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   Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - December 26, 1942, Adrian, Michigan                                ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM Snow Weather on Six DECEMBER 1942 PRICE 3 DARLANS ASSASSIN Reports Allied Forces 12 Miles From Tunis By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS forces were reported by the Algiers radio today to have speared forward to within 12 miles of one of the Axiss two main citadels in Only advanced elements were mentioned by the which had no immediate official corrobo and there were no details of where the Allies had The suggest ed that a key to the ap proaches to both Tunis and may have been The Allies were pressed back from Tebourba three weeks This another indication that the battle for North Africa was coming to final coincided with the British headquarters an nouncement in Cairo that the eighth army has occupied on the Mediterranean coast about 210 airline miles east of in the westward chase of Rommel across Sirte fell lo the British yester marking a ISOmile advance in pursuit of the retreating Africa corps since Montgomery launched his offensive at El on the Tunisian front of the North Africa an Allied force held its position on a height six miles northeast of strategic about 30 miles southwest beating off a series enemy counter attacks over muddy No Air Operations The British communique an nouncing the fall of Sirte said there were no important air op 26 XP American airmen in the Solomons ushered in the Yuletide by downing 24 Japanese planes at knocking out aircraft batteries there and pounding barges at tempting to land reinforcements and Two raids carried out on the day before navy said in a communique by pianos operating from Guadal 170 miles from the new Jap anese airbase at Munda on New Georgia Fourteen enemy planes were shot down and 10 destroyed on the ground in the first without damage to our own Weak antiaircraft fire met the Ameri cans but was quickly silenced by the navy On a return the Americans bombed the barges and the the latter from low altitude in the absence of any enemy The navy acknowledged that four of the barges succeeded in Destruction of the 24 planes brought Japanese losses at Munda to 30 or more planes in a series of raids OVCT 14 against the loss of two American known AMERICA GOES BACK TO WORK THE ASSOCIATED PHESS Their first real holiday of 1942 Americans returned to work today after observing a Christmas in traditional with the day of peace and worship outlined against the grimness of distant war fronts where there was no lull in President and with their four sons away at attended senices at a nearby church with a few members of the family and a small group of an Army band and a group of carolers entertained them on the White House Across the ar produc tion workers took a holiday to her old the sesson of peace on and then went back to nirninc out arms and munitions to speed the dny of victory and At most battle points around tile wartorn the struggle went but in the British Ameri can fighting men observed Christ mas at public gatherings with English and Irish children and around the family tables in private They had a greeting from King George VI who said of the Yanks we welcome them into our The king expressed the hope that their visit would be the basis of enduring understanding between our two CLASH WITH JAPS NEW ish and Colonial troops have clash ed with Japanese in the Chin Hills about 110 miles northeast of Bay of Bengal port in A British communique dis closed The battle wss described as a lo cal engagement two days ago in which the Japanese attempted to dislodge patrols from positions the British forces had previously cap The defenders laid down a cross fire on the first attempt and thon repelled flanking attacks with loss es to the enemy on both the erations over the battle but that two heavilyladen barges sailing southwards off the coast of Tunisia and a railway near Sousse were successfully attacked by One Allied plane failed to return from these Winter rains slowed the fighting in the Tunisian but Allied French units in the Kairouan and PontDuFahs sectors of central Tunisia saw some action in light clashes with the Grounded enemy planes were de stroyed in an allied air raid on an airdrome at following bomb ings of Naples and Taranto Bad weather curtailed flights in the MedjezElBab region but allied air patrols strafed ground and were credited in a French com munique with successful support of the units that drove off Axis ground attacks in an area west of 63 miles south of The French in this sector are within 40 miles of Sousse eastern Tunisian port toward which they are Fighting in the PontDuFahs sector about 25 miles from was limited to The heights position held by American and British soldiers not only looks down on highways which lead about 30 miles north east to Tunis and 50 miles north to but also brings the al lied forces a notch nearer on the road back to 13 miles northeast of MedjezElBab and flanks the German position before the The allies lost Tebourba three Holiday Accident Death List is 178 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Violent death come to 178 per sons throughout the nation during the Christmas with traf fic accidents accounting for 99 fa reports recorded today PRESIDENT DELIVERS CHRISTMAS GREETINGS President Roosevelt speaking the south portico of White House in delivers his Christmas greetings to the ing beside him is Charles engin eer commissioner the District of In background is the Washington Russians Hard On Heels Of Retreating Nazi Legions of retreating Nazi struck a smashing col umns pressed their manyheaded drive in the middle Don area re lentlessly ahead today at the heels legions and blow within Stalingrad itself where one of the largest factories was occupied after 500 Germans were the So viet midday communiqque Two preceding commu n i q u e one a special war bulletin and the other a regular statement of the Soviet war told of advanc es near southwest of and in the Caucasus near and detailed a engthy summation of German war equipment which had been destroy ed or had fallen into Russian Red army troops in the middle IJW UUP High as the total it appeariDon area nave captured 4D setlle ed that the nation had enjoyed one ments alld railway as well of its safest Christmas holidays in By dawn of December 26 ast 431 deaths had been lisl Of that number 334 lives were ost in automobiles and other ve The fact that there were fewer cars on the highways because of Jre shortages and gasoline ration ng was believed partly responsible for the smaller number of traffic fatalities during this yuletide pe riod compared with last An Associated Press compilation showed that California had the greatest number of accidental deaths for this years Christmas with Illinois was sec ond with 19 and New York and Ohirf each had Dead In State least seven Michigan resi their lives because of Russians southeast of in the Caucasus brought victory after a flank The war bulletin said the Ger mans had transformed the town into powerful defense The battle continued through out the the communique Turn to RUSSIANS Page At dents lost accidents over the oneday Christ mas a figure in accord with a sharplyreduced yuletide death tol over the Five persons in Michigan were killed in traffic a man succumbed to injuries suffered when a natural gas line and a 16yearold Detroit girl was accidentally killed bv a pistol bul The record f and Perry of weie killed instantly Fri day night when the car driven by the elder brother plunged off high way M60 four miles southwest of here and Slate police said the car must have been go s SO miles an Ray of died in a Christ mas eve auto collision near was struck and injured fatally by a street car Thursday automobile col lision near Jackson Friday morning was fatal to Frank of Wil ma Lamb died on Christmas eve from a pistol Assistant Prose cutor Albert Carson said the shot was discharged accidentally during a scuffle between the girl and her Diane Carson said Zeller had threatened to commit suicide when the girl inter No charges were placed and no witnesses were he gas pipeline ex ploded near Marion Thursday and killed Archie of Ed repairing a break in the AUCTIONS northwest of Meta Albert See on Market northwest of Adrian Town Lmehan See on Market Public south of Auct See on Market collection basis but 26 Doughton chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means said today he fa vored putting federal income tax on a payasyougo expressed opposition to the Ruml plan which would wipe out a years taxes to achieve that A payasyougo proposal seems certain to come up when the ways and means committee begins con sideration of a new tax bill shortly after Congress convenes next In view of the unprecedented burden on the federal Treasury in Doughton said of the Ruml I cannot see how we can erase several billions of dollars the taxpayers owe the government on their individual incomes for any one The nations financial integrity must be I think that in protecting the credit of my gov ernment I am protecting my and all of the Under the plan advanced by Beardsley chairman of the Federal Preserve Bank of New income taxes on the previous years earnings would be wiped out and payments would be made on the current years taxes through weekly or monthly deductions from an individuals Special provisions would be made for busi ness men and others whose incomes were not in the form of regular salary The Ruml plan was proposed as a part of the lax bill written last but was dis carded because of Treasury De partment objections to forgiving 1942 Clark chairman of a finance subcommittee which rec ommended the Ruml said recently enactment of plan to shift tax payments to a current year basis seemed Doughton said the greatest obsta cle changing to a current pay ment basis was finding out how the without undue could start paying taxes for the current year and at the same time pay the tax for the previous which now becomes due on March He sSid many persons who do not set aside a sufficient portion of their previous years income to pay the tax in March were in the habit ofdeducting from their current in comes to meet the preceding years In he there would be difficulty in determining what each person would pay weekly or monthly under the current pay ment Business and profes sional men and farmers he could not estimate with any certainty the amount of their income for the year Weekly or monthly payments would be based on those first drive could be headed lowardjlage of the several occupied by the Kharkov and the second possibly might advance toward The war bulletin told of the oc cupation of another village in the MillerovoKantemirovka se c 11 o n during last nights fighting with about a battalion of 800 Axis troops wiped our in the 5GO Prisoners Talten I In another a doJT tachmcnt penetrated behind re treating German columns and took 560 it They captured 14 machine guns and carts with military The Russian drive in this area had flanked Millerovo and pene trated into the western border area of the on the 23lh anni versary of the establishment of the Ukraine a a in the There has been handtohand fighting in Stalingrad for dugouts and machine gun In last nights clashes the com munique reported that 19 block houses and 57 dugouts were de stroyed by Russian troops and that men in unit encircled German as dozens of populated and the offensive was pushed into the Ukraine at two different it was The first drive was southwest of the railway station on thex RostovMoscow line which was recaptured The lat est dispatches put the advance guards in that area at the Ukranian village of The second was southwest of Millerovo where the Russians ap peared to be moving on the Miller ovoVoroshilovgrad The killed about 500 of the ene and occupied one of the larg est capturing a store of grenades and More enemy resistance was not ed southwest of Stalingrad where for two weeks the Russians have been attempting to storm into Ko in one Germans were kdled and 30 tanks were and in another avillage was taken after a battal ion of infantry and 10 tanks was the communique A nightlong battle for one vil Truck Arrives With Load of New Office Equipment The Lenawee county rationing board stole a march on the public Thursday afternoon when it moved its entire equipment from the court house to its new office in the National Bank The board had announced that it would move Saturday but a truck bringing new office furniture from the Detroit office of the OPA ar rived at 3 oclock Thursday after The truck was expected Sat urday but rationing board employees threw their files and records together and were ready to move in half an Some the members the board spent until 9 oclock Christmas Eve directing the placement of the records and files in the new Today the board is settling itself in the new Guy secretary of the said that the workers hoped to get most of their work done irr order to be ready to serve the public con veniently at the opening hour Mon day in addition to the equipment which the board had in its court house the shipment from Detroit included nine desks and 30 two and four filing Nemire said this morning that the board will use the floor layout which had been used by the National and that window service would be given for the various types of The board is confident that the ar rangement will facilitate service and eliminate much ot the con fusion which resulted from the in adequate floor space of the eourt house Todays Map Spanish recently declared himself in favor of the For a map of his turn to page seven of todys 26 Physicians fighting an outbreak of smallpox among Amish farmers in the Kishacoquillas valley intensi fied a vaccination program today after they reported the pre viously confined to had spread to Seven children have contacted the along with 20 adults previously They includ ed threeyearold Two of them live just beyond the valley in Huntingdon whereas the disease had been confined to Miff lin county All of the new victims wero of preschool age and Miller of principal community in the area which has been quarantined and placed under state said he and two other physicians already had vaccinated women and and hoped to reach more in a few A thousand more tubes of vac cine have been ordered by special mail from while doc tors make the available supply do double duty order to vaccinate as many as possible in the shortest State health officials are giving assistance in the vaccination of the state de of said no reports had been received from other areas visited by a woman from who is suspected of having carried the disease to an Amish weddins party 235 The wo man since has returned The Amish farmers have been hard hit Most of them are and the operator of one Belleville creamery said he was forced to turn back pounds of milk a He said the farm ers were using it to feed Several war plants in the area faced a prospect of being forced to close soon if supplies and employ ees Remain blocked off by the quar WINS DFC 26 all his guns except one cannon Arthur Rice attacked two Japanese Zero fighter planes and shot down For this extraordinary display of the flying officer has been given the Distinguished Flying Captain Rices occurred He volunteered to escort heavy bombers in a raid over Kis ka harbor on a mission over open After he strafed the enemys an tiaircraft CaptainRices guns but with one can the flier attacked two enemy The first he shot down with but four rounds of The second he blasted out of the sky with one EXECUTED Police Powers In French North Africa Are Taken Over By Giraud WASHINGTON 26 Senator Gillette DIowa declared today synthetic rubber production was two to three months behind schedule and blamed apparent complacency for what he described as a desperate Gillette told reporters the agri culture subcommittee of which he is chairman would question Rubber Administrator William Jeffers and War Production Board offi cials next month in an attempt to find out just what the impeding force is and to try to prevent Gillette said Bradley deputy rubber previously had told the committee a months delay in the development of syn thetic rubber production would leave rubber supplies below the danger line by late next He added We are convinced that the ov erall situation is a desperate The thing that disturbs me most is that there is so much apparent complacency and delay in bringing synthetic rubber into Gillette expressed the belief that Jeffers was doing his best and said the committee wanted to give him every chance to bring order out of chaos and he we feel it is time to ask for definite informa Jeffers said Wednesday in Oma ha the rubber shortage might make it necessary to call for the or spare from many automobiles and that some machines be taken off the roads The Gillette would center its attention on what he termed the delay in construct ing plants to manufacture alcohol from grain fur usein synthetic rub A year ago was al located lo pool petroleum processes for the synthetic Gillette Adding that the amount of rubber available after a years time is so small as to bring about con The first thing we want to de termine is the demand for alcohol for all purposes and whether WPB in estimating the have envisioned adequately the needs for synthetic rubber produc tion and projected plants to assure that he Gillette related that Fraser former group chief the WPBs chemical told the committee in April that an esti mated need of gallons of industrial alcohol in 1943 includ ed gallons for This Gillette represented sub stantially the same amount of rub ber as would be obtained from pe With nearly nine months hav ing Gillette it is time to inquire what their esti mates are and what produc tion of alcohol is anticipated from expanded distillery He said Fred manager of Seagrams and a her of Wendell would be among those invited to testify on the problems confronting alco 10 Here is a Brace For Mary BATTLE 26 Little Mary on her hospital bed in got a Christmas letter nineyearold Jimmy Anthony like lost his legs under a You just keep smiling like I writes and every thing will be all Some peo ple think girls cant stand but I guess you know different Just keep thinking about when youll be well again and time will pass And dont ever give Jimmy lost his legs just before Christmas two years ago and he recalls how 700 people offered their blood for transfusions and scores more came bearing gifts and much that a newspaper set up a Jimmy Anthony Founda tion with All Jimmy wrote to Mary in his halfprinting style and with the letter he sent a pic ture of youll see what I mean when I say that when you get new legs youll get around just like I Gas Operating Margin Extended 26 The Office of Price Administration today extended throughout the na tion a minimum operating margin of throe cents a gallon on gasoline at filling stations to help retail dealers remain in business despite curtailed A similar margin had been in ef fect only in the east coast area where gasoline rationing began last Prior to the many stations had enough business to permit profitable operations on a margin smaller than three cents and their prices were frozen at the lower levels by maximum price Since rationing reduc ed their the OPA said such stations are hard pressed to make operating The OPA also announced an in crease ofthreetenths of a cent per gallon in the retail price of fuel oil in 30 rationed effective next The increase was grant OPA tb defray addi tional costs being incurred by deal ers as the result of emergency con CRITICALLY HURT 26 was injured critically when he was struck by a hitrun driver on M174 at the out skirts of Lansing early state police Cline was discov ered beside the road by Camp bell of Lansing about a half hour after the accident and was removed to Lawrence IGUIS DEEPLY By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The 22year old assassin whose bullets cut down Admiral Jean Darlan on Christ mas Eve was executed today A court acting speedily after the death of the former Vichy collaborationist who joined the decreed the death sentence for the Police powers in French North Africa were taken over yesterday by French military commander now regarded as one of the possible successors to Dar lans political leadership in the colonial The consequences of this violent removal of whose assump tion of African colonial leadership brought bitter protests from di vided French factions and other still were It ap that the way now was open for greater unity among the French fighting beside the Jean Marie close associate of the dead urged all Frenchmen to unite for the only fight that the liberation of The young when at first he believed his attempt had Wj SOITy J miSS6d my slon Then whfin informed WASHINGTON Dec 6 b wfin norme Feeding the fighting men overseas Ian was he so much and putting some food on the the you may kill me and putting some tables of our needy allies has sliced deeply into the nations do mestic larder this a checkup on Americas foodstuff shipments for 1942 revealed To the average con fronted with many a shortage on her shopping it meant that she was Jtr across the seas approximately the equiva lent of Onethird her bacon and other pork products onefifth of her beef and veal two out of each dozen and an ounce from each pound of butter and cheese and a small glassfull from each quart of And the fact that one of the boys over eat ing with the neighbors couldnt prevent that from meaning small er portions for the folks at Government buying for lend lease shipment to our allies and for the armed services took just about those proportions from food available for civilians in Some of the lendlease Jood was made available to our soldiers stationed There are shortages of other foods in this country but other fac tors than shipments to our allies and purchases for the armed serv ices figure in including shipments to the British forces in North Africa and garrisons at other points The communique said letters be tween the young man and his now living in had been seized but the contents threw no light on the case or the actual circumstances of the The assassin used the name Morand when he went to the summer palace to ambush Darlan at3 oclock oh Christmas He vyas saitf to have spent most of his s life inHiris nd and to entered the university at Algiers about a year The body of the dapper little French admiral and politician was taken to the Algiers cathedral for senices with a mass to be said later in French Moroc A huge showing little passed the bier yesterday at the governor generals The imperial councils meeting was scheduled for and Gir only last week expressed a wish to avoid politics and remain in a strictly fighting be ing mentioned as likely to take Darlans Other council members rushed back to along with who was making a Christmas visit to the Tunisian front for the Others mentioned with Giraud as possible successors are General former aviation secretary in the Vichy French cabinet Auguste governor of governor ot Lendlease shipments have gone French Morocco Pierre Boison principally to Russia and Great governor general of French West who turned over that ter ritory and Dakar to the Allies Darlans and uwlu umvi pun no jciii s ocricSt jincl around the Food or Vves governor of Algeria snon will sent to North Africa The assSssin shot Darian once r the civilian in the mouth and again in the the First World 65 per and the admiral died enroute cent of food shipments were grain and grain we have a surplus of wheat but the shipping situation calls for less highly nutritive From through last September shipments were divided as follows dairy 16 per cent pork 24 per cent 20 per The remaining 40 per cent included lard not in cluded in pork canned fish and vitamin to a The killer wounded Commandant the admirals in the and surrendered to an other Adjutant Andre Vuich who smashed a punch to his He told Vuichard I surrender my gun is DeGaulle Silent 26 Charles de Gaulle may formally declare himself for unity among proallied French elements it all riencn elements ii It is difficult to break down Giraud is appointed successor ernment purchases between Admiral Darian as head qj armed services and French North persons fam figures on shipments or iliar with the Fighting French purchases can be leaderss policies said last De Gaulle one of those who dis approved most strongly the ar rangement by which the assassin ated French admiral took over African colonial leadership re mained silent on Darlans slaying and on the possible development his death may bring in proalliec French In Bern dispatches said some Frenchmen saw Darlans death as clearing away a principal obstacle in the path of De Gaulles follow They said that much v apparently depended on the identity and motives of the and that it was possible the act might even widen the division among French In one broadcast the Germans attributed the assassination to the and Paul head of the foreign press section of the German foreign was quoted by the Vichy radio as saying When two allies such as Amer ica and Britain can only settle their political differences by mur der we cannot but Turn to DARLAN Page 2 are some figures on actual deliveries to shipsides in 1942 all figures in dried shell dry skim evaporated condensed dried whole fish and grain and fats and other Here are the estimated total government requirements of milk and eggs in 1942 as compared with production billion pounds out of 22 billion 7 billion out of 120 billion pounds dozen out of Other shortage causes include the heavier eating habits of the five pounds a day compared with the civilians four And the soldier eats twice as much of meat anddairy pro ducts and onethird more of eggs and other   

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