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TH1C WEATHER Fair today and tonight. Tuesday partly cloudy. THE DAILY CLINTONIAN The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Countief Mailed In Conformity With P. 0. D. Order No. 19687 CLINTON, INDIANA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1944. NEW COMMANDER OF LEGION Allies Score New Smash Across German Border: Column Nears Arnhem Troops; US Carrier Attack Hits Manila Soviets Storm Into Czechoslovak QoIta RalHclv Vital Ftfnnian l "- o;4-acn iraDueu onnmur n.,D,Un irnnm have crossed the Carp: MVJBlyWVV llou into Czechoslovakia and have brcacnea cording to unofficial sources in Moscow muoy. The Reds are "well inside" Slovakia after routing a German garrison at a border town, these infarmants said, while the Hungarian crossing was made near Arad. Tho romilar Soviet communique announced seizure of the Estonian r r TY r jrs 1 EDWARD SEIBERUNO, left, with raised handj of Albany, N. Y., receives the ovation given him by delegates at the 26th national American Legion convention in Chicago after they had elected him national commander. At the right is the ex-commander. Warren Atherton of California. - (International) Army-Navy Pearl Harbor Probes Near End; Demand "Full Publicity" Volume 32 Number 185. Dewey Readies Fighting Speech In Oklahoma Hot Campaign In Sight As FDR Serves Notice Of Slam-Bang Drive; Dewey Rewrites Monday Address OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. Governor Thomas E. Dewey today accused President Roosevelt of descending. In his Saturday night speech, to the level of "mudslinglng and epithets" and promised to answer the latter's charges of "fraud and falsehood" point by point in his Oklahoma City talk tonight. Gov. Dewey, greeted by a crowd of 6.000 persons when he arrived in Oklahoma City this morning after the long ride from Los Angeles, revealed that leaders of the California Democrats-for-Dewcy told him he probably would get between 35 and 40 per cent of the registered Democratic vote In California, where Democratic registration is twice as large as Republican registration. ABOARD DEWEY CAMPAIGN TRAIN EN ROUTE OKLAHOMA CITY. Gov. Thomas E. Dewey, stung to a fighting pitch by President Roosevelt's charge that he has employed Hltleresque methods In hlo campaign, heads Into Oklahoma City today for what promises to be the most fiery Bpeech of his public career. Destroys Original Speech As the Republican presidential nominee rode across New Mexico and Texas last night, he ripped Into shreds his tentative Oklahoma City speech, seventh and last of his 6,-700 mile tour, and wrote instead a talk which tears Into the Roosevelt record. . The Tlewev who issued a state ment yesterday that hereafter no punches will be pulled against an ArivArHarv who "has sunk to mere adversary wno nas sunn iu wnc quoting from 'Meln Kampf and to ! charges of 'fraud and 'falsehood was reminiscent of the hard-hitting prosecutor who fought his way to national fame by his "racket-busting" exploits. Opponent Has No Program "In six speeohes since the opening of this campaign," he said, "I have started to show the course I believe, our country should take In the critical yearB ahead of us. My opponent, In his speech last night,. Indicated that he has no program and has sunk to mere quoting from 'Meln Kampf and to charges of 'fraud' and 'falsehood.' "It Is now more clear than ever that four times as President is too I Continue on page ) Hull Attempts To Quiet Rumor Of Split in Cabinet ... . n c ,.. WAMiinuiun, u. v.. owiciai j of State Hull attempted today to qui-i et the persistent rumors of a seri-'. ous split In the cabinet committee dealing with post-war Germany rumors which represent him as being at serious variance with Secretary of Rl serious varmuue wim Dcweim ui Treasury Morgenthau and his plan , i Withering Blistering U. S. Carrier Attack Again Hits Japs Hajsey's Fleet Ends Jap Naval Strength in Manila Area; Claim 405 Planes, 105 Ships, Sink Convoy prari, HARBOR. Hawaii. - Continuing to lash enemy shipping and positions In the Philliplnes, American Carrier-based aircraft hit Jap sea and air power with avenging rury in a two-nay "" "i" 21, leaving behind the smoking ruins of another 405 enemy planes J A -mi oaA nnif 10! ahfnft rnrv in a twn-riav assault bene, destroyed or damaged and 105 ships an. ik. nr damaecd. Including two floating drydeeks. 1 The latest' carrier strike against the former United Btates possession was announced in a special communique from Pacific fleet headquarters. Destroy 13-Ship Convoy At tho aame lime, a later-bulletin disclosed the complete destruction of a 13-barge, troop-laden convoy Dy our warships In the waters around Peloliu Island. Targets of the shattering new blows hy Admiral William F. Hal-sey'a Third Fleet were Clark and Nichols airfields near Manila, and at Cavite Naval Base In Manila harbor, once America's strongest naval base in Asiatic waters. Dniiiasn Huimlr Ienot i I in addition to terrific ; losses to Jap shipping and aircraft, the communique said the fleet striking force did "extensive and widesproaa aam-age to buildings, railway equipment, warehouses, oil storage! tanks, harbor installations, hangars, shops and stored supplies, ' ' " Cost to the Third Fleet assault forces In the "daring and highly successful strike" was reported to be 11 planes, 10 pilots and live air crewmen. There were no losses a- mong U. S. warships supporting the new attack. 17-Dy Attack " ' These losses were considered neg ligible In ratio to the huge chunk torn out of Jap strength in tne woatern Pacific area since the Third Fleet commenced operations Sept. 8. The Third Fleet s revieeo. uo-'umrd in nnemv shins and planes de stroyed or damaged, now stands at: 122 Bhips and 61 smaller cratt sunk; 137 ships and 109 smaller crait damaged; 380 planes shot from the air wltn 598 destroyed on the ground. Island Conununirations Cut Off Possibly even more important than the actual battle losses of the annmv la hia Iors of former anchor ages in the Philippines and his forced withdrawal to a safer refuge for his hoarded fleet. In addition, his communications in the 7.000 island archipelago have been seriously dis rupted, and more important, nis air-force in the Philippines has been (Contlnuea on Pas 1) Rationing Board To Be . .! Closed All Day Wednesday Mrs. Lucy Doolin, chief clerk of the Vermillion County Rationing Board announced today that the rationing offices will be closed all day Wednesday In order to Issue truck gasoline coupons. Tnis is neeessary because of the heavy clerical work and the late arrival of books, she said. All books except fleet gasoline will bo mailed. Those who operate fleets are asked to call at the office Friday, Mrs. Doolin stated. La Guardia to Take Price Three Cents. i x Troops " i m . j . 1 1 I 1 17 Airnorne rorce Stepup Supplies, Aid To Columns Battling Off Nazi Inside Arnhem; New Drive Hits Reichswald Forest SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Allied Expeditionary Force. Allied troops seeking to put a Bpeedy end to the virtual stalemate in Holland ripped across the German border In a new sector near the Reichswald Forest today and a British column pushed closer to consolidation with airborne units on the north bank of the Lek river at Arnhem. Reinforcements Mounting Llnnrfnllnpara r.t flan llparlnnnrters Of Gen. Dwlght D. Blscnhower gave fe waddltlonal details of the Situation at Arnhem, but battlefront dispatches indicated that growing numbers of British troops had come into contact with the hard-pressed glider and paratroop forces battling steadfastly against heavy German armored attacks. A step-up in the amount of supplies dropped from the air to the airborne units at Arnhem is now believed to be ossible and an early end to the crisis in that sector Is hoped for. Except for the new thrust Into Germany at the Reichswald, .principal development of the day was Am-irican capture of Epinal in central France on the road to the Belfort Gap. Headquarters announced that inpo n-Dav. the American First Ar- 1 my has buried 14,142 German dead I while the Third Army of Lieut. Qen. George S. Patton, Jr., has disposed ! of 28.100 enemy corpses. . r j Vast Aerial Action , I" lllHie.WIU U VUCM. urn (al activity during the day, with more than 1,200 Fortresses and Llb- onlnra drnnniiil' huge loads .of bombs on German Industrial cities. wniie aeu otner uumuci wmi""m craft plastered Calais with 1.000 ,,, hnmbi In "well-concentrat- ed : attacks.". (Cbntlnuen on pax ) v'-: Eisenhower Calls 11 1 For Rebellion Of Nazi Slave Labor NEW YORK, N. Y. A spokesman for General Dwlght D. Elsenhower today called upon foreign workers inside Germany for "immediate action" ann nrnmised thev Would he supplied at once with "instruments" for active resistance. . ''The hour for action has come" spokesman, which was broadcast byi the British Broadcasting Corporation. ' ' ' ' "The hour for aetion has com;' 'Note carefully the following In-' structions: .- I The organized cells of foreign workers within the Reich will take Immediate action according to -the ore-arranged plan. Members of or ("ganized cells will refrain from 'all unorganized resistance and useleis provocation of the Gestapo. They will obey the orders of their leaders precisely. "Foreign workers who are not members of organized cells and who have not already carried out my In structions to go Into hiding In the towns or - preferably on tne land, will do so at once. "I have already warned them that they are In gravest danger If they remain in the factories. Their safest course is to disappear from the towns and cities and to seek shelter and employment on the land. "In certain areas or Germany nrkpra of the organized cells are today being provided with means for active resistance. These Instruments will not be effective if they are used thoughtlessly or without purpose. Those of you who find them should immediately read the instructions that are provided and memorize them. Then destroy the instructions. Hide the instruments In a safe place. Determine carefully where and how the instruments can be used most effectively. Work out your plan of action. After your plan is complete in every detail and only then put the Instruments to the use for which they are designed. ' Hear in minu, wniie oeciuius uh your plans, that foodstuffs and crops in Germany will be needed after the defeat of Hitler. "Act wisely. Do not underrate the power of the Gestapo. However, remember that today the Gestapo stands in fear of 12.000.000 foreign workers who. by acting now. can seal the fate of the Third Reich." - patniai "issP" ler of II V tne pre-war uoiu Third Army Advance at Stalemate for Moment; Beat Off Counterblows WITH THE AMERICAN THIRD ARMY. Bad weather continued to hang like Old Man Winter on the Third Army front today, slowing activity, but with the French rnrinir a two-mile advance In the sector five miles north of Baccarat Heavy American artillery still is nn cl,r.lla nfr the Met.Z fortS hnnnill? shells off the Metz forts and elsewhere the Germans are lick ing wounds from a series oi iutne counter-attacks, repulsed In each case with the heaviest Iosbcs, which particularly were costly in aamage to German armor. The great daily advance strides through France have ended momentarily and now it is a tug-of-war to decide whether the war can be stalemated Into winter. Lieut. Gen. George b. ration. however, Is compelling the Weiir- macht to pay dearly tor Its stanuup (Continued on page t Fifth Army Rolls Past West Flank Of Gothic Line Clark's Men Beat Fierce Nazi Resistance to Make Gains in North Advance ROME. Italy. Fifth Army bat- tlers of Lieut. Gen. Mark W.' Clark smashed savagely through stubborn nsi.n,an riefpnses today to widen uerman ueient.-B iuuoj w their gap In the center of the Gothic una inn seize Dositioiis marsing the farthest Allied advance to tne north in Italy. "' ' ' "' Battle Fierce Resistance 1 Beating back fierce resistance,1 the Fifth Army units fought over mountain roads and trails, over sheer rocks and ledges to gain ad 'ance footholds below Castel Del It ind Roco. ' Brazilian troops of the Fifth Army participated In the action, making some gains against the enemy. In the center of the Cothlc Line. Lt. Gen. Mark W. Clark's battlers slashed ahead in the vital Futa Pass region, and farther to the cast British and Indian units of the Fifth Army scored important gaius. Drive In Adriatic Area On the Adriatic flank of the line, where Eighth Army fighters stormed past captured Rimini to slice up the Po valley In a drive to cut off German units at the Gothic Line, heavv fighting developed as Nazi Marshal KcsseJring's men fought desperatedly to' srave off complete (Continues tio page l , Clinton Boys To Collect All Scrap Paper Thursday Members of Clinton's Boy Scout troops and boys of the Sacred Heart School will be dismisFcd Thursday Sept. 28 to collrct scrap paper lor the drive which Is to start at a a. that dav. Lee Hain announced today Residents who have paper to do nate to the drive are asked to havt the papers tied in bundles and placed on the curb in front of the houses. Mr. Hain said. Trucks will cover all streets In Clinlon as well as In Fairview during the scrap paper collection campaign. Clarence Harrison Rites Arc Held Monday Afternoon Funeral services for Clarence A. "Zeke" Harrison. 68, 4 21 Wabash Avenue, Clinton city councilman, were held at 2 p. m. Monday at the Frist Funeral Home. Rev. C. C. Jordan officiated and burial was in Iloselawn cemetery. Mr. Harrison died at the Vermillion County Hospital Friday morning following an illness of seven months. He was councilman representing the Fourth Ward, a member of the Board of Public Works and Safety. Past Master of the Jerusalem Chapter Number 99 F. and A. M. and was a member of the Vermillion County Past Master's Association. All business firms remained closed from 2 to 3 p. m. paying tribute to Mr. Harrison. j naval base at Baltisky, an Important Nazi stronghold on a promontory where the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea meet. Marines Htorm Port Soviet Marines and warships. Joining In the Baltic offensive, which already has trapped thousands of Germans In upper Estonia and-Latvla, stormed the port In an' amphibious operation. BaltisKy: is tne terminus of the raiWay west from recently captured Talllnlnn. 'i i -V- , I- rt II .1.11 lt.ri.l. trvorna Upwards of 650 additional towns and villages fell to the Russians, who for days' have- been sweeping through the Baltic Btates at a: rate of some two miles an hour. 1 I Free 2T0 Town " ' ' ' Some 250 of these communities were liberated east of Riga. The oth er 400 were southeast and west of Tallinn and above and below Val- miera. North of Valmlera the railway lunctinns of Rujiena and Smil- tene. Inside Latvia Just below the Estonian border, were overcome. Control of Baltisky puts the Rus sians in an advantageous position for smashing seaward evacuation efforts by any German troops trying to get out of soutnern sinianu. Report Heavy Finn Battle ' (In this connection, a 'louyo radio broadcast said heavy Nazi reinforcements were arriving In the Pet-samo area of Finland,' while an official Finnish communique, broadcast from Helsinki, said heavy fighting between Finnish and Nazi troops was under way In central Finland. The Germans were reported slowing down the Finnish advance by mining roads and bridges.) , The Soviet communique made no mention of the fighting for Warsaw. capital of Poland, where Russian spearheads have been reported working with Polish patriots. (According to enemy sources, an all-out Soviet attack on the city is in the making.) 4 Continue on pajte 5) War Games Crash Kills 12 Members Of Airborne Crew CAMP MACKALL, N. C. Twelve airborne troops were dead today after a C-47 transport plane crashed in flames at flaDlD Mackall. N. C, last night during an airborne divi- ai.n' North Carolina war games. The troops which Included four troop carrier command plane crew members and eight parachutists, went down to their flaming death In a corn field before the horrified view if son hich ranking army offi cers and newsmen attending the maneuver. Names of the dead were withheld until the next of kin have been notified. ' Camp Mackall public relations office also disclosed that 30 other airborne troops including glider and paratroop units were treated for injuries during the operations last night. Spectators saw the plane flying in formation as sister ships discharged clusters of parachutists in the twilight operation. Within seconds the plane swirled Into a spin and crashed Into the corn field. Many in the crowd thought the death object was a gasoline saturated flare as It burst Into flames. Over Direction n'rtwver Is to have re ported that severe shortages of food and clothing threaten the population in liberated areas and made specific recommendations for providing more food. - Improving transportation and for relaxing military rule In these zoneB. Revelation of the plan to send La Guardia to Italy recalled the fact that he had desired such a post for a long time. It was revealed that La Guardia's new post carries the rank of brigadier general, and will require senate confirmation. Civil, Military Conflict Conflict between American civil and military authorities apparently has developed over more than one issue in the Italian situation. A report of the Allied control commission has declared: "The main problem in- the newly liberated areas is in the preperva I (Continued On Page 5) for "tough treatment of Germany . io mm luuajr. after the war. "We'll be able to determine from Hull told the press today that It the orders the scope of the investi-.... -..u t..- f thou. riia. ' cation." he explained, "and just WASHINGTON, D. C. Sen. ur l.V.riniaon (R Mich., disclos ed today that he will demand "full publicity" when the Army-navy investigation of the Pearl Harbor disaster is completed. "I understand that they will be through in a couple weeks," Ferguson said. Scpcrute Probes Underway Separate Investigations nave un underway by the War and Navy ue underway ny me war auu partmcnls for the past two months j ...tih a rnanllltinn I in nordaiicn with a resolution . . sponsored by Ferguson and approved hv rnncress on June 7. Ferguson said lie wouia not ue satisfied with merely the conclusions reached by the Navy and Army Doard of Inquiries, but would Insist that the findings on Rear Admiral Husband E. Klmmel and Maj. Gen. Walter O. Short, Pearl Harber commanders at the time of tho Jap attack Dec. 7, 1941, be also made public. "What's the use of having an investigation If all you get are the conclusions?" lie asked. "The complete findings should be made public. I want to soe them myself and whatever I am entitled to see, the people are." Draws Own Conclusion "The American public Is great at drawing its own conclusions," he added., . . Ferguson said the Congression resolution did not specifically direct that the findings be made public or a report be made to Congress. Con- .nn,.nntl l,n strinM tin lia asked ocmuoi,, . the War and Navy Departments to supply him with copies of the of- ticial orders under which the boards of inquiry are operating. To Receive Orders He had been assured, he stated. - ' that they would be made available what thpv rover "I presume that when the boards (Contlnuea on page ft) Family Killed In Train-Car Crash Near South Bend in INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. An accident which wiped out an entire family, enroute to church, accounted for three of the deaths attributed to highway tragedies in Indiana this week end. Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Kintz, each 40. of Granger, and their foster son. Thomas Epperson, six., were kfllf.il when r rhicn'o-bound Grand Trunk passenger train struck their car at a South Bi nd crosmng as tney were on I heir way to Mass. Double funeral services were to ! held today for Thomas William Jones. 18. a Kushville high school aoninr and his 17-vear-old brother. James, who died as a result of in juries received in an automobile wreck near New Castle. The two boys, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Jones, were returning from Greenfield, where they had delivered a state hlehway department report for their father, who was ill, when their car struck a parked trucn. Lee Beard. Jr.. who was riding with the two brothers, was reported as rprnverinir. The crash of an eastbound Penn- svivama raurona ireigni irain wnu a nassenger train in the Richmond station temporarily tied up traffic but no one was injured. Four freight 'cars were derailed. The passenger train was being made up at the time the freight crashed int oits rear end. Eleven-year-old Guy Henry Mis- nor nf npar Fort Wavnc was killed - when a car struck him as he walked along r. S. Highway 3.1 near its in- ,tersection with V. S. 30, New Outbreak of Old North Indiana-Chicago Gambling War Feared MICHIUAN Lin i, . itles feared today the revival of a I gambling war in northern Indiana and the Chicagoland area of 1111- .. ... .1. il.n nmhiinh! nois as iney buusih 1 slayers of Harry Solomon Akchvoun, . . Til .nnnlpd hndVGfUard 4S, OI JOHl, ll'-i for George Nahas, 44. Gunmen Wait hi House Akchevoun was shot to death and Nahas was wounded in the hand by three masked gunmen lying in wait for them when they and Nahas' wife, Jean, returned to Nahas' home before dawn yesterday. ' Mrs. KahaB, who had preceded the two .men to the kitchen door through which they were enierm the house, screamed and threw her-. i,n finnr when she saw the OUll 1U l., . three figures as she switched on the lights. . oomn instant, the gunmen opened fire, hitting Akchevoun three times and Nalias once, rmms their victims the slayers ran to wreu (Continued oo Page II John W. Thompson Dies From Heart Attack, Exposure A heart attack complicated by exposure to the night air was believed to be the cause of the death of John W Thompson. 75. Universal, who died in the Vermillion County Hospital at 3:38 a. m. Sunday. Mr. Thompson was believed to have suffered a heart attack sometime Friday. He had left home early Friday morning and on his failure to return Friday night. Mrs. Thompson notified authorities. CKy, state and auxiliary police searched the countryside Friday night and found Mr. Thompson under a bridge in Gin Creek Saturday morning. He was then taken to the hospital where he later died. He Is survived by the widow, Delilah; ' one daughter, Mrs; Pearl Black, Clinton; three granddaughters. Hazel Uiiughn. Clinton; Letha Cottard, Torre Haute and Dorothy Ferguson, route one, Paris. III.; two brothers. George. Oklahoma and Gene. Kentucky; four half-brothers. Leonard Thompson, Indianapolis. Charles. Edward and Erlu, all of Kentucky; two half-sisters, Lizzie and Elzadia, both of Kentucky and three great-grandchildren. John William Ferguson. Itichard Gottard and Kathleen floltard. The body, removed to the Frist Funeral Home, will be taken to the residence Monday and returned to the funeral home Tuesday. Services will be conducted at the funeral home at 1:30 p. m. Tuesday with Itev. llay Crawl officiating. Burial will be In Riverside cemetery. Paris Resident Dies At Home of Niece in Clinton Funeral services for Mrs. Indiann Westbrook, 73, route four, Paris. III., were held at 2:30 p. m. today at the Paris Methodist Church. Burial was in the Edgar Cemetery at Paris. Mrs. Westbrook died at the home of her niece. Mrs. Bob Barbee, 1150 South Fourth Street. Clinton, at 5:30 p. m. Friday, following an illness of two weeks. She is a member of the O. E. S. Chapter No. 7 of Paris and the New-Hope Methodist Church of Paris. hha ia snrvit'oH hv nne Haitehter Mrs. Owen Elledge, near Paris; one grandson. Harold, two sisters. Mrs. F. L. Cooke. Indianapolis and Mrs. L. M. Blain. Clinton and several ; nieces and nephews. Of Civilian Problems in Free Italy . i i ...i , revealed cusslons before disclosing their nat ure or possible differences in the cabinet under subject. He 'brought into his news conference a prepared statement which he read, 10 the press and then made a-vailabk! for direct quotation. It said: "The 'whole question of dealing with the post-war German situation has .been recetvins attention by each of the governments moBt interested, ! xnii that Includes this government. and the State Department. It would serve no purpose to say more at this time, except that the higher officials of the governments concerned will reach mutual understanding. I hope, at an early stage. It Is very necessary that we wait until we know the true conclusions they reach." Observers noted that this statement did not deny the existence of a controversy between him and Mor-ganthau It merely asked that public discussion be withheld. Turning to the question of Sweden having closed ports to German shipping. Hull said Sweden has taken a very long step by her recent action. We note it, he said, with gratification. Hull Indicated, however, that Sweden's trade with Germany has not been completely stopped. But he described this remaining trade as minor, and said the United States will keep an eye of it, to find out its exact nature and extent. M. . Nephew Of former Llinton Publisher Killed in Crash Mr Harriet R. Pierce, of Craw- , fnrdavllle. a former Clinton resident. iw tn Woatei-n KnrinffL 111. ! last week by the death of her neph-! ew. Billy Kane. His death occurred last week in an airplane crash In : r - , ivaiiMs. - : Funeral services were held Sat- urday and the body was brought to Crawlordsville for burial. ' WASHINGTON. D. C. Mayor Florello La Guardia of New York, it was learned today, has been selected by President Roosevelt to take over the direction of civilian problems in the libteratcd areas of Italy. According to Washington officials, this decision was reached by President Roosevelt at his recent Quebec conference with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The President disclosed last week that he and the Prime Minister had discussed the Italian problem at their meeting and had determined to see to it that the Italian people do not Btarve or freeze during the coming winter. Urgency of the problems In Italy were brought into the conference by a report by Brig. Gen. William O -Dwyer, American member of the Al-li.i1 control mission for Italy, who conferred with Mr. Roosevelt before he left for Quebec.

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