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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 17, 1942, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                STOCKS-.FINAL t The Circulation of the Altoona Mirror Yesterday Ettoona Sfliittot WIATHtt: SHOWMS FACTS ABOUT BLAIR COUKTY Martinsburg's council in 1847: Burtttot Blake, Jacob Graffius, John Getty, Dtvid Kissinger, Joseph Shaffer, J. W. VOL. 58, NO. 29 PHONE 7171 ALTOONA, PA., FRIDAY EVENING, JULY 17, 1942. TWENTY-SIX PAGES-PRICE THREE CENTS ROMMEL'S OFFENSIVE CHECKED State Is Preparing for Total Blackout Tests Every 10 Days STiTK SRTHP r fin MIT -e......i ...VmiHmTM i DP I" n STATE SETUP FOR DEFENSE MILITARIZED New Reserve Corps to Take Place of Home Police and Rifle Battalion. That the whole defense setup in Pennsylvania will be placed very largely upon a military basis is the word brought back by city and county defense officials who at- tended the series of conferences held yesterday in Harrisburg. j This appileg particularly to home i defense police and the First rifle! company, as established in Altoona and.Blair county, which are ellml-1 natcd by Governor Arthur H j James, who informed those in at-1 tendance at the conference that in! disbanding the local organizations I a new Pennsylvania reserve defense i auxiliary corps would be formed, in i which the men in the disbanded! corps may enlist, County Comntissioner Herbert S i Bolger and Mayor Rhodes the re-' spective chairmen of the Blair county and the Altoona defense councils, headed the delegations in attendance at the conference, and! Air. Bolger stated today that the, military authorities will send of- ficers to this county and city shortly to make a survey to deter- mine the local neecis with reference to the size of the organization of the new' carps that should he formed here. Blair Well Represented. The county and city were well represented at the conference. the county, in addition to Mr. Bolger, there were Commis- sioner Joseph A. Dickson, Execu- tive Director Harry C. Smith, John E. Rhodes, salvage director; Gerald Sheedy, chairman of the volunteer registration service, Carl C. Man- chester, Attorney Robert B Smith and J. J. Kabella. The city was represented, in addi- tion to the mayor, by Executive Director William G. Koush, Coun- cilman Frank M. Hunter and Li- cense Tax Officer J Burton Wynn chairman of the city salvage com- mittee. All the problems relating to the war an'd defense effort were given consideration at the conferences. Governor James attended the after- noon conference which was held in the hall of the house of repre- sentatives, over which Dr. A. C. Marts, slate defense director, pre- sided. Blackouts, lights, control centers, warning systems and, in fact, every i phase of the defense work were' gone over and many questions were (Continued on pane 2, column 6) ADALENE WHITKSEL MIM Whitesel, daughter a! Mr. and Mrs. Owen F. Whitesel of US avenue, luw mlisled In women's army auxiliary corps. OF MACHINE IS IN JUNK PILE Serbs Active (By Unilid Pri-ss.) July wiurces uid today that General Uraja Mikhailovitch'ii Rlierrillas i were enjraged in tm> battles the, Italians alone the six miles from Italy, and that men had carried out three night raids against [arrisons near Trieste, Italy. Trieste is twenty-five miles from the Jugoslav border at the nearest poinl. Both fr'iunw- and Trieste are in northeast- ern Italy. The Italians, accord- ing to report reaching London nave increased their army of occupation in Croatia, along the Kalian frontier, to well over men. General Mikhailovitch, it was said, is concentrating the larirr part of his Jugoslav army in Croatia, which reportedly de- veloped an intense hatred tnr the Italians for stealing every- thing eatable or movable. As a result, a food shortage was Becoming critical in Cro- atia, and some sources said the natives of Dalmatia were dying by the hundreds. .Hikhaitovitch was said (o have. Ihe situation in Mnnlenrgrtt so well in hand (hat the Kalians afraid to venture from their fortresses. Hundreds were reported flock- ing to his army, which now was striking in widely separated places in an effort to spread out Italian occupation forces. In efforts to meet the nightly threat of guerrilla raids Italian sarrisons Here reported ring- ing the towns of Ljubljana, Olje, Kovac, IM nice and t'hrnika wilh barbed wire and machine gun posts and estab- lishing heavy guards of sentries. Polish guerrillas were said (41 have killed t'ranz Wald, lh .o i TO-------m_ protection against bombers "which may dropping near President Roosevelt's Hyde Park estate.. The army announced It was in- vestigating, but did not reveal the of its inquiry. at the conference this morning are Beauty parlors be classified the same as stores and other retail The reaction of labor and in- i ne leacuun cji laoor and in- dustry to the hoard's policy, it was! 'fnse authorities, believed, may determine whether i tin, assistant to John Mar- James M. been taken for been shot yesterday at across lhe river, during ian-Amerlcan picnic, but sector of the Alamein front, it was announced to- day. Field Marshal Erwin Rommel threw his main ,_ armored forces into the parachutes, had I central sector at dawn yes- 'asco' j terday in an attempt to ,_ other retail nooseveii win suggest luriner, Landis, head of the United establishments and barber shops' controls" over wages and salaries, j 'ffiro nf rf.f.nc. i L J and will be permitted in business forth omce civilian defense, j he had not heard of any such st night in ils decision in the sald new call for the Ital-, Sheriff dislodge districts only, while existing parlors, if non-conforming, will not he dis- lurbed. The life of all building permits issued will be for six months; at lhe end of that period an extension of time will have to be obtained. In all building construction, the inspector must first make an in- vestigation of the sile and point out to the builder just where it may be erected. Automobile junkyards, or grave- yards, as they are commonly called. will be permitted only in the heavy industrial districts of the city. In tho erection of roof signs and sk.v signs, (hose erecting them will last night .._ .._ "little steel" case which ordered for steclworkers a wage in- crease of 44 cents a day, union maintenance of membership and a minimum daily wage scale. The stabilization policy, the board was designed to maintain outs in Pennsylvania, Dr. A. C. workers' purchasing power at Jan-; Marts, slate defense council chief, nary, 1941, "peace-time" levels. 1 emphasized. A. surprise blackout in Chairman William H. Davis Mid it' any given week must be given ad- would "lead to a 'terminal' for the iragic was an assumption lhat the cost1 thrice-monthly air raid drills.' ,Polk'e broadcast an eight-state 'alarm. Patrols along the Hudson No Surprise Blackouts. river stopped all automobiles and Under strict war department or-1 each thoroughly. Police ders, however, there will be no "out! alsn nil hitch-hikers ami and out" complete surprise black- he required to file a bond indcm- concluded'that Ihe proposal (Continued on page 5. column S) (Continued on 2. column 1> vance publicity, he added, accord- race between wages and (ing to first interceptor command Implicit in the decision instructions. That clarincalton followed asser- i lion of a Berks county represen- 'the employer members ot Uativc that despite two carefully staged blackout drills there, "we the imperial troops from their newly won dominant Ruqeisat ridge and, it was indicated, to get his Afrika korps rolling eastward on a new suspicions persons walking along I dHve for AlevanHria anrt state highways and back roads. Alexandria ana Suspicious persons were ordered the Nile, held until definitely identified. The lYnnsylvanm state living would not rise any I the hoard, in a coucurrin" opinion I 11 Tanks Knocked Out. parachutists in' northeni "penns'yl-1 Numerous enemy tanks were (Continued on page column 3) j knocked out in the first phase police were requested to watch for are kidding lie urged "out and out" tests to develop "real" protection. AMERICAN AID TO ALL of the fighting, the communi- que said. It added that British I losses were not yet known. Repulsed, apparently, in the (morning and afternoon, Rom- RATION HEADS TO STUDY REQUESTS Although no definite check has been made of the total number WARNS OF HEAVIER TRAFFIC ON RAILS Voicing Laudis' fee-lings, Mar- tin lauded the commonwealth's fBy Unilpd Pr DENVER. Colo.. July 17. De- 1 civilian defense system for "going forward with remarkable hilt urged an intensified program of practice drills and blackouts to prevent wholesale loss of life in bombing raids. "Go ahead with your community war service recruiting until you reach your goal of volun- f Martin urged. "In axis coun- WASHINGTON, D. C. July 17_ President Roosevelt announced to-: mel resilmed the attack in the day lh.it leiul-lcase war aid extend-; U'onlinucil on pace a. column 8) ed hy the United States in June amounted to J70S.OOO.OOO. the high- est monthly total in sixteen months of the lend-lease progra The June lend-lease total, bn.scd i on figures of June ,10. represented a sizable increase over the SG62 000 000 total for May. j The president said lhe total; amount of lend-lease aid extended i to the united nations and other 1941. when the program began, to June .10. Ki2, amounted to SS'O-'i-' 000.000. supplemental applications received fensc Transportation Director ,lo- for gasoline rations, Coimtyiseph B. Kastmaii, in a message! me united nations and o Kation Chief Paul T. Winter osti-lread to a meeting of railroad work-! .j.., eligible countries from March mated today that there were here today, congratulated toward winning tr- proximately 10.000 to such re- management and labor for the "re-'- War y y m" quests in the county, of which markable record" of moving troops (Continued on paer a, rtlumn fi) came from Alloona and Ixigan and war goods in the face of in-..........------- township. creasing transportation difficulties. Tvrminm n I find All nnnnorrrvn Mr. Winter said thai county! Ewlman', speech was read to the DKRATR R iURR QN PRESS RFP TON rationing officials will meet late conference of the 1 HnUUU I JliAJUUHLj i U 1 Vll morrow ami Sunday the Altoona ot Railway Clerks by Otto S.! illigh school building to begin con-j, _yer' of the division of i isideralion of lhe individual quests. The various local personnel (he- City and coimty selective serv- ice boards for the first time un- der the service law will induct a ['number of men classified for 1-B service when filling their August quota, it was learned loday. The 1-B men are those classi- fied ns fil for limited service, i probably non-combatant, through some physical handicap. .Members i of Ihe boards were warned in a j recent conference with selective i service heads that such a call would be issued in the near future. Local board No. 3, located at the Miller school building, will have one volunteer for lhe 1-B Broup, a man who had the mis- fortune to lose an eye but who has been attempting for months to get into active service in phase of the war effort. The quotas given the local boards for August arc comparable (Contimwdon prngr. 2, column 5) I WOCLD OUTLAW FKKS. WASHINGTON, July IT. The house naval affairs committee to- 'd.iy voted unanimously lo report [favorably a bill lo outlaw payment of contingent fee commissions lo agents of navy contractors after Chairman Carl Vinson. D., (la., snid the profits of such agents were "shocking country." Advance guard of the 500 or more members of (he Pennsylvania Rural Letler Carriers association, together with the auxiliary and the juniors, who meet here Sunday. Monday and Tuesday morning for their-fortieth annual state conven- tion, were expected-to begin ar- riving in the city late tomorrow afternoon and evening. The Blair county association, host lo lhe convention afler it moved here from Erie, was ready for the invasion of their friends after the past week was spent in making final reparations for the to meet the demands of lhe counlry during Die war. Official program for Ihe conven- tion was issued today and carried a complete program of events as out- lined in yesterday's edition of tho Altoona Mirror. Registration of delegates will start Sunday after- (ContiniiMt on 6, column S) WKATHEK FORECAST. WASHINGTON, D. C., July 17- Wcstern Pennsylvania Somewhat warmer loday and continued warm tonight. Scattered showers and thunder storms along Lake Eric today. Eastern Pennsylvania: Moderate temperature tonight. will be staggered during tomorrow and Sunday in order to Believe the tremendous burden of checking the applications. No definite dale has yel been set (Continued on page. 2, column 2) transportation lODT. j He said the railroads "have done promptly and well all that they; have been called upon to do, and in jvicw of the conditions it has been 'a remarkable record." But he warned that further in- (Conlinned on 3, column 1) NEED OF YOUTHS FINLAND TO GET IN ARMY FORCES OUT OF AXIS CAMP War Summary Ry JOK At.KX MOKKIS, 1'. P. Foreign fnlilnr. The a.sis twin offensive toward; 1 the toward the lower Don river a( key to Ihe northern Caucasus. "Our mobile formations are pur- the Near cast oil fields re- enemy casl of lhe IJoncls riverain the direction of the lower. Don." the German high command i claimed, while the Russians merely' said they were withdrawing in thci face of superior numbers. i "The railroad line from Ihe Don- els basin (starling at Kamensk) BULLETIN WASHINGTON, D. C, July Roose- velt said today it was not likely that any decision would be made soon on the drafting of youths of 18 and 19 for military service. newed in major batiks loday on the Egyptian desert from and to- ward the lower Don river in Rus- sia. Red army counter-attacks, stlp- IMjrlcd by squadrons of American built airplanes. making Ihe enemy advance a costly one and on the northern flank at Voronezh the Russians broken into two axis defense lines, seized the initiative on some .set-tors and resumed a bloody and still undecided battle in and around Ihe city. But the main Ccrniaii otfciisivc: was aimed southeastward through the Donets basin toward Rostov anrt Stalingrad and the nazis claimed that they had pushed into the Dsmensk sector only eighly miles from Rostov in wide drive By (IKOKiiK K. KKK1IV, -Ir. Slnff WASHINGTON, D. C., July 1T.- Members of the senate and house military affairs committee today demanded an estimate of hftw many would be needed to win (he Stalingrad has been crossed. Mobile 'war and proof thai an adequate and infantry formations, led by air-] army cannot be raised within lhe planes, are advancing on a wide! prescnl 20 lo 45 years age limits. B.v H. O. TIKUIl'SOX, Slaft" WASHINGTON, D. C., July n._ The United States, in addition to cancelling consular representation wilh Finland, has restricted further lhe movements of Finnish Minister Mjalmar Prorope .iml his sUfir, jt was learned loday. I'roropc has been advised lluvt he and mrnibm of hi.s legation nm.st obtain permission from the slate department lo travel in the United .Sl.itr-s. It was indicated that such permission would be increasingly difficult for them to obtain. That action emphasized the for- mal announcement last nighl by Ihe slate department that all Amer- ican consular activities in Finland would he suspended and the order lo Kindlaud lo close its fourlccn consulates in this country by Aug. front and ssrainsl lhe enemy flank and rear. Numerous enemy divi- and in yc.irs of age should not be Tlicy acrccd that youths of IS sions. greatly diminished and confusion, arc attempting In break through lo the cast." The communique indicaled thai the main weight of the German of- fensive had moved southward fifty miles from Millerovn lor had push {Continued on pate ed eastward past Voroshi: ovg ad, "'t'.rnoon, lo n noint of iu' last night and Thermometers at the- railroad lest department building recorded n high lompe.ra.ture of 82 degrees yesterday afternoon, a low of S3 to of Kamensk, on Ihe (lontinum on column J) Imorni ing. 1. After months n( cautious hand- ling of relations wilh Kindlaml, the (Conlinnrd on column X) PROSECUTION KNDS. WASHINGTON, July Major (ienrral McCoj, pro-! Ulenl of Ihe military commission j living rluhl saholrnrs the prosecu- tion against four fended trnm MM AimputMtt, U I.I Waijriefs Hi- Vnllnl Prfss.) BERLIN. July broadcast recorded hy V, P. in sunk ten ships totaling tons the mouth ot .Mississippi river and the Pana- ma canal, the Herman news agency .said tixlay in rrportins; a spccm! (iprnian fommuniqiK. Six miTi-hanlships of Ions, moving in a .strongly pre- te-ctcd British convoy, also were viriW off (he xest coast of Africa, and a transport of Ions was sunk in the Arctic, the communique .said. TOKYO. July broadcast recorded by U. P. at San Fram-iscnl The Tokyo radio reported today that an American submarine on July IS sank a Jaixmesr ship and that all aboard were killed, including l.W Australian raptured in Nvw (ininea. WMIK. .Inly _ (Italian broadcast rci-ordi'il by V. f. in Xvw tank units allcinpliiiK rounrcr-altafks in lhe Alamein area were thrown balk with tho loss of clowns of Units, (hi- Italian high com- mand saiil Farther south the British also attempted to attack, hut fhcir offensive was broken by axis artillery- fire. Nine British wern .shot dou n by axis planes and another British plane wan   Irict reported today. Ihf crew of thirty-mw pmumaMj- M drownlaf.   

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