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Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - January 23, 1942, Adrian, Michigan ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM Continued Mild JANUARY 1942 ASKED FOR WAtPUNES Army Official Wants Planes for Our Offensive Knockout Blow HEAR ARNOLDS TESTIMONY By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 23 The House heard a solemn appeal today for speedy action on a 474 appropriation for new planes to help achieve control of the air over the Russian front the Mediterranean and the Pacific for the United States and its Opening debate on the unprece dented appropriation the largest single military fund in the history of Congress Chairman Cannon DMoJ of the House Appropria tions Committee told his colleagues The whole issue of this war de pends on taking and holding control of the air in every theater of the Until we have secured control over the Russian the Medi terranean and the Pacific we can not begin our first step toward win ning the Cannon said that the fact that the measure was ready for debate only four days after President Roosevelt requested it indicated the unity and unanimity of Congress and the American people in support of the Administration and of the defense He noted that the planes to be provided would by no means achieve President goal of planes this year and 125 000 in This is not to carry out that part of the Presidents Cannon The principal pur pose is to continue production at the present If this money is we will reach a peak of production in August And he told of a serious disloca tion ahead in lines that have been operating on refrigerators and many other conveniences are dead We are producing an ever in creasing number of the finest kind of planes in the Cannon told the in discounting pub lic criticism of American aircraft Traffic Rolls On Despite Rationing 23 Mich igan motorists have pledged them selves to travel economy since the rationing went into it has yet to be recorded by the state highway assistant di rector of the departments planning said today that daily traf fic counts for the first half of Janu ary showed little more than sea sonal decreases and in some in stances less than normal traffic He pointed that open road spot checks at this time of the year could not be taken as indicative of the public reaction to the rationing program which went into effect January Persons traveling long distances now mainly are farmers and salesmen who cannot dispense with use of their McMonagle It will take at least two or until milder weather normally induces pleasure drives to determine whether the average motorist is budgeting his He said a current survey in the nearDetroit area revealed no de crease in traffic but attrib uted the fact to the ever swelling ranks of defense workers who must jet to their jobs by Traffic Surveyed A crosssection survey of the lighway departments 32 counting McMonagle produced the following results north of cars daily for the first half of compared with for the corresponding period in De a decrease of per Normal season December to per TO REACH DECISION First of Possible NLRB RunOff Elections Likely Within 2 Weeks CIO GROUP IS LEADER Three rival unions seeking bar gaming rights at the Bohn Alum mum Brass Corporation and Magnesium Fabricators plants failed to reach a decision in a NLRB election None of the unions received a majority vote and the indications are that the first of two possible runoff elections will be held within two The names of all three unions will go back on the ballot in the first such The UAWCIO led in the ballot ing yesterday with 279 votes while the Independent Magnesium Aluminum Workers were just three votes behind with The UAWAFL was third with 198 Twentytwo employees of the company voted for no Fifteen ballots were challenged to make a total of 790 ballots Procedure for RunOff According to George Halver NLRB representative who conducted the election with the iielp of an the procedure Jerome provides Invite Criticism Now we do not deprecate crit268 Per cent he We invite No doubt there has been some some excess some lost mo Economy and war produc tion do not go and we must expect that there will not be 100 per cent Our principal he is to get those planes ov er and get them over there in His voice lowered as he told the House that General MacArthurs gallant little force of de fending the stars and stripes on were not worried about north of Mt January December decrease of 20 per Normal decrease per south of January December decrease of per Normal decrease per south of South January December decrease per cent Normal de crease per east of January December de crease per Normal de crease per north of New January December decrease per Normal de crease per west of fanuary December decrease per cent the cost of that they wanted only the tools vvith which to fight Turn to Page 9 Editors note The following dis patch indicates that a Japanese peace offensive has been launched to detach China from the lineup of the United 23 Official Broadcast Recorded by dressing parliament this Premier General Hideki Tojo reit erated Japanese Willingness to ac cept any Chungking overtures for peaceful reconciliation if that gime changes its He declared that although Japan has been fighting Chungking for five years she still regarded China as a sister nation and has not changed her mind about receiving Chungking with open arms if she only rectifies her mistaken Japan is chastising a spoiled child who was pampered by Anglo the premier He asserted that past faults in China wouldvanish with the dis appearance of AngloAmerican in Now is the time for Chinas leaders to and I take this occasion to urge them to do Doubts Peace Rumors 23 Wellington Chinese am bassador to told a press conference today he doubted very much the rumors that China might conclude a separate peace with Ja He said that the situation in Malaya and the South Seas in gen eral gives us cause for but that he knew the government and the people were confident of the ultimate outcome of the strug Even if a statement about a sep arate peace had been he de it would not in any way reflect either the the sen timents or the determination of the Chinese MUENSTER ATTACKED 23 Air Force bombers carried out a con centrated attack on Muenster last the air ministry announced i Small LatinAmerican Nations Talk of Drafting Quit Stalling Ultimatum By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RIO DE Irked over repeated a group of small nations the Dominican Republic and talked today of drafting a quit stalling ultimatum to force action on the antiAxis reso lution which has tied up the con ference of PanAmerican foreign The little fellows of the confer ence were openly critical of yes terdays proceedings which left them cooling their heels in com mittee rooms while the delegates of Mexico and the United States wrangled be hind closed doors over the exact wording of the resolution calling for a diplomatic break with the Some conference circles forecast that Colombia and Vene zuela the three nations which in troduced the original antiAxis resolution last week might lead a bloc of smaller countries in an attempt to force the fight onto the floor of the full political commit tee Weve had enough of hotel room one delegate pointing out that conferees took it upon themselves to redraft the resolution before it was even dis cussed by the subcommittee of the political Once again it was Argentina who backed water after accepting Wednesday night a compromise resolution stating that the Ameri cas could not continue diplomatic relations with the Axis in view of the aggression against the United An informed source said the government in Buenos Aires rais ed objections to the to which Foreign Minister En rique Ruiz head of the Argentine Turn to Page 2 JAPANESE AIR BASE ATTACKED BY BOMBERS 23 Jap anese base in French IndoChina which was attacked by Chinese bombers yesterday was the Reuters reported today in a dispatch from Reuters said 15 fighter planes of the American volunteer group took part in the carried out by 57 The others were 27 Chi nese bombers and 15 Chinese fight Not a Japanese plane took off to offer the dispatch and all of the Chinese and Ameri can planes returned that any one of the three unions may petition the NLRB for a run off If that is union officials say it will be done no union choice will be taken off the ballot at the next Employees then may vote either for the independent the UAWCIO or the UAW If no union receives more than half of the total vote cast in the next election then the union group receiving the least number of votes go off the ballot in a fi nal election between the two lead Under the NLRB procedure three plant elections may be re quired to determine a bargaining Robert president of the independent said last night that the independent group defi nitely would petition the labor board for a runoff Ken neth international represen and Joseph busi ness agent of the UAWAFL both said that they would petition for another election if the UAWCIO or the independent union didnt take such Wont Petition John international representative of the said that with the CIO leading in yesterdays election he wouldnt petition for a runoff contest but that the CIO would be ready for a show down vote at any We wont petition for an he because for all we know the company may want to recog nize us as the bargaining agency After we received the most Halverson said that about 936 company employees were eligible to vote at yesterdays election With only 790 ballots cast it was evident that more than 100 men who were eligible to vote didnt go to the Voting booths were arranged in one corner of the Bohn Halverson said thai the election was conducted in an orderly manner and went off with out a Observers represent ing the three union groups anc the company were on hand during the election and during the count ing of the Because the 15 challenged bal lots would not have any direct bearing on the outcome of the election and because they woulc give no union group a majority vote the challenges will not be con Halverson said they in volved technical points concerning the working status of the If the votes had a bearing on the re sult of the he hear ings would be held to determine the eligibility of the Members of the union groups received news of the vote last night at their respective head It required about an hour to count the ballots after the polls closed at 6 Reds Lay Trap For Germans At Vyazma THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 23 A Russian trapfor German divisions fleeing flanking oa direct was in the making today at on the Smolensk highway 125 mile west of Russian troops striking across snow drifts at the German rear guard were only 40 miles from Vyazma and other Red army fore es were converging from the northeast in an effort to cut of the main reports from Mos cow Capture of 17 miles west of was announcec by the Russian information bu The Moscow dispatches im plied a gain of approximately eight miles more in 24 Repeated Russian claims to the edge in recent aerial fighting were developed in two A Russian information bureau statement said Fifteen German planes weredestroyed January 21 We lost The Soviet War publish ed in declared that Ger many was straining every facility in an attempt to bring into pro duction next spring new fighters and bombers to challenge the bet ter Aliiedmade aircraft The writer was Stefan ovsky of the Red army air The only new type German fighter now a factor on the Rus sian Stefanovsky is the Heinkel It was credited with a a speet of 400 miles an two 20milli meter cannon and two machine The model was declared to have serious however notably complexity of design ant operation and a cooling system easily disabled by damage to the The colonel said the discovered early in the campaign that their fighters anc bombers were from 20 to 30 miles an hour slower than Red army but had first attempted mod ernization of existing His views appeared to reports current in some quarters that German aircraft out put recently had fallen off sharp due primarily to retooling for new Two of these were said to be an ME115 single seater with a motor and a speed of 400 or more miles an and an ME210 with ex pected to Germans Russian support British IS METAL IS STOLEN FROM MACHINE SHOP AT CEMENT CITY Special to Tie Telegram CEMENT machine shop of the Consolidated Portland Cement Company here was broken into and a quantity of valuable metals stolen some tune last Discovery of the theft was made when employees came to work this The thieves apparently used a bolt clipper to cut the lock and gain entrance while the night watchman was in another part of the superintendent of the plant said that approximate ly 75 pounds of Babbitt metal and a keg of brass valves were A check is being made to see if anything else was State po lice from the Jonesville post in vestigated the HANGED 23 VP Ar thur 37yearold former was hanged in Bordeaux jail today for the murder of his wife last Simoneau was convicted Oct 22 of stabbing his wife to death with a pair of scissors and battering her head with a Simoneau tes ified he killed his wife in selfde ense during a struggle in which she tried to stab Gasoline Transport Truck Crashes Into LeRoy Bridge Traffic on the AdrianDeerfield road was blocked at the LeRoy bridge for six hours yesterday af ternoon and evening when an gallon gasoline transport truck ant trailer went off the side of th road leading to the The truck had entered the narrow bridge from the west but the trail er jackknifed and came to a stop against the steel girder of the John Miller of River Rouge driver of the said that he saw a car approaching from the east as he drove down the grade that leads to the bridge on the west He applied the brakes bul the slippery pavement preventet them from holding and the truck skidded to the bridge The driver of the approaching car started across the bridge but stopped after the truck came to its crashing then backed up and Miller said he tried to get the license Miller was unhurt in the acci State police were called and they directed traffic for several A large number of automo biles driven by persons going home from work were forced to turn back and take another The front end of the truck was lodged so that there was not more than four feet of space between the truck and the opposite side of the Turn to Page 1 Rommel Starts CounterThrust 23 drive back to the east which has carried Jeneral Erwin Rommels African army 40 miles on the second day of his counterthrust may indicate the Axis commander has begun a full fledged offensive against the Brit ish in the Libyan an inform ed British source said He pointed out that Axis reoccu pation of Agedabia meant a total advance of at least 50 miles up the coastal road from the positions to which Rommels armored columns had been driven just east of El Rommels forces now are headed along the same route they took last April in pushing back British forces through Bengasi on to Tobruk and seyond into Informed quarters showed un concealed surprise at the extent of lie German advance in the face of reports last night from Cairo that the Germans had turned One source insisted that there still was the possibility that the novement might prove to be the armed reconnaissance it was call ed PRICE 3 LAUNCHED BY ALLIES ON MALAY PEM British Admit Japanese Infil tration Into Batu Pahat Coastal Regions SINGAPORE RAIDED AGAIN By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 23 Australian and Indian soldiers who have checked the main Japanese army for three days threw their full and desperate weight today into a tremendous counteroffen sive which blazed some 80 miles across the state of Artillery crashed on the eastern Malay coast forward troops were fighting the Japanese in the center and in western which held the greatest threat to the Australians and British were locked in close quarter fighting with the The British command acknowl edged that there were indications Japanese were filtering into coastal regions in the Batu the the Pahat 60 miles northwest of but the main action was seing fought out around Bukit a hill area some nine miles north of Batu Japanese were throwing over all sections of the The planes Eront and once more raided Singa where in the last three days their bombs have been officially credited with killing 426 persons and wounding Turn to Page 2 SIXTEEN NEW LAfS To Be Called Back in Special Session 9 23 16 new laws to gear state govern ment to wartime the legis adjourned its fourday spe cial session In closing the lawmakers received from Governor Van Wag oner a message informing them he would call them back to another special session February 9 to deal with the problem of liberalizing Michigans unemployment compen sation and other matters describes as on the defense jorder The Republican dominated legis spurred the emergency o smothered its political feuc with the Democratic governor ant showed a of speed unprece dented in modern times as it com pleted the work assigned it There are plenty of how that the harmony which Japanese LandOnNew Solomon Islands May Have Seized New Britains Capital Substitute Legislation Drafted For Rivers And Harbors Bill may be one which ab lies marked this session sent from the Awaiting Van Wagoners signa ture to make them effective im mediately are bills which will Appropriate to finance the war preparedness Appropriate to equip and man the State Police for war time Authorize the through county to order blackouts n time of and estab lish rules of conduct for motorists and pedestrians during blackouts air raids or alert Turn to Page 3 UliYREPi TO 23 Those who have wondered why the American navy has not taken a road offensive action againsl Japan in the Pacific found an an swer today in the official report to the nation by the governments lewly created Office of Facts and The navys the report de is has the treatest battle of its life on its and it also has a tremendous patrolling job to carry defensive The like the rest of is at war with Germany in the At with Japan in the with Italy in the At the same it must police with Britain the sea lanes from Iceland to the bulge of South America with the and Australian the vast Pacific as far as Fighting ships otherwise be used which might to attack the Japanese navy must serve as two great mobile arcs of steel guard ng all of our continental They must see that German hips do not menace the routes to and from the eastern ports ol South and Central They Japanese ships clear of the Western Hemisphere from the Straits of Magellan to the northern Bering This is a naval prob em without parallel in The report went on to how that long before Pearl Har xr the navys ability to give and ake severe blows had been shown n the waters between America and in the months when it was beying the Presidentscommand o shoot first it both the navy nd marine corps entered the war ith an unprecedented peacetime Their compliments of fighting orces are increased with a peed that can matched by no ther nation on earth at this 23 Congressional leaders were report ed today to be drafting substitute egislation for the pending omnibus rivers and har jors eliminating many items bodily and out the navi gational features of the proposed St Lawrence River power and sea way Prospective elimination of the proposed Florida ship the Tennessee Tombigbee waterway and other such projects was ex pected to trim total authorizations under in the substitute Leaders made it plain after con ferences with President Roosevelt earlier in the week that they felt t useless to attempt to win con jressional approval of the entire billion dollar measure in the face of the stupendous military outlays urged by the For this reason they were said to have agreed to restrict the com promise measure largely to Hydro electric power projects needed for the war effort and to the improve ment of strategically important Their decisions thus would post one consideration of the naviga tional aspects of the Lawrence Roosevelt urged Congress ast June to authorize construction of this proposed deep water link between the Great Lakes and the declaring the project would provide horsepower of hydroelectric current in addi tion to opening shipways on the lakes to construction of seagoing naval The prospect of an industrial power shortage which might hind er the military production pro pointed out recently by Chairman Leland Olds of the Fed eral Power was said to have contributed to the de cision to seek speedy action on the hydroelectric Olds told a House committee that defense power needs might mount soon to 95 per cent of the power production capacity in the Niagara Falls where some of the dams for the Lawrence project would be Senator Norris IndNeb point ed that it might be difficult to separate the navigation and power since a dam usually serves both I would hate to see the naviga tion possibilities of the Law rence he told report but if it must be done in or der to obtain speedy power instal I will not Senator LaFollette for years a leader in the fight to obtain congressional approval of the said he oppose any division of the If they got the powjer develop ment in there we would nev er get the he If New York state got its then all of the other interests would combine to keep us from ob taining approval for the It would be selling the Law rence down the WAR DEPARTMENT INeVENES IN STRIKE Detroit Workers Told It Would Hamper Defense Work 23 busses and streetcars carried war job workers to their factories as usual today with a strike threat by city employees wiped out at least temporarily subsequent in tervention by the War Members of the City Employees Union AFL voted at a mass meet ing last night to postpone the called for 4 up on being warned by Undersecretary of War Robert Patterson that a walkout would Imperil produc tion of tanks and Union officials said a referen dum on a strike would be taken next on the out come of further negotiations with city officials over the unions de mand for a flat 15 per cent wage It had been feared that a strike might result in paralyzing the citys transportation The vote to delay the strike was announced as to The city employees union is one of a number of AFL and CIO groups claiming members among Detroits municipal Turn to Page 11 SMASH JAP ATTACKS 23 General Douglas MacArthur re ported to the War Department today the repulse of all Japanese attacks on the Batan Peninsula in the Philippines which he said had been extremely heavy in the past 24 The War Department said that apparently the enemy was making continous assaults without regard to losses with intent to crush the AmericanFilipino defenders by sheer force of Japanese assaiilt troops have been strongly the state ment Meanwhile reports from the southern Philippine Island of Min more than 500 miles south of the struggle on were that the Japanese had organized a local military force composed of some Japanese residents of that on is a city populated largely by who for years have dominated the pro duction of Manila Early in the invasion the Japanese made Da vao a baseyof offensive operations against Borneo and other parts of The Netherlands TECUMSEH TO ENTERTAIN AMERICAN LEGION SUNDAY Special to Telegram Sec ond Michigan district of the Amer ican Legion will hold a convention at Tecumseh Sunday with approx imately 200 delegates expected to Business sessions will be gin at 3 with the Ameri can Legion meeting in the Legion Hall and the Legion Auxiliary meeting in the high school audi At oclock a banquet will be served in the high school gym John Muyskens of the speech department of the University of Michigan will be the principal speaker and an additional irogram will be 8 JAPANESE IPS Dutch Attack Japanese Occu pied Capital of Sarawak 23 Dutch heavy bombers and dive bombers scored 12 direct hits on eight Japanese warships and trans ports in the Macassar Straits be tween the Islandsof Borneo anc it was announced officially A statement released through the news said 660pound bombs were dropped directly on a large a heavy a smaller cruiser and a large trans while divebombers scored with their 175pound bombs on a destroyer and three The Dutch suffered no it was a force of Japanese war ships in those waters indicated the Japanese might be sending a fleet of perhaps to Balik Pap on the east coast of where the Dutch have destroyed valuable oil wells and oil The Netherlands command announced East that Indies Dutch aircraft yesterday attacked Kuch Japaneseoccupied capital of again bombing storage yards which were set on The Dutch also said 27 enemy fighters attacked the airdrome at on the island of Suma this morning and wounded two During a light bombardment at an island off the northern tip of a small abandoned ship was the Dutch They added attempts to bomb two more ships Sixteen persons were injured and some sheds and ships were dam aged in two Japanese air yes terday on the tobacco port of Bel near Medan in READY FOR ACTION Approval of Amendment Patched Measure Expected 22 amendmentpatched wartime price control measure which some spon sors said may prove more unpopu lar than new taxes was ready for final congressional action Weary SenateHouse conferees agreed on its terms last night after nearly two weeks of legislative blanket pulling which ended in adjustment of wide differences be tween the two chambers of Con gress and the White Steagall who teamed with two Democratic col leagues to break the conference predicted that the House would accept the bill as amended in conference because there were compromises on both Senate approval likewise was foreseen by Senators Brown D and Bahkhead who said the measure might prove even less popular than estimated that food costs might rise as much as 11 to 15 per cent under the compromise meas ure because of restrictions placed on farm price Even I think this is a good workable he It has the mechanics for halting inflation and uncontrolled price Turn to Page IN CHI OF FOES BffiNN PACIFIC War Brought to Territory Only 100 Miles from Australian Mainland By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 23 invasion pre sumably under the cover of car rierbased aircraft and naval guns have landed on New Guinea and Solomon Islands it was an nounced officially and the invaders also were believed to have captured capital of New Thus the war was brought to territory lying at its nearest point only 100 miles from the Austral ian and a new link was forged in the chain of Japanese Pacific bases stretching south and east for miles from Tokyo to the Solomon Island Outlined as sharply as the threat to Australia was the new danger to the United Na tions supply Unes for The Nether lands East Singapore and From bases on New Guinea and in the 750mile long Solomon chain to the east the Japanese could command the Strait be tween Australia and New Guinea and force allied shipping into a costly detour south of the Australian The landings followedthe pat tern of other Japanese for they were preceded by days of concentrated air raifds which cul minated yesterday in attacks rang ing from Rabaul east to Tulagi Florida island in the Ships Sighted First warning of the threatened landings came in a radio message from Rabaul yesterday reporting 11 Japanese ships only 45 miles off Half an hour later radio communication with Rabaul was Australia rallied promptly to this imminent threat of direct at Blackouts were ordered in all local militia units were equipped with full battle kit and the commonwealth war cabinet was called into special Deputy Prime Minister Francis Forde declared that we must all realize the gravity of the position and the hazardous times The situation demands courage and cool heads and the pushing on of Australias defense 23 landings on the Solomon Islands and New Guinea give thehi bases much nearer Australia but likely will not mean a direct thrust against the land down under at this stage of the a Brit ish source said The Japanese could launch nuis ance raids against where the Australians have built a naval and other points in Australia but commitments elsewhere are likely to preclude that at present he This source added that the move would give the Japanese more out posts in their efforts to achieve sea and air control of the South Pacific and a possible peg for an alternate route in a broad plan of southward Oil Immediate Objective Japans immediate is the oil and other re sources of Malaya and The Nether lands East he Not un til these are obtained is she likely to attempt a costly invasion where the object would be the colonization of her excess it was Turn to Page 9 Late Bulletins 23 ing behind the curtain of m blind ing Red army units to night were reported to have launched a surprise attack on Ger man positions in the 40mile sec tor between Novogrod and the MoscowLeningrad railway in a drive to flank the Leningrad be NEW 23 The British radio relayed today a report that Chinese guerillas had crossed the Yellow Sea and stormed Japan ese naval headquarters on Yoko off the coast of CBS recorded the BBC The report seems to have come from Central an agency of the Chinese because the BBC announcer added The China Central News Agency that more than 300 Japan ese were janT 3 welfare commission state social voted today to transfer of surplus monies in the direct relief fund to depleted social security funds to maintain higher old age assistance and aid to dependent children ;