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   Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - December 23, 1942, Adrian, Michigan                                ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM Warmer Weather Uetans on race DECEMBER 1942 PRICE 3 22 Persons Are Dead As Huge Rocks Crush Motor Coach Bus THE ESCAPE DEATH l Accident Occurs On Slippery Road Mile East Of By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Twentytwo persons perished last night when two one weighing more than 100 crashed down upon a big yellow Ohio River motor coach bus crowd ed with homegoing war Only three passengers two of them with critical The preChristmas tragedy oc curred a mile east of here at as the bus threaded its way around a treacherous S curve on a slippery Three oth er busses were just ahead of it and two were The boulders toppled down from a 100foot high perch with little although the driver of the bus behind said Dymptro Dan piloting the illfated swerved sharply to the left as if trying to escape the fail deathdealing This swerve saved four persons in the rear of the although one of these died later in a There was no said Joseph the lone passen ger able Jo go home after the acci Just a crash and not so I didnt hear a nor a But I guess I was I was pinned by broken scats on top of me but managed to pull out my Men kept calling to me to climb They were from the bus be 1 got my legs through a window and they pulled me Outside 1 saw that huge rock rest ing where the front of the bus should have 1al Loses Life who is is a graduate of the University of His James also a Pitt who was riding beside him on the rear died after being tak en to a Both were metal lurgists for and Laughlin Steel John of Mon regaining asked Hie undertaker driving him from he wreckage to the hospital where am 11 What hap pened McCarthys left leg had to be Helen of an employee of the Pittsburgh Mercantile a suo suffered severe shock and lacerations and is in the Rochester Miss Martha of a traveling supervisor for the Federal Public Housing the only other woman lost her The smashed in rested against a steel which prevented it rolling down a 35foot embankment upon tracks ot the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie One of the Ben Wat was hurtled to his death on the Safety crews from the and Mill across the railroad volunteers and air raid wardens trying to free the bodies worked for hours in constant dang er of another rock A bouldei about 25 feet in circumference teet ered precariously on the overhang ing cliff beside ihe 40foot wide hole left by the boulders which hit the Work on the wreckage was stopped until daylight when Police Chief Travor Jenkins said every body apparently had been All of the dead were Says He Killed Hunting Host In SelfDefense SANDUSKY 23 trial for murder in the shooting of his hunting host John tes tified in circuit court yesterday that he shot in selfdefense during an argument over Fink a taxi driver and factory worker shot and killed James Holestine early on the mornin of 17 in the farm home of the letters Joseph Hole 15 miles northwest of The defendant said that he anc Holestine had sat up all night In a discussion of Fink said he declared that if unions became too the result would be just like Im damn proud to be a Fink said Holestine Fink said Holestine asked him then how he thought Nazis should be treated in this They ought to have their heads blown Fink said lie At Fink Holestine reached for his loaded shotgun Fink said he seized his own wea pon and PAINTING STOLEN 23 Paris radio reported itoday that Rem brandts famous Man Sharpening a Goose had been stolen fro mthe Amsterdam War At A Glance By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS claim 32 more prisoners in offensive penetrating to 132 miles from Rostov battle fierce counterat tacks on Stalingrad and Rzhev planes and subs blast two Axis eight merchantmen on Mediterranean supply line as British continue harassing retreating Rommel in Tripolitania and allied detach ments feel out Axis lines in rainy Tunisia preparatory to largescale EUROPEAN night fighters blast rail targets in low countries and shipping off Dutch troops slash at Japs entrenched on coast wrhile airmen sink supply ship ofl New raid Timor naval aircraft pound Sumatra in first offensive action against Netherlands Easl Indies island since Jap RAF slashes at Jap Bur mese after small Jap force raids Calcutta Montgomery Praises Troops 23 Mont gomery praised the members of his British Eighth Army today for their exploits in the 2months61d drive from El Alamein and ex pressed the hope that 1943 will be a very happy year for each one of It is wonderful what has been achieved when we started the battle of the general said in a Christmas mes sage to the And he pledged on behalf of him self and his men to keep the enemy on the The text of his message The eighth army turned the en emy out of the famous El Agheila position and is now advancing into It is wonderful what has been achieved since when we started the battle of Before the battle began I sent you a message in which I said Let us pray that the mighty in will give us He has done so and I know you will agree with me when I say that we must not forget to thank Him for His It is now Christmas time we are all thinking about our families and friends in the home I want to send you all my very best wishes and my hope that 1943 will be a very happy year for each one of I have By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALLIED HEADQUARTERS in troops continued to hammer at Japanese forces trapped in the Buna area ol New Guinea and General MacArthurs headqurters reported they were slowly making headway against the enemy fighting des perately in intricate and thor oughly prepared Air units smashed at the en trenched and assaulting Allied ground troops chalked up comparatively small gains yester with American and Australian infantry moving across a creek to come to closer grips with the ene my holding out on the main Buna airfield and at the government sta This action was on the right of a threesector line where the Japan ese still clung to positions on he Papuan On the central military spokesmen the Americans and Australians fought fierce clashes ivilh Japanese patrols to push with n about two miles of the coast in the Sanananda west of Buna On the American troops joined Australians in the job ol clearing the Japanese from the area northwest of which is in allied Another mediumsized Japanese supply ship disguised by three branches and foliage was sunk of New Britain yesterday by Ameri can Flying the Alliec communique The vessel ap parently was bound for the north coast of New Allied air units also attacked en emy installations near Vila De Aviz at while a single Japanese plane early yesterday dropped in cendiary and explosive bombs a Port Moresby in the 96th enemy raid on that allied port on the southern coast of New The communique said little damage was RAF BOMBERS RAID AKYAB NEW 23 bombers and fighter planes roare back to the attack of Japa neseheld port in Burma on the Ba of Bengal yesterday and last night A war communique said todaj that in an attack on Akyab yes terday a steamship was damagec by bombs and machine gun fire in a low level No details were given of las nights raid on An enemy motor transport col umn in the Myittha river valley was machinegunned and bomb were dropped on Gangaw the com munique Gangaw is in the Myittha valley about 160 miles northeast of Three enemy aircraft came over Calcutta again last night and RAF interceptors engaged Preliminary reports indicate that in ensuing combats two of the raiders were the com munique received a Christmas greeting from It is quite the nicest I ever My only regret is that I cannot an swer it as the writer gave no ad But I shall treasure it all my It was intended for you as well as for me and is as follows Pushes To Within 132 Miles Of Rostov Despite Fierce German Attacks RETAKE STRATEGIC POINTS By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOSCOW mid dle Donoffensive has thrust to within 132 miles of Rostov and despite the counterattacks of rein forced Nazi armies is advancing in the eastern Ukraine along a straightening front some 200 miles west of Stalingrad the Russians reported The midday communique added more than 2300 prisoners to the previously reported captured1 in the past week between the Don and Donets The latest gains brought several dozen towns and villages back un der the Red and eight of these were described in dispatches as of high military val Some had airfields from which the Nazis had been flying troops and supplies to the Stalin grad Others were links in the communications system along the RostovMoscow rail line be tween Millerovo and These largest towns were Kole Verkhne Grekov and Some are east of the RostovMos cow northeast of but others like Mikolske and Ka mensky lie well to the west of I he on the edge of the on the middle Don I front and the central front west Dear to wish you and your and northwest of the lads of the eighth army a very hap1 Russian offensives were lo py Good Good by the grace of vic tory in Keep em on the Best wishes from a York shire lass with a lad in the What better Christmas greet ing can I send on to you than the one from the Yorkshire lass I would like to tell her from us all that we will do our best to keep em on the Good luck to and in the words of Tiny Tim in Dickenss Christmas caro God bless us each one of BUTTER IS LEGAL IN DETROIT 23 hungry consumers in the Detroit area have been purchasing butter direct from farmers at local mar kets during the past few the City Bureau of Markets at prices ranging from 75 cents to a Office of Price Administration regulations provide that a farmer may sell his up to a max imum of S75 a without any restriction as to ceiling when the figure is the until the first of the next may ask no more for his products than he re ceived during the 3 OPA officials pointed out that this regulation applied only to farmers and that no other persons could take advantage of it without facing possible federal prosecution ALLIED HEADQUARTERS In North members of the Womens Army Auxiliary for duty at allied headquarters the first WAACS to reach this North African battle Their arrival created a mild All five looked trim and soldierly in their freshlypress ed skirts and All are second and will be assigned to clerical They reached here after spending nearly a fortnight in where they said they had a highly enjoyable Several said hey were seasick during a threeday storm enroute but all arrived feeling But they had a sad blow when they learned of the slocking short age give anything for a pair of one Ill take wool or tree bark stockings if I can get Military restrictions forbid im mediate publication of their but here are the individual reac tions of the first WAACs to reach Africa no butter asked a friendly brunette from Slill its a beautiful Where is the nearest place 1 can get hairpins I havent an extra one Said a little blonde from Missis sippi with a drawl like a south wind what I want most in Africa is a Very glad to get remarked a darkeyed brunette from Minne I was awful tired of wear ing life This country is more beautiful than I broke in a blue eyed blonde from I was looking for a I Where is the and in what east or west said an attractive lieut enant from Rhode Island who wore a braid of blonde hair under her military I very glad to get here or anywhere It amazes me to see the countryside so well I am also im of all the fact that we have hot Are you sure the stores dont have any stockings here WOMAN HUNTINGTON 23 Margaret Wal sought more than a month on charges of assaulting another woman with a rock and throwing her over a was arrested to She refused to answer said Thomas Bryan of the Los Angeles and called for an Wallace is charged with as sault with intent to commit mur der on Inez along the seashore near Maclam was found at the base of the cliff next but her automobile and her chil six Clark 13 and Kay four have won back more than 900 miles of vital rail lines from the Ger Nearly 450 miles of this total was said to he in the Don middle Don and Stalingrad Take Nazi Warehouses There despite heavy snow and hampering the Russians re ported advancing at such speed that they captured Nazi winter One advanced group messaged back we are distribut ing Dutch chocolate and Rhine wines to our The Germans managed to throw reserves into the fighting in an at tempt to halt the Soviet advance in the area belwen Voronezh and but the troops of Vatutin beat down their resistance and stormed to new suc the Russians The Germans were said to be counterattacking again in Rzhev area without success the and the Russians said they continued mopping up operations near Velikie The Soviet information bureau made a pointed denial of a Ger man claim that some Russian troops were encircled between Kalinin and Lake northwest The German communique yes terday admitted that the Nazis were on the defensive against the Prussian spearhead that had Rostov as one of its Organized attempts of separate enemy groups to hold back the of fensive of the Red army have been unsuccessful and have only in creased the already great losses of the the Soviet regular early communique Turn to RUSSIANS Page 6 Mud Impedes Operations In Tunisia ALLIED HEADQUARTERS In North 23 mud which handicaps both air and ground forces in the battle for Tunisia is likely to prevail much of the time for another six persons familiar with the country said Even the surfaced runways ot airdromes are rendered difficult by coatings of moist tanks and trucks wallow at a snails pace much of the time on the The frequent rainfalls already encountered certainly have notex ceeded normal for the season in the French protectorate and may continue to near the end of Jan Even if the rains cease earlier than military observers the allies can expect the toughest going imaginable on all the important northern Much of the terrain there is a succession of low hills which curb visibility and make attacks dang erous and perhaps The major attention remained centered around from which allied patrolsMonday penetreated 15 miles northeast ward toward Tunis before making contact with the In that direction the relatively flat country is easy to traverse in dry Military sources said the oppos ing lines were relatively continu ous from the Mediterranean sea coast west of Bizerte southward to west of Mateur and on down to the rough mountain country north of but farther to the south only outposts mark the territory nominally claimed by the opposing From the air the RAF and the Army Air Force are still hampered primarily by the lack of a sufficient number of ad vanced airdromes with allweather runways from which to carry the continuous shortrange air war directly into the main battle Despite this allied war planes recently seized the upper A spokesman asserted that they were now able to carry on a more widespread offensive against German ground forces than the Nazi air The Axis flow of reinforcements from Italy has been lighter re cently than in earlier but sources here warned against con struing that as a sign of any veakening in the German deter mination to fight a long holding acliojMnan effortot prevent the allies from converting Tunisia into a base for shortrange operations against Italy during the coming Allied Ships Sink Or Damage 10 Axis Vessels In Mediterranean JAP BASES IN DUTCH INDIES ARE BOMBED BY BRITISH PLANES By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS borne British naval aircraft caught the Japanese apparently by sur prise in a heavy bombing attack on the westernmost tip oE the Netherlands Indies where the Jap anese have developed Bay of Ben gal bases within 800 miles of Cey the admiralty announced to This first reported British raid on the invaders in the Indies fitted into the pattern of increased aerial operations across the IndianBur mese border and the land thrust to ward pointing toward an expected British comeback cam paign in southeast Boards Office To Be Closed Saturday While Moving Rex county wel fare was appointed chair man of the Lenawee county war price and rationing board at a meeting last night in the court The appointment takes ef fect Forrister succeeds Harry county who was chairman of the board since it was organized last Its a job that no one Forrester said this But by accepting perhaps I can do my part in the war Forrester said that no changes would be made in the operation of the The next meeting will be held at the regular Tuesday Forrest er will continue his work as wel fare and will keep his of fice at the court Bradley resigned as chair man last stating that he felt it inadvisable to try to attend to the duties of chairman as well as those of the county trea surers Forrisler officially was ap pointed by Arthur state OPA Guy board secretary who also resigned last is remaining in the office until next Esther his has been appointed by the board to take over the secretarys The rationing board office will not be open to the public Saturday when the board will move its records and equipment from the court house to new quarters in the National Bank building on East Maumee A truck from Detroit is to bring additional of fice equipment to be installed and also will be used to transfer equip ment from the court 23 Civilian rationing of food fats and including margerine and at 15 per cent below the demand uas foreseen to day by the Bureau of Agricultural Economics as ihe result of in creasing needs for the military and lend Under the bureau esti mated the supply of fats and oils at 48 pounds per person next year against an average per capita con sumption of 51 pounds in the 1940 42 period and an anticipated de from additional buying pounds in On that the bureau about pounds of butter and margerine per person will be avail able to meet an expected demand of The demand for shortening and lard was fixed at pounds and the supply at 23 Supplies of fats in other food such as cake were calculated at pounds per person against a demand of Coffee and sugar already are rationed and meats and cheese soon will Secretary of Agri culture Wickard previously had said butter would be added as soon as the necessary plans could be The bureau estimated the supply of fats and oils in 1943 would be about SOO pounds under the expected demands from the military lend lease and The shortage was attributed to the curtailment of imports from the western Pac ific and to the exceptional de 23 Goodyear Tire Rubber Com panys plant here was back in pro duction today with erstwhile strik ers again on the job after acknowl edging Ihe War Labor Boards re fusal to intervene in cases of walk Members of the United Poibbers Workers with the WLBs stand by William president of local called off their strike yesterday afternoon and returned to work on the 5 The begun over a dispute on elimination of 25 per cent of a Sunday shift in the guri started Monday and had spread to close the entire plant Goodyears chief war products here include cannon and bulletproof gasoline tanks for fighting Another factor in the dispute was said by union and management of ficials to be the War Labor Boards failure to approve a unionman agemenT agreement of last summer which was submitted to the board on Company and union representa tives snid that virtually all differ including the Sunday work had been The managements announce ment of the settlement gave no de Double time is paid for Sunday When the Sunday shift was the union local decided to Baker said that in the light of war demands the workers were wrong to strike but he defended them on grounds of accumulated He said there was un rest among the workers over ina bility to reach agreements with the SET FREE 23 M Basil Jack who fig ured in the mysterious kidnaping of John millionaire Lon don in went free trom the penitentiary here yester Bannon had served eight years of a maximum 15year Labalt was held prisoner two and released in Whether he had paid a ransom was never established REINFORCED A BRITISH Many hundreds of reinforcements for the Canadian army including graduates of the commonwealth air training plan have arrived in Bri In the contingent were members of almost every branch of the personnel for a large Cana dian hospital and a second group of the Canadian Army Womens The admiralty said the attack was carried out Sunday night against military fuel on the is land of just off western Theadmiralty reported that the raid was launched from a naval force operating in the of Observers speculated that the raiders might have been launched from the Bri tish aircraft which was reported operating in the Bay of Bengal two months A communique from New Delhi said landbased British planes at tacked the Japanese held Burma port of Akyab yesterday and last night in continued aerial Bomb Calcutta The Japanese struck back at Cal cutta for the third successive and two of three raiders reported over the city were believed aged by interceptor Calcutta was under alarm for an Bombs fell in a native residential area and hit a market place and movie but cas ualties were believed to be The New Delhi communique said a steamship was damaged in the daylight raid on but gave no details of the followup bombing last The admiralty said large explo sions followed by fire were ob served in the Sabang All the aircraft participating in the mission were said to have re turned The which was carried out on the night of Dec was launched from a naval force oper ating in the Bay of the communique The announcement made no mention of indicating that the Japanese probably had been taken completely by It was the first reported Allied offensive operation against Suma tra sincetheJapanese announced they had completed occupation of the island last March 27 and the first mention of Allied naval op erations in the Bay of Bengal in many 511 FOR EASI 23 Aimed at preventing a recurrence of last weeks gasoline crisis in the a new form of rationing for east coast gasoline and fuel oil sup pliers has been instituted by Petro leum Administrator The new system will backstop the Office of Price Administrations rationing for the consumer by go ing to the source of and is expected to combat black market operations whereby some retailers have used bootleg ration coupons to obtain supplies from the com Ickess program sets up for sup plies in six eastern zones quotas oegged to the amount of petroleum products that can be shipped into each zone with presently available transportation in are expected to assign tas for wholesalers and Since no wholesaler or retailer will have more gasoline to sell once his quota is consumers may find their coupons are worthless at Either the consumers will go without gasoline or be forced to find a dealer who still has the supply for Ihe re tailer or wholesaler was limited theoretically only by the amount oC coupons which they received from consumers and turned into the sup Quotas for the six zones were not announced but Ickess office said the total for the east coast from 1832 would be barrels of gasoline barrels ot kero sene of heating oils and of industrial FRANCE RAIDED 23 planes struck at railway targets and damaged many locomotives in widespread attacks over France and the Low countries last the air ministry said Hampdens and Hudsons of the coastal command attacked an ene my convoy off the Dutch setting fire to two mediumsized supply the communique One of the British planes making this attack was reported IS KILLED IN WITH AMERICAN Forces In 22 Delayed final chapter in the glorious rec ord of Claire Chen naults Flying Tigers has been written with the tragic death of Major Frank Schiel of last AVG pilot in who was killed in a crash returning from an important army recon naissance mission over Japanese His bravery caused his said Robert fighter group commander with the China air task Schiei AVG ace and among the small group which remained with Chennault to train and lead army fliers against the Japanese when the Flying Tigers were disbanded last had an opportunity to return to the but preferred to stay on combat duty in China Flying through bad hi plane crashed on a mountain and burned while he was hurryinj back on a dangerous missioi into uncharted enemy His body was recovered and buried with military honors at an Amer lean air base With a record of six Japanese planes destroyed while with the Schiel carried out m than 200 flight missions as an air task force officer and squadron Recognized as one of the finest pilots and he was dec orated with the army Silver Star for evading enemy fighters and getting photographs of Hanoi which enabled bombers to stage one of the most effective raids in the China thea One his greatest exploits wa a reconnaissance flight one mostly over al in which he photographed Japanese and flew 250 miles over water to avoid tipping off the He also got pic tures of He once made a landing within 15 miles of Japanese Schiel was recently awarded he Distinguished Flying Cross for gallantry in LIQUOR ORDER 23 orders went out today to all state liquor stores to cease the sale of intoxicants at 6 ml Christmas AtrcxroNs northwest of Meta Albert See adv Market northwest of Town Linehan See on Market SUPPLY ROUTES TO Vanguards Of British 8th Army Only 180 Miles From Tripoli By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Axis warships and eight merchant ves sels were reported today as or damaged along the Mediterran ean supply routes to the remain ing GermanItalian strongholds in North Allied planes andBritish sub marines and light surface ships co operated to slash at the arteries of reinforcement for Rommel and Walther Nehring while Brit French and American ground troops made ready for final tight ening of the LibyanTunisian Vanguards of the British Eighth Army were reported unofficially to be nearing Buerat El on ly 180 miles from in pur suit of the remnants Marshal Rommels African The Cairo communique did not indicate geographical but said British patrols continued to harass the withdrawing enemy troops arid commented that the work of mine clearance and road repair is continuing In Allied detachments felt out Axis deployments prepar atory to the renewal of largescale battles for the possession of Bi Tunis and other bastions in Axis Communiques from the London Admiralty and British Middle East headquarters in Cairo listed these Axis surface craft as victims of war of attrition in the terranean One Axis supplyship one believed sunk and two more sup ply ships and an escorting destroy er torpedoed by Whether the last three vessels were fatally damaged was not as One small enemy supply vessel sunk in the Gulf of Gabes off the Tunisian coast by light naval Ship SetAfire One enemy merchant vessel set afire and a small escort ship hit directly off Sicily and two hits scored enemy vessels in the main basin at Tunis by Allied planes Monday The Cairo communique said no trace of the smaller escort vessel could be found after the attack off The Admiralty said two of the supply ships torpedoed were south bound in the TunisBizerte A single submarine accounted for it saying one went down and it was considered proba ble the second ship also See MEDITERRANEAN Page 2 Standardization Of Prices By OPA Would Lessen Book keeping Chores Plans announced yesterday by the Office of Price Administration to standardize food price ceilings thereby simplifying price regula tions has the wholehearted en dorsement of Adrian food mer The dealersh amens are espe cially fervent over the proposed slash in the amount of bookkeep ing to be required of each mer Almost to a the deal ers interviewed today declared that the pressing problem of cotaining suficient help makes it at times im possible to take time to fill out the numerous forms required by the The new plan which is scheduled to go into effect next month would group grocery stores in each com munity into three chain stores and super Each group would be al lotted the same ceiling At the present time each store is operating under its own price ceiling based usually on the prices charged by the store in The new system may result in num erous price changes but on the whole is expected to have little ef fect on grocery Most of the dealers believe that the plan will be beneficial to con sumers as well as to merchants since it would enable dealers to Im prove their service to the public by allowing more time for duties other than John district manager for the Kroger stores in this area who was in the city said that while his companys prices were determined in the warehouses the indications were the new OPA plan simplify work and gen erally remove As the price ceiling structure is he some merchants probably are selling some items at or possibly below If food stores are grouped into clas and if merchants are permitted to make some profit on all items on a percentage the plan Turn to GROCERS Page 6   

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