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CLINT0NIAN THE Mailed In Conformity With P. O. D. Order No. 19687 THE WEATHER Fair today, tonight and Friday. Cooler this afternoon. Continued cool tonight and Friday. The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Counties Price Three Cents CLINTON, INDIANA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1944. Volume 32 Number 203. mi fo) fo) LfQ XL L3 WMLY HI mlm r3 A , ; C I Tokyo Breaks rT:;c Mighty Fleet Bombardi.jit,uLandings On Suluan; Say Manila Bombed Tropical Hurricane Whips up Florida Area; Seven Killed in Cuba MIAMI Fla. The tropical hurricane which killed at least seven persons lniCuba and injured several hundred others, then battered Key West, moved northward today causing storm warnings as far north as PACIFIC FLEFT'5 COMBAT eAM v, -XV " O r3 M'Arlhur Leads Unit of Fleet Active Lack of Peace Program Scored By Gov. Dewey FDR's Secret Diplomacy Condemned in Address; Plan Philadelphia Speech As Campaign Nearing End ALBANY, N. Y. Gov, Thomas E. Dewey prepared today for a second campaign Invasion of Pennsylvania after telling a nationwide radio audience that failure of the Roosevelt administration to have ready an Intelligent program for dealing with invaded Germany has cost American Uvea. :. The Republican Presidential nominee, whose speech in Pittsburgh tomorrow night is expected to deal with labor problems and the Political Action Committee, delivered in New York City last night a smashing attack upon President Roosevelt's foreign policy. i Terminal, Secret Diplomacy He said it consisted largely of "personal, secret diplomacy," and that Mr. Roosevelt has studiously Ignored his State and War Depart In Lcyte Gulf; Landing Forces Hit Isle ', Midway in Philippines; Fresh Attacks Hammer Manila, Clark Field, Japs Say Gen. Douglas MacArthur's long-standing pledge to redeem the Philippines was in process of fulfillment today. , Official" broadcasts from Tokyo, still lacking Washington or Pearl Harbor confirmation, said that mighty units of the United States Fleet had steamed into the Gulf of Leyte north of Mindanao, opened a terrific bombardment of coastal areas and landed the first invasion armada on )--rc--TN. Repel the small Islands or Suluan. - 'V "f' I '"I Yanks Renew Aachen Siege; 5 Infantry Presses Attack On Aachen; Lines Firm In Face of Attacks; Nazis 1 Burn City in Vosgcs Area WITH THE FIRST AMERICAN ARMY, near Aachen, Cermany American infantry renewed the at tack on the last strong German po sitions in Aachen at dawn this morn inc. Launching a savage assault on the dug-in enemy, the troops moved forward in a driving, cold rain which left buildings dreary black ruins as the fires were put out by the drizzle. Five Blows at Line While the Amoricans were attacking In the city, German troops to the eaBt made five separate attempts during the night to break through tho lines. One of the Nazi attacks was along the line where tho gap from Aachen was closed. The Germans recaptured a road block on the Aachen highway, but the Americans still are holding their positions along the road. -J? Nazis Fire French Town SUPREME HEADQUARTERS. Al lied Expeditionary Force, France German forceB in rrance, reenns back under an American Seventh Army assault in the direction or Confirmation of U. S. Landing in Philippines Lacking in Capital WASHINGTON, D. C. Otficlal military observers in Washington admitted today that the Jap-reported Invasion of a tiny island in the Philippines would be the logical prelude to a general invasion of that archipelago. These official sources, however, declined to confirm Japanese reports that American forces had landed on the Island of Suluan, which lies a-thwart the Bhlpplng lanes leading into the heart of tho Philippines from the east. Follow Heavy Sea Attacks The experts agreed that such a landing would be a natural sequence to the recent heavy battering by American carrier and land based planes against the Philippines, For- m0BB and the East Indies. , . unitary analysts pointed out that , ,ne Rm 4m&-mnrm 'ImHerH's on ,n wnnva onfnlv (nln tllP Pll (MnillneS. ADM. WILLIAM t. HALSEY, JR., welcomes Vice Adm. Marc A. Mltscher aboard his flagship for a conference Just prior to the dramatic strikes now being waged by the Pacific fleet against the Japanese Inner defense of the Philippines Formosa and the Ryukyu islands. This Is an official United States Navy photo. (Internationil Soundpboto) Massed Soviet Tanks Blaze at Nazi Defenses Along East Prussian Border Cape Hatteras. Key West, on the southwestern tip of the Florida Keys, was virtually Isolated for hours after gales struck that areaand the extent of the dam' age there' was difficult to learn. Power hut Off Wires were blown down and pow er was shut off during the worst of the storm to prevent possible fires or electrocutions. Key West's popula tion has been Increased greatly dur Ing the war by war workers and the expansion of the naval Installations. Many of the residents took refuge In the solidly built structures at ine naval base. Kev West, however, apparently escaped the greatest violence of the storm which was centered some 4U miles to the west in the Gulf of Mexico where gales up to 125 miles an hour were reported. Winds Whip Miami Miami, while far from 4Iie center of the Btorm, was buffeted by high winds and many of the residents sought safotly overiiight In Miami hotels, some elng forced to spend the night in the lobbies when all the rooms were sold out. Some areas In Miami, Miami Beach and nearby suburbs were r Continued on Para Roosevelt to Make Four Ma jor Talks Before Nov; 7th FDR Plans Home Stretch Battle for Presidency; Sees GOP Strength Grow WASHINGTON, D. C. President Roosevelt, lifting the cloak of wartime secrecy on his movements for the first time since Pearl Harbor, squared away today for a home stretch campaign for re-election to a fourth term with major addresses now scheduled for Boston, New York, Philadelphia and probably Chicago. The White House confirmed reports from Democratic leaders in Massachusetts that Mr. Roosevelt will Include Boston In his campaign swing. It was reported that the Boston speech will be made Nov. 4, three days before the voters go to the oles In one of the nation's most hotly contested elections. Tour New York 1ty In an unprecedented wartime action, the President will spend Saturday in a whirlwind tour of New York City which will take him through the boroughs of Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan, before speaking to the nation at 9:30 o'clock in the evening on America's responsibilities for peace In the postwar world at a dinner of the Foreign Policy Association. (Continued on Page 1) Funeral Rites Today For Mrs. Anna Moore, R'ville Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Moore, 68, Rockvllle. were held at 3 p. m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home at Rockvllle. Rev. R. Richmond Blake officiated and burial was in Bethany cemetery. Mrs. Moore died at the Vermillion County Hospital Tuesday night. She is survived by a stepdaughter, Mrs. Cleona McKee. Indianapolis and a stepson, Claude Shoop, Leesburg, Ind. Strasbourg, have set tlie French guiuan the' Island would' have to town of Baccarat In the Vosgas area i be eliminated In order to permit for-ablaze and are evacuating civilians,! under Gen. Douglas MacArtlmr It was explained further that such -formation, a move, If true, would give MacAr-1 (Continue on page t) thur a good Jumplng-off place fort' further drives into the main objee-, c. . headquarters of Gen. Dwlght D. Elsenhower revealed today. The Cermans. an official spokesman said, put the torch to Baccarat ii ouitiiuei. on page I) Liberator Explodes In Air; 24 U.S. Airmen are Killed LONDON, England. Twenty- tives. , rjlUi,linMt-U in nn-i i Once American forces are established in the center of the Philippines, they soon could neutralize Japanese positions on the principle Islands of Mindanao and Luzon One military expert said that, tho i '"""'"- ',. ", MacArthur's customary policy of in- i lour American amimu ncir "'.., r,H l. Ihe Ian radio vading where the resistance was not shipping and shore Installations in expected to be the heaviest. the southwest Pacific. Landing Begin Twsiluy I Smashing at the southern Phlllp- The Japanese said Allied forces 1 pines In the Dutch East Indies. Ame-started landing operation - Tuesday rlcan bombers knocked out a 3,000- i .1... loln.1 .if i -"""- .wailim, jara rit.ni imiiim-.i The attack was launched two days ago, the Japanese broadcast said, and was followed today with a blistering assault by hundreds of American bombers against the Philippine capilal of Manila and nearby Clark Airfield. Significantly, Tokyo made no attempt to pretend that the invasion, in which Gen. MacArthur himself was said to have participated as a Fleet Commander, had failed of Its purpose. On the contrary, the Japanese said only that their own fire was' "intercepting" the gigantic bombardment of the Leyte area. The Gulf of Leyte is on the southeastern end of the large Philippine Island of Samar. To the west are Cehu, I'aiiay and Negros, which would be menaced by an American triumph at Leyte, while to the north lies Luzon, largest of all the Philippine inlands, upon which Manila stands. In the absence of official an- nniinnemAnttt from Pearl Haria iAT Washington, which may be delayed until after the operation has passed through Its initial dangerous phnevi. Tokyo was the sole source of In- OlA jail OIIIMJiy v m MM. . Ships Damaged In Wide U.S. Attacks GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR'S HQ. Six Japanese freight- ers were damaged or aunk today and. ,nni,l,l.,rlnir ruin, left nn enn- ,.. ..,,. . ,. A, Force continued to raid Nipponese . .... I 1 -....,., I,arl,nr at Uln. Borneo, was battered again. Large fireB were started. Several luggers were destroyed, in addition to the freighter, in Darvel Bay. In the Ceram-Boeroe raids, Liberator bombers unleashed 60 tons of explosives on the Namlea airdrome. The blasts rocked runwayB and caused huge fires among adjoining installations. Japanese fighter planes sought to intercept the Allied reconnaissance aircraft and fighter-bombers operating over the Celebes where, at Lem-bah, a large enemy barge waa destroyed and shipping installations damaged. The Nipponese Interceptors failed to score. In addition to the freighter sunk in Kaoe Bay. the sky raiders disposed of two barges In Waalle Bay ftt Halmahera. cratered the airstrip at Kaoe and damaged a bridge. Commercial Club Dinner Meeting Set for Monday Plans for Armlstic Day closing will be discussed at the dinner meeting or the Commercial Club, Monday at 7:30 p. m. in the Vermillion Boom of the Clinton Hotel, Leon Woody, secretary, announced today. Tickets for the dinner can be obtained from Mr. Woody or at the Clinton Hotel, he said. ments and substituted his own will for the I'informed Judgment of the American people". Addressing more than 2.000 persons at the New York Herald-Trl-, bune Forum, Gov. Dewey lashed out at 'the now scrnpped Morgenthau plan to make defeated Germany an, agricultural nation, virtually without industry. ! Ormian Resistance Frenzied "On the basis of our Treasury Department's ill-conceived propos-. als," said the Governor, "the German people were told that a program of destruction was In store for them if they surrender. Almost overnight, the moral of the German people seemed changed. They arc fighting with the frenzy of despair, We are paying in blood for our failure to have' ready an Intelligent program for dealing with invaded Germany." The Republican nomine "called the roll" of several nations to support his argument that President I Continued on Pag II Three Major GOP Candidates Guests Of County Groups Three major Republican candidates were guests of Vermillion County yesterday with Ralph GateB, candidate for Governor, Rue J. Alexander, candidate for Secretary of State and Noble J. Johnson, candidate for Congress from the Sixth DlBtrlct appearing at meetings In Clinton, Newport, Dana, Cayuga and Perrysvllle. ' The three candidates, with Mrs. Eleanor Snodgrass, state vlce-chalr-mau, stopped briefly at Republican headquarters in Clinton yesterday morning where a large number of party workers and voters were present. At noon the four GOP personalities were guests at a luncheon at the Court House In Newport, sponsored .by the Vermillion County Republican Woniens Club. Nearly 250 persons from the county attended the Luncheon meeting at which all county candidates were Introduced. Mrs. Cecil Harden of Covington, Sixth District vice-chairman spoke briefly at the Newport meeting. Campaign issues were discussed by the speakers before the county-wide crowd. Later in the afternoon the group visited Republican meetings In Dana, Cayuga and Perrysvllle. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. The political orators continued their activity In Indiana during the past 24 hours. At Logansport last night. Senator Samuel D. Jackson, Democratic gubernatorial nominee, pledged that Ik would prevent injection of politic Into Jobless Insurance administration, if elected governor. "As of this date, there Is 153 million dollars in the Indiana unemployment trust fund to meet the postwar problems," Senator Jack-son'said. "An additional nine million dollars will be collected in October, raising the total to 162 millions. This collection of money is based on the earnings of employes working In covered employment and based on the wages paid. This money belongs to the people who paid it in and must be preserved as an Individual Investment. "If elected governor, as I expect to be, I shall stand between tills department and any attempt at politics of any kind." Homer E. Capehart, Republican nominee for senator, long term, in an address at Fort Wayne, warned against communism. "When w abandon the Ameri-jContlnusa ou pace I) milllUIl III l 113 cruHBI , "'I1!' UcllliHJ, irrn a This would mean that the Allies burning and anorlier beached In Dar-were nioving to split the sprawling vel Bay, north of Ballk Papan and Philippine commonwealth in two, ' destroyed a fourth 1,000-tonner in presumably to provide air bases Kaoe Bay at Halmahera. rrom which to dominate the entire Two smaller freighters were sunk archipelago. r In a 30-ton bombardment by Mitch- It has been no secret for weeks ells and fighter bombers over Ceram that Gen'. Douglas MacArthur's for- and Ainnnlna where a coastal vessel ces woiftd invade the Philippine! 'and numerous small barges also Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Pacific were destroyed. . fleet chief, several weeks ago said j in tho blow against the Phlllp-he was taking the Palau group of pines, night attacks were carried out' islands to provide cover for Mac- upon enemy airdromes at Bassa and Arthur's liberation campaign. j Mai Ilia In Davao, according to Gen- Invasiim 4'learly Foreseen eral Douglas MacArthur's commun- The Invasion of the Philippines ii,ue. relating the widespread sky was foreshadowed clearly when offensive. planes from Admiral William F. Hal-j The already bomb-blasted oil cen-sev's powerful Third Fleet knocked ter at Balik Papan, in southeastern MOSCOW, Russia. Hordes of the Red army rolled serosa tbe Carpathian - Mountains today to surge deeper Into Czechoslovakia where they seized vital German communications centers, captured 14 towns and threatened the strongest Nazi salient, on the 1500-mfle eastern front. Overcoming stubborn enemy resistance based in prepared fortifications through the mountain slopes, Russia's . Ukrainian troops smashed into towns, railway yards, communications centers and German defense areas, and, according to a Moscow announcement, "annihilated several thousands x Hitlerites" in the last thred days. ; ai-Mite IHp Front The Russian communique described the now Czech front as from 12 to 31 miles in depth and spreading over a 170-mile expanse from Luk- Continued oo pff 1) Four Local Men Have Record Attendances At Wabash Ordnance NEWPORT, Ind. Employees of Wabash River Ordnance Works are daily showing their determination to establish one of the lowest absenteeism records in the nation's war industries. Since the recent announcement by the War Department of the extensive use being made of Wabash River Ordnance Works explosives In the various theaters of war. employees of the Plant have redoubled their efforts to maintain perfect attendance records in order to insure the highest possible amount of production for Victory. Employees of the Plant, operated (Continued on page 7) "It was late at night." says Staff Sergeant John J. Barnett, 904 As-bury Terrace, East Oak Lane, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chief Crew Dispatcher for a United States Army Railway Operating Battalian which operates under the supervision of Brigadier General Leroy F. Collins, Schenectedy. New York. Commanding General of the Loire Section. No Flagging Kquipment rr Liirlita "The men had no flagging equipment and no lights. They didn't know what stations were on the way, where the bridges were, if any, or where to get additional coal aud water. And. they couldn't see the switches in the darkness." But the men on this and succeeding trains, climbed Into their cabs without question and carried through the supplies which were so vital to the success of tbe Allied advance through France. How the first train got through (Continued on Page 2) Two-Forkal Allied Drive Closes In On City of Cesena 8th Army Smashes Way Forward to Industry City; ' 5th Drives Up Po Valley HOME, Italy. The Allied Eighth Army in Italy developed a two-pronged pincers drive against the industrial city of Cesena today. Smashing forward against stern opposition, the troops commanded by Lieut. Gen. Sir Oliver Leese forced a bridgehead over the Plscia-tello river, to the east of the city, while Indian troops captured Acqua-rola and Roversano, Bouthwest of Cesena. Meet Head-on Counterattack The Eighth Army in the Adriatic sector and the Fifth Army lunging for the Po valley ran up against desperate Nazi counterattacks. Only limited gains were scored by the Fifth Army in the face of the stiffened Nazi resistance which slow ed up the schedule of the Po valley drive. American troops of the Fifth Ar (Continueo on rage 6) Mrs. Grace Strain, Former Prominent Resident, is Dead Mrs. Grace O. Strain. 71. a former Clinton resident, died at Garden Grove, Calif. Saturday evening, following an extended illness according to word received by a nephew. Raymond V. Little, Hillsdale, recently. Mrs. Strain, widow of the late Joseph W. Strain, made her home at J.acuna Beach, Calif, before her death. Mr. Strain dird In Clinton in 1916. Before his death he was associated with the First National Bank In Clinton for many years and was prominent in the Clinton School System. In 1918 Mrs. Strain left Clinton and made her home in Lebanon, Ind. before moving to California.' i She was a member of the Clinton Methodist Church while she lived here. She was a graduate of the Art Institute In Chicago. Survivors include one sister. Mrs. Eunice E. Bush, proscott, Ariz.; two nieces, Mrs. Helen Vermillion, Pres-cott. Ariz, and Miss Edna B. Givens. Rosendale, Mo. and two nephews, Raymond C. Bush. Lebanon. Ind. and Raymond V. Little, Hillsdale. The body will arrive in Clinton Friday evening and will be taken to the Frist Funeral Home remaining until time of funeral services. Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday. Rev. C. C. Jordan will officiate and burial will be in Helt's Prairie cemetery, north of Clinton. out the air bases on the mighty Jap- (Continued on page 4) yesterday when a Llberator bomber exploded 6,000 feet over Beblngton on the Wlrral Peninsula In Cheshire, U. S. Army officials announced today. Bodies of two other men are being sought because 26 air force members were believed in the plane. Cause of the explosion was not known, but an Investigation is under way. Residents of Beblngton. many of whom rushed from their homes at the sound of the explosion, had narrow escapes from being struck by pieces of the big bomber, which came hurtling to earth. The Liberator, completely out of control, crashed in open country near Storeton Station, just Inside the Birkenhead boundary. Just before the plane crashed It broke Into three parts, which landed 300 yards apart. The rear portion was in flames, eyewitnesses said, but men of the National Fire Service soon put out the fire. Thirteen bodies were recovered from tho middle section of the bomber last night and 11 others were foutld in the fields. 1 Cpl. Paul Mahurln, son or Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Mahurln of Fairvlew Is now In the Billings General Hospital at Indianapolis. He was In service In Italy for 20 months and was wounded in action. U.S.A. Herbert R. Hert, of South Seventh street has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. It was announced by the 15th Army Air Force Headquarters. Sgt. Hert, an aerial gunner serving In Italy, is assigned to a veteran 15th AAF bomber squadron that has flown its huge Liberators on more than 120 long-range missions against key industrial cities throughout central Europe and the Balkans. Sgt. Hert is ft graduate of Clinton High School' in the class of '40 and was formerly employed by the Allison Engineering Company. He enlisted with the Air Corps on April 10, 1943 and be attended aerial gun-1 NEWS OF The Clintonian or friends this column. Three Clinton, Blanford Soldiers With Railway Battalion in France LOCAL MEN IN SERVICE welcomes any news of relatives in the armed services for PHONE 32 (Editor's Note: The following story of the magnificent work turned in by the Military Railway Service operating in France was received today by the Dally Cllntonian from the Headquarters of the Communications Zone of the European Theatre of Operations U. S. Army. Three men from Clinton and vicinity are members of the unit whose action Is described in the article. The men Include two Clinton brothers, Corporal Gurnle W. Llndsey, route one, and Sergeant Robert Llndsey, 840 Black-man Street, and Corporal Roy J. Vanzo of Blanford. all firemen. Nineteen other Indiana men are Included In the unit.) WITH THE U. S. FORCES IN FRANCE "Good luck!" said the C. O. "Just keep going as long as there are rails to go on." The engineer-soldier climbed Into the caboose, and the first American supply train In France chugged off with cautious slowness In uncharted I darkness toward Paris. J nery school at Tynilall Field. Fla. prior to Ii is assignment to combat duty In the Mediterranean theater of operations. U.S.A. F 1c Gerald Reed, husband of Mrs. Irene Reed of route three, ir. now receiving amphibious training at Little Creek. Va. His address If 9f,r,-65-47. ATB Unit 1005, Div. 7. Little Creek. Va. U.S.A. Pvt. Joe Ray Lohse. son or Mr. and Mrs. Frederick A. Lohse of route one. Rosedalo has been transferred to Camp J. T. Robinson, Ark. where he will receive his basic training. r.S.A. Pvt. James H. Houston, son of Mr. and Mrs. James P. Houston of route three. Clinton has been transferred to Camp Wolters, Tex. for basic training. (Continued on page 7).

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