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PAY DAY BOND DAY U. $. FLIERS BLAST ITALIANS IN MEDITERRANEAN BATTLE Cowan Ousted by Governor Auditor Meld Convicted ot Misfeasance Van Wagoner Acts on Testimony Taken at Ferguson Hearing Removal of John C. Cowan as* Wayne County auditor was or dered today by Gov. Murray D. Van Wagoner, The governor acted on ouster hearing findings o< Judge Maurice E. Tripp, brought by petition of grand Jury Judge Homer Fer guson for Cowan's removal. Governor Van Wagoner said: “There Is little If any differ ence In the conduct of auditors Cowan (Edward II ). Williams and (Ray D.) Schneider. If one Is guilty, all are guilty.’* Williams is now under sentence In Jackson prison for graft as a county auditor. Schneider is fac ing charges. ft ACTS OF MISFEASANCE' Cowan was charged by Judge, Ferguson with five acts of mis- ( feasance in office: I—Selling tickets for moon light rides to county employes - and vendors of the county and accepting substantial contribu tions from those vendors. 2 Corrupt practices in hos- i pitali/ation of county patients. 3 -Diversion of county - paid , services and county-owned equip ment for his personal use. 4 Surrendering Jud g m ent and discretion over county affairs. 5 Illegal and negligent plac ing of insurance on county owned property. At the time the ouster of Cowan was announced by the governor in Lansing. Cowan was sitting as chairman of the board of auditors in his Detroit office. He is the only Republican member of the board. The ouster hearing against Cowan began March 19 and con cluded May 8. Judge Tripp, a pro bate judge from Adrian, forwarded 4 transcript of the testimony to the governor for decision. The Weather NOt’ftLT Tr.MrKRATI HKV 12 midnight «• A * m 63 1 a. m. R* 7 • m RR 2 a. m R 7 Ham RA 3am 37 ft a m M 4 a. m RR to t. m Rft 3 a. m •’»* The eun wilt act at ft <>ft p m tnda\ and riaa tomorrow at 3:5* a m Tha mown arts at 11:07 p m tiwlav and riaea tomorrow at ft 21 a. m “Judgt, I'vt b t • n walking far 70 yurt forECART and this it my For Detroit first fiekat.” ' •" d y lcin, ' y: Not much J- } __ change in ~ * temperature f . tonight and _ tomorrow A ' V morning. \\f) wilh y W occasional light rain early tonight. I Today's Pollen Count I* 57. Blast 6 Jap Warships Off Alaska By BAN DOR 8. KLEIN l atted Prm Staff Cirnipwlwi WASHINGTON, June 16.-A ihird great naval-air battle in the Pacific within six weeks is in progress today off the Aleutian; Islands. American airmen—both army and navy—have damaged at least six Japanese vessels, possibly, seven, and have sunk a cruiser. One of the damaged vessels wasi an aircraft carrier. The battle apparently has been going on intermittently since Japanese bombers attacked the 1 naval base at Dutch Harbor June 3. Admiral Ernest J. King said on June 7 that a battle was going on in that area but that the sit uation was obscure. Last week the Japanese landed on one of the Aleutian Islands, the archipelago extending westward from Alaska. VERSIONS DIFFER Only fragmentary reports on the Aleutian area have been re leased and they are confused now by different versions by the army] and navy of the damage inflicted on the enemy. The navy version—army and navy airmen have damaged at least three cruisers, one destroyer, one gunboat and one transport, “some of them severely.” The army version—Lieut. Gen. Henry H. Arnold, air corps chief, said in a telegram to the Glenn L. Martin Company,-aircraft man ufacturers. that army medium bombers attacked the Japanese task force in the Aleutians three times, sinking a cruiser and scor ing three torpedo hits on an air craft carrier. ONLY PLANES IN ACTION A navy spokesman, commenting on Arnold’s message, said the full extent of the navy department’s “accurate information” to this time was contained in its com munique. There was a possibility that the sunken cruiser Arnold (Continued on Next Page. Col. 2) 33 Walkers Ticketed Eight Motorists Also Cited for Violating New City Pedestrian Protection Law on First Day Of the hundreds of thousands of Detroiters who crossed the city’s streets during the first 24 hours in which the new pedestrian-protec tive ordinance was effective, only 33 were given violations tickets, the police department stated to day. From midnight Sunday until midnight yesterday. 41 tickets were issued, eight of them to motorists. The heart of the ordinance Is Its provision that pedestrians cannot interfere with traffic and a ma jority of the 33 tickets concerned violations of this type. One ticket was issued to a D ETRWRgPrFM E S , Only Detroit Newrpeper Cetrymp Both ~- ——- loterostivosl Newt Service end United Press |42ND YEAR, NO. 259 British Yield Base. Dig In Near Tobruk Coastal El Gazala Abandoned; Ritchie Keeps Army Intact By LEON KAY I iU«4 Pitm Sta* Cwwpwtm CAIRO. June 16 (UP).— The British today acknowledged the loss of El Gazala, most advanced point of their Libyan Desert de fense line, after **a magnificent fight by our troops’* who eluded an Axis trap and fell back for a do-or-die defense of Tobruk. Gen. Nell M. Ritchie’s eighth imperial army forces around EU Gazala on the coast 40 mile* west of Tobruk, including South Afri can infantrymen and British troops fell back to a small arc of defense almost on Tobruk’s doorstep. . Although El Gazala was lost, Gen. Erwin Rommel’s hopes of splitting and inflicting disaster upon the British imperials by means of a slashing drive to the Mediterranean coast between To bruk and El Gazala were shat tered. it was stated officially. DENY BRITISH TRAPPED Axis claims that large British forces were trapped in the El Ga- 1 zala region were denied at Brit ish general headquarters here. After the successful withdrawal from El Gazala the British threw up a new defense line w’est and southwest of Tobruk, where an imperial garrison held out against Rommel for seven months last year and finally succeeded in breaking the trap. Strong points of the new British defenses are AcromH. 13 miles west of Tdbruk. and El Adem, 15 miles south. MAY SIDESTEP TOBRCK Front line advices said that thus far Rommel has made no move to ;assault the perimeter defenses of [Tobruk itself/ indicating that he 'may attempt to invest and sweep around Tobruk in an effort to reach the Egyptian border, 90 Smiles eastward. The British imperials withdrew not only from El Gazala but also from the Knightsbridge desert crossroads 28 miles southwest of Tobruk, scene of some of the bit terest fighting of the entire desert war. pedestrian who walked against a red light, causing an accident. The policemen who handed out the tickets reported that the recipients accepted them grace fully. Some, in fact, seemed to take the view that being ticketed for walking was amusing and worth the amount of the fine. The greatest improvement from the standpoint of pedestrians was in the behavior of motorists making right and left turns. Most motorists waited courteously and legally until the pedestrians reached a neutral corner. The pedestrians returned the courtesy by waiting for green lights. DETROIT, MICHIGAN, TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 1942 sjb/v fLoi fV \ .IT, J "-jot? Lr -> R ; T s % V i' !BHBVBB 881 B I BLw i - - H| .H- > y> ißSfei k / Jls frir^linir : 'Br \- J \ m, r^ v \\j Vaßß^^Lrfß^BEiifcASr^^i w V ’ iBl ppptb- 1 1 ii iUMBMP * -4iSf€.Jl -Jr Photo by International Newa Sound Photoa. Radioed From London to America UNITED STATES SOLDIERS WHILING AWAY THEIR TIME BEFORE DISEMBARKING . . , this is part of the largest American convoy to cross the Atlantic; not a man was lost . . . Tigers, Yankees In Twilight Bill DETROIT NEW YORK Hitchcock, ss Crosetti, 3h McCosky. If Hassett, lb Cramer, cf Henrich, rs York, lb DiMaggio, cf Harris, rs Keller. If Higgins, 3b Gordon, 2b Bloodworth. 2b Rizzuto, ss Tebbetts, c Kearae, e Benton and Donald and Newhouser, p Chandler, p By LEO MACDONELL A 1 Benton and Harold New houser will pitch for the Tigers against the Yankees in a double header at Briggs Stadium today. Alley Donald and Spud Chandler are expected to pitch for New York. The first game will start at 3 o’clock instead of the usual 1:30 time for twin hills. The innovation is being intro duced to give the Tiger manage ment an idea of whether or not fans here want .twilight ball. The second game is expected to get under way around 5:15 o'clock. TODAY—In the Times Cm* Fit. Better Meattti 10 People Yen Knew I "Bute'' Baer if ''Pltfatti of Leva” JJ Camlet 21. 22, 21 WettSreok Peeler in Croat-Ward Paula 21 Sadia Proframt |7 Dally Short Story 22 Rlfley }) Orient. Metet • Cltla Reblaien • Iditerlal Pafe m M. 8. Bakeytar 14 C. V. D aril of II Daman Raoyon It Financial 14 Servlet Brleti 31 Matle'a Cartoon II Society ■ Intlfnia Slamnt 21 Saorlt IJ, 14 Mara and New IS State. Screen || Hereeeefe I Vital Btatlatici 17 Ido lean Kaln ft Want lettora ta Editor !• Ada 17. It. Ift. 7* Mafatina Pate II Wlachell II Peal Malian •• Wtaftlaf Wall 22 Movie Pea frame 12 What'a the Anawert Ji ntWvoHaa 17 WfOMa'f Pa fat 4. ft Pattara t War Hero Day Here Detroit Will Stage Huge Parade Down Woodward to Public Rally in Briggs Stadium at 8 P. M. The heroes who wield the' weapons of war tomorrow wilt meet the men and women who make their weapons. In celebration of the event. De troit is staging what is expected to he its greatest wartime parade. At dusk down Woodward ave nue and out to Briggs Stadium will roll the Michigan-made ele ments which now comprise the Allied Nations war machine. Leading the parade of might Herop ** Time The only two general public appearances of the heroes in De troit will be in the parade and at the rally. The parade starts at 6:30 p. m., Wednesday, at Peterboro street, 'moving down Woodward avenue to Park, west on Park to Bagley and i finally west on Michigan avenue to Briggs Stadium The rally will be held at 8 p. m. at the Stadium. Here the i heroes will be introduced and will i greet the public. will be a representative group of 14 British and American youths whose feats have branded them war heroes. They are being brought here by the United States treasury depart ment as part of a nation-wide campaign to spur the selling of war bonds. Detroit will be reminded of this when the distinguished guests are introduced at the vast public rally which is expected to attract more than 53,000 persons to Briggs Stadium at 8 p. m. THREE CENTS 24 PAGES Thousands more are expected to line the route of the two-hour-long parade which will display before the populace practically every Michigan forged war weapon which is not a closely guarded military secret. GREAT ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUN Thundering along under its own power in the procession will be a 90 mm. anti-aircraft cannon capa ble of shooting shells 30,000 feet into the sky. Mounts for this gun (Continued on Page Four) John W. Smith's Condition Grave The condition of Council Pres ident John W. Smith, hospitalized tin the Detroit Tuberculosis Sana torium. is “dangerously serious," .Dr. Stuart Wilson reported today. Smith weakened and his pulse increased yesterday. Wilson said. The councilman’s illness followed the recent deaths of his wife and his daughter. Mrs. Dorothy Faust. His son, John Jr., is a patient at Herman Keifer Hospital. 60,000 Jews Killed Women and Children Hauled to Execution at Vilna by Truckload, Traveler Declares LONDON. June 16 (INS).— The Evening Standard reported today in a dispatch from Stock holm that 60.000 Jews at Vilna had been executed between May 7 and May 20 by German-controlled Lithuanian police. The report of the execution* A U. S. ARMY GAME IN AN IRISH PORT 63 Indicted Mere In Lottery Quiz Sixty-three persons accused of operating a $7,500,000 lottery and policy monopoly in several states were indicted today by a federal grand jury here, according to United States District Attorney John C. Lehr. Sixteen of the 63 were also named in an indictment charging iconspiracy to violate the postal laws. After listing the names of nine men, one from New Jersey and eight from Illinois, the indictment states. “The ABU Sale* Company con trolled by the above, exerclaed a monopoly on lotteries In certain state*. The mall fraud indict ment arises out of the conduct ing of the Republic of Cuba Hospital Fund lottery, which orglnated In Havana. Cuba. “The lottery was a fraud In that It represented that $65,300 was to he paid In prises, whereas only $32,000 was paid. The lot tery was conducted through the distribution of lottery voucher*. Ticket* were to be Issued later by name. Three million vouch ers were distributed at a coat of $2.30 each." was brought by an unidentified traveler arriving in Stockholm from Vilna. He said men, women and children were taken into the Ponary suburbs each night dur ing the May 7-20 period and ma chine-gunned to death. NIGHT] EDITION COMPLETE WANT ADS Yanks, RAF Hit 'Several' Big Warships Axis Radio Claims Many British Ships Sunk in 2 Convoys CAIRO, June 16 (UP).—-Unit* of the United States Army air corps and British planes have been engaged in support of British naval operations in the central and eastern Mediterranean in the last four days, it was revealed tonight. (The “naval operations’* re ferred to undoubtedly were the big Mediterranean naval • air battle described by the Italian and German high commands, which claimed that 20 to 30 Allied ships had been sunk or damaged.) HIT ITALIAN FLEET It was disclosed that yesterday morning the Italian fleet was at tacked by American-made Liber ator four-motor bombers (Consoli dated B-245), mostly manned by American pilots. Several hits were scored on the Italian battleships, it was stated. By SIDNEY J. WILLIAMS liiM PreM Staff formpoMmi LONDON. June 16.—The Axis claimed today to have sunk or damaged 20 to 30 British warships and merchantmen and admitted loss of three Italian warships sunk or damaged in a great Med iterranean battle “in which United States warships probably” partfci peted. Two Allied convoys—one mov ing west from Alexandria and the other east from Gibraltar—were attacked by Axis warships, sub marines and airplanes in a three day battle which ended Monday evening, according to the Rome and Berlin radios. ALWAYS EXTRAVAGANT British sources refused com* ment except that the London radio recalled that Italian naval claims "always have been well wide of the mark." “The convoy en route from Alexandria to Malta consisted of II freighters convoked by 41 oa* rort vessels, probably Including a United States battleship, eight* cruisers snd other naval units,** the Berlin radio said, quoting a Trans-Ocean Agency dispatch from Rome. CLAIMS VAGUE The Axis reports said that both convoys were headed for Malta and that both were broken up and, except for a few ships, forced to turn back. These claims, however, were vague, and a general belief pre vailed that the operations were much more important from the Allied viewpoint and closely con nected with the lighting in the Libyan desert. The Italian communiques of Monday and today were overlap ping and apparently intentionally confusing, making it difficult to determine even the Axis clatafld regarding the two Mediterranean convoys. In the past admiralty com* muniques have completely ex* ploded Italian claims. Today Jhe_lt Allan command, fof* (Continued on Nwt Page, CoL 8) King Guitaf 84 Today / s STOCKHOLM. June 18 <UP).-« King Gustaf V celebrated hit eighty-fourth birthday feed ay.