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LOCAL FORECAST CBy The A«wrJ«l*ll ffeft- wttli fre«|n* tta nlfht; STERLING DAILY GAZETTE Outstanding Coffifwynify Dai*? tm Wliftesfde ond Adjoining Counties STOOOl^llOCI FAUJ It#a IT. EIGHTY-SEVENTH YEAR—No. 100 Full Leaded Wins STERLING, ILLINOIS, MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1941 M«mber of th* Audit of PRICE FIVE CENTS New Traffic Drive Planned to Reduce ^Motoring Accidents Fatality Toll for This Year Is Expected to Climb to 45,500 DETROIT — fAP> — Forty thwj- sand five hundred deaths . . . 1.750..000 non-fatal injuries . . . 12.000,000.000 In economic lo ' That, according to authoritative iouroes. will be the automobile traffic accident toll during the calendar year 1MI. It will the heaviest cost in life, limb and property in (the history of highway trnimporta- tion. The highest previous year was 1937 when death came to 39.843 persons and injury to more than 1.500,000 as the results of mo- .'tor vehicle traffic accidents. Early next month initial steps are ,to be taken in the application of an 'emergency traffic law enforcement program developed by the nation's police chiefs, its mayors, prosecuting attorneys, judges and others having to do with the law and its administration. Invitations already are going out to a Joint meeting In Washington of representatives of these various officials with the drafting of'a uniform enforcement plan as the objective. • Subsequently rone meetings wouk be held In various .sections to give I local application to the program drafted on a national basis Already advanced for Inclusion in the emergency traffic law enforcement program arc proposals that •every police officer be designated a traffic law enforcement agent: that (greater use be made of license suspension and revocation statutes; and that every accident case be taken into court for adjudication than to traffic violations bu- ~-for-settlement-through the Captive Mine Dispute Threatens Steel Production .payment of pre-dctermlned fines. ) .Officials sponsoring the proposed program are emphatic In asserting that it is not to be merely *drive" of brief duration or of sporadic incidence. Instead, they explain, it is to be a continuing ef- ,lbrt to reduce the tragedies of the 'highways by impartial but persis- ; tent enforcement of existing ordinances. It is a program, they add : that suddenly will affect some 45.•00,000 motor vehicle drivers. Motorists Perish § Alto-Truck Crash; i Vehicles Bora •> JOUET. ILL. — (AP)—Two unl- • • •Vntlfted persons were burned to kth when their automobile skid- d into a northbound Joliet-Chlca- |_BO bus on Route «6 north of here r today. Both vehicles burned and 15 pas^ •angers, suffering from cuts and .'bruises, were rescued through the • windows of the bus. One body in the car was charred ffto badly that it sex was not determined. The car bore New York 11- C962. Rescuers found burned .'•artona of breakfast food samples *tadkating the victims might have salesmen. -Tha accident happened about IS . north of Jollet. Joseph Moss State Police Sergeant William ->M. Morris that a car from a side -road had Just entered the state highway, turning south and meet, Ing the bus. The New York car. behind the other auto, in front of the bus. said he couldn't get the bus open and kicked out the glass two windows as the motor i into flames. He started to haul I out passengers and was helped by anhall Relck and Virgil Adams, io ran to the scene from a near- ater* and filling station. Th* fifteen passengers; most of from Jollet. were taken to the sanitarium, where seven soon released. and Adams suffered slight L Farmers Receive 51 % (Of Food Prices Paid iy Nation's Consumers WASHINGTON — (AP) — Tit* department offered fig today to show that there is a M4««teMl spread between what the •vwil* pay* for most food items UM grocery store and what the I Wasr g«U for the raw materials. r On the bask of prices prevailing D*Ptcmb*r. farmers were said to p* received only 51 per cent of turner's bill for 5* principal » Items. Processors, distributors transportation agencies were to have received 48 per cent, i fanner's share was largest for items. Of the average retail of MJ cents a pound for pork eta, the producer got 21.1 cents. par cent, the department said, department said th* farmaf per cent of what retell! for lamb products. 80 oaot of th* price for poultry, *» p*r cent for dairy product*, milk, butter. cheese and milk. Of the averse* of 4fJ centt a dosen consun- patt for eggs, farmers wen said k*v* Batten an averagt of MJ m H per cent. >• \ • , • farmer's share of most 'items •aid to have b**n tecs than That share for «om* import* jnrtliets was reported as fol: White flour 41 par cent, white •* M. Mia meal «ti own flatos few U. potato** it, peanut 41, Applet M. oraa«e* 13, M, macaroni II, and This big pile of coking coal at the Clalrton, Pa., works of Carnegie-Illinois Steel corporation will last only two weeks at capacity operations, and prospects of replenishing the supply dims as 53.000 miners at plt» owned by seven steel companies stage walkout to enforce CIO United Mine Workers demand for a union mine. Lewis Refuses to Halt Strike in Captive Mines WASHINGTON — (AP) — The United Mine Workers claimed today that practically all of Hhe 53.0W coal miners in captive mines of the nation remained idle In answer to a strike order of President John L. Lewis despite a second appeal by President Roosevelt that the miners stick to their jobs. At least one UMW local. No. 0411 at the Rosedale mine of the Bethlehem-Steel company in Johnstown, Pa, defied Lewis' strike call by voting 243 to 23 to continue at work. Fifteen Meet Death In Bus Crash-Fire Vehicle Hits Concrete Roiling in Aloborno CLANTON, ALA.—(AP)—A gasoline explosion which sent a flaming •pray, over a crowded.Montgomery- Birmingham passenger bus was blamed today for the deaths of at least 15 persons, most of them burned beyond recognition. Seven othert are in a Clanton hospital, . two with critical burns Parrlsh Aultman of Birmingham, the driver, died of his bums early today. Coroner J. Men Martin said three other dead have been tentatively identified as William D. Davis. Troy; Atom L. Renfroe, Banks, and Alton B. Yates. Union Springs. All were youths from southern Alabama en route to a civilian conservation corps camp here. The bus struck the concrete rail- big of a bridge four miles south of here last night. Almost instantly it was a mass of flames, the blaze being visible-for three, mile* or more. Hardie Jones, carpenter who livr* 100 yards from the scene, ran out to see Aultman, the driver, tumble from the bus, dragging a man by the arm.. The driver went back into the bus," Jones said, "and came out with some more people. His clothing was on fire, and be ran to the roadside. We cut his clothes off and sent him to the hospital. Aultman made, the trip last night t a substitute for Robert Johnson of Montgomery, who arranged the change to have the night off. Mac Stephens, another witness, said can fathered quickly after the crash and explosion, and horrified spectators heard streams of th* vk ttos. SUphens quoted saying the bus caught fir* just be for* tt struck the bridge railing, al- vt after to* crash. Bides of the smoking wreck were red from heat when state highway patrolmen arrived. Most of the dead in a mas* near the rear seats. C. V, Courion, Montgomery man- for southeastern Greyhound Unas, said 37 to 10 panoni were on th* bus. the second section of thrw-bus local run between the Alabama cities. Trode Unions Abolished By Vichy Government VICHY — (AF) — Th* long-delayed "charter of Preach labor" ordering trade unions dissolved and replaced by all-embracing government-controlled corporate bodies, was promulgated today. Tb*-n*w- corporate groups will hav* power to control the labor conditions and political conduct of al! Frenchmen engaged in industry. Trade THUOOB funds wilt be confiscated and turned over to the new corporations to which everybody in industry muat belong and from which they can be expelled for infractions or "activity contrary to th* general interacts of th* country." Strike* and lockouts are forbidden under th* setup. They already hav* baw baAMd by the Petain regime. "Social committees" will guide the n*w corporations, with a govern- n*nt couusifatew itu *i i f^4 in tfrt •Mtmbanhtp, and with employers, worken, and a third group of for*» i nagers %mf tfrfhntftani each. i*|V*a»nted. An authoritative source said 75 per cent of the day crew of 475 entered the pit. K. G. Adams, press official of the UMW said Lewis would reply this afternoon to Mr. Roosevelt's second request that the mines continue In operation in the interest of national defense. Adams said all captive mines were shut down, and that a "stack" of telegrams from local unions endorsed Lewis' rejection of the President's first request, that miners remain at work pending further negotiations. The UMW claimed it had about 95-per cent of the miners in the captive mines organized, with nearly 100 per cent strength in some mines. Captive mines are so-called because they are owned by steel and other corporations which use practically all their output. Principal issue at stake was the union demand for a union shop, under which all miners must become ujiion-membera-after-*ervmg-a-pnK bationary period of employment UMW officials at Pittsburgh said 5,000 miners at the Jones and Laughlin and AUeghany TiUdlum mines, which have already granted the union shop, were at work, but that 25,000 others were idle. There was no picketing at the western Pennsylvania mines. In southern West Virginia mines were picketed and 11,000 to 12,000 miners were ftlle, while In the northern part of the state there was no picketing but 1JKO were idle. At Lynch, Ky., there were 4JOO miners out at the U. S. .Coal and Coke company, a subsidiary of United State Steel corporation. In Alabama 8,000 were idle. Strike Lavnened Satwday The strike began Saturday midnight after Lewis had rejected a suggestion by the President that it be^ deferred while the UMW leader and Myron C. Taylor, former chairman of the board of U. S. Steel cor- pofatioa; tried to work out a «olu- tion. Lewis said then that he understood Taylor was unwilling to participate In such a conference because he felt that if he did so any decision reached might be considered binding on the-entire industry. However, he said he was ready to meet with Taylor. President Roosevelt,' in his letter to Lewis last night, said that Taylor would meet Lewis Wednesday. The chief executive renewed his request that the UMW chieftain reconsider his strike decision and get the men back to the pits pending a final settlement. "In this crisis of our national life," Mr. Roosevejt wrote, "there must be uninterrupted production of coal Jor making steel, that basic material of our national defense." Lewis's press representative last night Jhat Lewis had no com-? mtnt to make an th* President's letter—"none whatever." Presidents of locals in UMW di»- Wage-Hour Case To Be Reviewed By High Tribunal Newspaper's Method Of Figuring Overtime Is Issue at Stake (Continued on pag* six) THE WEATHEI (By The Associated Press) For Chicago and vkinity: Clearing e n .d much "older tonight; fair Tuesday. Outlook for Wednesday: Fair and continued cold. Illinois: Clearing tonight. fair Tuesday. Much colder tonight, freezing temperature north and central and heavy frost extreme south portion. Becoming fair tonight; fair. Colder tonight with temperature, well below in northwest and north- FtifZING Iowa: Tuesday freezing freezing central LOCAL 13 noon 1 p. m. 2 p. m. 3 p m. 4 p. m. 5 p. m. 6 p. m. 7 p, m. I p, m. » p. m. o p. m. 11 p. in, TIMTCaUTUMi S3 M 56 M 57 M M 51 66 M M la midnight 1 m. m. m. m. m. m. m. 10 a, m. 11 a. UL 41 41 WASHINGTON — (AP) — The Supreme court agreed today to review far-reaching litigation to dete- mlne U>e proper method of computing overtime pay under the wage- hour act. The wage-hour administration was granted a review of a circuit court decision holding that the Dallas News was within its right in com puting overtime paid its employes on the basis of an agreed wage which was above the required minimum pay. Prior to todays brief session, the Justices posed In a conference room at the court^ for the_Jkst time-to history, for news photographers. The pictures, however, must be submitted for approval of the court befort publication . Philip B. Timing, the wage-hour admimstrator, contended that if this decision by the federal circuit court at New Orleans were permitted to stand, it would "largely destroy" the section of the fefftaUtion providing for a 40-hour week "which has done so much to increase employment in this period of increased production.' In reply, the newspaper asserted that the method urged by the wage- hour administration was designed to limit overtime work and was "square in the face of the needs of national defense upon Which our very existence as a free people depends." Overtime payments should be msde. the wage-hour administration contended,-t«rihe^baais~of-an heuriy-{ p rate obtained by "averaging the weekly wage over the number of hours worked." The administration said the newspaper, before the wage-hour law became effective, made agreement* ( with each of its employes for a basic hourly rate of pay "determined by dividing the employe's weekly salary by 60." Under this arrangement, the wage-hour petition added,, an em- ploye may work as much as 53 1-2 hours without any compensation in addition to hk weekly salary. The act, it was said, specified a 40-hour regular work week/ If the circuit court decision stands, the petition asserted that "most weekly salary arrangements can be converted by 'contract' into arrangements for minimum or tow basic hourly rates requiring no additton- al compensation for work weeks in which the statutory maximum is exceeded." "The circuit court said in its opinion that It was "difficult to make a fair working agreement based on hours worked by newspapermen" because their work was "very variable and unpredictable.", Dixie Legislator! Ask Cottonseed trice Hike WASHINGTON — (AP) — Senator Banlrh*ad (D-Ala) said Saturday that southern senators and congressmen had urged Secretary Wickard and other agriculture department officials to utilise every means available to the government to increase prices of cottonseed. "Cottonseed is the cash crop lor the cotton farmers and the recent panic in fats and oils had cut |10 to |15 a ton from th* price they should be receiving." the senator said. -We have asked Secretary Wickard to use direct purchase*, or loans, or both to relieve the present situation." Bankhead said that announcement last week by the surplus marketing administration of plans to purchase oottonsMd oil shorteniag for relief distribution and th* British-aid program was an initial MOW* in th* effort to inonaat prices. Lawmakers from the cotton bait alto have r*qu«rted direct purchases of oottonaced by fsdertl ageoei**. imodity Iftarui to* independent mills «nd purchase* of lard "which has a reflex action upon rnKraand Th* wnator said eottarn*td jptttof had btott stout W to to* i Mat "until a panic in faU and **1* droputd them to u lew as aff to Senate Takes Up ill for Revision Of Neutrality Ad Passage Is Expected After Two Weeks of Debate on Measure WASHINGTON— (AP»—The *en- ftic convened today to start debate on history making lecislation which would restore complete freedom of the seas to American merchantmen, and White House lieutenants called for final action within two weeks. The bill, broadening the house- approved ship arming measure, would permit American vessels to sail into now forbidden belligerent port* and combat wnes. Sponsored by Democratic Leader Barkley. It was approved 13 to 10 by the foreign relations committee Saturday. Senator Nye. (R-ND). an opponent of administration foreign policy, said that the committee action was "a blow below the belt to the American people who demand that the senate give full consideration to the measure." Although Nye's remark seemed to hint at prolonged debate. Chairman Connally <D-Tex) of the foreign relations group held this view: -I do not believe It will Uke more than two weeks to pass the bill through the senate. Although there have been mumblings about a filibuster, this is not the kind of a situation In which anybody would conduct a filibuster. "This Is a time of emergency, and I don't believe the country will stand for any filibustering tactics. You can filibuster little issues, but not bi« ones. We have the rote* and the people know it" Administration authorities said they had 52 certain votes for the bill and predicted that-before-the final vote the total would reach 60. or a majority of almost 3 to 1. There was no estimate of voting strength from the opposition, bat twtne opponents said privately that they only wished to make a senate record before the measure came to an already assured vote of approval. Illinois Legion Chiefs Reject Post Protests On Convention Vole BLOOMmGTON. ILL. — (AP) Tbt nimota executive eommitte* of the American Legion withheld approval today from resolutions submitted by four posts attacking th* national convention's ptodg- of support to President Roosevelt'* foreign policy. The committee, at a meeting preceding the annual conference of post OlfiCCfSt UQftQiZfiGtlftly ftdGDtQd &% HvV* olutlon stating that individual posts, under constitutions of the state and national organisations, wen bound to the legislative tenets adopted by a majority vote of their national delegates. The resolutions were from Logan astrao oMJncoln: Prairie Post HO of Paxton: Batevia Post 504. and Fox River-Geneva Post IS. The committee's refusal to uphold the lutions and'its endorsementiof th* national convention's action wen embodied in a resolution prepared by a special committee headed by William F. Waugh of Chicago, immediate past department commander. The Legion's national commander, Lynn U. Stambaugb. addressed th* llth annual conference of post officers yesterday and ana>rt*rt that th* admmtetnUon's foreign policy was "the course most likely to make America aecun under conditions as they an in th* world today." The object. fens*, not a desire to send American troops to fight som* one else's battle*. A tour of a soldiers* and sailors' children's school concluded th* two- day conference. Da to* for th* \9tX rial* COB tioa. which will to neat m Pwria. win be ap t "**r> r ^i1 later by MH> committee. 'Frisco News Editor, H: T. Ellisroflt, Expires BURLINOAME. CALIF.—(AF>— Harold Thomas Klliston. 44, news editor of the San Francisco Call- Bulletin, died yesterday of • heart ailment EUUton formerly was staff member of the Chicago American, managing editor of the Syracuse, N. T, Journal and the Baltimon Mews. news editor of the New York American and assistant managing editer of the New York Journal-Americaar Elliston* widow, France*, and three sons. Tom, James, and War* ren. all of BurUngame. survive. «s does his mother, Mrs, Annie Elliston of Oateaburg. 111., his birthplace. Oil Man Found Killed In Thicket Near — <AP>— Macou county authoritiac to d*temnw ntponelMllfr in th* death of Chaster Kange. al, of Wood sttvar. a bulk oil deafer whoa* shot- pierced body wa« fouad yesterday in a thicket oaar her* after h* had missing since Friday. Deputy Sheriff Trojr Justice said me* on Friday borrowed a shot- mm fnm his art, sajriag h* waa §». tof JMBMlftg. Th* guo lay do** to •U body It had bata diacnara«d and a atoil was etas* by. Juattot •aid ft was poiiitiit Baage was shot irrtitolis»y wlU Uis gun h* canrtoa. Address by President To Highlight Nairy Day WASHINGTON — <APi — How the f1?ft looks statistically on navy dsy. Plane Battleships Carriers Cruisers Destroyers Subs Total Built Building Totals 17 15 32 7 II 18 37 54 91 172 192 364 113 73 186 346 345 691 In addition to the*** major vessels thrre are hundreds of smaller craft —torpedo boats, minelayers, etc.—In the fleet or under construction. • Half in and half out of a shoot- ins war. the navy and the nation alike observed Navy day today. For warships in continental ports the holiday orders directed ships to don full dress—breaking out their strings of signal Hags in gala array. But it was battle dress—as usual —for the fleet unite out at sea, especially those that plowed the gray swells of the north Atlantic to guard munitions bound for England and Russia. Against this contrasting background President Roosevelt will bring the day's celebration to a climatic close tonight by delivering his first address on world affairs in six weeks. Advance indications weip that the speech, shortly after 9 p. m.. C. B. T, would be one of primary importance and there was general expectation that it would provide presidential comment of these main problems ol the day: Efforts to speed up defense production; Russia's urgent need for munitions to continue fighting; the prospect for war or peace in the Par East; and tha accomplishments Bishop Jos. Winchester Of Arkansas, Succumbs CHICAGO—(AP)—The Rt. Rev. James Ridout Winchester, SB. retired Protestant Episcopal Bishop of the diocese of Arkansas, died today after an illness of five weeks. Bishop Winchester, who was retired in 1931, was stricken with an attack of influena* Sept. 31 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James E. Montgomery, with whom he had lived for the past five years. Adm. Stork Backs Bill to Arm Ships Declares Such Croft Can Down Airplanes WASHINGTOrl.— <AF)—Admiral Harold R, Stark, chief of naval operations, believes that half of the "successful" attacks against merchant vessels in th* current* war have been aimed at unarmed ships. Admiral Stark, in testimony mad* public today, told the senate foreign relations committee last week that "armed merchant ships have brought down a constderabl* number of planes." Stark testified in support of a house-approved resolution to repeal sections of the neutrality law to permit the arming of merchant ships. The admiral said that the arming of merchant eraft would lessen the likelihood of their attack either by airplanes or aubmarUMs. Airplanes, he explained, would b* forced to fly too high for accurate bombing. —As for submarine raiders; Sterk said they would not risk presetntng a surface target if a ship mounted guns but would stay submerged when their effectiveness Is vary greatly restricted." Stark, under questioning by tor Vandenberg (R-Mich), of the senate non-mterv*nttoni*t bloc, said the navy-trainad gun crews on merchant ships would b* under orders to fin on axis "on sight" Such tactic* in accordance with President velt's orders to th* navy, Stork amid, adding that In th* interest of self- preservation against an *n*my, X think th*y would have to fit*.* Stark denied Vandontorg-s claim that armed mcrehant *••*•> would to going to saa "otton*tvely.- njl maiiUoM pursuits. Kit they an in a pnsMloB to iilinil thiamr» threat to them If th* pi aunts of any axis submarita** which may sight them," h* afi*. Arkansas TorMbes Fatal to alLetsH? IITTLE BOOK. AWE. — (AF) — Out of iratnn tomadn*! struck hard into rural Arkansas last night, killing IT or more, AMI fHlA&ilillg ( Ok Am* twister of th* type that hits frequently in this ana ID th* spring, but racaly in the autumn, drov* into Baaiburg in Arkansas shortly bkfon snuHini at tea* 1J lives and tat ML Bom* six nado roand atom th* valley borth-ccntnl ArJtaiMaa, hUt*"*; aad burUng 1». Th* Hamfayi. heavy daaa**j* in ^*i* raafctential ti*« and ton AMU Th* twister stnMfc ftxat at OU- aod tottered Oak-aVOaak. Bathat ffvilavitta, of the navy in keeping Atlantic sea lanes clear of hostile craft. Mr. Rxwsfvelt'* last major speech was on Sept. 11. when, after relating series of seawar incidents including the attack on the destroyer Oreer, he called nazl U-boat raiders rattlesnakes" and said, in effect, that the Atlantic fleet had been given orders to shoot at sight Since that time the U. 8. S. Kearny has been seriously damaged by a torpedo attack, which cost the destroyer 11 men lost and 10 wounded. Successful sea raider attacks on five American-owned merchantmen also have been reported in the north and south Atlantic, despite all the precautions taken by the navy. In a preliminary Navy day statement—sent as a letter to Secretary Knox—Mr. Roosevelt praised the nation's sea force for its readiness to assume the role of front line defender, and at the same time he called on "all Americans to pledge to their navy a support Involving willing sacrifice of personal, sectional and group interests in order that we may remain united and unconquerable." U. S. Not Seeking To Rush into War, Asserts Sec. Hull America's Course Is One of Self-Defense, Senate Group Is Told WASHINGTON — (AP) — Secretary of State Cordell Hull declares that the United States has "no purpose or intent to rush out somewhere and get into a real war." and is now pursuing a course dictated by Hull so tnfcmed the senate foreign relations committee during the hearings on revision of the neutrality act Bis testimony was made public today.' - - r • "It to all-important." the secretary •aid, "that we defend our rights on th* Atlantic against an avowed movement of force and lawlessness. "We should pursue a somewhat resolute course, not enough to be foolhardy, not enough to get unnecessarily into trouble, but enough to '"•"'"•TM! the respect that one brave man has for another. That is what we are thinking about. It may not work out, but that is what we are thinking about" Hull recommended expansion of the house armed ship bill to permit American merchant vessels to travel anywhere on the high VTt*p~"whlclrthi ^foreign- relations group approved by a vote of 13 to 10. Says War Is Up to Hitler The United States, he testified, faces the task of defending iU shipping against a "nest of submarines," and he acknowledged that "of course somebody will get hurt now and then." "That might be called a step leading to war or leading to one thing or another, but the situation is that we wont be in any war until Hitler decises that we shall, and it has not been at all to his advantage to do that" Asked by Senator Vandenberg (R* ifkh) whether this country now was convoying ships. Hull replied: "That to my guest." Discussing this country's policy toward Germany in the past, the state department head said he had spent six years after Adolf Hitler's rtot to power in 1983 In an effort to ptevail on the Hsich "to observe ' -"I haw new pleaded mom earnestly," he said. That group around Hitler waa Just as Impervious to our pleas and our musiU during those years as a pleat of stotuar?." HulL sneaking of German plans to invade Great Britain, said th* Mato "had all of their platforms erected in Berlin for the greatest victory oatebration in history." But, h* added, "our aid to Bngland helped to induce the German generals finally to decide against the invasion. and that was called off." Hull said that "the rules of neutrality, of course, are superseded when the law of self-defense Intervenes. They are not intended to be in harmony with aach other." Regains Husking Title At Kane County Meet BLOW, ILL.—(AT) -For the third UMt, George BV of Hgto township, captured the _ «oun*J' onrn husking contest. won fma It contestants m SaU vwt. huakiag M.13 bushel*. woa th* title m IftM and 4^& VaHfeA •Maty titi* went to «JI fctotoja... Vlnoant Catton of /ith 4«>» buab- Oatton of Toulon with 4f Jt buebcai. of K*wan*s. a for* took flrst p|ac« HI bush**, wnli* Lao lite* of Al tbird with mm uuahato. Reds Bare Clash With a Jap Patrol Below Vladivostok Small Force Involved But Action Is Viewed With Apprehension (By Th* Associated Press) The defenders of Moscow were reported today to have eased somewhat the threat on the capital by wrestling a village from the Germans In a counter-drive across ths Nara river. As the battle of Moscow mounted In violence along the southern approaches facing the Russians' left wins Gen. Gregory KL Zhukov, commanding the central front armies, said in an order to his troops: "Not a- step back! Halt the fascist*! Do not let them reach Moscow! Every man must fight like ten." With Adolf Hitler's armies 4»und- Ing at the gates of Moscow and Ros- tov In the west, Russia announced today that a small Japanese patrol had attacked a guard post on her Far Eastern frontier. This clash, like many in the past. may have been merely an isolated incident, but against the background of Japanese troop concentration in Manchukuo and the growing question of Japan's Intention* as a pact partner of Germany, it bulked larger in its implications. Only yesterday the new soldier- premier of Japan, General Hidekl Tojo, pleading for internal solidarity for Japan to meet her destiny, declared for an "ever-expanding progression" for the empire — a coura* in which "no international pressure can disturb me." "There is no retreat!" Tbjo told his audience of public officials at Osaka. The Russian-Japanese frontier skirmish occurred last Thursday, according to Tass. official Russian news agency, whose dispatch from Vladivostok said 30 Japanese soldiers attacked frontier guards near the village of Raskino. Tass said that there were some wounded on each side and that the Japanese abandoned *gntf of their arms and ^"""MPiltl"" on soviet soil.. There was no confirmation of such a class from Japanese or other sources. __ Tfnirifln no tha kuo-Slberla border has increased lately, however, and strong Japan- M ^^hl*tftfM^B^MkA*h*-« Wl • • ! m tjh^^^Bk M^ mnHfll * ntfmrTtlim *U»«w DBCD Zv* ported moving into northern and Huroarous Far * k^^P* 4jtl^ nave 1010 creasing Japanese military *1 a T > ' for action against Russia If tho red 'army collapses before the German drives against Moscow and Dkraine. Available maps do not show Ras- kino, but presumably the clash occurred somewhere on the poorly-defined border through mountainous country south of Vladivostok, when there have been scores of Japanese- Russian clashes in recent years. On* of these tod to the weeks-long pitched battle of Changfukeng in 1M8. Beds BUI ChacfctaK Mask Russia's immediate, vital concern. however, sttH was the German drive on Moscow on the central front and Rostov, gateway to the Causcaus. In the Booth. The harried red army (Continued on pa** flveJ Fifteen Hen Missing After Nine Explosion At Danid Boone, Ky < MADIBONVIUJt KY. — (AF)— Sixteen miners wen rescued and V others were reported saf• today following an explosion in the mine of the Sterling Coal company at Daniel Bonne, a small mining community 11 miles southwest of Madisonvilk. Fifteen men wen reported missing. The mine was badly wracked by the blast, th* cauar of which, off U dals said, was not Imnydlstfly determined. The rescued men wen brought to th* surfae* in barrels to which rr—i bad been attached. The mine c. j was put out of order by the explosion. A full shift crew of » men were in the working* at th* Urn* of th* The 1C men wen reported 3JKQ feat back from th* main abaft and cut off from the entrance. One of th* named men, whoa* name was not aacertainad, told *, reporter that the explosion was tent* fie. that H knocked out all the inept in his group; that it ton out all tho mine cur trackage and ton down all the wiring. Beam* workers from throughout western Kentucky were rushed hen to help local squads attempt, to roach th* misting men. Carroll PaUison of Wetternport. Md., president of the company owning the mine, said it ampaayad !» men and that he planned to laavo Imiirnllati* 1 ? for r *fr i t i ~ Two Flee from Jail At Harrisbtfrg, III. HABBTl BBUBO, ILL. CAP) Sheriff J. T. Gram said .today two of four prtaauss held in an upstairs cell block in th* Saline county Jail ban escaped during the night. He identified thepn as Homer Kingston..of Equality. 1A, and Clar*BC* C. Odaome of Carrier Mills, bath held in larceny cat* invc*U«a- Th* men tawed three bar* from the jail bull pen. made their way to th* hantriWnt and **capad through a vent in Uw iouudatioBi. '

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