WEATHER pern lures ••*•••••»•*•••••• »•••••••••••»»*•»•*** 61 47,2 forecasts withheld at military authorities.) 16 PAGES BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA, MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1941 TWO SECTIONS No. 129 Ousted County Post Removed Refusal Resign DICK BEAN KIRBY today became Kern county health well as Kern General superintendent majority members Board of Supervisors to remove Dr. ubber ation Unit "OFFICIALS of a rubber-ration* board for Bakersfield will be named at a county defense council meeting tonight and steps will be taken for extension of the rationing plan throughout Kern i county, it was announced today by Supervisor A. W. Noon, county defense chairman. Mr. Noon was authorized by the Board of Supervisors to integrate the rubber-control program, now being spread throughout the nation, under the 'defense council. Details on operation of the plan will be studied after the first necessary organization of a three-man committee, with alternates, as rec* oinmandcd by Governor Culbert L.. Olson in a letter received by Mr. Noon today. as health officer Station Thronged to resign from the appointed in November replace Doctor Smith AS of the ?G,000,000 Hospital, was given department direction, increased compensation $15,000-per-year hospital salary, of 4 to 1, Supervisor dissenting. The vote of Doctor Smith was long-standing tabulation pertaining to Kern Gen- since Supervisors C. W. Wimmer and |a Ijave ^ogposefc^uper^ Wooilbmes and Harty. reading of a letter Smith in which ho and definitely rejected" offer of $400-per-month would devote his full department work, Lavin moved that his declared vacant. Supervisor moved for appointment Kirby, with Supervisor stressing that it should plain that Doctor Kirby no increase in salary. Kirby was appointed superintendent, the board at $15,000 a year, compared $9000 per year paid "Invites"'Dismissal $400 offer "insincere," "invited" the majority his letter "to avai\ of the legal technicality laboriously searched out an excuse for them to from the last post of which I am subject to technicality" to Smith referred was that a public Cheers Greet Churchill in • Canada By LLOYD LEHRBAG Associated Press Staff Correspondent O TTAWA, Ont., Dec. 29, Prime Minister Winston Churchill reached Ottawa by special train from /Washington today to receive an enthusiastic welcome from Canadians M on his history-making visit to North America. He raised his hand in the "V" 4 sign of victory, and lifted his black hat ns cheers of the crowd rang through the station area nt the first glimpse of the familiar ChnrchillJan countenance. He wns gripping the inevitable cigar, lie is to give an important address to the Canadian people tomorrow. His rudy face was wreathed In steam from nearby puffing locomotives. H The chill of the snow-carpeted Canadian capital was felt even Inside the station. Beside the British prime minister was Prime Minister W. L. Mackenzie King of Canada. He also was accompanied by members of Canada's war council, and Air Marshal Sir Charles Portal, Britain's chief of air staff. President's Car Churchill traveled in the special pullman used by President Roosevelt % British Reds Pledge Total Nazi Defeat Simultaneous Axis Blows Struck on East, West By Associated Press IMULTANEOUS Britishand Russian blows on Germany from east and west underscored the vulnerability the Nazis' exposed, far-flung flanks today as Britain and Russia announced a new agreement aimed at "the utter defeat of Hitlerite Germany." From the east, the Russians kept up their remorseless pressure, shoving the receding German line still farther back from the environs of Moscow. At the same time, on the west, the British uncorked a surprise stab on the German-held Atlantic coast of Norway and again sent their warplanes fanning over German territory. from the "invasion coast" of France to the great shipping ports of the Reich itself. Chief targets of the R. A. F. wore the ports of Bmden and helmshaven and the industrial areas of the Rhineland where, with the help of good weather, a communique said, heavy attacks were made. - < The announcement of the allies' agreement came from London and from Moscow where, it was disclosed, British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden has been in consultation with Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. h U. S., Moscow in Touch The Moscow talks, it was disclosed, dipped 'into postwar reorganization. They went oh simultaneously with those in Washington between Prime Minister Churchill and President Roosevelt. And. the four men were said to have kept constantly in touch with each other. & It may iiave been more than coincidence that while the British were announcing the Moscow conference aim of "utter defeat of Hit- lerite Germany" President Roosevelt messaged the Filipinos that the resources of the United States, Britain, Netherlands East Indies and China "have been dedicated ... to the utter and complete defeat of the Japanese warlords." ••• ill Hurled BackHm-One Sector but Reinforcements Open Fresh Threat By RUSSELL BRINES Tl/TANILA, Dec. 2J>. (A. P.)-"Siii. •"•*• clde squads" of young Filipino soldiers were credited today with halting the first, rush of the tlapanese advance in northern Luzon and helping to drive back the invaders .in at least one sector. But United States army headquarters at the same time warned of a F fresh threat in the south, where they said the Japanese were landing reinforcements. Army advices otherwise were meager, simply reporting "no material change" in the north or south. An officer returned from the northern front said the Japanese appeared to be falling Back from Tayug, 100 miles north of Manila and 20 miles Inland from Lingayen gulf, and a Manila Bulletin reporter back from the same sector, told of the work of the "suicide squads." (Bert Sflen. NBC reporter in Manila, said eyewitnesses returning from the front reported the Japanese "in full retreat" Jn the province of Pangasisnau, Just SQuth of Lingayen gulf, with four n towns recaptured out of the six they had occupied. In the south, Siten said, the. defenders' lines "are in excellent position . . . ex- U . ^\**' <- -"^ • r- - » lr _ Hie enemy in check. The young Filipinos, he said, had fought off the Japanese for at least 48 hours beginning Christmas morning, thus . enabling the army command to reorganize the main body . of the . defense forces and redispose them in more favor* able terrain. One tank commander told the re* porter that "during our many sallies into enemy territory those Filipinos just rushed in front of our tanks to get at the Japs. Hell, what do they think our tanks are here for?" After the American lines had been re-established, the fighting settled down Into long-range artillery exchanges, with frequent intense tank action in which the Japanese infantry, following up Its tanks, was said to have lost heavily. A fleet of JapaiiCHe transports in Lingayen gulf, off the coast of the province of La Union, was re* ported driven off by the American guns without even attempting any further landings. Manila, meanwhile, after two days of successive bombing in spite of its designation as an open city, saw no raiders today. There was a 56-minute air nlarm starting nt 12:37 p. m. (10:37 p. in., eastern standard time, Sunday) but no raiders appeared. An earlier alarm at 8:30 a. m* (6:30 p. m., eastern standard time, Sunday) was caused by a Japanese reconnaissance plane which roared over the walled city's bombed art 1 a and down the Paste river. The alert lasted an hour and two minutes. (SUen reported two alarms without bombs being dropped. He said there were unconfirmed reports that Dutch planes had sunk 12 Japanese transports seeking to land reinforcements at Davao, on the island of Mindanao.) Japanese planyg- raided-Jlie_ island fortress or corremuor, at tliS entrance to Manila bay, for, two hours, but lost a number of planes In the operation. Four planes staged an unsuccessful attack on two bridges near Calumpit in Bala- can province, 26 miles northwest of Manila, where three civilians Were Injured. Anti-aircraft guns at the front were reported to have brought down nine Japanese planes Saturday, and official advices said three more were shot down Sunday. In Manila, however, Japanese air raiders who swarmed over the (Continued on Page Two) Estimate Luftwaffe 35 Per Cent Weaker • (Associated Press Leased Wire) LONDON, Dec. 29.—Aviation observers estimated today that losses in the campaign against Russia have reduced the German air force to about C5 per cent of its peak j strength. They noted In this connection that there has not been a really big raid Tojo to Report War to Goddess at Ise TOKIO, Dec. 29. (Official Broadcast Recorded by A. P.)—Premier General Hldeki Tojo will fly tomorrow to tho Grand Shrines of Ise, 250 miles southwest of Tokio, to report to the sun goddess, Amaterasu O MI Kami, the outbreak of the "greater East Asia War" and to pray for JAP ATTACKS IOMIEO BY JAPS MILtS PACIflC OCEAN HONG KONG HAINAN • •111 AI LA I • CHINA SAIGON tUZON < MANI PHILIPPINE ISLANDS South China S*o PALAWAN •RITISH NORTH •ORNCO 1APA1 Mil IGAN 1* MINDANAO Celebes Sea INANG MALAY STATES ItlNSI U i SINGAPORE fONTIANA p r • • • v CILIIES W. fiT DUTCH EAST INDIES NEW THREAT—Heightening Japanese threats to Manila were reported today with landing of heavy reinforcements in both north arid* south Luzon as Americans shortened defense lines north of Manila to Htem invasion horde. Other developments today: Continued fighting on Mindanao, southern Philippine island; Japanese in control of Sarawak; Jap parachutists reported landing oil Sumatra; Japanese advances in northern Malaya claimed. Al * Secretary Early Discounts Interpretation That We May Lose Islands Temporarily i ^ . . _._ •" MANILA, Dec. 29. (A. P.h-The office of High Commissioner Francis B. Sayre issued a statement today assuring Filipinos thut "help is surely coming" but advising them to remain quietly in their homes la event of occupation. WASHINGTON, Dec. 29. (A. P.) " President Roosevelt pledged to tho war-scourged people of the Philippines today that "their freedom will be redeemed and their Independence established and protected." "The entire resources, in men and material of the United States stand behind that pledge," tho President said. At almost the same Umo that tho short wave radio broadcast the President's personal message to the FJHpinoB, tho navy issued a statement saying the fleet was intensively engaged against the Defense Line Shortened by MacArthur More Japs Swarm on Luzon; Manila Fort Bombed By Associated Press TTNITED STATES submar- incs have sunk two more Early replied, "I shouldn't think ao, no." The President arranged a relatively light schedule for the day, making separate appointments with Dr. Alexander Loudon, The Netherlands minister, and Admiral Ernest J. King, commander in chief of tho United States fleet. Tho chief executive, calling- the occasion a "solemn" one, praised the Philippines for their "gallant struggle against tho Japanese aggressor." "The resources of tho United States, of tho British empire, of the Netherlands East Indies and ot the Chinese republic have been • r Japanese vessels, one a transport and the other a supply ship, in the Far East, the navy announced today as a new and possihly menacing phase developed in the grim battle of the Philippines. The brief naval communique also acknowledged that n United States destroyer had suffered slight dnmngc and minor casualties under enemy nir nttacks but did not Identify the vessel or give any other particulars, Determined American and Filipino forces were reported in Manila to bo holding their lines, oven bettering them at one point, against steadily growing Japanese strength In northern Luzon but a war com- munique in Washington suggested that a deep American withdrawal was m prospect or already had been undertaken. General Mac Arthur, It gaid, ImdL shortened his lines and consolidated most 6f Ills troops In Pa'm* pa M K a province to face heavily augmented enemy Infantry/ cavalry and tank regiments "composed of veteran soldiers with modern equipment. " ' Although this meant a new line virtually; .midway between the gulf of Lingrayon and Manila, it indicated an American stand in terrain longr envisaged as a battlefield against invasion and the scene of repeated peacetime defense rehearsals. Short Way From Capital * The northern border of Fampanga is about 55 miles above Manila. The southern border is only 26 miles distant. Time apparently was becoming a vital factor In tho fierce battle of the Philippines as the Japanese* thus far unable to build up a crushing force despite their already overwhelming numbers, poured men ashore and the United States gave the beleaguered islanders hope that help was on the way. Elsewhere, the war bulletin said, there was "nothing to report."