The Daily Clintonian from Clinton, Indiana on January 6, 1945 · Page 1
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THE DAILY . CLINTONIAN The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Countie Mailed In Conformity With P. O. D. Order No 19687 THE WEATE3 ' Cloudy Saturday, light rain Sunday; Utile change In temperature. Price Three Cents. CLINTON, INDIANA, SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 1945. Volume 33 Number 5. ,mm sw w m mm AND HIS ERRAND WAS ONE OF MERCY Enemy Fears GiT-fuzon Invasion Mounting; German Losses Set At 100,000 in Counter-attack Highlights ofF.D.R. Momentous Message On State of the Union WASHINGTON, D. C. Highlights of President Roosevelt's message to congress today follow: "We want no question of the ul-mate Wrtory . . . our losses will be heavy ... we and our Allies will go on fighting together to ultimate total victory. a Ah' I if" :,- 1 ' u, if' $l ' . - y 'Miraculously' Light Losses in First Army Smash at Belgian Bulge WITH TUB U. S. ARMY IN BKL-Gt'IM American First Army troops smashing against the northern flank of the Nazi bulge In Belgium have come through with "miraculously" small losses. There Is no other word to use In light of the terrific fighting which hus been in progress on this sector of the western front. Today that savage fighting continued but the weather changed for the NO FIGHT-NG MAN, but a uniformed unarmed messenger of mercy who took his chances at the front and lost, was tins First Army medical corpsman who fell before war'a fury In the German drive against the First Army. Hand clenched in death, his body is dug from the soft eartli of a landslide caused by the explosion of a German bomb. His pals of the retreating medical convoy failed to reach him in time and he died of asphyxiation. (International) Sweeping War Measures Held In FR Message Postwar Military Training, Drafting of Nurses, Allied Security Council Included In Message to Congress WASHINGTON President Roosevelt appealed to ton grew today to enact a national service law covering all war workers, to authorize compulsory military training for American you I In and to Initiate in 1945 a world organization for the maintenance of future peace. Denounce Paver Politic In a momentous message to the new congress on the state of the union, Mr. Roosevelt reasserted bis faith In the Atlantic Charter, denounced "power politics" In world affairs and called on the United nations to "now Join together to make secure the Independence and freedom of all peace-loving states." The president reiterated his "unconditional surrender" demand on the enemy nations but limited It solely to their armies. He said lasting peace meant more than mere Bur-render of fighting forces, adding: "The unconditional surrender of the armies or our enemies is the first and necessary step - but the first step only." jk. Nurse Induction The chief executive requested legislation to Immediately induct nurses Into the armed services and to force 4.000.000 4-F's Into war work. Mr. Roosevelt expressed hope Tor complete victory over Germany and for the encirclement of Japan In 1945. He declared victory Is certain but solemnly warned: "our losses will be heavy." He heartily praised American military leadership and the fighting qualities of American troops. Fleenluiwc Vole of Confidence Amid world-wide rumors of Impending changes in the Allied High Command, the president went out of bis way to pay special tribute to Gen. Dwlght Eisenhower, Allied communder-in-chlef In Europe. Of Klsenhower, Mr. Roosevelt said: "He has my complete confidence." The president warned against rumor-mongering. declaring the exchange of criticisms between British, Russia and American Interests played only Into the hands of Germany and Japan. He warned that most of this critical talk had the trade-mark, "made in Germany." The president lauded the war records of Britain, Russia, China and France. He took special pains to praise the armies now fighting in Italy including "a brave and well-equipped unit of the Brazilian army." But it was for G-l Joe that he hes-erved this greatest tribute: (Continue On Page B) Steady Allied Drives Whittle At Nazi Salient Troops in North Score 2 Breakthroughs in Belgium" As Patton Troops GainY :' 7th Army Lines are Cut 1 PARIS Field Marshal Karl Vori' Rundstedt's counter-offensive Into Belgium and Luxembourg has cost cost the Germans at least 100,000 troops killed, wounded or captured, Oen. Dwiglit D. Elsenhower's spokesmen announced officially tonight on the basis of latest estimates. The Germans, now pounding artillery fire into the suburbs of Bhrss-bourg in their stemmed thrust a-galnst the U. S. Seventh army, admitted that two holes have been punched into the northern wing of I heir western salient. : -. Hop Kocliefort v Allied troops In that region sllp-led over ice-slieathed flelda to mop up remaining enemy pocket In tba ttochefort sector, but were foreed nit of the town of Bure to theou4fc: Official spokesmen announced that he heaviest fighting is raging oo the northern aide or the Ardenpee mlient, although only minor chanc-s of territory have been effected, "o the southeast, they declared, the it. S. Seventh Army has slopped the - lernian drive which had carried :1S lilies into France. Nazi Recapture Bure ..' The Germans fought back with all they had. in extremely bitter fighting, recaptured Bure, four- mile south of Rochefort, a battlefront dispatch reported. Along the southern flank they launched six more counter-asaut, all of which were repulsed. They hit ut the Allies all the way from the vicinity of St. Hubert to WilU, wi'i the heaviest blow struck by a battalion of infantry aupported by eight tanks. American armor turned back that blow while other Allied tanks beat off a Nazi punch near Margaret. (Continued on page ) "General Klsenhower has faced this period of trial (German counter-offensive) with admirable calm and resolution and with steadily increasing success. He has my complete confidence. "... the Italian front has not lost any of the Importance which It had in the days when it was the only Allied front in Europe . . . that pressure, that offensive, by our troops In Italy will continue. "I urge that the Selective Service act be uuiended lo provide for the t Continues on page Drastic Manpower Legislation Goes Before House Vote "Unattractive" Military Duty for 4-F's Failing To Get War Job in Measure WASHINGTON Drastic "work or fight" legislation immediately iin-plemenilng President Roosevelt's manpower recommendations was introduced in the house today by Rep. Andrew J. May (D) Ky., chairman of the house military committee. "I'naltractive" Duty May s bill, covering men from 18 to 4 5, authorizes the drafting for "unattractive" military duty of those who fall to heed requests of local draft boards that they move from non-essential to essential war Jobs. They would get service pay but no benefits. Both May and Rep. Walter G. Andrews R N. Y., ranking minority member of the military committee, endorsed President Roosevelt's call ' for full use of 4-F's, the drafting of nurses and enactment of national service legislation. The latter, they said, should come only as a last resort. 4-l'" rel First The military chairman declared emphatically that "4-F's should he used first" and that this should eliminate the need for a national service bill. May's legislation provides: 1. Any draft registrant between IS and 45 who leaves a farm, war iilant or other essential activity with- Yank Convoys Head for Key Island: Tokyo Reports of U. S. Invasion Moves Follow Increasing, Air, Sea Blows; M'Artfiur On Island 12 Miles South Japan's desperate fear that an American Invasion of Luzon Island in the Philippines is under way was clearly reflected today In Tokyo broadcasts as word came from me enemy capital of a new itroke by Gen. Douglas MacArthur. The Tokyo radio reported I hat Japanese reconnaissance planes hud spotted an Allied convoy that Included 120 landing barges west of Luzon, where the capital city of Manila stands. The American convoy also Included transports, Tokyo said, while u second armada of undisclosed size was seen moving south uf N'egros Island. A third group of Allied ships was seen west of Panay, the Japanese broadcaster said, and added: "The war situation In the Philippines is fraught with new possibilities with the appearance of I lies') three groups of transports." The Invasion group off Luzon pen-etruted Llngayen Gulf, Tokyo said. This was the spot where the Japanese landed thousands of men In their initial attack on the Philippines. Tokyo' reports of th Luron thrust and concurent naval activities were accompanied by widespread B-29 superfortress attacks 01 p. por,-, sibly diversionary nature against the Japanese home Island of flwushu and against the city of Nanking In China. Those in turn followed a terrific series of assuaits by American carrier-based planes against the Japanese fortress islands of Formosa and (Continued on Page 3) Otis R.MeCl ure SiiecunibH Todav At Loral Hospital Otls R. MoClure, 61, died at the Vermillion County Hospital ut 5:25 a.m. today following a lingering illness. Mr. McClure made his home at l ! J Jerry Lee Ogle, Hillsdale, is Derby King; Races' 45 to Vermillion County Coming into the world practically neck-and-neck with the New Year, slxday-old Jerry Lee Ogle was today named winner of the ninth annual Vermillion County Stork Derby and proclaimed "Flrsi ISaby of 1945." Young Master -Ogle was born two minutes after 1945 officially came into being, making his howl to the world ut 12:02 a. ni. Monday at the better belter for the Allied forces. Slave Wrium Hurreiuler Slave workers brought Into Germany to aid the Nazi war efrort are finding their way through the battle lines to surrender to Allied forces. Today our forces boiled Into Abre-fontalne, to the west of Odrliuont which Is the key lo the high ground beyond. From a foxhole on the side of a slope looking down Into the shallow valley, I watched while Yank troops moved ahead, Over to the east the first meeting of American armor and German tiger "tanks took place in the steepled out-' skirts of the town of Llerneux under plumes of black smoke. A faded disc of a sun swimming in 'a blank slate sky III the arena of battle, setting off every fallen soldier, burning village and vehicle witll painful clarity. ICnntlnneo on fiare 1 Desperate German Attacks Hurled At Reds in Budapest Heaviest Battle of War In East Raging as Nazis Seek to Break Ked Siege MOSCOW New German counterattacks northwest of Budapest threw some 300 tanks into the Nazi aitempt to break through to the Hungarian capital, but each attack was repelled by Red Army forces, the Soviet High Command announced today. Numerous assaults by groups of 25 to 30 German tanks were thrown against first one sector and then a-nother of the Russian lines as the Nazis sought a weak spot through which they could launch a drive to rescue their encircled comrades with- led more than 3,000 Germans, a total or 514 enemy troops were taken pris - oner. out draft board approval shall be,teraa. reclassified immediately for induct ion. 2. In critical manpower areas, lo cal boards shall "request their regis trants" to take war jobs within specified time. Any who fail to com- 1140 Pike street and has lived a-j U the city of Budapest, round Clinton for the past 14 years, j 170 Tanks IJeiitroyed Surviving are the widow, Sarah, j Nearly 170 German tanks have one step-son, Pfc. William Bi azee, j -heen destroyed since the German Ii. S. Army In France, aud one sister, j offensive on the eastern front their Mrs. Lottie Smith of Clinton. 'first in a year began five days ago. The body was taken to the Frist! Preliminary reports of the latest Funeral Home aud will remain there j carman counter-attacks listed as kil- ply shall be reclassified for induction their home.' and may be used by the armed forces 1 Cpl. Bynum took his basic trr.ln-elther in regular units or in "special ing at Camp Grant, III., and was la-service units" authorized In May's ter transferred to Camp Maxey, Tex. i.iii j He was sent overseas witll the Army Republicans Rid For Liquor Traffic Control in State New Association Secretary To Be Named; Assembly in ) Adjournment for Weekend INDIANAPOLIS While the legislators were In weekend adjournment today, republican party leaders informally discussed future measures. Ways and means or turning over the profitable state traffic in Intoxicants to the republicans were a topic, most of the beer wholesalers now are democrats. Amendment of the Alcoholic Beverage act to achieve this turnover is probable. LUliior mliol (liaiiged An early indication of a change in control of the "hard liquor" traffic was seen in the report that Rlch- Continued ou page 31 Clinton Record ? .IS Hi it lis, 172 -Deaths During '44 . i Three hundred and forty five births were recorded in Clinton city Hoard of Health books during 144, Dr. Paul B. Casebeer, secretaay or tlie board, told the Clinton city council Thursday night In the council's rirst meeting of 1945. The births marked a drop from last year's figure of 354, Dr. Case-nerr pointed out. At the same time he revealed that 172 deaths had occurred during the past year, un increase over the 158 deaths recorded in 1943. He added however that the figures were not exclusively Clinton statistics Blnce the records Included births and deaths which occurred at the Vermillion County Hospital, some of which were county and out of county cases. Dr. Cascebeer warned the council about the increase In venereal disease in Clinton, reflecting the mounting danger In both the state and nation. As city health officer, he has been called upon lo Investigate several military complaints of venereal disease carriers In Clinton, he said. Through the cooperation of city ..iv Minorities some progress While the measure does not apec- ifically mention 4-F's, it is directed primarily against this group as the largest single available pool of unused manpower. , . CContlnued on rage ' I Vermillion County Hospital Dr. Dorothy Lauer of Dana was the attending physician. His parents ure Mr. and Mrs. Claude Ogle of Hillsdale and he has another brother, Donald, who Is six years old. Mr. 1945 of Vermillion County weighed eight pounds and tour ounces when he was bom and both mother and baby are doing well. (Continued oil Page 31 Cpl. El wood Bynum Reported Missing In Belgian Area Cpl. Klwood Bynum, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norval Bynum of Walnut street, has been missing in action in Belgium since Dec. 18, according to a telegram received by his wife yes- Cpl. Bynum attended Clinton High .School and graduated witli the class of 1943. Before entering the service he was employed in Chicago, where his wife, Mrs. Wllma Bynum and one year old son, Dennis, are making Meaicai ueparuneiii 394lh Iniuntry In October. Mr. aud Mrs. Bynum have two other sons In service, F 3c Geiige Bynum in Guam and Sgt. ICaii Bynum somewhere overseas. Sen. Wiley (R) Wis., proposed that the president take with him to the impending meeting a republican and democratic member or the sen-ale foreign relations committee. Limited overage I'rgnl In addition. Mr. Roosevelt is being urged to follow at least a limited news coverage or his conference with Stalin and Churchill. It is recognized that the personal movements or the three leaders cannot be disclosed, for reasons of security. But news coverage is being urged, under an arrangement whereby reporters would withhold then-dispatches until the eonterence was concluded and the leaders had returned home. The need of a big three conference was emphasized again yesterday by the Soviet action In recognizing the Lublin committee as the provisional government or Poland. This was directly counter lo 111 announced intentions of the British and American government t, which continue lo recognize the Polish government In exile. Thus, after nearly two years of negotiation on the Polish problem, the split between the hiir thn-e was wider today than ever before. (.Continued ou page (I Russian air force units, supporting operation with draft reclassification, ground operations, knocked out 10 t The company charges further that artillery and mortar batteries and the government is attempting to destroyed 120 motor vehicles carry- force Ward's board chairman, Sewing Infantry troops and supplies to P j,. Avery, and other top execu-the German counter-offensive front, uvea. Into Involuntary servitude Fierce Fighting in City through threats and intimidation., Meanwhile fighting within the city j other allegations In the 20-page American Public Look-in on Big 3 Meet Urged, Fear Power Politics of Budapest continued witli the same iConttnllen on paas XI Wards to Charge Army Coercion In I Anti-Seizure Suit CHICAGO The strategy of its counter-action against the United States army forces which seised and occupied its properties Dec; 1 8, was outlined today by Montgomery Ward and Company. ( i J- ? The battle will be joined in federal district court Monday morning1. ' A document filed with the .court , charged the army officers with cqer- , clon by threatening Ward employees iwtio reiuse to refuse to co-operate in army document. Ward's answer to the government's petition for a declaratory judgement In erfect approving seizure of tlie properties, and a temporary injunction restraining Avery and other executives trom Interfering with government operation of the properties included. . 1. President Roosevelt's self ure order violates the constitution, specifically the fourth amendment guaranteeing security from search and seizure, and the firth amendment in Hie bill or rights which guaranteea that no one shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. 2. The government has threatened criminal action against Ward employes and executives who refuse to work for the government. 3. The war labor board directive which the government seeks to enforce are unlawful. 4. Ward's la a merchandising concern, not engaged In war work. The answer generally challenges the legality of the army selxure. carried out on the order of President Roosevelt. The answer was accompanied br 21 affidavits from Ward employe and executives, one of which stresses! the alleged draft reclassification threats. . . - . -: .' LOCAL MEN IN SERVICE welcomea any news of relatives in the armed services for PHONE 32 Vermillion Countv ' Clerk, Recorder File Year Reports' r Yearly reports filed by Couty Re-corder Abel Asbury and by Circuit Clerk Carl R. Biggs were made puh- Itc today In the county court house at Newport. ' ' Mr. Asbury's report showed the following transactions: 137 deeds on city property with total consideration of 74.522; eight sheriff's deeds on city property, 8,018; 23 auditor's deeds on city property, J3.175 and 420 deeds on city property, fl each. Kighty-seven deeds were recorded on farm land with total consideration of 101,078; five auditor s deeds on farm land. $3697; 212 deeds on farm land, $1 each. In addition, 233 miscellaneous Instruments were recorded during the year. Fifty-six mortgages were recorded on farm land with total consideration of $208,305; 61 mortgages on city property, 67,015: 45' school fund mortgages $33,735; 330 chattel mortgages were filed, $1,233,264 and 61 liens, $10,376. One hundred thirty-eight satisfactions of mortgages were recorded on farm land with a total consideration of $232,657; 140 satisfactions on city property, $125,247; 56 school fund releases. $57,045; 12 satisfactions of liens, $15,812; and 354 releases of chattel mortgages were filed with total consideration of $1,-456.154. Circuit Clerk Biggs has completed Jiis statistical report for the year 1944 showing the following fees collected in his office during the year: court costs $1518.55; marriage licenses $246; Miscellaneous, $:iti". SO; docket fees, $196; fines, $(). 40: aheriff's costs. $345.29 and prose-fating attorney fees of $250, making the total fees collected $3,632.54. for services at 2:30 p.m. Monday. ,, Rev. F. L. De Polster will officiate with burial in Walnut Grove eme- tery. Guest Pastor Here Sunday Rev. Theodore Grob, pastor or the Grace Methodist Church or Terrt-Haute and superintendent of the Good Will Industries in that city will be the guest minister at I lie Clinton First Methodist Church Sunday morning. 1 Pvt. Leon Mrs. Conrad Clinton, has Lear, son of Mr. and W. Lear of route two, been transferred from Camp Atterbury, Ind to Camp Wol-III receive his ters, Tex. where lie basic training with the V S. Infan- try. Pvt. Lear was graduated from Clinton High School with the class lor 1944 and was employed at Wel- ann. U.S.A. Owen C. Crowder, Y 3c, husband Mr. and sirs, niiuaiii 1 uo M Lyford. lert for overseas duty Nov. 24 and is now stationed somewhere in the Hawaiian Islands. P.S.A.--Norman Dugger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hobert Dugger of Crompton Hill is home on a 27 day leave after 17 months uf active duty In the NEWS OF The Clintonian or friends this column. WASHINGTON A vigorous effort was being made In Washington today to let the public have at least i keyhole position at the coming meeting of the "big three", so that lublic suspicion of power politics night be allayed. "liMlc Will Know Notliidg President Roosevelt has revealed hat he expects to meet Prime Minister Churchill and Marshal Stalin ;oon, but he has made it emphatically clear that the public will know lothing about the meeting until uf-'er It is over. He has even declined to Bay whether he will be accompanied by Sec--etary or State Stettinius. In certain ofricial quarters. A frank criticism of this policy of secrecy has grown up, especially In view of the Increasing public alarm and disillusionment over political developments in Kurope. Fear European Pressure High government officials have taken pains to learn the exact slate of American public opinion on foreign arrairs. and have discovered a crowing feeling that European pow-1 era are hastening to make their own settlements and to carve out their own spheres of fnhuenre without wailing for peace table discussions. I has been made In combatting theiker's Garage prior to entering the South Pacific. He enlisted in the Navy on July . 1942. U.S.A Cpl. Joe F. Malag. son of Joseph Malag or Klondyke is now in a hospital In Kngland surierlng from combat fatigue. Cpl. Malag has been overseas for a year and has been In service since May 12. 1941. He was, with the Fourth Armored Division, j U.S.A. Mrs. Sarah Carpenter recently re-1 ceived word rrom her grandson. Cpl. j Vern Bolts that he is stationed some- where fn France. U.S.A. In a recent letter received by the Daily Clintonian otficer Pfc. Pearl Tlmmerman slates that five Clinton boys are stationed with an F.ngln-eer's Battalion somewhere In England. They are Clyde Jordan, Robert Wright, Glen Wilson, Olio Chlldre (Continued on page fi) menace. Dr. caseneer torn ine coun-1 cil. but much remains to be done. Tl.n n,nklam nt InCfAfiainP tllVen lie delinquency in the city wastoi sirs. U....11..7 v.-.r. brought to the council's attention and the possibility ot more strict enforcement of the 10 p.m. curfew was discussed. Chief of Tollce Harley Voun.anr reported that Ml arrests had been made during 144 before the ovn meet t ne closed and was adjourned into an executive session. lion:

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