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1"X A ITT TLT iOT TTnPThMf A M JJAiJL I UljJI..h 1 HJ'iNlll' THE WEATHER , r; Occasional light snow- today, becoming partly cloudy and colder late today and tonight. Occasional light snow Wednesday. Mailed In Conformity With P. 0. D. Order No 19687 The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Counties Price Three Cents. CLINTON, INDIANA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 1945 Volume 33 Number 2. M CM MM u uu uu mm iir .u BLOCKING NAZI SUPPLY LINK r: Seventh Army 1 r.nrls firman U.S. Airmen Strike Jap Shipping Off Formosa, Leave 5 Shios ' Capehart Senate Seat May Not Face Contest; Hoosier Is Sworn In WASHINGTON, D. C. Sen. Homer B. Capehart (It) Ind., declared today alter being sworn Into office "without prejudice" that he Is "a lull pledged Senator" and It would take a two-thirds vote to unseat him. Meanwhile, Sen. Alben Barklcy (D) Ky Majority leader, who. through Sen. Kenneth McKellar (D) Tenn., obtained unanimous consent that the swearing in be "without prejudice," declared It would take only a majority to take Capehart's Seualorship away from him. The reservation holds the Senate seat In the same status, as to a possible contest, before Capehart was sworn in, the majority leader said. Capehart and his Indiana Col-leagun, Sen. Raymond illis, declared they had studied the law and that the "without prejudice" phrase is "meaningless". "I am a full-fledged Senator and It would take a two-thirds vote o unseat me the same as to remove any seated Senator," Capehart declared. (Continued on Pa ire z fit bv- uvr jfAWW ... or ..Aiuct-d today by Gen. Dohglas MacArtnur as 11- zon Itself felt the tightening pressure of American air power. Five Whips Kirwl Five Japanese vessels were set a-fire and four planes shot down Sunday when the Liberators soared over the Formosa area in the growing air war to cut enemy air and surface supply lines to the Philippines. Formosa, site of vital Japanese air and naval installations hard hit in November by Adm. William F. Halsey's carrier planes and once, by B-29s.. was the springboard of enemy invasion fleets which descended on the Philippines three years ago. Fighter bombers sweeping over southern provinces of heavily bombed Luzon caused additional widespread damage, hitting warehouses, railway facilities, power plants and wharves. Relentless Soviet Attacks Pound At Budapest Defenses Block-by-Block Advances Scored by Eeds; Repel c Counterblows in West lunsrow Russia. Red armyi GEN. QUARTER bold thrust erators inn Formosa, I Luzon Islarft Three Major Jap Industrial Cities Bombed B-29s Launch First Blows Of New Year at Honshu Island Centers; Japanese Admit Heavy Fire Damage WASHINGTON, D. C. Another mighty American aerial armada plastered tons of bombs today on three industrial centers in the heart of Japan. Headquarters of the 20th Air Force in Washington announced that Super-Tortresses of the 21st Bomber, Command struck important targets on Japan's main island of Honshu in a daylight mission.. An official Japanese communique reported that "about 90" Super-Forts based in the Marianas raided Na-goya, Osaka and Hamamatsu. The Washington announcement merely said the raid had taken place. The Japanese announcement from Imperial headquarters was transmitted by the Doniei Agency and reported by the FCC. Japs Admit Damage The Japanese communique admitted damage to important enemy industrial plants at Nagoya and Hamamatsu by "incendiary bombs". The enemy, with Its usual boast claimed that 17 B-29's were shot down and 25 damaged. The Japs usually make such false claims. Further details on the first raid of 1945 against the Japanese homeland will be reported by the War Department during the way. Aircraft plants were believed to be the main targets of tile current raid. The Tokyo radio said an hour after the initjal announcement that the heavily-industrialized Osaka and Nugoya areas were the targets of the li-29's. Centered on Nagoya The attack was "centered mainly New Congress To 'Get Tough' On War Issues New Deal Strengthened In 79th Congress Opening Today; Major Conduct Of War Bills Before Houses WASHINGTON, D. C. The 79th Congress convent's today with indications that its 531 members are ready to join the GI's in really "Betting tough" about the job of winning the war. All (he optimism of early victory which-was generated during the presidential campaign had gone as the new congress clashed with -the reality: of German and Japanese toughness and the Increasing seriousness of the manpower problem. FOR to Het Pattern Congress will wait for President Roosevelt to set the pattern of Its legislation in his annual message on the state of the union on Saturday but there were indications that the new legislature will follow him despite some bitter opposition. A senator who previously lias fought many New Deal measures put it this way: "I believe that if the President really lays It on the line and gets specific, congress will enact the 4-F draft or any other tough win-the-war legislation." Jiew Deal Strenetliened The new congress brought In a boost in New Deal strength, with some members intent upon liberal social security legislation and measures designed to meet the presidential promise of sixty million postwar Jobs. Members who flocked to Washington bearing tidings that the people are worried over the fate of the Atlantic Charter and the fight of Allies for power In Europe, with the , result, that full-dress debate on the International issue is certain early In the new congress. War Issues First The recommendations of War Mn-blllzer James F. Byrnes for a 4-F draft, other manpower controls and lor legislation giving the President (Continued on Page 2) AN IMPORTANT LINK in the supply route for reinforcements supporting the Nazi offensive, a Moselle River bridge north of Trier. Germany, receives a direct hit from attacking Yank Marauder planes. At the top ot the photo are four of the bombers that took part in the attack; in foreground a stick of four bombs heads earthward. (Iieriiatiu(iui) forces, continuing their cellar-to-at-j nd dislocating the Allied tlme-ta-tlc, house-to-house conquest of the i Me an almost minor factor when city' of Budapest, captured an addi- t is considered that the Germans tional 232 blocks of bouses in the might have changed the whole plo-eastcrn section of the Hungarian ture of the war in December and capital and occupied 63 blocks In possibly even altered Its outcome.." the section west of the Danube, the Von Rundstedt's attack in the Soviet high command announced to- Seventh Army sector Indicates that Heavy Yank Bombers Swarm Over Nazi Rail Hubs in 12th Day Attack LONDON. England. More than 1.100 heavy American bombers today attacked rail and road centers at more than a donen different points in Germany. . The targets embraced areas northwest of Karlsruhe and Cologne, southeast and northeast of Frankfurt and elsewhere. More than 000 fighter planes escorted the big Fortresses and Liberators. 12th Straight Day . This was the twelfth consecutive day that Eight ft Air l'orce bombers were In action .against ueriiiauj. i Patch's Men Force New " Nazi Drive Back ; Patton , Strike Out in Two Moves From U. S.-Held Bastogne A new attempt by Nazi Field Marshall Karl Gerd von Rundstedt to revive his burned-out offensive in western Europe apparently met with complete failure today. The United States Seventh Army under command of Lieut. Gen. Alexander M. Patch which landed in southern Fiance last fall and threw, the Germans out of the Riviera, brought to a dead halt a sharp Nasi thrust In the lower Saar Valley, while around famed Bastogne, the Third Army Btruck out to east and west. Yanks Recover Balance Gen. Dwlght D. Eisenhower's headquarters made no attempt to disguise the fact that Von Rundstedt may have some punches left. ' But events of the last few days have proved conclusively that the American armies in Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany have recovered their balance completely and now are fully prepared for whatever the enemy is able to offer. Despite the American setbacks which began when the Nazis attacked on Dec. 16 and despite what undoubtedly must be appallingly high "asualties. it nevertheless is certain that Von Rundsted's offensive failed 'o achieve any of Its objectives bey- the Germans now nope ror noiBingr more than to drive all American roops from their home soil, and ev en in this they seem foredoomed to failure. Gen. Patch's swift reaction to the f Continued on pagB S) Allied Policy In Freed Lands First In Big 3 Parley WASHINGTON, D. C. President Roosevelt completed plans today for gpcond great Allied war conference ,v,th Marpha Josef stalin and Prime Minister Winston Churchill to Iron out differences on political policy in iberated countries, and to draw up blueprint for the final defeat of Germany this year. The second meeting of the "Big hree" leaders will probably take lace next month, although no offi-!al announcement of the time or lace of the conference has been nade. The chief executive disclosed posl-ively, however, that the new war-nd-political-strategy gathering will ike place shortly. He used the word anon" In referring to the time of he meeting, adding that he believed "anon" is synonymous with "soon." While Mr. Roosevelt conferred with Prime Minister Churchill at Quebec In August at a full-dress lolnt war council on plans for swifter progress of Victory against Japan. Including British naval participation, it will be the first time all three Mlled leaders have met together ince their first, historic November-December gathering In Teheran. Iran, in 1943. Their second conference, like the 'Irst. is expected to take place some-vhere near the borders of Russia, "n view of Stalin's Insistence that, i s active head of the Russian arm-"s. he Is unable to leave the Soviet Union for any considerable distance or extended time. The new conference will bring the 'hree leaders together at a time when there are great political problems as well as problems of war strategv to be discussed. ' Mr. Roosevelt, in confirming that he will have another get-together meeting with Stalin and Churchill shortly, admitted that certain differences of opinion have arisen among the Allies. He said it is only natural that differences should arise -that some are quite important: others of lesser importance. I . LONDON. England. Possible meeting of Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt to discuss Anglo-American relations before the scheduled meeting of the Roosevelt - Churchill - Stalin "Wi Three" was being considered todav in London circles, while London provincial newspapers editorlallv discrs-sed American foreign policy.'- J-" around the Nagoya area," said the' broadcast recorded by tlic FCC. I "Bombs were dropped over the J Osaka area and also over the Nagoya ' area." according to the Nipponese report which said that Marianas-bas-, ed Superfortresses came over "in 1 several formations" but asserted that because of "gallant Intercep tion" by Japanese air force units the attackers "fled toward the soutli over the sea". (Continued on Page 2) Vernvillion County Commissioners In New Year Session Vermillion County court house employes Sophia Delich, elevator operator, Austin Holton and Lewis Sims, janitors were re-appointed by the county commissioners in their annual meeting Tuesday' in the commission court at the court house In Newport. Commissioners Fountain Straughn, Perrysville. Ross James, Clinton and Frank Shelato, Cayuga, who were reelected in the November elections, a-warded the contract for food supplies at the county home to Claude Foos, Newport. At the same time Sheriff Loren Griffin announced appointments to jury bailiff, jury commissioner and deputy sheriff positions' including William White, Newport, jury bailiff; Otis Watson and Straud Ory, both of Newport, jury commissioners and Angelo Tasso, Clinton, deputy sheriff. Tasso also served as deputy sheriff under Oil Potter, whom Griffin succeeds as county sheriff. GOP Majorities To Rule Indiana Assembly Session 60-Day Session to Open Tomorrow in Indianapolis; Gates Inaugural Monday INDIANAPOLIS, lnd. With heavy Republican majorities in both houses, the 1945 Indiana General Assembly will convene in Indianapolis tomorrow for a 60-day session. In the senate, there will be 37 Republicans and 13 Democrats, and in the house, 69 Republicans and 31 Democrats. GOP In Power , Thus, if the Republican retain unanimity, they have the power to control all legislation. Governor Henry F. Schricker today applied the final touches to his final message to the lawmakers. He probably will deliver it at a joint session of the senate and house of representatives in the house chamber shortly before noon tomorrow. Gates Inaugural Monday On next Monday, Ralph F. Gates will become the first G. O. P. governor since Harry 0. Leslie's term ended early in 1933. Not many drastic changes in government are expected during the legislative session. Indications are the Republicans will seek to con-continued on Paee 2) Joe Giacoletto Is Named President Of Repairmen Club Joe Giacoletto, owner of the Ninth and Bogart Mobilgas Station, was elected president of the Clinton Auto Repairmen and Service Station Association last night at the annual banquet held at Antoninis Restaurant. Nearly 50 members and guests were present. t . r . Art Kennedy. D-X dealer,' was e-lected vice-president;, Don, Dleken-son, of Don's Standard Service, was named secretary-treasurer and the new directors are: L. A. Homey, Archie Ruatto and Ben Sims. Mr. Ruatto is retiring president. An interesting feature of the pro-grain following the dinner was an imaginary trip the various places or business operated by the members, during which all owners were given the "gridiron" treatment. During the past year, the members have purchased $10,000 worth of war bonds, Mr. Ruatto reported and a review of the association's activities was given by Mr. Horney, retiring secretary. Vocal numbers by Miss Esther Kltinoja were well received and short talks given by Guy Rriggs, chairman of the local ration board; Mrs. Lucy Doolin, ration board secretary. George L. Carey, editor of The Daily Clintonian. and other guests. Mrs. Doolin called attention to the fact that no local service station has been penalized because of illegal gasoline sales, and Mr. Briggs urged the continued co-operation of the members in making gasoline and tire rationing a succcbs. Smoking Furnace Gives Neighborhood Fire Scare Smoke coming from the furnace I of Mrs. Minnie Narkus residence at 242 North Fourth Street gave the wople of that neighborhood a scare Sunday, it was reported today. The Clinton Fire Department was ailed about 1:45 p. nt. only to find what was believed to be a fire, a t false alarm. Army Tightens Control Of Ward Properties; New Seizures Expected CHICAGO, 111. The Army today widened the beachhead established at Montgomery Ward & Co. Reinforcements were moved in. and an army spokesman announced that further seizure of properties making up the J500.000.000 mail order empire might be expected. Plywood Offices Engineers used plywood to construct foxholes in the stockholders' auditorium, taken over as GHQ.: and today the various officers making up the staff of MaJ. Gen. Joseph W. Byron, who seized the properties on the order of Secretary of War Stlm-son, were Installed in these private offices with their names on the doors. An army spokesman announced (Continued on Page 31 t Reclassification, Induction of Farm Deferred Men Due WASHINGTON. D. C. Director of Mobilization James F. Byrnes today directed Selective Service to "take steps" to reclassify and induct the agriculturally deferred group of the nation's young men in the ages of 18 through 25 years. A total of 364,000 younE men are affected by the order sent to MaJ. Gen. Lewis B. Hershey. director of Selective Service. Byrnes' action was announced by i,a wiiita Hnnsp. which said that day. Three hundred Germans were kill ed and more than 1.000 were taken prisoner as the Nazis desperately fought the onrushiug tide of Russians In streets, courtyards and buildings. Iliwla CoimteriilnwR Repelled - In the western, or Buda, section of the city German Infantry, tanks and self-propelled guns tried unsuccessfully to regain positions lost to the Soviets yesterday, the Russian communique said, but the Red army troops repelled each attack ana fought their way forward to occupy 63 blocks. This gain would seem to leave the Germans in the westen section with little more than a few fortified rub ble heaps close to the bank of the Danube. In the Buda fighting. Russian destroyed a large amount of German equipment, including 23 machine-guns and one self-propelled gun Nine locomotives and 130 loaded trains were captured. In the entire Hungarian capital, the communique said, Soviet forces were righting for the liquidation of the surrounded enemy. (Continued on page 31 f Pvt. Joe Fossi, U.S. Infantry, Missing in Action Pvt. Joe Fossi, husband of Mrs. Clara Fossi of 515 North Tenth Street, has been missing in action in Germany since Dec. 12. according to a telegram received from tho War Department Tuesday night. A machine-gunner in the infantry. Pvt. Fossi has .been in action with Lieut. Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army in Fiance and Germany. He entered service March 28. 1944 and after five months training at Camp Blanding. Fla. was sent overseas. He spent a brief furlough at home before leaving for active duty. Pvt. and Mrs. Fossi are the parents of a two-year old daughter. His father. Ernest Fossi. Sr. two brothers. Mike and Gene and two sisters, Jennie and Minnie, all live in Clinton. Before entering service. Pvt. Fossi was employed at the Clinton Packing Company. Taxi, Car Collide At Intersection Tuesday Noah Duchene, South Fourth Street, and Clarence Stewart. North Third Street, collided while driving it the intersection of Sixth and Walnut Streets Tuesday, police records state. City police said Stewart, who was driving the Roy Tyler taxi-cab. collided with Duchene and then ran off the road and hit a tree about 4 p. m. Both cars were slightly damaged and Tyler's was taken to the Mike's Auto Body Shop for reralrs. LONDON, England. United States Eighth Air Force heavy bombers roared over the Reich for the 12tlv consecutive day to blast German communications centers today. The Yank daylight attack was preceded by a night assault against the German cities of Niiruberg, Lud-wigsliafen and Ilerlin by more than 1,000 heavy bombers of the British Royal Air Force. (Continued on Page 2) Charred Body of Man Found Near Burning Residence The body of Frank Darling. 83. of route two. West Terre Haute, was t found near his home about 3 p. m. Tuesday as the result of a fire at his ' small residence on the Paul Thomp-' son farm. The fire was Investigated but the origin is still unknown. A passing motorist was the first to notice the flames: He contacted neighbors hut the fire had gained too much headway to be put out. Mr.. Darling is survived by two brothers. Jesse aud Fred Darling. Eureka. 111.: and two sisters, Mrs. F. G. Valentine, El Paso. Tex.; and Mrs. Ben Hershey, Peoria. 111. The body was taken to the P. J. Ryans & Sons Funeral Home in Terre Haute ponding funeral arrangements. now stationed ai ine iavai vir imi- nical Training Center at Memphis. Tenn. recently sent a copy of the Christmas Day menu to the Daily Clintonian. This menu was served to sailors throughout the I'nited States. Whalen said. S 2 'c Whalen was a former employe of the Daily Clintonian prior to entering 1 lie U. S. Navy. U.S.A. Pvt. Lawrence Lucarelli. son of NEWS OF The Clintonian or friends this column. Files on Indiana Election Probe In Hands of FBI WASHINGTON. D. C. Sen. Theodore F. Green (D) R. I.. Senate Campaign Expenditures Committee Chairman, said today that files on the committee's investigation of alleged election irregularities in Indiana have been turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. At the same time, he said he had received no word on whether the Beat of Senator-elect Homer Capehart (R ) will be contested as result of the controversial poll book mix-up in Marion county. "We have turned over our data to the FBI for such use as it may see fit to make of it," Green reported. He said he did not know whether the FBI has taken any steps in the case, in which Democrats charge that Republicans "conspired" to create confusion about registrations and deprive Democratic voters of ballots. Informed sources said Sen. Tom Stewart (D) Tenn., chairman of a Senate subcommittee that held hearings on complaints that thousands of Marion county voters were deprived of ballots, had taken the question up with FBI officials. It was disclosed also that a Senate Campaign Expenditures Committee Investigator still is at work in Indianapolis. Meanwhile, there still was no Indication of whether Democrats will contest the Senate seat of Senator-elect Homer Capehart. Democratic leaders' charged that Republicans "conspired" to create the Voting muddle in which thousands of persons were deprived of votes through deletions from poll-books. Funeral Serv ices Are Held For Infant Donald Graham Funeral services for Donald R. Graham, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James Graham of Clinton, were held at the Karanovich Funeral Home at 3 p. m. Saturday. The baby died at the Vermillion County Hospital at 5:30 a. m. Saturday. . Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Graham: three brothers, Floyd, Frederick, and Robert at home, the grandmother. Mrs. Christina Graham, and grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. B. O. Harvey of Russell Springs. Ky. Funeral services were held Saturday and buriaJ was U Riverside c. m-teryv , .-! LOCAL MEN IN SERVICE welcomes any news of relatives in the armed services for PHONE 32 the step was taken because of urg- Robert C. Searing. T4. has re-ent demands by the Army and Navy, turned to the stales after 18 months for additional manpower. ot overseas duty in the Asiatic Pa- The order was the first step by cific Theatre or Operations. He is Byrnes to put teeth into his "work ( visiting his wife and parents in Uni-or fight" recommendations made in versal. his report to the congress Monday, i C.S.A. Th. mnhiHiatinn director called S 2c Clayton B. Whalen. who is fantryman Badge and E. T. O. ribbon. Prior to entering service in November of 1943, Pvt. Lucarelli was a student at Indiana University. U.S.A. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Burton, Jr. have received word that their son. Cpl. James R. Burton, has arrived safely in England. They also received word from another son. Second Lt. Willis Pat Burton of the Marine Corps, that he has received the Presidential Citation and the Purple Heart for duties and wounds received on Saipan and Tinian. The third son. Pvt. Joseph W. Burton, is now in a hospital in France recovering from a broken toe. D.S.A. Private First Class James A. Hel- upon Gen. Hershey to take all steps for reclassification and induction into the armed forces of youths in the age group who have been deferred in order to work on the nation's farms. The order affects the greater number of the nation's available youths from 18 through 25 years who either are not in the armed forces or who rave been rejected previously and placed in the 4-F classification. In addition to these 364.000 Byrnes said there are between 35.000 and 40,000 who are also deferred for work essential in Industry or Mr. and Mrs. Nick Lucarelli of Uni-legda bas Been awaraea me i omnai versal. who has been serving over-1 Infantryman Badge for exemplary seas since August is now stationed conduct in action in France, accord-Miniewhere in France. Pvt. Lncarel- ing to Major General Horace L. Mc-li recently received the Combat ln-i (Continued on page 6)

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