LAUNCH U-BOAT CAMPAIGN The Portsmouth Herald Wanner today. Not much change In temperature. Herald temperatures (past 24 hours): high, 52; low, 29; noon today, 52. Wi 'MM vSTTvim., no. i4. xasgiSi. Portsmouth, n. h., Thursday evening, march is. .943 TaasBBW- 10 pages five cents llB IWMC Removes Portsmouth From Critical Labor Status Halve 'A' Book Gas Ration Port City Can Drive For Fun Again But Gas May Be Lacking MM I U I N . cl.lnc , V fn, Urtnrv -iari. "tlllf Ml I ,,. i tlf t"nrltis rain after ti , ,' i ir. Ihi .irni lh.it I . 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CI irrl Hie lire rnU'Ctl Report Furious U-Boat Clashes Washington, March 78 (A I') Running battles between submarine packs and convoy ships indicated to-dan that Germany has launched her expected' mass U-boat campaign against Allied shipping in the Xorth Atlantic. from both sides of the ocean came reports or furious clashes with these results: I, Al Irani three U-boats were 4Uttk attd many others probably tlanmircu bv Allied c.vcort vei-neW and the KAF durln a 72-hntir baltlc la-it month. The Brl-iMi Admiralty's luinouiiccment, ltiudc In London, said the con-vnv "did not escape without loss" but nave no details In this connection. -.. The Coast Guard Cutter Campbell rammed, shelled and v.uik one blr enemy submarine and depth-bombed five others In a furious fight with an un-tlrrsea wolf pack about three weeks ngo. The navy said the Campbell was damaged but she reached port with the aid of other vessels. News of the battles, which apparently were separate actions, came 54 hours after a Joint announcement bv London. Ottawa and Washington "thttt a master plan had been worked out to combat U-boat war-fate. The German have been expected to turn loose the full fury of their undersea raiders In a desperate effort to choke off American supplies for an European invasion. Continued On Page Two) Herald Carrier Donates Pay To Red Cross n Hie main located r Mimed tuilltlltijr. lull mint be repaired until I- Is rlearrd. Closing trm would deprive irrv-Wnrd of watct. nl iE llirlr healing plant, linnet t D Murphy. 23. Is i v poit-moiith hospital I'uird ankle and other ,!T-tl wlfti he was fr.l.nt clrbti- James W. Mliep hi- car skidded ,.- hr headed to answer .'.ui br ccuminrd and "rir in Cully detrrmlno f r- believed he re ""u no-'- and a broken YANK SOLDIERS CHECK over captured Italian tank (top) after W'. fierce counterattack by U. Krf rivn AvU irnntK back. The men are keeping a sharp eye aleTotUm wt wrecWIna TiLTs. troops aid the wounde driver. (International) r"i-'iti. M.inh la. 1'UI. Mar Time Y' ' ' f ' ' un ' Son ""MOW l!) 30 pill, today's Herald nninncnl li Here & There 4 rittnnn t Klttery 2 quarter by nunrtcr Dickie Poole, 14vearold son of Mr. and Mrs. Wade C. Poole of Porpoise way. Atlantic Heights, has edged himself Into full il membership In the Red Cross. To earn each quarter he tramped through snow and water to deliver papers as a Herald carrier. They didn't come easy. Paid tlv Installment But when, a few days ago, a Red Cross solicitor stopped at his home to ask for his mother's donation, Dickie interrupted to say he'd like to contribute too. He gave a quarter. Shortly after that he made 50 cents. Off he hurried to give that to the solicitor too. With each donation, Dickie was feeling better inside. He was doing his own bit to help the boys In battle. Maybe, he reasoned, the money I give will buv something for Walter. Walter, Dickie's brother, Is In the navy as a shlpfltter, 3c. now (Continued On Page Two) t.cgal Notices 9 1 Norton V Soldier JohnGantz Sais E A And Censor Agree I'ul.lir Itadio Korhcslrr NOTICE fie l tine IVivmcnl Depart "mi l unit nprti Just In-KIr the '"ft Mnnr entrance. Monfgomery Ward Co. rtdv, New York, March IS (AP) From North Africa, John Gantx wrote his wife: "Oh, bov, how I miss you. I can hardly wait till I gel home. (I hope the censor doesn't mind me writing this.)" The censor didn't. He ap- Lt. Walter A. Sharer Receives Silver Star At Nayy Yard Ceremony Lt. Walter A. Sharer, USN, 29 Hall's court, Pannaway Manor, received the silver star medal for gallantry during war patrols in enemy control waters yesterday morning from Rear Adm. Thomas Withers, USN, commandant of the Portsmouth Navy yard, who made the presentation in the name of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The citation, signed by Adm. Ches- Keep up the good work. I know you ter W. Ntmitz, USN, commander In chief of the Pacific fleet, credited the young naval officer with contributing directly in the sinking of an enemy cruiser and destroyer and In the serious damaging of another cruiser. The ceremony yesterday morning was held in reception hall of Building 1.1, where submarine officers and men make their headquarters. It was brief but Impressive. Nearly 75 fellow officers formed a background for the award. Admiral Withers called Lieutenant Sharer to the center of the room and read the citation to him. The commandant was flanked by Comdr, Robert A. Knapp, USN, senior officer afloat present; on his left and Capt. George C. Krlner, USN, captain ol trie yarct, on his right, Capt. Charles M. Elder, USN, aide to the commandant, stood directly in the rear with Ensign tniin T. si.bV.1p TIRNR nersnnal aide to the commandant. After reading the citation Admiral 1 Withers said: "Our submarines are playing a great part in this war and all you men are doing an excellent job. It gave me great pleasure to present this award to you this morning. WANTED: MEN And WOMEN for Work At The Morlcy Company Steady work 48 hours a week. Persons working in essential war work not desired. Apply at U. S. Employment Service 29 High St. After Admiral Withers' remarks fellow officers who are serving aboard undersea craft grouped around the young lieutenant and offered their congratulations. This is the f.rst time during this war that a medal of gallantry in action against the enemy has been presented to a naval officer stationed at the Ports mouth Navy yard and is believed to be one of the first of such awards ever held here. Lieutenant Sharer's Portsmouth address is a temporary one as he is attached to the submarine service. His home is Carney's Point, N. J. He is a graduate of the U. S. Naval academy at Annapolis, Md. York County Sends 18 Men To Duty Eighteen men from neighboring York county communities have left for the armed services under a call by I he Selective Service board at Kennebunk They include: Marshall A. Dunn of Richmond, formerly of Kittery; Weldon M. Morrison of Boston, formerly of Wells and Richard W. Kierstead of South Portland, formerly of Ogun-quit. Also Walter A. Wheal, Malcolm T. Hall, Kendrick E. Chase, Jr., James Garrett, Jr.. Earl D. Goss and Herbert O. Goodwin, all of Kittery; Edward A. Bragdon, Jr., Richard H. Hill and Donald B. Gile of York; Eliot N. Fernald, Jr., and Llwin R. White of Eliot; Ernest H. Hilton of Wells; Romeo Bennett, Wesley G. Grass and Stanley Cunningham of South Berwick. Gasoline May Cost More Washington, March 18 (AP) Starting Monday, Portsmouth motorists can drive for fun again, as far as their gasoline will take them but for the luckless "A" bookholders, at least, that won't be very far. And what gas they get may cost them more. Dealer pleas for price increases, driver pleas for more coupons and official pleas for revival of car-sharing plans chorused today in the wake of yesterday's Office of Price Administration order cutting the "A" bookholder's weekly ration roughly from about 3 to 1 Vi gallons and lifting the pleasure driving ban. The same day the order applying only to the East coast is effective, a group of independent retail gasoline dealers from Eastern cities is expected to ask OPA for an Increase in the price ceiling. A spokesman for the Washington dealers said he planned to call them together, adding that the curtailed ration would trim sales vol ume further and force many small dealers out of business unless the margin is increased. Port City Shifted Toless'AcuteArea; Work -Week Same Portsmouth was removed today from the status of an acute shortage area and placed in the group of less critical areas by the War Manpower commission. Shifted with two other areas, Bath, Me., and Akron, Ohio, Portsmouth's contract-getting chances are raised but no change is contemplated from the hiring and work-week relations at this time, according to Joseph A. Smith, WMC, regional director of Boston, Mass. Senators Vote Against Farm Labor Deferment Sens. Wallace H. White, Jr., and Ralph O. Brewster of Maine voted against the Bankhead bill to defer farm labor from the draft yester day. The Senate passed the meas ure 50-14. Some Speculation Aroused Some speculation was aroused oy the wording of the OPA announce ment which said merely that the fifth period "A" coupons would be valid for four months instead of two. If the coupons must last the entire four months as the order was generally interpreted it would effect a 50 percent slash in the "A" bookholder's ration. John Barry, WMC area director in Portsmouth, said- this - moniinp "tlat hewhaTl not- been notified as yet of the change in status . but is awaiting orders from commission officials. The negative decision which rested with Mr. Smith on the release from the 48-hour week regulation was announced this noon. At the same time that the commission lightened the restrictions on , this area, seven new sections were added to the list of places with acute labor shortages: Gary-Hammond, South Chicago, Ind., and 111.; Evansville, Ind., Portland, Me.; Wilmington and Burlington, N. C; Savannah, Ga., and Tampa, Fla. This virtually cuts them off from award or renewal of war production contracts unless alternative facth Maine House Kills Insanity-Divorce Bill ties are not available elsewhere, assures, them o being placed under WMC hiring controls ' and job-switching curbs, and raises the strong probability they will be put on the 48-hour work week. Thomas Lynch Rites The body of Thomas Lynch of this city, who died at St. Petersburg, Fla., Sunday, is expected to arrive in Portsmouth tomorrow and will repose at the Walter L. Griffin Funeral home, 684 State street, until Monday morning, March 22, when the funeral will be held, to be followed by a high mass of requiem in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Lt. Howard, USN, Services Conducted The funeral of Lt. Byron Caleb Howard, USN, (ret.) was held from the Masonic Temple, Middle street, yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Services were conducted by Rev. Henry O. Megert, pastor of the South Eliot Methodist church, followed by Masonic rites by Wor. William Dennett as master, Wor. Harold Marston as senior warden and Thomas B. Ruxton as chaplain. Bearers were Ralph G. McCarthy, Percy B. Larrabee, Hervey Abbott and Arthur Gagnon representing Frank E. Booma Post, American Legion, and J. Fred Turner repre- sentinB the Spanish War veterans. Committal services were held at the Umlly lot in Riverside ceme tery. Pawtucket. R. I this after noon followed by a volley by a firing souad after which "taps" were U. S. Fighters Plaster Jap Airdrome With Bombs; Retake Gafsa; Reds Hold Tax Receipts Doubled On March 76 Washington, March 18 (AP) The Treasury reported today that income tax receipts recorded on March 16 were more than double the amount on Monday, the deadline for filing income tax returns. The daily statement for March 16, issued today, showed income tax receipts of $514,606,492. On the previous day receipts totaled $246,850,-735. Tuesday's receipts were greater than those for the comparable day last year (March 17) when income tax collections of $422,371,325 were Augusta, Me., March 18 (AP) Reversing its favorable action of a week neo. the Maine House today reported. killed by a 72 to 39 vote legislation Monday's receipts were $145,623,24? to make incurable insanity legal I less than those reported on the same grounds for divorce In Maine. day last year. At Rabaul (By the Associated Press) Gen. Douglas MacArthur's headquarters today reported a smashing assault on the big Japanese base at Rabaul, New Britain, in which Allied fliers plastered the airdrome with 392 bombs, while other United Nations airmen attacked an enemy outpost in the Kai islands between Australia and New Guinea. The attack- on Rabaul, just before dusk yesterday, touched off many fires and explosions and further crippled Japan's aerial striking power in the Southwest Pacific. Meanwhile, a Tokyo broadcast quoted Premier Hidekl Tojo as warning Japan that "the war situation is becoming more serious" a confession underlined by Secretary Knox's statement in New York, last night that Japan has lost 1,857,000 In North Africa Allied Headquarters in North Africa, March 18 (AP) United States forces recaptured the strate-Cir Central Tunisian city of Gafsa yesterday after a 30-mile drive m which they encountered mtie opposition, a communique said today. The bulletin declared that Allied positions were improved in the northern sector of the Mareth line front "both during the nights of March 16 and 17 and during yesterday." rirst Authoritative Report (This was the first authoritative Allied statement which would tend to bear out German radio ' reports that Gen. Sir Bernard Montgomery's Eighth army had begun a four-division push against Marshal Erwin Rommel's lines in that region.) "In the . south our patrols were active', inflicting losses on the enemy," the communique said. Allied forces were credited with In Donets Valley Moscow, March 18 (AP) A titan-ii tank struggle, with a German ah umbrella of Junkers dive bombers' met by hurtling Soviet Stormo-viks trying to knock out the German armor, was being waged to-aay in the Northern Donets River valley, but the Russians reported their lines refused to give before tae masses of tanks hurled against them. Far northwest of Kharkov, in the area west of Sevsk, and along a battle line east of Kharkov and extending down into the Donets hasin the Germans were sail le concentrating their reserves and tanks against narrow sectors, stnv me violently to break through to ward cities and towns still held by ihe Russians. On the central battlefront, U. S. ARMY BOMBERS, under the command of Brig. Gen. C. L. Bissell, have just made a direct hit on the strategic Myitnge bridge, over which traffic from central and South Burma must pass to reach the Jap bases at Mandalay and Lashio. Air forces photo. (International) the Russians were swooping down upon scores of settlements south of Bely and were said to be shaping a wide attack on a stretch of the Vyai-ma-Smolensk railway. as the first draft reads, I am going to do a Rip Van Winkle and crawl into bed for the next 20 years. If the government nurses you along from the cradle to the grave, it has i,o take care of you in the meantime, doeen't- it? It all sounds like the best bet since Der Austrian Paperhanger told the Germans they are a master race-. It is grand and glorious for Uncle Sam to take care of us all. But lt isn't mentioned where our rich uncle got all his dough or has he got it yet? Under the proposed security setup, the middle class of Americans is always where it has been strictly in the middle. Before this beautiful mirage U reached, however, Congress will demand the maps, the charts, the sealed instructions and a sextant. sounded.
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