The High Point Enterprise from High Point, North Carolina on December 7, 1941 · Page 49
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VOL. 57—NO. 341 MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS v N. C, SUNDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 7, 1941 COMPLETE NE)A SERVICE 'PRICE FIVE CENTS Japan Declares » U. W ar Bulletins CANADIANS MEET OTTAWA, Dec. 7.—(AP)—- Prime Minister W. L. MacKenzic King tailed the Canadian cabinet to meet tonight to consider the Far Eastern situation. J1VIMAGINABLE SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7.—(AP)—"It's unimaginable!" That was the way Joshio Muto, Japanese consul general here, reacted to word the Japanese were bombing Honolulu and Manila. "I had no intimation of it/' he cried. "I don't know what I shall do, yet, or whether there is anything I can do." hLICK HELL, OUT OF THEM" BILLINGS, Mont., Dec. 7.—(AP)—"The only thing' now is to do our best to lick hell out of them," Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana said today after learning of the Japanese attack on Hawaii and the Philippines. IAP BURNS PAPERS NEW ORLEANS, Dc<\ 1.— —A Japanese attache of the Japanese consulate here this afternoon began hurriedly burning papers in the back yard of the consulate .around which a police guard had been placed. The smoke Was visible from the street as the attache piled papers on the flames. J. S. FLYING ? NE WYORK, Dec. 7.—(AP)—The air force of the United States in the Far East lias taken to the air, an NBC observer reported by radio direct from Manila \oday. IRITISH GUNBOAT SUNK SHANGHAI, Monday, Dec. 8.—(AP)—The Japanese sunk the British Gunboat Petrel as it lay off the International Settlement, waterfront. CABOTAGE FEARED WASHINGTON, Dec. 7.—(AP)—The War Department today requested all radio stations to broadcast this bulletin: ' "The Secretary of War directs that all firms and manufacturing plants who have defense contracts or are working on defense orders will at once institute prope'r measures against sabotage." )MMONS SUMMONED LONDON, Dec. 7..—(AP)—The House of Commons was summoned tonight for a session tomorrow. •APS BURN DOCUMENTS LONDON, Der. 7. —(AP) —The Japanese embassy tonight burned secret documents and completed all arrangements to quit Britain immediately. BATTLE IN PROGRESS TOKYO, 7:45 a.m. Monday,'Dec. 8.—(AP)—Domei Announced to-day that "naval operations^are progressing .off Hawaii with at least one Japanese aircraft carrier in Action against Pearl Harbor. Japanese bombers, Dome! said, raided Honolulu at 7:35 a.m. Hawaii time (t:05 p.m. Sunday, E.S-T.) GUAM ATTACKED WASHINGTON, Dec. 7.—(AP)—The White House announced early tonight that the Navy had advised the President that Japan had attacked the Island of Guam. UPANESE CALL EMERGENCY | SESSION OF CABINET TOKYO, Monday, Dec. 8—(AP)—An emergency I session of the Japanese cabinet was held at Premier TojoV I official residence at 7 *.m. today (5 p.m. Sunday, E.S.T-) (STRIKE ENDED MORGANTON, W. VA., Dec. 7.—(AT)—A spokes- Jman for the United Brotherhood of Welders, Cutters, and I Helpers (independent) announced tonight that because cf the w:ar in the Pacific, a strike at the ?40,000,000 or- [dnancc plant would come to an end. NAZI REACTION BERLIN, Dec. 7. — (AP)— A German spokesman [declared tonight there could be no reaction from Ger- Imany to the announced Japanese air attack on Pearl 1 Harbor until all .sides of the case were at hand. re War News on Pane 2 More War News on Page 2 \ ed By / Declaration Prece Surprise Possession In Pacific Despite White House Announcement, Reported Raid • '-•'.. fi'i; * 'On Manila Not Confirmed; Estimate 150 Tokyo Planes In Raid On Pearl Harbor (By The Associated Press) Imperial headquarters at Tokyo declared war late today against both the United States and Britain after Japanese bombers had attacked the great Pearl Harbor naval base at Honolulu and the Philippines. President Roosevelt called an extraordinary meeting of the cabinet for 8:30 p.m. and congressional leaders of both parties have been summoned to join the conference at 9 " The White House said the President "is assembling all the facts as rapidly as possibl e and in all probability he will, as quickly as possible, make a full, informative report to Congress, probably in the form of a message." President Roosevelt is expected to ask Congress" for a declaration of war tomorrow, according to a dispatch from Washington. - r U. S. mH rant, to RUHM: 5200 J*p •utpott* threateningly out in Pacific, circl* U. S. at Guam, M«niU FTHEHUANDS IN W. S. Hc<t couU ir*ng« by katinf, | in avint »f Far €«ft w«r; •rifted 100,000 fov«rnmtnt ftt'S cgiinit in tenth EH«ctiT« rang* •f U. S. worship ti»m rt~g3«*r-«ie ' ffftettv* •f U. S. wa rWtir (MM* An NBC broadcast said Japanese planes—estimated as high as 150 in the opening assault—struck at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, the U. S. navy's mighty fortress o f t'"- • '"— and dropped high-explosive and incendiary bombs on Honolulu itself. Despite art official While House announcement that Japanese \varp!anes had also attacked Manila, an Associated Press dispatch from Manila timed at 4:25 P. M., E. S. T., Sunday, said the city was quiet with no signs of war. - ( The latest reports indicated that the United States l\ad ! won .the first battle in the new World War. j "The army and the navy, it appears, now have the air and sea under control," said an NBC broadcast from Honolulu, a few hours after the Japanese opened the assault, NBC reports from Honolulu said 350 men had been killed by a direct, bomb iiit on Hickman Field and that the U. S. bat.1Je.ship Oklahoma had been set afire in Pearl Harbor. Two other U. S. warships also were reported attacked in the harbor. Army officials said at least two -iRpanpse planes had been shot down in the Honolulu area, where the death toll was listed at seven, including three whites, two Japanese and a one-year-old Portugese girl. Adopting Adolf Hitler's surprise tactics the Japanese attacked (lie two keystc nes 01 American defense in the Pacific at approximately 9:20 a. m., Honolulu lime (3:20 p. m.. EST>. On the Pacific Coast, the army and navy \von< onto an immediate* war-time basisi All loaves were cancelled, all furloughs revoked. Every man was ordered to report to his post. With sky battles still in nrog- ros.s, late dispatches from. Honolulu said apanese bombs killed at least fivp persons and 'Bounded many others. President Roosevelt hardly waited for the Japanese deciara- (Con. on Complete Map. Of Operations On Page Three On page three is a full map of the key stations in the battle-torn- Pacific, including detailed information on Pearl Harbor and Manila. The map outlines the strategy to be expected in the. newest battle area of the \vorld. LINEUP—Here is the lineup of powers in the Pacific where war burst in full fury this afternoon. Heavy Damage inflicted By Jap Attack On Hawaii Direct Hit By Japs Kill 350 At Port KORT AWAITS OKDKRS I^ORT BENNTNG. Ga.. Dec. 7 --(ff)- --This army poM, a hub-bub of activity following announcement of Japanese bombing of Honolulu and Msniia, is "stand- ".ng by and awaiting orders," a high military official announced today. He added that "the intensive training program that has .7one on before will be continued." XEV VORK, D«o. 7—f/P>— Three hundred »n<1 fifty men were killert by »" direct bomb hit on Hicfcman Field, an NBC observer reported tonight from Honolulu. In Addition to the«c casualties from an air raid by planes which the observer identified us Japanese, ho said^ three V. S. .--hips including thp Battleship OVIabonm, wene uttacfced in Pearl Harbor. Several of the attacking planes, which came from the south. \vcr« shot down, hr. Mid. More War Mews on Page 2 Daring Japanese Attack Viewed As Blow To Tightening Blockade By JOHN S!. HIGHTOWER WASHINGTON. Dec. f.— </T>—• Strategists here suggested today that one of the prime purposes of the initial air attacks on the American^ Insular outposts in Manilla and the Philippines was to hreak an attempted blockade on Nippon before it could be well organized. , The initial objective of the United States, with whatever aid comes from other powers, would be to cu!. off Japanese sources of supply from the outside world and at. the same time undertake an air offensive designed to destroy transportation facilities, power plants, munitions factories and other sources of j military power tn Japan. Estimates of liie Japanese air lorce, made before today, varied widely, ranging from 2.500 to 3.6OO planes. Military c.xperls said the Japanese had been preoccupied with keeping their armies going in China that they had not been able to keep their planes up to the high competitive levels of speed and firepower reached by Western nations. They likewise were said to have neither the resources nor mass productions methods engaged in the building of British and American air forces. Recent months hs\e brought many evidences of reinforcements of American air base? in the Philippines. Numerous Japanese mili- snry objectives are within easy inimbing distance of long-range nlancs operating from the Philip- pines, and bombing-patrol operations can be carried olif from new army and navy nasces in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska. The Japanese, according to the best available information, have a first-rate navy probably comparable in si/e to the U. S. Asiatic and Pacific fleets combined (excluding the U. S. Atlantic fleet). The Japanese arc reported lu have 10 battleships of World War vintage compared with IS of comparable age and strength in the U. S. navy. Several months ago the Japanese were reported btu'ld- j ini: eight new ships, and Amcri- j can Experts estimated that twt> I of those have now been complet- I cd. ,Two ne\v American capital j y'.iips. the Washington and N 7 orth Carolina, also have been recently I completed. Jap Air Force Seen As Weak London Sources Declare Tokyo Navy Reported Third Strongest in World LONDON. Dec. 7.—!/P>—The Japanese air force was described today as the weakest of any I of the great world powers hy the British Press Association's air ; correspondent. j Press Association added, however, that the addition of a dozen destroyers in the last IS months bad made the .laoancsc twy the world's third strongest, those of Britain and .the United States j being ahead. * The air correspondent said j London air exports believed Ja- \ pan had not more than 3.000 j airplanes of all types, and quoted ( an authority as estimating her fighter strength at not more than 1.000 planc.s. The fastest of which would not make more than 310 miles an hour. All Japanese planes were "inferior copies of the world's second besi aircraft designed six years ago," the correspondent wrote. ' >v (The United Stales Army air force was recently said by Major General Henry H. Arnold to possess 2.300 or more modem combat-type wavplanes despite tlv^ Royer Home Destroyed By Blaze Unestimatecl damage was caused this morning about 8:30 o'clock when the llovcly home of Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Royer — Boxwood Gardens —located* on the Ashelwro road, about a mile outside Ihc city limits, was burned to the ground. Cause of the blaze, discovered by a passerby who informed the Roycrs, was unknown. K Some of the contents of the large home were saved, hut damage to much of them was considerable. The Roycrs were at breakfast when the fire broke out. For many years the Boxwood Garden have attracted persons from, far and near because of their beauty. City Manager E. M. Knox, called in connection with the blaze, said the home was lo- coatcd a mile from a water line and that it would have been impossible for firemen to have rendered any assistance. White House Reports Heavy Loss of Life in Sudden Assault in Pacific - WASHINGTON, Dec. 7. — (AP) — The White House announced today that heavy damage had been inflicted in the Japanese attack on Hawaii arid that there probably had been heavy loss of life. diversion of planes abroad, witlv, SOO or more ready for action in advanced bases outside continental United States. A year ago the Navy had. another 1,500 planes and the Marines and Coast Guards 400.) NAVV VARD ON GUARD CHARLESTON. S. C.. Dec. T.— (/P)'—Charleston navy yard au- thon'ties said they had received leTegraphed orders from Washington to carry out previously arranged security orders. These orders, it was staled, related to stringent protection against sabotage. More War Hews on Page 2 \ .i^ ?rtr' casualties came tn the White "House from ,Rc*r Admiral C. C: Rlncli. ••.ommanriing the 14th naval district which, embraces H?>yai!. • The Whife House asserted. too. that Japan sent her bombers over the islands in da'.vn of early morning'. Asked about reoorls broadcast from Honolulu of a na^al en73ge- ment. off Hawaii. Prudential S°c- retary Stephen E^rly said he could not confirm them. While he was thus enfaaed tn his study in the White House. Early announced that the latest reported development was the word from Admiral Bloch. Mr. Roosevelt concluded conferences with war, navy, and stalf department chiefs late in the datf and began dictating- a special message to congress. "This report expresses the he- iicf." Eariy said, "that there has been heavy damage done in Hawaii and that there has been heavy loss of hfr. "No information is s variable as yet on the damage done in Manila'." Asked when the White House first had received word of thp Japanese. assault on America's key Pacific bases. Early said he did no'i know exactly but that it was only a irvr minutes l>cfore word wa.s relayed to the press. Secretary of Slate Hull, he said, had no information of the attack at the time he .was talking with Japan's am-' bassador and special emissary to the United States. Early said he ha'l asked the secret service to take up the cre- o<?niia!« of Japanese correspondents. To a question whether they would be arrested, he replied that was up to defense officials and thn justice department. A Japanese reporter had been at She White House a few moments previously, belatedly gathering information secotVd-hand or. the announcements which Earl} had been issuing \vilh machine- pun rapidity. Early responded in the negative to a question whether it was likely -Congress would be caUed into , session

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