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THE DAILY CLINTON! AN The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Countie I u THE WEATSFW Clear to partly cloudy today, tp night and Friday. Warmer Fridayjf Mailed In Conformity With P. O. D. Order No. 19687 Price Three Cents. CLINTON, INDIANA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1944. Volume 32 Number 178. . ' ' I ' Glides r Dixie Flyer Lash West Wall on 170 -Mile Front WithMXun:23 Reds Stand at Gates of East Prussia Reach Czech Line, Press on Warsaw Overseas 30 Months Next Seven Days To Mark Crucial Period In War Against Axis WASHINGTON. D. C. The con-seniius in Washington military circles today was that the next seven days would bring momentous developments on all war fronts and that the coming evenis might give a clue 10 the length of the war against both Germany and Japan. In I lie European theater American and Allied armleB and supporting all- Of Deaarvicemeii Crack C and E I Passenger Liner In : Headon Collision With Mail Train At ; North Terre Haute Early Today; Death Toll Rising As Rescuers Search Wreck' TERRE jHAUTE, Ind. Twenty nine persons, 23Jpf them soldiers, were killed early today as two Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad trains collided headon in a fog at 2:20 a.m. More than 5 persons were injured as the southbound streamliner, the Dixie Flyer, crashed into a northbound mail train near the city limits of North Terre Haute.' j jjjany of the victims Wt Yanks Hammer At Philippine Sea, Air Bases Pre-Invasion Raids Smash Down on Philippines In Relentless Halsey Attack; Down 200 Planes in Battle f. " , i ii PF.ARL HAR.BQR, l(.llawlt. Powerful United States lask, forces, spearheaded ' by carrier-based' aircraft, maintained relentless assaults against Jap strongppluts.ln the,.)f hil-ippines today In a mounting Campaign to khock out princial eftemy bases in advance jot the promised Invasion to reconquer the islands. American Raid Mount American naval forces' operating in strength in conjunction with the aerial blows wreaked tremendous havoc on Jap positions and Nipponese Bhipping at points in the Philippines and in neighboring islands. Pacific fleet headquarters reported that in the latest action by its forces which have been coursing through waters of the Southern Philippines for the past week more than 200 Jap aircraft were destroyed. The operations are continuing a-gainst "strong" opposition, headquarters said. Onirul Islands Target Cebu, Negros and Panay Islands in the central Philippines were targets in the latest revealed raid. The islands are midway between Manila and the island of Mindanao, at Dixie Flyer Passes Through Clinton Feu Minutes Before Crash Passengers of the Ill-fated C and E I Dixie Flyer, which crashed in a headon collision with a mail train iust outside North Terre Haute early today, were re-routed to Cayuga arly today and continued south on the Nickel Plate Road, railroad officials said. Nearly 200 survivors of the wreck, which claimed 29 dead and C4 injured, were brought to Clinton thin morning for breakfast before leaving for Cnyuga. 1 The crack fastliner of the C and E I road passed through Clinton about ten minutes before the fatal collision around 2 a. m. today In the thick of a heavy fog. Nearly 600 people were aboard the train, en route to Florida it wa reported. Nearly all were asleen when the fast passenger train ploughed headon into the mall train a short distance south of Atherton. Servicemen and women made up a large part of the group brought to Clinton at about 10:30 a. m. Several of the servicemen were fliers. number of them wearing the cam- paign ribbon of the European The- ater of Operations on their tunhv Keports on the accident indicate' that the majority of the victims werr soldiers, many of them aviators, em-. barked on 30-day furloughs aftci being in action ,ln Europe.) Eyewitness accounts of the accl dent emphasized the complete shock of the wreck. "The first I knew of It," one mar from the south said "was when my head hit the end of the berth. 1 woke Immediately, and tried to hell with the injurod." Glass was everywhere, flying through the coaches. Many passengers had cuts on their faces." Many of the servicemen In the rear coaches of the train went forward immediately to aid in the rescue work. One car was split wide open, a staff sergeant related! with bodies-of soldiers strewn through the coach and onto the tracks The passenger train was fairly long and passengers In the rear carr suffered only slight bruises, and minor cuts with the majority of the victims In the first two coaches. Ambulances from Terre Haute I forces were driving for a major break through In the Siegfried Line which might permit the United States and British forces to plunge deep Into the Reich on the road to Berlin. Wine Out Jap All-force In the Pacific Admiral William F. llalsey's Third Fleet with its mighty carrier-based armadas ap oeared bent on wiping out the en lire Jap airforce in the Philippines In preparation for moves to liberate the commonwealth. Develomenis in both the Pacific and European theaters thus pointed to coming events during the next few days which might have a bearing on the course of the global ,war. Divide (ierinaii Course According to some military observers the next week or ten days may decide whether Germany Is a-blo to hold the plunging Allied arni-(Contlnued on Page 4) Allies Battle Way Into Gothic Line, Bomb Nazi Dromes Drive Bites Deeper Into North Italy Wall! Athens Evacuation Air Ports Hit ROME, Italy. Allied bomberB from the Mediterranean attacked three German airdromes In the Athens area during the night, headquarters of Lieut. Gen. Ira C. Baker announced today. In some 1,050 sorties flown yesterday, in cdin in forces of escorted heavy bombers attacked oil refineries and rail yards in German and Polish Silesia, as well as railroad bridges in northern Italy. Medium and light bombers at tacked gun and defense posllions In the Rimini area of the Adriatic. ROME, Italy. Allied Fifth and Eighth Army forces battled their way deeper into the breastwork de- fensea of the German-held Gothic .ine In Italy today against consld erably increased German opposition. Despite strong resistance the strategic Corlano-San Savlno ridge was partially cleared of enemy forces on the Adriatic sector, opening the way to envelopment of the Gothic fortifications. Heavy Fighting in Adriatic There was heavy fighting in the Adriatic sector, with the Nazis apparently well aware of the portent of the Eighth Army advance. The Coriano advance represented only a 1, 000-yard gain nut necessitated the use of flaine-throwers a-gainst German tanks dug In as anti-tank defenses. Fierce fighting continued around Gemmano and northwest of Croce where British troops recaptured a much-contested ridge. Germans Are Captured A considerable number of Germans were taken prisoner. (Coutlnuea on page 7) MOSCOW, Russia. Inflicting "enormous losses" upon the German defenders, the Soviet army today held the strategic town of Lomza and hammered on toward East Prussia while farther Boulh over assault forceB were battering down the defenses of Warsaw. The Soviet communique also revealed that Russian troops have reached the Polish-Czechoslovakia border In a thrust from Krosno to Ciechania. Reds, Partisans Join ( A Junction was effected at Ne-gotin, near the easter nfronller of Yugoslavia, between the Red army and Marshal Tito's Partisans ( according to reports broadcast by the Free Yugoslav radio. (Another column of Soviet troops, the German radio Btated, has spearheaded across the Rhodope Mountains in the Bulgarian-Greek frontier and into Greece. Colonel Ernst von Hammer, Nazi war commentator, said the Russians were on their way to Thrace.) The Russians, in northern Transylvania, smashed ahead to a point near the Hungarian border, but the big news in Moscow was the seizure of Lomza. Lomza was regarded as one of the most powerfully fortified ceh-ters in northern Poland and the key fortress for EaBt Prussia, cradle of German militarism. After a fierce night action, the Cermans were hurled bacjt from the town and forced to withdraw across the Narew river. "The enemy Buffered enormouB losses In manpower and equipment," according to the Moscow report which Btated that the double-ringed defenses of the city are strewn with dead Hitlerites. (Continued on page 4) Officers Named At CHS; Don Reinerio To Head Seniors Clinton High School classes named their officers for the 1944-45 term at an election held in the Senior High School library Monday, Sept. 11, school officials announced today. Don Relneiro, was elected president of the senior class; Donald Hal-sey, vice-president; Margaret Piani, secretary and Reno C. Foil, treasurer. Junior class officers Include, Max Hungerford, president; Ray Stewart, vice-president; Annie Gulliano, secretary and Mafalda Dal Sasso, treasurer. Sophomore officers Include, John Goodman, president; Bob Snoddy, vice-president; Rosemarle Henderson, secretary and Mary Lee Vra-bic, treasurer. i (Continued on Page 2) Ration Board to Be Closed Three Days Next Week The office of the Vermillion County Rationing Board 83-1. will be closed two or- three days next week for the issuing of "A" gasoline books, Mrs. Lucy Dodlln chief clerk of the rationing board announced today. This wifl be necessary because as yet no "A" books have arrived for distribution, Bhe added. The days the office will be closed can not be announced because It will depend on the arrival of supplies, she said. The present "A" book expires Thursday, Sept. 21, midnight. Hodges, a quiet, mild mannered "Soldier's soldier," who was born in Perry, Ga., 57 years ago. Hodges coup came as a surprise to many military leaders and observers. Few persons expected the First Army to win the race for the honor of being the first invading force to cross the German border In more than one hundred years. It must be remembered, however, that It was the United States First Army which crushed German opposition in b;itor fig:iiing around St. Lo to Mo the t; for a breakthrough by the Third Army and enabled the latter to sweep across France. Military men who have known Outer Siegfried Line Defenses Are Tottering Gigantie Allied Hammer Pounds at German Line; Aachen Menanced as US Lines Close in on City SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Allied Expeditionary Force. Allied armleB attacking in gigantic Btrengt armies attacking In gigantic strength began to smash the outer breastworks of the Siegfried Line today, scoring steady new penetrations along a 170-mile front from Nancy to Aachen. Several additional small German towns were captured. All He west of the Siegfried Line. 5 Miles from Aachen Wllh Aachen Itself threatened by Allied forces now only five miles a-way, German counterattacks were repulsed and units of the Twelfth Army group continued gradually to close up on the Nazi frontier. New penetrations were Bcored east of Eupen on the Belgian Bide of the border. Headquarters of Cien. Dwight D. Eisenhower exuded utmost confidence over Allied ability to tear the Siegfried Line and its formidable defenses to pieces, (ienimna Are Helpless A spokesman pointed out that with one division to every four miles of front, the Germans were unable to prevent an Allied breakthrough in Normandy. It Is obvious, he said, that they will be equally unable to prevent new breakthroughs because of their now greatly-thinned defensiy lines. British forces are gradually cIob-Ing up to the Scheldt river from the Leopold Canal bridgehead. In the sector northeast of Bruges, (Continued on tinge S) Partisans Seal Up Nazi Forces In Southern Serbia LONDON, England. A special - ,mnl,ia frnm Mnriahnl Tito to- day reported further striking sue-' cesses in Serbia which seal the tate of the German divisions in Bulgaria, Greece and southern Yugoslavia. These are now effectively bottled up unable to escape north to Join in the final battle for Germany. In eastern Serbia," the commun lque stated, "our units captured Pi- rot, Carlbod and Babusnlca and are continuing .their offensive operations toward Nls." . Thus fighting along the .Orient Express sine' in- the sector west of the Bulisulan... border the Partisans are marching on the most important road andji.raiit Junction in Serbia where t iMi Belgrade-Sofia and the BelgraderBftlauioa railways divide. The Gamiians are trying hard to stem the'iadvajioa and. according , to the comnuuvllu. fierce fighting with German:- .reinforcements is in progress. lnnlhe, Bela Palanka area only 20 miles, east of the rail town. On the fighting farther south in Macedonia the communique reported: "All links with the north are cut. Strong German forces that withdrew from Greece and the Aeg-gean Islands are herded together south of Dvedellja because of cut communications." Grandson of Clinton Man Wounded in Action in Franc Pvt. Wayne K. Payton. husband of Mrs. Edith M. Payton. Terre Haute and grandson of Charles Pay-ton, 402 North Sixth Street, Clinton, was wounded In action in France on July 17. according to word received by the wife recently. Private Payton entered the United States Army Infantry on March 24. 1943 and was Bent overseas In June of this year. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Payton, Terre Haute. Malag Services Set For Friday at Home, Church Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Malag, 64. who died at her residence in Klondyke Tuesday morning, will be held Friday at tre residence at 8:30 a. m. and at 9 a. m. at the Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. . Cub Meeting is Postponed The monthly pack meeting of Cub Scouts Pack 63 which was to be held Friday at the, First Methodist Church, will be postpone until further notice. Ewjug,, (jhaytbejra, cub-jnaeter announced today. the southern tip of the Philippines, j Fifty of the Jap planes aesiroyeu were shot down in air combat while more than 150 were accounted for on the ground. Headquarters Bald the 20ft planes were destroyed Mon-(Contlnuen on Pags 1) Lt. Bert Sheppard Wounded in Crash, Now Nazi Prisoner Mr. and Mrs. John Sheppard, Desoto street, received word . Wednesday, Sept. 13, from their son Lt. Bert Sheppard, through the Red Cross, that he was wounded when he was captured by the Germans on May 21. Lt. Sheppard stated in his letter to his parents that he sustained a fractured skull and his right leg had been amputated. The latter was dated June 20. He also said that he was receiving the best of medical care in the prison camp. Sheppard went to England with the United States Army Air Corps in January of this year and while he was on a mission over Germany liis plane was forced down. He was then captured by the Germans and is now a prisoner of war in Germa ny. Lt. Sheppard, a P-38 Lightning fighter pilot, iholds the Air : M.ednl and Oak Leaf Clusters for meritorious achievement" In fllglils 'o'veV Europe. He is a member of the first group of American fighter pilots to make; a combat flight over Berlin. Sheppard attended Clinton grade school and was a graduate of Clinton High School with the clasB of 1940. Bofore entering the U. S. Army Air Corps he was a baseball player on the Diana team, Chicago White Sox. Wisconsin Rapids. Wis., Bisbee, Ariz.; Anaheim, Calif, and baseball and football for Daniel Field, Augusta, Ga. air heroes of the Ninth arjd Fifteenth Army Air Force returning home from Itajjr on first furloughs after cqiii-pleting at least 50 missions; They had boarded the train, as a unit at Chicago last night, en route to Florida points for reassignment. Military authorise refused to disclose their names uatll their next of kin are notified. ;.f ,. Engineer Missed Signal ' . :k " j , The cause of the wreck was pot ascertained, although authorities' in Terre Haute reported the belief that the Dixie Flyer's engineer-, did jntyt observe a passing signal at Atae-ton, a short distance north of ibe wreck. ' j. if Bodies still were being pul ad from the twisted wreckage hoi ,r after the crash. All avallablfTaplu-lanccs were rushed to the , acep. where the wounded were extricated and removed to hospitals. 1 Carl Baurmeister, 4lr.ec.ter'.oJ! Terre Haute Red Cross unit, described the scene: 1 !. J lxcHiiotlves Telescoped ' , . , "The two locomotives telescoped into each other. The baggage' care were twisted shreds of steel- and kindling wood. '. "But the pullman, with its human cargo waB the most frightful, it wae ' split wide open, like a cardboard suitcase. 'Nearby fields and the rlght-of way were littered with dead and 4y Ing. Those who were not severely injured did their best to help othera who were hurt worse." t r Boiler Explodes With Roar ' ' Baurmeister Baid that the koller of the northbound mall train exploded witli a roar that could b heard for miles. ' -, Purple Heart medals and Silver; Wings littered the wreckage. An emergency hospital was hastily set up In the State Armory. Treatment of the Injured was hampered by a shortage of physicians. , Top Sheered Off ' ' .J So terrific was the impact of thft trains that the locomotive of th northbound train was hurled back onto the first baggage car. The to' of the' car was sheered off and tfc; locomotive's six wheels rested on the ' car floor, among smashed milk cans. The crash occurred about 600 yards north of the city Irniiti of -. North Terre Haute. Authorities aaia scene of the wreck. Firemen First Identified The first of the dead to be Iden tified was Lewis Rouse, of. Evana-vllle, Ind., a fireman on the Dixie Special. His body was wedged be tween the locomotive ana tenaer. It was difficult for the rescue workers to cut the body loose froa the wreckage. Hospitals. Morgues Crowded. All Terre Haute hospitals and morgues were crowded with the i-Jured and dead and the death toll was expected lo mount steadily. First reports were that 100 persona met deuth. ' A heavy fog was believed to have ; been responsible for the tragedy. It ' was reported that the two train were scheduled to have pasBed each other at Atherton, a small station two miles north of Terre Haute, but that Instead they crashed at Dewey,' five miles north of the city.- ' The north bound train was said to have been standing still when the. the Dixie Flyer crashed head-on Uw to it, demolishing both locomotlvda and hurling twisted and crumpied coachees and Bleeping cars to both sides of the right of way. Among the trainmen reported tut jured were two other Evansville residents. Frank Blair. 65. engineer of the Dixie Flyer, and Charles Rohlfer, 55. engineer of the other locomotive. Two baggage cars and three ai-senger coaches on the 14-car Dixie t Coutlnuea on page I) V m m Mm Minrv--M-iriimr Pfc. James Ilononio Veteran of seven major battles In the Mediterranean theater of action, Pfc. James "Cappy" Bo-nomo is now with Allied forces in northern Italy. Possessor of the Infantry Combat Medal, Pfc. Bonoino has been in the African, Sicilian, and Italian invasions, the battles of Sa lerno, Cassino and was stationed at the Anzio Beachhead. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Ange-lo Boiiomo of 1019 North Ninth Street, he has been in service for nearly three years and has been overseas for the past 30 months. On a six-day leave In Rome, he met Forrest "Deae" BerriBford of Clinton. The two had known each . other when they attended Clinton High School. In a recent letter home he wrote that "the battles were rough but I hope to be home soon." Eden Joins jQuebec Parley, to Confer On Postwar Europe Secretary's Arrival Is Signal Pacific Strategy Set; To Meet Morgenthau QUEBEC, Que, Foreign secretary Anthony Eden will arrive in Quebec shortly to Join in the Pacific war strategy conference with President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill, it was announced today. Eden's arrival from England is expected within the next 24 hours. Hull's Attendance yueslioned The official announcement that the British foreign secretary would come here to enter into discussions with both Allied leaders iiuniedlate- (Cnutluuen on page 6) Fierce Atlantic . Hurricane Roaring Toward East Coast A severe Atlantic hurricane roar ed northward at increasing speed today Willi the full force of the winds expected to sweep across Long Island. N. Y., and the south eastern coastal sections of New Eng land this afternoon or tonight. The weather bureau in Washington indicated the possibility that the intense center of the storm, which was In the Cape Hatteras area at last reports may veer out to aea sufficiently lo spare the mid-Atlantic coast a severe nattering. Residents of the capital were informed that the Washington area will come only "under the edge" of the hurricane. Its approach was reflected, however, in 98 per cent humidity with Uie temperature at only 75. Hurricane warnings were hoisted along the coast to Portland. Me., and frequent radio broadcasts were urged by the weather bureau to prepare seaboard inhabitants for gales and high tides. In New York City, the warnings were given at 9 a. m. and all shipping was ordered to batten down. The Boston weather bureau said that winds of up to 80 miles an hour are expected to precede the storm center by two or three hours. As the hurricane progressed, its had increased to 18 miles an hour. Later the experts of' the Washington weather bureau rated the north and northeastward movement at approximately 25 miles an hour. and Clinton aided in removing the they had been told that the Ulxl dead and wounded from the crash Flyer's engineer ignored a passing , to hospitals and morgues in Terre signal for the other train at Ather-Haute. ton a short distance north of fha. NEWS OF LOCAL MEN IN SERVICE The Clintonian welcomes any news of relatives or friends in the armed services for this column. PHONE 32 Cen. Hodges Leader of US First Army, First Troops to Cross Into Nazi Soil CHICAGO, III. A specially chartered air plane of the Cnicago Herald-American today Bped llfe-sav ing blood plasma to lerre name. (Coutluued on page 4) crack trucking organization of the Air Service Command, a dispatcli from an Air Forces Service Command Station "Somewhere in England" slated. Carrying equipment and supplies, gasoline aud ammunition from "port to fort," soldiers of the combat support wing contribute a vital service In the battle a-gainst Germany. Pvt. Berardinelli Is a member of an outfit that has been commended for Its efficiency and team spirit in driving through storms and fog to deliver the goods to advanced combat stations. He was employed as a railroad worker prior to his Induction into the army in January, 1943. U.S.A. SSgt. Markello, son of Joseph Markello of Clinton and the husband of Mrs. Mary Markello of Marshall, has been assigned to a giant Air Service Command modification and re-tCouUuuea on page 4 . (Editor's Note: Who is this man Hodges? What is the story behind the little known Yankee general who was the first to smash the Nazi Inner defenses and sent the first American troops onto German soil. Following is the first of two articles on Lt. (Jen. Courtney H. Hodges, now the famed conqueror of the equally famous First U. S. Army.) Ily JOSEPH A. 1IIIHS International .News Service Staff ( 'nrresMmdent WASHINGTON. D. C. The number of nemesis of the German army today is a three starred General who until a few days ago was unknown but to the tiniest fraction of the American people. Now his name is on the lips of the entire nation. He won undying fame overnight by being the first to smash American troops through the strong defenses of Germany and penetrate into Uie Reich itself. He is Lt. Gen. Coutruey Hicks Conrad Kite, 33, route one, Clinton, was among those graduated from an Intensive course in electrician's male training at Great Lakes, 111. in recent Service School exercises. U.S.A. Word was received Saturday by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Blackburn of Falrview that their son, Pvt. Don Blackburn of the U. S. Marine Corps, has arrived safely at a base somewhere in the South Pacific area. Mr. and Mrs. Blackburn have another son. Corporal Wayne Blackburn, In service with the U. S. Marine Corps, also stationed in the South Pacific area. U.S.A. pvt. Carlo Berardinelli, son of Mrs. Jeenie Thiezs of 358 North Seventh Street, Clinton has been serving in the European Theater of Operations for the past 15 months witli the Combat bupport Wing, Hodges lor jears will tell you that speed Increased. Early today the Mi-the (ieneral did not have fame and 'ami weather bureau said Ub velocity glory in mind when he gave the final order that sent his flying columns onto German soil around Tri- er. (Continued on Page 2)

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