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REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR! THE WEATHER Cloudy, somewhat warmer tonight. (See Page 2.) Asbury Park Evening Press FINAL EDITION TBI EVENING HEWS 1 FIFTY-FIFTH YEAR. NO. mitter Jnnt 10. 1937 t tht postoffic J . under th act of Mar. (. 1I7 ASBURY PARK, N. J.. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 19 11 PuU1h"1 ltattta THREE CENTS u; f?,IAxis Tank Forces Patrol Scarred Fleet Hunts Japs; Losses Listed Trapped in Press Group Is Warned Of Shore Vulnerability Esteinl second ilm at Ajburj Park. N Word Is Awaited From Ocean Sailors (Special to The Press) LAKEWOOD Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Harris last night received word from their son, Seymour, jr., that he is "well" at Hawaii. Harris is a private stationed at Hickam field, which was bombed in the surprise Japanese attack Dec. 7. No word has been received yet from Earl Melton, who was stationed on the I . S. S. Oklahoma which was capsized by Japanese bombs, or from his brother John, who is on a cruiser. They are (he sons of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Melton, this place. Olive K. Lane, high school principal, is awaiting word from the family of Lt. Clifford T. Janz who was an officer on the Arizona, which was destroyed. Lt. Janz was valedictorian of the Lakewood high school class of 1927 and was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1931. His wife, and two-months-old son, Clifford, jr., are now living in San Diego, Cal. British Fear Hongkong Loss BULLETIN LONDON Iff) An informed source said today .that Hongkong might have to be evacuated and that a serious threat to Singapore had developed in land fighting on the Malay peninsula. LONDON, iff) Doubt that Hongkong's defenders could hold out indefinitely against the concentrated Japanese attack apparently developing there was expressed today in several British quarters. A communique issued in Chungking and reported by Reuters said Chinese forces had intensified a drive against the flank and rear of the Japanese forces in an attempt to relieve pressure on Hongkong. Near Canton, some 75 miles northwest of Hongkong, the Chinese were reported harassing Japanese movements along the Canton-Hongkong railway. The Chinese also were said in the communique to be attacking the Japanese in Hangchow bay, some 700 miles north on the China coast, south of Shanghai, where they claimed to have recaptured several strategic points. Heavy Gunfire Heard Continuous heavy gunfire was reported from both Hongkong and the Japanese occupied mainland point of Kowloon following the announcement that British forces had withdrawn to the island of Hongkong. On the Malayan front, the British announced that mechanized Japanese troops operating under cover of dive-bombers had smashed their way into southern Kedah, the 100-mile-long northwestern Malaya state bordering Thailand. British and Indian defenders withdrew after a five-day Japanese offensive which the British claimed cost the attackers heavily. The Japanese thrust apparently carried them some 40 miles along the road to the great British naval base at Singapore, 400 miles away. The British were reported fighting (See BRITISH Page 2) Official in Reserve . RUMSON From now until the duration, it will be Lt. Sheldon T. Coleman, U. S. N. Lieutenant Coleman, a member of the boro council and chairman of the boro's finance committee, was recently appointed a lieutenant in the naval reserve. He is attached to the Third naval district. New York city. He appeared at last night s special council meet-in in uniform. He will retain his post on the boro council until the press of war duties makes it imperative that he resign. 293 (Staff Correspondent) RED BANK Members of the Monmouth County Press Association were warned at a defense dinner meeting at the Molly Pitcher hotel last night that the Shore area is highly vulnerable to enemy action and that the full cooperation of all citizens will he demanded in the days that lie ahead. The defense meeting was substituted for the association's annual Gridiron show, and was attended by state and county officials who heard addresses on the drive to place the county on a full war time basis The newsmen were warned that, while danger threatens, they should exercise care in seeing that no hysteria be created among the populace thru the publication of unverified and alarmist material. Discussing the military position of the Siore region, both E. Donald Sterner, state highway commissioner, and Maj. Peter Smith, in command of Camp Edison at Sea Girt, pointed out that the flat (See PRESS Page 3) Freehold Votes New Police Post (Staff Correspondent) FREEHOLD Boro council last night passed on first reading an ordinance providing for the appnint-annual salary of $2,600 Council mcnt of a captain of police at an gave no indication who would get the appointment The step was taken, Mayor Peter F. Runyon explained, primarily because of "these hazardous times when the chief might be called away." The chief has been the only .officer since the creation of the local department a number of years ago. There are three patrolmen and one special officer on artlve duty. The $2,600 is $200 more than a patrolman receives and $400 less than is paid the chief. Council also passed on first reading a resolution setting forth specifications for a new polire car. A letter from F. G. Fendorsnn, colored, requesting a monthly donation by council of $10 in 1942 toward the maintenance of a colored community center as a part of the Urban league program in the boro was tabled. Mayor Runyon pointing nut that it would first be necessary to secure a legal opinion. Council also received from the same organization a pledge by the colored population of the boro of cooperation in every defense effort. The same letter called on council to appoint a member of the colored race to the local police department. Men Convicted Of Til Driving ipsy (Special to The Press) MATAWAN Drunken driving records in the Matawan boro police court were shattered yesterday when three men were arraigned before Recorder John W. Applegate for operating motor vehicles within the boro's limits while under the influence of liquor. John Weber. Irvington, and Robert Paterson, Lyndhurst, paid fines of $200 each and had their licenses revoked for a period of two years. Samuel Hardy, First street, Key-port, who could not pay his $200 fine, was sentenced to 30 days In the county jail. Freehold Fire Put Out FREEHOLD Members of the Goodwill hook and ladder company extinguished a chimney fire yesterday at the home of Edgar Smith, Freehold-Marlboro road, a short distance outside this boro. Capt. George Dark, in charge of the fire, reported little damage done. PRICE V Is J Ionium.-. MAJ. PKTKR SMITH Neptune Upheld In Liquor Case The Neptune township committee was upheld In ils refusal to giant a plenary retail distribution liquor license for a store at 407 Stokes avenue. Neptune, in a derision filed yesterday by Alfred H Driscoll, commissioner of alcoholic beverage control. Commissioner Driscoll ruled that a local issuing authority may always deny a liquor license application "for good independent cause." The derision was filed in answer to an appeal by Ann Atbano. who ought the license before the township committee several weeks ago A petition signed by several residents in the neighborhood of 407 Slokes avenue was brought to the committee at that time and Committeeman Harry A Whitlork testified that the committee denied the license because of a report hy a policeman who hail been Instructed to find out what the residents of the neighborhood thought about the granting of a license. The face lhat none of the three plenary retail distribution licenses allowable under the Neptune liquor code has been issued would not require Hie committee to grant a license to the pel il inner. Commissioner Driscoll ruled. Mr. Driscoll stated In his decision that the premises sought to he licensed "are located in a small business district containing neighborhood stores serving a community of homes." Hendiv Expands lied Hank IManl (Staff Correspondent! RED HANK -The nation's rapidly expanding war effort made ils presence felt again in Red Hank during the past week, when an annex to the local plant of the Mendix Radio corporation was opened and placed In operation in Pearl street. The new plant was converted from a one-story stone structure which was formerly used for storage purposes by (lie Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. II is opposite the Monmouth County Organization for Social Service building Bendix manufactures precision instruments and for the past six months or more has occupied a three story structure at 148 Morford place, where about 150 persons are employed During Hie past week the firm has sought skilled machinists, lathe workers, tool makers and men experienced on lathe lools. Both plants are guarded by federal law enforcement agents and a detail of special police officers who are employed by the firm fact that the 119 eating and drinking places in Asbury Park took in $1,855,000. Drug stores didn't fare so well The 16 stores took in $779 000 in 1939. However, part of those stores shared in the total for the eating places, that means, drug stores with luncheon counters Five liquor stores selling packaged goods took in $99,000. This is considerably below the national average which was $30,640 per year for each establishment, and below the annual average of $24,300 for each store in the state. However, the stores at Long Branch, six in number, only took in $82.00(1 during 1939 while helping residents quaff their thirst. Apparel, Radio and Furniture Apparel shops. 57 in number, took in $1 969.000 during 1939. or an (See SPENDING Page 21) Xmas cards for family and friends. Tremendous assortment at Goldstein's. 210 Main St. (Opp. R. R. Station) A. P. adv ass? Ocean Officials Asked to Okay New Incinerator DeLisas Propose 90,000 Plant Near Asbury AvenueBoard to Con-" snler Matter William and Micheal De Lisa, Shore garbage and trash collection contractors who serve five communities from Highlands to Avon, applied to the Ocean township committee last night for permission to construct a $90,000 incinerator west of Route 35 near Asbury avenue. "Action on the request was deferred after it appeared that opposition to the proposal may be presented by Wanamassa residents, John Jackson, a Wanamassa resident and operator of the Interlaken-Ocean township sewage disposal plant, objected to the plan last night claiming that west winds will bring both the smoke and odor from the plant into the community. Chairman Lester Harvey of the township committee promised Mr. De Lisa, who appeared last night, that the committee's decision will be rendered by Dec. 31. Expects Materials Difficulty Mr. De Lisa sand that construction of the incinerator probably could not be started for five or six months if permission is granted because of the difficulty in obtaining materials for the steel and concrete structure. When Mr. Jackson raised his objection, the contractor said that the plant would be built with a 75 foot smoke stack which, he declared, would eliminate the difficulties advanced by Mr. Jackson. In requesting permission for the project last night, Mr. De Lisa said the incinerator would be built at the site of a 50-year-old dump owned by the late Ellsworth White several hundred yards north of Asbury avenue and about a half a mile west of Route 35. Boro Attorney Henry H. Patterson checked township zoning ordinances at the session and informed the committee that the plant apparently will not violate the code. The decision, he added, rests with the township committee. Mr. DeLisa said the incinerator would be privately operated by him and his brother and that the refuse of other communities than Ocean (See INCINERATOR Page 2i Manila Is Free From Air Raids BULLETIN WASHINGTON (Pi The war department announced today that army bombers had renewed their attacks on Japanese vessels off Legaspi on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, seriously damaging an enemy transport. Four Japanese fighting planes were shot down, the communique said, without Indicating whether they were baged by anti-aircraft fire or by American fliers. MANILA, iff) The Japanese aimed a new air attack today at Olongapo naval base on Manila bay but apparently mane no attempt to widen the three toeholds they obtained last week on Luzon island at a heavy cost in men. ships and planes. A communique isued at 4 p. m. (2 a. m. E. S. T.) by U. S. army headquarters the briefest bulletin since the war began Dec. 7 dismissed the day's developments with a terse "no change in the situation on the ground." Previous communiques had said that the army had things well in hand at Vigan and Aparri in northern Luzon, and at Legaspi on the extreme southeastern tip of the island, where the Japanese were reported to have landed limited numbers of troops last week. The attack on the Olongapo naval base was carried out at dawn. Army headquarters gave no details of the raid, but it apparently was light, for Manila 50 miles away had no alert. Respite for Manila Failure of the Japanese to attack Manila last night or during the day gave the city a respite of more than 28 hours from the intermittent alarms it has been undergoing for (See MANILA Page 21 gation to those deserving help," the mayor said. "It is difficult for me to express to you the happiness this money will bring to many who have lost their homes and all that they have lived and planned for. Their sufferings have been great, but their courage has kept high and I am sure ou will be happy to know that our burdens are lightened by your sympathy and generosity. "The successive steps which your government has taken assure us of your fixed determination to see this war thru to a victorious conclusion. We feel certain, too. that continued joint effort by the English speaking nations will be able to devote themselves to the abolition of want and fear," the speaker declared (See MAYOR Page 3) Monet Jewelry For Xmas Bracelets, pins, neck pieces, $1 up. Henry S. Marshall, 524 Cookman. adv Fur coats remodeled by private party. Ras. Tel. Belmar 324-R-l. adv Inspired by Marines, 4 Shore Youths Enlist Four Shore youths, inspired by the heroic actions of the small band of U. S. Marines besieged on tiny Wake island for the past week, yesterday hitch-hiked their way to New York city to enlist In the Marine Corps. Ranging in age from 17 to 19 the four, all students, are Clarence Chamberlain. 19, and his brother, Joseph, 17, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence N. Chamberlain. Wanamassa: their rousin. Jay Sterner, jr., 18, son of Jay Sterner, sr., Relmar, and Thomas Potter. 19. son of Timothy Potter, Ocean Grove. Joseph Chamberlain is a junior at Asbury Park high school and the other three are students at Moumouth Junior college, Long Branch. Joseph told The Press today that he is scheduled to report for duty Jan. 2, but that his brother and the other two will not report until Feb. 7 after taking mid-year examinations at the junior college. Police Question Man in Slaying (Staff Correspondent) FREEHOLD Francisco Grieco, 43, is being held here by county authorities as a material w itness in the fatal shooting Sunday night of Mrs. Jennie Russo. 44. In the kitchen of her'home al 314 Wall street. West Long Branch. George H. Roberts, chief county investigator, announced today. He said Grieco has been under constant questioning since his arrest at 8:15 p. m. Sunday, about an hour after the shooting, "and we are not thru yet." Grieco was described as the estranged husband of Mrs. Lena Grieco, 8 Wall street. West Long Branch, who was playing cards with Mrs. Russo over a kitchen table when a blast from a shotgun struck the latter in the back, killing her almost instantly. Roberts said that Grieco was the only person questioned in the shooting outside those in the Russo home when the fatal shot was fired from a back porch thru a kitchen door. Those at the home are Mrs. Grieco. Mrs. Russo's husband, Frank, and her daughter, Mary, a Long Branch high school student. The father and daughter told authorities they were in the living room of the house at (he time of the shooting Grieco was questioned in Long Branch police headquarters yesterday and. late in the aflernoon. was taken to the county jail in Freehold. No charge has been lodged against him, it was reported. Mrs. Russo was born in Italy, the daughter of the late Guiseppe and Maria Prato. and had come to the United States 24 years ago. She had lived in West Long Branch for 14 years. Besides her husband. Frank, and her daughter. Mary, she leaves two brothers. Salvatore and Louis Prato. Jersey City. Funeral arrangements are in charge of the Ralph J. Damiano Funeral home. Two Are Injured In Auto Accidents Louis Fergaro. 12. of 514 Summer-field avenue, was injured last night when struck by a car while riding his bicycle at Main street and Matti-son avenue. The boy was treated by the city first aid squad and at Fitkin hospital for injuries to the right ankle and leg. The lad told city police that a car bearing the license number ML924 struck him. James Laird. 54. of 609 13th avenue, Belmar, was treated for shock after a collision at Sixth and Park avenues. Police records said Laird's car collided with the auto of Joseph R. Ely, 1106 Jeffrey street, this city. Enlists in Navy Robert C. Long, jr., 109 Steincr avenue, Neptune City, who enlisted in the United States navy last Thursday, left yesterday for Newport, R. I., for training. He is following in the footsteps of his grandfather. John W. Long, who was a quartermaster on the U. S. S. Alert during the Civil war. Ask City Graduates Attend Freedom Rally Invitations have been sent to 500 graduates of the last five classes of Asbury Park high school to attend the Fight for Freedom defense rally to he held at the high school Thursday night. One of the objects of the meeting is to sign youths of 19 to 26 years for the new C. P. T. course to be sponsored by the Lions club. Dr. Maurice E. Coleman, superintendent of the high school and coordinator of the pilot training course, sent the invitations to the high school graduates. Principal speaker at the rally will he William Courtenay, British war flier, newspaperman and author, who served two years in the air corps in the defense of London. Common Pleas Judge J. Edward Knight will preside at the meeting. Youths interested may sign for the new pilot training course, to begin Jan. 2, at the rally. Complete line fine watches, diamonds, jewelry. Henry Credit Jewelers HI. S. Hyman) 502 1 2th Ave, Belmar. Ph. 1049. (Not connected with any firm of like name.) adv Stephen Xmas spea $5 perm. $3 50. 3 items $1. 311 Sewall. Phone 1919. adv Freddie's Bakery. New store at 316 Main St.. Allenhurst. adv Members Victory Bridge City Company B Is Called Out bv the Governor in Surprise Order. Pacb in Charge (See Pictures PaRe 3i Businesses and families left he-hind, the 40-odd members of Asbury , Park's Company B, Eighth battalion, New Jersey state guard were helping to guard vital slate-owned properties today under a mobilization order from Gov. Charles Edison which came with dramatic suddenness yesterday. The company, under the command of Capt. Arnold L. Pach, Rt'lniar, left the Asbury Park armory yesterday at 4 p. m after hurried preparation for patrol duty at Victory bridge, Perth Amboy. The order for the mobilization of three infantry battalions came shortly before noon yesterday and company officers here plunged immediately into the task of rounding up the men. Captain Pach was reached in New York city and returned quickly to take charge of mobilization. Assemble in 2 Hours In two hours time most of the company had been assembled and when the guardsmen boarded 1vo buses at 4 p. m , only two members were absent. The mobilization came just four months after the company formally had been mustered into service Aug. 15. The men were fully uniformed and carried rifles and side arms. The company is stationed at Perth Amboy armory, while on patrol in relays of two hours on duty and four off for sleep. The men will receive pay ranging from $1 50 base a day and fond allowances for privates to $8.33 a day and food and rental allowances for a major. Second in command of Company B was First Lt. Harvey I). Leuin. county juvenile and domestic relations court referee, while Assemblyman-elect Merrill B. Thompson was among the regulars The full roster of the company follows: Caplain Pach. First Lieutenant Leuin: Second Lt. Nelson O Herbert. First Sgt. James P. McKevitt, Staff Sgt. Emanuel E. Maratchnik, Sgt. Harry Goldyn, Sgt. Joseph F. Dworshak, Corp. Leon Burnson, Corp. Earl Hart, Corp. Horace Lan-ning, Corp. Allen A. Cameron, Corp. (See STATE GUARD Page 3 Red Cross Fund Reaches $6,067 The 1941 roll call of the Asbury Park branch, American Red Cross, realized a total of $6,067.03. Mrs. J. Parker Hickman, jr., roll call chairman of the branch, reported today. The figure is $1,900 greater than that for the 1940 call but is almost $5,000 short of the $11,000 quota set for this year. Increased need in the current emergency caused Red Cross officials to set quotas for this year's rails far above those of last year. The drive of the Asbury Park branch of the Monmouth county chapter realized $4.166 28 last year. Of the various auxiliaries assigned to cover local branches in the call, that in charge of the Asbury Park residential district collections was high with $800 collected. The Ocean Grove auxiliary reported $615 and the group in charge of general business houses reported $600 collected. Amounts Limited The auxiliaries, their chairmen, and amounts collected, as listed by the branch chairman, are as follows: Allenhurst. Mrs John Osborne, $239: Asbury Park residential, Mrs. David Hutchinson. $800; Bradlev Beach. Mrs. John VanKirk, $382 40; Colonial Terrace. Mrs. C. F. Rose, $27; lnterlaken. Mrs. A. S. Kinney, $387; Loch Arbour, Mrs. James A. Fisher, $55; Neptune City, Mrs. Burt G. Metz, $304 44; Ocean Grove, Mrs. Robert Meredith, $01 S: Wanamassa, Mrs. Ralph M. Fanning and Mrs. Arthur Neylon, $182; West Allenhurst. Mrs. B. C. Norton, $70; Neptune, Mrs. Stanley Applegate, $300 75; West Asbury Park, Mrs. Lorenzo Harris, $104 35. The following amounts were realized from other sources: Store hooths, $230 98; business houses. $600 schools. $110.75; theaters. $238 51; city employes. $68; banks and special business houses, $248 50; special gifts. $150; office collections, $48: organizations. $120, and Jersey Central Power and Light company, $489.75. Other chairmen of the branch were Mrs Joseph M. Couse, office chairman; Mrs. Harry Watson, window decorations; Jersey Shore Women's club, Miss Elsie Grindrod, chairman, store booths; Council of Jewish Women. Mrs David Fried, chairman, business section: E. B. Strauss. Jersey Central; Dr. Maurice E. Coleman, schools; Young Worn-men's club of Asbury Park, Miss Iverine Haulenbeck. chairman, theater collections; Wallace Washer, city employes, and Mrs. George Smock, street decorations. We still sell our diamonds under the market price. A visit to our store will convince you of the safe investment you can make. II. Hyman & Son, 703 Cookman Ave., leading jewelers in this city. adv Snow White Bake Shop. 550 Cookman Spec. Wed : Lemon meringue & apple pie, 20c ea adv Vees spec, perm $2 50. 1502 F St., Belmar. Ph. Bel. 789. adv Libya Iiritish Smash Into Heart of I'neiny'a Positions-Complete Victory Is Seen CAIRO, ifl'i British armored forces have outflanked and brought to battle all remaining German tank forces in Libya and smashed to the heart of the main German and Italian position despite terrific bomber attacks, the British high command announced today. The communique said a British column carried out a wide outflanking movement which swept 30 miles past Gaala to a point 150 miles deep in Libyan territory, where it attacked the Axis reserves and rear. Hack of this area, main British and Axis forces were joined In a battle that may decide the fate of the Hritish North African campaign. (The London military commentator said that the outflanking movement threatened to cut off Rommel's army entirely, hut that the coastal road northwest from the Gazala area lo Tmimi and Dema was still in Avis hands The commentator said Rommel probably would attempt to withdraw very rapidly toward the road, winch the Hritish were threat, ening i Foe Counterattacks Hritish forces continuing their advance southwest of Gazala de-spile "resolute opposition and repeated counterattacks' hy German and Italian infantry yesterday reached Alem llaztna, some 15 miles southwest of Gazala, the communique related. There they al tacked "a defensive position held by strong elements of one German and three Italian divisions supported by all the remaining German tank strength," lt continued. "After heavy fighting, during w hich the center of the enemy position was penetrated in spite of two determined counterattacks by German motorized infantry and tanks, progress w as made "The enemy supported their counterattacks with their maximum available force of dive bombers and with other forms of air attacks, but our air forces effectively countered these activities " The force which carried out the wide outflanking movement, it was staled, had reached Halcgh el Ole-ham, some 30 miles west of Gazala, by yesterday evening From there, the communique said, they were continuing their thrust" against the Axis reserves and rear. Ammunition Seized Resides inflicting many casualtici (See AXIS Page 31 hale War Dispatches Nazis Claim British Cruiser BERLIN (Official radio received hy AP The .German high command reported today that a Rritish. cruiser had been torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine in the eastern Mediterranean off Alexandria. The ship, which was part of a cruiser formation, "split in two after a terrific explosion and sank in a few minutes," the communique said. Britain Spends 33 Billions LONDON, iff) Sir Kingsloy Wood, chancelor of the exchequer, told the house of commons today that Britain has spent 8.300.000 000 pounds ($33,200,000,000) to the fight the war so far. British Blast Occupied Ports LONDflN. tl'i- British bombers attacked docks at Ostend. Belgium, and Brest. France, last night and laid mines in German waters, the air ministry announced today. One bomber was missing from the operations, it added, and one fighter was missing from an attark on an airdrome across the channel from England Tolstoy's Estate Ravaged NEW YORK, iff) -The estate of Count Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy, the Russiannauthor, was left in ruins by the Germans in their retreat from Yasnaya Polyana. near Tula, the British radio quoted a Moscow broadcast today. The grave of Tolstoy, who died in 1910, was declared to have been obliterated. B. H C. added: "A monument to (See WAR DISPATCHES Page 3) The Press Today SPECIAL FEATURES Amusements Pg. 4 C lassified Pg. 21 Comics Pg. 20 Crossword Puzzle Pg. 20 Editorials Pg. 8 Freehold, West Mon. News . . Pg. 20 Hollywood Pg. 4 Radio Pg. 19 Red Bank, North Mon. News Pg. 19 School News Pgs. 15 to 18 Social Pgs. 6-7 Sports Pgs. 13-14 We Women Pg. 7 Toys Visit the largest display of toys In this vicinity at Goldstein's, 210 Main St. (Opp. R. R. Station) Asbury Park. adv Christmas cards, gifts, books, etc. The Book Nook, 725 Cookman. adv Battleship Arizona, 5 Other Ships Sunk, Knox Says-Kesi of Fleet at Sea (See Picture Page 11) WASHINGTON, iff) The United States battle fleet, wearing the sears of Pearl Harbor but in formidable fighting strength despite its losses, hunted the vastness of the Pacific for the Japanese fleet and vengeance, The orders, in traditional navy phrasing, were: "Seek out the enemy and destroy him." The grievous story of Pearl Harbor had been told a story that disclosed a fatal lack of vigilgance, but a story, too, of epic drama, gallantry and plain fighting guts. And that official account gave some hint of the heavy score the navy was out to repay. With two forces the navy sought to learn the enemy's whereabouts and dispositions. The main Pacific battle fleet, under command of Admiral Husband E. Kimmel. presumably was operating west of Hawaii. The smaller Asiatic fleet, which takes its orders from peppery Admiral Thomas C. Hart, ranged the South China sea, looking for the squadron which got away once under cover of darkness. The capital realized, however, that it might be days, weeks, 'or even months before the electrifying words "Action joined'' flashed from the fleet. The military situation was of more immediate concern, altho it failed to displace the navy's official report on Pearl Harbor as the No. 1 discussion topic. Reinforcements Urged The stout-hearted defenders of Wake and Midway continued first in the hearts of their countrymen, and several senators urged that k some effort be made to relieve the ' marines who have been battling off repeated Japanese attacks on the twi tiny island outposts. The situation in the Philippines appeared substantially unchanged, with the Japanese landing forces still holding three widely separated beachheads on the main island of Luzon. Enemy raids were reported on the Olongapo naval base, near Manila, and on Nichols field. There was disquieting news, however, from the Malay peninsula where Japanese mechanized troops, teamed with dive bombers, had smashed forward more than 50 miles on the 400-mile road to Singapore, the mighty British bastion which Japan must take before she can proceed safely against the wealthy Dutch East Indies. The tide was also running against the British at Hongkong. The defenders had been forced back onto Hongkong island from surrounding fSee FLEET Page 11) Far East Bulletins Russian Aid Forecast CANBERRA, Australia, (?) The British empire and the United States "can reasonably look forward" to Russian aid against Japan once the military situation has become stabilized to the advantage of the Soviet. Herbert Evatt. Australian minister of foreign affairs, told the house of representatives today. He said Australia on two occasions before the outbreak of the war with Japan had suggested a "reciprocal agreement between Britain and Rus-' sia whereby, in the event of Japanese aggression against either, the other would be bound to declare war against the aggressor. "It was considered, I suppose, that our suggestion was premature, but events have proved otherwise. If and when the military situation becomes stabilized to Russia's advantage we can reasonably look forward to aid against Japan. "Japan's ultimate design against Russia can hardly be concealed, and in the long run it will be to Russia's advantage to dispose once and for all the threat to Vladivostok and eastern Siberia." Rattle Rages in Malaya LONDON (Pi "Very heavy fighting" between Japanese and British forces is continuing in Malaya, a military commentator said today. "Owing to the very difficult nature of the country." he added, "it is not always possible for all the various bodies of troops we have there to keep in touch with each other and consequently our supply of news is not good." He said that all residents of Victoria Point, in the most southern tip of Burma, had been removed. Marines Want 'More Japs' HONOLULU iff) Take it for what its's worth, but this is the story that has been circulating in Honolulu: When navy officials established contact with the marine garrison de-(See FAR EAST Page 3i Christmas lifts Are At A Peak At Poland's. Watches, diamonds, clocks, Jewelry, Gorham silverware, etc. Jewelers since 1899. 529 Bangs, A. P. Open eves, 'til Xmas. adv Phil Seamon suits and topcoats for Christmas. 510 Summerfield Ave. adv Highest prices for old gold, dia- monds and silver. Poland, 529 Bangs. adv City's Spending Is High For Clothes, Low for Liquor Mayor of Deal, Eng., Radios Thanks to Deal for Donation (Special to The Press) WASHINGTON Not because of Ihe war, but because it was the only one of its kind in Asbury Park the commerce department is withholding the gross income of the one feed, farm and garden supply store, it was disclosed In the retail trade census figures of 1939. The food store group, of which there were 148 in the city during 1939, led the way as far as gross income is concerned with a total of $3,374,000, while 29 general merchandise stores took in $3,314 000 to cop second place. As in previous years, the automotive group received $2,833,000 in Ihe 18 establishments, while 32 filling stations aggregated a gross income of $424,000. That all food is not consumed at home is clearly evidenced in the Diamonds For Xmas Spec, engagement rings $35 ti $50. Henry S. Marshall, 524 Cookman. adv Declaring that "our burdens are lightened by your sympathy and generosity." the mayor of Deal. England last night at 7 o'clock extended his thanks to officials and residents of nearby Deal for their contribution for war relief. The broadcast was heard over shortwave from London. About $4,000 was sent abroad, the proceeds of a carnival Aug. 29 at the Deal Casino. "I speak for our ancient boro when I say how really grateful we all are for the encouragement and generosity which your people of Deal, New Jersey, have shown us. Let me assure you of our heartfelt thanks. Distress amongst us is widespread and your handsome gift will be distributed after careful investi Watches For Xmas Hamilton. Elgin. Gruen. Bulova. Henry S. Marshall, 524 Cookman. adv Beachfront Businessmen meet tonite, 8 o'clock at Convention Hall. adv Beachfront Cash for old gold, diamonds, sil- Buslnessmen meet tonite, 8 o'clock verware. H. S. Marshall. 524 Convention Hall. adv man. Single pieces or quantities, adv

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