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HEWSPRIXT IS RATIOKED III compliance nitk tba neotprlnt rationing order of the War Prodnetloa Board, distribution ul Tha Journal-Newi aaa baea froaen at enpiaa dallj. bay tklK copy, and nil other aewt-naneri, for the iraita paper collector. Paper la aa Important war commodity and joar soiernmant needi II. WEATHER FORECAST Cloudy and warmer tonight and tomorrow. mwB 1pm. 47 la m. 61 13 noon 64 GREATEST NEWSPAPER Member International Newt Servtr Member Central Press Aaaociation VOL 55, NO. 289 NYACK, N. Y.. TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 1945 Member A. B. G, (Aodlt Bureau of Circulationi) PRICE FOUR CENIS U ROCKLAND COUWTY S t$J 1 0 HAVERSTRAW MAN TURNS UP IN HOSPITAL Sgt. John Spissinger Is Safe in England; Other Casualties from County Are Reported A heavy burden which had been borne by Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Spissinger of Haverstraw sines ' March 26 when they were notified by the War Department that their on, Sgt. John G. Spissinger, 21, 1 had been missing in action in Germany aince March 2, was lifted yesterday when they received a letter from him stating that he is a patient in a hospital in England. The letter was written by another soldier and stated that Sgt. . Spissinger had sustained injuries '; to both hands but that the injuries were not serious. He had been awarded the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Sgt. Spissinger, flight engineer on a B-24 bomber which was shot down over Germany on March 2, is the second of a crew of nine to turn up. Lt. Grinier of Iowa, copilot of the plane, has also been accounted for. The letter stated that the bomber was shot down over Germany and that all members of the crew "hit the silk," and parachuted to earth. Sgt. Spissinger was a prisoner of the Nazis for a month and k It is assumed that he was liber-' ated when the Americans took the prison camp where he was confined. The letter was written on April 10, postmarked April 11 and reached its destination yesterday morning. ......... School Grid Star opine spissinger, nepnew ana i namesake of Chief of Police John G. Spissinger of Haverstraw, was captain of the Haverstraw High School. After his graduation In the class of 1941 at Haverstraw, he attended Dickinson College. He entered the Army in July, 1943, and was assigned to the air forces. He received his training in Louisiana and later was sent to Texas and then to two airfields on the Pacific Coast. He was home on furlough In January and in February members of his family Icivntit thuf ha was in an embar kation camp on the East Coast but! did not .know .where.- In a letter dated March 1, Sgt. Spissinger told his family that he had been out over enemy territory that day and that the trip had been' a "milk run." Members of his family believe I that his plane was part of an Armv j Air Force unit that on March 2 1 made a feint at Berlin and then I separated to attack other German cities. It was on that date that the Luftwaffe took to the air In ' force for the first time in several weeks. The War Department today informed Evelyn Dowd of Nyack, that her husband, Pfc. James P. Dowd of New York City, is now a prisoner of war in Germany. He had been reported mlesing last Nov. 29. Pfc. Dowd has been In the armed services for five years, and hss sentd three-years overseas. " Hit in Germany Word has been received that Pfc. John Beckvermit of Spring Vallev was wounded on March 17 duiin? the fighting in Germany. He Is r.ow recovering in a Luxemburg hospital. Pvt. Beckvermit was als.) wounded last Septtmber. He is attached to the 28th Division. H'a brother, George Beckvermit, who has served more than IS monthe with the Navy In the South Pacific J and who took part in many of the invasions, hss been promoted to Quartermaster 3rd class. Two Men Missing Pfc. Robert C. Conklin of Rockland Lake, who lived with his sister Mrs. Walter E. Wood, has been reported missing In action by tha War Department. He was In action In the European theater of wa r. Also reported missing is Sgt. Gregory Tymchyshyn, husband of Mrs. Eva Tymchyshyn of Spring Valley, In action in the European area. Pfc. Warren M. Bnnta, whostf wife Mrs. Virginia K. Bants, lives on Tompkins Avenue. West Nyack, has been reported by the War Department to have been wounded In the fighting In Europe. POMONA MAN HURT IN THREE-CAR CRASH One man was Injured In a crash last night on North Main Street, Spring Valley, which Involved three carl. The accident occurred during the drizzling rain as the three vehicles were traveling south along the highway. The first car was operated by Donald Gillette of Suffern and slowed down as It reached the Intersection of Ohio Avenue. T.ie car behind, operated by Richard Cluca of Nyack. rammed It, The third car, operated by Arthur U Daley of Pomona, hit a pole as the operator attempted to avoid a collision with the Clucas car. Daly was taken to the Summit Park Sanatorium by the Rockland Hook and Lidder Company Emergency truck and treated for multiple bruises. None of the occupants of the other cars were Injured, according to the report of Officers James J. McKee and Joseph Mason of the Spring Valley notice and no summonses were Issued. Payroll Savings Program Is Under Way for War Loan Plan Is Expected fo Aid Considerably in Reaching E Bond Quota The Payroll Savings Plan of purchasing war bonds of the Seventh Loan, which has now been under way for almost a week, will be one of the most important factors in meeting the E bond quota for the nation and in Rockland County. Dr. Samuel Berg, chairman of the War Finance Committee, has put direction of the plan-in the hands of DRAFT BOARD CALM MEN Northern District Group Sent for Exam Lists ' 24 as fathers Twenty-nine men of the towns of Clarkstown, Haverstraw, and Stony Point, 24 of them fathers, have received orders to report tomorrow morning at the offices of Local Selective Service Board No. 763 In Haverstraw for pre-induction examination In the 61st call made on the board. Two of the registrants have been transferred from other boards. One of them is James V. Brophy of Haverstraw, who is the father of seven children. The first name on the list is that of John Kelly Curran of Garner-ville, whose order number is one. Curran's stepson, Pfc. Charles Ma-lone, was recently reported killed in action in the European theater of war. Others In the contingent are Roderick Whitehead, Nanuet, No. 202; John S. Clochesy, New City, No. 262; Thomas Alfred Costanza, Haverstraw, No. 373; Anthony U. Manglass, Tomkins Cove, No. 526; William E. Smalley. Grand View, No. 581; William Henry Ecroyd, Haverstraw (lieutenant in charge of the Haverstraw town police!, No. 723; Joseph Francis Chiarella, Haverstraw, No. 1002; John Bertram Fair. West Nyack, No. 1013; Alphonee Zminkowski. Jamaica. N. Y., No. 1445; Ernest Dalzelle Lewis Stony Point, No. 1464; William Francis Whitington, West Havet-straw. No. 1592. . ... Others In Group - -And, Joseph V. Keyrouse, Jr., Nanuet, No. 1827; Joseph John Kapusinaky, the Bronx, No. 1918: John Taylor Davidson, Unadilla, N Y., No. 1975: Charles Neil Hotch-kiss, Park Ridge, N. J., No. 2071; Carl Franklin Purdy, Nyack, No. 2124; Robert Hollander Jillson, Maenolia. Ark.. No. 2128; Steven M. Chanko, Tomkins Cove, No. 2176; Charles Russell Baisley, But-1 falo, N. Y., No. 2351; Charles Frank ! Alhrecht, New City, No. 2518. j Also, Harry Lawrence Pcarsall. Central Nyack, No. 2578; James Joseph Natale, Stony Point, No. 2584; Ambrose M. Madden, Haverstraw, No. 2696: Edwin Brooka. Stony Point, No. 2705; Henry Allen Secor, Central Nyack, No. 12559; Thomas J. Banta, Jr., Garnerville, No. 12561; James V. Brophy, transferred from Local Board No 3. Chevy Chase, Md., No. 1124; and Joseph Franklin Tausch. transferred from Ixcal Board No. 245. Long Island City, No. 429. PEARL RIVER MAN IS INJURED IN CRASH Arthur B. Dunn of John Street, Pearl River, was taken to the Nyack Hospital last evening suffering from several fractured ribs, concussion and bruises, and lcceta-tions of the head following an automobile accident on Route 303 in Valley Cottage. Dunn told Sgt. Ernest Wicbicke of the Clarkstown police that he was driving south along the highway In the rain and fog when an unidentified vehicle forced him from the road. His car struck several concrete posts and was badly damage,) in front. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance and was trested by Dr. Leo Weishaar of Nanuet. HOLSTEIN CANDIDATE ON PEARL RIVER BOARD William Holsteln. Jr., of Pearl River confirmed the report this morning that he will be a candidate for election to the Pearl River School Board. The vacancy on the board will be left by Howard Cox who recently decided not to run for re-election. When Mr. Holsteln was contacted this morning, he said that several people In the community had approached him and asked him to run and that he had finally decided to do so. He also said that though he had no statement to make at the present time, that ono of the contributing factors in his decision was the fact that two of his children are attending school In Pearl River. FENDER BANGED Slight damage to the left rear fender of a truck owned by A. S. Goddard, 27 North Broadway, occurred yesterday when a car driven by Joseph Katz backed Into the truck. The truck, which la a light delivery type, was parked on the north slda of Haven Court. Mr. KaU. who lives at Haven Court attempted to turn hts car araund and in doing so struck the other vehicle. There were no charge. Ralph Geffen of Suffern. Aiding Mr. Geffen as sub-chair man are Raymond Gurnee of South Nyack, Walter Morris of Spring Valley, Samuel Lipman of Haverstraw, and Maurice Halper of Suffern. Dr. Berg, however, pointed out that it will be the direct contracts that Treasury representatives of Rockland County business and manufacturing concerns make with employes in the sale of bonds which will be the yardstick by which to measure the success of the drive. In each shop, business place, and commercial and manufacturing plant where a Treasury official has been appointed, it is expected that not a single employe will- be overlooked in the request for a subscription for an extra bond over and above what the employe Is now purchasing. Quota Goes Up Since the quota for E bonds alone in the county is almost $1,000,000 more than for the Sixth War Bond campaign, the necessity for., canvassing every worker is plainly evident, Dr. Berg stated. The Treasury representatives sworn in by Col. Harrie W. D. Riley, commandant of Camp Shanks, at a recent dinner opening the Payroll Savings campaign are: Spring Valley, John Dudyak of Briarcraft, Inc.; Edward Mc-Burney of Consolidated Rubber Stamp Co.; Mrs. Mary Labbate cf Clopay, Inc.; Alva Crum of Crum & O'Brien; Walter Morris and William Schoenenberg of Rockland Coaches, Inc.; Jay Shear of Rockland Gas Co., Inc.; H. Staniloff of Taylor Sportswear; Harry Schwartz of The Hub; Fred Wagner and L. M. Drew of the Ramapo Trust Co.; and Roslyn Finkelstein of the First National Bank. In Suffern, Philip Allan of the Allied Products Corp.; Rsymond Keenan of James J. Fava diner; Gertrude Walling of J. Gelford ft Sons; Maurice Halper and Mrs. Stella Domltska of the Gluckin Corporation; Miss Margaret O'Reil ly of the Good Samaritan Hospital; Miss Marion Conklin of Kollsmsn Instrument Division of the Square Deal Co.; William Kilgour of Pie-clslon Shapes, nlc; Miss Rose Greenstein of Ramapo Jewel Bear. ing Corp. and Ramapo Valley Distributors Inc.; M iss Lillian Klein of Suffern Bottling Works; Ed ward C. Rice of Prudential Insur ance Co.; and Mrs. M. F. Crouse of the Suffern National Bank. Terminal Workers In Garnerville, Meyer Halpern and Seymour Halpern of the United Wire Goods Mfg. Co.: Fred Mertz and Oswald Dresch'er of the Garnerville Machine Tool Coip.; Lewis Dworkin and Hilda Cardaci of the Sam Barkin Co.; Harry Finkelstein and Fred Orn3tein of the Barrie Products Co.; Thomas O'Brien snd Irving Raywid of the R. W. Bates Piece Dye Works; Abe Lubatkin and Roslyn Joseph of the Bogart Alabama Knitting Mills; Samuel Koenlg and Dick Zellen of the Capital Piece Dye Works Inc.; Morris Feldman and Abe Liss of the Feldlink Silk Co.; Isadore S. Blindness and Samuel Becker of Flodine Knitting Mills, Inc.; Samuel Hirsch of the Hirsam Knit Sportswear Inc.; Meyer Gel-len and Abe Gellen of Iceland Fur Dyeing Co.; Isadore Wasser and Harry Jones of Murray Piece Dye Works; Samuel Lipman and Ambrose Madden of Garnerville Holding Co.; and R. Carino and Irv- ing Linton of Garnerville Cafe teria (jo. In Haverstraw, C. Brownell and J. Madden of the National Bank; Tallent Long and James Scully of the People's Bank; Cecelia Selden of Long Life Elastic Mfg. Co.; Miss Mary Odcll of Haverstraw Better Laundry Corp.; Irving Shuamn of Central Wash Suit Co., Inc.; John B. Kelly of the New York Reconstruction Home; George K. Kerch of David Itkln, Inc.; and Dr. Lathrop of Lctchworth Village. In West Haverstraw, Kenneth B. Rowc of Kay Fries Chemical inc.; and In Hillburn, Donald Conklin of the Ramapo Ajax Corp, In Nyack, Miss Florence Colarelll and Miss Rose Salnmone of Julius Petersen Shipyard; Fred Pirst and William Mitchell of the Fibre Conduit Co., and Samuel Cohen and Clarence' Bowler of the Rockland State Hospital, Orangeburg. In Pearl River, G. Prescott Fuller of Dexter Folder Corp.; Dr. Hlggins and C. Terwllllger of Led-orle of Lcderle Laboratories; J. Rubinowltz of Central Dress Co.; and Raymond Oberle of Beckerle A Wright. More to Be Named Although the entire organization haa not been rompleted, Mr. Geffen stated lhat he expected that a very favorable report Is expected within a few days on the sales of bonds already made since the beginning of the Payroll Savings Plan. All E bonds sold since April 9 will be credited to the Seventh War Loan campaign although It does not officially begin until May 1, Dr. Berg stated. Dr. Berg stressed the fact that there can be no letdown In the purchase of bonds merely because victory In Europe seems close at hand. He pointed out that still (Cuntinucdun fugt Itio) JURY CHOSEN FOR HEARING WILLJCONTEST Seven Women and Five Men to Hear Evidence b Dispute on Disposition of Monsey Estate At 11:05 this morning, a Jury was chosen to try the contest of the will of the late Elizabeth M. Miller of Monsey, thus completing a Job which was begun on Feb. 28, when trial of the case was scheduled to start before Judge John A. McKenna in Surrogate's Court of New City. The jury consists of seven women and five men. Before an alternate juror could be chosen to listen to the evidence, the panel was exhausted and it was agreed to proceed without the alternate. Trial of the action is expected to take from two to three weeks. Miss Millar's will is being contested by her niece and her closest living relative, Betty Miller of Sta-ten Island. Under the terms of the will, the niece was bequeathed $6,000 with the proviso that she would not contest the will. The residuary estate, estimated by former Supreme Court Justice John E. Mack, trial counsel for the contestant, was left to the decedent's counsel, Robert E. Swezey of New York City, with the understanding that he would see to It that Miss Miller's pet cheetah, Max, and her pet dachshund, Wally, were well cared for as long as they lived. Max has sine died. Wally, now an old dog, still survives. Ten Jurors Chosen Since selection of the jurors began on Feb. 28, several changes have taken place, as a result of which, when court waa adjourned yesterday morning, only ten jurors were In the box although, at the opening of the session, 11 jurors, who had already been chosen and sworn, filed into the jury box. Two of these already chosen were excused on account of illness, one of a relative and the other of a business associate which made it impossible to serve. A third was excused by consent. A week ago yesterday, Judce McKenna oidered an extra panel of ten Jurors drawn, to report today. Of the ten,- four appeared and of the four, one was chosen to i( on the case. Examination of the jurors by Judge Mack and Irving G. Kennedy, trial counsel for the proponent, followed pretty much the pattern of the questioning on Feb. 28 and March 1. Mr. Kennedy recited to the Jurors who appeared in the box yesterday for questioning by counsel the history of the case, pointing out that Miss Millet's will was exe cuted on July 15, 1942, and that she aied on Aug. a or tne same year. "a,a l"al ln? deep love for animals and that at one time aha had manv hr ,h. time the will was drawn and at the time of her death theie were left only Max and Wally. Cheetah Good Hunter To clear the minds of the jurors, he explained that a cheetah is an animal with a face like a cat but legs and paws like a dog. Over short distances, It is reputed to be the fleetest of animals. It is used for hunting in foreign countries and can be domesticated easily. He questioned the Jurors closely as to whether, for the reason that a woman had a deep-seated love for animals, they would consider he incompetent to make a valid will. Judge Mack, at one point, made the assertion that Misa Miller's lawyer, who had been handling her business and personal affairs, had attempted to "feather his nest" Continued on fag Iwo) i Dan Fortmann Is on Duty With Navy in the Pacific Dr. Danny Fortmann, Pearl River High School's athlete who was known as football's best guard during his eight seasons of professional play with the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, is now a lieutenant (j.g.) in the medical division of the United States Navy and has been assigned to duty aboard an attack transport in the South Pacific. A time worn grid veteran at the ripe old age of 28 years, he retired from too! ha II as an active player at the end of the 1943 season. He became resident physician and surgeon In a Pittsburgh hospital, and last fall acted as line coach of the Un'veristy of Pittsburg's football team. A few months ago he was called up for duty by the Navy, given the rank of lieutenant, junior grade, and assigned to duty at St Albans Naval Hospital, Later he was transferred to active duty and assigned to an attack transport of a Pacllc detail. Dr. Fortmann Is the son of Mr. and Mrs. B. G. Fortmann of 27 South Middletown Road, Pearl River. He wa.i graduated from t'earl River High Schoo', where he was a four-letter athlete, In June. 1932. Danny matriculated at Colgate University, where he starred In football under Coach Andy Kerr. He was taken on by the Chicago Bears at the age of 20, the youngest player ever to be signed by a professional league football team. He starred In the guard ponlt'on for the Bears during eight neasons of play, and was picked as an All- Third Army Spearheads Probe East For Junction With Soviet Armies Going Off the Deep End Isn't Always Wise If Facts Aren't Quite Complete Someone in Valley Cottage apparently does not like the present condition of the village honor roll according to a communication signed by "An Irate and Shamed Middle Class Citizen of Valley Cottage." Ordinarily an unsigned letter of any kind is not printed but because of the nature of the complaint the invitation "to verify the state of the so-called honor roll by paying a visit to the depot square" waa accepted. In the letter the "Irate'' citizen stated that "in all Rockland County there is not to be found an honor roll in tribute to the boys who are giving so much; that can compare with that of Valley Cottage. It certainly would be much more of an honor not to have one's name on lt at all than to have it on such a specimen." The letter charges that there are several names on the roll of boys who have not lived In Valley Cottage for years while boys who have been born and brought up in the village until the time of their Induction "don't even have their names on it." Weather Has Been Busy A visit to the honor roll revealed that the weather, since the erec Report Shows Steady Work Done by Summit Park Staff High Standard of Success Attained in Cutting Tuberculosis Cases The annual report of the outpatient department of Summit Park Sanatorium for the year ending Dec. 31, 1944, prepared by Miss Katherine Lee, county nurse stationed at the hospital, has been submitted td the board of managers and the health committee of the institution. Dr. Robert Yeager, superintendent of the institution, termed it one of the most comprehensive of its kind he has seen and praised V-E Day Between May 1-10, Says House Member WASHINGTON. April 17 of (INS) ncp. J, Bucll Snyder Pen iv I sylvania, House Military Appropri- ' . . . . , . , Nations chairman, predicted today mm wnn good wenincr y-c uaj will come between May 1 and May 10. In a statement made all the ; more significant by Gen. Dwight Eisenhower's conservative estimate of the V-E day outlook, Snyder said that proclamation of victory In Europe will come only after the rail of Berlin, the juncture of Allied forces with the Red Army, and liquidation of Important pockets of Nazi resistance. Snyder's views are regarded on Capitol Hill as reflecting the considered judgment of military experts In the War Deportment. The chairman of the Important subcommittee on military appropriations has been in constant constant contart with military leaders. Progress of the Allied offensive in Europe will determine the size of the pending Army appropriation bill for the fiscal year 1946. League guard for six consecutive seasons, Including his last, in pro ball. Living in Detroit Fortmann graduated with honors from Rush Medical School where he specialized In surgery. .He Is mnrrlcd and Is a father. Ho celebrated his 29th birthday last Wednesday. Although a resident of Detroit the past several years. Dr. Fortmann Is still much Interested In Pearl River and has kept In touch with many of his Rockland County friends. His brother. Ben Fortmann, has been In service for some time, hav ing attained the rank of lieutenant in. II" Army' Bcn' ' K1'at'ualB nf Tno , I ni(... Hint. O.knAl la mm. of Pearl River High School, Is assigned to duty at the moment in Philadelphia. Ben Fortmann played high school and collego football, also, Lt. Bob Doscher, a cousin of the Fortmann brothers, who was seriously Injured In a jeep accident in the Pacific Theatre, has been returned to the States for med'eal care, and Is at present In a hospital la Boston. A tion of the honor roll in June of 1943, has apparently left lt marks and that It has become shabby. However, further Inquiries as to the condition brought forth an entirely different angle and threw considerable light on the situation. It was a service man's wife who seemed to know all the details regarding the honor roll and when shown the unsigned communication she declared that the person making the complaint apparently did not know much of the history concerning the roll. "Many meetings of the committee of which Richard Kip is chairman, William North secretary, and William Gilmore treasurer, were held before the honor roll was erected," she said. 'The final decision of the committee was that a permanent honor roll would be erected after the war and In the meantime the temporary one put in place. The only available space was on the railroad property and this was loaned to the committee for the duration plus six months. Permanent Roll Inadequate) "Where permanent honor rolls have been erected In other communities lt has been found that they are already inadequate, particularly In view of the fact that a movement Is now on foot to add the names of the service men and women the cadet nurses and Red miss u: tor tne worn accomp- Ushed by her department One of the most Important phases revealed in the report is that of the attainment of an average of 92 percent of examinations of family contacts of each case of established tuberculosis. The high average of such examinations is one of the most Important factors In the fight to reduce tuberculosis since it provided an opportunity to diagnose cases early and provide care as well as segregation to pro-vent further spread of infection in the home. Tuberculosis frequently unsus pected in older people, the report ma Leu, ueuuiiK! a, uinjur proij- j lem, particularly from the stand-! point of Infecting children and joung adults In the household Therefore, the tuberculosis pr gram has,- to some extent, shifted its point of attack from the younger tn the older age group. Clinics Gain Favor The most encouraging development in the history of the out patient service has been tho Increased clinic attendance during the past year. The chest clinic, wide In its scope and designed for and serving the entire county, examined 1,520 of the population as compared to 1.448 for 1943 and 1,404 for 1942. The clarifications of those examined Include adults and children; senior high school and private school children, school faculty members, inustrlal groups; home nursing and nurses' aid classes, a fire company, 20 of whose members were examined, for a total of 2,690 examinations Including the preliminary and follow-up examinations. During the year there were 85 cases of tuberculosis reported, of which 24 were non-resident or non-settlement cases, and there weri 20 deaths from the disease In the county for a rate of 31.88 per 100-000 population compared with rate of 81.0 In 1943 and 35.8 In 1942. The provisional death rate for the entire state and a new low record In 1944 was 44.6 per 100.000, Indicating the good showing made by Rockland County. Cases of tuberculosis In the county during 1944 numbered 21 under the age of 30 years and 29 over the age of 30. Advanced cased reported were five male and one female over 30 years of age. In the modified advanced stage there were ten males over 30 and eight females, while In the minimal cases three males and two females were over 30 years of age. Death Cases Of thoxe who died during the year from the disease there wer two males and one female under 30 while 16 males and one female were over that age. The deaths by townships were: Ramapo, six . . ' out or 21 cases; Orangetown, five out of ten cases; Haveratraw, fout of ten cases; Stony Point, thres of six cases; and Clarkstown, two of three cases. Clinics are conducted each morning at the out patient department at the sanatorium and when special arrangements can be made for later hours. One evening cllnlo 1s held weekly, especially for those (Continued vn fog ttto) Cross field workers. "The cost of the honor roll was but $25 for material and all of the work was done by volunteers. The names of those on it were checked again and again to make sure that every name which was entitled to be on it was there and these will be checked again before the permanent roll la erected. "Plans for a permanent roll were made at a meeting of the committee on March IS, 1945, when the sad condition of the temporary roll was discussed. No action waa taken on a site because It was a meeting of the OCD and not reported to the press as 'it was off the record' for the time being. "As for the erection of the present roll, the architect's elevation was done by John Jeffrey, the digging was done by members of the fire company, painting by Bill North and Charles Horn, the carpentry by Al Krueger, Gustav Svahn and Peter Peterson. The material which was war substitute material was the only thing bought since all other work was voluntarily offered. The lettering was done by Mrs. Ted Lee and Cedrtc Garlick. Flint Things First "After all, how many boys want an honor roll? Some would prefer postwar employment, better schools (Continued on Paa 'Iwo) VOTES BONDS $6,000 Issue Is Approved for Purchase of New Fire Apparatus At a public election held In the Orangeburg S c h o o t, Greenbuah Road, Orangeburg, last night, only 22 people turned out, but 22 votes were cast In favor of buying $6,000 worth of new fire equipment. The money will be raised by a bond issue. Last night's election continued Orangeburg's decisive policy of modernizing its fire department. In the meantime, the committees which were elected at the Blauvelt public hearing April 5 on the question of lire protection for the vll-lAge are still investigating the cost of service from either the West Nyack or the Orangeburg fire departments. At the hearing Blauvelt residents voted In favor of a "fire protection district" which means tnat Blauvelt will be pro- ( Ucled by a neighboring fire dopar- mn until such time as It might organize a volunteer flie company and petition protection from them. Blauvelt continues to go without visible means of fire protection although at the public hearing Joseph Dodge, secretary of the Orangeburg Board of Fire Com missioners, suggested that the com munity write the Orangeburg board, asking for temporary protection, until Its plans could be formulated. As yet the board has received no letter, ORANGETOWN GROUP SENT FOR INDUCTION The following men registered with the Orangetown Selective Service Board left this morning for induction Into the Army: Orlando Benjamin Titus, Charles Thomas Thatcher, Stanley Cooper Van Loan, John Newburn McVeigh, Herbert Augustus Btirnalde,-John Marslllo, Joseph Samuel Renetla, Edgar Michael Cagllone, Harold Kennedy, Howard Herbert Home, Dudley Knapp, Byron James Rat-to, Theodore Peterzell, Joseph Torre, Morria Bauman, John George Decora, John Costa, Raymond Millers Coward, James Arthur Amann, Howard Oliver Johnson, Henry Behrens Wolf, Murray Bernard Wolf Warren Harding Shannon, William Chichester Erick-son, and Donato Margotta. TEACHER CONTRACTS CONSIDERS BY BOARD The major part of the meeting of the Congers School Board last night was taken up In preparing teachers contracts for the eomlng school year. Tho effcc) of the law recently passed Incresslng state aid to schools was also discussed by the board. President J. Frank Connor reported that plans had been completed by Supervising Principal Felix V. Festa for the annual open house which will be held on the evening of April 25. All parents and residents of the district are Invited to attend. Treasurer A. W. Klothe reported a balance In the treasury of the district amounting to 112.022.09 and bills amounting to $4,871.35 were apptoved for payment ORANGEBURG Paris Reports Two Forces Have Already Met South of Dresden REDS STArToFFENSIYE NLnth Poised on Elbe River for Coming Drive Straight to Berlin By international News Servlc Lieut. Gen. George S. Pat- ton's Third Army sent twin spearheads of tanks eastward today, driving the Germans from positions only two miles from Chemnitz and 30 miles west of Dresden in a sweeping advance toward a junction with the Russians fighting in the Goerlitz sector. The Paris radio, quoting a broadcast from the free German station, said a preliminary junction already had been made by advanced guards near Pima, some nine miles south of Dresden. The report was not confirmed by any other source. The jittery German radio went on the air with a series of broadcasts telling of the powerful Soviet offensive along a 50-mile front which broke through Berlin' outer defenses and advanced to within 23 miles or the Reich capital. The Berlin report of the Soviet drive was partially confirmed i Moscow with unofficial report to the effect the Red Army was making "steady progress'1 In the direction of Berlin. Near Cwwh Border Meanwhile other. Third Army forces moved along an eight-mile front to within six miles of the Czechoslovak border. The Luxembourg radio broadcast a report the Americans already were moving along the frontier between Germany and Czechoslovakia but this, . like the broadcast of the Junction of American and Russian troops, lacked official confirmation in any quarter. Farther south, columns of the U. S. Seventh Army entered Nuernberg where a savage fight is in progress for the "holy city" of Nazidom. Another Seventh Army force moved toward northeast for eight miles, reaching Lauf. The key German city of Leipzig, for months the target of powerful Allied air blows, was flanked to tn west, south and east when the U. S. First Army's Ninth Armored Division was reported officially to have advanced to positions 12 miles east of the 'city. One front dispatch said American infantrymen were 15 miles west of Leipzig. Ninth Ready to Move The U. S. Ninth Army continued to mass strong forces along the Elhe River for the coming push on Berlin and was In control of the west bank of the stream, eoccept for small Nazi pockets, from Wltten-bcrge southward to Barby, southeast of Magdeberg. Fighting continued to rage Inside Magdeburg where the Nazi srs holding desperately to their dwindling positions Insido the river city. British Second Army forces at last reports were only 40 mile from Hamburg and 25 miles from the lower Elbe. In Italy, the American Fifth and British Eighth armies moved their new offensive northward, Increasing their threat against the Ger man strongholds of Mediclna and Caatol San Pletro, each of which are only 14 miles i'ivn Bologne. Jap Shipping lilt The war in the Far East waa featured by powerful American air blows against Japanese shipping and military installations. A strong task force of U, S. Superfortresses of the 21st Bomber Command lashed out at the southernmost Jap Island of Kyushu. Tokyo reported that a fleet of approximately 80 B-29's took part In the sweep which lasted for one and one-half hours and centered around airfields in ti.i southern part of the Island, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimita Issued a communique saying that 428 more Japanese planes had been destroyed during the four day beginning April 12 by American planes operating from newly seized landing strips on Okinawa, At the same time Nlmtts disclosed that American amphibious forces expanded the U. S. hold on the Ryukyu archipelago with an Invasion of Ie Shima Monday under the cover of carrier aircraft and heavy shelling from naval craft. The island lica Just off the Motobu peninsula In western Okinawa where American marines are encountering growing Japanese opposition. MAJOR MAURER HOME Edward J. Maurer, Sr., of Nyack la probably the proudest pedestrian tn town today. His son. Major E4-ward J. Maurer of the U, 3. Army Air Force, arrived home thl morning after months of action In the Southwest Pacific. Young Ed made a beelln for his fMher at The Journal office and after extensive arm pumping took oft forthwith to greet the rest of hi family and friends. The car went with htm so Ed the elder wilt be delighted to walk, ff

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