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THE DAILY CLINTONIAN The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Countief Mailed In Conformity With P. 0. D. Order No 19687 THE WEATHER Cloudy today and fair tonight and Wednesday. Colder today and tonight Willi lowest about 10 degrees above. Volume 32 Number 241. CLINTON, INDIANA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1944. Price Three Cents. wirw 15 j fo) mmrM 0) nfpifp 5mi YANK GENERAL BECOMES PRIVATE Soviets Battle Germans Inside Hodges First Army Crashes to Banks of Roer to Pace Massed American Advance into Reich x 4. Stettinius, 5 Appointees At Senate Hearing Open Hearing Held on New State Department Set-Up ; Grew, M'Leish Questioned By Senators' Committee WASHINGTON, D. C. Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius and his "team" of five newly-nominated assistants went to bat in self-defense Japs Speed Civilian Evacuation Of Tokyo as Fear of B-29 Raids Mounts A sudden speed-up in (he evacuation of Tokyo, originally ordered last summer in fear of American bombing attacks, was reported by Or- r r v J (Hi man propaganda agencies today. While Japanese broadcasts themselves reported four new "incursions' by B-29 SuperfortreBses ever the capital in the course of which incendiary bombs were dropped "in two or three places," llerlin raid that Tokyo's municipal authorities had ordered immediate evacuation of Borne 20,000 IN A BARRACKS ROOM AT METZ Major General Iroy Irwin ot Wash-ijifiton. D C, commantler ol the U. S. 5th Infantry Division, stands (foreground) at stiff attention with his ellow squad-members of the French Army's 30lb Battalion, Chasseurs de Pied ("Blue Devils"). Elected an honoimy member of the ''Devils" because of his part In the liberation of Melz. Gen. Irwin will henceforth be "on leave" from the outfit and a bunk reserved for him from now on. (International) Yanks Annihilate Japs Holding Out In Leyte Garrisons South Yamashita Line Is Trapped Between 2 Yank Columns; Air War Rages GEN. MACARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS, Philippines. Veteran Dousliboya of the fighting 77th Division were pressing forward today in the battle of annihilation against Japanese in the Ormoe area on western Leyte. Gen. Douglas MaeArthur announ New Draft Orders 'Freeze' Workers; Hoosiers Warned Stick to War Jobs INDIANAPOLIS, Jud. Occupationaily-deferred Hoosiers were warned by (lie Indiana Selective Service Director, today to stick to their war jobs or face reclassification for immediate induction into the armed forces. Col. Robinson Hitchcock, the director, said that reclassification will be automatic unless workers leaving such employment first receive a de-terminaliou from their local boards that their leatng is in the best interest ol" the war effort. He was relaying instructions received from Hen. Lewis II. ilershey, director of the , : civilians. Oi!t Itv Nightfall This number, email when compared to Tokyo's population of nearly 7,000,000, must be out of the city by nightfall, the Germans said. They consist of aged and sick persons, children and pregnant women. According to broadcasts recorded at the time by the Federal Communications Commission, the Japanese began the evacuation of Tokyo last July before the current Superfortress raids developed, and tore down some crowded sections of the city to create "firebreaks" as a precautionary measure. Prepare llaid Defenses Tokyo also told of extensive air raid defense preparations, with es tablish merit of emergency rescue and fire-fighting Gonads, equipment of the general public with pumps, hos es, buckets ana sand, ana enipna- sized that persons lacking urgent business in the capital or not en gaged in defense work would be dis patched to the countryside. Coincident with the speedly evac uation of 20.000 persons, Berlin reported a serieB of drastic new measures by Tokyo municipal authorities to cope with the rfsing tempo of American aerial attack. . . Heavy Work Restrictions Workers in armament factories, transportation systems, newspapers and other essential industries were forbidden to leave their posts with-ou t speci f ic permission . and heavy (Continued on Page 5) tm School, Military Problems Aired At Educator Meet High school credits will be award - 1 Mile of Duren, ' Key to Cologne 1st Army Crashes Near Plains City, 29 Miles From Cologne; 7th, 3rd In Large-Scale Advances American troops Bprang Into violent action on all their fighting fronts in Europe today, boring deep into the solid crust of German fortifications In the Saar valley and the plains of Cologne. The United States First, Ninth, Third and Seventh armies all crashed forward, defying snow, sleet and muddy terrain to score important new advances. 12,0O0-Vartl Uain Lieut. Gen. Courtney H. Hodges First Army led the van. Under cover of a smoke screen, infantry and armored units broke loose to pile up a 2,000 yard gain which carried 'hem to within a mite of Duren and brought the Roer river under rifle, van go. The push was carried out in the race pf stubborn resistance and fol lowed an earlier thrust to the Roer northeast of Brandenberg. Gen. Hodges obviously was bringing his troops into position for an encircling movement against Duren, a town of more than 40,000 population which remains the chief obstacle on the road to Cologne. Tanks Aid Infantry ;i Infantrymen supported by tanks slogged their way over deep mud and through a blanket of sleet and (Continued on Page 2) Vermillion County May Fall Short On E Bond Purchases Redoubled efforts to top the Individual bond sales quota for Vermillion County were urged today by Mrs. Delia S. Swfnehart following reeefpt of a telegram from Eugene ('. Pulliam, Indiana bond Bales chairman. Although Indiana corporations have exceeded their quota, sales to individuals are (46,000,00 short, Mr. Pulliam said, warning that Indiana faces the possibility of falling below the sales quota. The state had passed the two hun-t dred million dollar mark in the Sixth War Loan Drive today as Hoosiers boosted the state more than $11,000,000 nearer its goal in Monday war bond purchases, Pulliam announced. However, he pointed out that nearly $39,000,000 remains to be loaned for the Btale to reach Its $239,000,000 quota by the time the drive ends Saturday. "This drive will not be over for any Hoosier until he has answered his own conscience in investment of fight-to-the-finlsh dollars," Pulliam Baid. The final week of Vermillion County's Sixth War Loan findi the E-bonds sales lagging, Mrs. Swine- hart said today, adding that all persons Intending to buy the individual bonds must do bo this week to count toward the quota. The drive ends Dec. 16. All payroll deductions and sale of F and G bonds through Dec. $1 count toward the quota, Mrs, Swlne-uurt added. C. M. St. Paul and Pacific Railroad allotment of $44,000, Standard Oil Company and G. C. Murphy Com-j pany $2,000 each helped to booat the quota to $506,300, she said. Other allocations: C. E. & I. Railroad. $25,000; Nickel Pate R. R.. $20,000; B. & O. R. R., $15,00; Federal Land Bank, Louisville, Ky., $2,000. Yanks Within Budapest Gates Hand-to Hand Fighting In City as Tanks, Artillery Blast Way Into Capital; Drive in From 3 Sides MOSCOW, Russia. Savane liand-to-hand fightiiiK between Russians and Germans raped today In the oulskirls of Budapest where front line dispatches announced that So-( vlet tanks and artillery had blasted their way into the city despite desperate resistance by the Wehrmaclit. (The German DNB agency admitted that Soviet shells are falling In ! city districts of Budapest. (The Nazi Transocean agency, according to the FCC, said metropoll-. tan Budapest had been under Kus- sian artillery bombardment for 30 hours.) I Reports from the front revealed I that the seasoned veterans of Mar shal Rodion Y. Mallnovsky's second I'krainian army were advancing into the capital house by house and street by street. Earlier dispatches from the front presaged the break-through into the outskirts of the Hungarian capital when reports told of a Red army advance on Uj-I'est, only two miles north of the .city. i Continued on pace 6) . Strengthened Elas Forces Seize Hall, Streets in Athens Reinforced Left Wingers Carve New Gains in Civil War; Planes Strafe Area ATHENS, Greece. Heavily re. inforced, Greek left wing militiamen I today reoccupied the Athens city hall and adjacent streets after hav ing been ejected during the night by British armed forces. ' Violence continued in widespread areas of Athens and the situation throughout Greece was officially described as "uneasy," British forces under Lieut. Gen. Ronald M. Scobie have been reinforced, but the Elas militiamen continue to grow in numbers and there is no sign of any slackening of their resistance. Field Marshal Sir-Harold R. L. G. Alexander, Allied commander-in-chief in the Mideterranean, paid a personal visit to Athens and conferred with Gen. Scobie on measures to be taken in the emergency. Large additional British reinforcc-i ments are expected shortly. The British are making new tactical dispositions with a view to establishing a perimeter north of the British-held center of the town and the cleared area of the eastern sub-! urbs. British base installations are (Continued on Page 6) Accident Injuries Prove Fatal To Lyford Resident Mrs. Mattie Manklns, 66, of Ly ford, died at the Vermillion County Hospital at 4:45 p. m. Monday as the result of injuries ustained in an automobile accident of Oct. 31. The accident In which Mrs. Man' kins was fatally hurt occured between Clinton and Lyford. She bub tained lacerations about the face and a fractured right knee, and was taken immediately to the Vermillion County Hospital where she remained until her death yesterday. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Kate Wilkinson; three half sisters, Mrs. Bertha Smith. Clinton; Mrs. Ida Burbeck, Lyford; and Mrs. Mary Simpson, Gary; five half brothers IT Innno Vnrt ti Torro U-iiitu- James Jones, Lyford; Edward Jones. Lyford. Harry Jones, Rockville; and Charles Jones, North Terre Haute; a step mother, Mrs. Ida Jones of .Lyford, and five grandchildren. The body was taken to the Frist Funeral Home and will remain there for funeral services at 2 p. ni. Thurs- day. Rev. Hugh Van Lieu will conduct the services and burial will be In the Riverside Cemetery. Clinton Man Pleads Guilty In Federal Theft Charge John A. Varda. Clinton, pleaded guilty Saturday, Dec. 9 in Federal Court at Indianapolis to a charge of theft at the Terre Haute ordnance plant. Federal Judge Robert C. Baltzell deferred the sentence imposed upon Varda to permit further investigation by the probation officer. ed for certain types of military fore its fall was of the most despr-work, principals of four counties ute character, the entire defending, learned last night In a meeting at garrison being destroyed," MacAr- today before a critical senate for eign relations committee which produced many questions but little fireworks. The hearing, called because of widespread senate protests against some of the nominees, disappointed a crowd which packed Die senate caucus room expecting to hear a fight. But it produced these developments: ' Dodmia Oil, Hci'iip HhiuiiieiiU J. Joseph C. Crew, former IT. S. ambassador to Japan picked by President Roosevelt to be Stettinius' undersecretary, declared that whether Emperor Hirohito Is to remain on the Jap throne should not be decid ed until the Allies take Tokyo. Grew defended the shipment of oil and scrap iron to Japan before the war. 2. Archibald MacLeish, former librarian of congress named to be in charge of public and cultural relations for the State Department, declared he is "strongly against com-muism." He reaffirmed his Btand that the Spanish civil war was a Fascist and Nazi attack on liberalism, not war between communism i and fascism. JjpiHl-IeaKo Question Blocked 3. An attempt to question Stetlin-lus on whether lend-lease arms are being used against our Allies was blocked. Sen. (Juffey (D) Pa., wanted to know if the British were following this policy against the Ethiopians. 4. Will Clayton, who alone was not offered for questioning today, disclosed in statements tlu-ft he and his family own approximately 40 per cent of Anderson, Clayton and Co., Houston, Te. cottom firm with assets of over 50 million dollars. Clayton, who will be questioned tomor-j f Continued on Pace 2) Vast Improvements Noted in Inspection Of County Home Many large city hotels might envy the appearance and cleanliness of the Vermillion County Home today, members of the county council, county officers and other guesls found yesterday on an inspection tour following a dinner served at the home. Under the guidance of the home superintendent, Veru Alderson, and Mrs. Alderson, a vast amount of improvement work is now being completed. The most striking improvement has been to the floors and walls. The former have been sanded and waxed and the latter painted or papered. Floors in some sections of the home will probably be replaced. It was clearly evident that most of the 33 Inmates Join Mr. and Mrs. Alderson in their pride in the redecorated home for all of them who are physically able, had a part In the work. In fact, there seems to be a sort of "school spirit" among the old folks. Good use was made of the crops produced on the farm this summer. Nearly 600 gallons of fruits and vegetables were canned, together with 67 gallons of Jellies and two barrels of sauer kraut. Guests at the dinner yesterday were: Fred Porter. Dan Hicks. U. T. McCarty. Paul Sager, James Sanders, James Myers and Vernon Cluder. all members of t lie county : council; Circuit Judge Everett A. Davisson. County Auditor Ira 13. Church. County Clerk Carl R. lliggs. Deputy Auditor Homer Fox, County Superintendent Fred Hayes. County Attorney H. H. Wisehart and George L. Carey of Clinton. County Clerks Turn in Data I To Aid Election Probes I INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. Inves-, tigators of the Green Senate Election I Probe Committee today aigesiea data concerning tne jov. geuei.ii election submitted at their request by Indiana county clerks. The probers asked totals of registration of both 1940 and 1944. certificates of error issued, war ballots received from the Secretary of State, war ballots mailed to applicants, war ballots received by county clerks, number sent to each precinct and similar Information concerning civilian absentee ballots. Senators James Stewart (1)1 of Tennessee and Joseph H. Hall 1 1! : of Minnesota will hold a public li ar-tng on allegations of vote fraud in JndianapolU next ilouday. i Office of War Mobilization and He-conversion. Trgenl Need for Men Col. Hitchcock pointed out the continuous urgent need for combat replacements in the European and Pacific theatres of war and a "most ! critical" shortage of workers in war activities. ! Essential industries in the Indiana j area face a minimum shortage of 9.200 workers at the present mo-j ment with iubor shortages growing i more acute daily as war industries ' strive to keep pace with production schedules, P. li. Deming, Indianapolis area director of the War Manpower Commission, asserted today. Swift lioosier Action Deniing's statement came as Indiana Selective Service officials went into swift action to carry out tiio government's "work or fight" di-I recti ve. In telegrams dispatched to all In diana local boards yesterday, Col. Hitchcock ordered the reclassification of all occdpationally-deferred registrants who leave employment for which they have been deferred without first securing a "determination" from tile local board that their leaving is in the best interest of the war effort. Immediate Iteelassifleiition Such men, he said, would be reclassified into a group immediately available for military Bervice. The (Continued on Page 2) We're Sorry . . . Because of unavoidable diffi culties, your copy of the Dailj Clintonian is late tonight. While preparing the press for today's printing several pieces of the machinery were accidentally broken, necessitating extensive welding and repair work which caused us to be several hours late. t I ! ' j Newport when the state education department's new program of com- bining military and high school work was partially outlined. . . Principals of Vermillion, Parke, Fountain and Warren counties, including E. C. Boyd, superintendent of Clinton city schools, were present at the Newport meeting, one of sectional meetings held throughout the state. L. J. Freeman, principal of (be Crawfordsville High School, was in charge of the Newport discussions. The state education department plans to allow high school credits for educational training in the army which is equivalent to that taken in high schools. A limit of four credits has been set with the credits being allowed in the physical education and possibly in social studies departments. The questions of high school credits for basic and boot training and credits for courses taken through the United States Armed Forces Institution and the Army Specialized Training Reserve was also discussed, j I ced new American gains in tiie bat tle for Leyte and revealed thai the, southern segment of the Jap'B Ya-1 mashita line has been "eliminated" and the Seventh and the 77th Divisions which converged on the vital Port of Orinoc have made a junction. Destroy TrappM 4luniin Enemy forces caught between the two advancing American columns were destroyed, MacArthur's communique reported, and with complete conquest of the town of Ormoe, the Americans are free to press northward against remaining Japanese forces which stalemated the Leyte campaign with their stubborn defense at the head of the Ormoc valley. Seizure of the town, Itself, which was reported in a previous communique, was marked by the bitterest fighting and ended only with the annihilation of Jap defenders. ' J ne 'Wling in ormoc itself be- Iur reporiea. FoNowk New Landings T,lR 77,h Division, known as New York's "Statute of Liberty" Division. was cerdited with the seizure of the Japs last major Leyte stronghold after the Americans made a durinp amphibious landing south of the (Continued on I'age 2) . Sugar Shortage Cancels Stamo No. 37, OPA Says The issuance of canning sugar on applications based on Stamp No. 37 in Ration Book No. 4 ended as of last Saturday, December 9, at midnight. Stamp No. 37 is now Invalid. Canning sugar can still be obtained with stamp No. 40 in Book No. 4: This announce ment Is made by Paul H. Moore, Indiana District Food Rationing Officer. Mr. Moore R.Tys he has been advised by Washington that the cancellation of stamp No. 37 is due to an acute sugar shortage and that the shortage is caused by difficulties In transportation and by a manpower shortage. vior, efficiency, and fidelity at an Air Service Command Depot In England. Prior to his enlistment In the Bervice, Hardesty was employed by the Rider Radio Plant at Monticel-lo, Ind. U.S.A. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer McCarty have received word that their son. Pvt. Elmer McCarty, Jr. has arrived safely in England. Pvt. McCarty went into the service In April, 1944 and is now in the Seventh A. T. li. U.S. A AS Harold Elson Conner is now stationed at tireat Lakes. 111. His address is Co. 2150, Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, 111. U.S.A. Mr. and Mrs. James Henry, Jr. of 1102 South Fifth street have received word that their son, Cpl. Fred H. Henry with the Army Air (Continued ou rage 2) I I ' i ; Lt. G. H. Stevenson Awarded Air Medal For B-24 Missions AN EIGHTH AIR FORCE LIBERATOR STATION, England. First Lieutenant George H. Stevenson, Jr., son of George H. Stevenson, Sr., of 458 Elm Street, Clinton, Indiana, a navigator of a B-24 Liberator, has been awarded the Air Medal. The presentation was made by his group commander. Col. Troy W. Crawford, of Kl Paso, Texas. The citation read: "For meritorious achievement In accomplishing with distinction aerial operation missions over enemy occupied Continental Europe. The courage, coolness, and skill displayed by him In the face of determined opposition materially aided in the successful completion of these missions. His ac-(Cnntlnuen on page 6) Mrs. Mary Walt Dies at Clinton Residence Tuesday Mrs Tenth 5:30 ; weeks Mary Watt, Street, died . m. today illness. 77, of 126 North at tier home at following a five She was born In Scotland and has made her home in this vicinity for 3 3 vpa rs Mrs. Watt is survived by. .two sons, William Jr., Detroit, and Alexander of Detroit, two daughters, Mrs. Anna Russell, Detroit, and Miss Jean Walt at home, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She also has a sister and two brothers living in Scotland. The body was taken to the Frist Funeral Home pending completion of funeral arrangements. en until 8 p. n Thursday nights ., Wednesday and and will close at 9 p. Kriday and Saturday nights. No dinner meeting will be held this month since the regular date falls on Christmas day. Clinton's greatest need at the present time is a market for farm ers' products and stores supplying ! m-eded farm supplies, Cuy Biiggs told the members. One of these handicaps may soon be met through the establishment of a grain elevator here. A meeting with the grain dealer interested in rebuilding the burned Cook elevator will be arranged in the near future. Activities of the newly formed Citizens Advisory Council for returned war veterans are now being plan- ned. Lee Hain reported and he warn-j ed that the work will require some financial support from the j i NEWS OF LOCAL MEN IN SERVICE The Clintonian welcomes any news of relatives or friend) in the armed Rprvices fof this column PHONE 32 Commerce Club Directors Named; Holiday Shopping Hours Are Set An almost completely new board; of directors will guide the destinies of the Clinton Commercial Club through the coining year as a result of the annual election held last night. Of the nine members composing the board, only three were re- eiPCte(1 n, w members are: Joe Giacoletto Harold Mills. Max Rosenblatt, Mike Rendaci. Elmer Nolan and Jack Scott. Members re-elected were: Raymond Medluek, Wakefield Ger-rish and Ixiuis Lane. Mr. Medlock lias served as president of the group since It was re-organized. Executive officers will be elected at the organization meeting of the board of directors to be held in the near future. Practically all stores owned by members of the group will begin re maining open for the convenience of Christmas shoppers Wednesday. I)(-c. 20, il was decided. They will be op- ; vt. Charles Kennedy, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Kennedy of Clinton, has completed training and has been graduated from Chanute Field, 111. While attending this Army Air For ces Training Command school, he received instruction in the Klectron-ics Course, and in various technical operations vital to the maintenance of the couniry'g fighting planes. I'.S.A Marine Private First Class Rus sell P. Stickle of route two, Clinton. recently was graduated from the automotive mechanics- course of the motor transport school at the Marine Corps Base. San Diego, Calif, and was promoted to his present rank from private upon completion of the course. I'.S.A SSgt. Walter J. Hardesty. son of Mrs. Marian R. Hardesty of Hillsdale, was recently awarded the Cood Conduct Medal for exemplary beha &DAYS CHRISTAAAjlV i

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