Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, January 8, 1942

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

January 08, 1942

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Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Newspaper) - January 8, 1942, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin A Want Ad A Day Is Sure Fire Way to Ex- tra Profit. Twenty-Eighth 8749. A C O K S T R U C T I V E TteflvTjnbime NEWS P A few seconds read- ing time of Tribune Want Ads Means Many Dollars Profit to You. Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Thursday. January 8. 1942. Single Copy Five Cents BRITISH ADMIT WITHDRAWAL FROM PERAK Expect New Philippine Thrust TOKYO TRIES TO LEARN LOCATION OF HJEET Washington The war de- partment said today defenders of the Philippines were bracing them- selves for a large scale general at- tack by the Japanese invaders. Defenders' Morale High General Douglas MacArthur, far' east commander, personally direct- ing the fighting men drawn togeth- er north and west of Manila bay, re- ported that morale and determina- tion of the United States and Fili- pino troops was high and declared they will "continue their resistance with skill and courage." There was fighting of "varying in- tensity" on all sections of the Lu- zon front, the war department said, but the lack of enemy bombing and aerial machine-gunning recently in- dicated the Japanese probably were drawing up their strength for a vi- tal blow. Text of Communique The text of the morning commun- ique, Number 51, based on reports received 'here tip to a. m., cen- tral standard time: "1. Philippine theater: Fighting of varying intensity is reported from all sections of the front. These operations are probably preparatory to a large scale general attack by the enemy. Japanese reinforcements are being brought up to the front and indications point to a renewal of the offensive by the enemy. Gen- eral MacArthur reports that the morale and determination of the American and Philippine troops are high and that they may be counted on to continue their resistance with skill and courage. For the first time in several days there were no enemy air attacks on the fortifications of Manila bay. Enemy air activity was confined to reconnaissance. "2. There is nothing to report from other areas." Losses Not "Unduly Heavy" The morning communique was read at a press conference in which John J. McCloy, assistant secretary of war. told inquirers that Ameri- can losses in the Philippines had not been "unduly heavy." General Mac- Arthur has reported that Japanese losses were far higher, McCoy said. The whereabouts and intentions of the United States Pacific fleet ap- FDR Asks Wartime Price Controls Be Vested in One Man Washington President Roosevelt asked the senate today to vest broad wartime price controls in a "siuo-le re- sponsible individual." (See earlier story on Pjfge 2.) In messages to Democratic Leader Barkley (Ky.) and Senator Brown floor manager for the pending price control measure, the chief executive said "I am some- what disturbed by reports that a board has been suggested as a sub- stitute for a single individual. I am also disturbed at the suggestion that control over agricultural com- modities be separated from all oth- er articles and vested in the de- partment of agriculture." Fight Two Amendments The unusual presidential message on a pending legislative measure was seen as an administration effort to defeat two proposed amend- ments, one by the potent senate farm bloc, led by Senator Bankhead to give the secretary of agriculture a veto power on all farm price ceilings, and a second by Sen- ator Taft (R-Ohio) asking that price fixing powers be placed in a board of five members. "I strongly hope that no division of control will be the presi- dent wrote. "The whole price struc- ture is linked together." Taft urged enactment of a string- ent price control bill, telling the sen- ate that this country must prepare for war lasting at least five years. "Might Rise 400 Per Cent" If there is no control of prices, they might increase by as much as 400 per cent over what they were before the emergency began, and even with the enactment of an effec- tive bill, they are likely to continue their upward trend, he said. "If we can possibly hold the in- crease in prices to 10 per cent a year we will have done a good the Ohio senator declared. Taft said he thought it would be a mistake for the price administra- tor, now Leon Henderson, to make any attempt at the present time to fix ceilings on cotton, wheat, corn and other agricultural products of which surpluses exist. Asks Provision Restored Senator Vandenberg (R-Mich.) interrupted to say he believed it was necessary for the senate to restore Wilkins New Chairman of Draft Board Fred Wilkins, towi of Remington, is_ the new chairman of the south Wood county selective service board, replacing William F. Anderson of this city. Wilkins, who has served as vice chairman, was elected to the chairmanship at a meeting of the board this morning at the court house. A. J. Crowns, city, was elected to the office of vice chairman, while Er- mon Bennett, Cranmoor, continues as secretary. Mr. Anderson, who retains his membership on the board, declined comment on this morning's action but indicated he may issue a state- ment later. The meeting was attended by all members of the board, who in addi- tion to those named above include Henry Becker, city. The board will meet at p. m. next Monday, January 12, to re- classify registrants in this district, as a result of the recent changes in the selective service act. Orders have been received here requirisg all junior and senior med- ical students and internes to make immediate application for commis- sions in the army or navy, else they will be classified subject call. to draft parently were causing renewed con- I the bil.1 a house-approved provi- cern today in Tokyo. There was evidence of this in the enemy's recourse to the axis guess- ing technique the circulation of vague reports designed to elicit val- uable information. Report Naval Battle Both the Tokyo radio and a Ger- can-controlled station cooperated in Page 9 Robert Rumsey Held on Draft Act Charge Robert J. Rumsey, of Wisconsin Rapids, was held in Philadelphia to- day under bail on charges that he refused to go to a work camp for conscientious objectors, accord- ing to an Associated Press dispatch from that city. Rumsey's detention was ordered sion barring attempts by the prime administrator to bring about changes in business- practices while fixing prices. Taft pointed out that the commit- tee had specified in the measure that the price administrator could not fix prices based on such low costs that advertising would be eliminated. Senator Bankhead said 50 votes, a clear majority, had been lined up for the farm bloc's proposal to give the agriculture secretary veto power on farm ceilings. Name Commanders of Civilian Air Force yesterday, pending further hearing before U. S. Court Commissioner Norman Griffin. Rumsey, who is traveling secre- tary of the American Friends Ser- vice committee, a Quaker organiza- tion, is a graduate of Lincoln high school here and of the University of Wisconsin, where he was active in campus anti-war organizations and led several student peace demonstra- tions. Recently he had been in Puer- to Rico with a group of representa- tives of the American Friends Ser- vice committee. Wausau, Pol- lard, of Lannon, state wing com- mander of the new civilian defense air force, today named his head- quarters staff and group comman- ders. A civil air patrol of 500 planes manned by pilots and a cor- responding number of ground per- 'sonnel will cover the stale. Howard Morey, president of the Madison Airways, was named state personnel officer; Ivan Tefft, Janes- ville attorney, intelligence officer; Steve Wittman, Oshkosh air public relations; Carlyle Godoske, training and operations officer- Merle Zuelke, of Milwaukee, equip- ment and supplies, and James King, Milwaukee, transportation. RAF SETS FIRES IN THAI CAPITAL Rangoon, Burma The R. A. F. left huge fires blazing amid military objectives at Bangkok, cap- ital of Japanese-occupied Thailand, in the first British counter blow of a rising fury of air war over the storied road to Mandalay. Flames Visible for -Miles Flames were visible for miles as the British airmen returned from their attack, which a British an- nouncement said was made last night and indicated was in retalia- tion for repeated Japanese attacks on Rangoon, capital of British Bur- ma. All British planes were said to have returned safely. (However, a Bangkok dispatch broadcast by the Berlin radio plac- ed the attack at a. m., local time, p. m. Wed- nesday, said two British planes crashed in residential dis- tricts. (The axis listed the Thailand hos- pital, the French church and the Bank of Indo-China as damaged by bombs, and said several civilians were killed. Three fires resulted LACK RESOURCES TO MATCH JAPS, ATTLEEJISSERTS Major Clement R. Attlee, lord privy seal, speaking as Prime Minister Churchill's deputy, told the house of commons frankfy today that Britain did not have suf- ficient resources for complete pre- paration against the Japanese who, he declared, at present have the most powerful fleet in the Pacific. House members cheered, however, when he summed up accounts after the first month of war in the Pa- cific even though they were given little new information about the war effort. News of further steps to coordi- nate manpower and munitions of the united nations awaited the return of the prime minister from Am- erica. U. S. Role Criticized The first mild criticism of the United States' role in the far east came from Commander Sir Archi- bald Southby, a Conservative, who declared the Russian and African successes do not "offset the loss of Guam and other islands to Japan." "It might have been he told the house, "if the United States had augmented the defense of those vitally important places rather than expend time and material in crea- tion of the bases which we have leased to them in the West Indies and Newfoundland." In a broad summarization of the war Attlee told commons: "The fact that the United States has entered the war on our side has determined the result of the war, but does not offset the advantages that accrue to Japan in the begin- ning. Lack Sufficient Resources He declared that even if Britain had increased her own production to the utmost she could not produce enough arms at present for the far east to equal the strong militarj force of Japan. Apparently in reply to criticism PHTCTWIHI ISLANDS PALAWAN SPRATLY WHERE JAPS MAY STRIKE NEXT-Concentration of Japanese naval forces in Davao bay (1) suggested the next major move may be against the Dutch East Celebes and New Guinea (broken Davao is farther south (han the Jap bases in Thailand and from which thrusts were made at North Borneo, Sarawak, and Malaya (heavy The major Dutch naval base Amboina (3) was attacked by Jap fliers. State President of Legion Auxiliary in Address Here J 'Today we face the fact that we need strong leaders and an active membership as an answer to 'Amer- ica Must Be Defended.' It is the an- swer to the challenge of the attack of December said Mrs. J. J. Jer- abek, Algoma, state president of the American Legion Auxiliary, in ad- dressing the local unit at the Mem- orial armory Wednesday evening. Past presidents of the local unit were guests of honor at the meet- ing, nine being present. Each was presented with a gift. "This 5s to be a very strenuous year in the affairs of the Auxil- said Mrs. Jerabek, who was introduced by Mrs. Nestor Smith president of the Wisconsin Rapids Auxiliary. "We should not criticize our leaders but praise them help them with sympathetic suggestions for their work in the organization." In answer to her own question, "What can I the state presi- dent proceeded to explain the vai ous ways in which Auxiliary mem- bers can be of service to their coun- try, including: 1. Working with the Red Cross and contributing to it. 2 By blood donations. 3. Preparing for home study for the first aid corps. 4. Motor vehicle driving in civilian de- fense. 5. Assisting other civilian de- fense activities, fi. Care for the present war victims. 7. Encourage the buying of defense bonds and stamps. 8. Taking part in safety drives, courses or safety council 9 from incendiary bombs in the raid, the Bangkok dispatch said.) Rangoon Has Alarm Moulmein, east of Rangoon, was reported bombed Wednesday and Rangoon itself underwent another air alarm, although no raiders ap- peared. (Moulmejn is famous in the Kip- ling poern as the place where a Bui- ma girl waited for her British Tom my, in the shadow of an old pagoda smoking a "whackin' big cheroot.' (The Japanese say that six Brit- ish Spitfires were downed and hang- ars and other military equipment set afire in Japanese attacks since Saturday on the air- drome, 10 miles north rf Rangoon. (Japanese attacks on the Rangoon area were repeated Sunday and Monday, according to axis reports.) of the seeming inadequacy of Brit- ish military preparations in the far east, Attlee said the fact that Bri- tain's Pacific positions were less strongly garrisoned and equipped than might have been wished was not due to lack of foresight. Rather, he said, it was because it was beyond Britain's resources to be strong everywhere. Sees Value in Visit Attlee said the visit of Prime Minister Churchill, Minister of Sup- ply Lord Beavorbrook pnd high British staff officers to Washing- ton had achieved a degree of coop- eration with the United States which would not have been possible otherwise. At the same time he made clear that Gen. Sir Archibald P. Wavell's command, as chief of the allied forces in the far western Pacific, would not include India and Au- stralia. "It covers roughly Burma, ex- cluding Indo-China, goes up to the north of the Philippines and down a line drawn to the north coast o Australia and then sweeps arounc the islands of the Ma.ayan archi- he said. Lauds Unified Commands He called the establishment RED RESERVES ENTER BATTLE The red army was reported reliably tonight to' have poured powerful reserves of newly trained troops into its westward drive south of Moscow which al- ready has shoved the Germans half way back to Smolensk from the high mark of the Nazi invasion. Use Abondonea Arms The new troops were said to have supplemented their own arms with weapons abondoned by mans in their forced ret the sat. Ger- Fear British Isles to Become U.S. Outpost Is Heard in Commons Fear that the British isles might become an American outpost was openly expressed today by two members of the house of commons in commenting on results of the Washingt conferences. America's Helgoland? Laborite Richard Rapier Stokes said, "I hate to think of the military unified commands in the far Page 9 of east Mine Planter Sinks, Eight Men Drown Portsmouth, X. H. Army officials at Fort Constitution said that eight men drowned in the At- lantic 20 miles off the -Isles of Shoals oarly today when the 08-foot mine planter Arnold sank while being towed to port. The names of the victims were not available immediately but they were believed to The only survivor was the Ar- nold's master, William H. Chasteen of Waterford, Conn. Cold Wave Has Spent Itself; Mercury Rises Wisconsin Rapids, in common with the state at large, received wel- come relief today from the bitter cold wave of the past week. At I :30 this afternoon the official thermom- eter at the Sixteenth street pump- ing station registered zero, having risen from a mark of 20 below at 7 a. m. A warm sun helped to make conditions more bearable. The lowest temperature recorded during the seven-day cold wave was a minus 28, the mercury diving to that level shortly after 7 a. m. Wed- nesday. The maximum reading for the 24-hour period ending at 7 clock this morning was 10 below. The government weather bureau at Milwaukee predicted that o mini- mum temperatures tonight would rantre from zero to 8 degrees above. Considerable high cloudiness and fresh winds also were expected. French Policeman Is Slain by Terrorists Vichy, Unoccupied (JP) Paris police announced to- day that a French policeman was killed by terrorists last night while protecting a German garage. The policeman was found dying with three bullets in his body by ;wo other officers who came when they heard his whistle. He died shortly afterward. "The Russians still have untouch- ed reserves of manpower which they are tapping as fas as they can be a reliable informant as- serted. "The red army now is on an offensive largely powered by troops trained in the six month since the war this training is going on at a :ate that more than makes up for battle losses." Russian advances in frozen Karelia and in the Crimea also were reported, along with the steady Moscow front push which recaptur- ed Meschovsk, deep in the Ger- man center. Bodies of nearly 400 German offi- cers and men were found in one of the recaptured points, the Soviet information bureau said, and auto- matic rifilemen annihilated almost 200 others in a fight for a village dentified only as "P." Meshchovsk lies 130 miles south- west of Moscow and only 40 miles short of the Vyazma-Bryansk line on which the invaders were expect- ed to attempt to dig in for the win- der. Representing a 40-mile advance from Kaluga, it becomes the base of a Soviet spearhead at the south- ern tip of the Moscow region offen- sive in the north at Staritsa, on the upper Volga__ which is menacing Mozhaisk, Ger- man stronghold 57 miles west of the capital. Coup d'Elat Rumor Moreley Richards, military re- porter of the Daily Express, mean- while, wrote that mar-hine gun posts center of control shifting to Wash- ington. It gives me a nasty feeling have had it for many indeed I might say for we may find ourselves reduced to what 1 term occupying the position of America's Helgoland off the coast of Europe." Edgar Louis Granville, Liberal. were points being set in Berlin up at strategic and manned by Adolf Hitler's own SS (elite troops as a precaution against coup d'otat. He sairl the people were now awaie a German of "the breach between Hitler and the army command." said: "We may have to choose between whether this island shall be a west- ern outpost of totalitarian Europe or the eastern outpost of an Amer- ican controlled civilization." Criticize Preparedness The United States' preparedness for the war in the Pacific also cam in for criticism. After remarking that America! vessels were "surprised" by the Jaj anesc attack when "they ought tr lave been on the other side of the Pacific in Sir Gcorgi leffreys said: "With regard to the proposal tha he commander of the America! 'leet should be the commander >ur fleet in the far east, the Amer- can fleet has not begun this war veil and American personnel has no xperience of modern war whatcv- r. It took no part in any fighting in the last war. "I doubt whether British seamen will like serving under a foreigi command." The first comment along this line had come from Commander Sir Ar- chibald Southby, conservative, who said the Russian and African suc- cesses do not offset the loss of Guam and other islands to Japan. Three Army Fliers Killed in Plane Crash Langley Field, Va. Three army fliers were killed and four injured last night when a IMS bom- bardment plane plunged into the James river near here during a snowstorm. The dead were listed as Corporal Harold K. Decker, New Milforti, I'a.; I'rivati; Dtisun J. Oranec, Monaca, I'a., and Private James li. I-orest, Va. Deny Labor Share in Control of Car Industry War Effort Washington Labor's hid 'or a share in control of the auto- mobile industry's War production program was rejected by the OI'M because of a labor-manage- ment deadlock in the committee :hosen to direct it. The two-day-old committee of five management and five labor repre- sentatives and an 0PM official which was to have set up the me- chanics of converting the industry to war production failed to agree on how much authority it should ex- ercise and was replaced by a new group. The new committee will have no authority to act by itself but will make recommendations to the OPM. It will consist of three management and three labor representatives and an OPM official. Kdsel Ford, C. C. Carlton of the Motor Wheel corporation, and C. E. Wilson, president of General Mo- tors, were mentioned as manage- ment members of the group. Wilson declared labor's rejected proposal that industry, labor ami the government share equally in managing the war effort would have amounted to socialization, destroy- ing "the very foundation upon which America's unparalleled record of in- dustrial accomplishment has been built." A statement issued by labor mem- bers of the dissolved committee said "the conclusion is inescapable that the manufacturers contemplated but little change from their 'business as usual' attitude." SECOND VICTIM OF FIRE FOUND Stevens Point, body of a second victim, believed to be that of Miss Elizabeth Moll, 70, was re- covered shortly after 2 o'clock this afternoon from the flame-scarred, ice coated ruins of Wednesday's dis- astrous (ire in the Stevens Point business district. The fire, which re- sulted in an estimated loss of 000, destroyed two brick buildings housing three business establish- ments. Find Body in Closet The body recovered this after- noon was found under a. trunk and a pile of clothing in a closet on the second floor of the Moll-Glennon Drygoods company store. It was re- moved by Coroner Victor Prais for identification. Miss Moll and Mrs. Ellen Hcffron, about 70, whoso body was taken from the ruins yesterday, occupied apartments on the second floor of the building in which the fire had its origin. It appeared that Miss Moll sought refuge in the closet to escape from the .smoke, and met death from as- phyxiation. The body was not burn- Ends Long Search Finding of the second victim's body ended a search which had been n progress for more than 24 hours. Street department crews were Tampered in their search because of icavy sheets of ice coating the de- iri.s. The buildings burned in 25- weather. JAPS CONTINUE TO DRIVE ALONG SINGAPORE ROAD (.-P) Brit- ish acknowledged tonight that they had withdrawn from Pe- rak province on the west coast of Malaya, falling back under heavy Japanese pressure to a new line in northern Selangor province guarding Kuala Lum- pur, capital of the Federated Malay States and second city of British Malaya. A communique which an- nounced the withdrawal said it was made necessary by a Japa- nese penetration of the lower Perak defense line. Losses in Guns, Transport It added that "we suffered some losses in guns and transport" in the withdrawal. The new defense line was south of the Slim river, a Bernam river tributary dividing Perak and Selan- gor province. The Slim river is 50 miles north of Kuala Lumpur and 290 miles north of Singapore. Even this stand, the communique indicated, might be imperiled by Japanese forces who infiltrated earlier down the coast to the Kuala Selangor area 35 miles northwest of Kuala Lumpur. Report Jap Infiltration The communique said there were "some indications'of enemy infiltra- tion eastward" from this area. Such an operation eastward ap- parently would cut in behind the Slim river defense line. From the Slim river the battleline extended unevenly across the inter- ior, through Pahang state to the cast coast somewhere between Kuantan, 190 miles north of Singa- pore, and the Pahang-Johore border, little more than 75 miles from this island stronghold. The British have admitted merely that they have withdrawn from Kuantan. (Axis re- ports have placed the Japanese at the Johore border, but the British deny this.) Raids Cause Casualties Reports from Klang, west of Kuala Lumpur toward the Malacca strait, said there had been some casualties in Japanese air raida Tuesday. British bombers were said to arried out a new raid on the Japa- lese-held airdrome at Gong Kedah. Japan's fifth division, which has veathercd a dozen campaigns in "hina, was reported the spearhead f the new drive down the main orth-south road area between uiala Lumpur and Ipoh, 120 milea north of the Selangor capital. Swarms of Japanese fighters, bombers and dive bombers also were brought into action. 260 Miles from Singapore The Japanese are within 260 miles of Singapore on the west coast. The western extremity of the British 9 Kiwanians Subscribe for Bonds Most of the searching effort had )een concentrated in the basement f Ihe Moll-Glennon building, since hat part of the second floor in vhich Miss Moll's apartment was lo- ated had fallen through to the basement when the roof collapsed. Meet Friday at Arpin on Farm Machinery A program designed to aid farm- rs in getting their farm machinery eady for spring work will be dis- ussed Friday night, January 0, at p. m. in the Arpin community hall, Carl U. Vchrs, USDA defense board chairman for Wood county, announced today. Invited to attend the meeting are all farm machinery dealers, voca- tional agriculture teachers, black- smiths, welders and others who can- contribute to the program. Vehrs will talk on the organiza- tion and objectives of the defense board, and objectives of the meeting will be discussed by J. Leo Well- man, defense board member. The part of various agencies and businesses will be given by repre- sentative members and the general development of a program to insure farm machinery repair will be dis- cussed by County Agent Lath rope. Members of the Kiwanis clulj present at today's meeting at the Hotel Witter subscribed for the purchase of defense bonds and it was expected that when those ab- sent from today's meeting made their subscriptions the total for club membership would approxi mate The subscription came as a re- sult of a call from President Lloyd Franson after he pointed out that Kiwanis is ready to do its bit on. the home front in the war emergen- cy. He reported on -the mid-winter conference of the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan district of Kiwanis Inter- national at Milwaukee early this week and then called upon M. S. King to discuss means of serving in the war emergency. Mr. King sug- gested the voluntary subscription for bonds by the membership and when the results were tabulated members had subscribed to the pur- chase of in bonds. The club also heard a brief report of the mid- winter conference from George T. Frechette who was installed as lieutenant governor for the north central division on Monday evening. THF WEATHER For Wisconsin: Conside r a b 1 e high cloudiness and warmer Ihis afternoon and to- night, lowest temperature to- night zero to 8 Hind 15- 25 m. p. h. WARMER Today's Weather Maximum temperature for 24- hour period ending at 7 a, m., -10; minimum temperature for 24-hour period ending at 7 ft. m., -28; tern- H. R, perature at 7 a. m. -28; j ture at 7 a. m, -20. lEWSPAPERf ;