Altoona Mirror, May 18, 1942

Altoona Mirror

May 18, 1942

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 18, 1942, Altoona, Pennsylvania STOCKS .The Circulation of the Altoona Mirror Saturday Httoona SIRttror. WIATHB: ftULt FACTS ABOUT BLAIR COUMTTl In I7M religious worship in Blair couaty officially began in a tent erected by tM Blue Spring near Frankstown. 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 45TH ANNUAL ;STATESESS10N Deputy Edward if. Kelly Will Speak at Banquet Meet- 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 Penn-Alto 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 ban- quet, with Dr. Leo J. Brown ol Wiikes-Barre, supreme director, also listed on the speaking pro- pram. Attorney Patrick E. O'Learj will act as toastmasler. Following the banquet, the dele- 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 fea- ture the evening's program. Mass Opens Session. Today's program opened with a solemn pontifical high mass at the Cathedral ot the Blessed Sacra- ment, with the celebrant, his excel- lency, Most Rev. Richard T. Guil- 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. Healjj. past grand knight and con- venfijfon chairman. Invocation was givgnSjby Rev. Murtaugh J. Nolan, chaplain of Altoona council, No. 551, and the address of welcome by Grand Knight Stephen A: Cal- iaghan. Mayor Rhodes welcomed the grests to the city and "John C. Chamberlair- 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 dele- gates and.their guests were enter- tained 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 govern- ment program. Several chartered busloads from the northeastern part of the state were canceled al the last moment. Business sessions will be held to- morrow morning at 10 o'clock ant again at 1.3C o'clock in the after- noon. Officers for the coming 4'ear will be elected. GRAND KNIGHT STEPHEN A, CAIXAGHAN. Mr. Callaghan heads the AI too tin council, No. 551, of Columbus, whleh in host to the forty-fifth annual state conven- tion of the order in Altoons terday, today and tomorrow. BICYCLES SLATED FOR NEXT RATION TO WAR WORKERS VARIED CASES AIRED BEFORE BLAIR JUDGE Court Will Be In Session Through- O out Election to Decide Issues. CEILING GOES ON PRICES IN ALTOONA ARE, Stores Are Willing to Comply to Halt Inflation, Execu- tives Say. RUSSIANS PUSH AHEAD ATCHARKOV Varied matters were given dis- position at a session of miscella- neous court at Hollidaysburg this morning with Judge George G. Pat- terson presiding. Upon adjourn- ment at noon today. Judge Patter- son announced that court would be in session throughout tomorrow to decide any issues arising from the priniary election. The judge will be in his chambers from 7 a. m. to 8 p. m. to be avail- able for any matters in connection with the election. Prothonotary John B. Elliott and other court offi- 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 month- frown for nearly two months, hjj. Mrs. Edna Rutherford of this city was the prosecutrix in the case against her husband, Eugene E Ruthertord, charging him with de- sertion and non-support.. The cou- 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 discuss- ing the coming aspects of the war- time program. Plans now are being drawn up to' open bicycles for sale to those ho heed.the two-wheeled vehicle get to work from suburban areas have other essential uses for Struck Again (By Unftefl Press.) LONDON, loosed by British torpedo planes crashed into Germany's crack feHIvy 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, ihe 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 Mes- nenchmitt-109 and nine Brit- ish planes were downed in a scries of ferocious dog fighls. Seared hy bomb hits when It made the daring run with (he German battleships Scharn- horst and Gneisenaii past the Knglish channel coast front Brest fo Ihe North sea, the fKMMon Prim Gugen had gone to Trondheim, on the southwest Norway coast. There, while guarding agains) a British invasion and await- 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 reconnais- sance planes sighted it yester- day, steaming southward along the coast with its escort of destroyers and ftghter planes. A flash the British coastal command sent a fleet of Bean- forts, Hudson s, Blenheims and lough Beaufort fighters (ack the German formation, center an the PriBB Eugen. Tile sighted it during tfce night off the southern tip Norway and attacked. nave ULUCJT e-a-acitviai 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 systems'after the first urry of registration and Immedi- ,e pressing problems of adminis- ation had passed. Several reports that grocers were suing only a half-pound of sugar ir a rationing stamp were laid to isunderstanding 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 cost! ot prosecution. Report Is Filed. The master's report, recommend- 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 two-week periods so vValter 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 Ihe 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 eriod from June 14 to June 27. hese are the only periods estah- shed. Blair countians were gelling used p the premium on gasoline over ie week-end. State motor police eporU'.d 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 Satur-1 'ay night it was 51 degrees. At 9' Vclock this morning the tempera- ure was 57 degrees. On motion of District Attorney Chester B. Wray, the court ap- 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 posi- ng- lists of retail prices in promi- lent positions in their stores to- 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 ac- :essible form in each department lad necessitated "considerable book work.1' 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 depart- ment. That- store's manager said: "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 retai 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 clothhi; 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 Slaft Correspondent MOSCOW, May many threw a suicide corps of larachutists into >he Kharkov ront today in an desperate at- empt to stop a rout of its Token divisions, fleeing before he ferocious red army drive. Parachutists ctarted drop- >ing 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 gun- ners before they reached the ;round and that red army men wiped nut the rest with hand gren- ade, bayonet and trench knife. The Russian forces, their seven- day advance unimpeded by the Ger- man tactics, continued a jubilant drive forward on a 100-mile front :hrough blazing villages and over the bodies of German dead. A noon communique said: "In the Kharkov direction troops, breaking the enemy's resist ance, continued to forge ahead." It .said the Russian drive hat pushed on relentlessly throughou the night. Making Last Stand. The communique admitted tha in the Kerch peninsula of th Crimea-fierce fighting was now ii progress in the town of Kerch, ani it was indicated that the Russiai forces, pressed back to the four milo strait, opposite the Caucasus were making a last stand. There was every sign that'th Kharkov offensive, far from dimin ishing in intensity, was gaining i: momentum and power. The Germans sent up tank an airplane reserves in a vain attemp to take the initiative. In one section, the Germans hurl ed 150 tanks with infantry-carryin (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 -safety, 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. PKOMPT RETUKNS. Election boards in city and JIair 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 def- inite result is the fact that no ad- ditional lighting units may be erect- ed during the period of war depart- 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 inevit- ably will load upto the shutting oft of al! street lighting after the mid- night hour. Director Jacob Weber ad- vised today by the company with (Continued on page 2, column 4) ALTOONAN'S NAME AMONG CASUALTIES One Altoona youth and two oth- ers in this area were lost in action in the Philippines, according to a war department bulletin issued to- day listing 118 additional United States soldiers killed or wounded fatally. The announcement covered partial list of those lost in the Philippines. Tho Altoonan was Private Aus- tin P. Bittner, son of Prank L. Bitt- 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 announce- ment of the casualty appeared in the Alloona Mirror at that time Bittner was a member of a bomb- er squadron. He had enlisted in (ho army in June, 1940. Other casualties from (his area: Stanley Pnogacek, son of Andrew Nogaeek of R. D., Punxsutawney, Wash C. Rhaftron. son of Mrs. Mary Shaffron of 57 Water street. Coaldale. records to the county commission- ers' offices at Hollidaysburg im- mediately after they have com- pleted their official counts tomor- 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 flagstop 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 ses- sion of the committee on Satur- 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 Penn-Alto hotel, at which two new members were formerly received. They are Charles E. Maloy, jr., and Daniey B. Shea, executive secre- 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 neg- ligible now, the committee mem. (Conttnved wi page canrnm 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 car- riages 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, lomprising 175 NYA boys and vill keep the recently completed machine shop on a twenty-four- 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 remain- ng" Iwo shifts arc boys. The third shift at the new machine shop started Saturday. Each youth work- er gets 525.20 monthly, which in most case.? cJoos little more than >ay for transportation and clothes, officials said. Seventy-five per cent of the youth workers at the shop arc !rom Altoona and the immediate vicinity. The most distant worker WEATHER FORECAST. WASHINGTON, D. C., May 13.- Western Pennsylvania-Mild tern peratures today and not so cool in eajrt and north Showers tonight in and west BOUNDARIES; Eottern Military Areo Corps Areo GREAT NAVAL BATTLE MAY BE IMMINENT Map shows area designated as the eastern military zone by Ueii- tenant General Hugh A. Drum, commanding central of the east- ern defense command and 1st armj-, 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 jratinsf in the city-wide evang istic effort to find "Christ for Al- toona" in this year of crisis by irowding the huge pine-scented Labernaclo at Bealc avenue and Thirtieth street to the doors at R ate service last night. The fact ihat the evangelistic ef- fort conducted by Rev. Dr. Harry McCormick Lintz, silver-tongued former Tennessee mountain boy, and Professor Talmadge J. Bitti- 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 serv- ices have been held here. Using Psalm for his text: "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 flood-tide of God's grace. His sermon came after a song service which included special num- bers by the largest choir assembled s one from Cresson, who commutes ifrom the cooperating churches thus each day with a worker in the local jfar in the campaign which will last shops. Others hail from Duncans-1 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 Oechsner 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 Lis- bon to collaborate in Ihe following connected over-all view of Germany and Italy.) By FREDERICK OECHSNER i' REYNOLDS PACKARD Slaff Correspondents LISBON, May axis is staking everything including almost troops now in Russia and possibly 300 U-boats 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 nlly. If they fail this summer, there is every reason to feel confident (Continued nn pafce 14, column S) American Planes In Australia Are Seeking Signs of Enemy Ships. By DON CASWELL Staff Correspondent MELBOURNE, May range Ameri- can planes swept over thousands of square miles of the invasion zones to- 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 Jap- anese naval formations might soon be in contact somewhere east of Aus- tralia. Bases Are Raided. American and Australian Siers limited themselves entire- ly to reconnaissance work yes- terday, 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 MacArthur'i 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 Japa- 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 Deboyne island seaplane in the Louisiades, off the south- 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 yester- day. After a half hour parachute troops who been nnded in the dock area, attacked Tnickloads 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 put- ting it out of commission for sev- en! monlh-9, Britain's aerial offensive appear- 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 "forje in Ihe words of today's red army com- munique, crushing German resist- 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 Russran attacks and hold the broken German divi sions in battle alo.ig a 100-mile curving front. Parachute troops in groups of 120 or more men were dropped be- hind the Russian lines in an efforl lo disrupt and break up the enemy advance, Mos- 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 to- day signed an agreement formally pel milling United Slates forces lo Lake over important defense areas n the republic for Ihe 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- velop these areas as gun emplacc' mcnts, airplane detector stations, bombing ranges and auxiliary air fields." The largest project is the Rio machine-gunners. Many of Halo air base about eighty miles southwest of the canal. The agreement was signed In Panama by U. S. Ambassador Ed- win C. Wilson and Panamanian Foreign Minister Octavio Fabrcgx In addition lo Ihe defense rangcmenls it provides for the set- tlement 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 Cordcll Hull and Pana manian Ambassador Ernesto Guardia. PRICE CEILINGS ON COMMODITIES NOW EFFECTIVE By W. SOLLENBKRGER, Stan" Correspondent. WASHINGTON, D. C, May etail prices on hundreds of thou- sands of all goods thnt 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 pockct- 30oks because April and May in- creases will be wiped out. There were no off' estimates on what :hc over-a> crease- has been since March, b' was known to have rt sizebaie in sonic commodi- ties. The labor department March 15- Anril 15 index of retail prices indi- cated that the ceilin? would estab- lish a general level of about 115.1 per cent of tlic 1935-39 average. 'We have drawn the battle lines for the fight against a rising costj of Price Administrator Leon Henderson said. Every retailer, as well as whole- saler and manufacturer whose price ceilings became effective a week atfo. 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. -Japanese following re- treating British to- ward the Indian frontier, have made one or Uvo unoppoaed landings on both of Chindwin rirer in Burma, a British communlana' said today. LONDON, May forces have won powewion ft nearly the entire city of Keiek in the Crimea at the gateway to the Russian Caucasus al- though fighting still U under way in Ihe town, according ta advices reaching London Mar. LONDON, May air force resumed dayUgat sweeps over northern continuing an attack which started during the nigfct 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) Axfe planes shot down and destroyed British planes yesirrday ut action aver the British Medi- 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 hifk command saM today that nants ot defeated Rutjiaa forces on the Kerch in the Crimea were faced annihilation despite auam resistance and that MM tanks were dwtrayed 1 actim ia r ;