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THE DAILY CLINTONI AN The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Countiea Mailed In Conformity With P. 0. D. Order No. 19687 THE WEATHER Fair todBy, tonight and Tuesday. Slightly warmer today. Frost tonight. Warmer Tuesday. Price Three Cents Volume 32 Number 200. CLINTON, INDIANA, MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1944. nnn crsa IF uu ST m s r n rv r . T n T ST A I Yanks Seal Nazis in Aachen China - Based ts Blast Jap Stronghold Crucial Air, Naval Battle Rages Off Island Dewey to Challenge White House Charges of Dishonesty in St. Louis ST. LOUIS Gov. Thomas E. Dewey, greeted by a crowd of more than 36,000 persons on his arrival here today, said the United States "will have fought a war In vain" If the millions of service men and women are forced to return to the leaf raking and dole of the New Deal. The Republican Presidential nominee, who has selected the home state of Senator Harry Truman, Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee, for what Target of Attacks speech of his campaign, left his train Full-Scale Navy Battle Believed On at Formosa Radio Silence Blankets US, Pacific Reports as Tokyo Claims Huge Successes; Battle Continues: Halsey WASHINGTON, D. C. Super Fortresses in great strength from bases in China struck today at two vital finnniv centers on Formosa and CHINA gjp iwAtowjyForrnoso Smashing Air Attack Pave Way for 5th 'Thousand-Plane Blows Hit At Po Valley Installation; Yanks of 5th Seize Key Nazi Base of Livergnano ROME, Italy. Helping pave the way for smashing ground thrusts below them, a thousand planes of the Mediterranean Air Force swarmed over the Po valley, headquarters revealed today in describing how medium bombers and fighter-bombers, escorted by fighters, gave close I support Sunday to the advancing Fifth Army. They sought to cut the Nazi escape channels behind the stubborn Gothic Line. They succeeded in scores of instances, knocking out vital bridges, smashing railways and roads with a rain of heavy explosives. ROME. Italy. American Fifth Army Forces in Italy today captured the bitterly contested town of Livergnano, gateway to. the Po Valley. Capture of the town removed the last remaining Nazi-held pinnacle between the Yank positions and the vital city of Bologna ten miles to the north. Four-Day Heslstance The Germans defended the strategic gap with fanatical determination for four days, despite unceasing Allied air. artillery and infantry as saults around the clock. Nazi Field Marshal Albert Von Kesselring repeatedly threw In reinforcements to fill the gaps blasted in his ranks by Yank artillery and armored units. ' In addition to the Nazi casualties at this section of the Italian front, Kesselring has lost almost 8,000 prisoners to the Yanks since their current drive against Bologna was started. Canadians Take Town Canadian units fighting at the extreme eastern end of the Italian front along the Adriatic coast pushed their way across the Rigossa ca-(Continued on Page 2) US Links Join Ring of Steel Around Aachen Last Gap Closed Tight At 11 A. M.; Yanks Reported In Wurselen; Strong Nazi Counterattacks Repulsed AACHEN, Germany. Aremican troops closed the only escape channel leading out ot Aachen at 4 p. m. today (11 a. m. EWT), throwing a wedge of steel across the corridor south of Wurselen and shutting off the "Aachen gap." (Renter's reported the town of Wurselen now Is completely in Allied hands. Five enemy counter-attacks aimed at staving off the clos-ing of the gap were defeated, with the Germans losing 10 tanks tn one thrust alone, the agnecy added.) SUPREME HEADQUARTERS. Allied Expeditionary Force. Twin forces of the United States First Army joined hands east of Aachen today, closing the narrow gap between them and sealing off any possibility of a mass German escape. A battlefront dispatch from International News Service war correspondent Richard Tregaskis reported the gap closed off at 11 a. m. E. W. T. la the area south of Wurselen. Street Fighting Continues Headquarters meanwhile reported continued heavy fighting In the wreckage-strewn streets of Aachen and la the surrounding countryside. The Germans are counterattacking consistently both there and at Wo-ensdrecht on the Dutch front, which was recaptured by Canadian First Army troops' after they had been dislodged In a savage enemy thruBt. . (Continued On Page 5) Overseas Leaves Granted to 30,000 Soldiers Monthly WASHINGTON, D. C. The army It was disclosed today, is currently returning about 30,000 soldiers a month to the United States from the fighting fronts the maximum number which can be spared without delaying prosecution of the war. This disclosure was made in a re- port of the legislative division of the army's office of chief of staff, which warned that "we simply do not have the men to Increase substantially the number now being returned and at the same time continue to prosecute the war vigorously to an early conclusion." According to the report, roughly four to seven times the number of men being returned or the equivalent of eight to 14 divisions are Immobilised overseas in order to give combat soldiers a furlough home. "For every man we add to this number being returned, the army would lose the effective use of from four to seven additional soldiers," it was explained. "Each soldier, in order to spend 30 days at home, is absent from his unit for a period of approximately four months," the report continued, explaining most of the additional time represents travel time and preparation of the soldier for shipment . from his theatre of war. J'la no instance can a soldier be assured that he will return as soon as he has served for a stated time," the report emphasized, explaining that service for the specified minimum period "only establishes the Individual's eligibility to be considered for return within . . . limitations." Military personnel who have been overseas for long periods may be returned to this country for rehabilitation, recuporeatlon and recovery under the following three differenl situations, according to the report: 1. "Reduction in the site of our forces In areas where further threat from the enemy are not anticipated has permitted the return of some men." 2. "Others are being sent back tr this country on temporary duty for a rest period, at the conclusion of which they are returned to their proper stations overseas." and S. "Under the third situation, overseas personnel are returned to this country on rotation, which means that they are relieved of their overseas assignment and are reassigned to other duties after theii return to this country. 'Asserting that the army's plans are "necessarily controlled by military necessity." the report said "i' Improvements in our present prwed urea become possible they will 1 effectuated promptly." , Yanks Quit Fort Driant Following Fighting Flares On 1,800-Mile Russian Front Soviets Clear Finnish Port of Pctsamo in North; Reds, Partisans Join To Drive Nazis from Belgrade MOSCOW, Russia. Fighting flared furiously over a vast l.suu mito stretch on the eastern front to rfav as the Russians drove German forces toward the Norwegian border from liberated Petsamo in riniana and battled Nazi columns in Belgrade, capital of Yugoslavia. Soviet forces closed in on Petsamo the Rarents seaport turned ov er tn Moscow under the terms of the Finnish-Russian armistice, in a huge pincers movement as land columns broke through the Nazi defenses on the Karelian front, and Red army units moved in from the sea. Germans Falling Bark Today front dispatcnes sam tne Germans were retreafing to a point less than ten miles from the Norwegian border. a German communique admitted the Nazi reverses In Finland, saying (heir Alpine troops naa wunurawn to the northern reaches of the Pet samo fjord.) At the southern end of the line deep in Yugoslavia, the Russians and Partisans under the command of Marshal Tito were reported fighting inside Belgrade where the Nazis were pushed to the western portion of the city. Ready Austrian Irive With reported Red army advances in itiinearv anH new victories in TranByivania and Czechoslovakia, front-line observers today saw soviet strategy aimed at clearing their southern flank in preparation for an attack on Austria. Fighting raged In Latvia and Lith-I Continued on page II WITH THE U. S. THIRD ARMY American troops were forced to withdraw from embattled Fort Driant. Nazi bastion guarding the approaches to Metz. Thursday night official sources announced today. ' Driant. key fortress In the chain below Metz. was the scene of several days of furious engagements while the doughboys held much of the surface of the fort and the Nazis clung to their underground positions, into which hut oil was poured at Intervals. Mow I'p Sections Before leaving, the Americans blew up the sections they held. Shelling and bombing of the fort continues. By Pierre J. Huss OUTSIDE FORT DRIANT (Delayed) American Thunderbolts are overhead dive-bombing Driant today and our guns are shelling the (Continued un Page I) can guarantee absolutely nothing except a job to these girls," a woman health department supervisor said. Should t'nderwtand Conditions "The fiirls and when they are beating the but-lies in high schools for workers their parents Bhould have a complete understanding that a gtrl is her own guardian in Washington, that a government salary shrinks quickly in the capital because of a higher cost of living and that her room in a boarding house is likely to be a drab affair." ;The health official who has helped and observed many government girls away from home believes that If parents realized that girls are completely on their own in the capital they would instruct them full) and completely. Furthermore, she emphasizes, parents would be lens likely to allow immature and unstable girls to leave home. Fun, Finery i'onie High "Fun com high in Washington (Continued on Page 2) 10-Day Battle; Cuns Hammer Nazis promises to be the most blistering at East St. Louis, 111. He told a crowd of 4,000 persons in East St. Louis "we never had such ant ncompetent government In our lives," and that he would expand. In his St. Louis speech tonight on the subjects of "honesty and competence". The Republican presidential nominee, challenging White House charges that he was guilty of distortion and dishonesty in his Oklahoma City and West Virginia speeches, will reiterate, over a nationwide radio hook-up from St. Louis, his assertions that: 1. President Roosevelt did not adequately prepare the nation for war. Charge Communist Control 2. Supporters of the President have invited the backing of communistic elements by advocating a government-owned America. 3. The Roosevelt administration has given thought to peacetime service In the armed forces for war veteran as a substitute for Jobs. Warming up to his St. Louis talk. Gov. Dewey gave reporters aboard his train a statement accusing President Roosevelt of "continuing the slippery tactics the New Deal has al' ways employed." The GOP nominee assailed a ser ies of documents, released by (Continued on Page 2) the Willkie Rites to Be Held in Rushville On Tuesday Afternoon RUSHVILLE, Ind. The body of Indiana's famous Bon. Wendell L. Willklc. will be borne to its final resting place in a small town cem etery by eight farm workers, according to plans announced by Miss Mary Sleeth, manager of Mr. Winkle's Rush county property. In keeping with the-simplicity that has marked all arrangements for the second funeral service for the Hoosier statesman, no honorary pallbearers were named for tomorrow's rites. Instead, the seven tenants on his Rush county farms, and a former tenant Louis and Robert Berkemcier, Harold Moore, Glen Miller. Joseph Kramer, George Smiley, Frank Oesterling and Ralph Brown were named pallbearers. Hundreds In Town Rushville has been receiving hundreds of persons who already have visited the town since Mr. Willkie's body was brought here following services in New York last week. Additional throngs are expected tomorrow, even though most persons will have to hear the services while standing outside the Wyatt Memorial Home. The train bearing Mrs. Wlllkle, their son, Lieut. Philip Wlilkie, and a party of 24 friends and relatives Is expected In Dunrelth at 8:33 a. m. (CWT) tomorrow. They will come by automobile to Rushville. A chartered plane bringing a group of Hollywood dignitaries, including Daryl (Continued on Face I Navy Officer To Speak Here For Navy Day Program IX C. N. Springer, stationed at the Mldshipmens' School at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind. will be the Navy Day speaker In the Clinton. Vermillion County celebration Oct. 27. T. L. McDonald. Vermillion County chairman, announced today. A meeting of all members of the Navy Day committee, made up of representatives of each local and some county organizations, is to be held at 7:30 p. m. tonight In the Half Century Club when further plans for the occasion will be made. Montezuma Woman Dies At Home Sunday Afternoon Mrs. Lou Iva Leiser. 74. Montezuma, died at her residence at 6:30 p. m. Sunday. She was a member of the Univer sal Church of Brazil. Ind. She is survived by the husband. George W.: two daughters. Mrs. Fay Russell. South Bend and Mrs. Sylvia Freeland. Ladoga. Ind.; one sister. Mrs. Elizabeth Swearinger. Montezuma and two brothers. William and Earl Morris, both of Montezuma. The hody was taken to the Rrown Funeral Home pending completion of funeral arrangements. bombing results were reported aa good. ' Bare announcement that the sec--ond raid was carried out within 48 hourB after the first was made by the War Department at 4:00 a. m. '.-Target Two-Third Destroys At the same time the 20th Air Force disclosed that the original raid on Oct. 14 resulted in the demolition of approximately two- thirds of the target at Okayama. The second raid was made against Oksvatna and Hcito. both of which are important air and supply bases.. "No aircraft were lost on touay s mission, which was accomplished from bases in China," the communique said. "The weather over the rarget areas was good, and very zood bombing results were observed by participating crews." In the first raid against oaayama '.he Air Force headquarters said-37-hulldlngB were totally destroyed and 16 others heavily damaged, "c-(Continued on Page 2) FDR, Marshall In ' Conference; Chief Back from France wiauivr-.TftM n n. - Presl-' dent Roosevelt conferred with Gen. George C. Marshall, army chief of staff, today following the general' return from the front lines In France. The general gave the President a rirot hand renort on orogress of righting on the western front, and the prospects for the Immediate future. Before Gen. Marshall called, the President spent part of the morning with Admiral William D. Leahy. hi personal chief of staff and Rear Admiral Wilson Brown, his naval aide, Toing over the general war situation. Late today, as is his annual custom, the President was to receive Chief Justice Slone and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court. Concerning repeated reports that President Roosevelt will make a ser-iu nf further campaign speeches. presidential secretary Stephen T. Early said today that "noining ready for announcement beyond the 21st." Th President Is scheduled to speak on foreign policy next Satur day evening at New yora. Former Clinton Resident ( Dies at Indianapolis Home m r-.niHie iiavis. 3.1. former re sident of Clinton, died at her home 2419 Gale St., Indianapolis, Ind., at 10 a. m. Saturday. She is survived by the husband. Herschel: one son. Vernon, at home; two (laughters, Betty and Ruthie. both at home; the father. Ernest Vestal, 603 So. Sixth street, Clinton; one brother. Wayne Vestal, Clinton; three half-brothers. James Albert. W. Vs.; Paul Even. IT. S. Army. Italy and Donald Raymond. lT. S. Navy; two half sisters. Ella Jane. Chicago. III. and Lillle Mae. So. Fifth St.. Clinton: aunt and uncle, Mr anri Mrs Jsse Vestal. ClintOH and several other aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be held at tiio nivorsMe remeterv at 11 a. ro Tuesday. Frist Funeral Heme will have charge of the services. St. Bernice I'B Church To Have Revival Services Rev. Faye Pierce. Muncie. Ind.. will be the evangelist for the revival meeting at th St. Bernice T'nited Brethren Church. Oct. 16 to 29 at 7:30 each evening, it was announced today. Mrs. Pierce, who plays the ribra-harp and uses the flannel board, will conduct the children's meetings during the first week at 4 p. in. Rev. Lester L. Wence. pastor, will r-onduct the music service. In powerful nir anil sea Mows at Formosa (Taiwan), Jap island near the China coast, IS U-21M have scored two more knockout Mows, striking r.t key supply dumps on the island while Adnl. Ilalsey's anil Ailm. Mitscher's fleets are Hireling the Jim air and sea forces in a crucial battle off the coast of the island. Nazi Troops Fight For Control Of Hungarian Capital Troops Patrol Budapest As Hungary Moves For Armistice with Allies LONDON. Endand. Germany and Hitler today fought desperately to thwart a sudden Hungarian armistice nronosal that would deprive the Nails of their last remaining ally in Euorpe. Renorts from Budapest indicated that con fusion reigned throughout the entire nation after Regent au-i mlral Nicholas Horty revealed he had j nuked the Allies for terms and that Nazis sought to nullify the little na tion's peace gesture. a now urn-German Fascist govern ment ayparently had taken over a' Budapest under the leanersnip 01 Ferenc Szalasy. The extent of their powers, however, remained unknown behind a welter of conflicting reports. "German tanks are natroliing the streets of Budapest and a division of SS (Nazi Elite Guard) troops are fortifying public buildings, throwing UP barricades In the streets and erecting defenses throughout tin-city," according to the American h.nHraotiiiir station in Europe. which predicted: "The Germans are (Continued on page ai Baby Daughter Of Newland Family Dies in Hospital Kinn rami Newland. four-month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Newland, 646 Blackman Street, aiea at :30 p. m. Sunday at the Vermillion County Hospital following an illneps of three weeks. Besides the parents she is sur vu-i.H l,v two UrotherB. David and Hale, both at home: the gran'lpar ents. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Newland. rnlv.rsal and Mr. and Mrs. Mt-Kin-ley Jones, rural route, Hillsdale and the great-grandparente. Mr. and Mrs J. M. Pritchard. Danville. III. The body was taken to the Frlsi Funeral Home and will be take to the residence Mionaay aiiTnoon anu returned Tuesday at 1 1 a. m. Funer al services will be held at the fu neral home at 2 p. m. Tuesday. Kev L. P. DePoister will officiate and burial will be in Itoselawn Memorial Park. Paris Route Soldier Is Killed in Action in France TSct Guiria "Gob" Harallo. 29 son of Mr. and Mrs. John Baratto. R n i. Paris. 111., was killed in ac tion in France on .Sept. 17. accord ing to a telegram received by the parents recently from the United Slates War Department. He enlisted in the Army infantry on July 15. 1!42 and was sent overseas on July 15 of this year. Besides the parents he is survived hff turn brothers Amelia Ilaratto. and Gino Baralto. both of route one. I'nrK 111. GI's Get Clothing, Supplies for Winter On Western Front PARIS, France. Cold, wet weather on the western front has resulted in almost complete wlnterization of Amrelcan troops, major Gen. Robert M. Littlejobn. chief quartermaster of tbe European theatre of operations, revealed today. In a 10-day period, the general said, tons of blankets, overshoes, woolen underwear, socks and winter overcoats have been rushed to the rim of Germany and requirements are more than HO per cent fulfilled. A total of 41 per cent of the warm clothing was speeded to the front by planes a record operation. Littlejobn disclosed that 27 pounds of supplies. Including food (Continued on Page 2) SO HI CAN VOTE in November, Gov. Thomas E. Dewey of New York registers in New York City. Forrestal Letter Exonerates Naval Officers in Brawl "Battle of Statler" In New Phase as Teamsters Press Two Affadavits WASHINGTON, D. C. A letter from Secretary of the Navy James V. Forrestal to Rep. Melvin Maas (R) Minn., today exonerated two young naval otlicers rrom an oiame for the famous "Battle of the Matter." So ftmiplaint Pending Forrestal revealed that the report of the Shore Patrol which Investigated the brawl "shows that no complaint or charge of misconduct was I Continued on Page II Coal Production Continues Trend Downward: Ickes WASHINGTON, D. C. The Office of Solid Fuels Administrator lckes announced today that production of bituminous coal during the second coal year quarter, ending Sept. 30. averaged only eleven million 656 thousands tons a week, or about 384 thousand tons less than the average in the first quarter. This Indicates a trend, the announcement said, that threatens to continue downward because ot de creasing mine manpower, holiday absences, and weather conditions ad versely affecting strip mining. To meet over-all estimated soft coal requirements ot bzb ninnon tons for the fuel year, April 1, 1S44 to March 31. 1945, it would be nec essary for the mines to produce an average of some twelve million thirty-eight thousand per week throughout the entire year. However. It was pointed out that production in eight of the 13 weeks of the second quar ter was under that average. In line with the downward trend in the bituminous coal output, only eleven million 620 thousand tons were produced in the week ending Oct. 7. About twelve million, eighty six thousand tons were mined in the similar week of 1943. PiK Bite Seriously Injures Universal Boy Joseph McDowell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil McDowell. Universal was seriously bitten by a pig at his home this morning, it was reported today. Dr. J. B. Loving. New Goshen was called to the home and he immed iately rushed him to the Vermillion County Hospital. Following emergency treatment at the hospital he was dismissed, Parents Warned to Keep Immature, Teen-Aged Girls Out of Washington (Editor's Note: Washington's current furore, launched by the rape-murder of an 18-year-old government employe, has federal officials areuinc whether teen-age girls should be sent bark home. Following is the first of three articles telling just how these girls live tn Washington and what tbe city's authorities think of the problem. INS, Waslm. ) i; MARTHA KKARNKY WASHINGTON, D. C. Social and hygienic authorities warned the parents of the nation today to keep their teen-age daughteTs out of Washington as an aftermath of the rape-murder of Dorothy Marie Ber-rum, 16-year-old government worker. Officials criticized the Civil Service Commission for failure to present the situation in tbe capital clearly to girls and their parents when they recruit them for government jobs in Washington. "The truth is that the government

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