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THE DAILY CLINTONIAN The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Counties Mailed In Conformity With P. O. D. Order No. 19687 THE WEATHER Light rain and snow today, cloudy tonight. Partly cloudy Tuesday. Not much change in temperature. Price Three Cents. CLINTON, INDIANA, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1944. Volume 32 Number 225. fUl foM Afo) MM 1 UWJ mi HAS XMAS EARLY-IT'S HIS LAST Patton's Yanks Break into City From All Sides; French Army Cracks Defense at Belfort Gap New US Landing Cuts Jap Air Spotting Station Landing in Asai Islands Told by M' Arthur; Yanks Tighten Arc on Enemy Forces Locked in Leyte GEN. MACARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS. Philippines. J Disclosure that American troops have land Chinese Government Re-organized; Oust Dr. Kungfrom Finance NEW YORK, N. Y. The Chinese government today named new ministers of war, finance, Information, Interior, organization and overseas affairs in what the Chungking radio described as a "a sweeping reorganization" of the central government. General Ho Ylng-Chln was replaced as minister of war by General Chen Cheng, who has been governor of Hupeh Province, and Dr. H. H. Kung was removed as minister of finance in favor of O. K. Yi, onetime mayor of Shanghai who has been political vice-minister of finance, according to the Chungking radio. The governmetal shifts were de Reds Open New Drive in Latvia Nazis Declare; Move on Budapest Yanks Overrun , Street Barriers To Seize Metz Major Nazi Resistance At End in Fortress City As Yanks Crash In; French Force Poised for Attack PAIilS, France. American Capture of Aachen Delayed by Lack Of Ammunition: 'Ike' LONDON, England. The Germans agency DNB reported today that the Russians had launched a big new drive against the southern flank of the front In Latvia. DNB described the Baltic offen sive as a "new major attack." The Russians have made no announce ment of such a drive. MOSCOW. Russia. Russian -if:"-' 2 frX l fa in -- --- v I troops Bmashed at major obstacles j workers today to speed production to the ancient invasion- routes to ' declaring that capture of the Ger-Austria and Czechoslovakia today as . mnn city of Aachen was delayed by they pounded past captured Gyoen- gyoes, 36 miles northeast or tne Hungarian capital of Budapest, cracking an 80-mile Nazi defense line. The communications center of Gy- oengyoes, together with Hatvan, 22'duction of that place was delayed miles northeast of Budapest, and because of a shortage of ammuni-MiBkolc, 280 miles north-east of the'tion." NOT EXPECTED TO IIVE until Dec. 25, three-year-old Forrest Hoffman will have an early and last Christmas at his Cheyenne, Wyo home five weeks before the regular holiday. Suffering from a bladder ailment from which physicians say he cannot possibly recover, Forrest is shown above with some of the toys already pouring in from smypa-thetlc neighbors. His parents put out a call for a Christmas tree not available this early and received one from city. International) SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Allied Expeditionary Force. Paris, Prance. (ien. Dwieht D. Eisen- ' bower left a plea with homcfront a shortage of ammunition "In the capture of Aachen the First Army used 300,000 rounds of 105mm. ammunition In a two-week nerind " said the supreme Allied commander, "and even so, the re- 1 t int-ir.mi on naire 81 Nazis Recapture City In Desperate Counter Blows at Allied Lines ed In one more group of Southwest Pacific islands off the northern tip of Dutch New Guinea was made by General Douglas MacArthur today. "We hare landed troops on the Asia Islands. 130 miles north of 80-rong," a communique from MacAr-thur's headquarters said. Sorong is on the extreme western tip of Dutch New Guinea, and the Aulas, a small clump of several islands He due northwards. They arc midway between the Mapia group and Halmahera. Oils Aerial Knotting Station The occupation was made presumably to deprive the Japs of another aerial spotting station on the air route over which Allied bombers fly from their New Guinea bases to Jap positions throughout the Southwest Pacific. At the same time, MacArthur's headquarters announced that Yankee assault troops had "completed occupation of the entire Mapia group of islands." The Mapias group are about the same distance north of Geelvink Bay as the Asias are from Sorong and also were used by the Japs for snot- ting purposes. Meanwhile, an the hard hitting 24th, 26th, 7th and 32nd Infantry units and the First Division Cavalry tightened the screws on the trapped enemy in the Ormoc Bector of Leyte Island In the central Philippines. General MacArthur announced that enemy Jobecs so far in the blood battle for the all Important Island have passed the 45,000 mark as a-gafnst 5.691 American casualties. A spokesman at headquarters (Continued on Page 3) Firebug Sought In Chicago Fire; Flames Kill Seven CHICAGO, III. A city-wide hunt for a cold-blooded firebug was launched today as a three-way investigation began into a $30,000 cided upon at a meeting of the pow erful standing committee of the Kuomlntang's central executive com mittee and announced immediately. said the English-language broadcast recorded by the FFC. The other new officials are Dr. (Continued on page 6) Congress Action Looms in Postwar Public Works Bill Rattles Expected In Two Major Issues; Flood Control BUI in Senate WASHINGTON, D. C. Threat ened battles over extension of the second war powers act and legisla- tfon calling for two billion dollars In postwar public works projects loomed today as the Seventh-Eighth Congress moved into the second week of its final session. Both houses were expected to convene briefly today and then recess until tomorrow out. of respect to Sen. Ellison O. "Cotton Ed" Smith (D)' BrC; wtio died last Friday. Be. ginning tomorrow, however, congress will attempt to complete Its program in time for the Christmas recess. - . Mood IUI1 to Senate The house will tackle the controversial war powers act and the crop insurance measure and the senate will consider the one billion dollar house-passed flood control bill. Sub- sequent legislation on tiie calendar capital, some of the main bastions j in an appeal for a speedup in all fortified by the Germans as key types of munitions, the general points in their defense line. ' stressed the need especially for am- Enftuif Ton uiiu ni cations Hub 1 munition which he said was being Red Army forces are three miles used at a terrific rate because bad of Hatvan, communications hub con- weather had cut down air use. necting Budapest and Czechonlova- j "in spite of all, we continued to kia, and threaten to engulf that attack' he declared. "Five thous-town in their irresistable surge. land pounds of ammunition are being Gyoengyoes was captured by Mar- poured every minute against the shal Rodion Y. Malinsovsky's sec- German defenders. Each month our Letters, Telegrams, Gifts Send Christmas Cheer to 'Nubbins9 CHEYENNE, Wyo. Three-year-old Forest "Nubbins" Hoffman was resting today at his Cheyenne home, resting and getting to know each of the more than 3'V presents he received from all over the nation at his special Christmas celebration yesterday. Because doclors have said that Nubbins, suffering form an Incurable bladder ailment, cannot live until Christmas really comes, the day was moved up a month so the tot could actually know the meaning of ROME, Italy. Nazi forces, hit-; East nt Aachen, Gen. Dwlght D. ting hack hard in a desperate effort E8r.nhower's commanders massed to postpone Allied capture of the Bome 200.OOO troops and giant for-cities of Ravenna and Bologna in ceg of tankg whlch have driven half-northern Italy, recaptured Monte way tnroUKh the strongest defenses Fortino. four miles southeast of of the SPgfI.Pnd Lne in a push to-Faenza, headquarters of Gen. Sir (Contlnum no p 1 Henry Maitlaud Wilson announced m ond Ukrainian army, on the second anniversary of the opening of the successful Russian drive that finally liberated Stalingrad, in which Ma-linovsky played a leading role. Isolate- German Troops Fall of Gyoengyoes slashed road communications between Budapest and Miskolc, isolating some German 1 Continued on page A) Thomas Mazura Reported Missing In Pacific Battle Thomas Mazura, United States Navy seaman third class, has been reported missing in action in the Pacific area, according to a War Department telegram received by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Mazura of Blanford on Saturday. Mazura was aboard the escort destroyer Samuel B. Roberts which was lost in the crucial Second Bat tle of the Philippines Sea. The loss', of the Samuel a. KODerts was an- Include the BOO million dollar Rob-' Inson road bill In the house and the 500 million dollar rivers and har-,20 borB measure in the senate. (;( fire which killed seven persons, five greement on extension of the war! 3 but such sales should complet-of them women, In the three story powers act, which gives the Presl- e(j" Dy pec 27 to assure clearing Lille Apartments (at 1353 E. 47th dent basic authority over rationing through the Federal Reserve. Place) on Chicago's South Side. and control of war-vilal materials. The fire broke out simultaneously but anticipated some battles on var-in the front and rear of the build- lous sections. Chairman Hobhs (D) ing. sealing scores of tenants, most Ala., of a house Judiciary sub-com-of them women and children, behind ! mlttee, is expected to call up the walls of smoke and flame. I measure within a few days. nounced by the Navy Saturday. K(,sselr,lg to regain lost ground 01 Well known in Clinton Hlgh,he Adl.iallc B.tor, the German Third Army forces won control of entire fortress city of Met this afternoon with the exception of Isolated pockets of sniper fire and minor resistance from one Naxi-held barracks. Front line dispatches said the Yanks marched into Cathedral Square and seized control of the city at 3 p. m. (10 a. m. EWT.) Move on KwisH Border At the same time French First Army forces which raced through the Belfort Gap to the Rhine were expanding their advances to sele positions along the Swiss border where the Swiss press said they had reached within a mile of Basle. . The Yank forces of Lieut. Gen. George S. Patton broke Into the city of Metz from all sides this morning. Pierre J. Huss, International News Service correspondent at the front with the II. S. Third Army, said today in a dispatch from the front lines. Ovin'iin ConiMnnd Enemy Forces ' They overran the combined forces of the Nazi SR. (Elite Guard) troops and the civilian Volksturm manning harriers into the streets. ! French Army In 1 . - Drive on Basle, Key to Alsace BASLE, Switzerland. French First Army forces have raced through Alsace to Neuweiller and Hngeiiheim on the frontier of Switzerland and today are only a mile from Basle, the Swiss press reported. The newspaper Baslcr Nachrich-ten told of the French advance and added that through last night First Army vehicles wpre spen driving toward the Rhine where German civil-tans were ferried hastily across the stream. At the same time the National Zoitung of Basle said French tanks already have reached Mulhouse and that their push toward this town had been confirmed by the French consulate. Meanwhile reports from Porren-truy said the whole- or Belfort with, the exception or two forts now are in the hands or Gen. De Lattre de Tassigny's forces. The remaining two are under heavy artillery flr0 and are being Masted from the air. Alsatian frontier towns now are being manned by French soldiers and jubilant church bells are pealing in all nearby villages. Other Swiss press reports revealed that panic among the Germans is evident in the Alsatian villages along the frontier of Switzerland and that German Hoops have evacuated their posts at thhe rear of the Lieman valley near Basle. German farmers who Bettled In Alsace are fleeing to Baden and leaving their caltle behind. Today the Nazis evacuated the customs house whlrh they maintained on the road leading to Huenin-gen as well as that of Otterbach on the main road from Basle to Frie- burg. Still another report told of a riv er steamer arriving at Hueningen to evacuate Kuzl forces. Morale of the German troops still in Alsace wa reported to be ' sinking very lev Fault' .Yfrin Blamed For Blaze In Basement Faulty wlrine was believed to have bren th cause of the fir : t th Thomnn J. Ti!nr-v residence . 231 South Fourth Street, Saturri. y niiht. The ffr deprovd nearly e" -th'nir in the taement and cnnsiV r-l'e smoi-e dnmace was done to t'e upstairs, it was reported today. the day. No Teara Near Nubbins Christmas for Nubbins was hap py and yet a sad day. There was no laughter from anyone except Nub bins, but there were no tears. Peo- i pie don't cry when Nubbins is a round. The first thing that met the child's eyes when he was awakened by his mother wag the blue Bpruce Christmas tree covered with lights and decorations, and piled high a round the tree were presents from almost every state and from as far away as Mexico City and Montreal Santa Claus stood beside the lit tle lavender crib, his arms loaded with toys. "Slippers" Breaks Tension "Hello, Santa," Nubbins said joy fully, but Santa only swallowed iContlnuen on pag B) CHS Seeks Transportation For Band to Sullivan Clinton High School band members are still without transportation to the Clinton-Sullivan game to be held in Sullivan Thanksgiving Day. M r. Boyd, superintendent of schools, said today that in order to make arrangements, he should be notified by Tuesday evening at the latest if any person should be driving and will have extra room. It was announced today that only about a third of the members have been able to obtain rideB. More than 60 of the tenants were , rescued by firemen who carried them from fiame-llcked windows to safety. One man saved his 22-month-old son by bridging a distance of 16 feet after firemen set a ladder up to his apartment window. Aside from the fact that fires sprang up simultaneously at the front and rear of the building, major evidence pointing to deliberate incendiarism was thhe reported ab- eence of six fire extinguishers from I Vermillion County Nation Open 6th War Loan Today $14 BUHon Goal Set In Nation-Wide Drive; Local County Aim is $506,300 With all divisions of 'the Vermil lion County War Finance fully organized for action, and many workers already engaged in War Bond Bales eflortB, the Sixth War Loan Campaign officially opened today, Mrs. Delia 8. Swlnehart, war finance chairman said today. Offering of special government se curities to large investors Series 2 Vi per cent, 1 Vt per cent, and per cent will extend from Nov. through Dec. 15. 8aie of E. p. n. War Bonds will pvipnrt from Nov. 1. through Dec. Vermillion County has a quota of $506,300, which is $98,000 less than the quota of the Fifth War Loan when the sales for Vermillion Coun-(Contlnueii on page 61 Ohio Phone Strike May Spread Into Adjoining Stales CLEVELAND, Ohio. Union of- Metals in Cleveland indicated today that the strike that has curtailed telephone Her vice in half of phio's exchange centers may spread to otn er slates. The possibility was raised when Ernest Weaver, regional director of the National Federation o f Telephone Operators, arrived hy plane to "assist in any way due to the possibility of its spreading to other cit ies. according to Karl Culp, editor of the Ohio federation's monthly bulletin. Culp declared that the same con dition that caused the original frike In Dayton also exist in Wash- ington. Approximately five thousand em ployes of Ohio Bell Telephone Company were on stj-ike today In 26 of the company's 51 exchange centers, affecting local service In some areas, especially in smaller towns, and necessitating the acceptance of long distance calls only on a priority basis. Long distance service was available to only those with high priorities and In cases of emergency as the Ohio Kederalion of Telephone Workers tightened its strike of approximately 6,000 members in 26 cities. The strike spread yesterday with employes walking nut in Cleveland. Youngstown and Salem. It was anticipated that other workers today would refuse to pass the picket lines established at all Ohio Bell Telephone buildings in the affected places. Union officials in Cleveland claimed that all operators and malnten-andcemen were out "completely" in the slate, while a spokesman for the telephone company admitted 26 of Its opwdiin; c-utws were af- 'fected. their niches on the three floors ofjfcrs somewhat from a measure al (ermaus Counter-Attack T 1, n ....... r. via nniinlnr.nti!irkp(i Germans counter-attacked fiercely to retake Monte Fortinr which had been occupied by Polisl troops operating with the Britisl Eighth Army In the Fori! area. The Poles successfully contalnec other strong Nazi counter-attack' against Vongcrselle. a half mill south of Monte Fortino. ndicative of the furious counter . . . , , Mnri,,iai An,er heavly Bnp)U.d the Korli area. British patrols crossing the Ronn River found the Nazis holding po sltions there "in Btrength". Hit at 1 'if Hi Army The Nazis also launched counter attacks against the Fifth Army com inonder by American I.ieut. Gen Mark W. Clark, but these thrusti generally were on a relatively sinal scale. On the right flank Gen. Clark'i troops smashed a Nazi attempt to 111 filtrate Into the Mount Del Vcm area. South of Bologna on the centra' IConlliiuen on page 5) Funeral Services Held Today For Mrs. Joe Vietti Funeral services were held at 9 a m. today for Mrs. Matilda Vietti whr died at the Vermillion County Hospital Friday afternoon nfter an ex tended illness. Kev. B. C. Shea officiated at tin rites held in the Sacred Heari Church. Burial was made in Rose-lawn Atf-morial Park. Born in Fountain County, Mrs Vietti was s well known Clinton resident, having made her home here for the past 55 yeara. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church. She is survived by her husband. Joseph, proprietor of the Happyland Food Company; four sens, Pete, of Nashville; Claude, servinp in the t. S. Army, now stationed in Auburn. Ala.; and Arthur and Vincert at home; two daughters, Josephine at home and Mrs. Margaret Kirauda of I'prk county; four sisters. Mrs. T. L. McDonald and Mrs. Mary Lester of Clinton; Mrs. A me Wilkinson. Danville, and Mrs. James Baker of Terre Haute; and three brothers. Lewi and Alphonse Didier of Clinton and N'ick Didier of Portland. Oregon. ' The body was taken to the Frist Funeral Home and remained there until la.'t evening. Rosary was re- ciUrd at i :3V p. ui, Sunday. House leaders expected general a-i Ili-farllMUi Kupport Tiie crop Insurance bill reported ly holds the support of both Demo- 'crats and Republicans. It would con tinue the federal crop Insurance program, which congress ordered liquidated laBt year, for 1945 wheat and cotton and authorize experimental crop insurance on other commodities in not to exceed 20 counties to establish basic rates. The Robinson road bill, which the house was expected to approve, dif- (Continued oo page 3) TVelve County Men Are Accepted For Military Duty Twelve of the Vermillion County men who renorted for nre-lnductlon examinations at the Camp Alterbu, reception center last week were ac: cepted for military service. The group included eight from Clinton, one each from Newport, Georgetown, 111., Universal and Per-rysville. The CUnton men accepted for service are Thomas Edward Hall, Donald Arthur Reinerio, Leon William Iear, Robert Lee Herry, Arthur A-Lindsay, Richard Duane Wright and Marion Franklin West. Newport William lTnderwood. Perrysville Benjamin Otto Sweitzer. I'niversal Milan Pilipovich. Georgetown Earl Junior Nay-lor. Former Universal Man SrSfl p. m Tuesday. Nov. 21. at the K unpt s and Son Funeral iiome in Chicago. Fairvicw, Universal War Fund Drive Reports Boost Clinton Township Total School athletic circles, Mazura was prominent in football and was men tloned in all-state teams while he was a senior at the local high school in 1943. He also played on the Junior American Legion baseball team. Mazura was born In Blanford on Oct. 9, 1924, attended the Blanford grade schools and was graduated from Clinton High School In 1943. Following his graduation from high school, he spent the summer on the campus of the University of Illi nois at Urbana, III. entering service In the autumn of 1943. He received training at Great Lakes Naval Training Station and In the East before going on active sea duty. He was home on throe-day leave this summer before reporting for duty In the Pacific area. Three other sons of the Mazura family are In service. Albert, An drew and George. $1 20. Minnie Foltz. Contributions from employees at W. R. O. W.: $10, J. C. Sanquenetli, D. S. Bo-gunovich. $8.55, Frank Clnotto. $8,00, George Sanquenetti, Huber H. Martin. $7.62. Arthur L. Jones. $7.50. Robert L. Reed. $.7 29, Raymond M. Ellis. $7.28. Clay Bamgardner. $7, James Quarello. Jr., Frank S Revesz. Catherine V. B.vbee, Clifton R. Klown. Alva L. Debord. $6.66, Mike Radosevich. $6, H. M. Stewart, John Soltls. W. A. Booth, Joe Davitto, G. E. J. Donley, James P. Garwood. Robert P. Stokes, Virgil L. McDowell, Ivan Austin Curry, John Kairns, Domen Ick Turchi. George M. Dooley, A ro bers M. Brann. Sophia Warick. $5.76. George Pllipovirh. $5. on. Chloral H. Judy. Continue 0a rage ij, the building. I According to at least one gurvivor, they had been in their places a few hours before the fatal blaze Bwept the building last midnight. One of the dead was a woman who was fatally Injured when she plunged from a second story window as flame and smoke cut off all px- The fire first was detected by Harold Tldmarsh, 31, and Krrol Mellon while in (lie former's third floor apartment. Smelling swokc. they both raced for extinguishers two of which normally arc on each floor. Finding none, they returned In the apartment and got Betty, Tid-marsh't wife, out to the street. Then Tldmarsh awakened other tenants and grabbed up his '22-month-old son, Timothy, and sought escape which he finally effected on a ladder stretched to a nearby building. Investigations were being carried on simultaneously by Coronoer A. L. Brodie's office and the police and fire departments. An inquest was jnimmnneri for Inter f n thp Hav statements of survivors, combined Two new PTA dlslrirt reports boosted the Clinton Township War Fund today as the I'niversal and Fairview drives were totalled by Mrs. Margaret Helms, chairman of the drive. The list Includes: I'niversal School Community: $10, Mrs. Helen Krekler. $7, Sorieta Dante Alighlerl. $fi, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Newland. $5. Mr. and Mrs. V'alzah Reeder and Bethlehem V, B. Church. $3. Mrs. Louise Kodrirh. 2 50. I'niversal P. T. A., and St. Joseph Church. $2. Tony Lee Kodrich, Mr. and Mrs. Murl Ellis. Mr. and Mrs. Rob- bert Stokes, Mrs. Minnie Quarello. Mrs. Martha Webster, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Griffith. Mrs. Margaret Lewis, W. S. C. S. of Centenary M. E. Church. und Mrs. John P. Reed. $11.50. Mrs. Peggy Metz. Mrs. Fred Fasg and Mr. and Mrs. Olis, Andrews. 1 with those of firemen and the jani- Succumbs in Chicago tor of the building strongly support-j Joseph Hulcelle, formerly of Tnl-ed the theory that the fire wa ot ; versa 1. died Sunday at 4:20 p. m. In Incendiary origin. Deputy Fire Mar- Chicago after a short illness, slial Michael Cody said. He is survived by the widow. Strongest evidence, he said, war ciemenee. of Ohio, two sons, two the statement of Tid marsh that he daughters and other relatives, could find no extinguishers and tb Funeral sen ices will be held at fact that the blare appeared to hav started at the same lime in the liou aud ru vf fcuUdicfi, 4

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