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GLINTONlAN THE Mailed In Conformity With P. O. D. Order No 19687 THE WEATHER Cli'iir and fnld today mid ImiiKlit. Wi'diifsdjy fair and wanner. The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Countiea Prire Three Cents, CLINTON, INDIANA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1944. Volume; 8 'I Number 250. fo) (o)flW7io) fo)M A M iwmi fo)U!R m Mim DAILY n rr0 rvnna n I III! :o w 1 1 i m UJrOV- l Q7 , H IT? PUZZLEWHAT TO DO WIT Decisive Blow Nears on Bloody U.S. Controls Air, Sea Of Philippines; New Thrusts jit Japs Near Belgian Battle laaiua stu library ' W" lUwptpw ul tmi-k ; z- Leyte Battle Closed; Yanks In Key Harbor . 77th Division Forces In Palompon to Seize Control Of Island; Japanese Lose 113,221 in Island Battle GEN. MAC ARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS, Philippines. The battle lor Leyte Island was in the mop-piug-ui stage today with victorious Americans tracking down scattered elements of Jap forces in the wake of a second amphibious landing which resulted in the capture of the port of Palompon, the enemy's last stronghold on the Island. . ,.'"; 77IIi Sely.es Town . 1 Kknmti . of the' ttth Division IF THERE IS ANYTHING a coastguardman especially one in a war zone doesn't need, it's a fancy, colorful civilian necktie. Sonic tilth thought may be coursing through the mind of Bala Williams, Jr., as he looks over the neat blue and silver job Santa has brought him on his ship somewhere in the Pacific. John Merrill looks on. This is an official United States Coast Guard photograph. (International) One-Man Food Control Urged by Committee; Clamp on New Rations seized the town In an operation similar to the one in which they had previously captured urmoc, mux sei-tinE the stage for complete conquest of Leyte. The latest developments in the Leyte battle prompted General Douglas MacArthur to report in his regular daily communique that "the Leyte-Samar campaign can now be regarded as closed except for minor mopping up." The communique also disclosed that the enemy's ground forces have been practically annhilated. The Japs have lost a total of 113.221 men. including naval personnel, the communique said. 11,217 I'. S. Casualties American casualties in the same campaign were 11,217, including 2.-623 killed. Commenting on enemy losses Mac-Arthur triumphantly reported: "The completeness of this destruction has seldom been paralleled in the history of warfare. General (To-moyuki) Vamashlta has sustained perhaps the greatest defeat in the military annals of the Japanese army." ' Air battles, since the beginning ol the Leyte campaign in October, have resulted in the destruction of 2. "48 Japanese planes, the communique (Con tinned on Pace 21 OPA Orders Sharp Cuts m January yr 1 V ' ft Encirclement Of Budapest i$ Near; Vienna Drive Gains Soviets Hurl Fresh Troops At Hungary Capitaj ; Two Drives Pound 'into Austria .MOSCOW. Russia. Soviet forces lodav irlually encircled Oertnan defenders of Budapest and pressed two neavy wmi r- ........ west of the Hungarian capital that may seal the fate of Vienna beyond the austrian frontier. In developing I heir Hungarian offensive, Hie Red army rolled over ill towns und villages including a number of railway stations and. according to the Russia communique, cut "all the railroad lines leading ftviiii Rtidancst to the west." 'suburb Tails Among oilier locaiim-h ni.u " Into Soviet hands was the town of Onntlnuen on oaee B' B ArmI Dana Ilf-sident Dies At Home Early Friday Funeral services for Miss Mary Flllinger. Dana, who was found dead at her home where she .lived alone Saturday morning, were held Monday arternoon in the Dana Methodisl Church. Her di al It was believed to have occurred some time Friday and an inquest conducted Saturday morning in the Kersey Funeral Home round l he cause to be a heart ailment. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Loucl-la Davis, liosedale. a cousin, lia.1 Killinger. Dana. Vermillion County Surveyor, two nephews and one lleiec. Funeral sen in s were held yesterday iu Hie Dana Methodist Church with Pev. (i. S. Keedy and Hev. II. 1,. Meliride officiallng. Burial was In Hell's Prairie WASHINGTON. I). '. Hii-ri'Ury of Hit' Navy James V. Koncslal naid today that United states army and navy forces now exercise bolli naval anil uir control in Hie I'hilliiplne Inlands und indicatiil tliat new thrusts against the Jaianese are being planned. L'. S. Ship DnniHiicii The secretary acknowledged that American war vessels have suffered some daimiKe in the Philippines in recent weeks as a result of attacks by Japanese land-based plants, but declared that these attacks "have not disrupted our plans for future actions.'' Tlio fall of Lcyle and mil; land-iutr on Jlindoro lire n concrete demonstration that lb"'.1' lll,v,! 11 nfrirnifd. I'lW I'llllll llulllluuillltanl "Another such demonstration Is j our raids on Luzon. Our amphibious ; allack on Onnoc is another. Our troops' freedom from surface ship i bombardment on I.eytc and Mlniioro j Is still another. In spile of all the Japanese have been abb' to do. both Willi lheir navy and Ibeir land-bused aircraft . j we and not they are wluninK the 1 campaign for the Philippines. : "We now dominate the waters a-I round those islands and the air over Ihem. Liberation is Seen "In the ordered course of events, (ieneral iMacArthur, liintins; down a touiih Japanese army, will liberate the Philippine Islands themselves." Stout Field Air Crash Kills Four; Holiday Toll High Navy Plane Crashes At Indianapolis Airfield; Hoosier Holiday Deaths INDIANAPOLIS'. I ml. All in-vestlKatlon was underway today to determine cause of a C-fi transport plane crash yesterday near Stout Field, which killed four persons and injured two others. Three of Hie head were identified liv t lie Olathe. Kas.. Naval Air Sta- Hon officials as: survlvom In Hospital The two survivors, who were tak en to Stout Field Hospital, were list- t-ij iu .-uuui J- j. iu iiuni' e(1 b. army officials i . .. . . . j .ieut. Kay- mond P. McCormond. of New London. Conn., and tlermantown. Tenn.. and Staff Sergt. James McCarthy, of Chelsea, Mass. The plane, based at the Olathe Naval Air Station, picked up the three army passengers in Memphis. Tenn. Mi-take Airfield Naval officials said the plane had (Continued on pace 6) Break Near in Indiana irr f CuU7ero WOVe OT ZUO-CeTO , C,..i Weather, bnOW, lCe 1 VI)!AXAI'01.IS7 lllil. -- The cold wave, which accompanied Indiana's belated White Christmas, will abate tomorrow, the Indianapolis Weather Dureau predicted today. Nearly all of Hie stale lay under a blanket of snow and ice as Hoosl-ers suffered temperatures In the zero region. The Calumet area, at six below zero, was the coldest reported. Other marks were Marion, five below; Indianapolis Airport, one above; Terre Haute, one above; Fort Wayne, two; South Kend. 13 and KvaiiBville. 15. There were sin inches of snow in t,e Fort Wayne and LaPorte state liicliwav commission districts, two mcues in ine uieeimeiu aiiu Craw- fordsville districts, and from one halt' to one inch in the Vincennes and Seymour districts. All Cato rngils Kum mtn W:i rl V all slippery places were sanded by highway commission maintenance nfidence quarters Rundstedt Gain Slowed as U. S. ! Steels Defense Enemy Units Within Four Miles of Key River But -Major Columns are Sloyed , Third Army Into Action Tin- bloodiest "sparring match'' iu history developed on the flaming baltlel'ront In Belgium today, wMh I lie moment approaching for either American or Herman armies ;to sirike a decisive blow. ' f An atmosphere of confidence con tinned to prevail at. I lie headquarters of Cen. Dwighl D. Kisenliower de-spilo th fact that Nazi Field Mar shal (len. Karl Gerd von Itundstedl's unexpected counter offensive still was unchecked and enemy spearheads probed lo within four miles or tin- liver Meuse. New Fnemy Peiitration Despite Hie new enemy penetra-lion wesl of captured itocliefort, to i lie vicinity of Celles just southeast of Dinanl. a. qualified military eu-m it la Paris was able lo assure cor-i spoiidcnis that there is no reason or pessimi-m anil that the Cerman 'Hack, as a mailer of fact, has "Koiie wrong" and is unlikely lo go 'igllt again. This iipioiiisal of the situation ;;is has.-d upo.ii a .number o.f.a'toW, ne'tidiiig stubborn American reslsl--iiee and Hie knowledge Ihat on UuiidsterJt s attack apparently 'nado at the personal behest of Adolf Hitler originally was designed lo reach Die Meuse quickly in a number of places and gain control of Ub crossings. ( M fensive Ten Days Old Such has not yet occurred al-;' though the counteroffenslve now Is lea days old. (Continued on Page 3) r CaiKuliaiiM Tress v S rat A H i I nu;im illonsine i fa Highway Drive ROME. Italy. "Heavy snow and rigid winter weather continued to ( -in la il military operations on tlio lortti Italian front where Canadian roop today saw the sole action vhen they pressed to within atrik-;;ig distance of Alfonsine. on thft main Ka w-nna-Fcrrara highway. The Canadian units smashed into 'he town of Itossetia. northwe! Of Ifaw-iinn and within two miles of ltonslne, according to the comniun-:one (.-sued by Allied Mediterranean !ic:uliuaricrs. While the Canadians were advanc-" ifm in the Adriatic offensive, other Kiuhth A r in y units moved to straighten thtir line by mopping up German f ar guard elements' between Fa'tiza and Bagnacavailo. Spokesmen al Allied headquarters disclnsetl that, all enemy resistance east of the Naviglio Canal, north of Faeiiza. virtually has end'-d. The American Fifth Army probed th" enemy (jncs with r.toul patrols, hut Die Yanks, for the most part, were h"aiiy bogged down in dco miow and by freezing temperatures, following their heated fight for po;-. e;;sion of Mount llumici, 'l miles woii'li of Bologna. TIm- weather failed to ham.rmg the airtiM-n. who carried out a htIph of missions against the Nazi forces both on i lie battle line and In flf leich. Heavy bombers of the ." American Air Force attacked I he Germans' it a I oil suppl) a I Itrux. In t he Nazi homeland, and blasted a number of railway yards in Austria, according to the communique. British Royal Air Forcn plait'M fie v. into Jugoslavia with t upplies for Marshal Titos Parli.sati forces. Medium bomters attacked tin-Treviso marshalliiiK yard f n nort h-east Maly while fighters and fight-ir-bombers concentrated cm enemy communicat ions f n the Po Valley, giving close support to the Alii -d ground forces. The Balkan Air Force nt lacked German roa d 1 ra ns po it a L i on f n V u -goslavja and coastal units lambasted rail communications in northeast Italy. More than 1,600 sorties wer flown, altoKether, by the Mediterra-nea n Air Forces. Alib ArabtTM Dlrlilo iBdtenspolU, IbA. rl . Hot to mi in Athens Hotel Killed in Action IM. Oiten lliitsou, Jr., H, was killed in action willi I niled slates Army liilnutij Fon-cs in l-'iance on Nov. I. bis wife. Mrs. Malcella Hush llulson ulis iiifoi-.'iii-d by Hie War DepMilineiit Inst week. He had lieen i-epoi-leil ini-.-inK in action since Sent. II. iu sci-W'-e since Jim. la, 11114, I'll, llulson hud' gone oversea on iinilel ion or his basic ll-ailliog. Ite.iiles Hie widow, lie is siii-ived by n daughter, San-di-n J.011, four iiioutlit. old. the lliolliei-, Mi-s. Mildred llntson. South Twelfth Street find two sis-lers, Hiree ln-otbers and lliree i-Hndiar-iils. I Massive Air Blows Strike Nazi Lines In Belgium, Reich Concentrated Air Attacks Major Factor in Allied Defense; Nazi Plants Hit PAKIS, France. - Great sarnu of ' American bombing and fighter planes roared out o er I he butt le-lines, in Belgium and auainst v. ai product ion centers in Germany l day amid ind ieat ions I he at lack ir-g-eneiny troops will begi'n to fee) the cjimulatie effect of coiieenirat' d air attack. I.Mtlate German ( nil Observers at Gen. Dwigiit D. Ki-senliower's headquarters were cou-. vinced that with continued clear weather the incessant onslaught:! would soon ejtert a eonsid ratde di -i gree of influence as the allncss are .designed primarily to isohite Ihe t;ernians on the butt lefront and pn.- vent tln ir reinfot cement. Already.' It was said, the enemy has been so hard hit that -even, if fog" should close in ami put an end to the campion, it would lake the fContinueo n Paie 6 Enemy Attack Falters From Main Goal; Fall Strength Drive on Meuse PAKIS, France. V.i Fi-ld Marshal G n. Karl Genl Von Itund-sledt's n initial plan to reach the I(ier .Meuse on a lare-scyh- from Liege lo Dinnt has gone wrong. H hi unlikely to gu rigbi again, alt hough some a chance spearheads may penetrate to the rier. lApeits ek Staleilient But i' has gone wroiu; and lh! flat simple slati-ni'iH if- made not merely on the authority of a K'naU-correspondent hut with the backing expert appraisal. i The verdict - a a matter of fact. can be attributed to a "ijualifi'd military expert". New Secrets knotm 9'htugs are now known aboi't the 4-eat German winter offensive thai were clouded in sexrecy before. 1'or, example, the 17th Panzer army ; known to be involved as w il as the Seveutli infantry Army and perhaiis another battle group. The offensive is believed lo have j been Adolf Hith-r's own idea. I;ut , the evecution was the work of Von I Rundstedt, j A conservative view is that no one should be over-optimistic about the (Continued od Page Z) Prevails at ... I r-t. I r- British Patrols roil Churchill and Eden A'I'J I l-.'N.'i, IlriMsli (yjgiii-ers to-I day-frustrated a plot aiiparrtjf aim-1 ed al ll'e Mies of Premier Winston-Churchill and -oilier Hug-Half ' ai0 I Creek officials Whi- I they discovered j a huge charge or wired explosives-under the. headquarters of .jifteut1 Ceil. Uonald Scohiejti Athens. l,.-o.'i I'o Is of Kxplosive "' j ; Tlio eiiornious charge, consisting, of soine 1.SIIU pounds of dynamite. I was iMscovor.'d under tile Hotel Cr.iti t Bretagne wlP're Cen. Seobie and fhe go-, eminent of Premier leorge'S Pnpandrroil make llie-ir li(:id(luar-1 tel.-i (I-'ransworth l-'owle. CHS coire-sijondi nt in the (Iran Hotel llrelagne when llii' explosive was found, said it was (lernian-inntle dynamite and Hint there isas enfilli:li of II lo "blow Hie rilT.t floor out or the hotel.") Churchill, who with Foreign Minister Anthony Kden. is in Athens to confer with leaders of Mo- F.las left-wing rebel forces In a dramatic move lo seek ways lo end the civil war. conferred Willi British and Creek leaders on his arrival, presumably, al the Cr.-nd llrelagne headquarters which lias been u British fortress Miiro tin- beginning of the civil strife in Oreeee. i (ireul Length of Cliide 1 Kluborute preparations by the I plolters were found; Including a long electric cable, winding for a great distance through the labyrinth of sewers under Hie Creek capital. j The '-barge presumably was pre- pared for firing by remote control. I probably from a section of the city controlled by the rebels, upon a pre-I arranged signal. British engineers following the ! cable line through the sewer system al last reports had not yet discovered Its terminus but did find directions on the culvert walls, written iu Creek, which pointed the way to the position under the finind Bretagne. The dynamite was discovered in a routine inspections of sewers which were made for more than a week j following rumors of a plot to blast Scobie's headquarters. . Houses (ii-eek tiovei-iiiuent The Hotel Oran Bretagne not only serves as headquarters for fien. Seobie but houses Hie governinenl of Premier Ceorges Papendfeou and is ! so crowded with British officers I that many or them are sleeping on , the floors. Kvitlence was found by British patrols that the dynamite had been carried to the .position under tin-hotel in sacks on four-handed lit-: ters. probably from some point in the territory held by Klas left-wing rebel forces who are thought to have introduced the explosives through A manhole. Second Cai-lie Kvpjo-ives British officials announced that a Continued on Page Si Convicts Sentenced TolOlo 2f Years In Robbery Case After changing their pleas to guilty to charges of robbery, Oscar poyd, 2fi, and Krnest ColTer, 'it. were senirnced to l'-." yearH in the Indiana State Prison Thursday In the Vermillion Circuit Court. The two men , I rust ies from the prison tit pendelion, Ind. working at l lie tuberculosis panitorium in Kockille, Ind., were arrested Dec. 17 aft'T the beating-robbery of Doyfe Jone. l X-year-o!d-army indue-re of ('nlwrsal. When first arraigned before Judge K. A. Davisson on iec. IS, the pair pleaded not guilty and were held on $2500 bond. They later changed their plea, to guilty and were sentenced on Thursday. They will be taken immediately to the Indiana State Prison at Michigan City. The two men attacked and robbed young Jones in Clinton early in the morning on Sunday, Dec. 17. He was severely beaten and robbed as he was walking down Main Street. Following an all-night search 1 State Policeman Hal Rayburn ami' city policemen William Humphries and Herbert Donald the pair was arrested at the sanitorium and taken to Newport to the Vermillion County jail. Both Boyd, of Marion, Ind. and Coffer of Bicknell, Ind. were under sentence at Pendleton and had approximately six more months to serve when they were sentenced on the new charges. I J i ' . ! of ' Civilian lireljuota i ueut. w. h. neck. so. pilot, of WASHINGTON' D. C. Another .Mountain Grove, Mo. detour on homefront highways was Lieut. I.. W. Mc.Murtrey. 36, co-Ret up today bv the OPA s announce- pilot, Wichita Falls. Tex. incut that civilian tire quotas for KllKlit Orderly Baker L. Kinney, both trucks and passenccr cars will specialist third class, Ironton. O. be sharply reduced nest month. I The Army Fourth Ferry Command OPA IiatloninB Chief Mat McCul- in .Memphis, Tenn., identified the lough said the January tsuota of new fourth victim as: passeneer tires will be only one mil-' Lieut. Joseph W. Wliltworth. of lion 800 thousand compared to two Chatham. N. J.. whose widow lives million in December. Small trucks j Whitehaven. Tenn. WASHINGTON. I). C. Rep. Jen-kills (It) O., OOP congressional food study committee chairman, today recommended Marvin Jones, War Kood Administration chief, as Hie man to take over centralized control of the nation's food. This development followed OPA action which restored five canned vegetables and many meat cms to the ration list and boosted point values on butter from 2u to 21 points a pound. While House Interference Charging I hat. the fond situation it, I...!., i. "Iuiticli.il liv Ilie eiirllt fir 10 ngencies mining it up al pros-' cut." Jenkins asserted Jones could handle the job ir he had no interference rrom the White House. "The President, however, has indicated strongly be Is opposed to one-man control of food despite the action of congress." Jenkins said. "We have no opposition to Marvin Jones taking over as a centralized bead of the rood situation." Jenkins pointed out that the bouse agriculture committee approved leg. islalion setting up a ne-nian food control but said that the president indicated he disapproved I lie move. Effective at last midnight, point values were restored for five canned vegetables which have been poinl- (Contlnued on Page Sevrn Clinton Men Import for Duty At Camp Atlt'i hnrv Ten men have been called by the local Selective Service Hoard lo report for induction at Camp Atter-bury. Ind., today, having passed their pre-iniluetioll examination al an earlier date. Cliiiuiu lain called for induction include: Jerry Millon James. I.eoll William Lear. Thomas Ddward Hall. Ilobert I.ee Herry. James Woodford lloldaway. FraiiUiln Dennis Chambers, and Woodrow W ilson Cull. Philip H. Ileal. Slrepardsvilb'. William I'nderwood. Newport, and Karl Junior Nalor of Georgetown. III., are also among the men calh d lodav. AS KKJUTH Al It KOIH'K BOMII-EIl STATION, Knuland. -- Tt rltpir;.! SM-feant Wendell l Kevt-ra, 2, of Clinton, hid., and Vauk-K;ui. IN.. turrfiU jruniHT and -iiKftT on an Kigali Air Korco H-17 Klyinv Fortress, has bet'ii d'Ciratd with tin-Air Medal, at the 38th Bomb. Group, commanded by Mputenant Colonel Chester C. Cox. of .Superior. Wig. The award was for "meritorious achievement" uring bombing attacks on Nazi war Industries and military targets in support of Allied ground forces. He is the son of Mr. and Mr. Dave Kevpra of 1157 South Third Street. Clinton, and had been an instructor at the Waukigan Y. M. C. A. before entering the AAK in May 1942. U S.A. Virgil K.irl Berry of ht V. S. Navy. .iu of Mrs. Kunice Le-huer of Vine Street. Clint tin. was r.'iit ly I ! NEWS OF The dintonian or friends this column. : j J and buses will be allowed only 21s.- otto Hroa next month instead of 28'1.- i nm.1, fnr Iwavv trucks UHU rtllU .- and buses will be HHi.000 instead of ...... ..n n .nnti.p anil nthr illl- iin nun Only tractor and other im plemeut tire quotas will remain unchanged in January. The War Production Uoard's Kub-ber Hureau announced several days ago that, one million (150 thousand fewer passenger tires will be made In the first quarter of 1945 than in the last quarter of 194 4. The reduction lias been made to enable the tire industry to meet a deficit in tires for 2 ' ton trucks. McCullough called for increased use of recapping and for the formation nf more car Dools. "Certainly no vehicle owner today he unaware of the fact that Cell Kisenhower has called for more tires o support our invasion forces audi has termed tires his numuer one shortage item." McCullough said. "Yet the War Production Hoard continues to receive reports. I am advised, that a substantial proportion of the recapping facilities in the country are remaining idle. WPH has allocated an adequate supply of the good grade camel back for recapping." McCullough disclosed that passenger car and commercial vehicle owners re swamping ration boards with applications for new tires, and concluded 'T.. ..i.iliiui vehicle operators. I can only say this: We can help you onlv if you help yourself. The way to help yourself is to have your tires ...miwil Drouintly before they are worn beyoua me iei-.tiii". ..i;'np- as well as recapping i essential. A car pool of four will save 75 per cent wear on tires." Michael Stifter Rites iiij t.iocoi- Afterniuin i LOCAL MEN IN SERVICE welcomes any newg of relatives in the armed services for FHONE 32 pronioti d ti runk of Motor Mac, lines t I 'city Officer third claK. acmrd-i 11 c to 'rd received !)' his mother. I'etty Officer Berry, who has been (across eas for the past ten mouths. is now stationed somewhere in New Guinea. Before his new rating lie was a Fireman first class. He would like to hear from his friends. Those wishing to write may get his address from his mother. r.s.A. Private Christopher C. Gill, ton of DeiMda Gill of Cayuga and cousin of Mrs. Kunice Leehncr of Clinton, is spending a furlough here. Pvt. GUI has been across seas for the past 5 months being stationed in F.n'-ihuul and Panama. U.S.A. Second A. William A. Moore, husband of Mrs. Norma E. Moore of 442 Walnut Street, recently completed an orientation course designed to bridge the gap between training in the .States and combat soldiering against (Continued on Page 2) Arc xt-m ..... Funeral services for Michael Siif- fr 78 were held at the Stif.er res- idence 'in Blanford today at 3 p. in Mr Stifter died at his home Fri- daii'tViSi m. following several years illness. " The body was taken to the Ka- ranovich Funeral Home and ourial wa( made In Riverside cemetery. . -r. , I With one cold waie following - lose upon another, the midwest shivered again loday in sub-zero temperatures with little relief in i sight for the next 38 lo 4 hours. One of the coldest spots in the I'nited Slates today was al Beniidji . (Continued on Page 2)

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