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LYCL THE WEATHER Partly cloudy with thunderahow-ers this afternoon or tonight. Cooler tonight. Thursday fair and cool. Mailed In Conformity With P. O. D. Order No. 19687 ijlin m XJ1 N Jl.rTi.1 H The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Countie Price Three Cents. CLINTON, INDIANA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 1944. Volume 32 Number 162. laNniil "Is) raunu run jv mm m Rapidly Nazi Flight in North -tr- Four-Day Battle Heroes of Underground ai Tas New American Landings on Spain, France Border Reported by Nazis LONDON, England. The German Agency DNB reported today that American forces had carried out a landing yesterday at St. Jean De Lus. south of Bayonne, near the Franco-Spanish frontier. Backed by French partisans, the Americans landed after the area was subjected to a heavy naval bombardment. DNB said. The German agency claimed that the landing was made by a small sroup and that an attempt at reinforcement failed. f i i -at ' x ' j si ,, j r i Two Russian Drives Slash Onto Romania Ploesti Target of Fresh Bed Drives; 12 Armies In Action on Reich Frontier ; Move to Outflank Warsaw NEW YORK, N. Y. Capture of Vaslul in Romania between the Si-ret and Prut rivers by Red army troops was announced today by Pre-Imler Marshal Joseph V. Stalin In a .'.special order. of the day broadcast vJver th -Moscow radio and heard by .kjfCC monljcrs, r ". '-, ,;. , .MOSCOW,? Russia, -V Two new 'Soviet, offensives drove for the Plo-eetl oil fields In Romania today af-"ter surging forward up to 44 miles on a 166-mile front and seizing the big rail center and industrial city of last (Jassy). A Soviet high command communique revealed that the three-day-old new offensives already had cost the Nazis 26,000 dead and over 12,000 prisoners. Twelve Armies Advance Two RuBslan armies commanded by Marshal Rodlon Y. Mallnovsky and Oen. Fedor I. Tolbukin burst through strong German defense positions after having been dormant since April. Entry of the second and third Ukrainian armies into the active battles on the eastern front raised the total of Russian armies grinding down Nazi resistance to twelve. Other Russian forces northeast of Warsaw punched forward in a drive which captured over 40 towns and villages as soviet fighters awept the Germans Tfoffl a 37-mlle salient on " the south bank of the Bug river and threatened to outflank Warsaw from the north. Between Warsaw and Blalystok. Red army units striving to smash a wedge between the Polish capital and East Prussia lunged forward for H miles to occupy the highway junction of Zambrow, southeast of Lomza. (Continued on Page 1) This trio of French "Marqois" fYcnch Forces of the tawriu' fighters are symbolic of the forces which lllx-rated. the French capital this week. Those three Joined American paratroopers. They lauded and led them to enemy positions. Marc P. Kalnault Vleft) is Chief of the French Forces of the Interior; Maures tiekion, (wearing beret) saved the life of Pvt. Winfred V. Eas-ton. V. H. Paratrooper (right) when he landed behind enemy lines. The girl in the group, armed with a .48 calibre pistol led paratroopers to a group of hidden Nazis. U. S. Signal Corps radio-photo. ' "v. -.- ' - No Allied Confirmation LONDON, England. Up to noon today there still was no confirmation from official sources of reports that an Allied force had landed In southwest France near Bordeaux. But a dispatch from a Reuter's special correspondent on the Franco-SpanlBh frontier, sent last night and received today, said the last German forces, marines, abandoned Biarritz and Saint Jean De Lux at 7 a. m. yesterday after firing a few shells in reply to Allied naval units which bombarded military targets and after blowing up installations at I'arme aerodrome outside Biarritz. Allied Mayor Returns The pro-Allied Mayor of Biarritz. Irigoyen, has returned to his town from Spain and has taken over on behalf of the French National Committee. The Free French are rapidly setting up their administration at Pau, Tarbes and Perpignan. NEW YORK, N. Y. The Federal Communications Commission (Continues on Page I) Four-H Judging, Horse Show Draw Fair Crowd Today - Many Exhibits Displayed " At Cayuga Fair; Western Saddle Show on Tonight Large crowds are expected at the Vermillion County Fair In Cayuga tonight as the Wild West Horse Show Is scheduled to be at the grandBtand at 8 p. m. The fairgrounds were busy today as 4-H Club judgings were on in full swing. One of the best 4-H exhibits for several years features the fair as well as other outstanding grain, livestock, sewing, baking, poultry and floral displays. Between 60 and 100 cattle have been registered in the displays with a poultry display double the 1943 turn-out. The majority of the exhibits were registered last night at the close of the fair's first day. Highlight of the afternoon is the horse-pulling contest In front of the grandstand. Two classes are entered. Class A, weighing up to 2,800 pounds and class C weighing over 2,800 pounds. All teams pulled a distance of 12 feet in three tries. First, secondand third prizes are to be given. Animal Judging will be held Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. (The schedule includes Wednesday, bogs, 2 p. m.; sheep, 1 p. m. Thursday, dairy cattle, 9 a.J m.; beef cattle, 9 a. m. and horses 10 a. m. Thursday night's grandstand pro-(Contlnued on page 3) Seine Trap Is Closing; ; Yanks Far Past Paris Unchecked Drive Pushes West of Seinej British Forces Close in on East; Yanks Halfway to Reich SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Al lied Expeditionary Force. German troops fell back in a general retreat bordering on rout today before an unchecked Allied enveloping move west of liberated Paris as spearheads of the U. S. Third Army pressed eastward beyond Sens. 166 miles from the frontier of the Reich. Crush German Pocket American and Anglo-Canadian columns crushed tighter a new pocket along the west bank of the seine river, with the GermanB striving desperately to extricate themselves. Paris again was In the hands of the French after the Nazi yoke was broken in a four-day battle of liberation inside the cily between the Germans and French forces of the interior. The enveloping drive below the Seine was pressed by Americans who (Continue aa page tl. Philippine Gates Battered injTVew Heavy Air Blows Halmahera Hit Second Day; Widespread US Air Blows Harass Jap Bases GEN. MACARTHUR'S. HEADQUARTERS, New Quinea. Smashing American bomber raids against Davao, in the Philippines, and Halmahera, Jap M ol u c c a a Islands stronghold were revealed today by Gen. Douglas MacArthur. While Liberator and, Mitchell bombera continued the attacks on Halmahera by blasting airdrome In stallations with a record weight of bombs for the second straight day, patrol bombers returned to the pounding 'of Davao, principal port on Mindanao, southernmost of the Philippines. ' 135 Tons of Bombs The smash at Halmehera saw 136 tona of explosives rained on 'Kaoe airdrome and positions at Wasfle and Kaje Bays. Eight parked Jap planes were destroyed or damaged, and much damage was observed in supply areas which had ahuddered under a 110 ton raid the day before. There was no enemy interception. No results were given from the (Continued on page 6) Pvt. Darrel Mathias Wounded in France, Ranger Is Killed Pvt. Darrell Mathlaa, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eben Mathias. route two, Clinton, was seriously wounded in action in France. Aug. 8. according to a telegram received by his wife. Mrs. Ellen Graves Mathias, West Terre Haute, Tuesday, Aug. 22. Private Mathias had been stationed overseas with the United States Infantry three and a halt weeks, when he was wounded. Before entering the United States Army on Jan. 12, of this year, he attended Smith's Grade School and Clinton High School. He was also employed at the Wabash Klver Ord nance Works. ' Receiving seven months of basic training at Camp Wheeler. Ga. and Ft. Meade. Md.. he arrived in England on July It. Further training was received in England and he soon left for France. On June 10 Mathias spent a 12-day-furlough with his parents and friends. This was the last furlough he received before he left for England. In his last Utter, received Aug. 19, he stated he was now stationed somewhere in France. The telegram received yesterday stated that the War' Department would notify Mrs. Mathias of his condition later. Mr. and Mrs. Mathias have another son in the armed forces, Ensign Daniel A. Mathias. who graduated from the Marine Officers School in New Orleans, La., Wednesday, Aug. 9. . Pfc Herman Kutch, 22. son of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Kutcb of Gary, for-(, Continued on page Ji Interior Forces Spring To ' Action as American Army ' Kings City; 50,000 French Patriots Eise Against Foe LONDON, England. French for- . ces of the Interior have liberated Paris from the Germans, a little ov-;r four years and two months after he Nazis marched Into the cradle of . French freedom unopposed, an official announcement said today. ; Headquarters of the FFI broad-. -,ast a communique by Geo. Pierre . loseph Koenlg, commander of tha ictorlous French forces, which aid.': Decree General Revolt . , :t "On Saturday morning, Aug. 19. he National Resistance Council and he Paris Committee of LIberttios tn greement with the national dele-i ;ates representing the provisional ; rovernment of the French .republic :' lecreed a general uprising In Paris' ind the Paris area. i : "The French forces of the inter-or, 60,000 strong, armed and sup-orted by several hundred patriots, aot armed, went into action. The Paris police, which had' previously -;one on strike, took over, the pre 'ecture of police and the 'city' bland of Paris the administrative , art of the town) was turned into; i bastion for which the German at-;' acks broke down. f . ieise All Public Buildings "Yesterday, Aug. 22, after four i ays of fighting, the enemy was; featen everywhere. The patriots, ave occupied all public buildings, he representatives of Vichy have', een arrested or have taken to light. Til us the people of Paris have; aken a decisive part in the libera-lon of Paris." ' i The British Broadcasting Corpor-itlon, which carried the announce-1 tnent of the liberation of the French, oapMal. played "the Marseillaise, and then the announcer ' read ' special appeal by Oen. Koenlg to Parisians to watch the safely of food supplies until the provisional government al-leviates hardships now existing. : Paris bad been In the bands, of. the Germans since 7 a. m., June 14, 1940, when Nazi motorized columns moved into the city without a shot tuafnv fired. ' '' ' ' The communique said that HUT, (Continued On Page S) Ickes Ordered To Seize, Operate i Pennsylvania Mines WASHINGTON. D. C. President Roosevelt today ordered Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes to seize and operate the mines, collieries and other facilities of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal & Iron Co., in Pennsylvania, because of "strikes, threatened strikes and other labor disturbances". inkes was empowered by the ex ecutive order covering the seizure to Mil upon the War Department, selective Service System or any other governmental agency "in carrying out the purposes of this order". The seizure was ordered after members of District 60 of the United Mine Workers Union refused to comply with an order from the War Labor Board that striking foremen return to their Jobs. The strike was called when union and company officials were unable to agree on a labor contract clause whereby grievance machinery would be set up to obviate referral of disputes to the WLB. The National Labor Relations Board ruled that foremen and super--isery employes bad the rlgbt to organize, but the company refused 'o bargain with the union over eh I clause In Its contract. The strike followed. Marion Blackburn Bites Set For 2 p. m. Thursday Funeral services for Marion Blackburn, 4. route two, West Terra Haute, will be held at 1 p. m. Thursday at the United Brerthren Church at New Goshen. Rev. Ray Crawl will officiate and burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Ts-cumsch, Ind. The body was taken to the residence from the Frist Funeral Home. Wednesday afternoon. WAC Recruiting Campaign Is Opened in Clinton , Intensive efforts are being made to recruit women for the WACS In Clinton and vicinity. It was reported today. Women between the ages of 20-50. with two years of high school or more and with no children under the age of 14 years, are asked to : contact Mrs. Frelda Wilson, 32S South Sixth street. Ensign In Navy Thomas J. Weir, husband of Mrs. Lovell Weir and son of Mr. and Mrs. James Weir or Clinton, has been commissioned an ensign In the United Males Naval Reserve. Transferred from Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Ensign Weir is now stationed at Plattsburn;, N. Y. where he Is taking naval Indoctrination training. Me was graduated from Clinton High School in 1940 and from Rose Polrtechnlcal Institute In October, 1848. Immediate Probe of Pearl Harbor Tragedy Pressed in Senate WASHINGTON, D. C. Sen. Homer Ferguson (R) Mich., disclosed today he will seek an immediate senatorial investigation of the Pearl Harbor tragedy. Ferguson's decision to urge an inquiry, despite the fact that congress enacted a law postponing court-martial proceedings of Rear Admiral Husband E. Klmmel and Lieut Gen. Walter C. Short, the two former Pearl Harbor commanders, grows out of Klmmel's declaration that the (Continued On Page S) Clinton Woman Is Head Of 6th District Young GOP Mrs. Lucille Cilfoy of Clinton has been named vice-chairwoman for the Sixth District Young Republican Clubs,' it was announced last night at a meeting of the Clinton Township GOP Womens Club at the firemens' camp. Mrs. Cecil Haren, Sixth pistrict vice chairman and national commit-teewoman, was guest of honor at the meeting attended by nearly 60 members of the Clinton organization. The camp was loaned to the organization for the meeting by Mayor Clarence Wright. on several occasions, the report as serted: "Everything that has been done under the lend-lease act has been done 'for the defense of the United States and for no other purpose. . . We gave lend-lease in order to aid ourselves." Half In Munitions The rejtort disclosed that more than half of the entire dollar volume of lend-lease is accounted for in the shipment of munitions to Allied Nations actually fighting the war against the Axis. Nearly one-fourth of the total expenditure has been for industrial materials and products, while the balance is made up of agricultural products, ship repairs and rentals, ferrying of aircraft to the fighting fronts, and miscellaneous services. Lend-lease was credited with playing an important part in the de-jconUnuea on Page tl U.S. Columns Race Grenoble; Street FtOMK. Italy. Marseille,,.! greatest port of France, was occupied today by Allied forces of liberation. , The big Mediterranean port wae occupied by the Allied Seventh Army after assault units which had invaded the Riviera drove . westward In a Hanking drive and encircled the port. home. Italv. American armor ed columns slashing north through the French Riviera (ith lightning speed smashed 140 miles from the Mediterranean coast today to seize , Finance School ... " Replaces Center At Ft. Harrison INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. Move of the Fort Benjamin Harrison reception center to Camp Atterbury. now In progress, will not mean that the Indianapolis post Is suffering diminishing importance local officials were assured "today. Congressman Loql Ludlow, in a message to his home Hintrict, said that he had been Informed that restoration of the'' Army Finance School at Fort IlarYun and expansion for contract -terminaUon work would more than offset loss of the reception center. The school had (Continued On Page 2) 80 Miles to Seize Fights Hit Toulon the Imnortant center of Grenoble In an amazing 80 miles advance. Ready JlgaJitic Blow Official reports yesteruay piacea vnir trnnnn 80 miles inland from the coast. Seizure of Grenoble thrust steel fingers of the American Seventh Army another 80 miles into the heart of occupied France where Yank armor and motorized forces, effectively supported by the French Maquis, consolidated their positions in preparation for devastating new blowB agaitast Whrmacht forces. Inside the big Mediterranean naval base of Toulon, where heavy fighting continues, French forces have Improved their positions advancing closer to the port area. MarM-llIe fCnrircled The encirclement of Marseille is proceeding on a broad front, accord-( Continued on page 3) Service Held for Stillborn Child of Rockville Couple Funeral services for' Charlene Kay Wlttenmyer, stillborn daughter of Pfc. and Mrs. Charles Wlttenmyer, Kockvllle, were held at 11 p. m. Wednesday at the . Barnes Funeral Home In Rockville. Rev. Colvin officiated and burial was in Poplar Grove Cemetery, at Marshall. Besides the parents she Ib survived by several step-brothers and stepsisters. Pfc. Wlttenmyer Is stationed in Italy with the United States Army. bined. They Like Money Orders Gifts popular with soldiers In all war theaters include automatic pencils, pocket . size books, stationery, wrist watches, razor blades, money 'orders, photographs, nipes and tj- bacco pouches, games and earns, soap, bard candy, dried fruits and vaeuum packed nuts. Navy men oversea want sneakers for wear in showers, moccasin type bedroom slippers, pocket size books, pocket knives, toilet cake, bibles, fountain pens, sun glasses, dice, poker chips, steel mirrors. i folding writing pads, and snapshots. ttlierr Hose Popular The OWI reported sheer stockings are extremely popular with WACS overseas. . Other WAC first ! choices include dainty underwear. 'elastic girdles, zippers, cake per- 'fume. and cream cologne. Starch was requested by WACS In England because British laundries do not use JCootlnuea on age tl Dewey to Launch Campaign With Continental Tour ALBANY, N. Y. Gov. Thomas E. Dewey, Republican Presidential nominee, will devote most of the month of September to active campaigning for the White House, with a transcontinental speaking tour apparently a part of the September schedule. While the west coast trip still lacks official confirmation, there was no denial by Republican leaders of a statement by Senator E. H. Moore of Oklahoma that Gov. Dewey wonld speak in Oklahoma City about Sept. 25, probably on his "trip back from the Pacific coast". The Republican nominee already has announced that he will speak In Philadelphia on Sept. 7, and In Louisville on Sept. 8. Indications are he will continue on from Louisville to the west coast, returning late in the month through the southwest. There Is a possibility that Gov. Dewey will deliver two speeches in California where the Republicans admittedly face an uphill fight, as well as one in Oregon and another In the state of Washington. Gov. Earl Warren of California has suggested that the Republican candidate speak In Los Angeles and In San Francisco. Paul E. Lock wood, secretary to Gov. Dewey, was present when ator Moore made his reference to the Oklahoma City talk and to the west coast trip. Mr. Lockwood's only comment was that campaign plans, beyond the Philadelphia and Louisville speeches, are not yet completed. Formal announcement of the west coast Itinerary, however, may be made over the weekend, either by Mr. Lockwood or by National Chairman Herbert Brownell, Jr. An early west coast trip by Gov. Dewey may result in postponement of any talks in New England until after Oct. 1, although Republican leaders there have been and still are urging the GOP nominee to make at least one New England speech, perhaps in Boston, before he talks in Philadelphia. Gov. Dewey is expected to leave Albany about Sept. 1. He may remain at bis Pawling Farm until the morninr of Sept. 7. putting the finishing touches to his speeches, before starting out on his initial speaking tour, F.D.R. Asks Lend-Lease Until End of War; Total Now Above 28 Billions WASHINGTON, D. C, . President Roosevelt, reporting that lend-lease aid now totals twenty-eight billion 270 million dollars, recommended to Congress today that the program be continued ' until the unconditional surrender of both Japan and Germany". The chief executive submitted his sixteenth report to Congress on the operations of the lend-lease program to June 30, 1944. which showed expenditures greater than the entire cost of World War One, and almost a Overseas CIs List Preference For Christmas Gifts; Mail Dates Set Results of a study of what American men and women in service ov erseas want most for Christmas gifts were announced today by the office of war information. In general, it was found they prefer gifts which are not bulky or perishable, which cannot be obtained where the recipients are stationed, and which remind them of families and friends. i" The OWJ also reported the Christmas mailing period for army and nary personnel overseas Is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Properly packed, w raped, and addressed packages marked "Christmas parcel" must be mailed withifl that period to reach their destinations on time. Only jme- package may be sent by or for a. person or concern to any one soldier or sailor in any week during the mailing period. Parcels must - aot weigh more than five pounds each wrapped, and must be no lareer than 15 Inches long and 3$ Inches in length and girth com third larger than the national debt when he took office on March 4, 1933. Four Billion Dollar In the three months ended June 30. lend-lease amounted to four billion forty-five million dollars in value, he reported. Urging continuance of the program. Mr. Roosevelt declared that "we should not permit any weakening of this system of combined war supply to delay final victory a single day or to costs unnecessarily the life of one American boy. Continue Lend-Lease "Until the unconditional surrender of both Japan and Germany, we should continue the lend-lease program on whatever scale is necessary to make the combined striking pow-r of all the United Nations against 3ur enemies as overwhelming and is effective as we can make it." In a defense of the program, which has been attacked in Congress

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