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December 11, 1944

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THE DAILY CLINTONIAN TTIF. WTATBT.H Light snow today nl tonight. Clo'i'iy Tuesday- Slightly colder to Mailed In Conformity With P. 0. D. Order No 19687 The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Cniratic night. Price Three Cents. CLIXTON, INDIANA, MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1914. Volume 82 Number 240. aw m f3 MSi if If - J1:- '42 in) jB I Key r- la 1" or r River CLINTON CRIDDERS WIN STATE, VALLEY HONORS i 'Work or Fight' Order Relayed To Local Board Teeth Put in New Draft Orjier as Munitions Work Drops Below Schedules; Review 26-37 Files Valley at Stake m New Violent Battle Three Massed U. S. Armies Pound At Reich Border Defenses; Palton's 3rd Slogs Deep Into Saar, Beat Back 10 Counterblows; Duren Under Heavy Fire One of the most savage battles in the history of warfare raged in a network of little-known towns on the plains nrith a ownr nrize at stake the city De Gaulle Back in Paris; Signs Mutual Aid Pact With Reds LONDON, England. Gen. Charles de Gaulle, chief of the French provisional government flew back toward Paris today at the end of an eight-day visit in Moscow in which he signed a Franco-Sovfet treaty of mutual assistance and olefense. Details of the new pact were not revealed immediately i'l the Russian capital but it is believed in London political circles to follow closely along the general lines of the Anglo-Soviet treaty. Wolh for Complete Victory A communique issued in Moscow-said the French and Russian governments "once again have emphasized their determination to continue fighting until complete victory over Germany has been achieved and their will to take all necessary joint measures to protect Europe from fresh aggression." ' The communique added thai the details of the pact would be published separately. Tigf - "inlol of Germany The signing of the treaty was hail-od in London as a "stabiliiing fac-tor for postwar Europe." British ob west oi w;;ugiic wubj of Duren which controls the Valley and sits asmae a line to the banks of the Rhine. The crux of battle for extinction or wazi ijermauj- I . I . r-- , 1 V- '.1' - V;r a - V &w: :v"' . v i ;- . . - - y ,"t . mm.. . imsMinT --'' frmVtV-i- ' 'f' ".aniMi- At ! Iron !?nt!S?i WnJI 1 Blunts Na'i B?ow Jack Oilman Places on State, Valley Teams; WASHINGTON. D. C. Selective Service Director Lewis B. Hershey instructed local draft boards today to carry out the government "work f or fight" ultimatum as the WPB reported that munitions output for October was two per cent below "reduced" schedules. Maj. Gen. Hershey sent a telegram to state directors ordering local boards to begin immediate review of deferments in the 26 through 37 age proups to determine their essentiality to the war effort and aid in the recruitment of manpower for critical programs. The telegrams will be followed by detailed regulations and memoranda to local boards outlining the procedure "they will immediately follow in order that the desired results may be accomplished in the shortest possible time". The regulations are expected to be issued late this week. Under the "work-or-figlit" directive issued by War Mobilization Chief James F. Byrnes, all men in this age group not employed in essential war jobs will be subject to induction and those leaving critically-listed occupations will be reclassified. Inductees will replace men released from the armed forces for work In war plants. The renewed draft policy was seen as another step in the government s determination to meet army demands for some 300.00 workers in critical war programs. It was further heightened by the Wl'B disclosure that not one of the major categories of combat munitions met October 1 schedules although vital programs ?. a whole increased six per cent over September. Production llowa 2 Per rent The WPB report said that October munitions production valued at $5,840,000.01)0 was virtually unchanged from September but dropped two per cent under the revised first of the month schedule. Byrnes' edict for a fine-tooth examination of draft lists to assure extra manpower for revamped war production schedules was also in line with Wl'B, WMC and Army and Navy warnings that the tempo of Allied offensives in Europe and the Pacific was reaching climactic pro-( Continued on page 6t FDR Tosses Lalor Shake-up to Top U. S. Union Groups WASHINGTON, D. C. Prospects for a reorganization of the Labor Department appeared o rest today with the nation s two big labor groups the CIO and AFL. President Roosevelt, it was learned, is ready io replace Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins only if the CIO and AFL can agree upon a candidate for the job. Miss Perkins is equally willing to retire from the post. At present, however, CIO president Philip Murray and AFL president William Green are inactive on the issue and show no signs of getting together despite their frequently voiced demands for a labor department shakeup. Informed quarters reported that President Roosevelt will not take the initiative In a reorganization. Among candidates mentioned as a successor to Secretary Perkins are Dan Tracy, present assistant secretary; Daniel 1. Tobin, AFL Teamsters head: former congressman James McGranery of Philadelphia, now assistant to Attorney General Biddle. and Henry 1. Kaiser, west coast industrialist. The CIO at one time reportedly would have agreed on Tobin. but this situation has changed since Tobin assailed the CIO Political Action Committee and claimed credit for the re-election of Mr. Roosevelt. Moreover, there is no certainly that the various AFL International unions could agree on Tobin. Speculation on the possibility of a Labor Department reorganization, tleing Into it labor agencies now scattered throughout the govern ment, was revived with the approach of Mr. Roosevelt's new term in office. Gov. Thomas E. Dewey, unsuccessful GOP presidential aspirant had promised to appoint a secretary from "the ranks of labor." William Lelserson, former chairman of the National (Railway I Mediation Board, recently demanded formation of a sound national labor policy and reorganization nf the government's labor machinery to avert postwar itrile. j i b. L - water power of the Roer River coucrcic ui6u; v..-. . .... i .hA cin4i of little villages that dot the countryside of Rhenish I russia. some of them modern and roine of them old, and all at the present moment meticulously constructed fortifications in which most of the houses, from cellar to i.'.tic, have been made over Into garrisons of defense. Third Slogs Into Saar Valley Troops of the United States Third Army slogged ahead ever deeper Into the Saar Valley, inching through enemy counter-attacks toward their - 1 l ,. Dnt n181" oojeciive 01 .,.,., !.,,. r Allied at- i"e-, - --;-:'-, U'.ck reslea witn tue r 4t Lieut. Gen. Courtney H. Hodges, v 'lich hacked and Jabbed at the crui . Cerrnan defenses embracing Du- -n on all sides and it waa a matter - I o'irs or days at most before the :v is invested. Carture of Duren may result In ""'deiT-hle acceleration of the Al-d drive toward the Rhine. Its set-- will be the most important ac- IsUion since that of Aachen, for situation is strategically import-it in the extreme and fed obstacles Vo between it and Cologne. A spokesman at the headquarter 'f Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower eon-f'rmed previous International New Service battlefront dispatches which described furious German counterattacks all along the line. Itepel 10 Enemy Allarks In the last 24 hours. 10 separate enemy thrusts against American bridgeheads on the eastern bank of (Continued on page ) French Role In Pacific War To Be Heard in US WASHINGTON. D. C. Prepara-ions were being made in Washing- n loday lo receive a special French nd-lease mission which will also iscuss Hie question of Frances ariicipation In the Pacific War. The mission will bo headed by ean Monnel. former Minisler of upplis. who will Bhortly leave Paris or l-ondon and then proceed to Vashington. Even before his coming. Ameican fficials were frank to say they 'oubted whether France would be .rimmed as a parlicipant in the acific War. No doubt was expressed, however, hot a lend-lease agreement will be norkrd out. At present, France is telling such aid only through an Informal temporary arrangement made efore the invasion. Speaking guardedly. American of ficials in charge of French aiiaire iald that although c.en. cnanes u 'Jaulle desires lo send French forces into the Pacific war. and to ob-ialn lend-leaise materials for that lurpose. it has not been determined hat such assistance will be wel-!omed. Apparently the question Is whetn-r or not Amerlcsn materials should le shared with France for the pur-ose of helping her regain French ndo-China. Plans for the Pacific ar already have been concluded by the combined chiefs of staff without aking French forces into consider-ltinn. In fact, there was some controversy over British participation in the Pacific war. -st the Quebec confer-once last September. American staff offerer' desired less British partici-natlr.n than the British themselves Another obstacle to he faced by the Monnet mission is the extent of aid for Ihe civilian economy of France tl is understood Ihe French I,-,-.. i.rnnnrrd an nmhltiOUS prOgrai.l of civilian rehnb'lltallon running do-p fo ' illlort dollars for t'n iif - l t vo : ears. C.ne American official described i! ns a "terriCc program" and declar d finily it cannot be met because of sliming shortage. French officials, on the oth. r hand etnnhisi-ed the dire need now. folt hv the French people, due lo ' prelortrat'on of the war into winUx, jand the lack of tonnage for trai r-I porting civi'.ian supply. .At Faenza Line CriTcial Battle For Budapest Is In First Round Three Red Columns Move On Citv as Nazis Throw l i V. Available Troops MOSCOW. n.,i. nj.5t Russia. Budapest, iind of ba'tl le t k; i.e P- i i!iy of I! N- .- .- Pu! to dcfTt.1 hiirr!! c. t f: ll i" " ( -.1 Prj,' n--1 WW hi.i.H-M for i-l ' I.-: l 'i rf rr- TV reserves were flown in- ;n the hittlefront in an attempt to Hunt """ thnis's of Soviet tanks iirrirted hv larire numbers of Ped .;r;.r.- i"fr"trymen nrmrd with tommy -t.TlP V- . flvliitr o'Ver rntiiins of Mar- U.il !i 'hurt V. V.I V"0-l-y's forces fli ill i,,iii!!.-!st rf B-drrest (rain-ri'i.ii in teMr f'"' exploratory !-iw.i: tt-e Pratislava gan n-ev- ;;y to V'enna now less than I i !o in!l"S away. One front line renort said the Kus--n' bed broken through the out-ihs of Rndanest whose spires have been In sight of the advancing Sov iets since yesterday. The Soviet newspaper Pravda Interpreted the new Red army advan- i nrln.iu" on wire One Billion Flood Control Measure Back in Congress WASHINGTON', D. C. Sen. c.eorge D. Aiken (K) vi., muay - fied opponents of the St. Lawrence seaway to carry out a threat to de- fPat the whole rivers ana naroors .jmci measure li tne sea., a,.,c,.,.,.... 1B adopted, "There will be no harm done ir iha bill goes over until neit year. . : J..'..ru Aifu Meanwhile, the billion-dollar flood control bill was back before senate and house, after conference agreement that approved projects by which the senate boosted the total from the 810 million dollar house figure to 945 millions. At the same time, a brief conference committee Insertion threatened lo hrina new arguments over the i . Connecticut valley program which a compromise version t o n which a compromise version was dopted on tne senaie noor. The conference committee "clari fied" the section by prov'dlne that the secretary of war stnl! r" one to determine whether the elrht reservoirs on the west river, In l'"u of the previouslv aiitborlrcd Wl-liamsviile dsn. eon be hu:U f .; 'In allotted eleven mi'Mon irtll I The conference rnwnM'te ir'.er- nrelttnn wn tent If t:-e e.i::H : servoirs could not be b;:t!t r en million dollars, the nroeram would revert back to the W'll'ams-ville dam. The conference version of the flood control bill Is expected to be passed by the bouse by Tuesdav. in it must await completion , uui iim I mous consent. servers declared freeiy mat me new treaty will serve to tighten the screws of control on defeated Germany "and help prevent another European war." The new pact also is regarded in authoritative British circles as further evidence of the dominant role (Continue on page St American Columns Seize Ormoc Port, Drive on Enemy Last Major Jap Supply Base Falls to Yanks; 4 Columns Close on Foe GEN. MAC ARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS. Philippines. American forces on Leyte Island smashed forward today In an avowed campaign of destruction highlighted by seizure of the city of Ormoc. the enemy's last remaining port of supply and reinforcement on the strategic island. Capture of Ormoc by the veteran Seventy-Seventh Division not only left the Japanese without a major ennniv hase but also doomed to an nihilation or capture, enemy iorce8j . . . . 4Un Va - in the southern segment ji mashita line. Trhee Column Close in General Douglas MacArtnurs communique, revealing the seizure nr ormoc. said that the southern forces of the enemy, "are being de stroyed with little opportunity lor rrriive retaliation." beset as they are by three columns of American troops. Tim nort of Ormoc. lying on the northern shore of the bay of the same name on western !yie. as ih. runnel ihrniieh which the Japan ese- poured thousands of reinforce ments at terrific cost in manpower to prolong the battle for the island. Itate of New Ojierathms Ormoc had a pre-war population of some 77.000 and is a potential jumping off place for an American thrust into other Japanese strongholds. In one lightning-like stroke, the Seventy-Seventh Division brought the Leyte campaign to a climax af ter making a daring ampnimous landin south of Ormoc last Thurs day while Japanese forces In the area were diverted by pressure from the American Seventh Division pusn-(Conttnued on page 61 Kolen Johnson, 76 Dies Saturday At Home of Daughter Rolen Johnson. 76, of 424 Norlh &inth Rireet. died at 7:15 P. m. Saturday at the home of his daugh ter. Mrs. Frank Campbell, following a few weeks illness. Mr." Johnson was an employe of the C & E I Railroad, a member of the K. of P. Lodge of Perrysville. and a member of the Baptist Church in Fountain Counly. He is survived by one son. Milton Johnson, L S. Army, now stationed In France, five daughters, Mrs. Ed Groves. Baton Rouge, La.; Mrs. Joe Colbert, Gary, Mrs. Bruno Graffa. riinton, Mrs. Frank Cinotto, of route two, and Mrs. Frank Campbell. 18 grandchildren and three ?reat grandchildren. The body was taken to the Frist Funeral Home and will be returned o the residence this evening for funeral services to be held at 2 P-m. Tuesday. Rev. Roy C. I.inberg will officiate nd burial will be In the Walnut Grove Cemetery. I tlorer. British Muster All-Out Offensive On Creek Rebels British Planes, Artillery Sweep Through Athens; Civil War Slackening LONDON, England. British forces started a large-scale sweep through the eastern suburbs of Athens at down today in an all-out attempt to drive the left-wing reui I Elas forces from the slrile-toru capital. Reports from the headquarters of Gen. Ronald Scobie, Hriiish commander in Greece, disclosed tiat th'' heavv firing which prevailed through Sunday in Alliens and ils nhiirhu slackened at dusk and that little shooting was li-ard throughout the night. A torrential r:iin fall is believed to have driven many of the Klas troops to shelter. ArtllliT). Planes in A.doti British artillery and war planes went In'o acliou .uniiuy auaiii! the Klas forces and sniping " report ed throughout Hie capital. Reports thai the Greek air force and parts of lln Greek naiy had deserted to the rebels were rurreii! during the early part of the day but later they received a Hat denial from Adiu. Sir John Cunningham of (Coniluued on page SI fa Services Held Today For L'lysses Sherman Banks, 71 Funeral services for Ulysses slier-man Banks, were held today at l lie Poindeiter Funeral Home in Oilon, Ind. Mr. Banks. 74. of 720 Norlh Main Street, died at 11 p. in- Friday following a few munlh's illness. He is survived by one son. Fred. Clinton; one daughter, Mrs. Helen Cunningham, of Milwaukee, and 12 grandchildren. The body was taken to Hi" Poir,-dexter Funeral Home in Odon. Ind.. yesterday where funeral services were held today at 1 p. ni. Burial was in the Walnut Hill Cemetery at Odon. Gesserling Hurls Crack Troops in Vain Attack At Lamone Bridgehead ROME, Italy. German forces smashed against an iron wall of British Eighth Army forces ' along the Lamone river today and fell hack denleled in the wake of a bit- ir and hloodv counter - attack ! against the Tommies' bridgehead southwest of Faenza. The Nazis attacked in force. They employed crack -roops. Kevselring Kendai ill Panzers L-iDM Marnhnl Albert Kesselring r i.-i.. - - ' hurled his vaunted mnii I'anrer in- .vision into the struggle. It nan oeen held in rtserve. and was ordered in - t to action only when ihe Germans launcnen a (o-ni"in.:--j I. . I nD,,ll In w iu mil l ie iir nsn unufiunu (Continued on Page 6) in Wake of Wind, Midwest Blanketed sirs. auku: i,i nrauiuiu, o. College Corner, was injured fatally .i. hit. in which she when Ihe auloiuobile In which she' s riding skidded on a snowy high- lay and overturned near Conners ville. Her hushjnd, Russell Bradford. 4 3. and their two children. Patricia. 11. and Thomas, 8, were Injured In the crash also. I .! In Collision Harry R. Flag. 53. of Indianap olis, was killed when his car collided wiih nnoiher driven by Charles Snoonmore. 26. of Gaston, on Ind hpoonmore, in. 01 ndsiun. "u m. 67 southwest of Muncie. Police said Hint Snooninore's car apparently skidded on ico and swerved In front of Hie Flasg car. Four oilier persons were injured in the collision. The biggest snowstorm of the sea , 1 , , j I 5 Wildcats Honored Numbered among the state an valley honor teams for the 1944 fool hall season are five Clinton High ; School players. Jack Gilman. Don j Reinerio. Dick Glover, Tony Enriet-i ta. Bevie Povlin and Don Graham who won places on Heze Clark's All-State selections and on Bob Nesblt's Wabash Valley teams. Jack Gilnian. slar player of Ihe -ii.,i.n i.n who has been ur.offi- nrii u-;tl kti tiercent of ii.n Vickies made during Clinton's season, won recognition on nolli ol the first learns. Giiinan, chunky 1S0-nnunder. placed as fullback on Clark's first siring and as left guard oil Hie valley leaiu. i;ilni!Ui a Jiiiii-M- The wide divergences of the two positions demonstrates Gilman s re- , ,rk:.iie versaiiliiv on the gridiron, He -na ahl, In eu-ileli trom me line lo the barkfiel.l r,-... ,.f v.ttoi. in iiiw ICoutinuea on Page i) Four Hoosiers Dead Snow Storm; Entire INIH WAI'OLIS Ind. At least four Indiana persons were dead and "... j inaiiv others injiireil loilay as inc result of eleniays snow slonn. mined wiih rain in some sections, which left Hooslir roads still in a d.iiigerous rondiiion for driving today. Twi'lve-viar-nld Karl Baker, of near Indianapolis. crushed to dealli when lie was Ihrown from a skidding cur as il struck a tree. The driver of the car. Denver Keeney. 10. was turned over to juvenile authorities on Ihe charge of driving on a beginner's permit wilhout a licensed driver as a passenger. Sohlier'n Wife Killed Mrs. Annabel Smilli. 25-year-old mother of two children, was killed yesterday when her automobile overturned on U. S. .10 near Aurora. Mrs. Smith, whose husband Is in France, was a resident of Rising Sun. son left most of tne miawesi unaer a(iue uoic, --- blanket of white today, with depths of action on the rivers and harbors , , i.t. ..Ill ..ln I. Is lalian II n hv linAnl- the senate, ransing up to 11 incnes ana wuu iCuntlnaea on page Jj . 9

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