Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, October 17, 1942

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October 17, 1942

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Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Newspaper) - October 17, 1942, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin TRIBUNE WANT ADS HAVE POWER ONE TRIAL WILL CONVINCE YOU. CONSTR Rairids NEWS P AUCTION CALEN- DAR NOTICES, BRING BIG CROWDS TO YOUR SALE. Twenty-Ninth 8988. Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Saturday, October 17, Single Copy Five Cents 1 REDS RETREAT; STALINGRAD'S PERIL MOUNTS SCHOOLS START SCRAP ON WAY TO JUNK YARDS School children of Wood county wound up their salvage drive today, and from the scrap herps in school yards throughout the _ county the metal, rubber, rags, and other ma- terials began flowing into the junk yards. Report Results Next Week There was no comprehensive esti- mate on how much had been added to the amount of scrap previously reported from the current drive, but every rural school had its pile. Coun- ty Superintendent S. G. Corey said definite reporting will start Monday, and a-tabulation will be made as rapidly as the reports come in. The Wood county salvage cam- paign will continue next week, with officials of townships, cities and vil- lages taking up the work where the school pupils leave off, and concen- trating particularly on larger scrap items difficult for the children to handle. In Wisconsin Rapids today, collec- tion of salvage lagged. The city street department had made but one truck available for the collection work this morning. Another truck was added this afternoon. Continue Pickup Monday Floyd Franson, local salvage chairman, said the pickup work will continue Monday, and asked house- holders to keep their scrap ready un- til then. Because of the small num- ber of trucks working, the delay could not be avoided, Mr. Franson said. The regular Wednesday salvage collection will continue here, Mr. Franson said. Householders may call 919, giving name and address, and a city truck will call on the Wednesday following. Highway Commissioner Ray Brayback said three Cranmoor, Seneca and requested highway department trucks to call for scrap collected by Battle Raging in Solomons CONFLICT MAY PRODUCE MAJOR SEA ENCOUNTER Army B-26 bombers attacked and probably sank one destroyer, damaged an- other and set a cargo ship on fire, the navy announced today. in attacks on Japanese shipping and naval forces at and near Kiska island in the Aleutians. An apparent- Flood Crest Moves oh Capital, Leaving Many Homeless, Several Dead roiling-, debris laden crest of the I worst flood in Washington history roared down on the nation's [capital early today, leaving a mounting toll of dead, homeless and damage in its wake over nearby lowland areas of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. With full force of the record flood yet to strike, a miniature army of men and by presidential furiously through the night, raising and CRANMOOR SCHOOL GETS IN THE SCRAP-Here are Principal Lawrence Iverson, third from right, and a group of his Cranmoor state graded school pupils showing off the fine pile of scrap materials gathered by the pupils of the district. Cranmoor pupils went to town in a manner that bids fair to rank the school high among the districts of Wood county which went all-out this week to gather scrap. Several tons of scrap is represented in the pile pictured" here Friday morning and more was coming in. This picture was taken by Mrs. E. E. Bennett of Cranmoor. schools in those districts. The Sen- eca and Lincoln collections began today and the Cranmoor hauling will be done Monday.' WPA Trucks Busy Herman Plenke, supervisor of the WPA collection work, said the two WPA trucks will take care of the Hansen town collection, beginning Monday. Heavy flow of scrap into yards here was indicated by the report of Robert M. DeGuere, chairman of salvage for south Wood county. Mr. types of fuel oils. DeGuere said about 100 tons had come into junk yards here in the last two days. House Rejects Requirement of Full Year's Pre-Combat Training for New Draftees REGISTER FUEL OIL DEALERS Tuesday and Wednesday next week all fuel oil wholesalers, in- cluding those selling distillate, kerosene or any grade of fuel oil for heating or oil for lighting pur- poses, must register at the local war price and rationing board in the city hall. To Distribute Applications Dealers in this area will be sup- plied with consumer applications and the dealers, in turn, will dis- tribute the applications to home owners or commercial users of all Backing up the army's high command, the house refused today to consider amendments to the 18 and 19-year-old draft bill which would have barred use of teen age troops in foreign combat until first trained for a year on American soil. With passage of the bill by nightf all. apparently assured, the house blocked the training period amend- ment by adopting a rule preventing consideration of any amendments offered from the floor except those bearing directly on changing the present 20 to 45 age range for sel- ective service. Rock County Makes Quota Rock county and the city of Janes- ville stood out today in the state salvage campaign. According to the Associated Press, the Rock county total now is pounds, or 112 pounds per capita. At Janesville a celebration of the successful drive reached a climax in a ceremony in which Hitler was hung in effigy, placed in a metal casket, and hauled to the scrap pile for the crowning contribution. W. E. Simons, state chairman, in- dicated that many communities in Wisconsin are holding their drives over into next week, and even pre- paring for new efforts. Preliminary totals will be prepared next week, subject to revision, he said. In the Hold Industrialist in Enemy Alien Roundup New FBI an- nounced today that the co-owner of a corporation engaged in war production until this month was one of 55 enemy aliens seized in roundups during the week. P. E. Foxworth, FBI special agent in New York, who declined to make public the name of the corporation executive, said that the prisoner was a German alien and a brother of a lieutenant general in the German army. Any user of heating or lighting oil can apply to his supplier any time after Wednesday, October 28, for his application, according to Fred Bushnell, local board execu- tive secretary. Individual applica- tions will not, under any circum- stance, be made out at the local ration "board. Applications are simple enough so that any person who can read and write can fill them out, Bushnell said. Further consumer information will be an- nounced early next week. Dealers Must Be Licensed All fuel oil dealers are requested to apply as soon as possible start- ing Tuesday morning at the local rationing board office for forms as dealers have to be certified and licensed to sell fuel oil. This is compulsory and must be done eith- er Tuesday or Wednesday to enable dealers to sell fuel oil starting Thursday, October 29. Consumers are requested not to call the local ration office for any information as they will be able to get it from their dealer or source of supply starting October 29. in the JOINS NAVAL RESERVE Harry Steve Rucinski, of 1911 Eighth street south, town of Grand Rapids, has enlisted in the con- struction section of the United States naval reserve. He joined at Milwaukee and has returned home to wait call to active duty. Read Letter from Marshall The action came on a standing vote of 212 to 42, following the reading of a letter from General George C. Marshall, army chief of staff. The committee had rejected the 12 months minimum training provis- ion when it approved the hill Thurs- day. General Marshall urged congress to "trust our judgment and our own insistence that we fight only with trained units." However, the chief of staff ex- plained, "such a limitation" as that proposed would "impose an almost impossible" administrative burden on the wax department. Doesn't Want Hands Tied Marshall reiterated what he pre- No October Draft Quota Called Here For the first time in many months, the south Wood county selective service district will not send a draft quota into the United States army. The district selective service board announced today that enlist- ments in regular branches of the armed forces had filled the small quota which had been allotted to this district for the month of Octo- ber. Although the quota figure for this month was not given out, board clerks said it was smaller than for the past months. The No- vember quota, however, will be higher, comparable to the number of men taken in previous months. The north Wood county selective viously had told the military com- sepice hoard today sent 83 men to Post-War Tax Rebates for Corporations Win Approval Washington Post-war rebates for corporations today won approval of a joint senate-house con- ference committee, also agreed to retention in the new rev- enue bill of an over all limitation of 80 per cent on business taxation. committee expect- ed to complete its work on the mea- sure during the afternoon. Accept Senate Provision It voted to accept a senate pro- vision to pemnt corporations to take current credits for debt reductions or for post-war rebates of 10 per cent of their excess profits taxes. The 80 per cent limitation, com- mittee members said, would affect only corporations with earnings high enough to carry them- into the bracket of 90 per cent taxation of excess profits. their combined normal, surtax and I taxes exceeded 80 per cent of their net income, the liability automatical- ly would be reduced to that amount. Scheduled for consideration also were senate approved proposals to amend the law governing the rene- gotiation of war contracts and a pro- vision setting up a joint congres- sional committee to study the possi- bility of establishing some form of compulsory savings to aid in financ- ing war expenditures. To Iron Out Minor Points In the background were various disputed excise and miscellaneous taxes over which no lengthy argu- ment was expected. Working to compromise senate and house differences so the meas- ure could be brought to a final vote next week, the conferees settled sev- eral major controversial points yes- terday. the normal training period lasts at least a year but the army does not desire to be tied to such a program by law. The war department, Marshall emphasized in his letter, has no in- tention of sending untrained men into combat. He conceded that many American soldiers were engaged with the enemy during the last war without having first had reasonable training, and said the army heads had no intention of permitting that situation to occur again. Should the 12 months training re- quirement be made mandatory, Marshall wrote, "we would, in effect, have to put thousands'upon thou- sands of men "on the shelf" after their essential training had been completed before we could use them. In the air corps alone, pos- sibly such men would be in- volved." Fish Protests Rule "This protested Rep. Fish Milwaukee for their physical exam- inations. The contingent went to Milwaukee in two special busses. in the Chicago Motorist Is Hurt in Crash Here A Chicago motorist was injured and over damage done to his car and two local vehicles collided in an- other accident last night in the city, police reported today. The injured man was Robert Gross, 35, who received lacerations to his head and hands at a. m. Friday when his car turned from Baker street south on to Eighth street and struck a utility pole. No damage was done to the pole but the grill, a fender and bumper were damaged on Gross' vehicle. Cars driven by John Malicke, city, and John Luth, Route 4, Wisconsin Rapids, collided on East Grand ave- nue near the post office at p m. Friday as Malicke was starting to "denies to the member-1 drive east and Luth was passing ship of the house the right to insist upon one years' training before DRAFT Page 9 Zurfluh Is Promoted to Lieut. Commander Joseph A. Zurfiuh, of Whitefish Bay, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Zurfluh, Nekoosa, has been promoted from lieutenant to lieutenant commander in the United States navy. He is now in Minneapolis and will be transferred to Alliance, 0., where he will be an inspector of naval ma- terials. His wife and two children live in Whitefish Bay. In the THORPE HUNTER KILLED Medford, Theodore Wolczyk, 21, of Thorpe, was killed yesterday in a hunting accident in the town of Ford, Taylor county, yesterday. He was struck in the chest by a bullet accidentally dis- charged from the rifle of a compan- ion. him, also going east. Minor fender damage was done to the Malicke car. in the Mob Lynches Negro Convicted of Murder Laurel, Miss. Howard Wash, a Negro sentenced to life im- prisonment yesterday for the mur- der last May 18 'of Clint Welborn, a dairyman, was taken from the jail today and lynched. Two companies of Mississippi State Guards from Jackson arriv- ed to patrol the jail and vicinity. Five other Negroes, one accused of attacking a white woman and four held on murder charges, were taken to Jackson for safekeeping. There was no indication of fur- ther trouble. Today's was the third lynching in Mississippi this week. Two 14-year-old Negro boys were hanged by a mob near Shubuta Monday after they pkaded guilty to attacking a 13-year-old white school- girl. ly decisive conflict for domination of the southwest Pacific raged in the Solomon islands today between American forces and strengthened Japanese troops supported by a heavy invasion fleet. Bitter Ground Fighting The enemy's effort to dislodge U. S. marines and army troops from the important Guadalcanal airbase which the Americans seized last Au- gust brought heavy fire from newly landed Japanese artillery and bitter ground fighting. In addition to enemy transports which have poured reinforcements to the Japanese-held north shore of the island and the warships which have shelled American positions, the navy reported yesterday that a large enemy fleet concentration had been sighted near Shortland is- lands, 260 miles northwest of Guadalcanal. Naval quarters saw likelihood of a major sea battle in this crucial conflict of the Solomons, possibly even greater than at Midway or in the CoralSBea. Bomb Big Jap Ship Gen. Douglas MacArthur's Au- stralian headquarters, however, re- ported last night (today, Australian time) that allied planes, continuing to support American forces in the Solomons, had bombed a large ene- my merchant ship at Buin across the passage from Shortland island. The navy also disclosed that some of its motor torpedo boats were en- gaged in the Solomons action and said that they had attacked enemy warships shelling the American positions on Guadalcanal, _the night of Oct. 14-15, and reported a prob- able hit on a cruiser. Win Back U. S. Guns During the defense of their Guad- alcanal base, U. S. marines captured from the Japs 40 American-built 75 millimeter guns which they believe fell into enemy hands in the Philip- pines fighting several months ago, a report from the south Pacific stated. While army and navy officials awaited word on progress of the fighting on embattled Guadalcanal, Secretary of the Navy Knox assert- ed "there's no concealing there's good, stiff, tough fight on which has not yet been determined." Blast Japs in Aleutians Meanwhile, the enemy invaders in the Aleutian islands at the opposite end of the Pacific war front were undergoing a terrific bombardment. The navy reported that on Thurs- day explosives and incendiaries were rained on Kiska, the last Japa- nese foothold in the islands. Many- large fires were started and three enemy seaplanes destroyed on the water. MacArthur's allied troops in New Guinea pushed the Japanese slightly further back toward the enemy in- vasion base at Kokoda but the com- munique also disclosed that the Japanese had extended their occu- pation to some villages on the northeastern coast. Get In the Scrap! NEW FIRST AID CLASS A new first aid class for women will be organized by the local civili- an defense corps. Wednesday eve- ning at the council chamber of the city hall. The class will meet from 8 to 10 p. m. Wednesday evenings and is open to all women interested in first aid. strengthening seawalls against the raging Potomac river. Evacuate Threatened Areas And as the water crept up, more and more threatened areas were evacuated, adding to the emergency food and shelter problems. While official reports listed only four known dead, scores were mis- sing in the tri-state area and the homeless ran into thousands. Offi- cials said damage already was being reckoned in terms of millions of dol- lars. Virginia Cities Isolated Fort Royal, Va., remained com- pletely marooned and both Winches- ter and Culpepper, Va., were still isolated early today. With the Rappahannock river also on the rampage, Fredericksburg, Va., was reported hardest hit. Al- though the 45 foot high flood wat- ers that brought its worst disaster in history and left at least 200 fam- ilies homeless had begun to recede, the city remained in dire straits. It had no electric power, its drink- ing water supply was contaminated and there was little hope of either being restored within the next two days. Hospital Escapes Damage Fears of serious danger to the Mary Washington hospital at Fred- ericksburg subsided as the waters failed to enter the building's first story. Weather bureau and army engi- neers warned the at about 18 come after dawn along the waterfront here, and that every hour it was delayed would mean higher water. In the Signs Point to Allied Effort to Recapture Burma New Delhi Lieutenant General Joseph W. Stilwell, chief of staff of allied forces in China, ar- rived from Chungking today and said he would see General Sir Ar- chibald Wavell, British commander- in-chief in India, tomorrow. The arrival of Stilwell, who di- rected Chinese forces in the battle of Burma last spring, coincided with growing speculation on pros- pects of allied attempts at a come- back against the Japanese there. The belief that some major oper- ation might be developing was strengthened yesterday by the re- turn of General from an inspection tour which took him across India's Burma frontier. Ralph Mar- tin, 27, of Port Edwards, has been awarded the silver star for gal- lantry in action with the army air- force in the Pacific. He is shown in the uniform of his unit's base- ball team in Hawaii. Chungking Sinkings by American and British submarines have forced Japanese warships to abandon use of Camranh bay in Indo-China, according to a fighting Frenchman who recently escaped from that Japanese-occupied French colony. The bay is the site of one of the finest naval bases in Asia. in the WRECK JAP TROOP TRAIN hundred Japanese were killed or injured when a troop train struck a Chinese mine near Shanhsiatu, northern Kiangsi province, the Chinese an- nounced today. The blast demolished six coaches packed with Japanese and damaged a steel bridge, Kiang- si dispatches said. RECEIVES MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY Corp. Ralph Martin 27, formerly of Port Edwards, today was one of three Wisconsin army airforce men who were decorated for gal- lantry in action in the Pacific the- ater of war. He was awarded the silver star. Shot Down Jap Planes As a member of the crew of a Flying Fortress, Corporal Martin, who made his home with a sister, Mrs. George Elliott at Port Ed- wards, helped fight off 20 Japan- ese Zero fighting planes, seven of which were shot down in a 25-min- ute air battle over the Rabaul air- drome on August 7. Corporal Martin was among Am- erican air heroes who were award- ed a total of 386 medals at an ad- vanced operational base somewhere in Australia. The Associated Press report called the mass representa- tion of awards the greatest in the United States army's brief but col- orful history in the southwest Paci- fic. The awards included distinguish- ed service crosses, silver stars, dis- tinguished flying crosses, purple hearts and soldiers' medals, the dis- patch said. They were presented by Maj. Gen. George C. Kenney, com- mander of all allied air forces in the area. The ceremonies lasted two hours. Last Heard from in May No details of the action in which Corporal Martin earned his coveted medal were learned. He was last with a bombardment group, accord- ing to his sister, and in a letter to her written last May from Ha- waii he said he transferred soon. expected to be She had heard Nazis Use Dakar Incident to Back Demands on France L o n d o (IP) A Vichy an- nouncement that a Dakar naval Flier was killed in an engagement over French West Africa was used by Berlin propagandists today as ammunition in their fight for fur- ther labor and tactical concessions from France. "Fighting activities have started over the Berlin radio de- clared in broadcasting the terse communique issued by the admir- alty of Pierre Laval's government last night. Captain Dailliere, a flight offi- cer at the strategic Senegalese port who formerly commanded the sub- marine depot ship Jules Verne, was identified as the victim. It was implied that his opponent was a united nations airman. A recent axis broadcast declar- ed American and British troops were concentrated in British Gam- bia and that they were disembark- ing as well in the Belgian Congo and British Nigeria, below the West African hump. (Gambia is a British crown col- ony and protectorate which wedges eastward into Senegalese territory for 180 miles from the Atlantic. Narrow, it follows the Gambia riv- er basin. (French air patrols covering both northern and southern reaches of Senegal would have the choice of attempting to fly over British soil or charting a hairpin course inland around Gambia.) nothing from him since that time. Known to baseball fans through- out central Wisconsin as Corp Martin was employed by Ne- koosa-Edwards Paper company be- fore enlisting in the airforce in October, 1940. He was stationed at Hickam field, Honolulu, when the Japanese started the war with the- attack on Pearl Harbor. Pitcher for Wisconsin Rapids and Port Edwards teams for several years, Corporal Martin continued his interest in baseball in the ar- my. He was a member of his squad- ron team in Hawaii and was chosen on an all-star team picked from units there. The other Wisconsin fliers de- corated were Sergeant Herbert Lemke, of Sheboygan, and Private George Lynch, of Madison. in the Set Trial Date for Former Court Clerk Janesville, Wis. Mrs. Bernadine Richardson, fo r m e r clerk of Dane county superior court, will be tried in circuit court at Jefferson December 14 on charges of malfeasance and embezzlement. The trial date was fixed yester- day by Circuit Judge Jesse Earle, who granted the request of Defense Attorney Paul Gridfith, of Madison, for a continuance after the case was brought here on a change of venue. Judge Earle also granted the mo- tion of District Attorney Norris E. Maloney, of Dane county, to amend the original information, adding three charges of malfeasance and four of embezzlement. The embezzle- ment counts total 1787.80. i CITY PASSING THRU DARKEST HOURS OF SIEGE army- troops, defiant against odds that had forced four' retreats through a strategically impor- tant industrial section of north Stalingrad, battled fiercely to- day to prevent the Germans from fanning out along the banks of the Volga and break- ing the flanks of the defense. (Berlin broadcasts say the Ger- mans already have won the west bank of the Volga on a two mila front.) Stalingrad was experiencing her! darkest hours of siege. Withdrawal Is Orderly The Russians destroyed every-N thing of value before leaving settlement and their withdrawal: was orderly, the newspaper Izves-j tia said. 1 Although the Russians were forc-1 ed to abandon the settlement under; German bombing, tank attacks and the fire of some infantry- men, the newspaper Red Star said they checked the enemy outside that district. The invaders regrouped. Later in this fourth day of the new German offensive the Soviet information bureau announced a. withdrawal in one sector, not speci- fically identified, and dispatches said the battle was intensified as further Nazi reserves swung into line to bolster the shock forces al- ready numerically superior. Nazis Gain Elsewhere A fourth withdrawal of Soviet forces at Stalingrad was announced by the noon communique, which al- so reported that "at heavy cost, the Germans managed to advance slightly" in a plane-supported at- tack southeast of Novorossisk. The Red .army's, high reporting the third Russian retreat within 48 hours before the revital- ized Nazi at midnight that "after stubborn fight- ing, our units withdrew from one of the city's settlements." The communique did not identify the settlement, but the industrial- ized northern suburb was named previously as the target of a three- day-old drive by two German in- fantry divisions and auxiliary ar- mored and aerial forces along a one-mile-wide salient. (A Berlin broadcast yesterday declared the Germans had now oc- cupied half of 54th Day of Siege Despite the setbacks, Russian troops "are repulsing furious at- tacks by numerically superior en- emy forces" in the area of the bat- tered city, the communique announc- ed in this 54th day of the siege. Large scale artillery and patrol activity was indicated on several 9 Germans Threaten New: Reprisals on Prisoners German gov- ernment has decided to treat its prisoners, British, Russian and pre- sumably French, as a unit and any; 'mistreatment" of German prison- ers on any front "will have to be paid for by the entirety of war prisoners taken by German soldiers without regard to such prisoners' the Berlin radio an- nounced last night. The controversy over the shack- ling of prisoners was thus advanc- ed another step by the German high command, which said it felt obliged "not only to protect tha honor of German soldiers, but also to secure the humane treatment of German prisoners in the hands of the enemy." The Berlin announcement said! that if German soldiers were "mis- treated" on the Russian front, re- prisals would be taken on allied prisoners in German hands, what- ever their nationality. in YANKS IN LIBERIA London (JP) A Reuters dis- patch today from Monrovia, Lib- eria, said United States troops have arrived in that Negro repub- lic on the bulge of West Africa. THE WEATHER For Wisconsin: Little change in temperature in south and east portions; cooler in northwest por- tion this after- noon through Sunday forenoon. Today's 'Weatherv Facts- Maximum temperature for hour period ending at 7 a. m., 68; minimum temperature for 24-hoiu; period ending at 7 a. m., 33; tempers ature at 7 a. m., 34. ;