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ir Tim n ATT ir OT TVrnPf"TTT A M Indian BUU ,JEB Library 0B ialr tonight Newpaper ".... night; low-Archlvei PlTlilon JndUnapolU, Iu4. Mailed In Conformity With P. O. D. Order No. 19687 The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Countiei Price Three Cents. CLINTON, INDIANA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1944. . Volume 32 Number 234. n rnn7 rfh A fo)MW IU1 nl ULAJ U Vil f) I1F SMujl AS HOW THIRD ARMY THREATENS SAAR Pattern's Troops on Eight-Mite Stretch of Barrier to Saarland; 9th Army Stands at Roer Line Duisburg Ablaze in Massed Night Air Attack; U.S. Hits Leipzig Area LONDON England. Vast fires burned today In the German city of Duisburg. world's greatest Inland port and main center of communications Cold Wave Grips U.S. East of Rockies; Near Zero Temperatures Hit The country's first general cold wavo of the season blanketed the entire United Hlntes east of the Rocky Mountains todny, with Biib-jero weather III some localities and freezing temperatures extending louth to near the gulf coast. Among the colder Bpots today were Atlantic, la. with 0 degrees below zero; Jamestown, N. D., also 6 below; Ht. Clutid, Minn. -4, Blonx Falls, S. D., and Lincoln, Neb., both -1, and Bismarck, N. D., 1 above. Wllllston, N. 1)., where the mercury dropped to 10 below yesterday, had above zero weather today. In northern Florida, temperatures were In the 30's and In Alabama and Mississippi yesterday the population enjoyed the rare spectacle of a snowfall which ranged from fairly heavy to mere flurries. Snow slorms approaching blizzard proportions hit the northern New England stales. In Michigan's upper peninsula snow lay from 6 to 6 Inches deep and there also were (Continued on pago 8) iMTun Mitel LUXEMBOURG y0fXA V I 0 f' I it?) I THioviiiU?jj gJ GERMANY 'fr jSAAHlAUlERN g fir XSaarbrucken fu. I. THIRD L3T y l'--,. ARMY ' v f f J UNION VtSjFRANCE - J Eg ) f v& ' .Strasbourg at the western end of the Ruhr, as a result of a concentraten mgni aiiaca hy heavyweight Royal Air Force bombers wnicn went ui u.i m. 8rThoBA!rnM!nl8try announced that reconnaissance pilots reported that the city was aglow with very large fires which could be seen for aome Merzig, Bastion j Of Nazi Line, ' Under US Fire Third Army Strike For Saar River Town in Lunge . For Valley; Ninth Army Holds Line Before Cologn PRI3, France. Troops of the United States Third Army under Lieut. Con. George S, Patton smashed through to the banks of the Saar rived on an eight-mile front today, threatening to unhinge the earliest and strongest defenses of the Siegfried Line. The Third Army's drive which duplicated that of the U, 8. Ninth Army In reaching the banks of ths Roer river west of Colonge plac Seventh Jap Convoy Trapped By US Forces 5,000 Enemy Troops Die Ah Airmen Sink G Ships Of Leyte-Bound Convoy ; Land Forces Hold Pressure GEN. MAC ARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS, Philippines. Lobs of another 5,000 Japanese with the Inking of a convoy of six ships designed to reinforce the beleaguered enemy garrison on Leyte Island was revealed In Clennral DouglnB MacAr-thnr's communique today. The convoy was the seventh to be Biuashed by alert American ail-forces sealing off enemy attempts to supply and reinforce the Leyte Japs and was the second to be sent to the bottom this week, masted bi ViMiyaii Hea It consisted of a 9,(100 ton troop transport, three small frelghter-tranBports, a 6,000 ton freighter and a destroyer and was blasted In I he Visayan Sea by Leyte-based War-hawk and Thunderbolt fighter-bombers Wednesday and Thursday. The heavy troop transport and the three small freighter-transports were definitely sunk, Oen. MacArthur disclosed, and the 5,000 ton freighter and the destroyer left In flames. None of the ships had an opportunity to unload at the convoy's presumed destination the port of Ormoc on Leyte's western shore. Jap Hull Sunk The communique also disclosed the sinking of a Japanese submarine near Ormoc harbor. The enemy submersible was sunk after a dramatic battle with the American destroyer squadron which blasted enemy installations in the Ormoc area Nov. 27. The destroyers caught the Bub on the surface and were preparing to ram her when she suddenly exploded and sank beneath the waves. .JtmuiKNl for Maat-lfcight The seventh enemy convoy was bombed from mast-height by airmen of the Fifth Air Force who on Tuesday and Wednesday smashed thirteen other Leyte-bound vessels la-I Continued on page 3) distance, Targets in the port of Hamnurg also wero hit while the main weight of bombs was hurled down on Duis burg, at the confluence of the Ruhr and Rhine Rivers. NiKht fighters and Intruder planes of tho bomber command at the same time attacked Nazi airfields and de stroyed at least two German cratt In aky combat. Follow V. H. Day Itlowa The night al tacks followed daylight bombardments by American and British craft which constituted the most concentrated attack of the war and set fire to seven German oil plants and battered Nazi communications behind the battle lines. !5 Itonibers Mlssln United States Air Force headquarters disclosed that 111 attacks by American heavy bomber and fighters on the oil plantB, all In the Leip-.. Ra hnmhnrs were missing h iriffhtora failed to return to ! BATTERING STEADILY deeper Into the Reich, the U. S. Third Army Increases the threat to the large Industrial city of Saarbrucken. Other objectives of Third Army troops, fighting Inside Germany along a front approximately 26 miles wide, are Merzig in the Saar region, Sarrcguemines, right at the Reich border, and Sarre Union and Saarewerden. Farther south, U. S. Seventh Army troops close in around the Vosges mountains, with Nazis fighting rear-guard battles to enable the main body of troops to retreat across the Rhine to the temporary security of the West Wall. (International) House Probe of Littell Ouster Is Sought; Jackson Hinted for Post I A base. It was believed, however tfiat sov which lies athwart vital Nazi the majority of the missing fighters supply routes through the Carpath-landed In friendly territory. . lans into Polnnd. A communique said that the bomb- Wldem Red Front era had encountered no aerial oppo-' Southwest of Budapest the Sovl-sltion but that ground defenses over et third Ukrainian army widened the oil targets had sent up Intensive its offensive front to more than 100 Soviet Steamroller Nears Austria In Vast Circling Drive Two Vital Hungarian Kail Cities Fall, Miskolc Is Surrounded in Advance MOSCOW, RusBia. Soviet arm-1 les In Hungary steam-rollered near-1 mg mov me'; " , o ht i h- west of Budapest which engulfed VvuL rail cu.es of Eger arid Nad, of M:U" Still other Russian columns blast- ing their way through eastern Czechoslovakia reached the Ondava river at points only 80 miles east of Pre miles with a pusn normeasi ami south of the capture city or Pecs and engulfed the highway Junction of Slklos nlong with 50 other towns and villages. Eger and fizikszo, the latter nine miles north of Miskolc, were seized by the second Ukrainian army afte a bitter encounter which coBt th' Nazis more than 700 dead and 85( captured. The Russian advance in easier! Czechoslovakia westward from lib erated Humenne also met with stub born opposition as the Germanr brought up armor and Infantry reinforcements. The Red army forcei beat back the Wehrmncht's counter thriiBt which Moscow said resulted I in the slaying of more than 400 Na zls and the capture of 130 more. Seize War Materials Large quantities of war materlalr also were seized as the German: made desperate but utile attempt! to stop the Russian advance towarC their vital supply route Into Polam' which is dominated by the threat ened communications hub of Presov Russian forces fighting alongside Marshal Tilo's Partisans also scored a major victory in Vugoslavir (Continued on page 4) w . Foothall Banquet To Honor GILS. Gridders Soon Members of the successful 1944 Clinton high school football tean will be honored at a hanauet to br held In the near future, It was de cided at the regular weekly meetlnr of the Clinton Exchange Club yesterday. The group also voted to tnviU the co-operation of the Clinton Lions' Club in sponsoring the event Raymond Gllfoy was named chairman of the Exchange Club committee, asslster by George L. Carey anf Supt. E. C. Boyd. A prominent speaker from a nearby university will bt Invited. All of the 30 members of the squad and -the coaches will b( guests at the dinner. New Goshen Store Owner Succumbs Early Friday James Franklin Minnlck, 86, of New Goshen, died at bis home at 1:30 a. m. today following a Bhort Illness. He was a life-time resident of New Goshen and had operated a store In that community for the past 50 years. He is survived by the widow, Net tie Minnick, one son, Leo, and one brother. Charles W. Minnick, all of New Goshen. The body was taken to the Frist Funeral Home and will he returned to the residence at New Coshen Sat- urday. 1 barrages. V-a Attacks Continue Fighter planes, however, encountered a small number of Nazi planes In the Leipzig area and shot down four of them. The Air Ministry disclosed meanwhile that more attacks had been carried out on V-two rocket launching sites in Nazi-held portions of the Netherlands yesterday. V-Mail War Bond For Overseas Aid Sixth War Loan Indiana banks have received V-mail war bond gift blanks for dis tribution to families desiring to give bonds to their sons in overseas service, Mrs. Delia S. Swlnehart, county war finance chairman, said today. She explained that since actual bonds cannot be sent the V-mail blanks will make It possible to add gift bonds to war bond collections of relatives In combat or overseas service. Christmas ribbons and holly and a facsimile of the war bond itself decorate the V-mall blanks. At the same time. Miss Norma Raster, chairman district leader of the Victory Volunteers In the Crompton Hill region, announced that her canvass had been completed with a total Bale of $300. Mrs. Ralph Carrel and Mrs. Bruno Bona-corsl were Miss Raster's assistants. Many bond orders were taken in the Crompton Hill School as the school was working to purchase a piece of military equipment, it was said. Freeze on Social Security Tax Is OK'd by Committee House Passage Pressed Monday on Bill to Hold One Percent Payroll Tax WASHINGTON, D. C. Moving with unusual alacrity, the house ways and means committee approved a bill "freezing" the social security payroll tax for 1945 at the present one per cent and announced It may press for house passage Monday. Rep. Robert L. Doughton (D) N. C, committee chairman, said he would appear before the house rules committee later Monday to obtain its assent to calling up the measure next week. ItelaliiK Tax Ijevcl Doughton said the "freezing" measure, which he Introduced, does not change Die social security law, other than to retain the present tax for the fourth successive year. Meanwhile, in an effort to avoid a possible pocket veto of the measure by President Roosevelt, house minority Joseph W. Martin, Jr., (R) Mass., disclosed that the Republicans were pressing for a recess instead of an adjournment sine die when the legislative program Is com- I pleted. , Plan i:ai Ij Adjournment , .Congressional leaders have been planning an adjourning sine die a-i round Dec. 10 or 15. Should con gress adjourn, however, before the President acts on the social security measure, no action could be taken to override a veto. The 78th congress automatically expireB at noon, Jan. 3, unless it adjourns sine die at an earlier date. The belief on Capitol Hill is that I both houses will approve the bill being introduced by Rep. Doughton I (D) N. C., on behalf of the ways j and meanB committee of which he is chairman, and that the President I will veto it. The, ways and means committee directed Doughton to introduce a measure which would retain the tax at its present level of one per cent on employers and employes alike (Continued on page 31 'Dorsey Hit First', Hall Says in Relating Story Of Balcony Battle' , LOS ANGELES, Cal. Movie star Jon Hail insisted before a superior court Jury today that he had been struck first by Tommy Dorsey in the "battle of the balcony" which placed the bandleader and two others on trial on felonious assault charges. "If I'd have hit Dorsey first, there wouldn't have been any fight," declared the six-foot 200-pound actor. Hall made the declaration under cross examination by Isaac Pacht. attorney for Dorsey, who is accused with his wife, Pat Dane, and a neighbor, Allen Smiley, of punimel-ing Hall. Pacht, who said he might require two days for cross-examination, questioned Hall concerning his admission he had placed his arm a-round Mrs. Dorsey when he returned to the apartment to help another guest find a misplaced purse. Giesler contended that Hall, who admitted the fight was precipitated when he slipped his arm about Mrs. Dorsey's enviably trim waist and the bandleader yelled "What are you doing with my woman," told the (Continued on page T) ed the Americans In firm possession from a point north of Merzig to 0- ETTU : i Oen. Patton-trlke - - Saar ""' ru-"...- that right bank tnouiary or u mo- selle, flowing through the rich eoa; fields of the Haar valley; "tonttols an area of Immense Industrial and strategic Importance t -Nazi Oer-raany. ' -' The towns of Saarguemlnes, Batr- , hrucken, St. Johann, Baarlouii and : Suai bourg stand on the river, and one report said the Americans already had taken possession of tbs first-named. The present trend of vents holds out high promise that Patton will penetrate, If not cop-quer, the Saarland before elthef American army operating to t north can reach the Rhine. t (Continued on Page ii Senate Committee Orders Wide Probe Of Indiana Ballot WASHINGTON, D. C, The senate campaign funds committee, aot-ing upon Democratic complaints, today ordered a sweeping Investigation of the recent election In Indiana. A sub-commltte composed of Sens. Tom Stewart (D) Tenn., and Joseph Ball (R) Minn., was appointed to conduct the inquiry. The inquiry will extend beyond Marlon county, the chief source of complaints, and will Include the request of Sen -Elect Homer Capehart for an inquiry Into his campaign expenditures. The committee Bald It will Inquire into matters in New Vdrk and the state of Washington, but Oreen de- dined to reveal the nature of the inquiry. The Indiana inquiry, Green said. Is based chiefly upon the opinion of the attorney-general that voters, whose names had been purged from registration lists, were required to get a certificate of error from the county clerk. "Undoubtedly thousands of men and women were deprived of their vote by action of authorities," said Green. "Whether the autorltles were) Justified Is partly a matter of law and partly a matter of fact. Whether it was the result of a conspiracy Is another matter." Green said the inquiry "extends beyond Marlon county," but he declined to name the other counties Involved. He said It was undertaken on complaints of Fred Bays, tho Marion county Democratic chairman, and others, whose names he would not give. The inquiry into Senator-Elect Capehart's expenditures, which wero reported as 124,195, was made -at his request. South Grade School Wins Flag for Bond Sales , Special effort in the purcuaso of war stamps and bonds by students and teachers of the South School in Clinton was rewarded this month by the right to fly the "Bchools-t-War" flag a privilege won wheo 171 out of 178 students of the school made regular purchases of stamps and bonds, Loren T. Reed, principal of South the montu. WASHINGTON, D. C. Itep. Jerry Voorhis (I)) Calif., pressed today for a House Judiciary Committee investigation of tlie quarrel between Attorney General Francis Biddle and Norman M. Littell, "fired" hy President Roosevelt as an Assistant Attorney General. A canvass of sentiment convinced VoorhlB that his prospects for a HouBe inquiry are good. Meantime, soma members of the Senate Judiciary Committee also considered seeking an investigation. 111. Idle May He Forced Out Despite the fact that Mr. Roosevelt heeded Blddle'B demand for removal of Littell, political observers believed that Hiddle himself will be forced out of the cabinet. The President ousted Littell for "insubordination". Mr. Roosevelt was reported to have been displeased with many actions of Riddle, Including handling of the Sterling Products case, the much-criticized sedition trial, and his action in summoning soldiers to seize Montgomery Ward and Company. Continue 1ltlell Battle Some Important New DealerB, friendly to Littell, were expected to carry on his battle against Biddle, though in a quiet way. Llttell'B charges that Tommy "the Cork" (Continued on wage s) Christmas Seal Sale Progressing In County, City Early reportB on the Christmas Seal sale conducted by the Vermillion County Tuberculosis Association shows over 1179 in returns from local residents, Mrs. Freida B. Wilson, township director, said today. Bonds have been sent out and these bonds are an Investment in the health of the country, Mrs. Wilson state, "an investment that pays quick and sure dividends." The sale of Christmas Sials gives an opportunity to every persons, regardless of Income, to make an almost automatic donation to the work of tuberculosis control. Donations to the drive of over $1.00 will be printed In the Daily Clintonian, however, smaller donations cannot be printed because of war time difficulties. The list of first donations follows. Forty-eight dollars In $1 contributions were also received. $12, Max Rosenblatt: $10, Citizens State Bank; $7, C. M. Poor. $5, Faith Shannon, Baker's Ready to-Wear, Marion Brown Sr., Mary V. Antonlni, ft. H. Stevenson, John Guerrl, Powell Pharmacy, Os-mon's. $2. Tony Ave, John Bentley, Robert Barbee, John Bertotti, Margaret Blower, Wm. F. Buckner, Floyd F Carlson, Claude Carlyle. Merle Car-lin, Mrs. James Colombo. Vito Da-gostino, Mrs. Matilda Gisoie. Pete Giacotetto, Domenlc Carino, Guy R. Harrison, S. O. Harlan, B. C. Huffman, Charles Lowden. John Moore, Lee Martin. Plato Mills. Dow Mitch ell, Wm. Pierce. Bessie Runyan, Har- i ry Sizemore. Angelo Tasso. J. C. Ta-ber, Standard Materials, Mrs. Marie Watson, Dr. L. O. Wheeler. Heavy Battle On For Control Of Gothic Line Posts Desperate German Thrusts Strike Hard at Allied Lines; Airmen in Action ROME, Ilaly. Heavy fighting raged today on the center of the Italian front as the Germans made savage uttempls to reestablish their Gothic Line positions south of Bologna which were seized a month ago by the U, g. Fifth Army. Bitter clashes occurred in the area south of Mount Castellaro and east of Mount Belmonte where the Fifth Army halted the desperate thrust of the Nazis which regained (Continued on Page 3) Mrs. Eliza A. Cook, Former Clinton Resident, Dies Mrs. Eliza Ann Cook, 83, a former Clinton resident and the widow of the late Charles T. Cook, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Mamie Royce, of Parke County at 3:30 a. in. today. Mrs. Cook had been ill for about three weeks. She was the daughter of Charles and Llnna Dalley, and had been a resident of Duiley Chap el, Parke County, until several years ago when she and her husband moved to Clinton. Following the death of her husband, in July of 1944, she returned to Parke County where she lived with Mrs. Royce. She was a member of the Fair- view Church of Christ. She is survived by one son, Charles A. Cook, of Terre Haute, two daughters, Mrs. Llnna Davis, of Hebron. Ind. and Mrs. Royce, 12 grand children and six great-grandchildren Charles F. Birch S 1c lias arrived safely in the Hawaiian Islands according to word received by his wife, Mrs. Deiena Birch of 430 South Eighth street. 8 1c Birch entered the Navy on May 30 of this year and took his basic training at Ft. Pierce, Fla. and Shoemaker, Calif, before going overseas. I'.S.A. Mrs. John Picco has received word that her brother, Cpl. Dom Vignocchl is now stationed in England. I'.S... Carl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Fulk and husband of Ruth Fulk has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. His address Is Sgt. Carl E. Fulk, ASN, 358334557, Co. M. 85th Mt. Inf. Camp 8wift, Tex. -U.S.A. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Markello of West Falrview have received word from their son, Jackie L. Carty, that NEWS OF The Clintonian or friend this column. Seven Killed, 16 Injured in TWA Crash at Burbank VAN NUYS, Calif. Seven persons were killed and 16 were injured when a Transcontinental & Western Airlines passenger plane, with 23 aboard, crashed near Van NuyS early today while coming in for a landing at Burbank. The dead were: Capt. J. P. Knowden of Burbank. pilot, and First Orficer T. L. Bamberger of Alameda, C'al., co-pilot. Walter W. Cooper, city manager of San Diego, Cal. Lieut. John V. Frankenthal, USN Reserve. Conrad Brlnkman, 21, of Wilmington, Mo. Billy Jack Howard, C. S. Navy, of Joplin, Mo. Harold Muller, representative of the American Paper Stock Co., or Indianapolis. The aircraft was badly smashed when It nosed into a field. Investigators said the ground was soft from recent rains, and this may have accounted for the fact that 16 of the passengers escaped death. Seven of the survivors were Navy personnel and nine were civilians. Among the injured was Mayor Hartley Knox of San Diego. Others injured Included Gerald Smith, 20, I!. 8. Navy, cuts and bruises; Navy fire controlnian third class John Honey, of Indianapolis, cuts and bruises. Lueien Torrebrood, U. K. Navy, possible fracture of the skull and In critical condition. Navy quartermaster first class John A. Reggie, 25, cuts and bruises. Also injured were Donna Marr of Burbank, plane hostess, fractured legs, cuts and abrasions, and Navy machinist 2nd class Antonio Secnl. on Christmas leave. The huge plane, en route from San Francisco, was approaching landing at the Lockheed Air Temina' when It crashed. Officials at tin field said they had been in radii communication with the ship lest than two minutes before the crash The plane did not catch fire as ii tore through high tension powei lines in the vicinity, disruptlnr light and power service in the area TWA officials could offer no explanation of the accident. They salr the plane left San Francisco with the three crew members and 20 pas sengers aboard at 1 a. m., and wa apparently making a normal landin? t S a. m. Continued on page 4) LOCAL MEN IN SERVICE welcomes any news of relatives in the armed services for PHONE 32 he has arrived safely In England. He entered service In April of this year. He is in the Army Signal Corps. Mr. and Mrs. Markello have three more) sons in service. U.R.A. AC Allen D. Crane, son of Mrs. Esther Crane of route three, Clinton, has successfully completed his primary phase of flying training at Albany, C,a. and Is being transferred to another station to receive his basic training. U.S.A. P. M. 1c Charles Sizemore is now aboard an LST In the Mediterranean. Sgt. Howard Sizemore Is now with the Ninth Air Force in France. H.S.A. F 1e William Pulllam, husband of Mrs. Charlyn Pulllam of South Seventh Street, is stationed aboard a U. S. Navy repair ship In the South-iContlnuea on Page I) Last rites will be held at the New School made the announcement to-Goshen United Brethren Church day, and said that 9( and seven Sunday at 2 p. m. with burial in tenths of the pupils enrolled In tho the Shepherd Cemetery at Shepards-! school made purchases throughout villa,

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