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CLINTONIAN THE DAILY THE WEATHER Partly cloudy today, tonight and Thursday. Not much change In temperature. Mailed In Conformity With P. 0. D. Order No. 19687 The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Counties Price Three Cents. CLINTON, INDIANA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1944. Volume 33 Number 177. o)Awro) iei nrnn A o) o) JITQ ill) AAD ANESTHETIST TERRORIZES TOWN World's Heavio f, Attacks rCTr":M t Back Allied i';e Yanks seize nrst iazi Killed In Action 1 ""- Philippines Hit In Thundering Sea, Air Attacks Invasion of Philippines Imminent as Huge Force Hits Japs; Entire East Indies Area Under Fire A Manila dispatch broadcast by the Jap Dome! Agency reported today that a force of 180 carrier-based aircraft had raided the central Philippines Island of Cebu while 50 ither;. "enemy aircraft" attacked Ley te Island. ', ' The attacking planes were said to have come from 'part of an enemy task force" which "has appeared In the eastern waters of, the central Philippines"! Follows Tokyo Story 1 The attack mentioned by Domel in lie dispatch recorded by the FCC presumably was the same mentioned yesterday by the Tokyo radio which said that carrier-based planes had raided the central Philippines on Sunday. The Initial Tokyo report gave no details. Garrison units on Cebu and Leyte. according to Domel, "battled the raiders and forced them to retreat after Inflicting considerable damage" on them. Combine Work Of Allies To Win War: FDR Co-ordinated Allied War Efforts Sought for Quick Victory: FDR; US Man to Command Pacific Battle QUEBEC, Que. President Roosevelt said today the purpose of the Quebec conference was "to get the best we can out of the combined British and Unite dStates war efforts" and to coordinate those efforts with those of our Allies, particularly the Chinese and the Russians." China, Russia Pacts Revealing that bath Russia and China are integral parts of the objectives of the conference winning the war against Germany and Japan Mr. Roosevelt summed the conference purpoBO up in these words: "This Is a conference to get the best we can out of the combined British and United States war efforts. "In the Pacific and in Europe we are working in consonance with the situation in China, the Pacific and in Europe, coordinating our efforts with those of our Antes, particularly the Chinese and the Russians." Third Day of Parley - MYSTERY OAS, sprayed through this bedroom window by a mysterious prowler who has claimed 33 vlctlma In Mattoon, 111., overcame three-year-old Dorothy Ellen Kearney, shown with her mother, Mrs. Aline Kearney, and grandfather, Roscoa Van Scyoc. FBI agent ara Investigating the strange attack of the elusive marauder who prowla the streets wearing a skull cap. Hli vapors leave the victim temporarily paralyzed and burned. 'nternJfi'onaJJ COP Tide in From Coast to Coast, Into Reich Armored Force Blasts Deep In Siegfried Line j Full-Scale Drive Along , Moselle Front Reported . , J 8 Allied Armies Wheel Into Line Before Border , , , NEW YORK, N. Y. AUied forces were reKrted by the German clandestine radio Atlantic to be fighting "in the outskirts of Winterlierg," some 40 mile east of Trier. The broadcast, heard by NBC, ; also said that a JtO-mlle-wide atrip or territory liehind the Siegfried Line has been cleared of civilians. Only coal miners in the Saar has- . In have been exempted from tills -evacuation order, the transmission added. SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Al-lied Expeditionary Force. American armored forces, reported in front dispatches to have captured their first town Inside Germany,' blasted deeper today at formidable defenses of the Siegfried Line whlla the greatest aerial bombardment that history ever has known continued unabated. As German propaganda broadcasts reported a full-scale United States offensive along the entire Moselle- river front, observers estimated that some 26,000 tons of high' explosives have been cascaded down upon Germany by as many as 8,000, heavy bombers during the last 4fc hours In support of the Allied drive.5 Yanks in Roehjren ; (Robert Reuben, Reuters correspondent at the front, said that Yanc tank forces entered the "almost de-Berted" village of Roetgen, eight miles east of Eupen. Small rma fire greeted the Americans' arrival, but the II. S. armor then cotninued to attack "more formidable defenes." Roetgen is scareciy aa nines irom the Rhine at uoiogne, Key lnausinai city of Germany.) (Continued on Page 2) Allies Continue To Pound at Gothic ' Line Walls in Italy ROME, Italy. Steady progresa by American British forces against German troops manning the Gothie Line defenses north of Florence and Pistoia was reported today. Headquarters said that the Allied armies were in close contact with I he Germans in the Gothic Line at several places. '' ' Heavy German attacks in the Adriatic sector caused a see-saw stru gle for Hill 449 which changed hands several times in some of the riercest fighting in the Italian campaign. Reports to headquarters indicated that the Germans apparently are ready to meet any assault on the Gothic Line and the whole defensive system was said to be strongly developed. The Fola Pass was termed comparatively stronger than Caa-sino. The German command in the past two weeks considerably strengthened the strategic Fola Pass and the mountains on the other side, adding numerous pillboxes, gun emplacements and heavy anti-aircraft batteries. Troops and guna which had been withdrawn to the north were said to have been brought back. . Headquarters said that British and Indiana troops of the Eighth Army had made progress into the Apennines on the Adriatic front against determined German resistance. Tactical aircraft, among them medium and light bombers and fighter-bombers, attacked rail and road communications in northewestern Italy and the Po river valley along with German strongpoints, troop concentrations and other objectives along the battlefront. Coastal aircraft made attacks on shipping in the Adriatic and the Gulf of Genoa. During the night medium and heavy bombers blasted the railway yards at Bologna. These operations and missions a-gainst German aircraft and engine factories near Augsburg and Munich, resulted in the loss of 18 Al lied planes. Some 2,000 sorties all were flown. In v mage Warplanes Drop 26,000 Tons Of Bombs on Reich Nearly 6,000 Bombers In Sustained Blows at Nazi , Industry, War Centers In Past 48 Hours; Keeps On LONDON. England. British-based warplanes, pressing the greatest aerial bombardment the world ever has Been in support of American columns inside Germany, were estimated today to have dropped more than 26,000 tons of bombs on the Reich in the lust 48 hours. Between 6,000 and 0,000 heavy bombers concentrated on industrial and military installations Inside Germany during this time, while hordes of other bombers and fighters raked Nazi defenses on both sides of the vaunted Siegfried Line. More than 4,500 Allied warplanes. Including some 1,500 U. S. heavy bombers and fighters which ranged over Germany hammering oil plants and other Industries, represented Wednesday's contribution to what some observers termed "the greatest softening-up blitg of the war". The London Evening Star estimated that these i.5,00 planes were out since midnight, adding1 that the con sensus is that the softening-up is the mightiest in history and will con tinue to "progress". (Continued no par VI Tito 's Fo rces Close In On Nazis in Greece; Seize Kavadar in Drive NEW YORK, N. Y. Yugoslav Partisan forces were reported in an official communiaue today to have occupied Kavadar, 50 miles southeast of Skoplje, In their drive closing in on the Vardar-Morava valley, main escape route for Nazi forces in Greece. The communique from headquart- era of Marsha Tito saia mat ine towns of Vranje, Vranjska Banja and Vladlcin Han also had been taken. The communique, broadcast by the Free Yugoslav radio and reported by the FCC, said also that "strong concentrations" of Quisling troops under personal leadership of Generals Draji Mlhailovitch and Milan Nedich had been "completely smashed" in the sector between Baj-ina-Basta, Koserici and Pozega, some 75 miles southwest of Belgrade. (Cnntlnnen on oaee M Local Police Arrest Drunk on C and E I Train A suspended fine was given to Dennis Barnett, Alabama, yesterday following arrest by local police for public intoxication on the Chicago C. & E. I. train. Railroad officials notified the police and when the train stopped at Clinton police arrested him. He was fined $1 and costs in city court, which was later suspended. Harnett spent the night In Clinton and left for Chicago sometime today. Town Greets Joy and Fear But then, this is a forerunner of what we can expect inGermany intermingling of resentment and some welcome. "This way we're jumping into cold water a little at a time." one Doughboy commeated cheerfully. Only a few hours previously Eupen took a Bevere beating when the Germans and American troops fought it out for control of the city. German 88's still stood camouflaged in the middle of the main Btreet and rifle fire still broke out occas- ionally in the evening. Buildings Destroyed A few buildings were destroyed and there was1 window-glasB all over the streets. But over and over the most impressive sight was the German civilian not at all happy whom we were seeing for the first time. It didn't dampen the spirits of the American soldiers although It was a strange contrast to previ-(Contlnued on Page 2) Kgt. William Hussell Ueed, 27, route one Kosedale, was killed in action In England on Aug. 25, ac-rnrdinK to a War Department tele-Brain reivived by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. John V. Heed and the widow, Mrs. Irene Heed, Mecca. Sgt. Keed entered the army Sept. 24, 141, first nerving in the infantry and later transferring to the Air Corps. He had been In Knglnnd since June of tills year. American Junction Snaps Last Escape In Southern France 3rd, 7th Forces Meet In Force on Seine River Hub; 40,600 Germans Cut Off ROME, Italy. The-last escape route for Cerman forces still in I areas of southern and western France was cut today after the American Third and Seventh Armies achieved a junction in force on the Seine River and Chatillon-Sur-Seine, 40 miles northwest of the captured communications center of rjjjon. I I The junction in force after advan- I ced units of the two armies Had link- ed up near Dijon was announced in a communique from headquarters of Lieut. Gen. Alexander M. Patch, commander of the Seventh Army. 40,000 Nazis Trapiied , It was estimated unofficially Ibat some 40,000 Germans cut off by the junction of the Allied forces are left with death or capture as the only alternatives. Southeast of Chatillon French troops made rapid advances against weakening German resistance. Forward elements crossed the Saone River north of Gray. Recey-Sur-Ouree was reached. Eastward American troops captured Vesoul which the Germans had defended with tanks and artillery. A German counter-attack was beaten back at Port-Sur-Soaue and generally stiff resistance was met by the Allies east of this sector. On the right flank of the Seventh (Continued on Page 2) Court Dismisses 12 Cases as New Term is Opened Twelve divocre cases were dismissed as the Vermillion Circuit Court opened its September term Monday, Sept. 11. after plaintiffs filed for the dismissals. Two court appointments were made with Judge Everett E. Davis-son naming James E. Broady, Newport as court bailiff and Sheriff Oil E. Potter naming William White. Newport, as jury bailiff for the grand and petit jjiries for the new term. The following cases were dismissed by plaintiffs: Rose Bononio vs. Carlo Bonomo, divorce: Anna Mae Hensley vs. Ira Hensley, divorce (two separte cases I; Elsie Root vs. Charles Root, divorce: Eva Kelley vs. Leoniel Kelley, divorce; Lorene Lucas vs. James Lucas, divorce: Bessie Shannon vs. Elmer Shannon, divorce: Mary Farrington vs. George Farrington, divorce: Kennlh Peck vs. Violet Peck, divorce; Frances Bieber vs. Gus Bieber, divorce; Irene Baxendale vs. Paul Baxendale, divorce: Anna Lowden vs. John T. Lowden. divorce: Annabella Spell-man vs. Cecil E. Spellman, divorce; The Farmers Fire Insurance Co. vs. Standard Materials Corp. damages; State of Indiana vs. A. N. Nielson, fraudulent check. The President's statement was released by presidential secretary Ste phen T. Early as the paclllc war strategy conference between Mr. iinnaevelt and Prime Minister Win ston Churchill and their high mili tary staffs progressed into the intra I dav. I Earlv disclosed that M. Roosevelt had volunteered the statement when he carried to him corresponaeum (Continued on page 6 Soviets Seize Key To East Prussian Defense Frontier Lomza Falls to Plunging Red Drive; Swarm Down Toward Hungary Border , MOSCOW, Russia. Soviet forces, obviously bent on duplicating the American western invasion of Germany, today captured the German strongpoint of Lomza guarding the approaches to the East Prussian frontier. Lomza, serving both as a keystone in the German defenses guarding southern East Prussia and those a-bove Warsaw, fell to the second white Russian army "after stubborn battles." Premier Marshal Joseph Stalin, in a special order of the day, triumphantly announced the capture of Lomza, which the Germans previously had acknowledged that they (Con tin una on page 6) Mrs. Julia Malag Rites To Be Held Friday A. M. Last rites will be conducted at the residence at 8:30 a. m. Friday and 9 a. m. at the Sacred Heart Church for Mrs. Julia Malag. 64. who died at her residence In Klon-dyke at 11:45 a. m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Walnut Grove cemetery. Mrs. Malag was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, Clinton, the Polish National Alliance Lodge. Clinton and the Mothers Club of the Sacred Heart Church. The body wll be taken to the residence this evening where the rosary will be reclled at 7 p. m. Thursday. Nazi-Beljrian Border Yanks With Mixed EUPEN, Belgium The city of Eupen, with a population part Belgian and part German, today gave American troops their first cold reception since the invasion. In the city which was part of Germany before the last war the local populace slood on the streets while the smoke of battle was still lifting with some, of the glummest faces I ever saw. There were a few waves and smiles all was not unfriendly and I saw one lad llfd his coat la-nel take out hidden tricolors and pin them on front. But there wasd old man also who waved at our truckload of German prisoners and not at us, and a small gathering of people with tears in their eyes a-round the body of dead German soldiers. And for the first time there were people with fear in their faces apparently some had believed the Gt-rnian propaganda that we came as barbarians. Trap Indies Ohrrlsons WASHINGTON, D. C. Admiral William F. HalBey's powerful Third Fleet cut a widening path of destruction through Japanese positions In the southwest Pacific today in a campaign that promises the early liberation of the Philippines and threatened to trap enemy garrisons In the East Indies. Most significant developments was the shelling of Japanese positions in (he Palau Islands by battleships and cruisers while carrier planes dropped record loads of bombs on enemy installations In that area. Home invasion rawrni Thi. was the same pattern follow ed by American Fleet units In pre- j .inn. tnvnRlnn thrusts in the Pacific. and although the Japanese in the past sensed what would follow they were unable to do anything about It. The Tokyo radio already has predicted that American forces were poised for an Invasion of the Philippine area. The first prediction was (Continued on Page I) Congress Abandons Recess Plans To Study Reconversion WASHINGTON, D. C. Congress today awaited the return of absent members as it set aside thoughts of a mid-September recess for the Nov. 7 election and prepared to tackle a senate-house deadlock over postwar reconversion and demobilization legislation. Speaker Rayburn said a roll call vote would be taken Monday in the housei w the two controversial Issues In the George bill over which house) ,ad senate conferees have reached an Impasse about 10 days. Heisald the members will be asked to go on record to Instruct the house roonferees whether to remain in opposition to the senate proposals or to irocedo and permit their adoption. The senate is insisting on provisions In the George bill deleted by the house. These would have extended unemployment compensation to two million federal employes and given travel pay assistance to stranded war workers. Telegrams were dispatched to all absent congressmen requesting their return as the senate conferees are Insisting on a roll call vote In the hmiia dim renulrinE a auorum, or more than half the membership of the house, to be present. Many members are now busy campaigning. Rayburn said present plans were to vote also on the Colmer surplus property disposal bill on which senate-house conferees have reached an agreement. The measure sets up the machlnrey for the disposal of an es-' tlmated 60 to 100 billion aoiiars in government was surplus property. . M Pvt. Stephen Novokovich Former Local Man, Killed Pvt. Stephen Novokovich, 21. son of Mrs. Ann Novokovich. Chicago, former resident of Clinton, was killed In action on Guam with the United States Marine Corps, according to a telegram received from the War Department by the mother re cently. I Private Novokovich enlisted in the . Marine Corps Jan. 7. 1943. j He has three other brothers in the armed forces. Michael and Nicholas, both In the tT. S. Navy and George. U. S. Coast Guard. I Besides the parent and three brothers he Is survived by two sisters. Mrs. Marv An Millinrs and Miss Mildred Novokovich, both of Chicago, "' , Cov. Dewey Sees 'B' Motorists To Get First Chance At Gas Increases V-E Day Expected To Add To Civilian Gas Supplies; Trucks, Busses Benefit WASHINGTON. D. C. "B" motorists and commercial vehicles were assured today of reaping the first benefits of the increased civilian gasoline supply expected to be available upon the defeat of Germany. In a lengthy report on the United States petroleum picture, the Office of War Information stated: Trucks, Busses First "If more gasoline becomes available for civilians, it would be used to provide increased rations for trucks and buses. When more gasoline is available for passenger automobiles it is intended to equalize the 'B' ceiling in the different parts of the country. "A's may expect no increases until all B' drivers are allowed rations sufficient to permit them to engage in the full amount of essential driving their business warrants." OWI Director James F. Byrnes already has forecast an increased gasoline supply after V-E Day (Victory In Europe), although adding that It probably will not be possible to discontinue rationing. Privately, officials believe the increase will be great enough to spill over into the tanks of the lowly "A" motorist. (Continued on Page X) Lewis Power To Face Test Before UMWA Committees CINCINNATI. Ohio. The extent of John L. Lewis' power over the United Mine Workers was to be tested today as the resolutions committee considered 15 pro-Roosevelt resolutions and only five against the President following Lewis; charges that the President had given the coal miners a "kick in the face." In event the resolutions committee reports out any of the pro-Roosevelt resolutions, it would be an indication that Lewis' influence is slipping. If it reports out an anti-Roosevelt statement, it would mean that his power is greater than ever. Lewis told the 2.000 delegates to the 38th constitutional convention of the I'MW that the President "has treated us shabbily" and "kicked us In the face," and he curtly advised against Bupport of the President in November. Lewis, however, did not mention Gov. Thomas E. Dewey of New York, the Republican presidential nominee. z "If you vote for him (Roosevelt) in November, you'll hear more of it in April." Lewis told the cheering delegates. The UMW's contract with coal mine operators expires In April. in Campaign Tour VAI.KNT1NE. Neb. Gov Thomas E. Dewey ended the first half of his cross-country campaign tour today completely confident that he will be elected President next November. The Republican nominee made clear his belief as he rested today in the middle western center of Valentine that the outcome of the Maine election, plus what he has seen and heard since he left New York City six days ago, means the GOP tide Is In from coast to coast. To Wyoming, Molilalia Following a night's rest on the 12,000-acre ranch of former Gov. Ram R. McKolvie, 20 miles from Valentine, Gov. Dewey enjoyed the lightest schedule of Mis trip. After a luncheon tulk with Nebraska and South Dakota Congressional members, he wus to attend a rodeo at Valentine and then have for Sheridan. Wyo.. and Ilelllngs, Mont. During his talks Willi ranchers from this section, the GOP nominee was told that the cattlemen throughout Nebraska, the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming are anxious for a change in the federal administration. Their views were expressed by 57-year-old Dun II. Lovejoy. who has a 7,00ii-acre ranch adjoining that of ex-Gov. McKelvie. "The ranchers," said Lovejoy, (Continued on page 6) Local Sailor Combines Writing, Fighting on LSTin South Pacific Double duly as editor and electricians mate second class aboard an LST (Landing Ships -Tanks) in the South Pacific has occupied John E. Mackie, KM 2c. now home on 30-duy leave, fur I lie past 13 months in the Pacific urea, Markle, 22. the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Markle of Holllh Fifth street and husband of Mrs. Alene W. Mackie of G12 South Fifth Hire.'!, has been In I he Navy since October 1HI2. receiving truliiliiK at Greul Lakes Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, III. and at Purdue I'lilverslty, Lafayette, Ind. Ills lour of duty in the Pacific includes the Solomon Islands area Tulugl, Guadalcanal. Bougainville the Greene Islands, New Guinea, the Marshall Island and Guam. Mackie was with one of the first navy units trained for LST duty, taking part In three invasions including the Murshulls and Guam. Ills ship, carrying a heavy load of tanks and supplies, was the first to hit Guam In the invasion of the former American-held island. The newspaper idea sprang up during one of the LST's 11-week cruises at sea when no mail could be delivered and "the fellows got tired of just sitting around looking at each other", according to Mackie. He and three other sailors started the paper "The Raving Reporter" which soon became the most eagerly - awaited thing aboard ship next to chow. Combining seriousness, sly humor and slapstick jokes, the "Raving Re-jUouUuueA ou page ty

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