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THE DAILY CLINTONIAN The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Counties Mailed In Conformity With P. O. D. Order No. 19687 THE WEATHER Partly cloudy and continued cool today, tonight and Wednesday. Price Three Cents. CLINTON, INDIANA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1944. Volume 32 Number 196. M 11F AM Ml IE I WILLKIE LIES IN STATE Ultimatum Issued to Nazis as Yank Seige Forces Close Ring On City, Give 24 Hours to Quit Soviets Smash To Baltic In Fresh Offensive Hear Belgrade Evacuated As Relentless Red Drive Pounds Forward; Troops Batter Way to E. Prussia MOSCOW The vanguard of Red army aBsault forces was reported in front dispatches today to have reached the Baltic Sea at a point 20 miles south of Memcl, Lithuania, Yank Artillery Pounds Nazi-H s Repulse DOioyiid isuau;iuu..u i.v feg -p- 4 Quit 1 j- ' s:. . l Nimitz Renews Threat to Hit Japs from China S. China Bases Planned Despite Jap Gains, U. S. Admiral Declares; New Mindanao, Palau Attacks PEARL HARBOR American strategy in the Pacific. embodying landings on tbe south China coast to provide bases for all-out bombing raids against the Japanese homeland, was apparently unchanged today des- plte reports of new enemy gains in the Foochow area. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commandor-ln-chlef of the Pacific fleet and Pacific Ocean areas, took official cognizance of the Japanese moves designed to forestall American landings on the China coast but reiterated his previously expressed aim of taking the United States fleet directly to the shores of China. "The situation Is serious," Nimitz told newsmen, "and I hope they (the Japanese) can be Btopped. Their complete success would be detrimental to our plans and our task will become more difficult.' He added, however, that he did not think anything the enemy might do would materially lengthen the war. Thousands of friends from every walk f li'', ever' race anil creed, file solwl) past the Mer of Wendell L. Wlllkie, as the body of tin- Homier executive and one-time presidential aspirant lay in stale in New York following Ills dealh Sunday. Shown above is (he casket being rarrieil inlo (lie Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, where services will lie held today. ( I nteniat ional Soundphoto. ) Three US soldiers Carry Surrender Ultimatum to Foe Yanks Carry Truce Flag Of Pillowslip Through Lines; Nazi Reply Soon Hy KlrHAftD THMiAKKIS AT THE AACHEN RAILROAD A truce party of three American soldiers who carried a surrender ultimatum into the German lines at Aachen has Just returned. I have been watching them trudging up the road and through an underpass, carrying a large white flag which had been their safo conduct into Aachen and the German positions. No ImtiHMliate Ileply The Americans delivered the ultimatum, reported to give the German commander at Aachen until tomorrow morning to surrender. There was no immediate reply. These three men told an exciting story of their walk through the Ger in New York, in Rushville NEW YORK, N. Y. The humble of Wendell L. Willkie's adopted city New York having paid their final tribute to one of the most controversial figures of the American political scene, notables gathered today for the funeral, set for 3 p. m. Because of tho comparatively small size of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, admission to the funeral will be by ticket only, but some of tho general public was to be admitted if any pews remained unoccupied. Gov. Thomas E. Dewey announced in Albany he would make a special effort to attend and Gov. I,everett Saltonsall of Massachusetts announced he would be present. Hark to ltusliville Wlllkie family members expected to attend the funeral service, to be conducted by the Rev. John Suther-n.tnnoll minister nf the church ROME, Italy. American Long- Tom artillery heavily shelled tne German-held main Bologna-Rlmlnl 'highway while ground forces of the Fifth Army smashed closer to the , city of Bologna today. , ( In limited advances along Hign-way 65 the Americans of Lieut.' Gen. Mark W, Clark's army captured An-conclla. Mount Castellazi and La-valle and Barbarola. ii The Fifth Army forces consolldat- j ed newly-won frontline positions and I British troops under command of Gen. Clark moved up to capture an I important strategic hill and main-j tained attacks against Germans en trenched on Mount Cece. The British met strong resistance and beat down repeated German counter-attacks in which the Nazis suffered severe losses. Negro and Brazilian troops continued steady pressure on their Fifth Army sectors, despite strong German reaction in the form of artillery and mortar fire. Continued bad weather hindered operations on the British Eighth Army front on the Adriatic sector. (Continued on page 6) Corinth's Capture Signals Collapse Of Nazis in Greece Key City in Lower Greek Peninsula Falls to Allies; Hear Foe Leaving Athens ROME, Italy. The Allied campaign to liherato the Peloponnesus area of Bouthern Greece was brouKht to a climax today with the capture of the historic city of Corinth. Fall of the city to Allied land forces of the Adriatic presaged' the imminent liberation of Athens. Key Germans Fleeing Operations headquarters reported that the Germans were evacuating key army personnel from the Greek capital in the face of the swift advance of the Allies in cooperation with Greek Patriot forces. The Germans were attempting to take their army chiefs away from Athens by air. In an effort to frustrate the evacuation of key array men the Mediterranean Air Force sent medium bombers over Athens during the night to hammer at airfields in the vicinity of the capital. See Irive on Athens Capture of Corinth was expected to be followed by an Immediate Allied march across the Corinth Isthmus to the northern mainland of Greece and an eastward push in the direction of Athens, about 50 air-miles distant. The Allied entry into Corinth met no opposition, headquarters said. Corinth, on the northeast shore of the Peloponnesus, is situated a-iong tho routes of trade and invasion from northern Greece to the Peloponnesus. On Trade, Invasion Iloiite In ancient days old Corinth was of great economic and strategic importance. (Continued oo page ) Willkie Rites Held Burial to Be Made Election Outcome Stalls American Pact Commitment ! Armed Forces Clause To ! Wait Senate, People's Reaction and Approval j WASHINGTON, D. C. The uncertainty created by the coming nat- ( ional elections appeared today to have caused the American delegation at Dumbarton Oaks to avoid committing United States armed forces to the new International Security Organization. Officials acknowledged that the Dumbarton Oaks document, published yesterday ,does not make such ; a commitment. If the document were ratified in itB present form, they said, the organization still would be powerless to use American force a-gainst an aggressor. This significant disclosure was accompanied by a statement that the public is now expected to engage in a long period of press, radio, and forum discussion, and that enate reaction will be sought by Secretary of State Hull. This raised the belief In Washington that the administration wished to avoid taking a firm Btand on the arms issue at a time when the character of the government might be (Continue!) on page 0) French Air Cadet Renews High School Classroom Writing Classroom correspondence begun four years ago between a second-year French student in Clinton High School and a French boy studying English in Algiers, North Africa was renewed this week when the boy, now a flying cadet in the French Air Force, arrived in the United States for flight training. Mrs. Don Collins of the Daily Clintonian staff, who was Miss Betty Wright when she was a student at CHS, received tbe letter from French Cadet Claude Laffon who is stationed with the XV Detachment of the French Pool at Craig Field, Selma, Ala. He expressed his joy at being in (Continued On Page 6) 1 1 niintprattrks v. To Crip Aachen Leaflets Warn Foe Of Coming Destruction; US r Forces Close Vise Around Nazis Inside Key Bastion AT THE AACHEN RAILROAD, Germany. American artillery spewed Into German lines today 12,000 printed notices calling upon the enemy garrison inside Aachen to Bur-render and reiterating a warning delivered to Nazi commanders a few hours earlier that the Doughboys stund ready to deBtroy the city if necessary. Tho barrage was loosed at 2 p. in. and informed the enemy troops that their commanders had been given 24 hours at 10:55 a .m., today to surrender unconditionally. Bombers Await Orders "There is no time to lose,' the leaflets warned. "On our airfields are bombers waiting the final order" lo take off. Artillery surrounding . the city is ready to fire. Our troops are alerted for the final advance. "Act quickly! "Go now to those responsible and' make them stop useless bloodshed ' and destruction. The time has come ,, for your civilian leaders to speak out boldly. :n!y One Choice "There 1b only one choice honorable and Immediate surrender , or complete destruction." (Continued on page ) Lift Induction Of Three Major Draftee Classes WASHI.NGTON Selective ser- vice orders went out to the nation's draft boards today virtually removing tbe threat of induction from' three large groups of draft regls-trants-tlie 88 to 45 year olds, those classified for limited service and discharged servicemen. Tiie armed forces for some time have not been calling men In these three categories but their fate haa. been uncertain until issuance of the new rulings. Under the new regulations, registrants 38 through 44 will be placed In clans 4-A, a class formerly reserved for men 45 and over. The armed forces have been passing over Induction of men beyond 38 but those In this group have been classified in the same manner as all other registrants except that their classification was Identified by the letter "H," an administrative device to make them available for induction as a class if the policy of age were to change. Class 1-A-L, formerly reserved for registrants qualified only for limited military duty, was ordered discontinued. Those now in that class . will be shunted. into class 2-A, 2-B and 2-C if they are entitled to occupational deferment. Those physically disqualified will be reclassified as 4-F. Honorably discharged servicemen will be retained in class 1-C, the classification used for those who have been inducted into military ser-wltb the permission of selective service Director Lewis B. ifershey. service Director Lewis B. Hershey. Both tho army and the navy have been limiting their demands In recent nionihs to callB for men of combat caliber for actual ironi line reiu..- ments. Mrs. Mary Hladni, Former Resident, Dies in Detroit Mrs. Mary Hladni. 70, former resident of Clinton, died in Detroit. Mich., Mondey morning. Mrs. Hladni is the widow of the late Frank Hladni. She was a member of the Zivena Lodge and the National Slovak Society, both of Detroit. The body will arrive in Clinton Wednesday and will be taken to the Frist Funeral Home, remaining until time of funeral services. Kerosene Blast Causes Damage to Grocery Store Fire which started from the explosion of a kerosene heating stove caused slight damages to the Mike Yelich Grocery store. S57 North Seventh street, at 4:30 p. m. Monday, Oct. 9, It was reported today. isolating German forces still in the area of Riga to the northeast. (A new Soviet offensive against Nazi lines in the Vistula River bend south of Warsaw was reported by the German radio.) Russian troopB. smashed ahead southwest of Siaullal (Shavll) in Lithuania into the last German de fenses covering the approaches to East Prussia. i Slash Transylvania Route While columns In the north intensified their drive to threaten the port of Memel Red army troops In Hungary slashed the last major escape route for German forces in Transylvania. Fixed German defenses on the road to East Prussia, concrete gun positions, trenches, minefields, tank traps and barbed wire entanglements failed to halt the Russian attacks through Lithuania. In Hungary, Red army assault for ces stormed Szolnok, only 50-odd miles from Budapest, as other units seized control of a 25 mile stretch of the Debrecen-Budapest railway to slash the last maor escape channel for German forces In Transylvania. (The German radio reported that Nazi troops had been withdrawn completely from the Transylvania Alps.) Heavy fighting flared In Poland, north of Warsawv where Russian troops holding a bridgehead on the right bank of the.'Narew River smashed back 20 NWjJ eounter-attacks in the course of the day. Gi-nnan losses Heavy German units attacking the Russian bridgehead lost heavily. The official Russian communique stated that a regiment of German infantry was wiped out in action, and that "the battlefield is covered witli crii led and lned tanks and self-propelled gw.il -I the el.cmv " Soviet trooiv, in ', tze il tv acllo'i, tt-ie rreditel in .ncoTV'iete r 1 'i ilh capturing :'6 limks and self- iiroi'tlled gun.; T. pieces of artillery. II ilroad trains, 6. lo.i ! I truck! ami i"ore than 1 ,000 carts Smash Toward Hung.!, r In Yugoslavia, Soviet spearheads vnhed closer to soj livm I ngary after forceing a cross, ig of tho Ti'a I.ivt-r. last r.auial bii.rlr- u. .ween ltus'isn forces and Buduutin. Navy Day Parade To Highlight Local, County Observance Prospects for an outstanding observance of Navy Day, Oct. 27, in Clinton and Vermillion County were increased last night when T. L. Mc Donald, county Navy Day chairman. outlined plans for the celebration and named committees for a parade and program. During the meeting, which was attended by representatives of lead ing mem' and womens' organizations in the city, plans were made for a dinner at 6 p. m. followed by a parade at 7 p. m.'to be climaxed with a program at the Clinton High School gymnasium at 8:15 p. m. In addition to the special events of the day merchants will be asked to display flags, ministers will be contacted to give special mention to the day In chinches on the Sunday pre ceding Oct.' 27 and efforts will be ex- pand"d to Include each organization In town In the observance. Nick Karanovich, John Bent ley and Guy Briggs were named as Clinton parade committee with Maynard C. Wiggins, Newport, and Don Clark of Cayuga as chairmen of arrangements in the north part of the county. Mrs. Bess King, Miss Marjorie Caldwell and Mrs. Marietta Foltz were named as a decoration committee while E. C. Boyd was appointed chairman of the program committee. Although plans for the parade arc still tentative, efforts will be made to include both the Newport and Clinton High School bands, the Boy Scouts. Girl Scouts and representatives of all organizations in the county. The speaker will be a naval officer from Great Lakes Naval Training .Station, it was announced, while i local servicemen on furlough will also be honored guests at the program. A third meeting next Monday (Continued on rage 2) Zamhoanga Base Hit GENERAL DOUGLAS MACAR- THUR'S HQ., New Guinea Twenty- five Liberator bombers accompanied by strong fighter escort smashed hard at the Jap base at Zamboanga, in the Philippines in a raid which Bpread destruction through waterfront positions, destroyed six float planes, 1,000-ton vessel and three smaller craft, Gen. Douglas MacAr-thur revealod today. PEARL HARBOR The American campaign to neutralize the strategic Palau Islands, 500 miles east of the Philippines, was highlighted today by a Pacific fleet headquarters announcement which revealed that United States forces have extended their operations to still another island in the Bouthern end of the archipelago. (Continued on page 6) Italians Entitled To Greater Allied Aid: Gov. Dewey ALBANY, N. Y. Gov. Thomas E. Dewey, leaving Albany to attend the funeral in New York City of Wendell L. Wlllkie, declared today that liberated Italy is a friend and ally, not just a co-belligerent, and that "the forces of freedom there are entitled to our aid." The reference to United States-Italian relations. Incorporated in a proclamation designation October 12 as Columbus Day, marked the fourth time in three days that the Republican presidential nominee has discussed foreign affairs. . On Sunday, in New York City, he attacked any move to dispose of the ate of Poland in "dim secrecy." Yesterday he issued a proclamation calling for greater aid to China and a statement referring to the tentative Big Four force Bupported peace organization plan as a "fine beginning in a momentous tasa. There Is increasing evidence the GOP nominee believes he has driven home his contention that the Republicans can handle domestic economy better than the present administration, and that he has made it clear that a change in national administration will mean no change In military leadership and vigorous prosecution of the war. That leaves foreign relations, subject in which millions of independent voters are keenly interested and upon which Governor Dewey if expected to say much more before November 7. Gov. Dewey was due In New York about noon and he planned to star: back for Albany Boon after the conclusion of the Willkie funeral ser vices. He will return to New Yorl-later in the week to register and tr review the Columbus Day parade. It Is reported that he will deliver his next campaign speech in St Louis on October 16 . Gov. Dewey, in his statement or the Dumbarton Oaks plan, emphasized that much remains to be done He did not involve himself In the probable controversy over whether use of the armed forces contributer" by the United States to the cause of world peace maintenance should be made subject to the Security Council or permitted only by act of congress on each occasion. Bank to be Closed Oct. 12 Because of the legal holiday Oct 12. Columbus Day. t h e Clintoi branch of he Citizens' State Ranl: will be closed all day, it was announced today. man lines with the message demanding surrender. Now we are only a couple of hundred feet from the railway track on the east side of Aachen which marks the boundary between the suburb of Aachen-ForBt and Aachen itself. Mud To Ankles There is rain and yellow mud up to the ankles and wo have been standing amidst the wrecked buildings of Aachen-ForBt with similarly wrecked buildings in Aachen dimly visible in the fog across the tracks. The throe men who carried the flag and the ultimatum inlo Aachen told how they crossed the tracks at 10:15 a. m. and were then picked up by Gorman outposts, blindfolded and led to a battalion command post, where they politely exchanged cigarettes with the Germans and delivered their message from the American First Army commander into the hands of an officer. The Americans took a signed receipt and returned by way of the underpass. The Germans' answer ic (Continued on page 6) St. Bernice Woman Named to High Office In Rebekah Assembly INDIANAPOLIS Delegates to the state convention of the Rebekah Assembly of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, now in session in Indianapolis, will go to Greensburg tomorrow to visit the Rebekah Home'. The convention will end with an Indianapolis session Wednesday night. Mrs. Victoria Shlrer, Re'nsslacr, was elected president at the opening session. Other officers elected are Mrs. Hazel Brust, Sullivan, vice president; Mrs. nernico Holiday. Knox, warden: Mrs. Opal Foltz. Indianapolis, secretary; Mrs.- Florence Miller. St. nernlee, treasurer and Mrs. Esther Critchlow, Kokomo, trustee. this year. Following two weeks of further training in England he was sent to France. ' Vocatore a I'Hmhmt Pfc. Louie 1. Vocatore. son of Mrs. Germaine Adamovirh, Crompton Hill, is now a prisoner of war of the German government, according to a telegram received by his mother Monday evening from the Red Cross. Pfc. Vocatore was reported missing on July 28 in France. Mrs. Adamovich has two other sons in the armed forces. S 1-c George Adamovich, now stationed in Egypt and S 1-c Mele Adamovich. operating a control tower in Oregon. RerrtHforti Xovr In Hospital Pfc. "Frosty" Berrisford. husband of Mrs. F. W. Berrisford, 242 H Elm street, is now at a hospital base somewhere in the South Pacific and will soon be released to Join the and a personal friend of Willkie, were Mrs. Wlllkie; a brotner, toward, a vice-president of Libby McNeil & Libby of Chicago, and possi bly Willkie's only child, Lieut. (jg) Philip Willkie. who was being rushed in a special Navy plane from hiB post on Atlantic convoy duty. TmmoriiMtniv after the final serv ice in New York, the body will be placed aboard a train lor Indiana I Con tin una on Pago 1) Clinton Doctors Are Given Parking Rights in City Parking spaces will be assigned to Clinton physicians with parking rightB reserved for the doctors, It was decided at the recent Clinton city council meeting. The action followed a request from Dr. Paul B. Casebeer, prominent Clinton physician and city health doctor. Each doctor may de signate the space he wishes and the police will mark off the area, the council said. At the same time, Councilman-at-large Walter Jones was named to fill the unexpired term of the late Councilman Clarence Harrison on the Board of Public Works and Safety. Further discussion on the sewage disposal plant was held with Tom Hardman, Terre Haute engineer in charge of construction, assuring the council that the financial obligations in connection with the plant will soon be met. More work is scheduled in connection withthe final settlement of the account and ad-(Contihued on Page 2) the airport and the flank was falling behind. Then came the third squad, loaded with gear and ammunition. "Some of the Jap officers had played 'possum', said Col. Paul A. Downs, 23, of Philadelphia, Pa., and gave us the works on one side, while something like 50 Japs jumped us from the other. Loaded down with gear as we were, many of us couldn't even fire a shot." In the middle of that deadly melee was a marine private first class. Jack Jean, (Frenchy) French, of 608 East Cheney St., Sullivan, Ind., who was running wild. He emptied one rifle, picked up a carbine, emptied that, then finding no more weapons available, he turned to saving his gear-laden buddies. "He certainly pulli"d out six wounded ammunition carriers", declared Sgt. Len B. Thomas, 28. of Broadway. S.C., who was just behind (Continued ou Page 2) Clinton Soldier Missing, Another Is Prisoner; Marine Rejoins Division Sullivan Marine Rescues Wounded Buddies Under Noses of Jap Guns Owen Hutson, Jr., 19, husband of Mrs. Marcella Hutson, route two, Clinton and son of Mrs. Mildred Hut son, 206 South Twelfth street, has been reported missing in action in France since Sept. 11, according to a telegram received by his wife Sept. 29. The War Department message stated that Hutson had been missing since Sept. 11 and according to a let ter received from Ralph Tandy, a friend, he was missing on Sept. 4. Mrs. Hutson received a letter from her husband Sept. 28 which was dated Sept. S in which he stated it was written on German paper and with German ink. Private Hutson attended Clinton grade school and graduated from Clinton High School with the class of 1942. Before entering the United States Army on Jan. 12. 1943 he was employed at Aimone's Dairy. He received basic training at Camp , I ' I PELEUU, PALAU ISLANDS (Del ayed) Tlie Japanese set up an ambush, sprang it twice and learned a lesson from the few marines who survived. The story ended with 60 Japs dead. A machine gun section was advan cing in heavy undergrowth along the edge of the Peleliu iarport when the first squad on point, ran into the trap. There was no reason to suspect danger. A marine rifle squad had just passed that way apparently being permitted to go through while the Japs waited for bigger game. The enemy, mostly officers opened up on the machine gunners killing or wounding all five with a shower of grenades. The Americans never had a chance to fire a shot. Foil rth Squad Moves I'p The fourth squad, however, moved quickly forward knocking down the enemy with rifles and grenades. They( didn't have time however, to mop up as the infantry was advancing across t Wheeler. Ga. and Ft. Meade. Md., First Marine Division again, accord-and was sent overseas July 16, ot (Continued on rage 6)

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