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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 18, 1942, Altoona, Pennsylvania STOCKS The Circulation of the Altoona Mirror Saturday FACTS ABOUT BLAIR In religious worship in Blair officially began in a tent erected by tM Blue Spring near VOL 57 NO 288 PHONE 7171 ALTOONA MONDAY EVENING MAY 18 1942 SIXTEEN THREE JAPS PLAN NEW PACIFIC THRUST Nazis Using Air Suicide Squads to Stem Rout of Broken Army KNIGHTS OPEN ANNUAL Deputy Edward if Kelly Will Speak at Banquet Tonight More than 500 delegates lo the forty-fifth annual state convention of the Knights of Columbus were scheduled to attend the convention banquet at the hotel this evening at 7 o'clock as a climax to the first full day of the sessions Edward J Kelly of Pittsburgh state deputy supreme knight will be the principal speaker at the quet with Dr Leo J Brown ol supreme director also listed on the speaking pram Attorney Patrick E will act as Following the banquet the gates and their guests will be hosts of the local council at a convention ball to be held in the Knights of Columbus hall on Twelfth avenue Professional entertainment will ture the evening's program Mass Opens Session Today's program opened with a solemn pontifical high mass at the Cathedral ot the Blessed ment with the celebrant his lency Most Rev Richard T foyle D D hishop of Altoona More than persons attended the services Following the mnss there was a public reception at the Knights of Columbus home with the meeting called to order by Dr William G past grand knight and con- chairman Invocation was Rev Murtaugh J Nolan chaplain of Altoona council No 551 and the address of welcome by Grand Knight Stephen Mayor Rhodes welcomed the to the city and John C gave the welcome for the Twelfth district to which State Deputy Kelly made the response Opening business sessions of the convention began at 1.30 o'clock this afternoon in the Knights of Columbus hall Ladies Entertained Meanwhile the ladies of the gates guests were at a theatre party in place of a sightseeing trip canceled be- cause of the gasoline rationing The gasoline rationing cut down tho size of the convention Dr Healy said that from to persons were expected to attend hut were forced to cancel their reservations because of the ment program Several chartered busloads from the northeastern part of the state were canceled al the last moment Business sessions will be held morrow morning at 10 o'clock ant again at o'clock in the after- noon Officers for the coming will be elected GRAND KNIGHT STEPHEN A Mr Callaghan heads the AI too tin council No 551 of Columbus in host to the forty-fifth annual state tion of the order in today and tomorrow BICYCLES SLATED FOR NEXT RATION TO WAR WORKERS VARIED CASES AIRED BEFORE BLAIR JUDGE Court Will Be In Session O out Election to Decide Issues CEILING GOES ON PRICES IN ALTOONA ARE Stores Are Willing to Comply to Halt Inflation tives Say RUSSIANS PUSH AHEAD Varied matters were given dis- position at a session of court at Hollidaysburg this morning with Judge George G terson presiding Upon ment at noon today Judge son announced that court would be in session throughout tomorrow to decide any issues arising from the election The judge will be in his chambers from 7 a m to 8 p m to be able for any matters in connection with the election Prothonotary John B Elliott and other court cers also will be on hand for this purpose should they be needed Troubles Aired The domestic infelicities of a mismated couple the parents of five children were heard by Judge Bicycles sales of which have been Patterson who directed that the husband ana father pay frown for nearly two months Mrs Edna Rutherford of this city was the prosecutrix in the case against her husband Eugene E charging him with de- sertion and The ple has been married twelve years and they separated in July last year Mrs Rutherford alleged that her next on the rationing program County Ration Administrator Paul T Winter said today in ing the coming aspects of the time program Plans now are being drawn up to open bicycles for sale to those ho two-wheeled vehicle get to work from suburban areas have other essential uses for Struck Again By Press LONDON loosed by British torpedo planes crashed into Germany's crack cruiser Prim Eugen duling the night in a savage fight between a British plane fleet and a German naval and aerial force off the Norway const air ministry asserted today Four destroyers escorting the Prim Eugen were raked by cannon fire from four types of British planes which attacked the ships Five German and nine Brit- ish planes were downed in a of ferocious dog Seared hy bomb hits when It made the daring run with he German battleships horst and past the channel coast front Brest fo North sea the Prim Gugen had gone to Trondheim on the southwest Norway coast There while guarding agains a British invasion and ing a chance to attack the vital allied northern supply route to Russia it had been damaged by a British submarine torpedo Apparently he air ministry said it was on its way a dock yard in Germany for re- pairs when British sance planes sighted it day steaming southward along the coast with its escort of destroyers and planes A flash the British coastal command sent a fleet of forts Hudson s and lough Beaufort fighters ack the German formation center an the Eugen Tile sighted it during night off the southern tip Norway and attacked nave em The program is expected to bought a large amount o tart within the next three weeks and set up a new home Meanwhile ration officials were oiling the quirks out of the sugar hd gasoline the first urry of registration and e pressing problems of ation had passed Several reports that grocers were suing only a half-pound of sugar ir a rationing stamp were laid to by Mr Winter e said each stamp entitles the older to a full pound of sugar for The husband also hurled counter charges at his wife The judge directed that Rutherford be per milled to see his children one day each week He is to pay the ot prosecution Report Is Filed The master's report ing divorce be granted on grounds of indignities was filed in the case of Dorothy P Daugherly vs German Troops Fleeing Before Ferocious Red Assaults NEW EASTERN MILITARY ZONE ch of the periods so M Daugherty ar outlined The sugar rationing program is ow in its second period so far as he stamps are concerned Stamp o 2 on the war ration book must e used to obtain the holder's pound f sugar for period which ends ay 30 Stamp No 3 must be used n the period from May 31 to June and the fourth stamp for the from June 14 to June 27 hese are the only periods shed Blair were gelling used p the premium on gasoline over ie week-end State motor police a large decrease in Sunday Continued on page 2 column 3 TEMPERATURES Thermometers at the railroad est department building recorded 1 degrees as the high temperature esterday afternoon and 67 degrees s the high Saturday afternoon hile the low temperature last light was 47 degrees and on ay night it was 51 degrees At 9 this morning the ure was 57 degrees On motion of District Attorney Chester B Wray the court proved the advance payment of costs in the cases against Iness R Cornelius Adam Cecil Keller and Continued on page 1 column 3 Altoona merchants began lists of retail prices in lent positions in their stores day in compliance with the office of price administration regulations ind most of them seemed satisfied vith the government's rulings If it stops one leading department store executive told the Altoona Mirror I'm in favor of it and it certainly is not too much rouble Much Book Work He added however that posting he printed price lists in easily form in each department lad necessitated considerable book He said nine different re- ports had to be compiled for each department in spite of the fact that not too many price changes were apparent Another store hit upon a patriotic motif for its price lists Printed with a red white and bhie border and centered with Our Ceiling Prices in the same color printed lists were placed in each ment store's manager It ill really make shopping more convenient for our customers On the lists they can find the complete description of every item and the price Federal regulation forces prices of more than 600 cost o living items to the same prici levels those of March 1 Most ston executives said prices would bi slightly lower but in the and allied fields they did not fee that the decrease would be the and Vi per cent predicted by gov eminent experts Sets Lower Figure One-half of 1 per cent would nearer one retailer saic indicating that his prices had al ready discounted the regulations t some extent He explained the recen Continued on page 2 column 2 By HENRY SHAPIRO Correspondent MOSCOW May many threw a suicide corps of into Kharkov ront today in an desperate at- empt to stop a rout of its Token divisions fleeing before he ferocious red army drive Parachutists behind the Russian lines n key sectors in groups of 120 and upwards Force Is Wiped Out Front dispatches said many were tilled by snipers and machine ners before they reached the round and that red army men wiped nut the rest with hand ade bayonet and trench knife The Russian forces their day advance unimpeded by the man tactics continued a jubilant drive forward on a front blazing villages and over the bodies of German dead A noon communique In the Kharkov direction troops breaking the enemy's resist ance continued to forge ahead It said the Russian drive hat pushed on relentlessly the night Making Last Stand The communique admitted tha in the Kerch peninsula of th fighting was now ii progress in the town of Kerch ani it was indicated that the forces pressed back to the four milo strait opposite the Caucasus were making a last stand There was every sign Kharkov offensive far from dimin ishing in intensity was gaining momentum and power The Germans sent up tank an airplane reserves in a vain to take the initiative In one section the Germans hurl ed 150 tanks with Continued nn page 2 column 4 WAR DEPARTMENT NYA MACHINE SHOP TAKES OVER CITY STREET LIGHTING Advices have been received at the office of the city electrical bureau department of public that the war department is taking over the street lighting systems in all the cities on the Atlantic seaboard states The order will include all the cities of Pennsylvania Election boards in city and county were cautioned today The order means in effect that while the local departments will continue to operate the lighting systems they will act under orders from the war department One result is the fact that no ad- lighting units may be ed during the period of war hat they must make prompt re- i ment control which means for the urn of their ballot boxes and other duration of the war It is the judgment of the Altoona department officials that it ably will load upto the shutting oft of street lighting after the mid- night hour Director Jacob Weber ad- vised today by the company with Continued on page 2 column 4 NAME AMONG CASUALTIES One Altoona youth and two ers in this area were lost in action in the Philippines according to a war department bulletin issued day listing 118 additional United States soldiers killed or wounded fatally The announcement covered partial list of those lost in the Philippines Tho was Private tin P Bittner son of Prank L ner of Nineteenth street The local youth 19 years of age was killed Monday Dec S according to word received by the father late last year and original ment of the casualty appeared in the Mirror at that time Bittner was a member of a er squadron He had enlisted in ho army in June 1940 Other casualties from his Stanley son of Andrew of R D Punxsutawney Wash C son of Mrs Mary Shaffron of 57 Water street Coaldale records to the county ers offices at Hollidaysburg im- mediately after they have com- their official counts row night or early Wednesday CHAMBER REVIVES AIRPORT QUESTION A drive to obtain for Altoona adequate airport facilities before the period when it may become only a on transcontinental airlines will be inaugurated by the tourist and publicity committee of Chamber of Com- merce Paul Peterson local airport manager Mayor Rhodes and City Councilman Frank M Hunter will be invited to attend the next sion of the committee on day noon to discuss future aspects of aviation in the district as the opening phase of the committee's campaign This was decided at the regular meeting held Saturday noon at the hotel at which two new members were formerly received They are Charles E Maloy jr and B Shea executive tary of the Altoona Chest Inc Community Highway directional signs for the approaches to the city were ordered and will be delivered within the next week While curtailment of auto traffic and tourist trade makes the transaction appear ligible now the committee mem wi page 1 TO MAKE SHELLS AND GUN MOUNTS Production of 20 m m shell noses for armor penetrating guns i and twin mounts or 40 m m gun will begin tomorrow under United States army supervision tho Prospect park machine shop ot he national youth administration L was announced today by Charles V Pitting shop superintendent Three shifts of young workers 175 NYA boys and vill keep the recently completed machine shop on a lour production basis for shell noses and gun mounts as a result if a contract received here last week The first shift is comprised en- tirely of girls while the ng Iwo shifts arc boys The third shift at the new machine shop started Saturday Each youth er gets 525.20 monthly which in most little more than for transportation and clothes officials said Seventy-five per cent of the youth workers at the shop arc Altoona and the immediate vicinity The most distant worker WEATHER FORECAST WASHINGTON D C May Western tern today and not so cool in and north Showers tonight in and west BOUNDARIES Military Areo Corps Areo GREAT NAVAL BATTLE MAY BE IMMINENT Map shows area designated as the eastern military zone by tenant General Hugh A Drum commanding central of the ern defense command and 1st primarily for effective con- trol of artificial lighting as a defensive move against enemy sub- marines and raiders Axis Leaders Are Crisis In War Is at Hand BIG CROWD HEARS EVANGELIST TELL OF GRACE OF GOD This community answered th plea of thirty-three churches in the city-wide evang istic effort to find Christ for toona in this year of crisis by the huge at avenue and Thirtieth street to the doors at R ate service last night The fact the evangelistic fort conducted by Rev Dr Harry McCormick Lintz silver-tongued former Tennessee mountain boy and Professor Talmadge J kofer of Chicago was held at 9 o'clock did not deter worshippers from attending It was the largest crowd in the three days tho ices have been held here Using Psalm for his Thy way is in the sea Thy path is in the great waters and Thy footstep is not Dr Lintz drew a striking analogy between the boundless oceans of the world and the of God's grace His sermon came after a song service which included special bers by the largest choir assembled s one from Cresson who commutes the cooperating churches thus each day with a worker in the local in the campaign which will last shops Others hail from until May voices or Continued on page 2 column K Continued nn page 2 column 7 The following dispatch contains the last word on what is happening behind the enemy lines in Europe Frederick was head of the United Press staff in Germany Reynolds Packard was manager of the United Press bureau in Rome EH route home after having been interned since the axis challenged the United States they met in bon to collaborate in following connected over-all view of Germany and Italy By FREDERICK i REYNOLDS PACKARD Slaff Correspondents LISBON May axis is staking everything including almost troops now in Russia and possibly 300 in tile Atlantic on a last-chance onslaught against the red army and united nation shipping in hopes of victory a any price in 1942 When we left Germany and Ital last week Adolf Hitler and th highest nazi and fascist leader were firmly convinced that the war's crisis was at hand The axis is going to strike with all of its strength and it can still hit hard But the leaders know that they are Hearing the end of their rope unless they quickly win new re- sources They know that the war against America is unpopular that there is defeatism in Italy that German psychology has swung to the defensive They know that the strain on axis war production and on home morale is increasing that Japan is an unpopular If they fail this summer there is every reason to feel confident Continued nn 14 column S American Planes In Australia Are Seeking Signs of Enemy Ships By DON CASWELL Staff Correspondent MELBOURNE May range can planes swept over thousands of square miles of the invasion zones day searching for signs of a new Japanese invasion fleet assembling for a new major offensive There was increasing be- lief that a new Japanese move was imminent and Australian quarters said United States and anese naval formations might soon be in contact somewhere east of tralia Bases Are Raided American and Australian Siers limited themselves ly to reconnaissance work after punishing raidi on invasion bases last week A fighter plane shot down i one of nine Japanese Zero fighters which made a vain at- tempt to attack Port Moresby airdrome and harbor New Guinea Anti-aircraft f u n I damaged two Jap Planes Destroyed General Douglas communique yesterday announced that allied plans had made three raids Saturday on the air base at Lae New Guinea and in addition to destroying eight grounded nese bombing planes knocked out anti-aircraft batteries ripped up runways and started many in buildings One enemy fighter challenged and was shot down The island seaplane in the off the easl end of New Guinea also was attacked The raid on Lae was one of heaviest of the entire war Sydney held Australia's first nig Ecale rehearsal for invasion day After a half hour parachute troops who been in the dock area attacked of volunteer defense Continued on column n War Briefs War Summary By JOE ALEX MORRIS U F Foreign Editor Germany threw suicide corps of parachutists into the battle of Kharkov today in an attempt to halt the Russian advance while in tho southwest Pacific there were mounting signs of an impending new sea battle Off the Norwegian coast along the vital allied supply route to Russia a British air fleet attacked a German naval squadron during the night and sent aerial torpedoes into the German heavy cruiser Prinz ting it out of commission for Britain's aerial offensive ed to be under way again in major force after a bad weather ten-day lull due to Russia's offensive on the Kharkov front continued to in words of today's red army com- crushing German ance and striking far beyond the industrial city on the south in what appeared to be a big encircling assault The Germans threatened with the most disastrous defeat Adolf Hitler's armies have suffered on the eastern front brought up all available reserve strength in an effort to stem the attacks and hold the broken German divi sions in battle a curving front Parachute troops in groups of 120 or more men were dropped be- hind the Russian lines in an lo disrupt and break up the enemy advance cow dispatches said but they disposed of quickly by snipers and IMPORTANT BASES TURNED OVER TO U S BY PANAMA By United Press WASHINGTON D C May The United Stales and Panama day signed an agreement formally pel milling United Slates forces lo Lake over important defense areas n the republic for mutual de- fense of the Panama canal In anticipation of the agreement Panama already has permitted United States military forces It was announced to occupy and de- these areas as gun airplane detector stations bombing ranges and auxiliary air fields The largest project is the Rio Many of Halo air base about eighty miles southwest of the canal The agreement was signed In Panama by U S Ambassador win C Wilson and Panamanian Foreign Minister Octavio In addition lo defense it provides for the of several outstanding problems in relations of the two countries The settlement of these problems was made in an exchange of noles here between Secretary of Slate Hull and Pana manian Ambassador Ernesto Guardia PRICE CEILINGS ON COMMODITIES NOW EFFECTIVE By W Stan Correspondent WASHINGTON D C May prices on hundreds of thou- sands of all goods Americans cat wear and today to their highest March level Housewives were expected to find heir cost-of-living taking a turn or the better of their because April and May in- creases will be wiped out There were no off estimates on what has been since March b was known to have rt in sonic ties The labor department March 15 index of retail prices that the would lish a general level of about 115.1 per cent of tlic average We have drawn the battle lines for the fight against a rising of Price Administrator Leon Henderson said Every retailer as well as saler and manufacturer whose price ceilings became effective a week is now a part of that front Today also marks the automatic licensing of every retailer although no physical evidence of that has given to any store Each is nonetheless licensed und thus sub- Continued on rahima 1 By United Frew XEW DELHI India May IK following re- treating British ward the Indian frontier have made one or Uvo landings on both of Chindwin in Burma a British said today LONDON May forces have won ft nearly the entire city of Keiek in the Crimea at the gateway to the Russian Caucasus though fighting still U under way in town according ta advices reaching London Mar LONDON May air force resumed sweeps over northern continuing an attack which started during the when frarn the occupied French coast shook the ground on the English Me fit he channel ROME May broadcast recorded by United Press in New York planes shot down and destroyed British planes ut action aver the British terranean island of Malta ta high command said today Fire were reported shot down hi dogfights and the sixth said to have been destroyed M the ground The high com- mand acknowledged the one Italian plane BERLIN May broadcast recorded by Press in New command saM today that ot defeated forces on the Kerch in the Crimea were faced annihilation despite resistance and that MM tanks were 1 ia r
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