Journal and Courier from Lafayette, Indiana on April 13, 1942 · 1
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y FINAL NORTHWESTERN INDIANA'S GREATEST NEWSPAPER No. 90. Vol. 23. LAFAYETTE, MONDAY EVENING, APRIL 13, 1942 THE JOURNAL ESTABLISHED 1829 THE COURIER ESTABLISHED 1831 12 PAGES TWO CENTS ! 1 l 21 LJZJLiZ AM JWUU l I AU r jl CHURCHILL DISCLOSES DANGER OF JAPANESE ATTACK ON INDIA Prime Minister 'Admits That Practically All of British Bomber, Torpedo and Fighter I Planes Which Attacked Foe Fleet Off Ceylon Were Knocked Out or Badly Damaged. LONDON, April 13. (UP) A large Japanese battle fleet, headed by at least three battleships and five aircraft carriers, is operating in the Indian ocean. Prime Minister Winston Churchill revealed today in the first government indication of the urgent danger of a Japanese attack on India. 14 MEN KILLED WHEN TWO U. S. BOMBERS CRASH Seven Naval Fliers Die in Each Plane in Disasters in Hilly Country East of San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO, April 13. (INS) Fourteen navy airmen were killed and a fifteenth was seriously injured when two navy PBY-5-A patrol bombers crashed in flames in the Livermore hills east of the Alameda naval air station on San Francisco bay, a navy statement announced today. Seven men died in each plane, the navy said. The eighth oc cupant of one bomber, a machinist's mate, first class, was the only survivor. 'He was found lying beside the burning wreckage LIST OF CASUALTIES The following casualties in the two crashes were announced by the twelfth naval district: . Lt Frank S. Fernald, U. S. N.; Lt. Edward F. Denney; James N. Wagner, aviation machinist's mate, first class; Henry T. Morgan, aviation machinist's mate, second class; Roscoe E. Rambo, aviation radio man, first class; Robert A. Frank, radioman, second -class; Olliff P.1 Flynt;-aviation chief machinist's mate; Lt. Commdr. Loren A. Morrin; Charles J. Herriott, radioman first class; Algie Belcher, aviation machinist's mate, second class; Robert W. Hastings, aviation chief radioman; Benjamin F. Johnson, aviation radioman, first class. ONLY ONE SURVIVOR The sole survivor was Earl P. Patrick, aviation machinist's mate, first class, who was treated for head injuries and lacerations and transferred to the Mare Island naval hospital. Names of two other victims killed in one of the planes cannot be announced at this time, the navy said. The first plane smashed against a hillside on the Reuss ranch, 7 miles northeast of Livermore, and the second piled up in flaming wreckage on the Graham Nissen ranch, six miles southeast of Livermore, apparently at nearly the same time yesterday. Local Girls Ponder Fate of Father as Japs Invade Cebu Naomi and Mary Loretta Suaco of this city are deeply interested in the Japanese invasion of the island of Cebu in the Philippines as they were in the fall of Manila some time ago. Their father, Antonio Toloso Suaco, was living in Cebu City December 3, 1941, when last heard from. A native Filipino, he attended Purdue university and then returned to hi3 island home. His parents were residing in Manila when that city-fell to the invaders. The sisters are living with their maternal grandmother, Mr. and Mrs. Wil-lard Wright, 1109 North Eighth street. V U. S. Army Seeks to Halt False Rumors SAN FRANCISCO, April 13. (UP) The army sought, today to halt the spread of "false rumors" that Japanese alien and citizen evacuees were provided improper living conditions in assembly centers. Col. Karl R. Bendetsen, assistant chief of staff of the civil affairs division, said such rumors were spread by both Japanese and non-Japanese. "These persons are speaking within factual knowledge and often are activated by unhealthy reasons," Bendetsen said. He said many of the assembly centers were still under construction and that some sections were not operating yet at top efficiency, j Adequate facilities are construct- ! ed before the arrival of evacuees, and improvements are made later, he said. V NOVEL ELECTION PLUG NEW BRITAIN, Conn., April 13. (AP) The Pulaski Democratic club has devised a telephone plug for its members running for office in the municipal election tomorrow. Anyone calling the club hears this: "Elect Dobrowolski, Sadowski, Kotowskl, Zapatka and Wojack ... Hello!" The German radio reported in a dispatch from Tokyo today that a British cruiser of the 7,270-ton Leander class had been seriously damaged off the Indian coast by Japanese naval units. The Leander cruisers have a peacetime complement of 550 men. The battleships, including one of 16-inch guns of the modernized magato class; the carriers, and numerous heavy and light cruisers and destroyers were sighted steaming for Ceylon April 4, the day before the first Japanese air plane attack on Colombo, he said. SUFFER AIR REVERSES He admitted that practically all of a fleet of British bomber, tor pedo and fighter planes which at tacked the Japanese fleet off Trin- comalee, Ceylon were . "knocked out, damaged or became unserv iceable." Refusing to disclose the strength or disposition of the British fleet in Indian waters, he announced that Admiral Sir James Somer-ville, commander of the ships which evacuated the British ex peditionary force from Dunkirk and who since had been in com mand in the western Mediter ranean, was now in the chief com' mand in the Indian ocean area. In his speech, he announced that Capt. Lord Louis Mountbat ten, cousin of King George and a distinguished career naval man and battle commander, had been secretly put in command of "combined operations," which means the commando raids that have forced the Germans to strengthen their defenses all the way from Brest to Narvik. He announced that within the next two weeks or so there would be a statement on the course of the war at a secret session of the house of commons. AWAIT CRIPPS RETURN Regarding the rupture of negotiations at New Delhi with the Indian "nationalists, he indicated (Turn to Page 11, Col. 6) Prospect of Light Vote in Tuesday's Illinois Primary CHICAGO, April 13. (INS) With a light vote in prospect and small indication that major contests will be decided by sentiment on war issues, Illinois will hold the nation's first 1942 primary tomorrow to pick senatorial and other candidates for the Nov, . 3 election. . Between 1,500,000 and 2,000,000 voters, a light total even if the top figure proves correct, are expected to cast ballots for republican and democratic aspirants to one U. S. senatorship and 26 house congressional seats. Illinois loses one of its present 27 congressmen by state re-apportionment. Senator C Wayland "Curly" Brooks, who was identified with the strongly non-interventionist wing of the republican party before Pearl Harbor and has been critical of administration war, policies since that time, is seeking re-nomination and is opposed by State Treasurer Warren Wright. Congressman Raymond S. Mc-Keough, who was put forward by the Kelly-Nash Chicago political "machine", and Alderman Paul H. Douglas, scholarly University of Chicago economics professor who seems somewhat out of place in rough-and-tumble politics, seek the democratic senatorial nomination in a tight race. V Little Girl Drowns At Farewell Party VALPARAISO, Ind., April 13. (INS) A little girl who came here to attend a farewell party for her soldier uncle .was dead today. Mary Charlene German, two and cne-half years old, drowned when she fell into Salt creek here. The child and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester German, came to Val paraiso from their home in Chi cago to attend the party for Harold Trapp, brother of Mrs. German, who will leave tomorrow for army service. V Big Allied Convoy Reaches Murmansk STOCKHOLM, April 13 (INS) Another" large convoy of Amer ican, British and Dutch ships has arrived safely at Murmansk, the Moscow radio reported todav, ac cording to the newspaper Dagens Nyheter. EX-POSTMASTER DIES ANGOLA, Ind., April 13. (AP) Lt. Col. Guy J. Shaughniss, ' 8, of Angola, World war veteran who spent 35 years as an active or reserve officer, died yesterday in a Chicago hospital. He was a for mer Angola postmaster. In Trouble -9 JOHN IL TURNER Lafayette young man in custody in Buffalo, N. Y., on a charge of impersonating a U. S. army captain. He was arrested by the FBI and tells an interesting story of his "inspection" of plane factories while masquerading as an army officer. JOHN II. TURNER HELD FOR ARMY UNIFORM FRAUD Lafayettean, in Custody of FBI at Buffalo, Tells of Deceptions. Visits Plane Plants Posing as Captain. BUFFALO, N. Y., April 13. John H. Turner, 24, Lafayette, Ind., held in Erie county jail today on a charge of illegally wearing a U. S. army , captain's uniform, is quoted as saying he pinned officer's bars to his khaki work shirt and "inspected" several airplane plants just to show how easy it was.; ;, .. A. ,,.. INSPECTED SECRETS "I wanted a job with the gov ernment, supervising plant pro tection," Turner said yesterday in a Buffalo ( Evening News inter view. "If I bad been a spy 1 would have been very successful I have been through half a dozen plants filling war orders and in spected their secret projects." Turner, who said he formerly worked in .a Bell aircraft cor poration plant in Buffalo and was a former army air eorps private, was- arrested by the FBI Thurs day night in a Buffalo tavern. He waived preliminary hearing Friday before a U. S. commis sioner and was committed to jail in default of $1,500 bail. The idea of adding the bars to give him the appearance of an officer came to him when he was worK ing in a Curtiss-Wright corpora tion airplane division plant m Buffalo last fall. Turner, said in the interview. GOES TO CALIFORNIA "I saw those army officers walking in without showing .cre dentials," he was quoted. "I had an employe's pass in my pocket but ' the bars did the trick. I walked in without showing my pass, walked out again and then walked, back in -again. Turner said he was similarly successful at Bell aircraft's Niagara Falls plant, the News interview asserted. The interview continued, quoting Turner: "I decided to go to Cali fornia for the winter. I had $400 saved. J- bought an army (Turn to Page 7, Col. 5) , v : Two Mothers Killed In Crossing Street KEWANEE. 111.. April 13. (UP) Twelve children were left moth erless today by an automobile-oedestrian accident on state high way 34 early Sunday that took the lives of two women. Mrs. E. O. McBride, 43, mother of nine children and Mrs. Dale Price, 28, mother of three children, both Kewanee residents, were killed when they were struck by car driven by Charles Johnson of Kewanee. A coroner's jury said Johnson was not to blame for the accident. The two women had parked their car and were crossing to a res taurant when they were struck. V - Sharp Slump Shown In Indiana Traffic INDIANAPOLIS, April 13. (AP) A state highway department survey showed traffic" on Indiana roads last month was 11.7 per cent under that of March, 1941. Tire rationing and wartime travel restrictions vere given as the probable reason. , V . DISTANT EARTHQUAKE NEW YORK, April 13.-(INS) A fairly severe earthquake was re corded early today on the seismograph at Fordham university. The first shock came at 3:57.20 m., EWT and the second at 4:06.19. The 'quake occurred about 4.600 miles from New York but Fordham officials were unable. to determine the direction. ALLIED AIR OLOl'JS BLOCKING JAPS' INVASION OF AUSTRALIA American and Australian Pilots Take Addi tional Heavy Toll Smashing Attacks Destroyed or Damaged Over Weekend.' MELBOURNE, April 13. (INS) The blows inflicted by united nations airmen against the Japanese in the New Guinea area undoubtedly have "frustrated" Japan's plans to invade Australia, Minister of Supply John A. Beasley declared today as Australian and American pilots took an additional toll of the enemy in four new Award Hero Cross To Remington Boy For Bomber Feat WASHINGTON, April "l3. (AP) Staff Sergeant John F. Clark, of Remington, Ind., and Private First Class John A. Resl, of Fort Wayne, Ind., are among 29 army officers and 46 enlisted men who have been awarded distinguished flying crosses for "extraordinary achievement." The men ferried a flight of bombers from Hono lulu to the Philippines a few months before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the war department announced. V Nine Lives Lost Over Weekend in State Accidents (By the Associated Press) Seven persons died of automobile accident injuries and two children drowned in Indiana over the week-end. Russell Rollins, 11, and his brother Ross, 6, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rollins of near Switz City, lost their lives in the swollen waters of a creek near their Greene county home. They had been throwing stones into the water. One apparently fell in and the other died trying to save him; : ' John A. (Jack) Thompson, 70, former Edinburg postmaster, who had played varsity football at two universities, died Sunday in Bar tholomew county hospital at Edin burg four days after he was hurt in an automobile collision. He was on the Purdue grid team in 1880 and 1891 and on . the Uni versity of Kentucky team in 1892. Separate automobile accidents Sunday killed Mrs. Florence Addison of Anderson, Miss Mary Lou Wilkinson of Indianapolis, Victor McKinley, 27, of Indianapolis, Miss Mary Elizabeth Brooks of Plain- field and John (Jack) Newby, 14, or utcero (Hamilton county). Nathan Lewis, 62, inmate of the Steuben county infirmary, was killed by an automobile Saturday night as he walked along road 27 near Angola. . V Control Blaze in Kewanee, III, After dl,vvv,vvv uamage KEWANEE, 111., April 13 (UP) A fire raged for three hours in downtown Kewanee to day, burning the majority of buildings in three closely built business blocks, starting at least 50 smaller fires in nearby residences and causing an estimated $2,000,000 damage. The blaze started shortly after midnight in the rear of the Kewanee Dry Goods company building with "a huge puff" that blew the company's watchman, L. A. Shouse, into . the street. Before it was brought under control the fire had spread through three solid business blocks, affecting 63 separate business firms. Whipped by a strong wind, sparks from the main downtown conflagration started smaller fires over this entire city of 20,000. Fire fighting companies were summoned from a half dozen nearby towns, sbme coming from as far as Peoria, 53 miles south, but the high 'wind made efforts to control the blaze difficult. - Three firemen were injured, an estimated 500 persons thrown out of work temporarily and the entire business life of the town disrupted. A. L. Stuhlatz, Kewanee fire chief, said damage would reach $2,000,000. He said most of the destroyed buildings were covered by insurance. Kewanee city authorities ealled in Company C of the Illinois reserve militia to patrol the fire area which was studded with the brick walls of charred buildings left standing .precariously. V Cooperation Sought In Sugar Rationing INDIANAPOLIS, April 13. (AP) Dr. Clement T. Malan, state superintendent of public instruction, has sent letters asking all public school teachers to help provide school houses and workers for' sugar rationing registra tion. The commercial registration j will be April 28 and 29 and that for consumers, May 4 to 7, inclu sive. . - of Enemy inFour New Estimate 28 Foe Planes smashing attacks A direct hit and three near misses were reported scored on a large Japanese ship in a heavy assault on the harbor of Rabaul, New Britain. Beasley, addressing a session of the American-Australian coopera tion movement, said: "There is no doubt the blows inflicted by allied airmen in the New Guinea area have frustrated Japanese plans for an invasion of Australia." "Aid from the United States," Beasley continued, "will come in such a degree that if the enemy attempts invasion we will be able to deal with him in a way he has never been dealt with before. "America already is shouldering a heavy responsibility to this country and we must prove ourselves capable and willing to shoulder ours. "The bridge of ships visualized by President Roosevelt will assume the proportions of the great and noble people from whom they emante and will not only halt Japanese aggression but drive it back to Tokyo." JAP SHIP IN FLAMES Dispatches from Port Moresby, Australian base on New Guinea, said the Japanese vessel probably was damaged below the water-line, and returning pilots said the ship appeared to be in flames when the attack on Rabaul ended. The direct hit struck in the stern. Other new raids were made by American and Australian pilots against Kupang, Jap-held capital of Dutch Timor, Lae, New Guinea, and Faisi, in the Solomon islands. Full details on damage inflicted in the latest raids have not yet been divulged but they were mainly directed against, air . bases and grounded planes which probably will add considerably to the weekend toll of an estimated 28 Jap planes destroyed or put out (Turn to Page 11, Col.. 4) . v Non-War Projects Termed Criminal By Rep. Springer WASHINGTON, April 13. (APJ Rep. Raymond S. Springer, republican from Indiana's tenth district, calls bills to create projects not connected with the war effort "little short of criminal". Rep. Springer said in a statement, "the people, generally, are unalterably opposed to the government spending money in vast sums for non-defense and unnecessary items while we are involved in the war." "Those in the government,' he asserted, "who seek to continue the policy of spending the taxpayers' money for needless things, for boondoggling, and for non-defense and non-essential things, must change their course and conserve the resources and finances of the nation for war." Rep. Springer attacked as costly and unnecessary the items in a bill reported to the house which includes "the St. Lawrence seaway, project, the Florida ship canal, the Tombigbee project, several Columbia river dams and projects and many others scattered widely over the nation." "While we are at war and every man, woman and child in our nation is making an all-out effort to win this war it appears that to try to force an unnecessary non-defense project is little short of criminal," he asserted. V Townsendites Plan Washington March INDIANAPOLIS, April 13. (AP) The Indiana Townsend club is planning a march on Washington if congress fails to act on the Townsend old age assistance bill by mid-summer. B. J. Brown, Townsend national director for Indiana, told a state conference of club officers here yesterday 4,200 Hoosier members had said they would join the march. Rep. Gerald W. Landis (R-Clin- ton) of the Seventh district . predicted, however, the Townsend bill would go to a vote in the house within the next six weeks. V Inventors Sue for $1,000,000 Damages INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., April 13. (AP) Contending a corn picker and rotary type cultivator they invented were manufactured in the Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing company's Laporte plant without their consent, Bert Nighten-helser and Julius Baliard have filed suit for $1,000,000 damages in Marion circuit court. Defendants are Allis-Chalmers and three engineers. Charles J. Scranton, C E. Frudden and Earl Nevin. Report Mussolini Is Suffering From "Depression Fits" LONDON, April 13. (INS) Benito . Mussolini, who has made no announced public appearances since early January, today as reported to be in "a state of complete prostration." A dispatch to the Daily Mail from a special correspondent said II Duce had "lost all control of himself and was unable to manage affairs of state." The Daily Mail's special correspondent said the Italian dictator had been examined by a "state specialist" who declared that the once robust and pugnacious Benito "sobbed bitterly and then burst into hysterical laughter." The Daily Mail recalled that II Duce was reported in March to have been suffering from devastating fits of depression in which he refused to see any of his subordinates, and permitted affairs of state to go to pot. As a result, said the Daily Mail, Italy is in a state of chaos. Today Mussolini is in seclusion, according to the Daily Mail's correspondent, and spends all of his time in his study reading Virgil, Dante, and the works of D'An-nunzio. SOVIETS WASH OUT FOES WITH FLOOD WATERS Reds Reoccupy Strategical Point on Leningrad Front in Two-Day Battle Which Costs Germans 2,000 Men. KUIBYSHEV, Russia, April 13. (AP) The German air force accelerated its activity today in support of light counter-attacks with infantry and tanks as the Germans sought to feel out the depth of the soviet front. Warm and slushy weather probably the warmest thus far this year prevailed in the fighting" areas. ---.-. '.. A dispatch from the front said that the German aviation arm still was strong, but asserted that the soviet fliers were overtaking the slower nazi planes at any height and beating them with machine guns, cannon and ramming. Russian sappers, extracting all possible aid from nature, were reported today to have changed the course of flood waters and washed the Germans out of a fortified village in one of a series of triumphs recorded by soviet Rus sia during the week-end. Dispatches from the rain' drenched front said the engineers defied German guns and dug trenches through which the flood surged upon enemy positions. Just as the waters swept over the Germans in this village, so is a wave of confidence in ultimate triumph sweeping over the soviet union. REPEL NAZI ATTACKS MOSCOW, April 13. (INS) Russian forces have reoccupied an important strategical point on the Leningrad front after a fierce two day battle during which 2.C00 nazi troops were killed, it was officially announced today. The Germans were said to have launched a strong counter-attack to, regain the position but were forced to abandon the attempt in face of heavy soviet fire. RED CAVALRY ACTIVE JThe Russian successes around Leningrad enabled their cavalry divisions to thrust deeply into Ger- (Turn to Page 7, Col. V 6) Yankee in Ireland Weds Fair Colleen BELFAST, Northern Ireland, April 13. (AP) Private Herbert Cooke of Cleveland braved possible U. S. army displeasure today to marry an 18-year-old colleen in a church locked against those who might interfere. He was the first AEF man to wed and his bride was Miss Thel-ma Smoth. When her father reached the Presbyterian church, he found the doors locked and had to return home. Army authorities do not require enlisted men to obtain specific permission to marry, but say it "is advisable." Private Cooke apparently obtained only the permission of his bride and her parents. s -V - Hoosiers Average 30.3 Years of Age INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., April 13. (AP) Hoosiers averaged 30.3 years Of age on April 1, 1940, the census bureau reports. That is 1.3 years older than the national median. Of 3.427,796 persons in Indiana, 2,235,350 were 21 xor older. V Plunges to Death BALTIMORE, Md, April 13 (UP) Thomas W. Simpson, jr., 23, of Springfield, 111., plunged from the seventh floor of the social security office building today. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Mercy hospital. He was an employe in the social security board's filing department FATE OF CEBU ISLE INVADED BY 12,000 FOES IS UNCERTAIN Bombing of U. S. Fortress Rages Unabated But Sharp Shooting Yank-Filipino Marksmen Train Guns on Enemy Flotilla in Mari-veles Harbor Sinking Some, Others Afire. WASHINGTON, April 13. (INS) The non-stop bombing of Cor-regidor continued unabated today, but Lieut Gen. Jonathan M. Wain wright was able to report that his sharp-shooting American-Filipino marksmen had trained their guns on a flotilla of small Japanese boats in the nearbly Mariveles harbor, sunk a number of them, and. set fire to others. The war department, in a com munique announced that there had been 10 more enemy air raids on the beleaguered fortress bringing to a total of 22 the number of aerial attacks in the last two days. "Our anti-aircraft batteries again kept hostile bombers at a high altitude," the communique said however. "Our installations sustained only minor damage. There was some casualties." The fate of the island of Cebu, which was invaded by a force of 12,000 Japs two days ago, was shrouded in darkness with all communications between the small-American-Philippine force there and Wainwright's headquarters on Corregidor cut off. TWO FREIGHTERS SUNK Belatedly, the war department also disclosed the loss of two army freighters, the Liberty and . the Meigs, in the southwest Pacifit with the loss of two lives. There was no loss of life on the Liberty which was torpedoed by an enemy submarine off Ball Jan. 11. The war department said that 53 members of the crew and one passenger were rescued by Dutch planes. The Meigs was sunk by Jap bombing planes in the harbor of Darwin, Australia, Feb. 19, and resulted in the death of the vessel's captain, F. S. Link, and one crew member. Eight other crew members were wounded. The sinking of Japanese ships in Mariveles harbor, one of the principal ports on conquered Bataan, indicated that the enemy may be preparing to attack Corregidor with a water-borne invasion force. FIRE TOWARD BATAAN This was the first mention of Corregidor's guns firing toward Bataan, since the defending army of 36,800 were entrapped there by superior Japanese forces last week. Immediately after the fall of (Turn to Page 7, Col. 1) V Congress Urged To Enact National War Labor Policy WASHINGTON, April 13. (INS) Admiral Emory S. Land, chair man of the maritime commission, today asked congress to enact a "national war labor policy which would include freezing existing labor-management relations and call for creation of a special wage board. "We are up against a long hard show and the sooner we realize it the better," the shipping czar told the house naval affairs commit tee. "If we can't lick ourselves we haven't much chance to lick Hit ler and the Japs." Land declared that freezing ex isting open and closed shops and other - labor-management agree ments for the duration would be the greatest single step congress (.could take. "This should remove this agita tion, whether it be by labor or capital and get out of the minds of the worker everything but his job," he said. .The admiral urged creation of a board "the smaller the better" to settle wage questions after tak ing into consideration rising costs of living. "The time is ripe for congress, by statute, to create a national war labor policy," he" said. On the question of extending the basic work week beyond its pres ent 40 hours. Land said that "that is purely an economic question and it is up to congress." -V Makers of Zippers under Restriction WASHINGTON, April 13 (INS) Charging "wilfull concealment" of a supply of import copper, the war production board today issued a suspension order against Talon, Inc., of Meadville, Pa., worlds largest maker of zippers. The order prohibits Talon, until July 1. from using steel, zinc, or zinc alloys in excess of 40 per cent of its average quarterly poundage of all metals last year. The Weather Forecast for Indiana: Slightly warmer this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday forenoon; occasional light rain in southwest portion tonight. Local temperature from 7 a. m. Saturday to 7 a. m. Sunday: High, 47; low, 30; mean, 38'; no pre- cioitation. Temperature from 7 m. Sunday to 7 a. m. Monday: High, 52; low, 36; mean, 44; no precipitation. Sun rises, 6:12; sun sets, 7:23. F. R. MAY MAKE NEW APPEAL TO INDIAN PEOPLE British Envoy Is Returning Home With Unaccepted Plan for Giving India Dominion Place in Empire. WASHINGTON. April 13. (INS) Reports were current in diplomatic circles in Washington today that President Roosevelt may issue an appeal to the people of India to support the united nations' war effort The question of what, if anything, the American government should do in view of the collapse of discussions between Sir Stafford Cripps and the Indian political leaders is understood to be under consideration by the state department and President Roosevelt's advisers. NEXT MOVE UP TO INDIA NEW DELHI, India, April 13 (AP) Of the bright hopes Sir Stafford Cripps brought to, India, only an ember remained today as the disappointed British emissary took home his unaccepted plan for giving India's people a dominion's place in the commonwealth after the war. The one flicker was supplied by Sir Stafford Cripps yesterday at Karachi, a stop-over on his homeward flight, when he said that Britain would consider a plan for India at any time its leaders could agree on a solution. He made it clear, however, that the initiative should come from the Indians themselves. From the united nations' point of view there was solace from post mortems on both sides which made plain that Britain does not intend to forsake India nor the Indians to lose sight of their danger from Japanese aggression. "We are not going to embarrass the British war effort in India nor the efforts of our American friends who may come here," said Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, potent leader of the All-India congress party. T want to fight this idea, that we must remain passive, that we cannot do anything against the Japanese invader .'. , I do feel definitely that it would be a tragedy for the world if Germany and Japan won this war and dominated the world. I do not want this to happen." japanInTery boastful mood LONDON, April 13. (INS) A spokesman for the Japanese government was in a very boastful mood this morning. Speaking over the Tokyo radio, in a broadcast heard in London, the spokesman said: "We will not only command the communication lines of Britain and America but we will carry the war even to Washington and London. . . . "We must destroy them politi cally and culturally. . . "Our Nipponese spirit will dom inate the world." V- Convicted Seamen Lose Court Appeal WASHINGTON. April 13 (INS) Forty-one Italian seamen, con-' victed of sabotaging Italian merchant ships before the vessels were seized by the American government in the ports of Wilmington, N. D., and Baltimore last March today lct appeals to supreme court for writs of review. They were sentenced to prison terms of three years or less. The seamen contended that they acted under orders merely to prevent the ships being used by enemies. Hogs UpVto $14.55 INDIANAPOLIS, April 13. ' (INS) Hog prices at the India napolis stockyards reached their highest point today in 16 years. The top price for 200-to-300 Dounders todav was 114.55. the highest quotation since 1926, when I the figure was $15.25. A total of 9,500 hogs was received. V JAPS TAKE NEW ISLE BERLIN (From German Broad casts), April 13. (AP) Japanese troops landed last Friday on the Dutch island of Billiton, south west of Borneo, the Berlin radio said today, quoting Tokyo dis patches. Billiton is rich in tin, iron and timber.

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