Continued Progress The report con nued The night of De ember the driv ng west from Cape Endaiadere ong the coastal reached point less than a mile and a hall om Buna government station ear the mouth of a with heir line running southeast along he creek to a destroyed Jap thence making a ough V with the eastern old ir strip in the The tank which played uch a vital role in the capture of ape has been split mong the Australians in the oastal sector and the Americans ho captured a new strip and are ow consolidating their positions nd mopping up before attacking le old Japanese casualties have not een estimated but at least 100 ead were in one sector 00 yards As of the strength of lie enemy the Allies in nother small sector counted 15 nemy gun all con lected by trenches or tunnels and o placed that they could provide overing fire for It is considered unlikely that an attack on the old strip will be aunched from the south because heterrain is virtually impassable ue to swamps and dense in this area Allied artil ery fire destroyed two enemy antiaircraft The drive against the Buna gov ernment section encountered a tone wall enemy resistance at the unction of the tracks leading to jiropa point and Buna On heSanananda where Amet can troops have thrown a road block betweenthe Japs and San the Americans joined by the drove closer to the Turn to 9 Germans Rush Up Reserves In Desperate Attempt To Break Red Offensive By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS re marked by increasing stiffened against the Red Army today in the middle Don which the Russians re ported had resulted in the capture of a large town as they smashed on southwestward toward Black Sea The midday communique did not name the town taken but the next large populated place in the path of the Russians was Miiler important railroad junction 120odd miles from The Germans were rushing re serves to the middle Don front in an attempt to halt the swift pace of Valutins leg ions which had stormed to within 20 miles of Millerovq The front southwest of Stalin Tad also was boiling anew in fierce struggle as the German bolstering reserves with large tank brought heavier Russian Kalmyck pressure against the thrust down along the The increasing tempo of German resistance was foreseen here onca the Axis troops found a place that they were allowed to stand and The communique acknowledged stiff defense at what it called the large populated place on the middle Don The Soviet midday communique said that Russian moved more than engineers re German ICE COVERS STREETS AS Highway Workers Spread Sand To Expedite Traffic 4 Pedestrians Injured A sudden rise in temperature early this accompanied jy left streets and sidewalks n Adrian and the vicinity covered with a slippery coating of Walking and driving was done with county and state highway departments began spreading sand and salt early this morning to expedite the movement of Many business men and other residents of the city put ashes on Falls on the icy sidewalks this morning resulted in the fracture of three arms and the dislocation of a shoulder for four Adrian resi All were admitted to Bixby hospital where the injuries were Charles Gillen of 417 Spring Streetbroke left wrist while returning home from work at the Hurd Lock Miss Florence Scholl of 823 Frank Street fell at her home when starting to breaking her left Virgie Johnson of Route 2 fractured her right arm in a fall at her John McLain of 844 Dennis Street dislocated his right shoulder when he fell on the ice near the city hall and is remaining at the Skidding on the icy pavement when the driver attempted to stop for a signal an automobile driven by Otto Goodson of Manitou Beach collided at 7 oclock this morning with another car driven by Dean Long of Palmyra at Church and South Main Goodson was driving east on Church Street when he attempted to stop and theLong car was go ing north on Main The mishap was reported to city Other near accidents were report Some motorists put chains on their tires to gain Until sand had been spread numerous motorists were stranded at the foot of Carpenters hill south of Ad rian on The Short Way Bus Lines reported that schedules were interrupted by the road Temperatures were comparative ly mild this At 9 oclock the official reading was31 degrees and at 11 oclock it was 32 de The minimum temperature last night was 16 Yester days low temperature was five de grees and the maximum was A year ago today Adrian residents were enjoying almost springlike weather as the mercury reached the 57 degree Highway officialsf reported that they expected to have principal roads sufficiently covered with sand to permit normal traffic this mines before the main force struck at the fightingforvthis about 400 Hitlerites were killed and 98 taken the war bulletin It listed more than 100 trucks as well as ammunition and food cap tured by the column striking down the far within the loop of the with on the Black as its ultimate Retreat Disorganized Picturing the disorganization that has attended the withdrawal of Axis armies before the gigantic new Russian the com munique reported that in another sector of that Red army artillery gunners dispersed and partly wiped out an enemy infan try unit which had retreated in The early communique told of the pursuit of an enemy in dis orderly retreat and a gain of 15 miles on the route bringing the Red army to within 20 miles of a junction on the MoscowVoronezh Kamensk Ros tov line and the Stalino The communique specifying that the populated place was a large stirred speculation that the forces might have reached Miil The advance in the middle besides threatening all of the com munications and supply lines of the Germans before has blocked airdromes which based planes used to supply the 22 divi sions General Von Bock has in the DonVolgaStalingrad Some of the fury ofthe German counterattacks southwest of Stal ingrad were attributed here to the Nazis fear of Those in the region of have been some of the sharpest the Germans have been able to mount the Red armys winter Large numbers of tanks and reinforce presumably moved up from Rostov and daily were go ing into Turn to RUSSIANS Page 9 Holiday Spirits Are Bottled Up By State Auditors The holiday spirit for those who prefer their cheer from a bottle may be delayed slightly this Christ mas by the closing last night of the state liquor store in There is no cause for general because the store is scheduled to reopen State auditors arrived here yes terday and ordered the store clos ed until a routine check of the stock on hand can be Liquor commission employees here say that the heavy holiday buying has resulted in shortages in some of the more popular items and that it has been necessary to restrict deal er purchases in some Of cordials and other spirits there is a plentiful how SO THE BOYS WONT KNOW 22 Jackson Citizen Patriot carried this blacktype note at the head of a frontpage story on a strike at the Goodyear Tire Rubber plant here For reasons of the fol lowing news item will not appear the edition of the Citizen Pat goes to more in   

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