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Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - October 23, 1942, Adrian, Michigan ADRIAN DAILY TEL Continued Cold Weather on Pmgo Two OCTOBER 1942 PRICE 3 ITALY DEALT HEAVIEST AIR BLOWJE WAR Genoa Hit So Hard That Even Italians Concede Great Damage Was Done ALL BRITISH PLANES SAFE By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Oct mighty bomber of the RAF reached across the Alps last night to strike the Italian homeland its heaviest air blow of the hitting Genoa with such a weight of explosives that even Rome conceded great the Fascist arsenal city in the also was hit but appar ently the chief assault fell on the harbor and Industries of Italys big northern Mediterranean The air ministry mentioned a strong force of aircraft but did not disclose just how many planes were in it But the Italian communique spoke of notable dimensions of the assault and Hitlers Axis partner now apparently has sampled the fiery devastation with which the huge fourmotored bombers of the RAF have been scourging the Reich week after Two air lasting 85 and 86 in the Swiss city of attested to number of planes which the British flung over Europe on a roundtrip flight of miles across three countries and the continents tallest moun The air ministry said that not one of the British planes was missing from this first raid on Italy by homebased RAF bombers in more than six Free of Raids a Tear a naval base as well as port and manufacturing had been free of raids for more than a year when high explosives and fire bombs began pouring on its narrow twisting streets from a sky flooded with moonlight In the growing scale of Britains air assaults on air ministrys reference to a strong force frequently has meant often two or three or more hun dreds of planes in the bombing but because of the greater distance involved in striking Italy the comparison may not Turn to 2 700 Grange Members Expect ed In City Next Week Residents of Adrian and mem bers of the Lenawee Pomona Grange were completing plans to day for Adrians second state con vention in as many The Michigan Baptist Conven tion closed its 100th annual session here yesterday after four days of meetings at the Baptist The Michigan State Grange will open its 70th annual meeting at the Adrian armory Monday night with a program of entertainment furnished by the Adrian high school band and the countys 4H The 4H clubs plan to present a citizenship Grange officials are predicting a convention attendance of around 700 About 350 delegates will be in attendance and in addition Grange members from all over southern Michigan are expected to attend the various A large part of the Grange membership is 3n Hillsdale and Jackson Accommodations for 462 per sons have already been provided by Adrian secretary of the Chamber of Com said He added that the housing committee hopes to raise this total to 500 accommoda In making the announce Billings said that most of the people who have opened their homes do not take roomers Other residents with rooms available are asked to call the Chamber of Commerce BULLETINS Oct 23 Ger manMsontrolIed Hilversum radio The Netherlands went off the air from to in dicating that Allied air raiders were over the continent in a con tinuation of their daylight The Hilversum transmitters went silent yesterday while the KAF was attacking the Ruhr and north west Oct 23 OP President Koosevelt disclosed today that the in the light of battle was cut ting down on the volume of tanks and planes so far as their number is to emphasize greater power and Production of be is falling short of the goal set for yet the same amount of steel is going into these land fight the Chief Executive told a press the goal of planes this year would not be but that there was greater emphasis on hitting power and NAVY GUNS COVER MARINE LANDING Guns of a United States destroyer flash out against a dim sky as they plaster Japanese artillery positions to cover the landing of Marines in the Solomon The leatherneck landing barges are in fore Associated Press photo from Marine Approves Government Policy of Giving People Both Good and Bad News Representative Earl Michener of the Second Congressional dist rict of Michigan arrived in Adrian yesterday from He will be at home until the general electiori Mich ener said the House of Representa tives recessed after Speaker Sam Rayburn said that there would be no further controversial legisla tion until after The Sen ate will be in session until Satur In case of gress will be summoned back to Washington by While it is imperative that a member of Congress be in Wash ington while Congress is in its just as important that he be in his district rubbing shoulders with his employers as much as possible and getting the reaction of the home folks to pending Michener I shall get about in the district as much as possible and remain in the district as long as I think the prospective gas ra tioning and published accounts of what Commission is going to do is bringing home to all of the the fact that this is an allout everybody is going to feel the pinch and everybody is going to be just a matter of I have already received com pliments for the government in its apparent new policy of taking the people into its confidence and giv ing the news whether it is good or There will not be much poli tical campaigning this year and for my part all I ask is that there be no slackers on election if this country is worth fighting its worth voting Michener Denies Claims Transports Have Been Sunk Oct 23 Dwight com mander of Army forces in the European denied Ger man claims of the sinking of troop transports describ ing them as completely unfound At the end of he the Axis spread and later repeated stories to the effect that several large oceangoing liners heavily laden with American troops had been These claims are completely unfounded and are merely another example of the untrustworthiness of Axis This information has been with held until every American soldier that was on the Atlantic at the time of the German announcement was landed safely in the United Kingdom and we could assure our selves of the complete falsity of the German The whose task it is to escort our continuous troop move ments into this have been and are daily according magnifi cent fact which every soldier in our army clearly ap preciates and gratefully acknowl Gerity Will Concentrate On Armor Plate Production Beecher Street and Old Auto rad Plants to Be Closed Under New Program Officials of the GerityAdrian Manufacturing Company ed today the closing of two of the companys four plants in Adrian and a stepping up of the companys main war production of heavy armor The new East Beecher Street plant in which automobile parts were plated in peacetime and the ordnance plant on Logan he former Autorad are Icjing Employees from thosetwo plants are being shifted to new duties in the armor plate plant on Logan Street and the stamping plant near the city limits on East Maumee Street Speaking for James Gerity company Floyd manager of the armor plate plant said we have been too successful in converting our plants to war production with the result that we were in 13 dif ferent lines of war We have decided to concentrate on a few things that we can do thoroughly with the help Bast Armor Plate is Goal Waugh made it and activity in the armor plate plant gave emphasis to his that the companys are being devoted to the job of turning out the best armor plate in the largest possible Waugh said that although employment in Gerity plants has dropped from 960 to 325 in a year and a the annual company payroll has in creased from to more than a million The increased despite the decrease in em is due to a larger num ber of semiskilled and skilled workers now being employed and steadily mounting labor labor shortage at the Gerity as in most of the other Adrian is In going into the allout produc tion of armor plate designed for use in the GerityAdrian Com pany is joining 32 other factories in six states in forming a coopera tive group headed by the Armor Plate Division of the Standard Steel Spring of Detroit Of the 12 factories are located in Many of the firms are former bitter competitors but now all efforts are directed toward one goal instead of against each Old Plants Converted Born in the middle west of war time the armor plate in dustry is growing through factories that already have been establish ed instead of consuming extra months in building an dequipping new No where is this growth better demonstrated than in the Logan Street plant which has been converted from a plating plant into a heattreating unit at break neck Company employes have been working seven days a week for seceral Today men and turning out heavy steel slabs on a sevenday week basis which eventually will protect American soldiers and their allies on far flung battle The exact procedure used in hardening the steel slabs to withstand the on slaught of enemy bullets and the quantities in which the Adrian firm and the others in the new organi zation are producing armor naturally are military But it is no secret that the success of the new industry has been most Has Fiance Arrested After She Takes Car To Visit Relatives Lucille 21 years of pleaded guilty to unlaw fully driving away an automobile without intent to steal in circuit court this morningl She and Dixit also of were arrested in Wednes day where they became stranded while on their way to visit rela tives in Powell was arrested on complaint of Robert Henry Le Baron of owner of the LeBaron and Powell in tended according to Powells statement to assistant prosecuting attorney Rex Mart She had had the use of LeBarons LeBaron corroborated Sie statement Sat in with Miss they started and sent LeBaron a telegram from informing him of their LeBaron swore out a warrant for Powells arrest and sheriffs officers in Celina arrested them Wednesday after they had been stranded because of tire dif Sheriff Roscoe Scott and Scott brought the women to Ad rian They were taken before Justice Franklin Russell this Powell waived examination and charges against Miss Birehfield were After pleading guilty before Powell was remanded to the custody of the sheriff to await a report by Ray county probation of heartening to Army and Navy ordnance The thoroughness and speed with which the industries and their employees turned from peacetime production to relieve one of the nations wartime shortages was commended recently by Alfred Deputy Chief of who This ability of the American industrialists to forget the clashes of peacetime competition and pull together wholeheartedly to meet the na tional the factor in the last will beat Some people call it Amer icas secret weapon and maybe theyre right implement Dealers Meet to Discuss Plans for Future Activities The scrap metal collection cam paign of the Lenawee county road which has been con ducted on a housetohouse basis throughout the rural districts of according to George Tay chairman of the Work will continue for a few but Taylor said the drive is just about Total figures are not Word from the Victorsville garage of the road one of five points where the scrap is col was received yesterday af A total of 110 tons has been collected The canvass of the Adrian territory is almost At Seneca the situation is the The Tecumseh and Onsted districts are continuing their according to the This afternoon Richard chairman of the county salvage committee and Ackerman of representative of the International Harvester will visit farm implement dealers in the county to discuss plans for salvage collections after the pres ent drive is The Rural Elec trification Administration has also offered its assistance to continue the scrap Goff said Two American Cargo Ships Lost By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Navy disclosures yesterday of the destruction of two American cargo ships in the north Atlantic raised to 503 the Associated Press count of announced neutral and allied na tions merchant losses in enemy ac tion in western Atlantic waters since One ship was assaulted by air craft in July after being aban was sunk as a menace to Captain JuliusHolm gren said his craft had been dam aged severely by near misses in a bombing attack by planes beyond the range of the ships Two torpedoes sank the other ship last with the probable loss of three FIRE ON SHIP 23 ff Fire swept through the hospital area of a United States ship under going repairs here early and the vessel was listing very slightly from tons of water pour ed on the Identityof the ship was not dis closed by the and cause of the to one com partment was not officially an Firemen and said the blaze was believed to have been started in a pile of mattres ses by sparks or flames from a welders AUCTIONS Oct Auction west ol North Auct See on Market Public auction northeast of See on Market Public auction northwest or lome DilworUv auctioneer See on Market Auction sale southwest of Irving See on Market Public auction northwest of Linehan Ose on Market Oct Public west of Adri Andy Auct See on Market Work On Other Amendments Threatening to Delay New Draft Bill SENATE OKAY EXPECTED By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ing gently nudged aside the pro hibition administration lead VOTE 23 Senator Michigan Re voted ip the affirmative yesterday when the Senate 49 to to refer to its military affairs committee the teenage draft bill amendment outlawing liquor in and near military and naval Senator Michigan was campaigning in ers trained their fire today on a series of other amendments that threatened to delay enactment of the lower draft age Chief among these was a de mand that 18 and 19 year old men be kept out of combat troops un til they had undergone six months or a years military The wetdry issue evaporated for the time being yesterday when the Senate voted 49 to 25 to send back to its military committee an amendment by Senator Lee which would have banned the sale of alcoholic drinks from military 50 year old ordained Bap tist minister once known as the Boy Orator from was disappointed but undismayed by this parliamentary maneuver which probably will keep his pro posal bottled up in committee for some There would have been less disturbance over it he told than there will be by postponing because the longer it is postponed the bigger it will Democratic Leader Barkley told reporters he hoped all other amendments could be beaten and the bill passed by The House approved a similar without any last Barkley conceded there was likely to be much discussion and probably a close vote on the ques tion of requiring a specified pre combat training Senator Thomas has proposed de spite the appeal of military leaders that they be left free in assigning the new men to There was some talk of halving this proposed time as a Other Amendments Pending A half dozen other amendments also were pending as the second day of debate opened but sponsors of the including its au Senator Gurney said they believed most of them could be defeated Senator Taft away on a speaking proposed through Senator Danaher that students in college or professional schools who fell within the proposed new 1819 age group be deferred while they com pleted training for essential mili tary or civilian Senator Nye sought to exempt men under 20 from combat service unless they volun teered for it and Senator Capper planned an amend ment to keep all of this group in noncombatant units until thev reached Also pending was a proposal by Senator Wiley that the states remove any restrictions they might have whichwould pre vent members of the armed forces from The Lee amendment was shuf fled aside after debate had brought charges from Senators Lucas and Tidings that it was the opening gun in a campaign to bring back na tional Lee on the other that if the Senate rejected the amendment it might be fanning the flames for IN BRITAIN 23 W Mrs EJeanor Roosevelt has arrived in Britain as the guest of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in order to gam first hand knowledge of British womens war activities and to visit United States forces in Great Buckingham Palace announced The first accompanied by her Malvina flew to England by a route which was not She expected to stay two or three weeks and inspect every phase of the British war effort she can in that limited LENAWEE GROUP WILL LEAVE EARLY SATURDAY FOR SERVICE IN ARMY Lenawee county men who were inducted into the army October 10 will leave morning for Battle Creek where they will begin active service at Fort They are to meet at the Short Way Bus station on West Church Street at 7 oclock and the bus leave at The men going are mem bers of the group which left Adrian for Detroit October 9 and inducted formally after final physical They were granted the customary 14day fur lough before starting Allied Airmen Throw Jap Invasion Push Off Schedule By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS sistent allied air bombardment of a large Japanese war fleet in the southwestern Pacific appeared to day to have thrown a long expect ed Japanese invasion thrust off schedule while giving Americans valuable time to bolster their forces in the Rendezvousing in the northern Solomon Islands about 10 days the enemy warships and transports have been the target for an almost constant rain of Allied aerial bombs as they waited the zero hour to surge toward the prized Americanheld air base on Guadalcanal The latest attack on the enemys ship concentration came last night when Allied bombers under Douglas MacArthurs Australian command dumped 10 tons of ex plosives on Japanese vessels at Buin at the southern tip of Bou gainville The nocturnal raid drew strong antiaircraft fire but all the planes found their MacArthurs communique and re turned safely to their the navy disclosed that Japanese troops in the heavy jungle on northern Guadalcanal had attempted a minor thrust at the American positions on The feeler was repulsed and the navy said yesterday therewas no material change in the military situation Enemy Bomber Downed An enemy believed to have been on a reconnaisance mis sion over the was brought down by antiaircraft The United States aircraft continued to seek out and bomb Japanese troops and supply concentrations on Gua The Allied attacks on the enemy fleet in the Solomons were regard ed as emphasizing Secretary of War Stimsons assertion yesterday that the forces of MacArthur and Vice Admiral Robert commander in the were working in the closest possible co Since the heavy Jap naval con centrations were first observed in the islands a major enemy effort to recapture the seized by Marines early in had been expected Communiques of both Mac Arthur and the navy have reported air attacks on The navy declared that planes Consecrated Episcopal Bishop 23 Herman former rec tor of St Pauls was consecrated a bishop of the Episcopal church here Presiding at the consecration was Henry George bishop of the diocese of Virginia and head of the Episcopal church in the United Bishop Page has been a chaplain in the army since with the rank of lieutenant He is to be placed on the inactive list of the army so he can adminis ter the duties of his new post He will be the bishop of the diocese of northern Michigan with the see at which Bishopric was held for years by his the late Bishop Herman Assisting in the ceremonies were Henry bishop of southern Ohio Frank bishop of Michigan Lewis bishop of wes tern Michigan Bishop Richard Kichhoffer of Indianapolis Bishop Harwood Fond Du and the James Henry Ann the Oscar Crystal the John and the John The Phil rector of Christ Dayton was master of ceremonies and the Presbyters who attended the Page in the investiture were Capt James chaplain at and Representing the army chief of chaplains were William commandant of the army chaplains and Max A luncheon at the Dayton coun try club followed the Bishop Page had been rector of Pauls since coming here from the Cathedral of St For the last several Bishop Page has been an executive officer in the chaplains school at Harvard CONVICTED 23 founder of the Friends of and eight oth ers of his group were convicted yesterday of violating the Califor nia subversive organizations reg istration Their on charges of failure to register their was the first ever held involving the 1941 Possible maximum sen tence is five years im prisonment or Sentences will be passed The other defendants were Ellis Yaleeducated writer and Baron Van Daniel Van James McBride and his Leone Menierand Genevieve and warships have sunk or dam aged four Japanese nine destroyers and six transports since During the delay in the enemy assault which forces said was expected to start several days the navy had disclosed that Amer ican ships are in Solomons waters and that the ground troops holding the Guadalcanal airfield have been Secretary of Navy Knox announced on Tuesday that the number of land planes in op eration by the navy is steadily in MacArthurs headquarters also reported last night that three Jap anese bombers made a night raid on Port the strong Allied base on the southern coast of New but caused neither dam age nor Australian continued to push the enemys at tempted invasion of Port Moresby back toward Kokoda between the Allied base and the enemys base at Buna on the north coast BA1TLE IN Wavell Declares Burma Must Be Retaken From Japanese 23 presence of a powerful British battle squadron in the Indian including at least three battleships and the aircraft car was disclosed au thoritatively today as a sequel to General Sir Archibald Wavells declaration that Burma must be retaken from the The squadron was said to con sist of the Royal Sovereign and Resolution presumably in addition to a large force of cruisers and all under the command of Admiral Sir James The one of the most famous ships in the British is a veteran of many Mediterran ean battles and last was reported in a northern British port in Possibility of an Allied drive to throw the Japanese out of Burma has been brought to the fore by current conferences in India among General commanderin chief of British forces therer Gen eral Sir Claude former commander in the Middle East who is mentioned for an important new post and Lieut General Joseph chief of staff of Allied forces in These meetings came after a recent inspection tour of the BurmaIndia frontier by General Wavell and increased aerial recon naissance along the frontier after the end pf the monsoon Wavell has stressed time and again that ever since the Allies were driven from Burma he has been concentrating on regainine that segment of the British Em pire and the reopening of the Burma Road supply line to China who bluntly acknowl edged that we took a hell of a beating in Burma also has as serted that the lost territory could and would be SMlfTTDEFJES SPEED LIMIT Oct 23 csvAt a leisurely 35 or a rampant 70 mfies an Gerald Smiths auto mobile ride to defy the national speed limit apparently failed to ex cite sticker candidate for the Umted States said after ar riving here last night that he had averaged 50 to 55 miles an hour on a drive from Detroit and I didnt see a traffic cop Campaigning on a tires for ev erybody Smith had an nounced last Tuesday that he in tended to drive to Kalamazoo at speeds exceeding 35 miles an hour He made it plain if arrested he would be glad to explain iii In campaign speeches Smith has charged that the 35mile an hour idea was set forth in the interests of the rubber monopoly as a rubbersaving measure for citizens trying to make tires last for the War At A Glance By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ASIA Great British battle squadron in Indian hinting zero hour near for allied attempt to retake Burma from fliers blast Japs in North beat off feel er thrust on Guadalcanal as allied bombers hit Jap dumping ten tons on shipping and installa tions at in northern Solo Invaders still retreat in New ers Genoa and with out loss Italy admits heavy dam age and fliers pound Axis desert airfields in Egypt Malta downs four more enemy report new gains on Stalingrads outskirts and take initiative within mum on claim gains on Black Sea but Reds counter with report of heavy toll of foe Take Major Position Germans Forced On Defensive In Some Areas SIEGE AIS IN 60TH DAY By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Oct Russia announced today the capture of an important tactical position north west of Stalingrad and the Ger although using 22 divisions totaling about men in the were reported thrown on the defensive in a number of blocks within the city by Red army count Red said the defenders seized the initiative at several points where the enemy had fever ishly started to fortify positions in the skeletons of ruined buildings as wintry storms swept the The noon communique reported the conquest of a major position to the without However it is in that area that the Russians have been conducting a series of largescale trench Moreover it was announced that Red army forces had smashed a Nazi wedge which briefly endang ered their first line of defense in the Mozdok area and the German survivors left 200 dead The communique said Russian troops defending a factory area of Stalingrad split attacking infantry men from their supporting tanks and finally routed both destroying with shellfire two tanks which managed to break Ground gunners were credited with shooting down five With the siege of Stalingrad in its 60th Red Star estimated the Germans were using 15 infantry four tank divisions and three motorized divisions against the The army newspaper said the Germans had concentrated more than 500 about L200 field mortars and from 700 to 800 planes for the Personnel Loss Heavy The besieging divisions have lost 65 to 75 per cent of their personnel and 60 per cent of their the newspaper Presum ably the ranks have been refilled from The northern factory section re mained the main fate of the city is to be de cided Red Star Turn to RUSSIANS Page 2 Allies 9 Miles South of Kokoda SOMEWHERE IN New IP Allied troops drove through heavy trop ical rains and over slip pery mountain trails in the Owen Stanley Mountains today to a point about nine miles south of Fighting continued between for ward elements of the Allies and the enemy in the heights of the Owen Stanleys along the main track north of the village of Eora but the downpour and se vere weather hampered The Allied advance now nearly a month under pressed forward under a combination of flanking and frontal Yesterday the Allies stretched out from the flanks along the Eora Creek village ridge while other had been checked temporarily by an enemy unit in strength along the main re sumed their pressure and pressed the Japanese The Allies now have fought their way over the most tortuous sectors of the Owen Stanleys and have passed the highest point along the Before them lies a series of ridges graduating down with the sharpest decline at five miles south of Ko Continue Raids On Foes Landing Fields in Desert 23 United States desert air task force of medium bombers and fighters again hammered enemy landing fields scoring at least two direct hits among grounded Axis United States head quarters announced An RAF communique said that British fighter planes shot six Axis which United States fighters added a over the Egyptian battlefront yes and many more were de stroyed in bombing attacks on Axis The plane downed by United States fighters was one of 30 Mes serschmitt 109s which attacked an escorted American bomber forma The United States fighters and fighterbombers also destroyed several enemy vehicles in attacks on transport along desert In the British bulletin four enemy raiders were shot out of the sky over The communique also reported that a number of grounded Axis planes were set afire fay heavy bombers which attacked the air drome at the night of Oct British losses in these and com panion which included at tacks on Axis transport columns on the coastal road between Ma truh and Sidi were put at six planes ;