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Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - December 30, 1942, Adrian, Michigan ADRIAN DAILY TEL Snow Flurries Colder Weafher DetanB an Face Two DECEMBER 1942 PRICE 3 E Commission Calls Old Airport A Casualty In Making Appropriation MAY GET STATE FUNDS The city commission cleared the way yesterday for the purchase of the Ken Morey located a mile southwest of for use as a municipal At a special meeting at the city hall with members of Ihe airport commission the city com mission adopted a resolution au thorizing the payment of frcm the contingent fund as the citys share of the The remaining has been col lected by the airport commission in the form of cash and pledges from Adrian firms and individuals inleresled in seeing the city have an adequate Unusual Opportunity All three members of the com mission were agreed that the city needs an adequate airport if it is 1o keep abreasl of the They also agreed that the efforts of the nirporl commission in obtaining more than half of the purchase price in donalions presenled an un usual The only point under debate was the method of appropriating the citys share of the purchase The city charter prohibits further appropriations being made after city budget is approved in June unless necessity arises caused by casualty or accident happening af 1er the annual approprialion for the The commission voted to term the present 52 acre airport a cas ualty since the stale aeronautical board has agreed to permit its op eration only on a monthlomonlh basis pending Ihe oulcome of the negotiations for the Morey It also was pointed out that Ihe owner of the present airport prop erty on Division Frank could order the property closed on short The city has rented the property on a year ly basis since 77 Acre Tract The new city airport will consist of approximalely 77 acres located directly south of the county in In the agreement reached by the airport commission with the transaction includes all of the Morey airport except about three acres on the northern end of the tract on which a few build ings Members of the city and airport commissions have been given to understand that stale funds may be made available for improving the Adrian landing James Gerity chairman of the airport told the city commission your action in providing money for the purchase of this airport shows that we have a progressive administration of government in our Other members of the airporl commission present were Squire Chase and Stewarl air port also was Mayor Lundahl as well as Commissioners Germond and Ved der congralulaled the airport com mission on their part in raising 000 for the City Attorney Clarke Bald win was aulhorized to complete the deal with Morey before Janu ary 1 when the agreement on the price for the airport expires After that date Ihe price would in crease War Effort By Floods By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ing streams of the upper Ohio river watershed Ihrealened today to in terfere with production of several large industrial plants as they passed flood stage and neared more dangerous highwater By the time the swirling Monongahela and Allegheny rivers reached the 29foot level at their confluence four above the flood warning Wealher Forecasler Brotzman had revised his prediction of a crest for the fifth He estimaled Ihe walers would reach or slighlly pass the 32foot a foot or two below the line where many war busy fac tories would feel immediale Spokesmen at the weather bur eau predicted the floodwaters like ly would establish a new high for December over a period of 75 There was no indication that they would approach the all time record of almost 47 feet chalked up in the disastrous Valentines day flood of Turn to FLOODS Page 9 TO 2YEAROLD Peggy Jane Ihe two year old daughter of and Ar thur Hare of Route died this noon in Bixby hospital where she has been a patient since Mon The cause of her death was burns suffered over her body when her night clothes caught fire as she put papers in a Monday She is survived by the two brothers Arthur and Mich one sister Palricia Ann and her grandparents and Fred Judson of Holloway and and Yancy of The funeral will be held Satur day afternoon at 2 oclock in the Everiss Funeral Home Ihe Green The burial will be in the Holloway NEW YEARS WARNING 30 youre riding with a drinking driver on New Years Eve the odds wont be Reporting that such a driver is 55 times more likely to have an ac cident than a sober the na tional safety council asked today Is it smart to buck odds like that Although gasoline and alcohol may be scarcer this they still dont said a council statement which suggested If you dont vice If you ride with someone be sure the driver of the car is on the Start in plenty of drive take it Make allowances for winter If there is snow or drive with extra Fred Johnson Had Served City Since 1930 Fred a life long resi dent of Adrian and city treasurer for the last 12 died last eve ning at oclock in Bixby hospi Ihe resull of a long illness wilh complication of He was 65 years Johnson had been in ill health for the last few years but was able to carry on his duties in the city Lasl May he was again Fred Johnson stricken with an infection in one foot and although he apparenlly recovered from an operation in the University hospital at Ann he became seriously sick last au tumn and never Born in Adrian September the son of Alfred Johnson and the late Glendora Mason he spent his entire life in the city with the exception of the years in He atlended Adrian high Orchard Lake Mililary Adrian College and Mich igan Augricultural now Michigan State He began his business career in the office of the former Page Wire Fence Company where he was an From 1905 lo 1912 he on Ihe former Mason farm soulh of the For a number of years he was in the automobile business and after a years illness was employed as field man for the Mutual Oil While an accounlant for the Christmas Company insurance he was appointed city treasurer September by the city commission on the death of John He was elect ed to that office in 1939 and Other public offices held by Johnson includ ed secretaryship of the old Com merce Club and the Good Roads Campaign of He was a member of Chrisl Epis copal Church and served as secre tary of Ihe veslry for many retiring a year ago because of ill He was prominent in Ma sonic circles being past command er of the Adrian Knights Templar and having held offices in the Blue Council and Johnson was honored by being made a life mem ber of the Blue Lodge in April of this of the Chapter and Com mandery in November of He was a member of the Adrian In 1930 he resigned from the Elks Club of which he had been active for many He served as secretary of the Adrian Elks from 1899 to 1914 and was present ed wilh a gold walch by the lodge for his faithful Johnson married Miss Florence Johnson who survives with his brotherin law George Willard Johnson of Battle The funeral services will be Thursday afternoon at 3 oclock hi the Everiss Funeral Home with the James rector of Christ Episcopal officiat The burial will be in the family lot in Oakwood VICTORY TAX TAKEN FROM PAID INJANUARY Monthly Paid Workers To Have First Nick Taken From Wages Friday TREASURY MAKES RULING By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS it was learned authori tatively has ruled that the new victory tax must be withheld from all wages and salaries paid in even though part or all of Ihe money was earned this In olher a man paid monlhly on the first of the month will find a victory tax nick taken out of his pay envelope this despite the fact thai he worked for the money in The same is true of all salaries paid on iri The treasury ruling was based on the language of the law which says There shall be collect ed and paid for each taxable year beginning aller a vic tory tax of 5 per cenlum upon Ihe victory tax net income of every in Wages and salaries received in 1943 are lo be considered income for 1943 under Ihe regard less of the period in which they were Two members of Ihe Senale Fi nance active in Ihe drafting of the new lax de clared Ihe ruling ran counter lo Congressional inlenL 11 was Ihe intention of Con I to base the tax on 1943 said Senator Byrci Id be in favor of clari fying and applying the lax to income earned in the next Suppose a man was paid his income on a quarterly and received a quarters income next Senator Danaher said there was no slighlest doubt thai the act provides that Ihe victory tax wilholding deduction from sal aries should apply lo income com mencing The apparenl incongruily be tween the act and the treasurys ruling which calls for a deduction on income even though not in may be justified only on grounds of ex he Bookkeeping Difficulties the computation for tens mBKbns of wageeaihets create bookkeeping dif the withholding n part at represents an ap proximation which will be aver aged over a years And most wage earners are on a cash basis anyhow and at the end of the life of the lax will receive the advantage of no witn holding from moneys earned be fore the expiration of the act One solution lies in getting paid 31 for moneys earned in De Some government it was plan to make such a pay split for the benefit of their The treasury will not do Secretary Morgen thau issued a directive 21 to administrative officers of the de partment saying Turn to VICTORY TAX Page 9 DEGAlDTF THE 30 Speculation over a possible speedy rapprochement between North Af rican French and Fighting French factions arose today in the wake of news that Charles de Gaulle is coming to this country to confer with President The President himself disclosed at his press conference yesterday lhal he expected a visit very soon from De leader of the Fighting French who had criticized the emergence of Admiral Jean Darlan as French high commis sioner in North regarded by the De Gaul lisl forces as a Vichy colaboration ist prior to his capitulation lo American Iroops in Ihe Norlh Afri can was assassinaled Christmas Eve by a youth whose identity has not been His al ready has representatives here in the persons of a military mission thai arrived a few hours before Darlans Two of Bethou arl and saw Roosevelt primarily to discuss the problem of supplying French troops in North and as they left the White House they told reporters that De Gaulle and Giraud had the same ideas on French they believe Ger manys defeat is of paramount im portance and should be placed above all other Roosevelt said it was not true that the De Gaulle visit had been delayed at the request of Wil liam the Presidents chief of staff and former ambassador to Vichy The trip had not been the President but had been twice AUCTIONS Public auction southwest of n AucL See REDS CAPTURE KOTELNIKOVSKI Russia has announced Ihe capture of Kolelnikovski 90 miles soulhwest of Area ringed in black is Ihe most aelive seclor of the soulhern Russian where Red army drives black arrows have cul some German lines of communicalion and encircled 22 Nazi divisions west of Broken line indicates com paralively inactive fronl to Ihe north and soulh of Ihis storm The Russians are pressing particularly hard against In the another Red campaign drove at 30 The bread outmoded in many kitchens by the bakers mechanical made a comeback today by culling off a 10 per cenl flour price increase at Ihe mill before il reaches Ihe The governmem aulhorized Ihe price boosl last nighl to help offset Ihe increase il allribules lo higher wheat abnormal price situa tions in Ihe flour industry and technical milling But to prevent Ihe higher price ceilings from being reflecled in retail bread slicing of bread for home consumption will be dis continued to lower expenditures for machinery and and similar savings will he inlroduced n packaging and dis The Office of Price Administra tion estab umfSfm schedule of flour prices Ihroughoul the counlry to replace ceilings which froze individ ual mill prices at 2 Secreiary of Agriculture Claude acting as food admin simullaneously direcled elimination of bread slicing by bak ers by discontinuance of the practice of some bakers of sell ing bread to dealers on consign restriction of the number of sizes and varieties of loaves made by any baker in a single and discontinuance of twisled and crosspan bread by commercial bakers except for certain religious Turn lo BRAED Page 9 CREDIT CARDS BARRED 30 The Petroleum Administration for War announced today ef fective gasoline companies wih be forbidden lo issue to motor isls or use or iden tification cards unless the cards are limited to a single Most of Ihe larger companies have been issuing credit cards good at any of their Petroleum Administrator Ickes said revoca lion of general was designed lo re duce bookkeeping and personnel cosls of Ihe War At A Glance By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS middle Don steamroller moves on anolher or Kamensk capture of Kotelnikovski virtually seals doom of 22 German divisions before attack Rommel rear guard ISO miles from Tripoli as Americans and French drive from south to cut him off from Mud bogs main Tunisian front and allied from hill near MedjezEIBab is seen as WAR war re view declares North African cam paign and Russian winter drive smash German hopes of creative winter pause and finds Japan fully occupied and on British see United ing 1943 with 15 million troops and 5 million air personnel says Germans have lost 4 million out of 8 million peak strength and Japs estimated to have 5 to 6 million EUROPEAN re ports RAF night raiders over west ern Germany Nazi raiders lightly hit southwest English NEW capture bloody triangle of bunkers from Japs while other Allied troops slowly close trap around foes nar row beach corridor at blasts Jap bases in Burma no further word on Wa vells invasion Heavy fighting in South with some Jap gains DATE NOT SET YET 30 Despile Ihe Iremendous prinling job yet lo be Office of Price Admuiislralion officials expressed confidence loday Ihe poinlration ing program for dried and frozen foods would get under way sometime in The schedule for preparing and printing about 15 forms aggregat ing many million pieces of printed matter is so a spokesman thai il wouldnt lake much of a setback to throw the start of rationing over into At the same he reported citizens over country general ly were taking the sweeping new program very Reports reaching OPAfrom var ious sections at the close of the second shopping day since food ad ministrator Claude Wickard an indicate anj general tendency ex cessive buying for cupboardstock ing the spokesman The date on which housewives must start consulting Iheir ralion points as well as their pocketbooks when buying canned goods has not yet been set even but no hitches so far have developed which would place the deadline later than Printers proofs already have been received on the two biggest printed Ihe consumers de claration of canned goods on hand the basis of which deductions will be from the ration points allotted each an in formation explaining point The pamphlet wil be issued lo every applicant for family copies of war ration Turn to RATIONING Page 9 Between 45 and 50 Adrian mer chants and businessmen have sig nified their intention to close their shops and stores all day January according to a petilion eirculaled Ihis week by Bill secretary of the Chamber of Conserving of mer chandise and granting an extra hoi iday to clerks were given as rea sons for the Window cards informing the public of the closing will be distributed today to merchants who signed the Bililngs Those who have not signed but who decide to close may call for the cards at the Cham ber office on North Main The Adrian city library and the county library also will be closed the librarians announced Teachers who have planned lo exchange books Saturday must niake other Issue of Chiles Relations With Axis Unsettled 30 Despite unofficial reports that it was about lo a resolulion urging a diplomatic brqak with the the Chilean senate adjourn ed a long debate on international affairs last night with the issue apparently still An announcement after the ses sion said the debate would be re sumed this evening but gave no indication of the trend the discus sions were The strongly proAllied news pre dicted that Chile would make the break on after Foreign Minister Raul Morales returns from where he has been conferring with United States Defensa did not on what the prediction was Chile and Argentina are at pres ent the American maintaining relations with the Russian Winter Offensive Bags First Major Trophy Kotelnikovski Is Captured Allies Move To Cut Ttoad Linking Tripolitania By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 30 French Iroops in central Tunisia and American forces to the soulh today were reporled advancing slowly in a Iriplepronged threat to cut the coastal road linking Tunisia and while mud still bogged down the main Allied forces near The French forces supported by Allied tanks and were re ported to have cut an important road south of 30 miles south of and to have beaten off violent German counterattacks except in one sector where the Nazis were said to have advanced slightly at the cost of heavy French headquarters in Norlh Africa said another force of Iheir father south between Pich on and had improved its This force is driving to ward the coast at Axisheld The German radio announced troops had taken 200 miles southeast of and only SO miles from Gabes on the eastern Tunisian A delayed dispatch from southern Tunisia reported American troops had raided Mak about halfway between Gaf sa and the coastal capturing some Italians and killing and wounding Field Marshal Erwin Rommel must use this coastal road if he intends to keep on retreating through Tripoli for an overland juncture with Axis troops in Tuni The British Eighth army pur suing him now is less than 180 miles from Meanwhile it appeared the Allied withdrawal from six miles northeast of MedjezElBab on the front near announced yes was a discretionary The Allies had taken most of the ridge but the Germans held the top possibly making Ihe Allied positions In other African the Morocco radio reported lhat another mission had arrived at Dakar in French west accompanied by technicians to out with localFrench au thorities plans for ulilizatipn of airfields by American reported that ALLIED HEADQUARTERS In 30 ad vancing against stubborn Japanese allied troops have won slight new gains on Ihe right and left flanks of Ihe bitlerlyfought Buna fronl in New allied headquarters reported and now are consolidating their posi On the attacking Japanese coastal ground troops last night reduced a triangular enemy strongpoint of 13 and then beat off a the noon communique from Gen eral MacArthurs headquarters Mopping up of captured posi tions is in the bulletin To the it our Iroops expanded their initial wedge still farther to Ihe The bitlerly defended bunker about yards from Ihe had been bypassed earlier in Ihe allied drive toward the Buna government It was surrounded by allied troops several days after tanks and infantry had forged ahead to smash through to the coast and then turn westward to advance to the end of the main Buna air Enemy pockets in this area were reported being slowly squeez ed to Farther up the coast from B24 bombers hit at the Lae air in New last night to start huge blazes among air field Despite heavy antiaircraft all allied planes the communique Medium bombers also struck at the Gasmata airfield in New Bri v BRITISH ATTACK JAP AIRDROME NEW 30 Blenheim escorted by attacked the Japanese airdrome at Monywa along the Chindwin river in Burma yester day and scored hits on runways and dispersal a British com munique announced The attack was followed up with a night raid on the Touhgoo air base in where bombs were dropped directly on the target the communique British fighters also were report ed to have carried out offensive patrols over the Mayu river dis trict in western Burma where British ground troops have been working their way toward Loss of two planes in the various aerial operations was acknowl was nofurther news from the ground forces which yesterday were reported at 25 miles from French army headquarters had announced the appoinlment of General Alphonse Juin as comman der in chief of French troops in Morth apparently to serve as field commander under Auguste governorgeneral of Formation of pioneer companies and labor troops from among na tive Arabs and recruited and trained bythe also was These troops were praised by allied officers for their in keeping supply lines mov unloading building mili tary roads and new KENNEDY QUITS HIGHWAY POST 30 Don ald Kennedy resigned today as stale highway commissioner to be come vice president for highway transportation in the Automotive Safety Foundation in Governor Van Wagoner immed iately appointed Lloyd de puty stale highway commissioner as Kennedys Van announcing Ken nedys described him as the best highway commissioner Michigan ever had and declared that arrangements for Kennedy to take the job with the safety foun dation had been completed more than a year Kennedys first assignment with the the announcement will be to and ex pand war transportation programs and to emphasize Ihe conservation of operating equip His attention will be devoted largely to adequale highway main tenance and the promotion of ac cess road construction to servu military and war production cen the statement 41yearold Oakland coun ty has been a career1 man with the highway He joined the highway staff as an assessment district engineer in 1933 and rose to positions of assisl ant mainlenance direclor of finance and depuly commission erbusiness He is secretary of the Michigan Engineering The departure of Kennedy will complete the overturn of leader ship which has ruled Democratic party circles in Michiga nwilh a firm hand for Leaves Office Friday The other half of the team of Pat and Governor Van will leave office Friday as the result of an election defeat at the hands of Republican Gov ernorElect Harry Kelly and Van Wagoner has made it clear that he believes a defeated gover nor would be a bad choice for leadership even if he should re main in which is doubt Turn to KENNEDY Page 9 BRITISH REVIEW WORLD CONFLICT 30 au tumn of 1942 marked the passing of the general slrategic initiative from the hands of Ihe Axis to Ihe Uniled Nations in farflung land the third annual review of the conflict by the British war of fice said Not only was the Oriental part ner of the Axis fully occupied and on the defensive in his own sphere at the years but the European members of the Axis themselves were on the the review The war review pictured the North African campaign and Rus sias huge winter offensives as smashing Germanys hopes of a creative pause before The year also vouchsafed the encouraging evidence that the British given adequate ma terial and under leadership emerg ing from the hard school of experi is more than a match for the it In the high tide of its offensives earlier in the the review re Axis forces had swept through the South plungec deeper into and smashec back the British to El Alamein near Then the war review continued came the first signs that the Axis flood might be turning to These were the beating back of Field Marshal Erwin Rommels at tempt launched 31 to break the British line at El the Russian defense of the landings in the Solomons anc the allied offensive in New Guinea Then followed the rout of Rom mels army first at El Alamein and later at Al the launching pt four great offensives by the the Americans victories over the Japanese in the Solomons and heavy losses inflicted on the enemy by air and sea power in many areas of the global Key Rail City Had Been Used J3y Germans As Important Supply Base By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Soviet winter offensive has bagged its first major the key railroad city of Kotelnikovski which the lermans captured four months ago to the and even now another Red army column is battering at the gates of another city in the middle Don corridor to the Russians said The Soviet midday communique did not name the newest objective but reported that Vatutins legions had smashed heavy counterattacks in the drive toward Advices from the front said tha German high command was throw ing into the battle for the middle Don area heavy reinforcements from the deep rear and counter attacking so violently that they pressed the Russian units back temporarily in some The war bulletin acknowledged that the Russians had been at one point in the middle but said that the Red army had atlacked anew and restored the Four hundred enemy dead and six disabled tanks were left on the the bulletin Our units captured 30 trucks and large quantities of shells and Of the battle for the newestkey the communique said that X unit smashing enemyresis advanced and is fighting at the approaches to a big populated The army of the middle Don holds about 125 miles north of in a tight noose which it has hot yet Flank ing units have thrust down east and west of that rail road center and there was a prob ability some columns might have neared 40 miles south of where the Donets ritfer angles down and crosses the rail road before flowing into the Don river Plunge Further Westward The forces that took Kotelnikov ski plunged farther westward along the TikhoretskStalingrad railway today and south of the city they speared deep into the Kalmyck taking about 40 miles above the provincial and about 60 miles due east of Elista on the highway to The capture of Kotelnikovski put the Russians in full possession of 113 miles of rail between that which the Germans used as a sup ply and Supplies had flowed from Kotel nikovski to the German armies south and southwest of and even to forces operating in the Don river Huge stores had been shipped up this line from Ros It was a tank and airplane base for Ihe siege of and some of Ihese valuable stores were taken in the Military authorities here regard ed Ihe citys capture as one of the most signifcant accomplishments the Turn to RUSSIANS Page 9 BULLETINS 30 States troops were reported in a Reuters dispatch today to have ad vanced to within 40 miles of strategic Tunisian port which lies approximately midway between Axisheld Tripoli and The direction of the advance was not but delayed field dis patches received last night dis closed that an American task force was operating on the south ern Tunisian front and told of a recent raid on 55 miles northwest of Gabes and 40 miles from the coastal road and in which 21 Italians were 30 Finland today complied with a state department order closing the Finnish information offices in this and the American lega tion in Helsinki ceased its efforts to distribute information in Fin State department officials de clined to speculate on the possibil ity of a break in relations between the two The American minister to Arthur Scho already has been recalled to Washington for 30 American operating from Henderson Field on in the strafed and bomb ed a fleet of enemy cargo ships oH the island and sank two enemy the navy department re ported the in Ha reported that army and marine troops had killed more than 150 Japanese with a loss ol only four men killed and one si
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