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   Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Newspaper) - February 5, 1942, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin                               BEST offense is a good Want Ad. Use them often, you'll be money ahead. Rainds Daily [ftj A CONSTRUCTIVE S Twenty-Eighth 8773. FXTRA MONEY wiii help pay your fuel and taxes. Let a Want Ad sell your don't wants. Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Thursday, February 5, 1942. U. S. PURSUIT PLANES WIN BATTLE Single Copy Five Cents JAVA Senate Swiftly Passes Naval Supply Bill Singapore Guns Rake Transport of Troops, Silence Jap Batteries BY C. YATES MC DANIEL continuous bombing- and strafing by Japanese airmen, Singapore's artillery has blasted observation posts, knocked out opposing batteries and spread destruction in the transport of Japanese troops into jump off points for invasion of this island stronghold. Intercept Jap Planes That the Japanese still have not won complete control of the air was demonstrated this morning by Hurricane fighters of the R.A.P. which intercepted a large formation over Singapore. Civilian casualties from the past two days of blasting and machine- gun strafing- by the Japanese air force neared the 300 in- jurer and G3 killed. Officially, how- ever, these casualties were called comparatively light. (The Japanese reported that their District State Health Office to Be Moved Here The district office of the state board of health which has been lo cated at Neillsville since 1937 wil be moved to Wisconsin Rapids, Mis.c Agnes Grube, district advis o r nurse, announced here today. Quarters for the district office have been made available by the guns had been thundering across citV >n the Memorial armory, where the mile wide Johore strait since 6 p. m. yesterday, Singapore time.) Large Troap Movements Large movements of Japanese troops through Johore state toward the shore facing Singapore island were reported by British reconnais- sance planes. Enemy troops have been massing in the area of Johore Bahru since the British imperials finally withdrew to their stronghold early Saturday. island The Japanese guns emplaced across the strait from Singapore began shelling the strongly-fortified island last night and British guns retaliated with a bombardment of Japanese transport in the Johore Bahru area and of gun positions. Japanese planes kept up their raids on Singapore, making high level and low dive bombing and ma- chine-gun attacks on the island, but the British far east command said they caused comparatively little damage or casualties. Duel of Cannon Rages The sirens warning Singapore res- idents of the approach of Japanese planes sounded before dawn and just as day broke the British guns began booming in deep chorus. For a while the duel of cannon raged across the "trait. The Japanese planes attacked shipping in Singapore harbor. Hur- ricane fighters of the R.A.F. inter- cepted a large formation of Japa- nese aircraft over Singapore and destroyed one, probably destroyed another and damaged a third, the British reported. A ministry of information sur- vey disclosed that 41 persons were killed and 138 injured in yester day's air raids on Singapore. Says Spy Roundup Balked Operations of Another Ring New An FBI round- up of German spies last year wa said by a witness in federal cour today to have hampered the opera- tions of another alleged espionage ring. One man fled to a mountain hide- out and a woman made plans to leave for Japan with information on defense industries, army camps and the huge Douglas B-19 bomber the witness said. Eighteen-year-old Lucy Boehm- ler, who has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to violate the espionage act, testified at the trial of six men and one woman. Miss Boehmler testified that af- ter the 1911 roundup which result- ed in 33 convictions Kurt Fred- erick Ludwig. named by the gov- ernment as leader of the defend- ants now on trial, fled to a Pocono mountain hideout. She said that she, Mrs. Helen Pauline Mayer, Hans Helmuth Pa- gel and Karl Mueller, defendants, and her uncle, Oscar Huttenlauch, visited Ludwig there in July, 1941. The witness said Mrs. Mayer asked her whether she had any "secret writing pills" because she had information she wanted to send to "the other side." Films on Water and Power Shown Tonight and Power Prob- lems in the United States" will be the subject of the film forum at room 12 of the Witter Vocational building tonight at 7 o'clock. The films will be of special interest to conservationists. They are entitled, "The a picture of the Mis- sissippi floods; "T. V. "Hy- a picture of the Columbia riv- er development; and "Reclamation of the Arid a film of Boul- der and Grand Coulee dams. iNEWSPAFERr the office staff will occupy a double office space and use the trophj room on the second floor. The office will move here this week-end and will be established at the armory next Monday. Mis- Grube, William Doyle, district sani- tary engineer, and Miss Lorraine Welk, office clerk, are the office staff members who will come to Wis- consin Rapids at once. At the present time, the district is without a health officer. One wii; be appointed shortly, Miss Grube said. The Wisconsin Rapids office will serve eight Marathon, Portage, Clark, Jackson Trempealeau, Buffalo and Pepin. CONSERVATION GROUP FORMED The Wood County Junior Con- servation league, first of its kind to be organized in this county, was launched Wednesday night w'ith an enthusiastic group of 69 boys signed as charter members. Dick Bassett President The new organization chose Dick Bassett, Wisconsin Rapids, presi- dent; George Lyons, Biron, vice- president, and Edward Gateke, town of Grand Rapids, secretary- treasurer, as officers and named eight others to the board of di- rectors. Directors are Roger Hoesly, John Slusser, Jim Saeger, Clarence Kal- lish and John Henke, Wisconsin Rapids; Robert Prusynski and Rob- ert Newman, Biron, and Harold Saeger, town of Grand Rapids. Deliberations were guided by a committee of members of the County Conservation league, includ- ing Earl Wallace, Clarence Searles, Edward Bassett, Herbert A. Bunde, Von Holliday, G. W. Millard, E. W. Zenisek and S. W. Baranowski. Mr. Wallace acted as temporary chair- man. Westcd Addresses Group Paul Wested, assistant superin- tendent and engineer at Camp City Point, addressed the meeting and moving pictures of wildlife were shown. Gallons of pop and dozens of hot dogs were consumed by the youthful conservationists. A program will be set up for- mally at the next meeting of the Junior league March 4, and com- mittees will be appointed. Purpose of the club is to stimulate conser- vation activity among boys who will carry on the work when they reach manhood. Tree planting, game bird raising and kindred conservation work will form the program of the league. The senior organization plans to offer worthwhile prizes for com- petition among the boys. Second Accident With Gun Proves Fatal Curtis.s, gun with which his sister was accidentally in- jured last Thanksgiving day yester- day caused the death of Percy Becken, 20, home from Chicago to visit with his parents here. The gun discharged as young Becken was crawling through a fence 01 lis return from a rabbit hunt, the bullet striking him in the mouth. 200 SURVIVORS OF TUSGANIA TO MEET INCTTY. Twenty-four years ago February 5, liner Tus- cania, in use as a troopship carry- ing U. S. soldiers of the first A. E. F. to France, was sunk by a Ger- man submarine off the coast of Ire- land. 200 to Gather Here On Saturday and Sunday, some 200 survivors of the Tuscania sink- ing will gather in Wisconsin Rap- ids for the annual meeting of one of the nation's unusual organiza- National Tuscania Sur- vivors association. The convention begins with a banquet at Hotel Wit- ter Saturday night at 7 o'clock. The 1942 meeting at which the association will pay homage to the 269 men on the Tuscania who per- ished will be all the more signifi- cant since -warriors of a new A. E. F. are on the seas, facing not only U-boat attacks but the danger of aerial bombing. Martin to Speak John E. Martin, Wisconsin's at- torney general, will be the speaker at the banquet to which the pub- lic is invited. His address will be broadcast at over station WFHR and the Wisconsin network. Following the banquet, a stag par- ty will be held at the Elks club. From many cities in Wisconsin and from widely-scattered points in the nation will come Tuscania sur- vivors. Reservations have been made by association members from Min- nesota; from Washington, D. C.; from Chicago; from Beverly, Mass., Wheaton, 111., and Connaut, Marion and Columbus, in Ohio. Convention arrangements are in charge of Dr. F. F. Firnstahl, president, and Ver- non M, Kelly, secretary-treasurer of the association, both Tuscania men of Wisconsin Rapids. First Transport Lost Nearly men were aboard the ship, a British vessel un- der British convoy, when she was torpedoed. The Tuscania was the first transport lost in the movement of nearly American troops to Europe. Leo V. Zimmerman, Milwaukee, association historian, describes the attack: "It felt lik? running into a sand- bar in addition to the roar of the explosion and the crash of steel and iimbcrs. Hatchways were filled with soldiers adjusting lifebelts. No panic was apparent. There in the dark we stood on the slanting deck, counting off as we awaited the aunching of the lifeboats.....Two rissing, serpentine streaks of fire REDS PRESS DRIVES ON SMOLENSK, STRIKE IN German reserve troops have failed to halt the advancing Russians and Moscow said red army columns (arrows) were stabbing toward the Nazi anchor city of Smolensk. The frontal drive on Smolensk continued from the direction of Mozhaisk while a flanking attack was developing from the Kirov area, sweeping past Kozelsk to within 100 miles of' Smolensk. In the Ukraine, the spearheads of Marshal Timoshcnko's forces, apparently having by-passed Stalino, were reported by Moscow to have struck to within 20 miles of the main southern German base at Dnieperopetrovsk. -skyrockets, signals of dis- The stars blinked sadly and the lighthouse many miles away reckoned us like a siren." Not Without Oddities The tragedy was not without its oddities, however. Two men were dice when their raft was 9 loroner P. C. Ludovic, Neillsville, said the safety bolt on the gun was lefective. HONOR MAC ARTHUR bill direct- njc President Roosevelt to award he congressional medal of honor o General Douglas MacArthur for lis heoric fight in the Philippines was introduced today by Rep. Thom- s (R-N. 3oint Mayor Accuses 7hief of Negligence Stevens Point, Wis. a y o r 'rank G. Lasecke and the Stevens 'oint fire and police commission were at loggerheads today over a threat by the mayor that he would assume emergency powers over the police department if the commis- sion did not put into effect demands submitted to the commission. The mayor accused Police Chief A. W. Risch of negligence of duty, demanded that he wear a uniform and patrol a beat and ordered that he notify Lasecke when he is to be absent from the city. The mayor said he would "exercise his full au- thority" over the department grant- ed him under an emergency ordin- ance if the commission did not act as ho directed. The commission, at its meeting Wednesday night, voted to defer action on Lasecke's demands. They promised full cooperation on mat- ters subject to joint control, but re- served the commission's own ers granted under statutes regard- ing departmental direction. Expect Men in District to Register for Selective Service About men between the military ages of 20 and are expected to register under selective'service in the south Wood county district on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, February M, 15 and the dates for registration in Wisconsin proclaimed by 'Gov- ernor Heil. Board Announces Hours The local draft board today announced the registration in this district will be conducted on Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15, from 12 noon until 9 p.m. On Monday, lours will be between 7 a.m. and p.m. Monday is the regular regis- tration day, but those unable to re- Jap Planes Attack Port in New Guinea Melbourne, Australia Jap- anese four engine flying boats at- coast of New Guinea, before dawn today, dropping 30 bombs and blaz- ing away with cannon and machine gun fire in the second raid there in three days. port on February 1C may register on the two previous days. Chairman Fred Wilkins of the draft board, in charge of the regis- tration for the district, will conduct the registration at the Remington town hall in Babcock. Henry Becker, board member, and Mrs. Mathilda Henkc, clerk, will he m charge at the courthouse here, and Ermon Bennett, board member, and Mrs. Howard Amundson, clerk, will supervise the registration at the Nekoosa American Legion hall. Uniform Hours Prevail The hours -ire the same for all throe registration places, and will apply also for the north Wood coun- ty district registration which will be conducted at the Pittsvillc com- munity hall, the Marshfield city hall, Sigel town hall and Auburndalc high school. The south county district con- sists of the towns of Remington, Dexter, Hiles, Seneca, Grand Rap- ids, Cranmoor, Saratoga and Port Edwards; villages of Hiron and Port Edwards, and cities of Nekoosa and Wisconsin Rapids. Registrants may report at the registration place most convenient for them, however, and are not re- quired to register within their own 9 JAPANESE AGAIN RAID SOERABAJA Batavia, N. E. Japanese bombers started new fires today in the second air raid in three days on the big Soerabaja naval base while official silence suddenly cloaked the fate of Amboina, second most im- portant Dutch naval station miles farther east. No News from Amboina An N. E. T. communique reported by Ancta said there was 710 further news from Amboina, midway be- tween Celebes and New Guinea, since the announcement yesterday that bitter fighting had developed between defense forces and landed Japanese troops with the tide of battle .shifting. Neither was there, any word to indicate the turn of the fight Jit Kendari on southeastern Celebes where the Japanese drove, south- ward beachhead by beachhead. The official announcement of the second raid on Snerabaja on eastern Java said some damage was caused. No further details were given. The first raid on Soerahaja was on Tuesday, when 70 to SO bombers with strong fighter escort raided the base, the city itself, and other towns within a 125 miles radius. 9 SEND MEASURE FOR CHINA AID TO WHITE HOUSE Washington The senate completed legislative action in five minutes today on a naval supply bill, boosting congress' total military nppropi iations to ap- proximately in the first month of this session. This action followed swiftly on a 7-1 to 0 vote' by which it passed and sent to the White House a meas- ure making in finan- cial aid available to China, the fund to be administered by the secretary of the treasury under direction of the president. Expect Early Signature The huge naval bill, largest meas- ure of its kind ever to win final ap- proval of a legislative body, now goes to President Roosevelt for his expected early signature. Congress previously had voted and the pres- ident approved a ar- my airplane appropriation. As finally approved, the navy measure carried approximately in cash and contract authority to produce addit- ional airplanes and equipment for the navy in the next six months. Ship construction would entail expenditures of fleet operations would cost and would gn into ordnance and personnel payments. Debate 20 Minutes Only 20 minutes of debate prece- ded senate passage of the China aid measure. Passed yesterday by the house, the bill was approved speedily by the senate foreign relations commit- tee after about two hours of testi- mony during which Secretary of War Stimson, Secretary of Navy Knox, Secretary of Treasury Mor- gentbau and Secretary of Commerce Jones supported ilp provisions. Committee members said the mon- ey to be made available could be used for a direct loan, the establish- ment of credit for China in this country and for the support of the Chinese currency. This aid would be in addition to lease-lend help, they explained. Appeals for Ked Aid Senator Pepper added to the loan discussion an appeal for increased deliveries of military sup- plies to Russia. Voicing approval of the propos- ed China loan, Pepper told report- ers this country also ouglit to do everything it could to speed up the transfer of war materials to Rus- ia. The Florida senator said be did not doubt that the neces.-.ity of rush- ing reinforcements to the south- western Pacific had interfered with the schedule of deliveries to Russia, causing the lag which has created considerable concern in some quar- ters here. Defense officials said there was no question of ignoring HIUS as- surances given Moscow. On the con- trary, they asserted, the product- ion of the promised supplies was generally "on or ahead of .sched- ule." Bag Jap Bomber, Pursuit Ship; One U. S. Plane Missing U. S. army pursuit planes attacked greatly superior force of Japanese bombers and fighting planes in Java, shooting clown one enemy bomber and one enemy -suit ship, the war department announced today. One American plane is missing. The American planes were P-H) fighters, and this was the first indication that planes of this type piloted by American army fliers, had reached Netherlands Kast Indies. There was a lull in the fighting on Batan peninsula in th Philippines iti the last 24 Welles Terms Famine in Greece Appalling Washington Tnderserre- tary of Stale Welles :-aid today the famine in axis-oc cupied Greece had become utterly appalling. The, .state department, Welles told a press conference, has been receiving disturbing reports on the Greek situation for some time past. Particularly alarming, he said, are reports of constantly increas- ing infant mortality among the un- der nourished population. in hours, the department said, with combat limited to minor patrol actions. The text of the communi- que, No. 92 of the war, based on reports receiver! here up to a.m., central standard time, today: Lull in Katan Battle "1. Philippine theater: "There was a lull in the battle of during the past 24 hours. Combat was limited to relatively minor patrol actions, which lacked the savage character of the fight- ing which has been almost continu- ous during the past two weeks. The Japanese troops confronting our right sector arc under the command of Lieutenant General Akira Nara, and those facing our loft are under Lieutenant General Naoki Kimura. There was no marked activity in either Feet or. "2, Netherlands Indies: "Over Java a small formation of American army P--10 fighting planes encountered a greatly superior force of. Japanese bombers, escorted by pursuit aircraft. In the ensuing combat one enemy bomber and one enemy pursuit plane were shot down. One of our planes is missing. There is nothing to report from other areas'." Yanks Coming, French Told R. A. F. bombers, doubling as dc- boys for the U. S. A., are strewing occupied France with pamphlets by the millions, proclaim- ing the gigantic scope of America's war plans and conveying to a con- quered people the implicit message: "The Yanks are coming." Presidential Secretary Stephen Karly made Known the newest scr- ies of pamphlet raids today, and disclosed that the leaflet bombard- ment was particularly intense on the lirittany peninsula. The same ports and towns were the first to see thi; doughboys a quarter of a century ago, and that maritime section of France would be one of the fir.st likely theaters of action whenever the united na- tions are leady to open a major in- vasion campaign to re-gain the con- tinent. Drop Leaflets Karly, who reported that a total of pamphlets had been dropped in the latest raids, said In- had been told that operations to date constituted ''the biggest pam- phlet bombing job ever done." More than leaflets were dropped in the initial raids a month ago. Significant or not, the Brittany area was the fir.st and only section to date to be blanketed with a new 9 Russia's President Says Germans Never Will Recapture Initiative I Rl7 t t) A A CCSVOI I __ Front line dispatches said Rus- sia's winter campaign, designed to (Soviet) republics will return to the family" of the U. S. S. R. and declared that the red armies now are approaching the borders of i White Russia, Latvia, Estonia and tacked 1 ort Moresby, on the south j Lithuania. Claims 175-Mile Gains "The Germans never will recap- ture from the red army the initia- tive which has been Kalin- in said, adding that Soviet troops (By the Associated Press) Russia's President Michael Kalin- in proclaimed today that "the hour j cripple the Germans and break their is near when all of the occupied i spring offensive before it can get republics will A communique said some damage was caused but there were no known casualties in the raid on the city, capital of Papua on southeastern New Guinea 300 miles northeast 
                            

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