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Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - March 10, 1942, Adrian, Michigan ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM Warmer MARCH 1942 PRICE 3 CALLS FOR RILL CROP IN BUSSFJELD AREA Responsibility In War Effort Recognized In Letter to Membership DRIVE FOR ACRES Special to The Telegram March 10 The Battle for Sugar in the Blissfield district of the Great Lakes Sugar Company was fought and won yes terday as the board of directors of the Beet Growers Association and officials of the company submerged differences of two years standing and pledged their mutual efforts toward the maximum production of this vital commodity during the war In an atmosphere charged with patriotism and the realization of the responsibility the individual beet grower has toward the wel fare of the countrys the growers and the company exchang ed views in a fivehour during which speakers representing the beet the county agricultural agents from Lucas and Fulton counties in Ohio and Lenaweeand Monroe counties in Michigan and outside interests were Two important considerations which have given pause to beet growers in signing 1942 contracts were discussed by Ward Monroe county agricultural agent He assured the growers that labor will be on hand for the 1942 har and advised farmers not to worry about getting truck tires to haul as the federal govern anxious for total sugar pro will see to it that tires are Draft Letter A letter was prepared by the board of directors of the growers association which will be sent to The letter is as follows According to latest reports from the sugar shortage is now more acute than first antici Turn to Page 3 OF 8 VILLAGES REELECTJRESIDENTS Addison Elects Weaver to Succeed Bert Jackson Village elections were held In eight Lenawee county towns yes terday with but one fulldress con test between opposing parties re Rex multiterm incumbent of the presidents chair in led a clean sweep for the Peoples Crist defeated Rost by E vote of 241 to Arthur Donald son defeated Elmer Seeger for the office of clerk by a vote of 283 to Florence Stearns ran unopposed as treasurer and was returned to office by a complimentary vote of three hundred and One new trustee was elected to office when Harold Staver received 207 votes to 136 for Durward John Murray was re eiected as defeating Fred Josenhans by a vote of 212 to running against Milo was reelected by a vote of 243 to A fourway tie for the office of assessor at Addison highlighted an otherwise uneventful Jo seph Frances Saunders and Blanche Halderman each received two votes for the The deadlock will stand until Thursday night when the village council will vote on who is to hold the Turn to Page 5 WILL JE STARTED Legion to Approach City and School Employees The William Stark Post of the American Legion acting for the Treasury is this week interviewing officials of the city and county and members of the school board to urge the institution of a payroll savings plan for Harold Clare Hess and Howard Godwin are heading the com mittee seeking to set the plan in The plan proposes to include the 100 county and 60 city and the 120 hired in the public school system as well as state em The American Legion is testing the plan throughout the Walter Post com said in announcing the lo cal and if the results are satisfactory it will be tried out na This must not be a token sav ings but must be an amount that requires Frank state chairman of defense savings committee Individuals par ticipate in the payroll savings vol untarily and concerns that already have adopted it have had more than a 90 per cent favorable re Some employees of the state are now participating In the Ac cording to EUnir di rector of the bond and stamp sales in this it is hoped soon to start the savings plan in business and industrial NEW LAKE FORMS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE JAP ATROCITIES IN HONG KON6 ARE REPORTED Both European and Asiatic Raped and Mur dered By the 50 PRISONERS BAYONETED By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March Secretary Anthony Eden charged in the House of Commons today that the Japanese army in Hong kong had been guilty of wholesale atrocities in the occupied crown colony and declared the Japanese emperor and government and the whole Japanese people were to Fifty British officers and men were bound hand and foot and then aayoneted to death after the cap ture of Hongkong both European and were raped and and one whole Chi nese district was declared a brothel without exception for the status of any of the Eden de These previously re ported to the were not made public until it had con firmation from reliable witnesses recently escaped from the Eden Their testimony established the fact that the Japanese army at Hongkong perpetrated against their helpless military prisoners and civil population without distinction of race or color the same kind of bar barities which aroused the horror of the civilized world at the time of the Nanking massacre of Eden He referred to the Japanese cap ture of the former Chinese capital on Turn to Page 7 Heavy rains over the week end gave Adrian a new lake a little ahead of For the last few months workmen have been engaged in clearing the land behind the citys new Wolf Creek dam in prepa ration for the spring flood But the heavy rains combined with melting snow transformed the area into a lake almost overnight despite the fact that the valves in the dam were wide In the top photograph the new lake is shown looking in a northwesterly direction the south end of the To be the lake doesnt resemble a suitable water supply because the rains have washed down trees and brush that had been cut as well as rubbish from a nearby When the picture was taken the water was 18 feet deep at the dam with seven feet remaining between the water and the top of the This morning the water level had dropped two feet The pile of earth in the center of the picture was erected as a base for a power line In the lower picture the muddywaterIs shown pouring through the valves in the dam with terrific Water board officials planned to close the valves and impound water behind the dam about April 1 if cleaning operations in the reservoir were completed by that With the flooding of the area all work was ALLIED TROOPS MAY Japanese Threat to French Island Is Seen March 10 official quarters discussed the possibility today that allied troops might soon move to occupy the Vichycontrolled island of Mada gascar in the western part of the Indian close to Africas east coast and in a strategic position to control allied supply They pointed out that since the fall of Singapore the importance of Madagascar has been and that such an allied move might have to be made to forestall Jap anese occupation of the They the fact that a Japanese mission is reported to have been in Madagascar for the past six negotiating for naval and air Turn to Page 7 Former Policeman Leads Draft Group Lenawee countys contingent of men to be inducted into the army at Fort Custer today left Adrian this morning at 8 oclock by John former member of the Adrian police was appointed leader of the Harry clerk of the draft said that the departure was The men reported at the Adrian armory at 7 Another contingent of Lenawee men will leave March NELSON TO SPEAK March 10 The second production drive speech will be made by War Pro duction Director Donald Nel son tonight to Nelson will have encouraging reports en the start of the pro duction including his pro gram for managementlabor coun cils in every war plant to speed conversion and it was Lenawee Man Is Called Upon To Aid in Rubber Production Ronald Pocklington Will Leave Sunday for Central and South America Ronald Pocklington of former Lenawee country ERA ad ministrator and superin tendent of the county farm who has had wide experience on the Firestone rubber plantations in will leave Washington Sun day as a representative of the Department of Agriculture to promote the production of rubber in Central and South In a move to alleviate the acute rubber shortage caused by Japans invasion of Malaya and the East Pocklington and two other men with experience in rub ber production unexpectedly were called to Washington last week for Pocklington and also Oscar Hargis of Texasand a Cheeks of California were sign ed to two year contracts as sen ior rubber production They will visit different parts of Central and South America and confer with government officials and plantation owners in an ef fort to stimulate the production of rubber in those They will work under the of Nelson coordinator of niterAmerican Pocklington will go from Would Be Price for Her Aid to Britain In War March 10 ion status for India as the price for her millions war support for Britain was regarded in British today as a virtual certainty and the weight of cabinet influence apparently was veering toward an offer which would be put into force With the mailed fist of the Jap anese army beating on the door of the empires treasure chamber and its peoples attitude tepid toward Britain because of unfulfilled as pirations for the cabinet debated the measure of Indian in dependence Saturday and yester Informed sources said the snag was on the timing of dominion to grant it now or promise it at a deferred Sir Stafford Cripps was said to be leading the fight for an immedi ate grant to India of the same rank in the commonwealth as Canada and the other Prime Minister formerly an advocate of strong British rule in was believed to be swinging toward the same it was Turn to Page 2 Poddington where he will remain about ten From Nicaragua he will go to Costa Rica to remain two or three weeks and then will proceed to Panama to obtain supplies and at government From Panama he will proceed to South to estab lish a base of Washington to Nicaragua by air Turn to Page 3 LARGE FIRES STARTED BY RAF March 10 bombers set some of them of great in a heavy attack last night on the German industrial city of site of the Krupp muni tions the Air Ministry re ported It was the second successive night attack on Three British bombers were re ported missing from operations which included attacks on other objectives in the warimportant Ruhr The German high command ack nowledged that British bombers were over western Germany last night and said that there were civilian Berlin reported only one British plane shot An intensification of daylight air operations was seen in the an nouncement that six German fight er planes were shot down over northern France Five were credited to RAF fighters and the other to a British Highways Choked By Drifts Communications Hard Hit By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Michigan struggled today to emerge from the handicaps of a vicious snow and ice storm marked by fire and death and the strangling of communications in numerous Decreasing winds enabled hard pressed roadcleaning crews to free some isolated but the task of returning to normal was still a huge Many miles of highway were choked with galedriven Re pair men faced a formidable job in restoring telephone and tele graph service in hardest hit particularly the thumb Inchthick ice encrusted the The which began Sunday night and raged increasingly over had strewn utility poles across forced the closing of many schools and caused streams in the Saginaw Valley to overflow and drive families from their Fanned by a 40mile a fire destroyed 12 tourist cabins on US 31 near Spring Lake firemen fought the blaze upon be ing called by Effie who was alone in the Loss was estimated at by Richard son of the The wind hampered firemen in fighting a blaze which destroyed the offices of the Allegan Farmers Protective Association at Allegan and damaged the store at total loss of an estimated An ex plosion occurred when Harry Nel tried to start a stove fire with Nelson was serious ly burned about the face and Turn to Page 2 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March ministration leaders in the House pointed today to a sober warning oy President Roosevelt against inflation and profiteering as one good reason why the farm bloc should agree to abandon farm price restrictions in an agricultur al appropriation The in broadcasting a message last night on the ninth an niversary of the national farm made no direct reference to the current effort of farm state legislators to bar the sale of gov ernmentheld farm surpluses at subparity But if all prices keep on ng he we shall iiave inflation of a very dangerous shall have such a steep rise in prices and the cost of liv ing that the entire nation will be That would greatly increase the cost of the war and the na tional hamper the drive for and inevitably plunge ev and farmers ruinous deflation lat er Roosevelt has been outspok en in his objections to the surplus atparity restriction demanded by the farm He declared re cently that such a concession would raise the nations eating bill by a billion dollars a His leader on the House McCormack of an nounced he would try to eliminate the restriction when debate on the bill will be Parity prices are computed lev els at which farmers real in terms of nonfarm would equal their income in The fight against the Chief Executive declared in his is as vital as any fought with bullets and 767 Enemy Vessels Sunk or They Say TOKYO from Japanese broad casts March 10 IP Imperial headquarters declared today that Japanese forces had sunk or dam aged 767 enemy had cap tured another 134 and had de stroyed airplanes since the beginning of the war in the Pa The communique1 recounting brilliant military results for Ja pans armed said enemy losses in dead alone amounted to up to the time Japanese forces penetrated Johore in the Malayan It also claimed prisoners of The communique said the course of farreaching campaigns involving the the Nether lands East British New Gui Hongkong and Japan ese armed forced secured the fol lowing brilliant military results Aircraft shot down or destroy ed on ground totaled Tanks Automobiles Railway cars Machineguns v Rifles Enemy vessels sunk or damag 767 Prisoners of war Admiral Ernest King New Supreme Commander Of Naval Warfare PRESIDENT WARNS AGAINST INFLATION It he for coopera tion and restraint on the part of every It calls for mutual good will and a willingness to believe in the other fellows good It calls for unflagging vigilance and effective action by the gov ernment to prevent profiteering and unfair alike ser vices and for He said that 90 per cent of the population was cooperating and remarked that if less than ten per cent of the population is chis eling we still have a pretty good national Early in the address he denied with emphasis that the American people are complacent or apa If there is one single thing of which I am he it is that the American people are not and have not com Turn to Page 7 TO GERMANS March 10 40 French under con struction at the time of the French Armistice of have been handed over by the Vichy govern ment to the Russian news reported from In an agreement reached a long time the Cairo correspondent Vichy arranged to transfer a large part of the French in cluding many to the Among the ships included in the Tass was the battle and an In last official re ports on French naval building in dicated 126 warships of all classes were under Report Denied Unoccupied March 10 circles today denied that 40 French war ships had been turned over to the as reported in a Russian news dispatch yes terday from By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March 10 legions which have con quered Rangoon and closed the Burma supply line to China in two months surged westward today to ward the oil fields of Irrawaddy and the fabulous riches of The British indicated they were conceding the loss of the entire southern tip of Burma from Ran goon to the bay of Bengal by des troying public utilities at an important port about 90 miles west of the Burmese capital and key city of the Irrawaddy river Turn to Page 7 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The arrival of survivors from torpedoed merchant ships at three Caribbean harbors underscored the persisting menace today along the sea lanes between North and South America as the loss of Bra zils third ship pushed that coun try along the road which led her into the first World The three ports where rescued crews put in yesterday were In northwest surviv including the of a United States steamer reported to have been sunk last The vessel was identified as the Caro dia but no such name is listed in Lloyds shipping Turn to Page 4 JAPANESE CARRIERS TORPEDOED Raises to 138 Number of Jap Ships Sunk Since War Began March 10 Four Japanese aircraft carriers have been sunk or damaged since the start of the navy figures showed A communique issued late yes terday said American submarines last week had sunk or damaged six Japanese naval including one carrier on which two torpedo hits were Previously the navy had reported sinking one car rier and probably sinking and the army had reported damag ing a At the start of the war Japan had from seven to nine fleet car riers and an undisclosed number of converted merchant The communique did not state which type had been hit in the newest The official submarine score for the week was One destroyer One large naval Ships damaged and definitely put out of action One aircraft tor pedo One torpedo hit One torpedo One torpedo This raised to 18 the total of Japanese vessels sunk by sub marines and to 138 the total of all types of enemy ships sunk by the army and navy In the western Meanwhile the Marine Corps dis closed that the aviators who sank a Japanese cruiser off Wake Island 11 before it fell to the enemy were Major Henry Elrod of and Captain Frank Cunningham Tharin ol The flier who sank a Japanese submarine off Wake on 12 was said to have been David Donald Kliewer of Major Captain Tharin and two other all flying single seat Grumman attacked a fleet of Japanese destroy gunboats and Elrod and Tharin hit the cruiser with eight 100pound and the cruiser The two other whose names were not badly dam aged another Japanese Make Third Landing On New Guinea March 10 Japanese forces made their third landing today on New Guinea at 60 miles west of Enemy bombers continued their almost incessant bombing of Port Moresby It was the tenth raid on the airport only 280 miles from the Australian The Australians gave no official details of the strength of the Finschhafen A small air drome is there and the harbor is suitable for moderate sized Australian planes kept sharp watch for the expected approach of a Japanese armada toward Aus tralia from New where the enemy had already established three beachheads on the Austral ianmandated AUCTIONS March Public sale west ot Syl LInehan auction See on Market March north ot Fred See on Market NEW CHIEF TRIPLE THREATJAR EXPERT Takes Over Duties Heretofore Entrusted to Admiral Harold Stark By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March supreme command of all United States naval operations was con centrated today in the hands of Ad miral Ernest a triple threat specialist in air and sub marine who was already comman derinchief of the took over the duties heretofore entrust ed to Admiral Harold Stark as chief of naval This consolidation of a possible hint of further lining in the navys gave King control not only of com bat activities but also of the general planning and fleet formerly the province of the chief of naval Secretary of Navy Knox an nounced the change in a formal statement last night which dis closed the assignment of Admira Stark to a newly created post of naval forces operating in European The navy changes came soon after the armys reorganization of its general staff into a younger but it remained tc be seen whether the two moves would quiet congressional agitation for a greater unification in the di rection of the nations war The army which became effective re duced the general staff to a fifth 01 its former size and gave greater recognition to air force Ex cepting the chief of General George who is the streamlined staff has an average age of Wants Closer Coordination Congress was urged by Senator LaFollette to order an invitation to determine whether needed to produce closer coordination of navy and air Senator Austin felt that greater coordination was and Senator Hill while crediting the army with much pro said he hoped for the ulti mate creation of an overall staff to unify the armed services into one great The navy changes were consid ered a necessary preliminary to any such strategy for it ended the division of authority that ex isted between King and Stark and put King in absolute charge under President Roosevelt and Secretary Turn to Page 7 President Signs Bill Author izing It March 10 yp Army engineers expect to begin construction of an lock at Sault within a few Colonel Miles Reber of the con truction section said the engineers advertised for contract bids even before President Roosevelt signed a bill yesterday authorizing the Senator Brown DMich said funds for the work already were available from appropriations made a year Engineers have requested the Budget Bureau to release money for the Brown introduced the bill on the recommendation of defense agencies which said an additional lock would assure adequate facili ties for the transportation of iron ore through the Marys River a Great Lakes connecting The bill was attached In an amendment to legislation which also repealed retirement pay for elective The new which supporters have said is necessary as a war measure to assure iron ore supplies for eastern will be about 800 feet 80 feet and 30 feet Originally a part of the rivers and harbors omnibus and again introduced as a measure by the lock proposal finally became law in company with the Army and Navy pay increases and repeal of the pensions for The bill which Roosevelt signed was first the Army and Navy pay increase Both the Soo lock and pension repeal were amendments to The pay increase law gives pay boosts of 20 per cent to enlisted men serving outside the continental United Officers serving simi larly will receive 10 per cent in The new act also provides for continuing pay for persons reported missing while on active foreign military duty and for those cap tured by an enemy or interned in a neutral Regular allot ments to dependents of such per sons will be continued while they are ;