Portsmouth Herald, August 15, 1945

Portsmouth Herald

August 15, 1945

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Portsmouth Herald (Newspaper) - August 15, 1945, Portsmouth, New Hampshire w. IF. lfk N He ALLIED WORLD WELCOMES PEACE AS WAR AGAINST AXIS ENDS I HISTORY'S GREATEST TRIUMPH The Portsmouth VOL I.X.. NO, PORTSMOUTH, N. H., WEDNESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 15, 1945 PAGES 5c per week delivered r.i-ni-rnlltilmo Chliinr of China Prime Minister Clement Attlce of Great Britain Generalissimo Joseph Stalin of Russia President Harry S. Truman of the United Local Residents Throng Streets of Portsmouth real- UmwKi-rt the of the di.itrict In.1" nlRhl In n cctobrntlon of news of IMK! of iUP war. hut matter of seconds nf- "f rtr.it wna flushed to I'ltimiry nutOiC besnn to ij.ui-n Ctmure.'i.i street with horns BUr'.nit. th'ir ncaipnnts blowing mi (I shouting the good II Ung traffic was congested and cele- brating servicemen voluntarily trlcrt to direct traffic with du- bUii.i results: but one seemed to care, for peace at last woulfl hr forthcoming. Someone had saved up some fire- crackers from Fourth of July and the exploding crackers added to the dm of shouting, horn blowing nnd tin pan banging. Many pedes- trians strode through the streets ringing cowbells or banging kettle covers together. Some cars were dragging empty oil cans and even wash tubs behind them to make more noise. A small bonfire of paper started bjr one youthful of eelebrators near the corner of Vanghan and Congress but it was well watched and kept under control by the same lads. Spontaneous snake dances with servicemen and'Avomen and civilians kept weaving in and out of the traf- fic jam caused by. the crowds and the motorized section of the throng. As the vehicles, would be .forced to a halt, youngsters-.would swarm over backs, running boards and hoods. Some enterprising servicemen climbed into some of the cars, rid- ing a few blocks and- then stepping out and catching rides back to their 'starting place.. The big and only planned of the night was a band concert on the square followed by a parade through the business district Everyone a friend er- eryone. One enterprising ser- viceman secured the services of a small boy with' pad and pencil follow along and keep scare for him as he went merrily np Congress street kissing every pretty girl he .met on the way. Photographer's-flash bulbs popped continuously and everyone pushed forward to. try. to be in the photos. I Numbers of passersby paused in their celebrating to step into opened 'churches to offer a few words of iprayer and solemn that hostilities bad at lart oeaMd. Governor Dale, Mayor Dondero Praise Victory Gov. Charles M. Dale and Mayor Mary C. Dondero today issued sepa- rate proclamations in honor of victory day. Governor Dale's proclamation: World startling events of the last few days made all previous calcula- tions of the duration of the war with Japan obsolete and illogical. appalling destructiveness and devastation of the atomic bomb and Russia's declaration of war against Japan, made_any..attempt to prolong, the war simply national suicide. .Japan yielded to the inevitable. Our air, surface and underseas fleet, our marines, artillery and infantry a magnificent and Invincible of- fensive had driven the Japanese from island strongholds and were ringing Japan, itself within a wall of steel. Invasion was soon to come and Japan's defeat was assured but the cost to us In priceless .lives would have been great. Now, thank God, these boys and girls of ours may soon come home and peace again shine with new glory upon the world. CHARLES M. DALE. Mayor Dondero's proclamation: "Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this con- solation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything Its value. Heaven only knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celes- tial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated." Thomas Paine The war is over and the battles won. Victory is ours. By the grace of God we have emerged victorious, but the rejoicing is tempered by the remembrance of the unnumbered young men of our nation who now lie quiet beneath the crosses, row on row. Now we have the peace to let us put our shoulder to the wheel; the world cannot pay the cost of another victory like this. The im- mediate benefits are will be no more more dreaded more nightf and days of waiting for news of our loved ones. This is only the im- mediate the far-reaching ef- fect is: we have another chance to rid the world forever of war. With the help of God may we be victori- ous. (Signed) Mayor Mary C. Dondero. Tomorrow's Holiday In New Hampshire Tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 16, was declared a legal holiday in New Hampshire, in addition to today, by Gov. Cbarlec M. Dale, who made the announcement upon arrival at his office In the state house shortly before noon. As a result, President John J. Hassett of the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce an- nounced that itores will remain closed tomorrow also. Both days have been declared legal holi- days in Massachusetts also, and the Portsmouth navy yard ix ob- serving both holidays. Question Dale's Delay In Appointing Officials To State Departments _T in AYMVlMvJs Admiral Withers, Colonel Watt Hail Allied Triumph Rear Adm. Thomas -Withers USN, commandant of the Portsmouth navy yard and CoL Raymond' Watt USA, commanding officer of the Portsmouth harbor defenses, today hailed-the end of the Japanese war and issued statements. Rear Admiral Withers said: "The Portsmouth navy yard with its military and civilian personnel has made a major contribution to- wards victory.. Ever since the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor all Ameri- cans have been determined upon victory. The day now has arrived. This has been brought about by the spirit of our the valor of our fighting and the effi- ciency of our equipment. It is fit- ting that we should give thanks have been crowned with and that our war is won. "The Irom Ports- mouth inflicted vital damage on the enemy and paved the way for the surface and air supremacy that carried the war to the homeland of the enemy. The commandant and the personnel of this navy yard are proud of the of our which the navy yard sent to sea in ever in- creasing numbers. Our Is one of the outstanding contributions to the national miracle of produc- tion that did so much to win this and will in the future a According to executive director John D. Langmuir of the State Tax- payers federation in a statement to- day, there have been nineteen 'hold- overs' of ten days or more among state department officials so far this year, with five out of seven interim committees created by the state legislature in its session which adjourned last May 18 still not ap- pointed. Said Mr. Langmuir: 'Stable leadership in the administration of our state departments is obviously in the public interest. There are over seventy boards, commissions and department heads running the state. When the of these are uncertain as to their length of office, when their employees do not know who their superiors will be for more' than two weeks ahead, when outside agencies with which the departments deal cannot be sure if decisions arrived atjnay have to be discussed all over again in a few weeks with new administra- tors, the result is not to the smooth running of the state's business.' The appointment of 'almost all the heads of stete departments is made by the Indicated Mr. Langmuir. He had no criticism at all of the quality of the appoint- ments the governor has made, saying that "Governor Dale has clearly maintained the level of ability in those he actually has named.' 'The criticism is rather that far too many members of boards and com- missions have neither been re- appointed nor replaced when their regular expire.' The release listed ten state which hare been filled, and ten which were 'delayed' from eleven days to mere than five months be- the the term. Hope of Millions Is for a Peace That Will Stick By the Associated Press Millions lifted their hearts and yoices today to hafl dawn of peace. There were tears, laughter, hysteria and throughout the Allied world as Japan, last undefeated ag- gressor nation, announced it had surrendered. "Thank thank God it's over at were words repeated again and again, in every language. The bloodiest, most destructive war in history was at an end. America flung off its wartime restraint and exploded in the greatest, 'wildest, most ecstatic celebration of all time. Boisterous, happy crowds sang, danced and cheered into the early morning. Thousands prepared to continue the fiesta during the two-day holiday proclaimed for today and tomorrow by the United States and Britain. Everywhere, veterans of the war were in the forefront of the jubilation. In the Pacific islands, in shattered Germany and bomb- scarred England, in Manila, in Paris, in ships at sea and in hospital cheered and cried and thumped each other on the back. "Now we'll be home they said. All In America, they were toasted and kissed and praised and wept iiii through Latin America and the West Indies there was wild re- joicing. Tiny Bermuda kicked over traces in the most boisterous celebration ever seen there, aided by shouting, singing American service- Shooting, fireworks and some dis- orders were reported in Havana. In Buenos Aires there were violent demonstrations and frequent clash- es between student and nationalist groups, which were stopped by po- lice. CoattMM Mayor Organizes Group for V-J Day Observances Mayor Mary C. Dondero an- nounced today a committee is being organized today which will make immediate plans for an observance of the day the surrender terms are signed by the Japanese and the Tentative plans call for a parade followed by a program of solemn dignity at the playground with music and with clergymen of the Protestant, Catholic and Jewish faiths participating.______ Commission USS Sirago At Local Yard The USS Sirago was commission- ed on the eve of victory with a short ceremony at the Portsmouth navy yard, which all through the war has established an enviable submarine production record second to none in the United States. Following prayer by Comdr. Chester L. Hultz, USNR, yard chaplain, Rear Admiral Thomas Withers, USN, commandant of the yard, made a brief speech to the officers and crew standing at at- tention on the deck of the subma- rine. have the fullest confidence that you will mate her what ihe should be when the Sirago Joins the fleet" the Commandant said, directing his remark to the and crew. The orders of the Navy depart- ment placing the craft in command of Comdr. Frederick J. The west coast, nearest to the Japanese threat, shouted its relief and Joy. Boat whistles sounded, San Francisco went wild, effigies of Hlrohlto, Hitler and Mussolini were hanged, burned and kicked. Jap- anese Americans joined in the fes- tivities. In Times Square. per- sons Jammed joyfully together un- der a snowstorm of tickcrtape, torn paper and confetti. Flag-decked automobiles raced through city streets over the na- tion, blasting their horns. Long- hoarded firecrackers and rockets were set off. Never had there been a celebra- tion to equal it. BULLETIN Washington, Aug. IS