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Jap Bombs Japs Make DaiStardly A^ck On U. S. Possessions
In The Philippines
Washington.—Casualties on the
Hawaiian Island of Oahu in yes
terday’s Japanese air attack ■will
^amount to about 3,000 including
about 1,600 fatalities, the White
euuse announced today.
The White House confirmed
the loss In Pearl Harbbor ot "one
old battleship” and a destroyer,
which was blown up.
Imperial Tokyo headquarters
declared today that two Ameri
can battleships had been sank,
four others damaged and four
heavy cruisers damagtd at Pearl
Harbor, Honolulu, and Japanese
parachute troops were reported
to have landed in the _Phillppines
as the two-day-old battle of ihe
Pacific flamed over a vast area.
Great Britain formally declar
ed war on Japan, allying herself
with the United States.
Simultaneously, Australia de
cided to declare war as Japanese
forces attacked the tiny British-
mandated Island of Nauru
An Italian broadcast
BILLIE CHURCH DRIVER
Ronda Citizen Is
Killed By Auto At
Ronda On Sunday
America United To Do A J^pb
Harvey Roberta Dies In Elkin
Hospital From Injuries
Received Last Night
Harvey Roberts, age 26, citizen
of the Ronda conjiriunity; died at
12:30 a. m. today in Elkin hospi
tal of injuries received Sunday
night when he was hit by a car
on highway 258 at Ronda.
I According to incomplete reports
I of the accident received here, the
I car which hit Roberts was driven
An iLaiiaii quoted , by Billie Church, of Roaring River.
Domei as listing 33.100-ton U.S. [Church did not see Roberts, who
S Pennsvlvania and the Okla-, was walking, because he was blind-
homa as'the American battle-jed by lights of an approaching
ships sunk. Two United State.s car _ , r, k t
destroyers and two oil tankers
were also reported Ion. Tuesday. 2 30 p. m.,
The Tokyo announcement as- Ut Ronda Baptist church,
sorted that there were no .laps-) He is survived by his widow,
nese losses in striking the heavy ; Mrs Edith Scott Roberts, and one
blows agaimst the Untied States I child. He was a son, of the late
fleet at Honolulu. . Mr. and Mrs. John Roberts, of
While Americans waited for , Ronda.
some word from Washing’on ot I H "’^s not learned here whether
United States counter blows, the
Japane.se reported that -iO or 60
U. S. planes had been shot down
in air combats over Clark Field,
In the Philippines, and anoiher
40 over Iba, 80 miles north of
Oul.r I wo Japanau piano.s were
or not any charges have been
made against Church.
Thailand tor transit of .Tapanese
troops through Thailand- preEU.
mably for an attack on British
Malaya, site of Bri ain’s gieat Far
Bast ^6rtres.s of Singapov.s, or
British Burma. Both adjoin Thai
Japanese troops were reported
Here Busy With
The dastardly attack by Japanese military for
ces on United States possessions and troops in the
Hawaiian islands, Guam and the Phillipines causes
The United States and allied interests to unite as
never before in a common cause.
Now there is a definite objective to which all
can strive unitedly for victory—^that is the defeat
The United States was on Sunday insulted as
never before in the history of this great republic.
Even while a special “peace” envoy was in Wash
ington supposedly trying to iron out difficulties and
preserve peace, Japan’s despicable ihilitary forces
were getting into position to kill.
Such action can be compared to keeping a
person busy in his office while having someone to
set fire to his home.
Japan’s big mistake was in going to war with
the United States and the way she entered the war
is mi.stake number 2. Such treachery served to
arouse and incite America to unprecedented action.
The immediate task for America is to defeat
Japan. All other objectives now are secondary.
It may take time, more timei than some who do not
know the situation would expect. But Japan will
be ingloriously defeated and will never again be a
world power. No one can attack Uncle Sam and
Regardless of former opinions on foreign poli
cy of this government, the people now stand as.,,
one, solidly determined to defeat Japan and t6
high the honor of America. There is no
about the outcome
Congress In Session Today Makes
Formal Declaration State Ot War
WAR NEWS HERE—
All Favor War and Ultimate
Defeat of Japan; No
Wilkes county people today,
whose forefathers were' outatand-
Ing in the fight for freedom and
whose more immediate ancestors
fought valiantly in every conflie*
to defend liberty, are united
Conversation everywhere was
on the same topic—war with .la.
I pan—and nowhere today was
there a dissenter from the coii-
ensus of opinion — that Japan
should be thoroughly defeated as
early as practical. No doubts
about the outcome of the war
were voiced anywhere anc there
.traa the generally expressed
Wnglit that th war will be car-
to a successful conclusion
County Chairman McElwee MEET HELD HERE FRIDAY—
Gets Instructions and Calls
Meeting Of The Council
Wilkes County Defense Coun-
to have landed at two points on |
j oil today under instructions f.oni
„ - c- ~ fo.. >he 'I'heodo'-e S. Johnson, of Ralegih.
the Gulf ot Siam, far dot! n ne .......
. vioiov.-, director of civilian defense in
’^’'An"Xi"rVritish'announce-U'orth Carolina, began taking the
Plan Expansion Of-Boy
Scouting In Northwest
ment at Singapore said Japanese
war craft which landed troops at
two places in BrltUh Malaya,
near the Thailand frontier had
been Put to flflight.
reports E.\ULY today [cording to
necessary stops to carry out i‘s
its dntic, under war conditions.
Attorney W. H. McElwee.,
chairtnaii of the Wilkes defense
counsel, today ordered 'he X'oilli
Wilkesboro airport closed, ac-
tht, fi'ora the stale director.
Japan waged war against , , u •
linked S ate,^ with concerted at-j cd tha' any person hearma "i
lacks upon Hawaii, Guam, and seeing planes report to No.th
lU Bhikppines in an effort to . Wilkesboro police. Aircraft oH-
Leaden nerve centers of .\nieri
can defense in the Pacific.
servers at various points w
dered to lemain on alert.
The United States
fleet and i The following telegram
1 „„„ in he'received liy Chairman
aenres of warplanes nasea in .in .
scoris oi ‘ ... ),y Director Johnson.
Pacific joined ha tie i-- , p AT ONCE TO
attackers. COMPLETE COUNTY DEFhLV.SE
Heavy damage ' | COUNCIL ORGANIZATION. AK-
of life in Hawaii EOIl MEETING LOCAL
by Washington DEFENSE COUNCIL LATTEl! !
President Roosevelt had snolten
telephone with Governor
B. Poindexter of
PART THIS WEEK BULI.ETIN
• u -nrhito H.mise ' REACH YOU TOMORROW,
who talked wfh the ^ | tify AIRCRAFT OBSERVERS
"WHY© Ot JQ.pjl.iPSv* I ^
dive bombers, torpedo planes and
pursuit ships .swarmed in from
the sea over Pearl Harbor and
the city of Honolulu.
TTie army estimated on a pre
liminary basis that 104 soldiers
had been killed and more tnan
300 wounded at Oahu. H. was
emphasized that these were mil
itary casualties and gave no in
dication of the extent ot civilian
dead and wounded.
Foot Nippon Subs .Sunk
Six Japanese planee and four
submarines were reported to have
been des'royed in the initial sta-
of the Hawaiian fighting.
Canada immediately declared
on Japan and Britain sped
swiftly through formal prepara
tions last night to Join her do
minion and the United States in
the defense of the Western Hem
isphere. Costa Rica with Canada
were the first to announce an of-
declaratioo of war on Nip-
TO REMAIN j\LERT PENDING
INSTRUCTIONS FROM ARMY.
CONTACT A L L .AIRFIELDS
YOUR COITiITA' AND ARRANGE
LOCAL POLICE PRPOTECTION
TO ENFORCE REGULATIONS."
Chairman McElwee .said a meet
ing of the Council will be held
tonight at his office.
1 of 4 Districts
called “Isolationists” or
were just as firmly denouncing
Japan as those who had for
for months favored war against
Germany and Paly.
At Mountain View school today
the student body went to the audi
torium to hear the address of
President Roose/elt, after which
they sainted the flag and gave the
pledfe of allegiance.
Wilkes draft board 1 li.ad one
volunteer today. He was in such
a hurry that the lady clerk did
not get his name. He asked to
volunteer and when he was in
formed that ‘he next call was on
January 16 (unless the date is
changed) he said he couldn’t
- *neodore Ohukiftv,
of Mr. and Mrs. William I,.
(Aiurcli, of Purlear, was ttie
first WUkes casualty in tin-
armed defense forces, (qiiiirli.
a marine, wa.s killed in a .Va\y
dive bomber cra -h at, San D>‘-
go, Galifomia, Tliursdiiy.
Senate Vote Is 82
To 0 On The War
Many Lives Lost and Great
Damage Done By Jap
anese Attacks Sunday
SEA, AIR, LAND-
Men At Scenes of
Attacks By Jap?
America’s answer to air and
sea attacks by Japanese Sunday
and today was a declaration of
war by congress this afternooa.
Already a state, of war had beem
declared to be existing between
Japan and the United States fol
lowing the first of a series of at
tacks on United States outposts
In the Pacific which took hun
dreds of lives of United States
soldiers and civilians and did
The house of representa'ivMi
and senate met in Joint .seasion
at 12:30 today. Present were th®
members of the cabinet and ‘.h®
supreme court as Presldenli
Roosevelt advanced into th®
chamber amid tumultuous ap.
te” was presM^^F'^y
Speaker Sara Rayburn.
The President solemnly told of
attacks liy the Japanese air and
sea force.-! Sunday, oven while a
Japanp-e envoy was in Washing-
on on the pretense of proservlng
peace in the I’acific
On J,-,piin he clearly p!a.:ed tlie
lilanie for the conflict and eaid
that the T'nited States in righ*-
POU.S might would win the victo
He doped liy ashi'ig
for a ileclnration of war.
!•'■.^ow■it‘t; the address of the
chief execii'ive the houses met
I separately to
V/i!kes Well Represented In ^1'
wait. He announced his intee -
budget of $15,000 Set Up for tion of going today to the re-
llip resot li
lt was I ho
Army and Navy Forces At 'of snlistiin'ing .lenan for Ger
many. of the declar.'ilion of
Pacific Ocean Bases
Program In Seven North
erniting office in Wins'on-Salem
to enlist and immt4iately left the
draft office, pra'umably on hie
way to enlist today.
Wilkes draft borad number
Recently a survey of the Bov
-eonf movement in Forsyth. Yad
kin. Surry, Alleghany. Wilkes. received a call Friday for 1.,
Ashe, and Watauga countie,! was I January 16 and board
made by a group of leading bust j number two 26 on the same
ness and professional men. head- j
ed by Judge Hastings of Winston-I
Salem. This report recommends IN WILKES COURT—
tha* all these counties have a
i challenging opportunity to orga-
I’llze on the Standard Scout Coun-
BANK PAYS IN FULL
AND WITH INTEREST
Ml.s.«i Bettye Hill, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Ihidley S. HJll,
lia 1 iKH-n selected as tl»e out-
stsind-'iig student In, tl»e North
Wilkesboro senior class and is
winner of the D. A. B. medal.
Tlie award i* baaed on loyaIt.v,
IKitriotlsm, >cholars(iip, leader-
slilp and popularity. She will
represent thia school in state
Of Prison Camp, subject: “WHAT can we do to help AMERICA”
cil basis and make Scouting and
Cubbing available to at least ROO
to 1,000 addl'ional hoys annu
ally in this area.
At a meeting on December 2,
1941, of the Winston - Salem
and a number oL leading business
men from Mt. Airy, Elkin, Nojtb
Wilkesboro and Boone, plans
were adopted 'o organize a Scout
district committee for Surry
county,, one for * Blkin-Yadkln.
one for Alleghany-Wilkes, and
one for Ashe-Watauga. In orga
nizing these districts It will be
Judge Sink Talks
The WilkasboroR and
par',5 of Wilkes have many y.ini'g
men in tlie army and navy at
posts in the Pacifle. scenes of 'ii-i
first enga.gements in the wiv
with Japan, which started i^nn-
day when Japane.se a'tackel the
Hawaiian Islands. Philippine.!
and Guam Island.
Highest ranking officer from
Wilkes is Lieiit.-Commander Er
nest M. Eller, who .sailed a week
ago from San Diego. Calif.ornia.
presumably to join the Pacilic
fleet at Hawaii. He sailed on the
TT.S.S. Saratoga, aircraft carrier.
He spent the spring and summer
Expresses Complete Confi-'assistant
trt fno 1
dence In Ultimate Victory
for U. S. and Allies
Judge Hoyle Sink, of Greens
boro, In his charge to the grand
jury in Wilkes court today, talk
ed at length about Japan, ..'here
he spent some time earlier Ic life.
nizing these districts It will be expresse e p n- jj, Philippines. He 's dared war on Japan. Today Cn
necessary for the citizens of these son of Rev. nad Mrs. J. L. A. ba was expected to take the sami
p.|! four ) . of M.ll.r. Crook
to the U. S. Naval attache, where
he observed war conditions. He
is a son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E.
Eller, of North Wilkesboro
Dr. John R. Bumgarner, who
practiced medicine here before
he was called Into service as a
first lieutenant In the reserves
about a year ago, is .serving in
Sternberg General Hospital at
‘ in 1917.
I The senate voted S2 In
I favor of the declaration of
There .are 96 seii-atnrs but
were no' preiseii' for the session.
Ill the house of represcn'arivea
tliere was one dis.seiiting vote to
the declaration of war. She wan
Mrs. Rankin, of Montana, who
al.so voted again.-l the deciara-
‘ion of war in 1917,
Isolationists, including Reitre-
sentative Hamilton Fish, an ar
my colonel in the reserves, and
Senator Burton . K. Wheeler,
were emphatic in their remark®
favoring war as an answer 'o the
dastardly attacks by Japanese
POE.S OF J.\P.\X INORE.ASB
Earlier today Prime Minister
MTnston Churchill, of the Brit
ish Empire, told the House of
Commons tha* war had beer, de
clared On Japan. Because of dif
ferences in time. England beat
the United States to the declar
ation by about four hours.
Last night Costa Rica and Nic-
srauga in Central America de-
Say® He Is Absolutely Inno
cent of Charge In Dis
trict Federal Court
Jorporal Saylors Writes From Hawaii,
Scene of Japanese Attacks On Sunday
cautioned people against expect-i - staMoned at
ing to defeat Ja^n in ,x few I
days. However, he expressed
comple*® confidence In an ulti
mate and complete victory for the
Fort Huger, T. H.
November 23, 1941
county Exlitor of The Journal-Patriot
the islands where I am stationed.’
j Court opened a two-week? ses
sion today and began work on
a lengthy calendar of mor
I hope you have enjoyed them as 200 criminal cases,
much as I haV® writing them. ! The case of major In's-rest
Edd H. Beshears Friday sub-
mi’ted his resignation as super
Intendent of the Wilkes
prison camp. North WilkesDoro, N.
Beshears said he was resigning pear Sir:
becau.se a charge had been placed j First of all, I want to take this tnnt than these islands. That sub
against him In federal court, al-1 to thank the editor “What Can We Do To
41.^..mV Vm 4Vinf Vft nroa it* _
Including the following whose
names were immediately avail
able today: Luther Saylors and
Baxter Davis, Schofield Barracks;
Llhu W. Gudger in the air corps
at Wheeler Field; Arnold Win,!4-
ler at Fort Rugeri E. -D Wat
son of Summit, wl'h the U. S. 8.
T ' the murder charge against Jesse
This time, I want to write on a f„-
inis tune L want Lo wiie on a Roaring River, for
subject which is far more impor-
Tir„L«»T, Mn Nov 21 ^When the aKamst nira in reaerai coun, ai-^ opportunity to thank cne editor je®!-
’ ,.’ piospH 'though he protested that he was^a^d his co-workers of this paper, HelP Far be it from me
Watson Banking Lon*pany cioseu, charge. He was fo^ publishing these articles of to give advic®, bpt, in my own
, - —..AWft they would I f ^ j S_ » . ^ - .. - enxr^ Tn-tr
depositors were told they would i jn^jeted for perjury ■ In federal
ive every cent due. They did. ] court In connection with testl-
stockholders were promised inony In a commissioner’s hearing
for' publishing these articles of to give advi^ bpt, in my _
mine. I realize of course that they hunible way, * ,®an give _my opini-
are not written as they should be,
but I have tried to give you a faint ,1’he govi
Moravian Falls, on Main street
here two weeks ago. Ward has
own been held In iail without privi
lege, of bond following the dea'h
,x^ r — a/uw «. vvsvu w j vw *«*»*»• . ' j . ^
..•nion^y In WihStoB-Salem relatlv® ;to;. the idea ot what .v^jiire^^ing add to *8 domg A
1 1-T-' (cdrftlnaM offr;pag®*^urt*.‘■■ ;i(fe8crtije>ti(ci^‘;l^|pil^|^„my ability -CooU
It. in my opinion,
“ ^ Job ot'l - -
^ ijTje battle ^betwejOT the Moni-
Job of .hold- tor and the Merrtifiic was Match
' >, '1^2.
Helena at Pearl Harber; Kerralt
Felts, of Union
post In Hawaii.
Grove, at array
Vance coun*y has a 1 r e a d y
reached the goals set up In the
farm defense program tor 1942,
with 14 per cent of the farm
famillas still to be seen, reports
Assistant Farm Agent J. T.
ba was expected to take the same
Canada ha^ already declared
war on Japan, as have Au.stralia
and the Dulch East Indies in th®
Japanese nationals are being
held in custody throughout th®
United States and In other coun
tries which have declared war.
Steps have been taken to pre
vent sabotage of industries, util
ities and commnnlcatious sys
tems and In Pacific Coast slat®®
air wardens have been ordereA
to 24-hour duty.
Edgecombe county farmers are
practicing better orchard manag^'
ment so as to prodnee more fnitt
for th® food'for-treedom cans-
palgn, ‘ re^rts C. M. Jackson,
ssaistaBt farm agent,: '