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Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - July 28, 1942, Adrian, Michigan ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM Thunder showers Weather DetaUi on Pace Two JULY 1942 OF HEAVY Two Inches of Rain Fall Here in 65 Minute Period Power Lines Hit by Lightning COUNTY DAMAGE LIGHT Adrian bore the brunt of a heavy rain and electrical storm which struck at oclock yes terday For approxi mately an rain fell in sheets while moderately heavy winds and lightning bolts teamed up to dis rupt electrical circuits in some sections of the Measurements taken from gov ernment instruments here reveal ed that the rainfall between and oclock was one of the heaviest if not the heaviest in the citys history for such a short period of A total of inches of rain fell during the storm and all but a small fraction of that amount fell during the 65 minute period after Low spots in Adrian streets be came sizeable ponds in a period of minutes as the citys storm sewers became overtaxed by the small rivers which sprang up in every Areas flooded to depths of two feet were common in various sections of the city and flooded basements brought mur mured reproaches against the weather man from more than one No extensive damage was reported from Commissioner Adelbert Vedder reports that the waters all drained off within a few minutes alter the rains of automobiles in the its vicinity required Scores city and pushes from other motorists when the hard rains affected the Power Lines Hit The only report of lightning striking in the city came from the Consumers Power Company whose power lines across West Maumee Street at the Wolverton Avenue intersection suffered a direct hit disrupting service to the west and south districts of the Com pany officials reported that the direct hit severed several wires at that Live ends of the severed wires provided temporary fireworks as they sputtered and at times flared into brilliant light on the wet ground but no damage re Linemen rerouted traffic away from the fallen wires for a few minutes until the lines could be Five orsix power poles were reported dpwn after the storm PRICE 3 Seeks Speedy Cargo Plane Action July 28 IP Senator Josh Lee DOkla press ed today for speedy committee consideration of his proposal that a fleet of giant planes be built quickly to carry cargo and troops to overseas He was unable to get his wit nesses to Washington in time for a hearing today before a Senate military affairs but arranged for the hearings to start tomorrow He told the Senate yesterday that desperate was declaring that airborne transportation offered the only possible chance we have of win ning this said it was folly to continue to try to build ships faster than Hitler can sink He proposed diverting a part of the nations shipbuilding capacity to the construction of flying boats and said that more than 10 per cent of airplane production should be devoted to Invited to appear are Henry west coast shipbuilder and advocate of a diversion of building capacity to giant plane construction Eddie Ricken World War ace and presi dent of Eastern Air Lines Glenn manufactur er of the Martin bomber Alexan der De aviation authori ty and bombsight designer Theo dore assistant chief of the WPB aircraft section and air plane designer Roscoe In dianapolis aeronautical company president and speed pilot Robert Washington for merly with PanAmerican Air and Grover pioneer designer and technical consultant for the EK GUILIY PLEA sections of the tree limbs blown across the power lines caused temporary dis ruption of Roy Adrian manager for the said today that all main circuits were back in service by 7 oclock although in a few individual blown fuses or other defects may have delayed the restoration of service beyond that The street light circuits were affected and power at Bixby hos pital was off for about 15 minutes without any serious Traffic in the business district was snarled during most of the storm when power lines to the signal lights were The traffic tangle prevented service crews from reaching the scene of the power line troubles quickly in some according to pow er company Oats and Corn Damaged Damage in the county was con fined mostly to oats and corn which were flattened in an area extending from five or six miles northwest of the city from M34 on the south to the Tipton roac on the Oats in some fields will be near ly a total loss but the corn is ex pected to straighten up and suffer comparatively little A barn on the Bradish farm on M34 five miles west oi Adrian was blown over and a few GRAND July 28 Mayor Waldo Tiscornia of St a business man in private pleaded guilty yes terday to violating wartime prior ity vice president and general manager of the Auto Specialties Company of Jos may be sentenced to a year in fined or Bond was set at by Judge Fred who said he sentenceAugust Attorney Joseph who brought the said Tis ornia had obtained plumbing and Seating equipment for use in a private dwelling by representing that t was meant for use by his company and was essential there trees in that vicinity were up Another barn on the farm own ed by Postmaster Henry Bourns two miles north of Cadmus also was The wind tore the roof of the barn off and damaged the siding on the east Large quantities of baled hay stored in the 84 by 32 foot structure pre vented further Bourns estimated the damage at between and His Garfield lives on the Some hail was reported from west of the city and in the region of Holloway but the rainfall did not extend far east At Clinton it was only a sprinkle and near Jasper it did not rain enough to the ground under Weather bureau records here do not indicate what the record rainfall but a new record may have been established On June the city and county suffered the most severe rain storm of its recent One man was killed and property damage ran into the millions of On that inches rainfall were measured during the day but it fell steadily rather than hi solid sheets as it did yes The heaviest yearly rain faJ ever recorded here fell in 1881 and measured No monthly records for that year are NEW EXCUSE July 28 A drivein lunch stand closed its doors and posted thisnotice Out of So were on vacation until First Hand News From China Dispatches from Associated Press writers now returning from Tokyo and Japanese held Hongkong and Singapore through an exchange of nation als appear on pages 3 and 7 of todays issue of The Tele Roosevelts Wartime Powers May Be Tested in Un usual Action FULL BENCH EXPECTED July28 possibility that President Roose velts wartime power might be test ed by the United States Supreme Court arose today as the nations highest tribunal interrupted its summer recess to determine wheth er any of the alleged Nazi sabo teurs on trial before a secret mili tary commission are entitled to the processes prescribed by the bill of Chief Justice Harlan Stone announced through the court clerk that a special term would be held tomorrow so that counsel for cer tain of the prisoners may apply for habeas corpus If the court should decide to entertain the and then grant the case might be transferred to a federal district court In appointing a military commis sion to try the eight suspects se cretly for offenses law of war and the against the articles of President Roosevelt issued a proclamation denying any appeal to civil courts by persons who have entered the country since the war for the purpose of committing hos tile acts against the government Seven Petitions Likely Informed who withheld the use of their said pe titions would be presented on be half of seven of the eight defend whose testimony was com pleted before the military tribunal yesterday after a 16 day It was conjectured unofficially that the eighth defendant was George John who has been repre sented by The men are accused of coming ashore from Nazi submarines to blow up American war installa Presumably the high which is convening from vacation retreats in various parts of the must decide first whether it has any right even to receive the petitions before it can pass on to the question of A month after Pearl the court refused to act on a suit Drought by the Italian ambassador for recovery of the tanker Bren nero seized by this ex that war suspends the right of enemy plaintiffs to prose cute actions in our Defense Provided For The trading with the enemy act provides that an enemy or al y of an enemy may defend by counsel any suit in equity or ac tion at law which may be brought against In the Brennero the ambassador was a plain tiff rather than a defendant The full bench of nine justices was expected to be on hand to morrow for the first special term n more than two The rare call for a special session found one court Justice actively in the military service as a ieutenant Court attaches said he would leave army maneuv ers now under way in North Caro ina and South Carolina to attend the special CIVILIANS TAKE LOOK AT WAACS Des civilians get their first look at members of the Womens Army Auxiliary Corps in when the women were allowed off the nearby Fort Des Moines training school grounds on several hours first leave since training As small groups of WAACs walked in the Des Moines business civili ans gave them polite or like this little girl beside three looked in Treasurers Report Shows City Ended Year With Balance The city treasury in an un usually healthy condition at the close of the fiscal year June 30 according to the annual report presented to the city commission yesterday by City Treasurer Fred The report shows a cash balance of on hand when the citys books were an increase of balance on hand last over year the and more than the balance two years The report included overdrafts totaling in eight of the 20 city Last years report how showed overdrafts totaling while the total for the 19391940 period was In addition to the decrease hi overdraft the report re vealed healthy balances of in the contingent fund and in the street a total of 446 in these two accounts The biggest of the overdrafts was in the bond and interest fund which showed an overdrawn amount of This is due to the increased disbursement of voted bonds and this years expenditure being whereas last years total was Second largest overdraft was in the water fund which showed an overdrawn amount of In last years report the water fund showed the smallest the total ovedrawn for that fund be ng 25 Another large overdraft was noted in the parks and city hall account overdrawn for Other overdrafts were the mblic lighting account being n the red and the community fund overdraft amounting to only Book Balance The city has a total book bal ance of from eight sourc Including its cash bal ance and hi delinquent Last years total book bal ance was less than the 19411942 I There is a balance of due from 18 designated curb and gut ter districts and a balance of 707 due from 12 sewer Other amounts are from in certificates of participation and in li brary The city treasurer listed the to tal receipts during the year at which included from city contingent tax and 777 from city delinquent The amount returned from the auto mobile weight tax to the city was Justice Franklin sell turned in over in fines and costs while truck and taxi licenses brought the city Disbursements included matur ed city interest on city library Bixby hospital 000 671 and sundry The treasurer reported due in unpaid taxes outstanding from 1930 to the biggest bills being for for 1933 and for The fund balances as presented to the commission by the city treasurer follow Contingent Fire department OD Police Poor City Hall Sidewalks OD Curb and Public Building Bridge OD Water OD Public Lighting Milk Park Development Community OD Sewage Disposal Garbage Civic Auditorium Bonds and Interest OD ub Crew Takes Supplies From 16Ton Onion Boat By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The toll of merchant shipping sunk by enemy submarines on the very doorsteps of the Americas has topped the 400mark and the west ern Atlantic has become the gravi of almost seamen and pas sengers since Pearl Figures tabulated by the Asso elated Press yesterday as announc ed or reported wartime sinkings in those waters reached 401 showec that at least more crewmen or passengers were missing after attacks by the undersea raiders while persons have been For the 400th acknowledged vic A Uboat chose the smallest fry in the 233 days of their preying on Allied or neutral shipping of American 16ton onion boat just out of The subs apparently running out o helped itself to pounds of canned goods am quantity of Diesel oil from the Later yesterday the Mexican government announced the sinking Sunday morning in the Gulf 01 Mexico of the Mexican freighter for the fifth Mexican vic tim of the war and the 401st on the grand total of Allied or neutra ships With the deadly Axis submersi bles destroying ships at a rate o nearly two a more than 6C American shipyards with upwarc of 300 launching ways are employ ing men and expect to have on the payrolls turning out merchantmen and 70C smaller craft by the end of next The has taken many direct steps to stop the sub marine including extend ing the convoy system to the Car opening a subiriarine com bat school where men are being trained to operate escort and patrol obtaining hundreds of privatelyowned small patrol increasing blimp and plane patrols over shipping NAVAL CONSTRUCTION STRIKE THREAT ENDED NEW July 28 Sign ing of a Navyunion agreement has ended the threat of a strike of AFL building trades work ers employed on of naval projects in the metropolitan Under the agreement reached yesterday by the Navy Bureau of Yards and Docks and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New WPA workers whose employment on the Navys Fort Schuyler project was the issue will be re moved from all except some minor The union last week had voted to go on strike unless the WPA work ers were taken off the jobs which the union maintains it can finish in half the LESS PROFIT REPORTED BY GENERAL MOTORS NEW July eral Motors Corporations net in come for the second quarter of 1942 was less than half that for the cor responding period of last The corporation reported today that its second quarter income this year was For the com parable period last year General Motors earned The amount available for com mon stock after prefer red dividends was equivalent to 51 cents a sharev In the second quarter last year the share Nazi Action on Larger Scale Is Reported July 28 big British industrial center in the was bombed last night in an attack which cost the Germans eight out of 50 to 70 raid and incendiaries fell in the greater London district which had its first night alarm since June A ninth German bomber was re ported shot down this morning off the southwest Enemy action last night was on somewhat larger scale than for some time a communique Fires and were caused in the Birmingham area where there also were a number of Scattered bombings caused some damage elsewhere through the Midlands and eastern Many fires were started in Birm ingham and casualties were report ed fairly The great est damage was sustained by homes and shops and a large hospital was emptied when a delayed action bomb fell In an adjacent locality the post office was demolished and resi dential areas Rescue squads worked until past dawn bringing out those trapped in the A number of fire bombs fell in fields near London but no damage was A time bomb fell in a Other German craft were over north coastal areas of southwest England and in East First reports said they al so were over northern Ireland but later dispatches from there said the night was The RAFs which Sun day night pummelled the German port of Hamburg in a 600plane as stayed home last night ARMY VACCINATION WARRANTED DESPITE CASES OF JAUNDICE July 000 cases of jaundice in the the Journal of the American Med ical Association says the vac cination of American soldiers to protect them from yellow fever was occurrence of 62 deaths and some cases of jaundice as sociated with the vaccination of millions of men is far less serious than would be an epidemic of viru lent yellow fever among soldiers sent tp the tropical areas in which our army is now engaging the the Journal commented in an At his press conference In Washington on July Secretary of War Henry Stimson reported that cases of jaundice had developed among army personnel between 1 and July 4 appar ently from the use of vaccination against yellow the editorial The ratio of deaths was one for every 461 or a total of 62 deaths in The sup plied did not state what proportion of those injected failed to develop Actually betwen and men have been in James MaGeehas expressed belief that a change in heform of will prevent future cases of Rostov Falls To Germans Russians Report Fighting 50 Miles From Stalingrad il OLDIERS REPORTED KILLED NEW July 28 Jritish radio reported today that German soldiers were in he wrecking of a troop train by aboteurs between Paris and The heard here saidthe Address at 4 Oclock Wednesday Afternooon Soecial to Tha Telcaram July is all set for the opening of Te cumseh a patriotic pa geant to be presented Friday and Saturday which promises to be Tecum sehs greatest Governor Murray VanWagon er will open the pageant with an address Wednesday afternoon at 4 Other events scheduled for the opening afternoon include displays of military tanks and jeeps and a drill by state Weather there will be a flight of army bombers over the field during the At Mary Jane Hayden will be crowned as Princess Le nawee and Ruth Schneider who was chosen Miss Tecumseh wil lead the retinue of nine attend The sequence of Tecumseh Echoes is built around the history of Lenawee County and Southern The 17 episodes have been written after extensive re search by a committee selected to obtain the factual historical back Beginning with colorfu Indian council and war thf succeeding scenes depict the com ing of the first the first har a the under ground a Civil War wed a Gay Ninties mem ories of World War the roaring twenties and a grand A Salute to A cast of more than 400 persons of the vicinity will appear in cos tumes typical of the various eras and a chorus of 100 voices will sing the songs popular at the time of each Numerous ballet square Vir giniareels and other old time dances are A large outdoor with 238 feet of has been con structed in Tecumsehs natura the Recreation Park Covered wagons drawn by yokes o tandems high wheeled horseless and other vehicles will be used in the various Turn to Page 6 Limited Construction May Be Approved by WLB July 28 IP A compromise proposal for fed eral housing to serve the workers in Henry Fords Willow Run bomber plant may be offered the National Housing Agency by a special committee of the War Pro duction A WPB spokesman disclosed to day that the whose ad vice was asked in view of the dis pute over the use of critical ma terials in housing might propose an immediate un dertaking of limited Construction would be started as close to the bomber plant as thus avoiding the neces sity for extended water mains and utility Further con struction would follow later when deemed The special committee was said to be still undecided as to the size of the initial program which it may Conferences with representa tives of the National Housing Agency are expected to be under taken within a few The Production Board had a meeting scheduled but it was considered unlikely that the special committee would have anything to report at that The originally contemplated ex penditure for Willow Run hous ing was Later John said this was reduced to Washington Area Reports Chutists July 28 ports that parachutists or other objects were dropped from uniden tified planes in three areas near Washington were being investi gated today by military authori the third service command Third service command officials said the reports came from near the Potomac River about 25 miles north of Washing ion from Shenandoah six miles west ofHarpers and from Bartgis a crossroads about 10 miles Annapolis on the defense highway to An unidentified plane in the area was reported to the Army filter center about Investigations by the state po the state the and military intelligence agents arein the StatementLadded Petition Protests Ceiling on Rents In Detroit Area July 28 group of Detroit and Michigan corpora tions in the status of landlords to day formally protested the applica tion of federal maximum rent reg ulation in this area and asked ad justment In a petition to the office of Price Administration in Washing ton the group contended that Leon OPA was at fault in setting April as the maximum rent The petition contended that Henderson was in error in his find ing that by that date the defense activities in the Detroit area had resulted in rent increases contrary to the antiinflation purposes of the price control The petition said that on April the conversion of factories to war work had not yet pro gressed that unemployment was still extensive and that no great amount of war work had yet been In the petition the base date for maximum rentals in Toledo and other cities was set at March The petitioners asked that either De troit be given the same date or the act be amended to permit adjust Attorney Frank representing the said that the procedure established in the price control act requires the OPA administrator to answer the pe tition within 30 days or grant an oral If the petitioners receive no re Donovan they then can appeal to the emergency court of appeal created by the The court of appeal is composed of three justices appointed by the United States chief GRAND July 28 demand for elimination of the alcoholic beverage industry for the duration of the war greeted delegates gathering here today for the opening of the international convention of the Disciples of Christ Incorporated in the denomina tions annual report to the demand was coupled with an expression of concern over evi dences of increased consumption of alcohol in the city of Washington and a call upon Congress for pass age of the Sheppard bill to give authorities of the armed forces im mediate control over the sale of liquor near military Leaders of the which claims more than mem planned to distribute the re port to delegates they expect to attend the sixday formally opening tonight The social welfare department is gravely concerned over increas ing evidence that the consumption of alcoholic liquors has reached a point where it is a menace to both our people and the national effort the report statistics cov ering arrests for traf fic accidents and liquor caused crimes and juvenile delin quency confirm this We are gravely concerned over evidences of increasing consump tion of alcohol in the city of Wash the nations capitol and the center of the nations war effort Bureau of internal revenue figures show that the per capita consump tion of alcohol in the District of Columbia increased from to gallons per capita between June and June This is an increase of more than 12 per cent in a consumption rate that already far outstripped any other section of the German Crimean Army Be lieved Ready to Strike at Russian Rear July manys mechanized might drove in to the north Caucasus today over widened bridgeheads after the Rus ians abandoned Rostov and No vocherkassk and the Soviet Union faced the gravest moment in the entire Into their bid for conquest of the oil barrel and supply bridge to the Germans hurled forces which Red organ of the Russian said were many times to the number of the Hammering toward the last rail line linking Stalingrad to the Cau the Germans were said to have made a new crossing of the Don in the Tsimlyansk where the Don flows within 50 miles of the The defenders of how were reported to have re pulsed repeated tank and motor ized infantry attacks deep in the Dons big bend close to the mighty The German high command said its forces had widened and deep ened their penetrations south of the Don and had reached or crossed the river along virtually the entire eastward A Russian communique said last night that our troops have evacu ated Novocherkassk and There was no how of German claims of the cap ture of 15 miles south of Rostov on the main rail line to the Caucasus oilfields and oil Dispatches from the battlefront said fierce fighting was spreading in the transDon area as the Ger mans strengthened their offensive with clouds of Stuka dive bombers and many The heavy onslaught admittedly was forcing the Red army to fall backto the The pressure of the invaders is becoming more and more difficult to said Red Turn to Page 7 July 28 Ger mans announced today the execu tion of 28 persons at Lille on con of a series of in cluding possession of and communistic Most of those condemned were mine workers in the Lille At the same time French courts at asuburb of sen enced two persons to life in prison for stealing ration and 28 others to a total of 40 years in Most them also were Delayed advices from also in the Lille said an un specified but considerable number of persons had been arrested as lostages after five fires were start ed in one The German command in Bel ium announced the assessment of a fine of Belgium francs against the city of Brussels for at tacks on Belgian movements sin cerely collaborating with Ger In it announced that 50 Belgian hostages would be deport presumably to Polish work The new fine for attacks since July 1 was in addition to a 000franc fine previously announc be by a special tax levied on all persons hi Brus sels and Dooiittles Raid On Tokyo Better Than 5th Symphony39 To Interned Cor respondents By JOSEPH DVNAN AP Tokyo Writer LOURENCO Portu guese East July 24 De ayed Doolittles raid on Japan provided the thrill of a lifetime for a group of Americans at an internment camp midway jetween Tokyo and One of the planes flew di rectly over our camp and the music of its motors was sweeter than Beethovens fifth symphony which our phonograph was play ng at the It was shortly after noon on April 18 that the big thrill We were having coffee and toast when the police rushed into our camp excitedly and told us to extinguish the fires in the stoves and close the windows because was an air We thought t was only a when we leard two tremendous explosions n the direction of the Kawasaki industrial Over the Rooftops A few seconds we MW A plane flying Bursts of antiaircraft shells were streaking after The raider dropped down 200 feet to skim rooftops and It flew overhead as a squadron of slow Japanese biplanes arose from a nearby training field and circled around looking for the But by that time this particular raider was far away over Tanagawa Valley speeding toward where it disappeared in the We even spotted two raiders far distant hi the direction of Yokohamas and that ning the radio told us of raids on and Our guards were very and later we heard factories in Nagoya that were plane badly Kawasaki likewise was hard and 350 workers were reported killed Three days later I noted a small item in the Japanese press telling of a mass burial of Japanese ma rines at ;