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r THE DAILY CLINTOMAN The Home Newspaper 01 Vermillion And Parke Countiei THE WEATHER Fair and slightly warmer todar and tonight. Wednesday partly cloudy and .warmer. Mailed la Conformity With P. 0. D. Order No. - Price Three Cents. Volume 82 Number 152. CLINTON, INDIANA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 1944. if A A J u mm AS YANKS ADVANCE IN BRITTANY British - Canadian Fo Hurl U.S. 7 Heavy Attack a New Red Drive Slashes Near East Prussia Keds Launch Encircling Move in Southern Attack; Germans Mobilize Civil Arms; Steady Red Gains LONDON, England. The start Armor Forces Ractf for Paris i- L!. V f Yanks Bottle Guam Japs Into Island Pocket Close Steel Trap On Foe ; In Vital Island Base; New Premier Warns Japs Of "Serious" Days Ahead The Japanese homeland received a warning today from Premier Gen. Kuniakl Koiso that Allied gains In the Marianas and In the New Guinea area and the Allies' apparent intention "to strike at our homeland In a, single blow" confronts the empire , with "national difficulties of unprecedented serlounes." r ' - He spoke over a countryside radio hookup, according to Domel agency ; 'wireless transmissions reported by the FCC. . Major Battle Rages On U. S. Left FlankRepel Nazi Tank Assaults Two-Way American Raid Strikes Nazi Lines, Airfields German Caen Defenses Blasted in 1,750-Plane Raid; Lash Robot Sites AMERICAN INFANTRYMEN march past a knocked-out Nazi truck in a Normandy town on their way to Avranches, France. With the capture of Avranches, the Yanks have smashed two-thirds o the way across th I Brittany Peninsula base. Signal Corps Radiophoto. . (International) LONDON, England. An esti mated 1,760 American warplanes; Including more than 1,000 heavy bombers, lashed out by daylight to day against Nazi positions In front of BritiBh-Canadlan forces near Caen and at airports and robot bomb sites in France. Some 4,000 tons of bombs were dropped during the assaults, observ ers said, Including massive weights loosed upon the Nazis near Caen in the second heavy assault upon that area in 12 hours. Formation Splits An official statement from head quarters of the American air forcer Ih rnHin, inHAnnMUl 1 1 1 !1 1 ,hn t! t - tarkltiR formation, strongly escorted by fighters, spilt Into two main sec- tions to carry out the assaults. The first, comprising more thansive power which liberated at least r of a wide encircling movement' a-galnst East Prussia appeared today as the t Red army launched a new attack aimed at the southern flank of the German province, Reuter reported from Moscow. The attack is being made In two thrusts north and wost of the captured German base of Blalystok. Further north the Red army, In a series of complicated maneuvers, Is breaking through towards the Sla-ullal-Tllstt highway, which runs pn to Koenlgsberg and the interior, cabled Duncan Hooper, Reuters special correspondent to Mescowo. Ready Final Blows! Hundreds of fires are today burning on the German side of the border as the Red air force prepared the way for the all out Soviet as sault. MOSCOW, Russia. German for ces desperately defending East Prussia from the advancing Red army faced a new threat today as Soviet units In Latvia pressed west ward to within 70 miles 'of the East Prussian port of Memel. . (The Berlin radio, as recorded by CBS, during the night reported ''continuous B o 1 a h e v I s t break (Continued on page 2) . Council Sets Up Fund for Youth Recreation -Center . Vote to Include One Cent Tax Levy in 1945 Budget; . Strip Mine Question Aired City council financial backing of the local youth recreation: center was assured today as the council last night voted to include the one cent levy asked by the center in Its 145 budget.. Placing the project under the park and recreational funds, the council voted unanimously to back the newly-inaugurated youth center during the next year. The youth recreation board's re quest for the budget funds was made last Thursday night during the regular council session. Rev. C. C. Jordan, chairman of the adult board and several board members as well as Richard Auer, chairman of the junior board and several of Its members were present. Judge Bark Project " Judge Everett A. Davlssoh, Judge of the Vermillion Circuit Court and of the juvenile court gave his backing to the youth center, telling the council that juvenile delinquency cases in the county have fallen materially In the last six months. The recreation center was begun originally by the local Exchange Club. Funds for the center were con tributed by Interested citizens, by sales conducted by the young members and by the dues paid by the! members. Further work in shaping the budget which is believed to be equal to and possibly less than last year's funds, was done by the council. The 1944 tax rate was f 4.64, with 11.29 of the rate being city tax while the remainder was township and county. (Continued on pc ) 1 Grandson of Clinton Residents Stationed Near Pisa With Yank Pvt. Charles Self res, son of Mr, and Mrs. J. E. Scifres, Paris, III., grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Scifres, 258 Walnut Street, Clinton, is now stationed near Pisa, in Italy, according to a letter received from him. ' In bis letter he said that he is not so busy now, but for a time tbey were really busy "chasing up and down mountains". During this time they ate only two meals a day, consisting of C rations, Pvt. Scifres lost fifteen pounds, but he aatd he was galnnlg. He also mentioned that for nine days he saw neither aoap nor razor. While sightseeing in Rome. Pvt. Scifres saw Irving Berlin in a personal appearance at the Royal Theater, In "This Is Your Army". (Continued on Page 2) Coat Points Clue ToSex-Murder Of Fort Wayne Girl FORT WAYNE, Ind. A blood-spattered man's trench coat found near the strangled and bludgeoned nude body of 17-year-old Phyllis Conine gave investigators today their first major clue to identity of the killer. The tan coat, worn and dirty In addition to Its splotches, was found near the weed patch off the ditch road, eight miles southwest of Fort Wayne in which the high school honor student's body was discovered by crow hunters Sunday. Dr. Robert Jermstad. Fort Wayne medical laboratory pathologist, said his tests Indicated the splotches on the coat were blood and flecks of flesh, but neither he nor other au thorltles would disclose whether the coat was for a small or a large man As the Inquiry Into the brutal killing took a spurt from the trench coat clue today, demands grew for calling In additional crimologlcal aid to solve the third sex maniac type murder of girls and young woman in Fort Wayne this year. In a letter to Mayor Harry Baals. the Industrial Union Council (CIO) condemned progress of the Fort Wayne police department under Chief of Police Jules J. Stumpf and demanded that the city employ ex pert outside Investigators. Efforts thus far have failed to account for the girl's whereabouts from soon after she telephoned her mother Friday afternoon until her body was found 48 hours later. She told her mother, Mrs. B. Ensor Co nine, wife of a bookkeeper for the Berghoff Brewery, that she was go ing shopping and then to a movie with a girl friend. Neighbors saw Phyllis walking to a street car through the rain, but she failed to keep the movie ap pointment with her friend, Barbara Griswell. Because bits of human flesh were found under the girl's fingernails, investigators broadcast appeal to Fort Wayne residents to report the name of anyone showing scratches on hands or face. At least half a dozen persons with suspicious scratches were questioned, but all were exonerated. Phyllis, a dark, attractive girl of medium height, was an active work er in the Methodist church and reg ularly attended a Sunday school class of girl of her age. Other victims similarly attacked were Anna Kuaeff, 12. a war work er, and Wilhelma Haaga.'ST, worker at th Phelps Dodge Co. , Shattering Air T Attack Signals j Fresh Assault i Canadians Bip Huge Gaps In German Caen Lines; Yanks Thunder Over Nazi ' Defenses On Way to Paris ;. SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Allied Expeditionary Force. Behind a devastating day-and-night aerial bombardment, British and Canadian forces near Caen ripped yawning gaps out of Nazi lines beyond that vital -hinge point today while Ame rican armor was reported rolling within 100 miles of Paris. Speedy Paris Drive ' J Unofficial reports told of speed r new U. S. gains In the drive on the ancient French capital, now under direct threat from a giant steel plnr cers. At the same time, offlcla spokesmen at Gen. Dwight D. Elnsen-hower's- headquarters told of the shattering new British - Canadian drive to dislocate the eastern anchor of the German line near Caen. ; Gen. Sir Bernard Law Montgom ery's British ana uanauian lurcea I near aen penetrated deeply into t tne Nazis' anti-tank screen as tney hammered ahead in a burst of offen- . three key village. . In their drive, the British occupied Saint. AignanUerra, six. and, K half miles southeast of, Caen; Gar-celles, five miles southeast, and Roe- quamcort, six and a quarter mile ; south of the Nazi hinge point. In j (Continued on page I) i Earlier Plots On Hitler Revealed In 'Trial" of 8 1 LONDON. England. Disclosure of a previous attempt upon the life r A(iolf Hitler, in which a front- llne Bldler was to have "paraded"' efore the Fuehrer carrying a time ' tomb In his kit was made by the. lazl agency DNB today in report-ng that a German People Court ad "passed sentence" on eight ar-ly officers involved in the alleged -onsplracy. The Nazi agency DNB broadcast hat the sentences were capital pun- ; ihment. "The sentences have already been arrled out," DNB said. "All the ac-used have been hanged." The initial plot, which never wa arrled to fruition, was said to hav' een revealed by Major General Stl-. eff, one of the defendants, who allegedly told of a private soldier having been entrusted with his "honorr able task." "A bomb provided with a time fuse was to have been packed in th kit of one of these uninitiated front soldiers," DNB said. "The bomb wa provided with a time fuse so it, should explode at the moment th soldiers paraded before the Fueh-, rer and kill him as well a the grenadiers. "The accused admitted he naa. been well aware of all these details." Conspiratorial attempt agalnt Hitler's life were framed as far back as the last months of l4i. prisoners at the drumhead trial were quoted as saying. Shcphardsville, Clinton ' Soldiers Meet in India "The nearest thing to being at home Is to meet a boy. from your neighborhood." Cpl. R. Blldllll. Shepardsvllle wrote from India to his wife. Mrs. R. Bildilll. Blanford. when he recently met Mike Bodnar. Crompton Hill and Cpl. Charle Ber-ta, Clinton. Cpl. Blldllll met Bodnar In the Red Cross Club and Cpl. Berta spent his furlough with Blldllll. , J Berta and Blldllll are now stationed approximately COO mile apart. Cpl. Bildilll entered the armed forces on March 26, 1943 and has been stationed in India since Jan. 1, 1944. GOP Womens Club To Name Officers Tonight The Republican Womens Club will hold its regular meeting at 7:30 p. m. tonight in the Clinton Hotel, It was announced today. Election of officer will be held at the meeting. WITH THE AMERICAN FIRST ARM? IN FRANCE The first major battle of Europe's liberation raged in the Mayenne MOrtam sec tor of western France today as four German Panzer Divisions' attempted to break through the American left flank. ' Heavy fighting was reported in the vicinity of Barenton aa, north south and west of the city of Mor- taln, which this afternoon In under siege. v, o Desperate Blow at Yanks In a desperate attempt to halt the American sweep through France, the Germans threw heavy mechan ized strength against American arm- (Contlnued on page t) Spreadeagled 8th Army Lines Close In On Florence ; Allies Blast Forward In Face of Nazi Artillery ; Move on North Defenses .. ROME, Italy, ct- Troops of the Allied Eighth Army In., Italy steadily wore down German opposition in fighting against stubbornly resisting Nazis in the Florence area today. Positions remained virtually un-i chanced- on the battlefront- .headquarters - ot, Oen. Sir, Henry Maltland Wilson, said that most ac tion was confined to patrol sorties and artillery engagements. Patrols Surround Florence On either side of Florence Allied reconnaissance patrols continued to make their way . across the Arno River. The German bridgehead across the Arno east of Florence was the scene of hot encounters. Fierce fighting raged In the hills near the historic Tuscan center of art and culture. Bridges Destroyed 1 Italian civilians reported meanwhile that Nazi Field Marshal Albert Kesselrlng gave free rein to the Commander of the German Fourth Paratroop Division to act as he saw fit at Florence. The result was wanton destruction of the city's architecturally beautiful bridges and numerous other demolitions. Bombers Hit Enemy During the night Allied bombers blasted the enemy-held airdrome at Szombathely, near Budapest. (Continued on page 6) Clinton ISTC Graduates To Start Teaching Careers Mrs.' Mildred Clark Colderbank and Miss Mary Rendaci, both of Clinton and 1944 graduates of Indiana State Teachers College, have received positions as teachers in Indiana schools -this all, the placement bureau at Indiana State announced recently, ' , Mr. Colderbank will teach at Tan gier, Ind. and Miss Rendaci, commerce and physical education, will teach at Bridgeton. Mis Jeanne Aker ha been ap pointed to the elementary schools in Clinton, the bureau announced. CI Rights Bill In Clinton and Vermillion County. Servicemen and women who entered service after Sept. It. 1940 and who have been discharged or released tinder honorable conditions are eligible for the opportunities offered in the educational phase of the measure. Since the veteran who entered service under 16 years of age is deemed to have had bis education Impeded, be I eligible to high school, vocational or college training regardless of whether or not he was in school at the time of beginning military training. The veteran over it I eligible for a .year's vocational training or "refresher" course or the college training if his schooling ha been Interrupted. To be Included in the educational opportunities, the service man or woman must have served 90 days or more exclusive, of any period spent in an Army specialized training pro- l. Continued ob rac U .' PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii. American ground forces today were for sing the final links of a steel trap around remnants of the doomed Jap garrison on Guam's northern shores as they Bcored new gains in their relentless drive to reconquer the first American possession In the Pacific to fall to the enemy. Admiral Nlmltz announced In a special communique today that fresh advances by the Yank had bottled the Nips Into a 40 square mile sector of the 225 square mile Island. West Anchor Firm , The west coast anchor of our line, momentarily stalled just short of Lumuna Point, moved ahead approximately one mile and set up positions on the point proper. In the center of the line, our forces advanced northward three miles, forcing a deep bulge Into enemy positions, while our anchor on the east coast remained near Haputo Point. i The communique disclosed that carrier based planes strongly supported ground forces in the latest drive by bombing and strafing enemy positions near Mount Santa Rosa road. ', Truk, once formidable Jap base In (Continued on pace It Army Keeps Eye On MioVest Truck Drivers Walkout CHICAGO, 111. The strike of some 60,000 midwest truck drivers nri freicrht. handlers was being . Watched by Army Transportation j Corps officers In Chicago today lest It spread to the shipment of war materials. The workmen walked out on ap proximately 125 firms in protest against their refusal to grant a 7-cent hourly increase authorized by the War Labor Board. Although the drivers agreed to keep critical war goods moving, ci vilian over-the-road shipments were affected in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas. Missouri. Nebraska and North and South Dakota. In Omaha, Neb., 41 trucking firms were affected. At Kansas City, Mo.. more than a dozen trucking compan ies reported their terminals were Idle because of the dispute. At Sioux City, la., the only drivers on strike were those employed by the Watson Transportation ny. Other firms, however, were not shipping. Howard Holdcroft of the Holdcroft Transportation Company, said the operators "do not want to risk shipping anything". Officials .of the Central States Drivers Council refused comment, bnt Indicated that the strike was called without their approval. Thomas A. Snyder, regional assistant director of the Office of De-tense Transportation in Chicago, said he had communicated with Washington and awaited government orders. He said he did not know whether there were any plans being made for government Intervention. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. Thomas E. Flynn, acting president of the International Brotherhood of Team ters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen i and Helpers of America, today blamed employers for the strike of truck drivers In 8t. Paul, Minneapolis, Omaha and Kansas City. He said that truck company officials of seven states have refused tc pay wage Increases ordered by thr War Labor Board last Feb. 7. but that employer of five other stater have paid the award. KANSAS CITY. Over-the-roat truck shipments from Kansas Cit; were at a standstill today a all In ter-city trucking companies were hi' by the walkout of drivers who arc protesting against operators' refus al to comply with a War Labor Board ordered wage Increase. War Labor Board officials wen Informed by the Highway Carrien Association that all 84 of the Kan aas City over-the-road trucking com panles were affected by the strike. I Debate Opens On National Change From War to Peace Senate Battles Seen In Re-conversion Measures; GOP, South Join Forces WASHINGTON, D. C. The sen ate today opens debate on legislation dealing with conversion of the nation from a war to a peace basis. with indications that a bitter battle will develop over many Issues. Chief points of difference In the legislation are the extent and a-mount of unemployment Insurance for war workers, extent of federal control over industry In the recon version period and whether the federal government shall dominate state unemployment systems. INortii-ioutli Split Seen A split between northern and southern Democrats was threatened, with most Republicans joining with the southerners in defense of state control of unemployment, benefits and flehtlnff DnnfilhlA bureaucratic control over Industry In the Imme- diate postwar era. The Democratic steering committee negotiated an agreement to first call up the bl 11 of Sen. George D Ga., which underwrites solvency of state unemployment insurance sys tems, encourages their liberalization and provides benefits for two mil lion federal shipyard and arsenal workers. The Murray-Kllgore bill, backed by organized labor, will later be offered either as a substitute for the George bill or as an amendment. Democratic Senate Leader Alben Barkley, of Kentucky, was reported by some steering committee mem bers to be undertaking to effect a compromise so that a split in Dem ocratic ranks will be avoided. Barkley. however, declared that the character of cenverslon legisla tion will have to be determined by votes of the senate Itself. The most talked of method of compromise is to leave states in complete control of unemployment In surance, except that the federal gov ernment would impose a uniform maximum benefit on all states of possibly (25 a week. The Murray-Kilgore bill provides IConttnuM on pace I Heart Attack Fatal To John L. Crum, Of St. Bernice Funeral services for John Lewis Crum, 63, route three. Clinton, were held at the St. Bernice Nazarene Church at 10:30 a. m. Tuesday. Rev. O. M. Shaffer officiated and burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, west of St. Bernice. Mr. Crum, died suddenly of a heart attack at Cleve Jones store at St. Bernice at 7:30 p. m. Saturday. He was born in Edgar County and has lived In this community for the past 30 or 40 years. Before his death he was a laborer at the Milwaukee round house. He is survived by the wife. Cal-lie; four sons, Hebert, Detroit, Mich.; John, Kansas, III.; Lawrence, route three, Clinton and Howard, at home; one step-son, Roy Trover, route three, Clinton; two daughters. Mrs. Wilms Doan. Clinton and Mrs. Helen Berry, route three. Clinton; wo sisters. Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, lanvllle. III. and Mrs. Vena Smith, tulllvan. 111., and two brothers. Charles, Danville, 111. and Isaac. Georgetown, 111. 800 Fortresses and Liberators, OP - erated in support of Allied troops near Caen, where Oen. Sir Bernard (Continued on page J) Allied Armies Sense Victory In Air Over France, Writer Says By Kingsbury Smith NEW YORK, N. Y. Forty-eight hours ago I stood on the battlefields of Normandy. i Today I am In New York after flying across the Atlantic Ocean. That In Itself Is a portent of how near the future wars of Europe will be to America. Hitler's Time Short I left the battle of France with i firm conviction that the sand Is rai idly running out of Adolf Hitler' hour-glass of destiny. I also came away with the cop victlon that surprised as the Ger mans may be by the swift America! breakthrough across the base of tb Brittany peninsula they have see: nothing compared with the blow tha Is going to strike them like a bol of lightning. It now seems quite possible tna' the decisive battles of the Americar and British armies In western Eur ope will be fought in the Normar countryside. Victory in the Air There Is a sense of victory in th air in Normandy. You can see It Ir, the eager faces of the American fighting men moving up the dust; Norman roads to tho front lines. Yot (Continued on Page 2) Rosedale Man May Face Murder Count In Shooting Fray Robert Norman. Rosedale, who shot his wife, a man and the wife'p father ,1s being held In the Parke County Jail at Rockville, where Charge will be placed against him later. Osmer Clianey, Parke County sheriff, said Monday. The shooting which occurred In front of the Wallace home was the outcome of a quarrel between Norman and bis enstranged wife, it was said. Norman tailed to persuade his wife to accompany him home from the Shores Tavern In North Terre Haute earlier in the evening. He lay In wait for the trio at the Wallace home, shooting them as they returned to the house. Mrs. Norman. Wallace and Shores were taken to the Union Hospital at Terre Haute in a Cox and Williams ambulance and Mr. Norman was taken to the county jail. Mrs. Norman sustained a slight wound in an arm and was later dismissed from the hospital. Shores whose condition is reported good sustained a wound in the shoulder.. Thomas Wallace, 71, father of Mrs. Norman is in a serious condition at the hospital. Norman will probably face a first- degree murder charge if Mr. Wallace dies, the sheriff stated. i Educational Opportunities of War Veterans Outlined in (First In series of articles deal ing with the right of the returning service men and women under the terms of the "GI Bill of Rights.) Educational and rehabilitation op portunities open to the veterans of World War II far surpass similar step taken after the last war In that today's plans are far more complete and far-reaching under provision of the American Legion sponsored "GI Bill of Rights." GI Joes and Jane of thC( present orld conflict will return to' civilian , life to find that machinery has been set up on a national, state and lo cal scale to make the path ol their' return to civilian life smoother and more secure. The veteran' opportunities in ed ucational, business and employment are fully outlined and provided for In the bill. Louis Lrmtra, service officer of the Clinton Post 140 of the Ameri can Legion is in charge of the ad ministration of the bill provision) a i

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