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   Daily News (Newspaper) - February 2, 1943, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania                                STATE LIBRARY HARRISBURG PA 1 EDUCATION BUILDINQ THE REDS Continued Moderately Cold Today And TonJght Snow Flur ries In Central And North Por tions Today HUNTINGDON FEBRUARY 2 1943 THREE CENTS PER copy Gigantic AlliedGrand Offensive Program Is Hearing Action Stage Basis Laid For Allied Offensive Moves To Crush Axis Powers REASON TO REJOICE Churchill Explains Plans On Visit To Pasha In Egypt BTJJLETIX London Feb ad vices which reached Londay to day after lie news of Prime minister Churchills conference with high Turkish officials siihl the Axis was moving heavy re inforcements iiiio the Raikans and speeding fortification of the Greek coast t JJy LEOX KAY United Tress Correspondent Feb 2 A gigantic Allied grand strategy neared the action stage today after a secret visit by Prime Min ister Winston Churchill to the Middle East climaxed by a two day conference with President Ismet Inonu and other Turkish political and military leaders It was revealed last night that Churchill had gone to Egypt after his momentous Casablanca confer ence with President Roosevelt at urhich the basis was laid for Allied offensive action to crush the Axis into unconditional From Egypt after conferences with Allied military and political authorities and talks with Premier Ifahas Pasha of Evpt Churchill held a dramatic twoday conference iii a railroad train on a sidingat the Turkish frontier station of Yenidje with Hie Turk ish chieftains Churchill and the military and aides who accompanied him flew to Turkey in two giant Consolidated Liberator planes made in the United States i The military staff talks between V Turkish and British Army men continued untit yesterday inorn Vjng after proceeding all during the Churchilllnonu meetings Satur day and Sunday Returning here he issued his first statement since the conclu sion of the Casablanca conference Assassins Aide Dastier do la Vigerie brother of General Charles DeGauUcs as sistant as chief of the Fighting French is reported facing court martial in Algeria on charge of having been involved in assassina tion of AdmiralDarlan last night to summarize the momentous 18 days starting Jan Continued On Page Eight Postage May Be Raised TREASURY OPPOSES CANCELLING LAST Favors Deferring Payment Over Several Vievs At Hearing Washington Feb 2 1 The Treasury today recommended initiation of payasyougo income tax collection at the source as soon as possible but opposed com plete cancellation of the past years taxes during the transition It proposed instead that their pay FIGHT LOOMS OVER ACTION TO SWITCH 600 STATE JOBS Proposal By Sen Woodward Would Transfer Men From Ross To Harris By DAVID Haiiisbuig Feb Repub was be deferred over years a number of Washington Feb 2 cost 3Ycents to mail It may a letter after June 30 if Congress adopts a suggestion by Postmaster Gen eral Frank C Walker 1 MILLION SPENT BY ARMY IN BRITAIN Army Spokesman Says That Amount Is Drop In The Bucket Washington Feb 2 Major George A recorder of the Armys general purchasing board in the European theater of operations told the House Foreign Affairs Comniittee today that since June 1942 alt American the United Kingdom only for forces in have spent purchases from British commer cial sources That amount he said ig a drop in the bucket compared with the cost maintaining an army in the European theater of war AH the rest of the articles equipment facilities and services Continued On Page Eight The Treasurys views were pre sented by Genera Counsel Ran dolph Paul at the opening oC hear ings by the House Ways and Means Committee on new tax pro posals and new tax collection methods Paul told the committee as the longawaited hearings on pavas yotigo opened that the Treasury felt complete cancellations of any years taxes was very undesir able in view of the revenue needs of the government and the equitable distribution of tho tax burden He agreed that com plete doubling up would undoubt edly be too harsh for some tax payers and added Accordingly deferment of pay ment of taxes for the transition year to the extent necessaiy to re lieve such hardships appear to be desirable This is not to that some discount or even a certain amount of forgiveness may not be Continued on Page Six CASABLANCA PLANE BACK HOME AGAIN lican pioposal to strip Demo ciatic Auditoi General F CJair Ross of approximately 600 jobs today Uueatcned to precipitate another legislative fight Veteran Sen George Wood ward R Philadelphia presented a bill transferring power of ap pointing tlfet number of mer cantile and inheritance tax ap praisers investigators and clerks from Ross to Revenue Secretary David W move in volving roughly worth of patronage a year Democratic State Chairman David L Lawrence termed it the most brazen attempt of job grabbing in history of the state Senate Majority Floor Leader Weldon B Heyburn disclaimed any administration support for the measure insisting it Woodwards own idea The plan to move the jobs from the Auditor General to the Reve nue Secretary originated in last Novembers election cam Continued On Page Tcnj Five Draft Eligibles Given Release Here Four teenage youths and one man of an older class were given their release from induction into the armed forces of the United States by Local DraftBoard No 2 located at Huntingdon during the month of January it was an nounced today The prospective selectees were given their delease so they could enlist voluntarily in the United States Navy the only branch of the service which is taking draft cligiblcs at the present time All were classified 1A at Local Draft Board No 2 Names of those released from the draft to enlist in the Navy Donald Hutchinson Leffard Tenth Street Huntingdon Harry Allen Jones Jr 715 Fifth Street Huntingdon John Patrick Mpran Huntingdon R D 2 Jack Wilson Bert Pittsburgh and Al ton Roy Weyer Spruce Creek Bert is the only one not classi fied in the teenage group He had been serving with Pennsylvania State Police at Pittsburgh a former resident of The fouryouths went to Hunting don High school A number of other youths have been seeking entrance in some branch of the armed service it was reported n Tunisia rap A frikd Korps British Eighth Army Remnant Of Rommel Army Into French Protectorate Germans Driven From By Americans By WILLIAM B DICKrNSON United Prcbs Correspondent London Feb Ameri can columns battered German positions in southern Tunisia to day attemptin gtb prepare a trap for the remnants of FieldMarshal Erwiji RomnielV Arrtka Korps which were being driven into the French protectorate by the Brit ish Eighth Army Front reports and communiques disclosed that the Americans had driven the Germans from Sened 22 miles southwest of the strate ic town of Maknassy This force repulseda German counter attack at Sened to ward miles north of Maknassy making contact with a second American column midway between the towns This column front said also withdrew but only after establishing liaison with a third American1force pressing the nans at the vita Faid Pass which appeared to ihave become the most important Tunisian bat tleground Faid is vital to German strat egy because it controlsthe road leading from Sfax westward into central Tunisia If theAllies can gain the pass it will biji Invaluable 16 their efforts to bottle the Ger mans in the narrow eastern coas tal corridor ami prevent Rom mels remnantsfrom uniting with the troops of Gen Jurgcn von Arnim in northeastern Tunisia JAPANESE REPORTS F NAVAL Ameucaii Flying Fortresses battered the Port of Tunis again They destroyed or damaged two large enemy ships started fires in the Tunis dockarea and blasted a convoy enterin gthe nearby har bor of La Goulette The British i Eighth Army ap parently was on the verge of driv ing full force into Tunisia behind the Afrika Korps Todays Mid dle Eastern Command commu nique reported lively patroling Continued On Page Six HOOVER ASKED TELLOFFARMFOOb PROBLEMS OF WAR Senate Committee Anxious For Recommendations ExPresident May Offer Coalmonfc Soldier Prisoner of War are 115 Navy Department Refuse To Discuss Claims Of Enemy On Big Victory New York Feb 2 The Dixie Clipper which flew the President on part of the Casablanca trip arrived here yesterday A few minutes later the American clipper which made part of the trip also reached the terminal The two PanAmerican Airways ships came here from an American port which they reach ed on Saturday The American cupper took the place of the Atlantic clipper which developed niechanicai trouble during the trip State Government Vehicle Mileage To Be Cut Stat per Legislature Has 59 Measures Now In Committee For Study Cover Wide Range Of Subjects Including Sterilizatibn Of Mentally Unfit Males Harrisburg Feb legis lature today had 59 new measures in committee for study covering a wide range of subjects from sterilization of mentally defective males to annual instead of bien nial meetings of the general as sembly Pointing out the state has both at large and in various stale nnd privaU institutions many such de fectives who might become by propagation of their kind a menace to society Rep Edwin Winner R Montgomery pro posed selective sterilization to promote the public welfare Defectives he added it in capable of procreating might be come selfsupporting with benefit to themselves and society Sexual sterilization may be affected in males by the operation of vasec tomy and in females by the op eration of salpingcctomy both of which operations may be per formed without serious pain or without substantial danger W life and do not unscx the indivi dual Winner sponsored also V bill to restrict roadside advertising Other new House proposals On Page Ten Harrisburg Feb 2 Mileage Administrator T Transeau announced today hat plans were being made to cut cre 194o mileage of all state and lo cal government vehicles 40 cent below 1941 totals That estimate made by the Office of Price Administration may be high Transeau said we might do it He saiJ that the commonwealth autos arr trucks cut gas consumption 17 per cent last year ana urA tbought so much of that reconi they used it as a guide for other Continued On Page Six PENALflETsEVERE UNDER NEW RULING Blackout Air Raid DrilU To Be Conducted Differently Harrisburg Feb of blackouts and air raid drills will face stiffen penalties under new Federal regulations but en forcement will remain in thej hands of Pennsylvanias volunteer Civilian Defenre organization it was announced today The State Defense Council re vising its rules to harmonize with uniform regulations adopted by the Eastern Defense Command for Atlantic Seaboard states said that the new setup has extra teeth to enforce compliance dur ing drills A spokesman sair that violators subject to fines of and 90 days also be expelled from the Eastern Defene Command area under the nsw regulations effective Feb 17 Persons giving a false airraid Continued On Page Ten By SAXDOR S KLE United Press Correspondent Washington Feb reports of a big battle off the Solomon Islands last Friday and Saturday were still without offi cial confirmation today Naval Department spokesmen either refused to discuss the en emys claims or insisted that they were without any information There might be some clarification of the reports latar today The Japanese usually have been the first to disclose information of naval engagements in the Pa cific Their claims have always ne n exaggerated andtheir latest one is no Jess modest Aceording to a Tokyo broadcast Japanese air squadrons sank two Allied battleships and three cruisers and another battleship and damaged cruiser This engagement according to the enemy occurred off Rennell Island ISO miles south of Guadal canal But according to a Navy Continued From First Page TAX REPRESENTATIVES NOW AT POST OFFICE Representatives of the federal government arrived at the Hunt ingdon Post Office yesterday to aid income tax payers in ftling their reports These representatives will re main in Huntingdon today and through tomorrow By LOUIS J SCHAEFLE United Press Correspondent Washington Feb Senat Appropria tion S ir b c o m mi t te which is studying manpower prob lems has invited former Presiden Herbert C Hoover who was foo administrator during World Wa I to testify on farm and fooi problems in this war Subcommittee Chairman Johi H Baiikhoad D Ala revealec that tcday as his group preparcc toquestion Secretary of Agricul turc Claude R Wickard about re portsthat farm labor shortages threateii a food shortage in 1943 jBankhead said that Sir Hqovei authorities on wartime food prob lemsand that the subcomnutte would be glad to recom mcndaUons when it is convenien for him to come to Washington Meanwhile it appeared certain that Bankheada investigation technically embracing only the manpower problem may be ex panded to cover certain phases of Wickards administration of the Agriculture Department Sen Elmer Thoma D Okla mads no Continued On Page Eight Huntingdon School Board Holds Meeting Routine business and reports by Superintendent J G EvuranJ featured the monthly butM session of the Huntingdon hor ougfi School District last mgiu Dr William B West president ot the Board conducted the ing and other members were Ralph Bush Samuel Shinr ler RnyKyJor Fred Bayer aM Geoige Havens Superintendent jEvcrarcl Savc a report on two conferences WIIIPH he attendcd at Lock Haven rea tivc to prtindiiction course be ing instituted in high schools AL the opening of the second ter courses in the fimdameaMls of shop electricity aeronautics and matiicnntics vere instiruted in the high scnool tiere Stanley Gorsky is fnstructor n fundamentals of shop rimtna M Rupert is instructor in tn undamertals of electricity Javos Stewart instructor in prefignt acronautitF ana Charles nstructor in mathematic1 The fuperintendent also report Continued on Page Six 1VT SAIUUKL THOMPSON Puvate Samuel H Thompson son of Mr and Mrs J H Thomp on of Coalmont is a prisoner of war in the Philippine Islands ac cording to word received by the parents on Sunday afternoon January 31 from the War Depart ment in Washington Last summer the parents received official notice rom the War Department that their jn was missing in action from the date of the surrender of Corregidor on May 1 1942 Private Thompson was on duty in the Philippines at the time of the fina surrender to the Japanese and aside from the information given the family by the War De partment following the fall of the islands that all men on the islands at the time were classified as missing in action the more cheery nesvs on Sunday that he uas alive was a source of much satisfaction to his parents and friends SEEK TO NULLIFY GERMAN GAINS OF SEVERAUMONTHS 4 Mam Forces Advancing On Parallel Lines On Long Battle Within 42 Miles Of Several Towns Seized KV HENKY SHAPmO United Press Correspondent Moscow Feb 2 armies drove steadily today toward thenthree chief Kharkov and Rostovcapture of which would restore last Springs line and nullity the German gains of the Summer campaign At least four main forces were advancing on parallel lines on the long battle front from Voronezh to the NortK Caucasus They converged rapidly on Adolf Hitlers most important bases in Central and South Russia threatened to cut off the rich Basin from the rear and TIFF TO advanced to within 42 miles tU 1 IV rKEDICTEQ pARCEL fm CLASS MAIL UMW LL DEMAND DESPITE WLB SCALE Col Gen Philip Golikovs forces were approaching from the Northeast and outheast and both spearheads vere within 60 miles of the Ger nan anchor point They took sev eral more inhabited points vester day wiped out skiequipped Ger nan tommy gunners and anni hilated specially trained enemy mobile brigades Several small enemy pockets clinging to small sections of the railroads were liquidated o ani Policy Committee Today Begins Drafting The Demands For Soft Coal Miners IVr SKKUKLL HILLilAN TTniled Press Correspondent Washington Feb pol cy committee of the United Mine Workers of America is expectJ today to demand a 51aclay wage increase for bituminous coal rrin cts without regard for war labor boards Little Steef wage formula The committee begins demands today for a new wrre contract for OOCOO miners UMW President John L wis said tathe called the co erence well in advance of th oint conference opcratos and mine which mets n March in Ycik in an ef ort to shorten the period of wags negotiations Present contracts wit soft coal operators March 31 anthracite con racts expire a month later It is generally believed thit ewis will Demand a 52 a day in rease for anthracite mich in excess of the limit that Little Steel formula Since bituminous miners eceived the full quota of ncreases allows by the iny further incrtase for them Continued On Page Eight Col Gen Nikolai F Vatutins forcjs severed the Kupyansk Lishichiansk Railroad 01 miles southeast of Kharkov where the captured the ra if sta tion of Sva tovo The Soviets also drove Kharkov from the Valuiki CTrazovo areas Swiftly mopping up the Kuban Valley of the Caucusas Red Armj forces in on Krasnodar next to Rostov the largest city in the northern Caucasus A grea agriculturaland rail center Kias noclar has Germanys largest ail base in the Caucasus It was threatened from the north and south the closest Russian ap proach being at Ust Labinsk 36 miles to the northeast Other Russian forces drove along the SalskRostov Railroad and reached tho famous stats farm of Verblud 42 miles south east of the Caucasus gateway city At Stalingrad Soviet artillerj a merciless bombardment afrdawn on the German remnants holding out and assault parties destroyed German fortification Continued on Page Six Huntingdon Groundhog Today Predicts Seasons Weafh er Six More Week Of Heavy Winter May Be Expected If Sun Shines Today BULLETIN A rpport from the official Groundhog Weather Bureau in dicates that the observer saw hs Khndoiv shortly after noon today nnrt scurried back into his den for six weeks If Candlemas Day be bright and clear The worst of the Winter is yet to appear If Candlemas Day be dull and Winter has rone to Old Man stay Maybe the dirty windows at The Daily News editorial room arc to blame but up to the pres ent time we have looked in vain tor a glimpse of the sun We have also failed to see our when we poked our head out the doorway on numerous occasions letwill be chased den and In fact we1 have been checking ao often that one of our neighbors across the street called up and asked if we were expecting an air raid According to the old verse quoted at the beginning of this article if we go through Candle mas Day or Groundhog day as it is more commonly known in Pennsylvania Dutch legend Win chased back into his beautiful Spring will reign again However if this should be one of thore rare occasions when the sun conies out in Huntingdon in midWinter we are doomed to six more weeks of Winter wvather Cording to the groundhog At Punxsutawney the lair of the most famous of the ground hog prognwticators the news that the government has or dered higher groundhognot to Continued On Page Six CHURCHILL VISITS CYPRUS ON RETURN FLYING FORTRESSES STRIKE JAP BASES Destroy Fuel Dymps And Leave Fires Visible For 25 Miles Gen Afac Arthurs Headquar ters Australia Flying Fortresses struck hard at Lakunai and Rapopo airdromes in the Rabaul area on New Britain Irland Sunday night destroying fuel dumps and grounded planes Prime Minister Promises That Allies Will Crush Axis London Feb Minister Winston Churchill visited Cyprus on his return trip from Turkey the Ministry of Information an nounced today Churchill in a speech at Cyprus promised that the Allies would gain strength until they forced the Axis to unconditional surrender The United Nations wil march I day in his communique The first wave of heavy bomb ers showered the area with incen diaries and flares to effectively light the target for subsequent raiders loaded with demolition Continued On Page Eight forward from strength to strength he said Until uncondi tional surrender is extorted from those who have laid the world in havoc and in ruins Churchill was accompanied on ma visit to Cyprus by Gen Sir Alan Brooke chief of the Imperial staff Sir Alexander Cadogan Tcrmanent undersecretary of state of theForeign Office Sir harles Wilson president of the Royal College of mander Thompson personal assist ant to the prime minister and JM Maltin hig principal private secretary the Ministry of Informa tion said The prime minister inspected troops of the Britlrh garrison at Cyprv and later addresed a re prcsenlRtive gathering of the leading personalities1 i Curtailment Of Marked Increase In Mailing Will Follow New House Bill By EDWARDV ROBERTS United Press Correspondent Washington Feb 2 House Appropriations Committee predictingan inevitable curtail ment of themarked increase in parcel post and first class mail combined treas ury and rppst office departments appropriations bill for 1344 for expenditures of It was the firstappropriation bill to come bsfore the new Con gress aitd the appropriations com mittee endeavoring to hold the amounts of appropriations to the lowest possible figure tent withthe rendition of ade quate service chopped 848510 from the amounts re quested by President Roosevelt The total is less than the appropriation for the two de partments this year However ha treasury section of the bill does not include the auto matic annual appropriations which this year will include for interest on the public debt 51833956 713 for transfer to the federal old age and survivors insurance trust fund and 51502498625 for the unem ployment trust fund Oe the amount approved for the two departments the treasury will receive 5302724465 or 193684 less than the 1943 appro priation an dthe post office wU ContinuedOn Page Six ALLIED BOMBERS RAID AXIS BASES A Southeast English Town Feb Air Force medium bombers escorted by fighters crossed the Channel toward France todaj Tendon Feb States and Briitsh bombing planes devas ated 10 acres of the naval ar senal at Lorient ofrjthe French occupied coast in recent raids in addition to damagingother vital areas severely the Air Ministry announced today Harbor installations repair hops foundries store sheds and rower stations all connected with he maintenance of submarines at ne of Germanys important Uboat yards as well as the ar enal proper suffered heavy dam age the Air Ministry said Men With Children Will Be Drafted From Certain Jobs Order Goes Inlo Effect On April 1 But Will Be Given TT Until May 1 To Into Vital Work By FRKD MUCIFX tTnilcd Press Correspondent Washington Feb 2 The Selective Service Bureau partially lifted the ban on drafting fathers today by abolishing deferments on April 1 regardless of depen dents for men engaged in 29 occupations or employed in 19 in dustries eight wholesale and re tail trades and nine senice activi ties The order was the first move to draft married men with chil dren into the armed services AVar Manpower Commission Chairman psul V McNuIt an nounced that the list of nondefer rable occupations and industries only the beginning end will amended from be extended and time to time L Only the physically handicapped and those over 37 years of age in the jobs listed in todays order to local draft boardswin be defer rable after April 1 But thou sands of men affected will be givenuntil May 1 to shifi tnan occupation essential to the war ef fort previously list ed by the WMC in directives af fecting 34 industries The edict amounts to a work intherightindusti yorfight or der although McNutt in an planatory press conference de clined to call it that McNutt said that most defer On Page Ten   

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