Roosevelt Declars WarDec.9. 1941

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Evening .Refub THE WEATHER Partly cloudy tonight Wednesday Wednesday cloudy and colder. LICAN TELEPHONES New Boom MM Business Office fill WITH WHICH IS COMBINED THE COLUMBUS LEDGER Established 1$77, Vol. 64, No. 290. COLUMBUS. INDIANA, TUESDAY; DECEMBER 9, 1941. PRICE THREE CENTS RAIDA IE J TWO S. COASTS VI mm ATE TO CITY PREPARES TO GO ALL OUT IN DEFENSE AID Local Residents Believe War May Belong Many More Seek Enlistment. RAIL BRIDGES GUARDED Civilian Program Expected to Get Under Way Within Within Short Time. The city of Columbus revived slowly today from Its first shock at the sudden attack by Japan, but the war was still on the tip of every every tongue and a large part of the city's energy was being devoted to defense preparations. The police department continued its plans to meet with any emergency emergency which might arise as result result of attempted sabotage and maps were prepared of vital key points in the city. The Pennsylvania railroad re- re- vealed that its bridges all over the country were being patrolled by watchmen. These rwtrola wp s- s- tablished at key bridges Sunday dav, in, connection with the in-night in-night in-night as a precautionary move. Sim- Sim- vestigation of the theft of liar action was taken during the storage batteries in Jennings first World war. . county which occurred during the Bridges Patrolled Here. summer. The Flatrock bridge and trestle Rodman was taken by Detective at the northwestern edge of Co- Co- Raymond Boll -of -of the state police lumbus is being patrolled, as is the and Sheriff Elmer H. Noltlng, to Second street bridge and the bridge the Kroot junk yard where the over White River at Rockford. officers said he was identified by Moves to set the local civilian two persons as the man who sold defense organization into . action tne batteries. are expected soon. Postmaster Clar- Clar- T"6 batteries, according to the ence Thompson, chairman of the officers, were stolen from a home organization, is attending the na- na- ln Jennings county which was not tional Farm bureau convention in occupied. Chicago and Is expected home to-! to-! to-! In the local c8 Hodman is morrow evening. Part of the or- or- , charged with obtaining $24 ganization set up by Mayor Fred i through a check manipulation. C. Owens and steps taken by him have been in line with civilian defense activities. The possible need for these agencies agencies were brought home to local residents with a jolt last . night when news was received of enemy airplanes flying over the west coast and then again bv the report today that enemy planes had been oigut-cu oigut-cu oigut-cu en oca via a c w . Revise Opinions of Japs. The man on the street in Columbus Columbus today was rapidly revising his opinion of the Japanese as a military force, and many admitted Orders to proceed as usual were that it would be a longer war than received today by the county draft they had expected. board in a telegram from state Several persons were asked to selective service headquarters, al-make al-make al-make public statements on their though the telegram indicated opinions, but all declined. Two sa d that change3 are being planned that their comment on Japan would m tne draft set-up. set-up. set-up. hardly be printable. All were con-, con-, con-, , , . . ... vinced that Japan's attack on the 1 The local board this morning United States in a "stab in the fnt five men to Fort Benjamin back" had united the American Harrison for their final physical people in a way nothing else could examinations. The men went by ever have done. regular bus and are slated to re- re- Columbus and county men con- con- turn late tms afternoon, tinued to seek information on how ; The men are: they could get into the Army and paui Marshall Pence of Hope Navy, with the Navy getting most route 2. or tne applicants, prooaoiy aue to the fact the men believe they can 8" m-iiuu m-iiuu m-iiuu luic. """6" naval service. Several men, how- how- pver, have called at the local draft office to Inquire of army enlistment enlistment and several were reported to have, gone to Indianapolis to make application. -d -d a. -rt -rt It 4 c.t.t. ii ,,'the examination call. Forty men Local men who were released . . , .,..., v.. 1 A A n A A n A aA lective service because tSey are 28 or over were still waiting expect- expect- u uiut s itmay rwmug u.tu to service, but as far as could be learned none had been called back. xi was reported oy tne ainourg correspondent of this paper that two men there who recently were released from Camp Shelby be- be- cause they were over 28 have I n recalled and are to report at the camp Friday. They are Elba Hasch and Donald Cordray. Loren J. Voiles of this city, whose release at Camp Shelby be- be- cause of the age limit was an- an- nounced last week, was expected home yesterday or today but his parents this afternoon had recelv- recelv- ed no word from him. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Voiles of 1338 Franklin street. They believe that because of the war his release may -have -have been de- de- i ferred. U. S. Beat Damn Japs Easy, Say Local Chinee "United States beat Japan easy I say." "I think United States run damn Japs out of Pacific in four weeks." Those are the opinions of Hong Sing, Chinese laundryman, who operates operates a shop on Fourth street. Hong, who happens to 6e the only Chinaman in Columbus, was bitter in his remarks about the Japs when interviewed by a reporter of The Evening Republican today. His native land has been at war with the Japs for four years now and while most of the fighting has been on Chinese soil, Hong expressed expressed confidence Japan couldn't win. Can't Whip China, "They can't whip China, those damn Japs," he said. "There is too much China and too many Chinamen. Chinamen. China has eight million soldiers soldiers now. All young ones 19 and 20 years old." Hong Sing is 54 years old. "I like to clean up Japan," he said in his broken English. "I go right away and fight. Doctor say, no go. Bad feet." Asked what he thought about the I Partial Blackout Columbus had a partial blackout last night, but It was unscheduled. The city street lights In the Lafayette, Pearl and Sycamore streets circuit went off because of mechanical difficulties and corners in that area of the city were dark. Several calls were received by residents who wondered if the city was having a blackout test or if someone had deliberately tampered with the lights. City Electrician Harry Hull worked several hours getting the lights back into operation. He said they would be in service service tonight. IDENTIFIED IN BATTERY CASE Rodman Named as Man Who Sold Property Stolen in Jennings County. Wilbur Rodman, 24, returned here lastt week, from Te" Citv to in answer to a larceny charge circuit court, was laemunea.yester- laemunea.yester- DRAFT IS STILL ON SAME BASIS Telegram SaVS tO Continue 5 Take Exam Today at Fort Harrison. Donald Howard Stewart Hope route i. of Vireil-. Vireil-. Vireil-. Edward Hawk of 730 Reed street Evans Dunlap of 426 Eighth street. Ira Glenn Thayer of Route 7. To Recheck IB. The board was 35 men short on had been ordered by state head- head- mtkn o . . - tVw telegram receiVed today the board jg j ahead wRh jang for rfr. u Ji.: j -.i -.i .. .D V n or its Dflca " 1'R men those . tn . rv in on effort tQ find available men for clagg j The medical board meet Wednesday night and discuss tang for thjs recheck of class 1B men lt'atao was indicated today that the state ig piannlng to call for more men from tnig county ln the near future although the call may be deiayed until after the holi- holi- dayg Another call had not been expected until after the first of the year but now that America hag entered war the call may be Speeded up. indication that there would be a caI1 wag a request from state headquarters that the county board . : (Continued on page 2) Japanese blitz attack on the Philippines Philippines and Hawaiian islands, Hong replied, "Japs can get to Philippines Philippines easy it's not vwy far." U. S. Too Powerful. Hong expressed the feeling that iu. oi ir ioo pow- pow- f Barracks, Mo., and last Cf 't I 8P 6 f thfe p,n i0"s night telephoned his address to of mimary observers that it may be j h.f ntP Mr and Mrs Earl a. long war, he is of the opinion j 1216' Cottage avenue. t, T S t0 8 hi- hi- He may be addressed a Flight ..t TrXfj c i . '24 of the 357th School squadron. If United States go Into war He said he was b bt enj with Japs four weeks ago it would , th . not strong now. They fight my people people too long 48 month. "United States has lots of airplanes airplanes lots of big guns. They whip 'em easy." Goes Back to Tubs. Hong Sing went back to the tubs in his hand laundry. He seemed confident the war with Japan would not only result in victory 'for the United States but also for China. The reporter left the laundry in search of a Jap for an interview. None was to be found in Columbus. Columbus. LOCAL SOLDIER UNDER FIRE AT MANILA, BELIEF Frank Sachleben With U. S. Engineers at Fort Stot-senberg Stot-senberg Stot-senberg Base. TWO AT PEARL HARBOR Marshall Action and Lyle Clapp Last Heard from in Hawaii. Frank- Frank- K. Sachleben is believed to have been under fire at Fort Stotsenberg, near Manila, last night. At last word received from him by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sachleben, 2312 Maple avenue, he was in a detachment of engineers building an air base at Fort Stot senberg. The fort was reported bombed by the Japanese last night. His mother, nearly broken up by the report, said this morning she and her husband had not had word from Frank for some time. Young Sachleben went out in the March 31 draft, and was trained at Fort Belvoir, Va. He was sent to 'the Philippines with the 803rd En gineers battalion the latter part of September. Three Believed ln Hawaii. At Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, last heard from were Marshall Acton, Jr., of Burnsville, and Lyle Clapp, 1 a nephew of Mrs. Wm. Wilson, eastj of Hartsvule, who are enlisted in the U. S. Navy. Marshall Acton, Sr., had a letter from his son Saturday, Saturday, mailed from Honolulu. Jean Hoy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hoy, of Rugby, is also reported reported to be on duty at Pearl Harbor. Harbor. He was home on furlough about six weeks ago. Louis Coy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Coy of Edinburg, was reported reported on duty in Hawaii in October. October. The county has quite a list of men enlisted in the Navy, some of them on duty in the Atlantic and some the Pacific. However, owing to the war and the situation just preceding it, the locations of many of those aboard ship are not known here. Bechelll On Aircraft Carrier. Last information of Francis Be- Be- chelli was received here about two months ago by his brother, Victor rthe Axis tripartite pact. Bechelll, said he was aboard the U. Meanwhile, Representative Ding-S. Ding-S. Ding-S. S. Aircraft carrier, HVasp, about en (D-Mich) (D-Mich) (D-Mich) told the House today 2 degrees north of the equator, but ; be proposed to demand that court-said court-said court-said further information of his po- po- ' martial proceedings be instituted sition would be restricted. Bechelli agajnst four high ranking Army has been in the Navy the last six officers and tMe commander of the years. He visited Columbus about pacinc fleet for "what happened in two years ago. Hawaii." Robert Snyder, who has been in , , ,. . . -f -f the Navy for 13 years, recently was The detection of enemy aircraft on dut7 at or near Iceland, but i ver the strategically vital San the last word received from him by Francisco area and the threat of a sister. Mrs. Charlton J. Walker, : an enemy carrier lurking off shore ..m , , , Ht ot onnth. served as a realistic introduction point h dli not irctoili'or the report President Roosevelt The only hint he gave was that has promised the country on the his new location would-be would-be would-be "lots progress of hostilities with Japan, warmer" than Iceland. Mr. Roosevelt's address his Sails For Iceland. first since the nation declared Robert deMercado, 627 California I war on Japan will be broadcast street, who was stationed at Bos- Bos- j at 9 p. m., C. S. T. The speech, ton. wired home Saturday that he i was sailing for Iceland. Kenneth Haislup, son of Mrs. Webb Miller, 1428 Chestnut street, who is in the Navy and has been stationed ln New York, wired his mother he was sailing Dec. 8 on the U. S. S. American Legion, but did not give his destination. William Haislup. another son of Mrs. Miller is stationed with the 8th division at Camp Shelby. Jack Long, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Long of St. Louis Crossing, who is in the Navy and who some time ago arrived in New York from : Iceland on the U. S. S. Quincy, has not been heard from lately. Others Aboard Ship. Other boys from here In the Navy, their home address and their ships- ships- or other duty at most recent reports received in this of fice, include: Jeffrey D. Pittman, Route 3, U. S. S. Tuscaloosa; Frank Maris Lawson, Route 5, U. S. S. Memphis; Harold Western, east of city; U. S. S. Chicago; Lyle B. Chapman, 1026 Chestnut street; U. S. S. Alhanea; George W. Amick, 1121 Indiana avenue, U. S. S. California; Ned A. Gardner, Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Hope. U. S. S. Clark; Bernard L. Cook, 61o Cottage venue; U. S. S. Phelps; John Crump, city; U. S. S. Milwaukee. Milwaukee. JOE FINKEL IN.AIR SCHOOL Joe Finkel. 18, who recently enlisted enlisted in the Army Air corps at Tnniananlie haa of Tfif- Tfif- Christmas Edition The Evening Republican will Issue its annual Christmas edition edition Thursday, with complete coverage of Columbus and trading trading area. All advertisers wishing to take, advantage of the extra circulation circulation must have their copy in the office by 4 p. m. Wednesday. The President Makes -a -a mm iM Ah : :v i "DC . & : W x ' - T ' i VV i ' --; --; --; ) ww., v?yi& - im (NEA Telephoto) President Roosevelt signs declaration of war against Japan. Behind chief executive, left, to right, Rep. Sol Bloom of New York; Rep. Luther Johnson of Texas; Rep. Charles Eaton of New Jersey; House Minority Leader Joseph Martin of Massachusetts; Vice President Henry A. Wallace; Speaker of the House Sam Ray-burn; Ray-burn; Ray-burn; House Majority Leader John W. McCormack of Massachusetts; Senate Minority Leader Charles L. Mc-Nary Mc-Nary Mc-Nary of Oregon. " Hull Warns Report Is Michigan Congressman Demands Demands Courtmartial of Commanders in Pacific. Washington, Dec. 9 UP) Following Following a bold Japanese foray that threatened to carry the horrors of the Pacific war to the continental United States, Secretary of State Hull indicated today that this country should be on guard against a sudden German move, supporting Japan in fulfillment of which the White blouse saia wouia contain a "more complete documentation" documentation" of the war than has yet been possible, will be carried by all networks. The presence of hostile aircraft off the Golden Gate 5,200 miles from Japan stirred the capital, and was taken as notice that the front lines of the struggle may be in the main streets of Pacific coast cities as well as in the bomb-battered bomb-battered bomb-battered gun pits of Hawaii. California Tempting Target. The interception and repulse of the raiders was a general source of gratification, but this was tempered by the fact the planes were identified as a reconnaisance mission and by the realization of the extremely audacious strategy the Japanese would risk in their all-or-nothing all-or-nothing all-or-nothing all-or-nothing all-or-nothing bid for supremacy in the Pacific and Asia. The California area with its vast aircraft plants and shipyards offered offered a tempting cluster of targets for air raiders, informed sources agreed, but their shrewdest guess ( was that the Japanese hoped to siriKe a surprise u.uw ai. the major navy bases with the idea of inflicting further damage on the fleet's operating facilities ashore. Capitol Hill studied last night's , thejr flve chiIdren and support ; tance, virtually controlling water-Dorts water-Dorts water-Dorts from California against , ! v,. -dv,;i;- -dv,;i;- -dv,;i;- reports from California agai the background of a statement by Senator Gillette (D-Iowa) (D-Iowa) (D-Iowa) who . . . . . . x: . 1 i Til. saia ne naa imorumwuu u lerhad promised Tokyo active . assistance by February Expect to Get French Fleet. Gillette said his information came from a source so reliable in the past that it had predicted two months in advance that Japan ttwj United planned to attack the States in December. The Hitler pledge, he explained, was pre dicated on Nazi expectations to gain full control of the French fleet at the start of 1942. The possibility of the French fleet falling into Axis hands, now as always, aroused unfeigned con- con- which had already heard reports' j of former French submarines serv- serv- j I ing in Japans' Pacific offensive ' ' and of Axis pilots manning Japan-I Japan-I Japan-I ese dive bombers in the blasting of 'Pearl Harbor. ! These latter reports, which still i lacked confirmation, were among the reasons that prompted Sena- Sena- tor Pepper (D-Fla), (D-Fla), (D-Fla), fiery foe of ; the Axis, to predict that it was ; "just a matter of time" before Congress voted to extend the war (Continued on page two.) Germans May Attagk Heard Jap Cities Bombed FILE NEW SUIT ON TAXI FIGHT Driver Seeks to Have Ordinance Ordinance Declared JJn-constitutionaL JJn-constitutionaL JJn-constitutionaL An action to have the city tax-icab tax-icab tax-icab ordinance declared unconstitutional unconstitutional was filed in Bartholomew circuit court today by Richard (Dick) Schmitz, local taxi operator, in behalf of himself and other public passenger chauffeur's license license holders. The action named the city of Columbus, Mayor Fred C. Owens and Chief of Police Clarence Ev-erroad Ev-erroad Ev-erroad as defendants. Schmitz, in the action filed by his attorney, Edward J. Morrison, charged that the city ordinance is unco- unco- stitutional, that it sets up a' monopoly and grants special privileges, that it conflicts with state laws, and provides for unreasonable unreasonable exercise of police powers. powers. The plaintiff alleges that the provision in the city ordinance requiring requiring a person or firm to own and operate four or more cabs to be eligible for a city license, creates creates a monopoly. Charges Rate Increase. "Since the passage of the ordinance ordinance a monopoly has been granted to George King and his wife," the plaintiff charges. He avers further the rates for taxi services have been increased to such an extent "as to be unfair and unjust unjust against the public interest." He also contends, pointing out that he is a veteran of the World war who received six citations for bravery, that his taxi business is his only means for supporting himself himself and family, and that the ordinance ordinance removes his chance for earning a livelihood. In the action Judge George W. Long is asked to declare the ordinance ordinance unconstitutional. Mrs. Perdue Asks Divorce. Mrs. Gladys Perdue is plaintiff in a suit for divorce filed in Bar- Bar- tnolomew Circuit court today ! against Bulie Perdue. She charges j , cruel and inhuman treatment and , failure to provide. The complaint 1 states the coupe was married Oct. 1930 and Beparated Sept. 26, j llQSQ Rn acts fnr nistnrtv nf Morris H. Sleeth has filed suit j on a promissory note against Hur- Hur- , Rafferty. A judgment of $700 dem&na C. J. Walker is at- at- torney for the plaintiff. A defense motion for a change of venue from the county has been filed in circuit court in the $10,000 damage suit of Mrs. Hazel E. Mc- Mc- Kain, executrix of the estate of : me late ur. so.. . oicivain, agaiiui . Ralph Deitz. I In the divorce suit- suit- of Mrs. Reta Luther against Ralph Luther, the court has ordered the defendant to pay $3.50 weekly support money and a $30 fee for her attorney. The divorce action of Louis Keller Keller vs. Mrs. Marie Keller has been dismissed by the plaintiff. JAPS BEUEVED NEAR CANADIAN COAST Vfctoria, B. C, Dec. 9. (Canadian Press) A warning the "Japanese are off the Aleutian islands" came from Mayor Andrew McGavin last night shortly after Air Commander A. F. Godfrey said "there is every every reason to believe there will be an attack in the Pacific northwest." northwest." It Official Attacks on Tokyo, Kobe and Formosa Are Not Confirmed. New York, Dec. 8 UP) Ford Wilklns, CBS correspondent in Manila, reported at 8:12 a. m. (CST) today that there had been unverified reports of bombing of the Japanese island of Formosa and the cities of Tokyo and Kobe. However, the latest announcement announcement of Japanese defense headquarters headquarters in Tokyo said there had been no air attacks on Japanese territory up to this morning. German-American German-American German-American Relations Cracking Berlin, Dec. 9 .T An authorized authorized spokesman said today he was unable to state whether German - American relations would change within the next 24 hours, but well Informed sources said a clarifying statement statement was expected soon. One Soldier Killed In Morning Raid Manila, Dec. 9 P The Army announced today one U. S. soldier soldier was killed and 12 injured in this morning's raid on Fort Nichols, near Manila. Among the fatalities in Sunday's raid were at least three Indiana men, two from Elkhart and one from Sims near. Marion. Jap Claims Power Balance Is Upset Tokyo, Dec. 9 iP The Japanese Japanese navy's official - spokesman asserted triumphantly today that "the great initial success scored by the Japanese" had upset the balance of U. S. and Japanese power in the Pacific. Striking over widespread areas, Japanese troops were reported to have landed in the northern part of Borneo, (where the British said they had been beaten off) and started an invasion of Hong- Hong- kong, Britain's second chief stronghold in the Orient. Japanese troops were reported to have seized Lubung Island, 50 miles off the entrance to Manila bay in the Philippines. The island U of narnnrmilnt Rtratppir imnor- imnor- pine archipelago and the China sea. U. S. Planes Take Off to Hunt Foe Seattle, Dec. 9 CP) Planes at Portland, Ore., air base hopped off at 8:15 a. m. today to hunt 600 miles to sea for two or three Japanese aircraft carriers and some submarines reported operating operating off the coast. Report Landing Made in Philippines Berlin, Dec. 9 UP) A DNB dispatch dispatch from Shanghai today quoted the Japanese army spokesman as saying Japanese troops had landed in the Philippines. Occupy Strategic Point in Malaya New York, Dec. 9 UP) The German German wireless quoted a Japanese headquarters announcement today that Japanese troops had occupied an impotrant strategical point in northern Malaya. wim mm fJEflcs Two Warnings in Hour Sounded in Manhattan Reason4 Unclear. ENEMY OFF CALIFORNIA Japanese Open Attack on Singapore in All-Out All-Out All-Out Pacific War. By The Assocaited Press. The Atlantic and Pacific seaboards seaboards of the United States vi brated with air alarms today. Japanese warplanes reconnoiter-ing reconnoiter-ing reconnoiter-ing over the San Francisco bay area and reports that other Japanese Japanese forces were off the Aleutian Islands, in the narrow Bering Strait between Alaska aifd Siberia, stirred new alarms in the 3-day-old 3-day-old 3-day-old 3-day-old 3-day-old battle of the Pacific. The San Francisco police radio broadcast a warning at 11:59 a. m. today that "planes had been sighted sighted approaching from sea." The same warning was Issued by Oakland police at noon. The all clear signal was flashed nine minutes later. New York on Alert. The great metropolitan area of New York city was put on an air raid alert twice within an hour shortly afternoon, amid varying afid unconfirmed reports of an imminent imminent attack by enemy planes. The first alarm sounded at 1:25 p. m. (EST) and the all clear followed followed 20 minutes later. But at 2:05 p. m. the wailing of police and fire sirens sounded another warning. The vast stretch of Long Island Island from the city to Montauk Point also braced itself for the reported possible attack. A million million school children in New York and thousands on Long Island were sent home. The New York Information center center on defense said as far as they knew- knew- there was no reason for the second alarm. Sources Not Clear. It was not clear from where the reports originated and in Washington Washington the White House it had been unable to confirm through the Air Force the presence of any enemy planes. Nevertheless, New Yorkers were directed by frequent commercial radio announcements to keep calm and stay off the streets. There was little excitement. Coincidentally, Japanese land forces were said to have opened an attack on the area of Singapore, Singapore, Britain's great "Gibraltar of the Far East" and it appeared that one of the first Japanese aims was to knock out that powerful naval stronghold. Britain's new 35,000-ton 35,000-ton 35,000-ton battleship battleship Prince of Wales was recently reported to have arrived at Singapore Singapore at the head of a strong squadron of British warships. Berlin radio quoted a Japanese communique as saying that Japanese Japanese troops also were advancing in northern Thailand toward the Burma Burma road, now guarded by United States planes. Frisco Area Blacked Out. An air-raid air-raid air-raid warning blacked out the entire San Francisco bay area at 2:39 a. m. (4:39 a. m., C. S. T.) and simultaneously an Army ! spokesman declared: "The planes are heading toward shore, and so far as we know, they I are still coming." The all-clear all-clear all-clear was sounded at 3:37 a. m., however, ending the third alarm of the night. At least two squadrons of enemy planes, numbering 15 to a squad-! squad-! squad-! ron, had previously crossed the coastline west of San Jose during the night and scouted the entire bay area and other sections of California, it was stated. No. bombs were reported dropped. The Army said that in all prob-ability prob-ability prob-ability an enemy aircraft carrier Rush Continues Today At Local Naval Office "We want to go right ntow," was the chorus at the locaj naval recruiting recruiting office today as more young men poured in for enlistment enlistment in the U. S. Navy. Eight youths from all walks of life were in the office early this morning and they kept coming all day long. Because of the many wanting to enlist for a crack at the Japanese, O. B. Roy, local recruiting officer, announced today that the office, which is in the basement of the postoffice building, will be open from 8 a. m. to 5 p. m. each day of the week, except Sunday and from 6 to 9 p. m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Six local youths signed their application application papers yesterday, while many others were turned away because because of the rush. They were told to report at the offlc today. The application papers ire filled out here and a preliminary physical examination given. If the applicant applicant passes he is then sent to Indianapolis Indianapolis for his final physical examination. El AS n 2ii mm AIR ALARM AT AIR BASE Providence, K, I Deo. (.TV-The (.TV-The (.TV-The huge naval air base at Quonset Point, K. I., experienced an air alarm at 12:45 this afternoon, afternoon, it was learned by the Providence Providence Evening Bulletin, was lurking off the coast perhaps 500 or 600 miles out. 'Situation Is Serious.' In Victoria, B. C, Mayor Andrew McGavin announced tersely: 'The Japanese are off the Aleutian islands; we expect them here any time. The situation la very serious." His warning was supplemented by Air Commander A. F. Godfrey with the declaration that "there is every reason to believe there will be an attack in ths Pacific Northwest." Northwest." The daring series of - night thrusts bluntly putting'" ths nation on notice that "it can happen here" led to immediate conjecture conjecture that Japan was attempting to panic the United States Into withdrawing withdrawing its main battle fleet to home waters. Blackouts were -ordered -ordered along the entire Pacific coast, from San Diego through Sacramento to British Columbia cities, thus bringing bringing war to the doorstep of millions of Americans and Canadians who two days earlier had believed such a thing was virtually impossible. Washington Electrified. The presence of Japanese planes off the Golden Gate 5,200 miles from Japan created an electrio atmosphere In Washington as President Roosevelt prepared his first broadcast since the nation declared declared war on Japan, scheduled for 9 p. m., C. S. T. Meanwhile, bulletins on ths gigantic gigantic new conflict broke ln rapid-fire rapid-fire rapid-fire sequence: 1. Berlin vibrated with rumor that the Reichstag would meet tomorrow tomorrow to make known Germany's official stand on- on- ths American-Japanese American-Japanese American-Japanese war, possibly to declare war on the United States. 2. Japanese troops were reported reported to have seized Lubang Island, 50 miles off the entrance to Manila bay In the Philippines. The island is of paramount strategic Importance, Importance, virtually controlling waterways waterways between the middle Philippine Philippine archipelago and the China sea. Manila Assaulted. 8. The first Japanese aerial assault assault on densely-crowded densely-crowded densely-crowded Manila itself was apparently in progress at 6:08 a. m., C. S. T. (8:08 p. m Tuesday, Manila time) as the Manila Manila radio station was heard to repeat repeat over and over again: "Air raid air raid air raid!" 4. DNB (German news agency) quoted Imperial Tokyo headquar ters as announcing that Japanese warships- warships- had fiercely shelled tiny Midway island, American possession possession 1.300 miles west of Honolulu. DNB said airplane hangars and fuel depots were set afire. 5. Singapore dispatches reported that British reinforcements were being rushed to northern Malaya as 25 Japanese troop transports attempted attempted new landings In support of forces already engaged ln bitter bitter fighting In an attempt to gain control of Kota Bharu airdrome, near the northern terminus of the rail line to Singapore. Jap Occupy Bangkok. 6. Japanese troops occupied Bangkok, the capital of little Thailand, which yielded yesterday after a brief-lived brief-lived brief-lived "token resistance" resistance" to the Japanese invaders. 7. The Berlin radio said the Japanese embassy at Bangkok announced announced that Japanese troops "have thrown back English forces which attempted to enter Thailand from Burma. (The British have denied entering Thailand.) 8. Dome! said the Japanese fleet In China waters announced Continued on pace two ' Officer Roy explained that this requires two or three days but the local bys don't want to wait that long. They want to go "now, said Officer 'Roy, and "we are moving just as fast as possible to get them into service." The crowd at the office today was so large that additional chairs had to be moved in so the applicants could sit down while waiting their turn for an interview. interview. There was not a large amount of comment among those waiting. Most seemed to be taking this war with Japan in a serious, determined determined way. The men who are applying at the local station are from au part: of th county and also from sev eral neighboring towns. "Thumb" Way from Seym oar. At 1 o'clock this afternoon a total total of seven applicants had been signed here today and arrangements arrangements were being mads to send a group of the men to Indianapolis (CoatUnueg on pegs two.J

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