The Evening News from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on March 31, 1941 · Page 5
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Monday, March 31, 1941
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THE EVENING NEWS. HARRISBURG, PENNA., MONDAY. MARCH 31, 1941 PAGE FIVE H n MM mm Commanders of First Army And Second Corps Area See State Soldiers at Work INDIANTOWN f,AP. Mnrrh 31 Lieut. Gen. Hugh A. Drum, com manding officer of the First Army, and Maj. Gen. Henry C. Pratt, commander of the Second Corps Area, undertook a general observation tour of the military reserva tion here, today. General Drum, accompanied by Col. Benjamin F. Caffey, Jr., left Mitchell Field at 8.30 this morning, arriving at the Harrisburg Airport at 9.15 o'clock, where they were met by Maj. Gen. - Edward Martin and his staff. From the airport, the official party was escorted to Indiantown Gap by the Second Squadron, 104th Cavalry, a scout car squadron. Ar riving at the camp, General Drum was greeted bv a fifteen-gun salute fired by Battery C, 107th Field Artillery, under the command of Capt. Robert J. O'Donnell, Phoenixville. At the camp the party was joined by Major General Pratt. General Drum planned to spend the entire day at the reservation, having lunch with General Martin at the officers' mess at Division Headquarters. Following the afternoon tour, he will travel to Harrisburg, where he will spend the night at the Penn-Harris Hotel. Reviews 111th Infantry This morning General Drum reviewed the 111th Infantry on Muir Field, Division review grounds, and stopped at the 5Gth Infantry Brigade bayonet course. He re viewed a preliminary marksman ship drill by the 112th Infantry, Second and Third Battalions, and a drill by the 104th Cavalry. General Drum later stopped at $$0 IS A PUBLIC MENACE I CNEEZING not only sips your 0 strength but sprays millions of germs about you. For your own comfort and for the safety of others use Mentholatum. This gentle ointment soothes irritated nasal membranes and checks the desire to sneeze, as well as relieves other discomforts of colds. for Discomforts of the rifle and pistol ranges to watch the 110th Infantry in its first day of firing practice. The tour also took him to maneuvers of the 107th Field artillery, Second Battalion Afternoon inspection included the 108th Field Artillery units, engaged in standing gun drill; the post hospital, the bakers and cooks' school, the ordnance school, the radio operators' school and a scouting and patrolling demonstration. A period of intensive artillery practice, which will last until De cember, was begun by the 107th Field Artillery, with units from Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Phoenixville and Williamsport The 107th took over all the big gun ranges for twenty-four hours. The exercises were known as "sub-caliber firing," 37 mm, firing -mechanism being mounted on 75s. The 108th will take over the ranges tomor row; the 109th Wednesday, and the three regiments will continue firing in this order throughout the period. Each infantry and engineers battalion contributed an officer and non-commissioned officer for a demonstration of scouting and patrolling, which is the system of establishing a point to which troops are to be advanced and then scouting and patrolling the inter vening territory before bringing up the main body of men. The cavalry spent part of the day in practicing simulated firing from moving vehicles and then went out on a "road march." 109th Infantrymen Learn How to Use Rifles In the use of rifles, Uncle Sam's one-year inductees at the Indiantown Gap cantonment learn to shoot the weapons from various positions. Some members of the 109th Infantry, pictured here, are firing from the kneeling position while others are standing. Firing from prone position also is taught. This picture was taken on the busy 200-yard rifle range as the soldiers shot for camp records. Order Dentist To Active Duty INDIANTOWN GAP, March 31. Capt. Louis Lamont Means, of the Dental Corps Reserves, Mc-Keesport, has been ordered to re port here for active duty May 1. These men will be sent to other camps for special training: Infantry school, Fort Benning, Ga., April 9 to July 3, radio oper ators' course First Class Pvt. John C. Merkel, Headquarters Company, 109th Infantry, Scran-ton; Pvt. Otto M. Merkel, Headquarters Company, 111th Infantry, Philadelphia. Quartermasters' motor transport depot, Fort Holabird, Md., three months, beginning April 10, advance auto mechanics course: Tech. Sergt. William C. Kuhn, Company 4, 103d Quartermaster, Gettysburg. Lieutenant Richards Drops Dead in Moosic INDIANTOWN GAP, March 31. It was learned here today that First Lieutenant Oren Richards, assistant regimental surgeon of the 109th Field Artillery, dropped dead yesterday while changing the tags on his car while on leave at his home at Moosic, a Scranton suburb. Naziand Italian Vessels Seized From Page One The Quality Refrigerator At the Quantity Price mm m3m mam Lemon Juice Receipe Checks Rheumatic Pain Quickly If you suffer from rheumatic, arthritis or neuritis pain, try thli simple Inexpensive noma recipe that thousands are us! lie. Get a package of Ru-Ex Compound, a two-week supply, today. Mix It with a quart of water, add the Juice of 4 lemons. Use only as directed on label. It's easy. No trouble at all and pleasant. Tou need only 2 tablespoonsful two times a day. Often within 48 hours sometimes overnight splendid results are obtained. 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Until that time they declined to indicate whether Germany might take any reprisals or whether the action is regarded here as an act oi war. Ministers to Meet The Ministerial Association of Greater Harrisburg will meet at 4 o clock this afternoon at the Pen brook United Brethren Church. Re ports of a number of committees will be given, and the Rev. Dr Chester S. Simonton will preside. jj,,, WADE 'WITH ASBESTOS TOP 'lffi leafs to 1 In. Made to Measure to Fit Any Shane Table Phone or write and a representative will call at your home for measurement No charge for this service UNITED TABLE PAD CO. 13 So. 3rd St. Phone 2-9437 " MAKE EVENING rif taged by their crews, some so se verely that they constituted men- ac- to navigation and property in ti.e ;ort in which they were berthed. The "Battle of the Atlantic" is now raging with German submarines, surface raiders -nd airplanes attempting to destroy Britain's sea life-lines, and starve her into capitulation. Britain already has lost more than 5,000,000 tons of mer chant shipping and her crying need is ships. The seized ships total over ouu, uuu tons, it was sug gested that their use in American service would permit the release of that amount of American shipping to the British. Seized Under Espionage Act Government officials have been studying the legal aspects of the United States requisitioning foreign vessels in American ports to relieve this Country's ship short age. The Italian, German and Danish ships were seized under the section one of title two of the espionage act of 1917, which reads in part: "The Secretary of the Treasury may make, subject to the approval of the President, rules and regulations governing the an chorage and movement of any vessel, foreign or domestic, in the territorial waters of the United States, may place guards thereon and if necessary in his opinion, in order to secure such vessels from damage or injury or to prevent damage or injury to any harbor or waters of the United States or to secure the observance of the rights and obligations of the United States, may take by and with the consent of the President, for such purposes, full possession and con trol of such vessels." Some lawyers said this wording would permit the United States to press" the ships into its own serv ice. There are no plans to seize the huge $80,000,000 French luxury liner Normandie, of 83,425 tons and one of the largest ships afloat, or other French ships in American ports, Government officials said There are also some Dutch, Bel gian and Norwegian ships in American ports but these are mostly responsive to the orders of the British admiralty. Some officials here believed that the seizures might lead to similar action by Latin American countries in which ships of most all the European nations are tied up. Only recently Chile seized three Danish ships for its own use. Ordered to Wreck Interiors The seizures, effected by the coast guard assisted by the Navy in some cases, were officially de scribed as a means of putting the vessels into protective custody. The seizures were ordered one day after the Italian crews had received orders to wreck the inte riors of their Bhips and came before this wrecking could be completed. The master of one of the the ships said the order was issued on Friday by the naval attache of the Italian embassy here. ' It was recalled that when pro posals for seizing foreign vessels were first heard a few months ago, official spokesmen in both Berlin and Rome hinted that seizure would be construed as an act of war. Acting under secret Instructions from Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr., who had received the approval of President Roosevelt, coast guardmen boarded two German, twenty-eight Italian and thirtv-nve Danish vessels in American harbors and turned the Italian and German crews over to immigration authorities. The Dan ish crews were permitted to re main aboard their ships. "Some Little Trouble" Tonnage totaled about 300,000. The number of crew members was estimated at between 2500 and 3000: about 1600 of them from the German and Italian ships. About twenty of the Italian ships had been sabotaged by their crews and five apparently had been prepared for scuttling or burning at their niers. The seizures were carried out without resistance except in the rase of two Italian freighters at Jacksonville, Fla., where the coast guard commander reported there had been "some little trouble." Face On Fire With Ugly Pimples? Auk your druggist for MERCIRRX imercyrex). Its SIX sctlvs Ingredients 'iften quickly relieve burning, smarting f externally caused Pimples, Ersenm. Impetigo. Acne. It In flesh-tinted, smells rood, Is easy to use. soothes and cools the skin. Helps remove crusts, scabs, .rales helps prevent local Infection. 8 million Jars used. Must relieve or money refunded. 8&0 jar; or Economy Size (I times as much) floe. mercirei: SKIN Machinery of Italian Ships Found Damaged Bu United Press PHILADELPHIA, March 31.-U. S. Coast Guard Commander Lester E. Wells announced today that the machinery of four Italian ships, totaling 19,029 tons, seized in the Delaware River "was damaged, some auite badly." Armed boarding parties of 150 Coast Guardsmen and Marines seized the sabotaged vessels at their moor-ine places yesterday. Last ' night they also took formal possession of two Danish freighters totaling 7500 tons. Wells said that the four Italian ships the Antoinetta, Mar Glauco, Santa Rosa and Belvedere were unfit for service "because of the condition of their machinery." The Danish ships, the P. N. Daram and the Norden, were not damaged. Main shafts and vital engine parts of the four Italian vessels were burned through with acetylene torches, apparently a few hours be fore their seizure, official.s said. Wells said that the 108 officers and men of the Italian vessels and twenty-five Danes from the Danish ships were being detained at the Gloucester, N. J., immigration station. A squadron of a dozen Coast Guard craft carried the boarders in the surprise seizure, closest approach to a naval engagement on the Delaware River since the War of 1812. The squadron swung alongside the vessels and the Marines, with fixed bayonets, and the Coast Guardsmen, carrying .45 caliber automatics, swaimed aboard. There was no resistance. Tl? crew of the Belvedere gave snappy-Fascist calutes as the men were landed at the immigration station. Nazi Officers, Gunners Aboard Italian Ships International Neio Service ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, March 31. German officers, petty offic ers and gunners were aboard at least some of the seven Italian war ships sunk by the British Mediterranean fleet in a terrific battle off the Ionian Islands, it was revealed today. Dispatches reaching here from Athens coincident with arrival of the victorious British squadron said that German naval men of these three classes were among the survivors. A direct dispatch from Athens said that approximately 1000 sur vivors of the battle had been landed at Piraeus, the port of Athens. The survivors included numerous officers, including one admiral. When the battle fleet of Ad miral Sir Andrew Browne Cun ningham, commander-in-chief of the Mediterranean fleet, steamed into the important base of Alex andria, a few more details of the dramatic encounter were revealed. To witnesses gathered along the shore there was not the slightest sign of damage to any of the battleships, cruisers or destroyers which dealt the staggering blow to Premier Mussolini's fleet. The great battlewagons and their escorts steamed in with flags flying, decks still cleared for battle and no indication that a single Italian shell had scarred or damaged any superstructure or hull. Official circles disclosed that as soon as the Italian squadron was sighted in the Eastern Mediterranean, Sir Andrew ordered his battleships to cripple as many as the fast-moving Italian cruisers as possible. Order to Seize Ships Given by Roosevelt International Newt Service ABOARD PRESIDENTIAL SPECIAL EN ROUTE TO WASH INGTON, March 31. President Roosevelt confirmed today that he had personally ordered seizure of German, Italian and Danish mer chant ships which had taken refuge in American waters. Roosevelt declined, however, to say what would be done with the ships which would be of material aid to Great Britain in keeping supply lines open across the Atlantic Ocean. Roosevelt discussed the Axis ship seizures at an impromptu press conference alongside his special train after completing an hour's inspection of Fort Jackson, a War Department defense training center near Columbia, S. .C The President spent more than an hour touring the Army camp which, as recently as last September, was desolated terrain of slash pine. loday, Regular Army troops, National Guardsmen, and rookie draft ees are being whipped into fighting shape. ,. The Army s emphasis on mechanization was plain to see, as Roosevelt inspected field artillery. coast artillery, anti-aircraft, and anti-tank units. I Even the cavalry, the President I saw, has been mechanized. Ma chine gun packs were carried by horses, and Roosevelt was shown how speedily the Army riders could dismount and assemble their weap ons. German, Italian Ships Fired at Costa Rica International Nevjs Service SAN JOSE. Costa Rica. March 31. Apparently fearing their seizure by Costa Rican authorities, the crews of the Italian steamer Fella and the German vessel Eisenach set fire to the shins to- - aav. Both vessels had taken refuge n ;ne harbor of Punta Arenas. Port police immediately boarded the ships and arrested the crews. Efforts were made to brine- the fires under control but both were reported burning fiercely. ihe tella is a shin of 6072 tons. The Eisenbach displaces 4177 tons. Both have been in Punta Arenas for months following their failjre to dash through the Brit sh block ade with supplies for Germany and itaiy. Visitors at Minimum During Camp Week-end INDIANTOWN GAP, March 81. Chilly temperatures and Saturday's freak snowstorm kept the number of Sunday visitors at the map to a minimum. About half of the 13,500 officers and men spent the week-end on leaves, returning last night in time to prepare for the inspection today by Lieut. Gen. Hugh A. Drum, commanding officer of the First Army, and other ranking officials. The hospital's sick list dropped to 700 and a continued decline was expected. One out of every six men of military age in Australia is now in uniform. $600,000 Paid Out to Soldiers At Indiantown INDIANTOWN GAP, March 31. Regimental paymasters today had disbursed about $000,000 in pay to soldiers who had drawn only one previous pay. The pay was for the two weeks of preliminary training put in principally at home armories fol lowing the Guard's induction in Federal service. Officers are paid by check and enlisted men in cash. Some of 28 Italian Ships Seized in U. S. Ports London Has No Comment On Freighters' Seizure International Ketcs Service LONDON, March 31. Terming it purely an internal American affair, British authorities declined to comment today on seizure of German, Italian and Danish ships by the united states. ft ; 'S. f . :. :4--: s NEWARK, March 31. Following discovery that their crews were disabling the engines to make them useless in event of seizure, the Coast Guard placed armed guards aboard twenty-eight Italian vessels in United States ports from Boston to Portland, Ore., and the Panama Canal Zone. This airview shows four of the Italian vessels berthed in Port Newark, N. J, with Coast .Guard ships in background. The ship in right foreground is the San Leonardo. The' others are the Brennero, the Alberto and the Aussa. The action was taken under the 1917 Espionage Act, permitting seizure if foreign ships are wrecked, tying up American harbors. Thirty-seven other ships of German and Danish registry also were seized by the Coast Guard. , , ., J , Killed in Leap To Escape Fire By United Presi PITTSBURGH, March 31. - hen he leaped from a third-floor window as fire swept a North Sida tenement house, a 70-year-old man was killed, while five others were injured yesterday. George Butler was fatnllv in. jured after he jumped from the window after a home-made insect exterminator which he had been using to spray beds exploded and wucnea oil the fire. The flames quickly enveloped the old building, forcing more than forty roomers from lower floods to tlee, while at least a dozen others were trapped on window sills and narrow ledges as thev soueht to escape from upper floors. The injured were Frank Cor nelius, 48, broken leg and burns; Thomas Glawinski, 33, and his father, Edward, burns of the face and arms; James McVay, 64, burns of the arms and neck, and James Beatty, 47, overcome by smoke. All but Beatty were detained at a hospital. Leaves forNewfoundland For Technician's Post Miss Anna Inswiler, chief tech nician at the Lewistown Hospital for several years, and formerly of zuiu XNortn ruth street, this city, left last week for Newfoundland, where she has accepted a position as chief technician with the Aetna Life Insurance Company. 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