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Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - February 16, 1942, Adrian, Michigan ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM Colder DtUlU rue Tkra FEBRUARY 1942 PRICE 3 SINGAPORE IS SURRENDERED TO JAPS FOR MILITARY DUTY PROCEEDS SMOOTHLY in County Expected to Sign Up at Numerous Reg istration Places NINE MILLION IN NATION For the third time in 18 months men in the county today were reg istering lor possible military service under the Selective Service Act The enrollment was for all men between 20 and 45 who hadnt reg istered It was with a somewhat differ ent attitude that men left their factory their office work and their farm duties to appear at the Adrian armory and village and township registration posts today for this time the nation actually is at The first registrants were at the armory almost before the registrars opened the doors at 7 The first group of 45 registrars was on the job right on and all mem bers of the draft the George Ralph Tew and John were down early to see that the registration started without a Work on 3 Shifts Registrars were working in three Fortyfive were on duty from 7 to 12 oclock this 45 others relieved them from 12 to 5 and the last group of 25 was to work from 5 until the closing Township and village clerks are acting as registrars throughout the with headquarters set up in every village or town Their hours of duty are also from 7 to 9 No actual figures will be released on the number of men registering but it was estimated that about threequarters as many men would sign up as in both the other For Lenawee that number would be about About of these were expected to enroll at the Thanks Registrars We want to thank all the folk who have given their time and ef CRUISER BLASTS JAPANESE Churchill Assures Empire That United Nations Will Be Able To Square Accounts Big guns of cruiser fire at targets on Wotje atoll as Navy carries out successful raid on Japanese in Marshall and Gilbert Associated Press photo from Pathe Additional pictures of the raid on the Japanese bases may be found on page seven ARUBA IS ATTACKED BY UBOAT nave given ineir ume HJJU T fort to this They have j3 Tankers Torpedoed Stand ardI Off CompanyRefinery done a grand Prentice said this The process of registration re quires only about ten The individual gives his age date and other in formation required to the registrar fills out the green On the reverse side identifying charac teristics are and after ward the registrant is given a white certificate of identification which he is to carry with him at all About 100 persons registered Saturday and Registrars throughout the county have been asked to have their cards returned to the armory by 1C oclock tomorrow The drait board will then report to Lan sing the total number of men reg istered in the Over the entire nation about men between 20 and 45 years of age were registering with of that number coming from The next to be held in late will be for those be tween 18 and 20 and 45 and age brackets representing some in These men will be classified for civilian protection and war production jobs and will bring to more than the total registered manpower for all pur The 1942 goal for the army is This may be or Nearly men from the two previous regis trations have been drafted to boost the existing army total to the neighborhood of In the first registration on Oc tober a total of men between 21 and 36 enrolled in the United and its posses On July another who had turned 21 men were making a total of Turnto REGISTRATION Page 9 GAS HEATING EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION DEADLINE MOVED UP BY WPB 16 The War Production Board Sun day changed the deadline for instal lation of gas heating equipment in stores and factories of Michigan and 16 other states from April 1 to March The order prohibits gas compan ies from delivering gas for heating homes or other new buildings un less the heating equipment is in stalled before March 1 or was specified in the construction con tract and the foundation completed before that In addition the companies may not deliver gas for the operation tf heating equipment which has been converted to gas from some other fuel unless such conversion is com pleted within ten days from the is suance of the The restrictions apply solely to gas heating equipment and donot affect cooking stoves or refrigera The WPB said the action was taken to prevent interference with war production as a result of pres ent or threatened shortages of nat ural gas in various By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Dutch West Aneta News Agency nnnnounced that enemy submarine attacked torpedoed three tankers and shelled the refinery of the Standard Oil Company of New Jer American troops recently ar rived in which is just off the shore of to protect the oil installations The refinery was only slightly damaged in the Aneta and there were no casualties on The number of casualties among the tanker crews was not learned A fourth tanker was torpedoed near Willemstad Harbor and was badly but did not One person was slightly injured on that Forecast New German Effort To Get Control Of French Fleet By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS de termined new German attempt to get immediate control of the French fleet was forecast today as members of Congress familiar with naval matterssaid Germanys suc cess in uniting its surface fleet in home waters portended a realign ment of sea forces all over the Chairman Walsh DMass of the Senate Naval Affairs Committee told reporters that the Reich might be able to muster a battle fleet capable of challenging the divided units of the United if Hit ler could add French sea power to the Nazi strength which was re inforced in home ports Thursday when two battleships and a cruiser forced the Dover Most legislators seemed to believe that the Germans would soon serve an ultimatum on they have not already done deliver up a major part of the French fleet AUSTRALIA GETS READY FOR ATTACK 16 Minister John Curtin de clared today that everything we everything which belongs to us must now be mobilized for the still At the beginning of the year France was reported to have avail able for immediate senice one bat one aircraft 14 52 destroyers and 60 sub ultimate disposition of the French fleet has been a continuing cause of the United States ever Jsince the collapse of France in It has been an important consideration in Washingtons relations with the Petain government in and on several occasions both the Uni ted States and Great Britain have made it plain that they would in terpret it as a hostile act if Vichy yielded to German pressure for control of the French Renewed uneasiness over the French fleet served only to deepen the somber mood which a monoto nous string of allied reverses has built up inexorably in the Turn to Page 3 Event Hailed as Beginning o War Era 16 J Secretary of the Navy Frank Knoj hailed the of the on battleship Alabama here toda months schedule asthe endof arid tie beginning of war And ships will pour from our yards in ever increasing quantities ships which bring us supremacy at sea ships which will bring us vic the secretary DOLLAR DAY SALES Merchants of City Will Coop erate in Event A large group of Adrian mer chants will cooperate once again Wednesday in the citys semian nual Dollar Day In the merchants co operating in the sale will pool their vast stock of merchandise so that in the Adrian area will have the benefit of typical depart ment store Bargains may battle of as a result of be found in everything from hosiery Singapores to Although many items will be offered for the sale will not be imited to merchandise in that price Stores will be open at 9 oclock Wednesday The advertisements of Adrian merchants taking part in the event appear in tomorrows edition of The They will contain many dollar day bargains to be The attitude of the government was that a Japanese attack on the large scale at tack from air and sea which may break at any become The full federal cabinet will as semble here and parlia ment is due to assemble at Can berra this Secret moves decided upon some weeks ago on the expectation that Singapore might not be among them big movements of troops and already are be ing carried Further attempts to procure ur gently needed essential materials from the United States and Great Britain are certain to be made by the No longer is there a time fac tor in which we can place reli said the prune The battle of Australia demands what the battle of Britain required We must work and fight as we have never worked and fought be c On what we do now depends everything we may like todo when this bloody test has been EXPLOSION KILLS SEAMAN NEW 16 seaman was killed and another was blown overboard by an explosion aboard the Atlantic Refining Com pany Point Breeze last night after it ran aground in Long Island Sound near City The second victim was still missing to The third naval district said a leakage in the vessels cargo of gallons of gasoline resulted in but that no fire The ship was re floated Governor Indicates Intention to Veto Time Measure 16 nor VanWagoner today indicated an intention to veto a bill adopted y the legislature which would turn back Michigan clocks an The governor said he considered significant the fact that he has received communications from 700 persons asking him to veto the measure and from 425 asking him to sign it Van Wagoner said he would take no action on the bill today but rather would discuss the situation with members of the house and senate to whether they have changed their minds on the subject ATTACKED BY BRITISH 16 bombers raided docks at the Ger manoccupied French port of St Nazaire last night after daylight forrays during which a German supply ship bombed off the Norwegian the Air Ministry announced All planes which took part in the raids returned safely to their the announcement Seek to Dispose of Pension and OCD Issues 16 The Administration made its im mediate aim today the prompt dis posal of two controversial Congressional pensions and the muchcriticized frills of the vilian defense found a new problem in the demand for a legislative investigation of the Normandie Forecasting Administration op position to the Senator Van denberg RMich prepared to lay before the Senate tomorrow a res olution authorizing the Senate Naval Affairs Committee to make an Independent investigation of the fire which swept the French lin now known as the La in New York harbor a week The Navy annnouced Saturday that a court of inquiry was being but Vandenberg said that was all the more reason why Congress should determine wheth er sabotage or criminal careless ness caused the He con tended that the Navy was respon sible for protection of the ship and should not be the only agency to decide whether its responsibility was fully Agreeing with this Chairman Walsh DMass said that if the Senate approved the Vandenberg the naval committee would studv the in quiry courts report while it was conducting its own PHILIPPINE REPORT 16 UP Heavy enemy artillery fire and in termittent infantry fighting was reported in progress today on Ba taan Peninsula in the A War Department communique said alsothat Japanese war planes were active on the fighting front The the sixth battleship o be launched under the defense building and the last of a class of four which includes the the Indiana and the South has improvements over her sister some of which lave already joined the Sec retary Knox The use of welding and other means in the he have so decreased her structural weight as to add consid erably to her capacity for armor and Governor Frank Dixon of Ala heading a large delegation from liis declared that the great battleship carries with her the hearts and hopes of all free men and women on earth AUCTIONS Auction southwest of Llnehan See on Market Auction southwest of Pal See on Market Page Auction southeast of Tecum See on Market southeast of North Victor Market See JAPS HOLD KEY TO INDIA ANWTRALIA Dumber of Prisoners and Amount of War Material Seized Not Disclosed By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TOKYO from Japanese broad celebrated lie conquest of Singapore today as tremendous achievement giving her armed forces the key to India and Australia and virtual control over vital supply routes to embat tled Even an official warning that the war is still far from won and that great struggles lie ahead failed to iampen rejoicing over the blow to British prestige and to allied strat egy in the The official announcement of the fall of the citadel over which the British flag had waved for 123 years said the surrender was com plete and but the number of prisoners and the amount of material which thus fell into Japanese hands were not immediately It was that members of the British garri son would serve as an auxiliary po lice force to maintain order unti Japanese troops could complete oc cupation of the bombbattered city The of the garrison laid down its arms at 10 oclock las night 9 and the Japanese said the captive would be marched off at once to prison The immense strategic tance of Singapore and the effec of its fall upon the future course o the war in the Pacific was empha sized by Hideo chief army press broad cast to the The passing Britisr stronghold into Japanese ie only is a strikuiL blow to the allies but seriously im aedes communications between their territories in the Indian anc Pacific Japan is in posi Canadas 2nd Victory Loan Opened 16 cond Victory Loan of X wasopened to subscribers to ay in a drive for which President oosevelt joined the official send The whose words ere recorded in Washington and roadcast last praised Can das achievements in her war ef rt to Prune Minister Mackenzie ling in a broadcast address said he new war loan is essential not nly to the immediate prosecution the and the ultimate at ainment of but equally to achievement of the new world BATTLE Like Swatting the Way They Went Pi lot Says 16 was like swatting the way they went Thus a British pilot summed up the greatest victory the RAF has won yet over the Axis planes in the battle for North Fought Saturday in the Acroma area 10 miles west of 18 American made Kittyhawk fighters were re ported officially to have shot down 20 Italian and German planes in five minutes and damaged the re mainder of an Axis force of 30 The story of the engagement was told to the Air Ministry by one of the British The enemy were just about to start ground strafing when we pounced on the pilot There were at least 30 of them but numbers didnt mean a It was like swatting the way they went On the ground below as we dived and banked I could see troops flinging their hats into the air as the ground shook to the impact of falling aircraft I counted six of the enemy hitting the ground in the tion to control the fate of India am Premier General Hideki Tojo tol the Diet the fall of Singapor marked the occupation by Japanes forces of all important bases of th United States and Great Britain used allegedly for encroachment o East He reiterated the Jap anese thesis that Japans war objec tive was a greater East Asia with the Japanese empire as the nu Imperial headquarters said tha before the Britis had made a desperate effort t evacuate part of the Singapore gar but that the attempt ha been smashed by Japanese nava units and warplanes which sanl damaged or forced aground 5 transports and A statement declared that the 5 200ton British cruiser Arethus was believed among the vesse These were listed as a ligh an auxiliary a sub two a special ves and eight includin one of Turn to Page 7 same number seconds not one enemy aircraft escaped undam NO CLOSE FIGHTING 16 pa trols were in contact with enemy forces containing armored units over a wide front from the coastal area west of Am El Gazala to about 40 miles the British com mand reported today from the Lib yan front There was a fair amount of shelling on both sides but no close encounters took said a brief which again credited the with important support forthe imperial Included for Ex pansion of Civilian Pilot Training 16 The House Appropriations Com mittee approved today a 700 appropriation bill for the Stat Commerce and Justice Depar ments and the judiciary which car ried a fund for expan sion of civilian pilot The committee said in a repor that the training program alreac had provided instruction for more than of whom had gone into the armed service and advised the House If this war is to be ob viously it will be won with plane and We are setting abou on a huge expansion of our a Scores of thousands of pil ots will be The budget bureau had recom mended only for th training and the committee esti mated its higher figure would prc vide training for pilots com pared with pilots in th budget The measure showed an appar decrease of fron the total carried for the depar merits last but that was mor than offset by elimination of item of last year fo development of landing areas to b used for national defense unde the of the Civil Aeronau ics ASKS FOR CONFIDENCE DEFEAT OF SUMATRA TURNS INTO MAJR BATTLE utch Annihilate 700 Para chutists Who Tried to Seize Airdromes PUT TORCH TO Feb 16 lavagely battered Japanese troops aptured rich oil cen er of Southern today jut Allied planes inflicted great on thethousands of nvaders who swept aside strong Jutch Bombers and fighters of the Jnited Nations took strong actions igainst Japanese ships on the Musi where a beachhead was es tablished By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS major battle raged in Southern Su matra today as Dutch colonial orces fought desperately to stem a seaborne Japanese invasion aft er smashing a force of 700 para chutists who had attempted to seize control of vital The immediate objective of the who began landing at the mouth of the Musi River yester day morning from a fleet of trans was the rich oil center of a city with a normal eace time of about only 250 miles northwest of Turn to Page 2 Bids People to Draw Vital Im pulse of Victory from Misfortune By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 16 standing before his peo ple in one of the blackest hours of their has assured them that the United Nations will be found fully capable of squaring all ac counts and the question before Britain today is how strong remains her faith in his Although he bore a message ot the Prime Minister de clared that ultimately the over whelming fact that the war would be that the power of the United States and its vast resources are in it with It fell to the Prime Minister yes terday to broadcast to the empire the most dismal news for its people since Dunkirk Singapore has All the Malay Peninsula has been over That bare statement was all that Britain was told of the loss of her great fortress and the fate of its valiant defenders except for Japans announcement that Singapore had surrendered But Churchill frankly acknowl edged it to be a heavy andfar reaching defeat though he ICI ANDvvas PleadmS for he told loLAnU Britain in unvarnished words Other dangers gather about us out there and none of the dangers which we have hitherto faced suc cessfully at home and in the east are in any way The loss of the island guardian of the gateway to the In dian Ocean and a rampart for the of theDutch East indies and came after a week of dismaying news for news which had raised a cry of doubt in the empires The Prime Minister did not men tion the feat of a German naval squadron in slipping home through the English Channel in defiance of Britains home defenders he did not Japans growing threat to Burma he touched but briefly on the dark picture in Turn to Page 2 JAPANESE COLUMNS STRIKE NAZI WINTER LINES By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS sol diers striving to crush Germanys spring offensive even before it starts were reported today to have smashed into Hitlers basic winter meeting German reserve troops in furious battle and throw ng back counterattacks with iieavy losses to the Dispatches from the front said the Russians had advanced 30 miles during the past few days in one It was not The Red army driving through White Russia is within 72 miles of the old Polish frontier and the Wilno Vilna district on the southeast frontier of a Stockholm dispatch broadcast by the British radio Turn to Page 9 Campaign Is About to Enter Critical Phase 16 IP Imperial support ed by volunteer American and Ca nadian were locked in fierce combat today with two Japanese columns striking across Burma toward 40 miles northwest of fallen Martaban on the Rangoon Capture of Thaton would pave the way for a Japanese thrust along the rail line to 40 miles away and on the main Bur ma which the invaders hope to cut and thus close the back door supply route to The chief Japanese threat ap peared to be developing in the vi cinity of six miles east of toward which one col umn was striking from a bridge head on the west bank of the Sal ween River near about six miles farther The rther Japanese column was attempting to fight its way up the coast from aided by landing parties put ashore from small boats in Martaban Dispatch Describes Surrender Of British To The Japanese By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A Domei dispatch from Singapore gave this account of the British surrender to the Japanese Lieut Tomoyuki commander in chief of the Japanese expeditionary dictating Jap anese terms for the surrender of Singapore at the historic 59minute meeting last night with commander in chief of British forces in per emptorily accepted full responsibil ity for the lives of British and Au stralian troops as well as British women and children remaining in rely upon Japanese bushido Yamashita de manded swift compliance with the Japanese terms for The following conversation took place between the Japanese and British commanders Yamashita I wish replies to be brief and to the I will only listen to unconditional Percival Yamashita Have any Japanese soldiers been captured by the Brit ish Percival not a single Yamashita What about Japan ese residents Percival All Japanese residents interned by the British have been sent to their lives are fully protected by the Indian Yamashita I shant hear I am not asking whether you wish to surrender or and if you wish I insist it be What is your yes or no Percival Will you give me un til tomorrow Yamashita Tomorrow I can not and it is that Japanese forces will have to attack tonight Percival How about waiting un til Tokyo time Singapore time or Eastern War Turn to Page 2 ;