The Daily Clintonian from Clinton, Indiana on September 9, 1944 · Page 1
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Clinton, Indiana
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THE DAILY CLINTOMAN The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Counties Mailed Id Conformity With P. 6. D. Order No. 19687 THE WEATHER Fair nnd warmer today and 'tonight. 'artly cloudy Sunday. Volume 32 Number 174. CLINTON, INDIANA, SATIKDAV, SEPTEMBER 9, 1944. Price Three Cents. M1V m at mmi: rlJWMLL ML Rocket-Firing R.A.F, NEW SPIKE POMBS bLASr JAP LINES vour Armies At rden Repel Planes End Nazi Plar' To Block Triest" ' j home. Italy. -t . Gov. Bricker in State Meetings as G.O.P. Leaders See Victory MITCHELL. Ind. Only a Republican president and a Republican congress can restore America, Ohio Goeruor John W. Bricker, OOP vice-president ial nominee, told Mit k&Xf',iazi Attacks Soviet Patrols In E. Prussia; Sweep Balkans 135-Mile Front Red Drive Pounds Over Komania, to Bulgaria and Hungary; Take 3-Way Balkan Hub LONDON Red 'army patrols have crossed the eastern border of Isolationism Dead in U. S., Dewey Declares GOP Nominee Outlines World Security Plans In Louisville, Non-Partisan Postwar Parleys Urged ABOARD DEWEY CAMPAIGN TRAIN, ENROUTE TO MICHIGAN. SPIKE BOMBS, specifically developed for blasting railroad tracks, hurtle down from a U. 8. Army 10th Air Force bomber on vital Jap rail lines just north of Ywataung, Burma rail center. Spikes In the end of the bombs stick where they hit, preventing bombs bouncing' off the tracks and guaranteeing: maximum destructiveness. Cutting of these lines prevented the Japs from supplying their garrison at Myltkyina and aided the fall of that key point during: current Burma campaign. Official U. S. Army Air Forces photo. (International) Invasion Near in Pacific; Airmen Dominate Philipines, Carolines Hit attacked thP ti.,1 Itiilinn liner Adriatic today, sc. ' and leaving the A, f'r .ins ir. t0 de- grees to port and hi -6 furiously. Nazis l'iuli Hurbor iHlock The attack on the luxury liner, which the Nazis were said to be preparing lo use as a block ship for the important harbor of Trieste, came as a climax to fighter and fighter-bomber sweeps against German communications and gun emplacements throughout the Po valley and northern Italy. Reconnaissance photographs taken this moraine showed the Rex siill blazing. The KAK attack took place, while the vessel was being towed toward TrieUe. I JO Hix'li.'l H it Hup According to official quarters. ! some 120 ro-ket hits were scored o:i the giant ship. Because adverse- weather handicapped the beay Allied bomber;-; front oier;tini;. the fighters and fighter-bombers look up the task of smash inn- hrjil; -?., viaducts, barged, motor transports and gun positions alonu; the Po river in close support of the Allied lui'vin drive. LONDON Uuwards of 1,000 U. 8. heavy bombers, continuing their campaign of concentrating upon important communications and industrial centers forming the backbone of the enemy's Siegfried line, blasted three key cities in the industrial Rhine Valley today. The American fortresses and liberators, strongly escorted by fighter (Continued On Page 5) Tank-Paced Yank Columns Sweep On Vital Belfort Cap Seventh Army Clears Foe From Besancon, Drive On Report 9 Miles from Gap ROME Hard hitling columns of the Seventh American Army, sweeping the vital junction city of Besancon free of Nazis after bilter BlUTtTL UKJIUIIg, IttlUfU 111? 1UUUI River at several points today whilo French units farther east have seized Maiche, near the Swiss frontier, only 27 miles froni the Belfort gap. (The Algiers radio said Allied forces were only nine miles from Belfort, the vital gap through which the battered remnants of the Germar 19th army is fleeing into the Reich and temporary security of the Sieg fried line.) Forward elements of French forces on the eastern flank of the Seventh Army front also have fought their way into Pierre Fontaine. Furious fighting raged today west (Con tin in on page hi Crippled Veteran Ends Strike In B-29 Motor Plant CHICAGO A strike at the Dodge-Chicago rfHast, producers of today after a one-legged veteran of B-29 engines, ended dramatically the air assault against Germany urged some 600 workers to return, Tears came to the eyes of many of the strikers as they heard the tale of Melvin Biegel, 21, who told how he lost a leg during a mission over Germany. One vote sufficed. and the men left the mass meeting to , Sweden Bans Nazi Overland Traffic; Trap Fina Forces Germans Seeking Way Out Of Finland by Deadline; Romanian Armistice Told LONDON Official sources in Stockholm announced today that Sweden has suspended all (ieruian transit traffic to and from Norway via Swedisii territory. Keuter's News Agency reported. htf Fate of Siegfried Line at Stake as 4 Armies Kace For Border; Frantic Nazi Counterblows Put Down , WITH THE U. S. THIRD AR MV AT THE MOHKLI.K KIVKR. The battle of M owe lie u raging in full fury tonight with the Oex- ' mails staging a major stand od the river banks. ' The opposing forces have baea . deadlocked for utany iliotum jm-Uer the bettvieat ort of fire from hot If aides. ; American bridgeheads have held in -the face of a tonu of German ahot and shell, with j Ntire and counler-preasure inteuse outside of MeUc. The stage was set today for weekend test of the war's greatest enigma strength of weakness of the .Siegfried line. Four powerful Allied armies swept from the west and south against tha, fortification's outposts, moving to within 18 miles of the German fron- tier at one point and promising an early arrival at the Belfort gap, part of the natural highway stretch ing from the Mediterranean coast of France to the Rhineland . ' The headquarters of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower maintained its black-out of news developments for reasons of military security and the extent of this "hold-down" on information actually indicated that the Allied campaign against Germany's fortress actually may be going batter than the most optimistic anticipations. Disorganized German armies, -bewildered and stung by the relentless Allied advance, turned on their pursuers today and attempted frantically, but in vain, to hurl back the (Contlnueo on page 41 . OneB-29LostIn Manchuria Attack; ' Report New Raid WASHINGTON The War ;De-partment announced today that oiia B-29 super-fortress was lost in tb recent raid on Japanese steel work at An shan in Manchuria. The latest communique from headquarters of the Twentieth Air Korea said that all of the other bomber had been accounted for and that seven enemy fighters had been shot down, 10 others probably destroyed and 11 damaged. Preliminary examination of the results of the raid indicate many dir ect hits within the important target area, the announcement said. Early Japanese radio report claimed three B-29's shot down and six others heavily damaged. The wording of the communique indicated that in addition to the plane presumed to be lost, there may have been others which came down, in friendly territory through mecti.-, anical difficulties or enemy fire.,, Two hours later, the Nazi Trnao- cean Agency was heard by the FCQ quoting a Major General Sato ., of the Japanese War Ministry as saying that "about 10 American aircraft" took part In what it termed the sec- ond daylight attack on Anshan In 24 hours. No such figure was heard In any Japanese broadcast or wireless traa- smission up to that time. - , xhieves Take Government ' 1 bedroom window. Looking out tbe window they saw a man in tbe car and they called to ask what he was doing. He jumped out and ran from the car. An investigation showed fee was trying to start the car without a key. It was thought that the same man then went to High street and found the keys in the Moran car and since the car was filled with gas that evening, the thief got a long start before a description of tbe car went out. The loss was reported Sunday morning when Dr. Moran discovered it, but no trace of the car or thief could be found by state police. Governor Thomas E. Dewey trav- eled toward his native state of Mich- J lgan today for conferences and a weekend with his mother, after tell- lng the people that American lsoia- tionlsin Is dead and that peace plans must be lifted entirely out of poll tics. The Rpubllcan presidential nom-inee, in a nationally broadcast speech from the Louisville Armory, where an audience of 12.500 was gathered, declared that the people ,f the United States are completely .Agreed that "we do not intend to have a third world war." Ho l!S WHladnural "We know," he added, "that we cannot make good that resolve by any effort to withdraw or isolate ourselves from the rest of the world." Governor Dewey said he is deeply convinced "our peace efforts can and must become a non-partisan effort," but that the means by which world security will be brought a-bout must not be hidden from the people. The problems of peace, he asserted, cannot be met on any "hush-hush, pussy-foot basis." The Republican nominee reported he has made a "practical beginning" with Secretary of State Cornell Hull In bi-partisan cooperation to establish an international organization for peace and security, and that both parties are working together today "in this great labor," bo it can go forward for decades, regardless of the parly in power. Meet UOI Lalwr Leaders Governor Dewey will confer In I Lansing today with Republican leaders and representatives of la-(Contlnuen on nage 1 Indiana Holders Of War Contracts Plan Reconversion INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. Indiana war contract holders went ahead with preparations for reconversion to peacetime manufacturing today after being assured of "speedy, fair, and equitable" army and navy contract terminations. The assurance was given by several military officers who conducted a conference school on contract termination and its associated problems yesterday in Indianapolis for approximately 460 Indiana manu facturers. The school was sponsored by the Jeffersonville Quartermaster Depot, the Indianapolis Cham-b'er'of Commerce, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana Mlihufadturers' Association. " Lieut. Col. H. R. Eichenberg. director of the industrial deuiobillza-zdflon division of the Jeffersonville depot1." said that business must play a major role in the liquidation process nd aBked the manufacturers to dbsrgnate a key man for the ter-tnlairHAn Job and be prepared when the' final' order conies. He revealed that' 102 Billion dollars in war contracts existed on Jan. 1, 1944. a total approximately 10 times that of World War 1'. Brig. Gen. Guy I. Rowe, commanding general of the Jeffersonville depot, disclosed that approximately 12 billion dollars in war contracts already have been terminated. He Bald the army is seeking to complete conversion from war to peacetime production "as rapidly as possible." Procedure for termination of navy contracts is basically the same as that of the army, It was pointed out by Lieut, (j. g.) W. W. Gleas, eer, Inspector of naval materiel for the Cincinnati district. Former Clinton Friends Meet At Pacific Base Two Clinton Marines had a good Hoosier gabfeBt recently when they met on an unnamed island In the Pacific. Sgt. Charles Webster and Cpl. William J. Reeder. good friends while attending Clinton High School, met each other recently on tiia loianH whorp hoth are stationed. i a to of chell residents, as he pausea en-route to the Republican Editorial Association meeting at French Lick, Ind. win re he will make his official acceptance of the nomination to-nit'lit. I'rec l'YiMti Bureaucracy "A Republican victory," said Hricker in a five-minute talk at Mitchell, "will be an assurance that, in freeing the world from tyranny, we shall also free our people from nMViiSB and costly bureaucracy. T, wl. i0 KovrrUor said that he a- gr.-ed with Governor Thomas E. Dewey that "this is a campaign a-gainsl an administration which was conceived in defeatism. " The New Deal," Bricker charged, "has always operated on Uie conviction that ours is a mature economy that there are no more (CniitlnuMi on Pace "Mad Anesthetist Strikes Twice More At Mattoon Homes Phantom Gas Poisoner In New Attack; Police Comb City; Fail to Name Gas MATTOON, 111. The "Mad Anesthetist" whose activities have bead 18.000 residents of this city with anxiety and bet in motion a futile Beorch by police and volunteers struck again during the night. As in all the previous incidents, the phantom gas poisoner delivered his altack and vanished as mysteriously as does the gas which lie sprays about. Has Chemistry Knowledge The latest attack came shortly before midnight as Richard T. Pi per, chief investigator for the 1 111-nois Department of Public Safety, warned residents of the city that: '"This man who is terrorizing the people of this city is crazy, but he certainly has a definite knowledge of chemistry." Police Flan Trai Piper conferred with Thomas Wright, commissioner of police for) Mattoon, and other city officials, af ter which he announced that they had devised a plan by which to trap the anesthetist. Meanwhile, it was disclosed that two sisters, one a Mat toon grade school teacher, were "visited" by the prowler Thursday night. Their identities were not disclosed. They told police t he unwelcome stranger struck three times. They were awakened In the bedroom, gasping and choking from the fumes. Then the prowler twice sent "thin, blue smoke-like vapor" through their window, they said. Hear "JJuzzing" Sound As the gas Bpread. the sisters (Conliuuea On Puge A) Slte Commission Named to Boost Postwar Aviation INDIANAPOLIS Members of the Governor's Commission on Aviation today were launching a program put Indiana in "the very midst America's great airways" before another decade. They met yesterday In an initial conference with Gov. Henry F. Schri-cker, who charged the commission with responsibility for the development of postwar aviation in the state. He called for a "sound program of proposed legislation for inlro-duction before the 1945 General Assembly ... .to head off silly pro posals which will be submitted to the legislators Nine subcommittees were formed and Subchairmen appointed by Her- schell A. Hollopeter, commission chairman, of Indianapolis. Head quarters were established on the third floor of the Hoard of Trade building, and Robert H. Mclntyre was named full-time secretary. He has been associated with the Indiana Civilian Defense Council. Chairmen of the new subcommit tees include: Jerry D. Heeler, Evnnsville, Na tional Affairs; Mayor V. Vincent The commission will meet again to Kaat Prussia and have returned with prisoners, a Renter dispatch from Moscow said today. The crossing took place over the Ki ver Szeszti ppe, which forms t lie frontier between Lithuania and the Reich, cabled Duncan Hopper, Reu-ter's special correspondent in Moscow. Moscow hinted at the Imminence of a new offensive on this front. j Further west thousands of Soviet guns have opened a cannonade aimed at breaking the last German defenses. (Continued on page 6) Postwar Italy Major Issue at Approaching FDR-Churchill Meet QUEBEC Quebec today was preparing for the second historic conference in Canada between President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill, but the date of the talks was not disclosed. From the Chateau Frontenac came the story that Premier Maurice Duplessis is to be the only resident of the hotel who will be permitted to remain "in residence." Tourists and other penmaneut guests have received official notice that they must move out. Th ree h undred American WACs already are on the scene and great (numbers of U. S. army trucks, jeeps as wen as uanaaian veuitia u taking part in the iriaraUois. WASHINGTON. D. C. It was learned authoritatively today that the future of Italy will be discussed at the forthcoming meeting between President Roosevelf and British Prime Minister Winsion Churchill. This conference between the two Allien luu.lum urtili io ovnoKliirl in be held shortly in Canada, will with European political problems In addition to drafting plans for the final defeat of Japan next year. Churchill, who recently visited Rome, is understood to favor a more lenient policy toward the Italians now. The British have been pursu ing a cautious policy In Italy peud (Continued on page 6) Edward S. Delp Dies at Clinton Residence Today Edward S. Delri, 83, Veedersburg, Ind., died at the home of his flieoe, Mrs. Jessie Potter, 343 Elm street, at 6:40 a. m. Saturday, following an illness of one day. Mr. Delp had lived with his niece for the past two months. He is survived by one son, Perry, Marshall, Ind; one brother, Joney, Marshall, Ind.; three sisters, Mrs. Cora Dickmeyer, Veedersburg. Ind.. Mrs. Ciuda Pargerhurst, Indianapolis and Mrs. Mary Biddle, ClinLon and several nieces and nephews. The body was taken to the Frist Funeral Home and will be returned to the Potter residence Sunday morning. Funeral services will be held at 2 P- in. Monday at the Christian Church at Mecca. Burial will be in the Hixon Cemetery at Mecca. Hixon Cemetery at Mecca. a declaration of war. Under these circumstances, the big power nearest the aggressor stale would be called upon to use force first. The three other major powers would be obligated to break diplomatic relations with the aggressor and impose full economic sanctions against it. Small nations bordering on the aggressor state would 4e expected to assist the four major powers in restraining the aggressor. However, the decision as to whether to act a-gainst the ageressor would rest primarily with the big four. Final details of the security part which will provide for this virtual military alliance between the big four are now being worked out by ( American, British and Soviet repre sentatives to tbe conference. They expect to couclude their discussions this weekend or early neiit week. When the Russians depart, tbe (Continued on Pal 1) Mu Kuzi Coiiuiiujiicatioa The agency asserted that by adopting this measure the Swedes had de prived t lie Germans in Norway and Finland of "all overland routes" of communication. STOCKHOLM German troops In northern Finland were reported today to be finding the going "desperate." while dispatches from Hel sinki declared It is "technically impossible" for the Nazis to evacuate Finland before Sept. 15th as the Russians demand as an armistice prerequisite. The Stockholm newspaper Dagens Nyheter, quoting reports from the northern Swedish-Finnish frontier, said the Nazis were finding it difficult to clear out of northern Finland from which they are said to be taking overland routes to upper Norway. .Norwegian Harass MazXs Previous reports had told of the Germans being hard-put to find sufficient transport, and said that Norwegian patriots were harassing their escape routes. As the Finnish capital declared it virtually impossible for the German forces "lo meet the Russian terms of "clear out of Finland before Sept. 15th or be disarmed and interned as prisoners of war," Helsinki or-(Contlnuea on page 6) WASHINGTON, D. C. Aineri can sea and air forces tightened their grip today on the far-flung Pacific war front, paving the way for a new invasion thrust which may come at any lime now. The Japanese high command watched the developing war pattern closely and boldly proclaimed that a new Allied landing was Imminent but obviously the enemy had no idea exactly where the blow would fall. Airmen Dominate Philippines Gen. Douglas MacArthur declar ed that his Far Kastern air force now dominates the southern Philippines one of the points which Tokyo said would be the target of an American landinr in the not too distant future. i. Carrier Force Pounds Foe Meanwhile, powerful aircraft carrier task forces under the command of Admiral Chester W. Nimilz a-cross the enemy's stronghold in the western Carolines gateway to the Philippines archipelago. Palau and Yap, in the western Carolines, comprise the last major threat to America's advance toward the Philippines and must be neu-( Continued on Page 2) Union Religious Services Planned For Vielory Day Religious observance of the day of Germany's collapse or surrender has been planned by the churches of the community. Rev. C. C. Jordan, pastor of the First Methodist Church and president of the Clinton Minis terial Association, said today. A union service of Thanksgiving and prayer in the Clinton High School gymnasium has been outlined with the time depending upon the time of the announcement of the victory, Rev. Jordan said. Should the news come before p. m., the services will be held at 7 p. m. that evening in the gym while if the news is announced after 4 p. m. in the -evening or during the night, the services will be held at 2 p. m. in the gymnasium, he said A statement signed by Mayor Clar ence Wright, Lee Haiti, American Legion Post 140 commander; R. 11 Medlock, Commercial Club presi dent; 12. C. Boyd, superintendent of schools and Rev. Jordan said: "Looking forward to V-Day, which seems Imminent, and may now break any day or hour without much warning, and knowing the profound re lief and unmeasured joy that day will bring to every citizen, young and old, as a thoughtful and grateful people we believe it proper and desirable that the community celebrate that mighty victory with controlled conduct and a proper program worthy of a great people, and worthy of the signal favor of Almighty God. "The mighty battle will even then be only half over, for many of our sons and daughters are in the great Pacific area of struggle which may last another long and costly year. 'The churches will be open at day everybody for prayer and thanks giving at any time, likewise all places of business will be closed in honor of this long hoped for evtut. Enforced Peace Agreement Reached By Major Allied Powers at Parley re turn io me pruuuiriiuu ui inuiurs i wr for Su,.er-forlre8e8 now carryinK , Car rom Bockville Home the war to the Japanese borne is- Second altenipt of theft was suc-landa. 'eesHful when a government car used Biegel. a patient at Gardiner Gen- by Dr. R. J. Moran, Rockville, Ind., eral Hospital In Chicago. was to drive to and from the Wabash brought to the plant by MaJ. John River Ordnance Plant, was stolen W. Cunimiskey of the district man-' around 1 a. m. Sunday from In front power office of the army air forces. ! of his residence on West High street, MaJ. Cunimiskey also pleaded with it was reported, the strikers: I The first attempt was made at tb "We want you men and women home of Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Burton, to go back to work at once." be; Ohio. Dr. and Mrs. Burton were -Bald. "This situation is the most ser-1 Ohio street. Dr. and Mrs. Burton ious one the country has lo contend j were awakened at 1:10 a.m. when with now. It is a knockout blow. i they beard someone trying to start "I ask you to go back to work and , their car, which was parked near the WASHINGTON. Diplomatic delegates to the Dumbarton Oaks Security conference are understood to day to have reached an agreement which provides, in effect, that the United States, Great Britain, Russia and China shall act as super-police men to maintain future world peace. This far-reaching agreement will be submitted shortly to the respect ive governments and later to the other united nations for approval. It will also go before Congress either as a treaty or an executive agreement. The agreement sets up a Security Council composed of representatives of the four big powers and several of the smaller natious. If a majority of this council, including the big four members, vole to restrain an aggressor state, the United States. Britain. Russia and China will auto matically assume the right to use military or naval force against the guilty nation without waiting for give the Japs hell with the super fortresses. That is one of the quick est means of preparing for an invas- ion of Japan and saving the lives of thousands of American boys." Officials of Local 274 of the CIO j United Automobile Workers Union also urged the men to return. The walkout yesterday Btarted over the promotion of one employe and soon stopped the assembly of B-29 motors Qlen and Bpread ,0 an additional 415 The walkout started with 252 workers. Company officials, admitting the strike was spreading, said they were forced to lay off an additional 65 non-strikers. Another Clinton Marine. Thomas v.uwi. run, animus nu Maden figured In the reunion by I Municipal Problems; Roger C. Flem-telling each that the other was on 'ne. Indianapolis, Commercial Air the island. After several days the Service; Clyde S. Schockley. Muncie. friends found each other. ; Charter Service; Kdward F. Hode- Hgt. Webster, son of Mrs. Martha fld, Richmond. Private Aviation; Webster of Hazel Bluff, has been Ueut. Col. Walker W. Winslow. Ind-in the Pacific area, over a year ianapolis. Civil Air Patrol; Hollo-while Cpl. Reeder. son of Mr. and Pter, Legislation; Fred M. Gillies, Mrs. John Wes Reeder of Nebeker.Kast Chicago. Industrial Aviation, Street has been overseas for a . and Kenneth B. Elliott. South Bend, Innn,h I Public Relations. rul Reeder's wife anil son make! Reeder's wife anil son make i I Oct. 13 in ludiauapolis. their home In Ohio.'

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