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DAILY CLINTOMAN THE Mailed In Conformity With P. O. D. Order No. 19687 THE WEATHEB. Mostly cloudy today, tonight, and Saturday. Little change in temper- The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Counties Price Three Cents. CLINTON, INDIANA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1944. Volume 32 Number 224. GauE rci Ki J LLUul M WORKED 2 YEARS WITH GUERRILLAS Strike Through Kra Forest To Spark Vast 7 Smash Directed at Entire West Wall Former Hoosier Admits 2 "Jack the Ripper" Murders in California 8IIKLBYVILLE, Ind. Otto Steve Wilson, held by Los Angeles iiolice for Ihe mutilation murders of two women, was an honor graduate from the high school of the Orphanage where he lived for 14 years, his aunt recalled today. Wilson, born on a farm near Sholbyville, lived In Indiana until he enlisted In the navy at the age of 17. Aunt "Overwhelmed" U. S. Occupation! Of Pegun Isle Is Completed Yanks in Control of Key Mapia Island, Clean Up Bras Isle; Savage Fight Draws Near End on Leyte GEN. MACARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS, Philippines. United States forces which Invaded Pegun Island in the Mapia group. 145 miles northwest of Biak Island, off the northern coast of Dutch New Guinea, have completed Its occupation, General Douglas MacArthur Patton's Army Readies Storm Attack On Metz; Germans Fortify Streets Massive Allied Forces Hammer j At Rhineland Relentless Soviet r f - - eC2 ill I' I J4 h lit:, -, ,y SECOND IT. JOSEPH F. ST. JOHN, right, Army Signal Corps officer who had been working with Filipino guerrillas against the Japs for two years on Leyte and Mindanao lalands, poses with Ensign Edwin J. Beattie, Lapeer, Mich., in the first picture to be made of St. John aince the story of his guerrilla activity was released and nr. rejoined U. S. forces. Beattie found St. John when he bailed out of his damaged Navy plane and landed near a guerrilla village. (International) Gigantic Allied Western Push Is Start of Final Battle for Reich announced today. At the same ill meed today. .. I the same lime. . Americans are "eliminating rem nants of an enemy garrison on nearby Bras Island." Cnts Off New (iuima The new landing was made in order to prevent Jap troops there from spotting movements of Allied war planes, and also serves to cut off an estimated 90.000 Japanese trapped on New Guinea. MacArthur'B communique made no mention of whether a landing had been made on Bras Island, nor did it say how large was the size of the invasion force. Yanks Mash Through Rainstorms Meanwhile, slashing their way through raging tropical rainstorms UiniUfiU i.vh' and thunderheads, American lnfan- trymen on Leyte Island In the cen-; Iral Philippines won a new grip on the Japanese salient at Llmon Wednesday. While mighty "Long Tom" Yankee artillery continued to pound the enemy on every front and U-nited States airmen hammered relentlessly at Jau shipping and installations in Ormoe harbor, the Doughboys fought their way anoth er 300 yards toward all-Important Ormoc road Junctions. Consolidate Leyte Posts Meanwhile, General MacArthur's southern forces were consolidating their positions In the central Leyte from Mount Mlnoro to Mount Natnban while Jungle-wise reconnaissance patrols continued to outflank and gradually "liquidate" Jap resistance pockets in the treacherous, rain-soaked mountain rang- The General's headquarters re- oorted the destruction of thirty Jap barges, presumably loaded with (Continued on Pare X) Minimum Wage Of 651-Hour Gets CIO Endorsement I The aunt. Mrs. J. H. Mohr, roa-i tron of a children's home at Shelby-vllle. said Bhe was "overwhelmed" at the story of the crimes admitted- ly perpetrated by her nephew. She said he was the only child ' out of a family of seven orphaned children who was not adopted and that he was sent to the Knightstown Midlers' . sailors' Orphan home; when he was six years old. He was a member of the Methodist Church and the Order of DeMolay. she said. "Sieve was a model youth." the aunt averred. LOS ANGELES, Cal. Authorities today held a formal, signed confession with which they hope to (Continued on page II Manpower Lags Threaten Critical m ,.,. KmnilPtinil IT til II UUUXI1UI1 Civilian Materials Face Drastic Cut: Byrnes; Soldiers Aid War Work WASHINGTON, D. C. The War Department announced today that 1.000 soldiers will be released from active service to help relieve critical manpower shortages in foundries and force shops producing heavy artillery, artillery ammunition, tanks and trucks. The department said this step had been made necessary by the failure of efforts to recruit additional workers from civilian sources. It follows a threat of War Mobilizer Byrnes that new civilian production may be halted unless war workers remain on the Job. The men to be released will be picked irom mose wno nave yrew; ous experience in foundry or torce shons. Only those over 30 years of !age not assigned to an Infantry or alerted for overseas duty will be re leased. WASHINGTON, D. C. War Mobilization Director James F. Byrnes served notiec today that civilian production will be drastically cur- declining output in vital war areas. These officials have been applying the "rifle approach" at plant levels in probing production conditions thiB week in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland. The war mobilization chief outlined lagging manpower and production probleniB In a letter to WPB (Continued on page 4) Columns Converge On Hungary City Gigantic Soviet Drive In Making; Malinovsky Forces Lunge at Budapest MOSCOW, Russia. A new Soviet spearhead pointed toward the heart of Budapest today, possibly nrpna Bine an early full-out assault against the capital city, while other, elements of the second Ukrainian army drove to within five miles of Miskolc, Hungary's fifth-largest metropolis. Simultaneous Drive Striking simultaneously with troopB hammering at the gates of the two cities, another great seg ment nf Mnrshal Rodion Y. Mallnov- sky's force surged through main Na zi defense lines between Budapest and MiBkolc to roll on westward to-. ward the Austrian frontier. I Capture of the railway station atj Gyoemroe, disclosed in the Russian rnmmuniaue. was the latest threat) against Budapest. Gyoemroe lies on-i ly 10 miles east of the sprawling hnstinn cltv which Germany relied upon to hold the rolling Russian avalanche back from Austria. Furthest West Advance The little Gyoemroe station be came an Important indication of the Red army's progress In the battle fnr Hnnerarv. It is the nearest point to Budapest that Russia officially claims Malinovsky has taken thus far. Front line dispatches reported, however, that other units of the Uk rainian armv are poised soutneas' and south of Budapest. almoBt within sight of the city, and are await ing the order that win nun ineu: headlong against its vaunted defen ses. The Russian communique reveal ed, in addition, that the right win! of Mallnovsky's army tightened wha appears to be a trl-pronged thrus upon the vital Industrial center o Miskolc. Drive From Southeast Driving from the southeast, one o the Soviet units overran the town o' Malje, only five miles below the city Kisgyoer, six miles southwest o' (Continues on rage 61 Mrs. Dolly Wells Rites Set for 2 P. M. Saturday rnnoml services for Mrs. Dolly Wells, former Clinton resident, will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday. Nov. 18 at the home of her daugnier. Mrs. Hugh Van Lieu of Lyford. Mrs. Wells, widow or me late Do,- thn m Wells, lived in Clinton before moving to Chauncey, III., where she died Tues day after three months illness. The hndv will be brought to Mrs. Van Lieu's home Saturday morning to lie in state until the funeral ai z p. m. Burial will be In Riverside ceme tery. ovtMiV The Free Dutch radio reported today that heavy flj-litlng lias broken out in the outskirts of Metz. ' WITH THE U. S. THIRD ARMY OUTSIDE METZ The Nazis have decided to sacrifice the historic Cathedral City of Metz to the rav ages of war, captured German pris oners indicated today In statements that the enemy-held bastion would be defended street by street. Lieut. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., whose Third Army troops have all but surrounded Metz, has heretofore been reluctant to turn his heavy guns againat the city containing architectural treasure. .Must Storm City The probability that the city itself will have to be taken by storm, entailing destruction of long-standing edifices, was seen in the report of German prisoners that the Nazi high command waB fortifying the city from block to block. The Gestapo was said to be guarding the last escape routes leading out east of Melz to compel the remaining garrison forces to fight. Escape Koute Cut to 3 Miles Latest indications were that the escape route had been narrowed to three and one-half to four miles, t . (Continued on page 71 Nazis Loose Flood On Allied Troops In Ravenna Drive Germans Demolish River Banks in Desperate Move; Poles Batter Nazi Posts (ROME, Italy. Fierce fighting raged today on the rugged slopes of Monte Castellaccio where Polish I troops sought to oust stubborn Ger-I man defenders on the west flank 'of the BritiBh Eighth Army. J General Sir Henry Maitland Wll-j son, commander of Allied forces in the Mediterranean, disclosed that the Poles has smashed against "strong enemy defenses," on Mount Castellaccio after they had seized the town of Converselle, northwest of Castrocaro. Iemolih River Bank The Germans were pressed In oth--(Cnntinueti on page 61 Rockville Soldier Is Missing in Action Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Chezam, Rockville, route three, received word from the War Department that her son. Pvt. George D. Chezam, has been missing In aetion in Italy since Oct. 24. Chezams also received a letter following the telegram assuring the narents that thev would be notified as soon as any further information was learned. The letter stated that frequently the missing soldiers were prisoners of war and nothing could ha learned until the enemv nation released names and serial numbers. Pvt. Shezam has been in Italy for over a year and Is a gunner In the infantry. Mrs. Audrey Strain has received word that Pfc. George Don Strain is now serving in Southern r ranee. Pfc. Strain was stationed at Ft. Bragg, N. C. prior to being sent ov erseas. . C.B.A ' S 1c Raymond Cross, son "of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Gross of Fairview. is now stationed out of San Francisco, Calif, with the Coast Guard. U.S.A. Mrs. Albert Nardi. Higgins Btreet. has received word that her brother S 1c Robert Craig, has been transferred from Monterey. Calif, to an Air Base in Sallon, Neb. U.S.A. Cpl. Sam Veltrl has returned to Ft. Benning. Ga. after spending a week's furlough with his brother and sister aud other relatives in Clinton. NEWS OF The Clintonian or friends this column, Tank-Led 1st Infantry Poised Before Duren As Ninth Piles into Reich; : . ! Giant Tank Battle Near SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Allied Expeditionary Force. Vete;r-. an tank-led Infantrymen of the V. S. First Army opened a salient through the dense Hurtgen Forest to a nolnt less than Blx miles from. Duren, guarding the southern approaches to Cologne, today to spark a giant seven-army offensive aimed at shattering all Nazi resistance. Occupy Road Town The Doughboys occupied the road town of Gressenich, eight and a half miles east of Aachen and the same distance southwest of Duren, which itself is 19 miles from Cologne."1' j Duren, virtually midway between Aachen and Cologne, commands he main highways leading into the latter city from the south and Is one of the most Important communication centers serving that area of rtie Siegfried Line. ; , . Germans Admit Break-through ...-" (Capt. Ludwlg Sertorius, Nail Transocean agency military analyst, idmltted the First Army ha -rip-led a hole In the German lines east if Btolberg, which lies some elgnt ut of Aachen. "The great late autumn offenalv if the Allies, which began with the ittnck by the Third American Army in Lorraine on Nov. 8, now has en-I Continued oa page J) Churchill Demands End to Reign Of : J Terror in Palestine LONDON, England. In a strongly worded statement in Parliament; Prime Minister Churchill today demanded that the Jews of Palestine op the reign of terrorism that re-lulted In the slaying of Lord Moyne; 4e branded the death of the reBl lent minister as a "shameful crime," hat, "shocked the world." The assassination of Lord Moyne, "hurchill said, affected none mora itrongly than "those like myself who in the past have been consistent riends of Jews and constant archl-ectB of their future." Following up Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden's full report to the house of commons last week on the the slaying of the Middle East reU dent commissioner, the Prime Minister revealed that a number of arrests have been made In connection with the case, and that 251 persons suspected of active complicity in Palestine's terroristic activities have been deported. The Prime Minister at the same time acknowledged receipt of a letter from Dr.. Welimann, presided! of the World Zionist Organization, assuring him that "the Palestine Jewry will go to the utmost limits of Its power to out this evil from its midst." He aald that the executive of the JewiBh agency In Palestine has call ed upon the Jewish community, "to cast out tills destructive band, known as the Stern Gang, and to deprive them of all refuge and she. ter. Cheers marked Churchill's opening assertion about Lord Moyne's death that "this shameful crime has shocked the world." The Middle East resident commissioner was ambushed by two assailants more than two weeks ago ss he stepped from bis automobile. . Junior Red Cross Gains $38.12 in First Day The Junior Red Cross drive which opened yesterday in the Clinton. High School has made a collection of $ Just one day, Mrs. Helen Johnson, Senior high school principal, announced today. Senior high school leads with a total or 123.30. while Junior high had 114.8!. The school has not yet reached the 100 per cent goal In the drive which is to end Monday, No. 20. All students are urged by the ntAmKra n the falMlltV trt Olltri bute durinc this drive. WASHINGTON, D. C. The CIO tailed unleBS (200.000 war workers today endorsed a proposed minimum are obtained Immediately to break pay rate of 65 cents an hour as a manpower bottlenecks in some half-"valuable first Btep" toward develop- dozen critical war programs, ment of a sound American wage Byrnes' statement, climaxing a Restructure, but declared that it "must ries ef government appeals for ad-be succeeded with higher minima ", djtion labor to bolster lagging war Appearing before a Senate Labor production, was issued as repreBen- Subcommittee headed by Sen. Pep- tativea of the Army. Navy. War Lf mi Fla.. author of a resolution Production Hoard and Manpower setting 5 cents an hour as a min- commission completed a tour of be-lmum pay rule for the War Labor jow-schedule war plants in key mid-Board. Emil Rieve. president of the w(,B(,,rn cities. CIO Textile Workers Union, said: Full-Seale Recruitment Drive "We do not conceive of the 65 1 Byrnes Indicated that a full-cents as an entire solution for this Boal(J recruitment drive and efforts problem. In fact, it is inadequate (Q mfft proim.tioa goai would be when measures in terms of the act- pifd after government agency ual needs in this country. (officials submitted their reports on Sen. 'Cotton Ed' Smith Dean of U.S. Senate, Dies in S. Carolina LYNCHBTRG. S. C. Sen. Ellison D. "Cotton Ed" Smith. (D) S. C. 80 year old Dean of the United States Senate and for 35 years its foremost champion of states rights, died today at his plantation home near Lynchburg. Il. r. ared This Year The tobacco-chewing, swearing chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, who was defeated for reelection this year and then campaigned against the New Deal, passed away quietly this morning. (In Washington, word of his death was received by Sen. Burnet R. May-bank, his South Carolina colleague in the Upper Chamber, and by the Senate Secretary.) Smith, who had served In the Senate longer than any other member, figuratively rode into the Senate in (Continued no Paae XI Construction Of 7lh Street Bridge Is Finished Soon Construction of the new Seventh Street bridge will probably be completed by Dec. 1. it was reported at the regular meeting of Clinton common council last night. Concrete was poured on the bridge structure yesterday witli finishing work to be done in the next two weeks. The bridge, over Feather Creek, has been out for nearly seven years. Work was begun approximately two months ago by the L and K Construction Couipauy of Terre Haute and was to be finished within 90 days of the start of the project. In 1923, a total of 22 mines produced a little more coal, 74.744 cars, but by 1924, the number of mines had fallen to 15 and production to 43.917 cars and in 1925 the number of mines was down to 10 and production to 32,777 cars. It has continued to drop until today the local shipments are almost negligible. KoO,(MMI Payroll At the peak, an average of 1000 cars. Incoming and outgoing, passed through Jackson yards at Clinton daily, he said and the railroad company had 13 crews of five men each at work. The mine payroll ran between $300,000 and J500.000 every two weeks. "I don't think the future of the Clinton coal field is hopeless." Mr. Stultz said in conclusion. "When we LONDON The curtain lifted today on the final act of the most stupendous European military drama in history. With four of A-rrica'a most powerful armies alung'with the British and the French First Armies hammering the Nazis' west wall along a 400-mile front from Holland to the Alps, the opening scene of the final battle for Cermany is believed underway. Will Break Nazi Backlwne This last great act is likely to be marked by many violent changes of scenery, but this correspondent Is confident that, before the curtain goes down on this vast western front offensive, the backbone of the Ger man Army win nave Been Drosen and the doom of the Nazis sealed forever. The full weight of the gigantic winter offensive is likely to cause more Nazi leaders to join Adolf Hit' ler and Hermann Goering In losing their minds. American forces are playing the (Continued on page S) Postwar Military Training Bill Is Urged by F. D. R. WASHINGTON, D. C. President Roosevelt today said that he hoped to see congress take some action on universal training for the nation's youth sometime this winter. Mr. Roosevelt told his news conference that It is of urgent importance that in the post-war years American boys, and perhaps young American women, are trained to defend the country if the need arises. He said that he hoped to see congress take definite action In providing legislation for universal training soon, and that he would press for It this winter. The President was asked if the plan for universal training meant military training. He replied that that decision is a matter for determination by legislation and is up to congress. Then he emphasized that he wanted to see every boy who reaches the age of IB give one year of his life to the service of the nation. He said that, depending on legislation, the year of service could begin between the ages of 18 and possibly 20. INDIANAPOLIS. Ind. High-ranking army officials advocate legislation to require a consecutive full vear's military training for every hoy immediately upon graduation from high school, according to Major Gen. R. E. Porter, assistant army chief of staff. The army viewpoint was explained at the close of the annual state department commanders' conference of the American Legion yesterday at national headquarters in Indianapolis. It had been expressed by Gen. Porter to S. Perry Brown, of Beaumont: Texas, chairman of the Le-pion's subcommittee of universal military training. Clinton's Past, Future Coal Mining Operations Outlined to Exchangites LOCAL MEN IN SERVICE welcomed any Dews of relatives in the armed services for PHONE 32 "It i , .....a-.. in nernm lu- 1 iliiHtrv generally to adjust Itself so that we can then take the final steps to eliminate the worBt blots in our American economy. It must be succeeded with higher minima." Rleve estimated that to put the new minimum into effect for ten million S54 thousand persons in industry now receiving less than (if, cents hourly would cost five and a half billion dollars. He added, however, that tliis would "hardly compensate" for the anticipated poslwai loss of eleven billion dollurs in over time payments to workers. The Pepper resolution declaret that It is "the sense cf Congrew that a straight time hourly rate o' 65 cents per hour is the mlniniuu below which the National War La bor Board shall consider any wag rate substandard". The WLB no uses 60 cents as the minimum paj guide. It la believed that the Pepper res olutlon would have onty "moral influence" and no legal obligation oi the board. The WLB answered som criticism against its policy today b announcing that voluntary wag boosts which do not bring rate: above 0 cents an hour may lie pu into effect by employers without coming before the board for forma) approval. Among the classes of workers t benefit from a new minimum wag level would be many in manufactur Ing Industries, mining, construction retail trade, wholesale trade, ser vires. Insurance, finance and real ep tate and transportation, eoniuiuuica turn and fublic utilities. t A glimpse of what the coal business once meant to Clintoji was combined with a ray of hope for the future by S. C. Stultz. pioneer Clinton coal operator. In a short talk before the Exchange club yesterday. Mr. Stultz. with H. M. Ferguson, organized the Clinton Coal Company 43 years ago and started Crown Hill No. 1 mine. At the peak of the mining operations here In 1918. there were 21 producing deep-Bhaft mines in the Clinton field, which snipped 116.-375 carloads of coal over the C. & E. I. railroad alone, Mr. Stultt'B figures showed. Starting with 1917. when 17 mines shipped 106.258 cars over the C. E. I., he traced the rise and decline, through 1918. 1919. m-hen 22 mines produced only 89 fori w Mitchell. M. M. M. l son of Mr. and Mm. Tony Mitchell of Mecca is home on a 30-day furlough after being overseas for the past 2S months. Another son, ipi. Anthony Mitchell is expected home this week for Florida on a 15-day furlough. U.S.A. Mlc Bert Monroe Adkerson, son of Mrs. Wyatt House of Lyford, It spending a 30 day leave with friends and relatives here after completing a tour of duty of the South Pacific. U.S.A. T-5 Joe Viettl. son of Mrs. Ange-line Vietti has returned home after spending 30 months In the European Theatre of War. He is the wearer of five maior battle stars for participating in the African, h5alerno. Sicily Continued on Pag 105 carloads because of strikes and organized the Clinton Coal Compa-1929 when strikes against reduced ny, they said It couldn't be done, production to 65,000 cars, I Continued on .Page 2)

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