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THE NOME NUGGET
OLDEST NEWSPAPER IN ALASKA—MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS VOL. 47.—No. 22. NOME. ALASKA, FEBRUARY 23. 1944. PER COPY—15c Pair Forced Down On Return Here The “Asses* Ears’’, twin peaks j near Lake Amarok, were not dis- ! cernible in the distance. Judge O. D. Cochrane, return ing to Nome from Kotzebue with Pilot Ed Waller, of Ferguson Air- i ways, a newcomer in the district, tried vainly to help the pilot set his course for Nome. Mr. Cochrane recognized no particular landmarks, as the plane i; wehded it’s way over the tur d— [ At the point of admitting being lost, fortunately Teller came into Sight of the pair, immediately to) their left. Although the weather was fast in closing in on the plane, Judge Cochrane and his pilot, felt re lieved they were on the right course for Nome. And then it happened— Flying low in the murky bli VI ness and fury of the storm, it fin ally became inevitable the pilot would be forced to land blindly The wind, galed to a high velocity, aided the pilot in his crash land ing. Within a few moments the pair were safe on the ground, but entirely devoid of any knowledge of their whereabouts With the judge left in the plane. PUot Waller started out to look for shelter and incidentally find his bearings. Within .a short IMte. he returned to the plane #ith the information a dilapidated cabin lay but a mile away, and that it contained a small stove, which would prove suitable for heat un til help arrived. The pair braved the raging storm as far as the cabin, where a small, but highly welcome fire was made of wood taken’- from the cabin itself. Seated on either side of the stove, the pair sat down to- await the arrival of help. Taking brief turns at sleeping, their vigil was rewarded two days later, when a dog team hove into sight on the Horizon According to Mr. Cochrane and his pilot, this proved the most welcome sight they had seen. And needless to say, both appreciated highly their belated return to Nome The incident happened less than j 12 miles from Nome. The plane, J was damaged slightly, in its land ing in the storm. BARKLEY RESIGNS WASHINGTON, Feb. 23— (AP) —Senator Albin W. Barkley of Kentucky, offered his resignation as democratic leader of the Sen ate, in vehement protest against President Roosevelt’s tax veto, which he denounced “a deliber ate calculated assault upon the honest integrity of Congressmen." Barkley threw down the lead ership after a bitter, sarcastic at f tack on the President, the titular head of Barkley’s own party. He shouted his answer at the President’s veto message, one time and termed as Roosevelt’s own tax goals, “fantastic”. Barclay announced that he had called a conference of the demo cratic majority for 10:30 a. m. to morrow, to select his successor, as his resignation would take effect at that time. I i RUSSIAN CUERRILLAS REST —Russian guerrillas, operating behind German lines, re- | lax in a forest hideout somewhere on the eastern front after a long march. Forced to Land On Ice Near Nome Yesterday was just another day in the life of an Alaska pilot, but it was quite an experience to his two passengers, who were re turning from furlough to their army outfits. Pilot Frank Whaley, returning from Wales Monday, stopped at Shishmaref to pick up two pas sengers, Ray Ningeulook and Alex Weyiounna. The weather seem-, ed to be favorable, but enroute to Nome they stopped off at Teller to get the latest reports, and then proceeded on to Nome. A short distance out of Nome, the weather closed in solid. They could not see the ground on ac count of the falling and drifting snow. The radio- at Nome in formed Frank that there was no chance to make the airijort. He was on his own. Proceeding south over the ice until he could pick up a “black lead.” which meant open water, the only visible thing beneath the plane. Finally, a lead was spotted, which he followed to the west, to ward Sledge Island, looking for an opening in the wall of snow, but this soon petered out. With only about 30 minutes of gasoline supply left, Pilot Whaley decided to make a try for a land ing on the ice. Turning to follow the lead opce more just a few feet above the water, in search of a likely spot in which to set her down for the night, on the shore side of the lead, on the great ice field. Fiank told the boys: “We might as well make a try for it, there seems to be a pretty fair spot. In a few moments they were crossing the lead with the skiis almost touching the water, and made a completely blind landing on the ice, damaging one wingtip slightly. Immediately after landing they bedded and tied the plane down for the night, and proceeded to make themselves as comfortable as possible. It was geeting quite dark and the storm was lessening. All at once they could see Nome and its beacon light, and realized they were only about three miles BOMBS SAID TO BE MADE BY RUSSIANS STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 23.^ —<AP>—The Swedish telegraph agency said that Russian lettering was found on fragments of the bombs at Straennaes, 40 miles west of Stockholm, after a small number of foreign ' planes had dropped explosives there. On the capital, night signal lights were also dropped, indicat ing they were trying to land. The planes were believed to be dam aged craft and jettisoned their ex plosives before attempting emer gency landings. Russian bombers raided Turku on the west coast of Finland, Ear lier in the night. Several bombs fell in the sum mer open air theater, in the only extensive open area in the south ern part of the Swedish capitol. No casualties were reported, but hundreds of w’indows were shat tered. HEAVY RAINS IN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES, Cal.. Feb. 23. —AP—Heavy rains lashed at southern California for the fourth straight day with a rainfall ex ceeding seven inches. Three deaths were blamed to the storm which included high tides and heavy breakers, which damaged waterfronts. In Miami, Florida, the story is quite different. The lack of rain, and the temperature hovering about 80 degrees Farenheit, caused the water superintendent to order the staggering of hours for lawn sprinkling. NOTICE! The poll book is now open in the office of the City Clerk for the Registration of voters at the annual city election to be held April 4, 1944. CARRIE M. McLAIN, City Clerk. south of the city, on the ice. They felt much relieved, and waited for daylight, when they walked into town about 8:30 in the morning, none the worse for w'ear. Repaired Airdrome Is Blasted ' ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC, Feb. 23.—<AP>—Communiques to day reported that American bombers based in the Solomon Islands, blasted the newly-repair ed Lakunai airdrome at Rabaul with 52 tons of bombs neutraliz • ing the airfield and setting five large fires. The returning pilots reported the smallest number of planes ever encountered at the Japanese , southern stronghold. One of our bombers was down ed by anti-aircraft fire from one of the ships in the harbor which was pounded last Friday by Unit ed States destroyers. There was very little shipping in the harbor. i The MacArthur communique re ported the troops in th£ Saidor , area on New Guinea had captured i Gabumi, a village 11 miles to the i northeast. A landing place on the coastal regions around Medang is the possible objective of the ground troops, and was given a good go | ing-over by the air force. NOMINATES DIRECTORS — The Chamber of Commerce nom inatig committee met this after noon and voted on the nomination of the following members, to be elected to the board of directors of the Northwestern Alaska Chamber of Commerce: Frank Whaley, William Camer on, C. Dudley Warner, Antonio Polet, H. Gabrielson, M. J. Walsh, V. G. Seiffert, Chris Roust and Guy Mish. The fact that the nominating committee has made up the fore going list as probable board mem bers, does not eliminate the pos sibility of other nominations be ing made from the floor. The election of the board mem bers will take place in the court room of the Federal building at 8:00 p. m. Thursday (tomorrow evening). All who can make it conven ient should be present. MAKE TWO ATTACKS ON LONDON AREA LONDON, Feb. 23— (APV—A substantial number of German raiders made two directional as saults on London last night, show ering high explosives and fire bombs over wide areas here and in other English sections, caus ing casualties, including at least 10 killed. Fires were started in several districts. The raiders stirred up a barrage which was believed by many- to be the heaviest of the war. Ten enemy planes were des troyed over England, and one over j its own base in France by a Can- J adian intruder. This made the eleventh assault on London this month and the fourth in five nights. The attacks j came in two waves, over the east and south coasts, and converged! on London, then spread out. The main cargo of the raiders were incendiaries of a new, higher explosive type, which the Ger mans say they are making it great quantities. A number of schools, includ ing a very famous one in London, were among the bqjlcjmgs wreck ed. ' V WOMEN WIN QUIZ PROGRAM The Bible Quiz program was brought to a conclusion last Sun day when the army team, which had won two contests, was de feated by the women’s team of the Federated Church. In recognition of their biblical skill, the winners, Mrs. Baldwin, Mrs. Lehmann and Mrs. Whaley, were presented with ivory crosses which were carved in Nome Many passages of the Bible were studied, not only by the twenty-odd contestants, but also by interested listeners. We wish to thank the local ra dio for their tune and the local paper for its cooperation in bring ing these messages to the people of Nome. The Religious Council will con tinue to sponsor this Voice ,of Religion program every Sunday afternoon at 5 p. m. The committee responsible i'^r this new program is composed of Miss Fay Watson, Miss Reba Todd, Mrs Lloyd Peterson, Bert Bell and Tom Morris.—(Contributed) PREDICTS CUT IN GASOLINE SAN FRANCISCO. Feb. 23 — (AP)—Leo F. Center, OPA region al director, predicted the possible cut in the Pacific Coast gas ra tions, by April 1st, after the ar rest of four persons here follow ing the discovery they had gaso line coupons good for three mil lion gallons of gasoline. Also that the coupons were gone from one ration board for 177,000 gallons of gasoline. The investigation of the black market is underway. Advertise what you have to sell in The Nugget! Americans Throw Back Two Attacks ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN NAPLES, Feb. 23 —(APV— Amer ican troops threw back two local ized German attacks west of Cu tema yesterday, allied headquar ters announced, as Field Marshal Kesserling brought long-range ar tillery into play, and had appar ently regrouped his forces for an other attempt to drive the allies off the beachhead at Anzio. Nazi artillery lobbed shells into the nerve center of Anzio, and other objectives. 130 German planes hit at due ground troops, but the allies sent 1,600 sorties, and gunfire against enemy troop and vehicle move ments. A lull continued in the Cassino sector except for scattered infil tration of German troops into the Fifth Army lines, but they were forced to retreat under cover of a smoke screen. Headquarters reported oniy nor mal patrol sections on both fronts, which were being hampered by snow-falls, particularly in the mountainous sectors. CONSIDERED “UNTESTED PRETENDERS” MINNEAPOLIS, Minn, Feb, *S. —(APV—Chairman Robert Hanne gan of the National Democratic Committee, termed the republican candidates for president as “un tested pretenders," before a Wash ington. Day dinner crowd, and added: “Today, as never before, a United front is demanded against the field of untried competitors for national Leadership. QUADRUPLET SON DEAD RECATUR. Ala., Feb. 22 — (AP> —Dr T M. Guyton announced that one of the quadruplets bom to Mrs. Spencer Edmund Hutto of Hillsboro. Ala., Monday morn ing, died Monday night. The one boy died, but his three sisters continued satisfactorily. The father is a private in a paratrooper company, and was stunned by the birth announce ment. The news was repeated to him several times, and as he walked away, he turned back to ask; “Did you say four?” TRUMAN TOUTS ROOSEVELT TOPEKA, Kans.. Feb. 23.—(AP) —Franklin Delano Roosevelt was described today by Senator Tru man, a democrat, as the man best able to handle the “solemn re sponsibilities which will be ours in the post-war world.” Senator Truman spoke at the Kansas Democratic Washington Day dinner at which the state cen tral committee announced the en dorsement of the renomination.