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THE DAILY CLINTONIAN The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Countiei Mailed In Conformity With P. 6. D. Order No. 19687 THE WEATH-lt k Cloudy today. Showers and warmer tonight. Tuesday rain and cooler. CLINTON, INDIANA, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1944. Price Three Cents. Volume 32 Number 220. fo) WIS W nin ftm Mfo PATTON'S FORCES Patton Troops t Wholesale WLB 'Resignations' Start Rumors of Home Front Shakeups Little Action Expected In Lameduck Meet Congress Maps Action For Short Session; Major Issues to Wait for 4th lioosevelt Inauguration Pay-oft' Fight For Ormoc Rages; US Infantry Advances Red Artillery Is Drawn Up At Budapest Malinovsky Readies Final Blow nt Hungarian City; Troops Prepare Massive Blow Along Entire Front MOSCOW, Russia. Russian artillery prepared today to blast a path or blazing destruction down the streets of Budapest. Front line dispatches, revealing that Oen. Rodlon Y. Maltnovsky's second Ukrainian army has scored an Important victory In an Infantry battle north of Czegled, also told how the outskirts of Budapest have a, fi W y ' BASIN I THIONv1S(OENINGSMACHiR GERMANY f XijQSaarbrucken w N i fci-sCHATEAU SAUNSa v - t LUrjcviuty iir Strasbourg i,' POURING FOUR MORE DIVISIONS into a major offensive, the U. S. Third Army of Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., is smashing ahead along a 55-mile front in northern France. Infantry fighters have crossed the Moselle river at two points and seized Koenigsmacher and Haute-Ham, less than 20 miles north ot Metz 10 miles from the Industrial Saar basin. Among other towns captured were Chateau Sallns and Moncourt. (Jaternatioaan WASHINGTON, D. C. Whole sale changes In the make-up of the War Labor Board were foreshadowed today with the disclonure that WLB Chairman William H. Davis and two veteran members submitted their "resignations" to President Hooae-velt. All have asked to be relieved of heir duties by the first of the year. i'he other public members are Dr. Jeoige W. Taylor, WLB Vice Chair-nan and Dr. Frank P. Graham, Pres dent of the University of North Carolina. Davis told a news conference that ie had written to Mr. Roosevelt on lis 65th birthday last Aug. 29 asking the President at his convenience :o relieve him of the WLB chairman-ililp sometime before the first of the year. "The President replied that he'd like to nee me and talk It over," Javis said "that's the way the situation stands. I have not seen the Preoldent yet." At the same time, Dr. Taylor Informed newsmen that he had written a letter to Mr. Roosevelt last Oct. 19 asking to bo relieved of his dutie3 before Dee. l, if possible. Tay-or said he has not yet received a eply from the President. Dr. Taylor said that he. would return to the University of Pennsylvania when his resignation from the WLB is accepted. As always happens In the wake or a presidential election, Washington teemed with rumors of reported wholesale resignations in the high command on the home front but the only definite action made known during the day was that of the WLB members. Only official reaction to the resig nations came from Presidential Sec retary Stephen T. Early and he nentioned only the Davis case while InslBting that it, In effect, was not a resignation". Davis, he said, has asked to be relieved of his duties but the President still wants to talk the matter over with him. in an effort to keep him on the job. Early, moreover, made no mention of either Dr. Taylor or Dr. Graham. He was equally silent on reported replacements of Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, Secretary of State Cordell Hull, and, In fact, himself. Davis, who plans to return to the practice of patent law, asked report ers to please correct reports that his health was bad. Davis said that WLB action on the long-pending CIO steel-workers case, which has spearheaded labor's drive to break the "Little Steel" wage freeze will be disposed of before Jan. 1... He referred to a board action on socalled "fringe" issues, such as vacations and severance pay and not (Continued on Page 3) Two Clinton Area Infantrymen Are Killed in Europe Two Clinton area men were re- cently killed tn action In Europe, War Department telegrams report- ed this week. Himmler Issues Fight to Last Man Orders; Hitler Mystery Deepens LONDON, England. Gestapo Chief Helnrich Himmler today Issuei a "fight to the last man" order saying that any officer or soldier fleelns from the battlefield was to be shot immediately, according to Moscow radio. "Anyone who flees from the battlefield Is to be shot by the first comer. An officer who refuses to shoot his soldiers Is to be shot himself and a fleeing officer may be shot by any soldier," said Hlmmler's order. Penalty of Death r been brought within range of Soviet field artillery. Guns Brought I'p Heavy guns of the Red army were being brought to bear upon the city. It was apparent the Russians are preparing to lay down a bombard ment Into the Btreuts of Budapest. German forces, guarding approach es to tho Hungarian capital, were routed on a 20-mile front above Czegled, a rnllway city 28 miles south east of Budapest. (Nazi military authorities, meanwhile, admitted that Russian troops (Continued on Page B) Armor-Paced British Troops Plunge Toward Key City of Ravenna HOME. Italy. Armor paced In fantry or the British Eighth Army In Italy early today smashed Its way across the (llilala Canal In a drive toward the key city of Ravenna. At the same time other Eighth Aruiy Forces fannou out northwest or llberuted Forll for minor gains in the face of bitter Nazi resistance. Luftwaffe Hit. V. X Pasta The German Luftwaffe moved Into action again with an attack against the Americans on the U. S. Fifth Army front but damage waa report ed as slight. The Yanks held their initiative In positions south of Bologna which kept the jittery Nazi defenders on the alert with patrol activity. 1,S04 Sorties flown Meanwhile the Mediterranean Air Forces tlew 1.200 sorties yesterday. attacking key communication centers in northern Italy while other sweeps blusted Nazi troop concentrations in Albania and Yugoslavia. Seniors to Present Annual Play At Gymnasium Friday "Act Your Age," a comedy In three acta. Is the title of this year's Senior class play to be held Friday, Nov. 17, at the High School Gymna- slum- The play matinee had been sched-l uteu ror Tiiursaay arternoon out Yanks Seize Hills Over North Ormoc Escape Way; Met Stubborn Resistance GENERAL MACARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS. Philippines Iu the rno nt stubborn opposition, the American' 24th Infantry, battling to seize the Jap stronghold of Ormoc on Leyte Island, have "made good progress," General Douglas Mac-Arthur said In a communique today, disclosing an important three mile gain. As they pushed ahead from their positions north of Ormoc, the 24th DoughboyB shoved the Japs "off the heights of Mount Cataboran, which dominate the north Ormoc corridor, the communique said. Surge Toward Japs At the same time, other Ainericnn forces, supported by tank and artillery fire. Bulged forward against the Jups on the road south of the vllluge of Plnamopoan, which recently reii Into American hands. With elements of the 96th Infan try, the First Cavalry and the Seventh Infantry, the 24th forms a part of a giant plncer movement which ia being manuvered to completely encircle the enemy In a small sector in and around the town of Ormoc on Ormoc Hay. Offer Bitter Resistance Although the Japs have not attempted to break out of the sector, they have offered bitter resistance to the Yanks and have managed lo sneak in reinforcements from neighboring Islands under cover of darkness, indicating they will make last ditch stand to retain a foothold on Leyte. The First Division Cavalry, Cener-al MacArthur disclosed, are meeting fierce resistance in the thick jungles of the Mt. Pina sector, but nonetheless are continuing to push forward. Fighters Ilomli Leyte As the ground troops forged ahead from the north, Bouth and (Continued on page 6) Three Held On Theft Charges In W.R.O.W. Probe Three former electricians at the E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co Wabash River Ordnance Works were arrested In Terre Haute recently In a probe of alleged thefts of government property. They were later released pending further Investigation of 'the theft of tools and materials from the ordnance plant. Robert Handick, James R. Can- ady and Albert F. Fischer, all of Terre Haute, were arrested by De- tective Clint and an FBI agent. Tools valued at approximately $300 Commercial Club Meets Clinton Commercial Club will have its regular meeting at the club rooms on Blackman street tonight at 7:30 p. m. OPEr' It added that wounded soldier! who abandoned their arms during retreat would lose for good theli right to leave and to tobacco rations while others who abandoned weapons during retreat were to b. shot. LONDON, England. Deep mys tery today shrouded the whereabouts of Adolf Hitler following delivery of a gloomy war proclamation, alleged ly his own but read by Helnrich Himmler. A wave of rumors concerning the Reich Fuehrer's fate swept Ger many as well aB Allied nations. Nothing New In Text The proclamation apparently way issued for the main purpose of com batting the spreading belief that somelilng has happened to Hitler (Continued on page 3 ) U Yanks Evacuate China Air Base As Japs Advance CHUNGKING -r-The American ai base at Liuchow was evacuated am destroyed Nov. 7, American Ai Force headquarters In the Chin war theater announced today. KANDY, Ceylon. Troops of th 5th Indian Division today pressed t within 10 miles of the village o' Kalemyo, .vital Japanese defenst point controlling the main rout north from Tamu to Celewa, Admir al Louis Mountbatten s headquarter! disclosed. Smashing through the Chin Hills the Indian forces cleared the enem: from the stockades, two ' strong points on the road east from Tiddim East African units also were advan cing on Kalemyo and had the tow? under artillery fire after swift ad vanees down the Kale and Kabaw Valleys. North of Bhahio. the eastern de fense hinge of the Japanese Un blocking the path of Central Burma heavy fighting was reported In pro gress with the British 3t;th Division hammering against increased enemy resistance. The British force is driving within seven miles of Nabr junction where the main Myitkylna-Rangoon railway curveB west to In-daw. Mrs. Minnie OUa Black Services Are Held Today Funeral services were held this afternoon for Mrs. Minnie Olla Black, 72. of Shlrkieville. Mrs. Black died at her home Saturday Nov. 11 at noon, following a few days illness. Mrs. Black was formerly of Clinton and the widow of the late Carl E. Black, former Chief or Police. She was a member or the United Brethren Church in New Goshen. She is survived by one brother, Jiles Taylor, of West Terre Haute and several nieces and nephews. The bodv was taken to the Frist Funeral Home where services were held. Rev. Flossie Farley offi- j ciated with burial in Riverside Ce- metery. . t y Push Within 5 Miles of Fort 4 Three-Way Pincers Drive Rings in Moselle Balion; Germans Prepare for Siege Cut Off All But One Road NEW YORK, N. Y. The German city of Saarbrucken, some 20 miles east of General George 8. Pat-ton's hard-hitting armored units, la being evacuated of civilians, according to a BBC broadcast heard today by CBS. The broadcast quoted "civilian refugees who had reached the American lines." WITH THE U. S. THIRD ARMY IN FRANCE. Troops of the United States Third Army under Lieut. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., pushed -to within five miles of Metz today, inciting toward the great fortress-city on the Moselle in a three-way pincer drive. . ; American units swept Into the Coin -Surseille area and the De Koecklng Forest against stubborn opposition and despite extremely bad winter weather. Tha Germans appeared to be withdrawing their outlying forces into Metz proper but there were no signs of any plans to abandone the city. Enemy Artillery Increasea .' v Enemy artillery resistance Increased but there appeared to be some let-up in Infantry opposition. The Germans blew up dams and canals throughout the battle area in an effort to Impede the American advance. i (Editor's Note: An official German communique admitted American peneration of Thlonvllle and described Metz as the "center and gravity" of all western front fighting.) . Infantry Punches Into Forest ' .Cavalry patrols . screened the country three miles ahead 'of the United States 26th Infantry Division, while the latter punched into (Continued on page ) Spanish Republic ' Leader Demands Franco Resignation PARIS. France. Miguel Maura, one of the leading Spanish republicans now in exile and known as a moderate in his days as an active politician, today presented an ultimatum to GenerullsBlmo Francisco Franco to retire from office "or take responsibility for the consequences." . . Maura's step was taken In the uoibbos jnoq-osjui v jo esjnoa lose Antonio de Sangroniz, whom Franco sent to Paris with full ambassadorial powers. "Our meeting was amicable,? Maura said, "but I explained my iewpoiut with absolute clarity, and ny viewpoint is that of all Spanish -epubllcans and syndicalist organisations except the communists. The -'atter, however, have been advised it my step. . "Sangroniz ia not empowered to-' eply to our demand, but Is trans mitting lt to Madrid. - "We. otfer Franco a chance to le Spain normality without trouble and without bloodshed. Everything now deuendB on him. ' j. "I told Sangroniz I was willing to negotiate and work here or lh, Spain with anyone designated by the Spanish government. I also said that due to the urgency of events. If Franco delays or falls to reply,' Spain's republican parties and syndicalist organizations will reserve liberty of action.". " The object of his step, Maura uild, was to "enable Franco to re-Ire without violence." "Wo republicans have presented jurselves to Franco as a bridge whereby Spain may cross from dictatorship to democracy," he said.; Richard Hornby Dies At Universal Home Friday Richard Hornby, 72, of Universal, dice at the home ot his son Thomas, Friday, Nov. 10 at 1 p. m. Hornby, who had been In tailing health for the past several years, was born In England and had made his home in this community for the past 35 years. He bad been a coal miner and waa a member or the Moose Lodge In Terre Haute. He is survived by bis wife. Mary Elizabeth: one son, Thomas, of Lincoln Park, Mich.; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Boyce, Gary, lnd., and Mrs. Sarah Lewis. Detroit, Mich.; and five grandchildren. He also has other relatives in England. The body was taken to the Frist Funeral Home and waa moved to his home this morning. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 2 p. m. at the residence and burial will be la the Walnut Grove Cemetery. WASHINGTON. D. C. The "Lame Duck" session of the 78th Congress convenes tomorrow with spirited legislative battles but little concrete action forecast in the six weeks before a new . Congrest meets. Press Conversion Legislation Jubilant New Deal Democrats arc expected to press for speedy action , on liberal conversion legislation, dui other measures may take precedence with the result that a far-reachinr ' legislative program will be postponed until President Roosevelt delivers his fourth inaugural message Legislative prospects are: ' ' 1. Action to be started on a program for compulsory military training of American youth in peacetime, but passage unexpected before January at the earlieBt. Extend War Powers Act 2. Second War Powers Act expiring Dec. 31 to be extended. 3. Sen. Overton (D) La., to seek Senate passage of House-approved postwar flood control and rlvei'B harbors programs but chanceB for enactment are slim. Pearl Harbor Probe Itattle 4. Battle certain o n further suspension of statute of limitations against those responsible for the Pearl Harbor tragedy, unless Army-Navy reports are made soon. Present extension of statute of limitations expires Dec. 7. 6. New deficiency bill, totalling billions for war purposes, to be framed and passed. 6. Fight to be launched to "freeze" Social Security pay-roll taxes at present levels, thus averting one end R half billion dollar annual boost in these tuxes beginning Jan. 1. 7. Senate fight for equal rlghtf (Continued on Pace I) Indiana Election Probed by Senate Campaign Unit INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. An "exploratory" Investigation of two phases of the Indiana election was begun today by Harold Buckles, chief investigator for the United States senate campaign expense committee. The Investigator said he was sent to Indianapolis by the committee after charges were made In Washington that Homer E. Capehart, newly elected Republican senator from Indiana, had spent "a great deal of money" In seeking the nomination. Butftlea also Bald he was to probe intoi ithe1 charges that thousands of votflra . were disfranchised, expecially In Marlon County, aB a result of con- fllclLog orders given to the precinct election boards. Capehart, who had asked for a senatorial campaign investigation Including' both parties, following the state Republican convention, said he would be glad to cooperate with Buckles. However, he charged that the Investigation is a "political red herring." "We won with hard work, not campaign expenses," the senator-elect said. The senatorial investigator characterized his investigation as nonpartisan and "exploratory." "If there Is sufficient showing In the preliminary Investigation of Mr. Capehart's expenses, or of substantial abuseB In the election, a recommendation for a complete investigation will be made," he said. Conferences have been scheduled by Buckles with leaders or both po lltical parties. He also plans to Interview persons who signed com plaints charging disfranchisement be cause of conflicting instructions on how to handle prospective voten whose names were not on precluct poll books. Last Rites Held Today For Joseph Valdik, 75 Funeral services for Joseph Val dik, 75. Falrvlew were held at 2 P m. today at the Karanovich Fune ral Home. Vaidik died Friday at 1:50 p. m at the Vermillion County hospita' after five years illness. He has beer a resident of Clinton for 43 years Vaidik is survived by two sons Rudolph of Gary and Sam of De trolt, one daughter, Mrs. Mary Me-Glothen of Gary and four grand children. The body was taken to the Karanovich Funeral Home and servicer were held todsyat 2 p. m. Rev. J. S. Oodwln officiated and burial was in Rtvertfde' Cemetery.' " because Don Itelnerio, one of the the German people that their very players, was called for his military existence is at stake now, was view-examination In Indianapolis, it has ed ag a last-minute effort to steel been postponed until Friday at 1:10 the Reich citizenry for the decisive p. in. The evening performance will battie of Cermany. be at 8 p. m. Friday, Mrs. Margaret j The current feeling in London is MrWethy, director, announced to- that Germany will have a white day. Cristmas a white hot one. The Betty Davis, Betty Oliver, Ruby I yuletide holidays are likely to find Peck, Floyd Foster, Jack Reeder, x the Reich burning beneath the sear-Dorothy Crntt, Hilda Lou Salmond. n(? Bteel of American, British and Shirley Cottrell, Don Reinerlo and , French armies closing in from the Bob Ostium are the characters. He- j WpRt anj Soviet forces hammering len Louise Hope is student director in from the east. Pvt. Robert Burgess, son of Mrs. were recovered from the men's Harriett Burgess of Clinton, route homes. three was killed In action with U- The men admitted the theft or nlted States Infantry forces In Ger- the government property while they many and Pfc. Herbert Falls, Jr. ' were employed at the plant, the son of former Clinton residents, waa tools of Handick and Canady hav-kllled while in action with U. S. ing been taken over a period ex-Infantry forces In France. tending from March, 1942 to Novem-Pvt. Burgess, .26, was killed Oct. ber 1943, while those of Fischer 29, the telegram said. Originally were said to have been taken when with the Signal Repair Corps, Bur- his job terminated in November, gess had recently transferred to the .1943. Infantry division. He had been in Final Allied Blow At Germany In Making this Winter Massive Clash of Arms May End War this Year, Attacked from East, West LONDON, England. The great est military cataclysm In -all Europ ean hiBtory today was moving toward its grand climax. Recent statements by Prime Min ister Churchill and Premier Stalin make It evident that a supreme Al lied effort will be made this winter to deliver a final, crushing blow against Nazi Germany. Final Clash Near Churchill's prediction in Paris over the week-end that victory in Eu rope may come within six months wa8 Been In London diplomatic clr- Cles as a very definite indication that the final stupendous clash of armB Is not far oft. . The sudden delivery of Adolf Hit ier'B latest proclamation, warning current "local actions" along the - .,..,,, front to "Improve nosi- lons," leads to the belief that the Allied armies are building up a mlghtly battering ram that will (Continued on Page 2) John Crnft, Former Local Man, Dies in Kockville John Craft, s2, former Clinton resilient, died at the home of a daughter. Mrs. Beulah KUburn, of Rockvllle Sunday. Mr. Craft who had made his home with his daughter for the past year, sustained a broken hip three months ago. His death was due to complications of the break and old age. He is survived by three sons. Charles N. and John of Rockvllle and Pearley of Clinton; four daughters. Mrs. Kilburn, Mrs. Nettie Howe of Cold Water, Mich.; Mrs. Nellie Watts of Montezuma and Mrs. Ethel Firestone or Clinton; 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The body was taken to the Mc-Mullen Funeral Home at Rockvllle, and returned to the residence Sunday afternoon. Last rites will be held at 2 p Tuesday, at the Rockvllle Nazarene Church. Rev. William Thompson will I officiate and burial will be In the Union Cemetery, I and the stage crew la made up of(tuin i p Attack Explosive Polish Boundary Question Dropped Into Next "Big 3" Meeting WASHINGTON, D. C. Failure east of the Curton Line. This was of the Soviet and Polish governments described as a rixed demand, not to reach agreement on the future open to negotiation, boundaries of Poland had resulted! But this demand was found utter- service since May 26, 1943 and af- ter training at Camp Crowder, Mo. and Lexington, Ky., he was sent overseas in November, 1943. He was wlfh the repair corps in England and In France and was later transferred to the Infantry. He was killed with U. S. Infantry forces Inside Germany. He is survived by his mother; six sisters, Mrs. Don Strain, Clinton; Mrs. Paul Barton, Georgetown, 111.; Mrs. Nell Burris, Indianapolis; Bonnie and Rosemary of Indianapolis, and Jean Burgess at home; four brothers, John of Detroit, Collett, Clinton; Willis at home and Fred, Jr. of West Clinton. Pvt. Burgess was employed at the roundhouse at West Clinton and in (Continued on Page 2) Methodist Family Night Set for Wednesday, Nov. 22 The Family Night Program at the Methodist Church is being postponed from this Wednesday night to Wednesday night the 22nd at 7 p. m.. Rev. C. C. Jordan announced today. Sandwiches, salads and a hot drink will be served promptly at 7. A varied and Interesting program ) will follow, one feature of which in dropping this explosive controver-( ly unacceptable to the Polish govern-sy Into the coming meeting of the ment unless Russia were willing to members of this years dramatics class. Miss Talml Lahti and Robert' Burton, aenior sponsors, are busi ness managers. exclude from her demands the city of Lvov and the Gallclan oil district. IViKotuil Aufmd to FUR This Is the suggestion which has now been dumped into the President's lap. It Is reported that Premier Mikolajciyk cabled directly to President Roosevelt, whom he knows personally as a result of the Premier's White House laBt summer. The cable requested that the President try to save Lvov for Poland. A further request has been made of both the United States and Brit- ish governments, namely that they guarantee the future independence of Poland with the new frontiers. Xo Border Guarantee American officials today gave (Continued on raf i "Big Three," officials said today. When President Roosevelt leaves for the meeting with Prime Minister Churchill and Marshal Stalin which he is expected to do in a matter of days be must be prepared to try his hand In settling a problem which has defied the conciliatory efforts of Churchill for the past year. Refuse to Support Plans The problem has become all the more acute today because of the failure of Polish Prime Minister Miko- lajcsyk to win the support of the London Polish government for the will be the presentation and discus- proposals he brought back from Mos-sion of the proposed Law demanding cow last month. Universal Military training. I It Is now revealed that those pro- JM members and friends are wel- posals included an unswerving Sovl-conie at this program. et demand for all Polish territories 1

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