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CHNTOMAN THE DAILY TUB WEATHER, Cold' -wave tonight arid Tuesday, Lowest temperatures Tuesday morn-;, lug five above. Occasional drizzle changing to light snow tonight. Snow flurries Tuesday. Mailed In Conformity With P. 0. D. Order No 19687 The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Countie CLINTON, INDIANA, MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 1945. Price Three Cents. Volume 33 Number 6. mm MAM fo ? n nin m (SUA mm - NUTS" HERO AWARDED BY PATTON US Navy Task Force Speeding To Luzon Allies Seize Im "sc Along Nazi Salient; 'Wnittle Down; Enemy Forces in Rhine North Coast, Tokyo Claims K ... 1 W' k- j i 9 h Atlantic Fleet Commander Warns Of German Robot Attack on East Coast Speedy Enactment Of 'Work or Fight' Bills is Expected "Supply Department Pool Proposed in Bill; Hearings Start on May Legislation WASHINGTON, D. C. Congress moved at high speed today towards Three Armies In Drive on Nazis Bulge in North Germans Only Success Is Scored in South But Hold On Strasbourg Area Weak See Troops Moving Out ' German communiques and broadcasts began to assume the tone of EAST COAST FORT. Rear Admiral Jonas II. Ingram, I'SX commander in chief of the IT, S. Navy's Atlantic fleet, predicted -today that the Germans soon would launch robot bomb attacks on New York and other cities along the Atlantic sea-hoard. Within SO, 60 Days Such action Is "possible and probable within the next 30 or 60 days, but effective steps to meet this threat have been taken," added In- BRIG. GEN. A. C. MCAUtlFFE, the heroic acting commander of the 101st division which was trapped by the Na2l at Bastogne, Is shown, right, with Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., after Patton's men had helped end' the siege of Bastogne. It was McAuliffe who answered a German surrender ultimatum with a plain "Nuts!" McAuliffe received the Distinguished Service Cross from General Pat-ton. United States Signal Corps radiophoto. (International) gram at a news conference, his first t inevitable defeat today and from since assuming his new command. 'Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's bead- "The Nazis have . . . been threat-! quarters came announcements that ening to launch robot bombs along clearly indicated a forceful Allied our east coast. Since war was de- Initiative on the entire perimeter of clared, the Germans have been at- Field Marshal Karl Gerd von Rund-tempting to cut the flow of supplies stedt's salient In Belgium. ' from the United States to Africa and Except in the area of Colmsr and Europe. Strasbourg to the south, Allied "They have failed," Ingram de- troops definitely held the upper clared. "They will fail again, for hand and were engaged In the proc-no matter what weapon the enemy ess or what British Field Marshal, may use we will hound him until sir Bernard Law Montgomery has he has been driven completely from termed "writing off" the enemy, the Atlantic. Cennans Pulling Out Ralph F.Cates Becomes 36th Indiana Governor in Inauguration at Capital INDIANAPOLIS, lnd. American must be kept free from "the evils f fnn.toYi-hnrn nnwer unlit les" Ralnh F. Gates asserted in his inaugural address as he became Indiana's thirty-sixth Governor today. Gates, who succeeded Democratic Governor Henry K. Schrirker. is the first Republican Governor since 1933 and the fifteenth G. O. P. chief executive In the state's history. Thousands at Inaugural The incoming Governor was presented to an audience of thousands or poisons in tne wtaie Mouse nuiunuu Two Soviet Armies Battle Way Into Ileart of Budapest Reds Seize Parliament Buildings in Capital; German Drive Unchecked MOSCOW, Russia. The long bat tle for Budapest neared a crisis to day as Red rmy forces fought their way to the heart of the Hungarian capital. Seize Parliament Buildings Soviet authorities revealed that the Soviet second and third Ukrainian armies crushing the Nazi garrison in a battle of annihilation In drives from the east and west, have seized Uie Hungarian parliament gs and the Stock Exchange center of the city. Russian gains Inside the capital were offset however by a desperate Nazi lunge 25 miles northwest of Budapest which pushed the Soviets out or the town of Esztergom. Germans Renew Drive Attacking with superior forces and with air support, the Germans renewed their attacks beyond Esztergom in a drive to aid the be leaguered forces In Budapest and block the Red army advance toward Vienna but the Soviets regrouped their forces and threw the Nazis back. Gains Cost Heavily The German gain was made ai a cost of "heavy losses," the Russian communique said. Meanwhile, Soviet and Nazi forces were locked in fierce struggles round Bicsce,' 18 miles west of the Hungarian capital outskirts. - West of Esztergom, Soviet troops broke through the enemy defenses on the western bank of the river Hron, which flows Into the Danube at Esztergom, and occupied the town of Madar, 20 miles west of Esztergom and 10 miles from Komarnn. big communications center on the Czech-Hungarian border. Hold Budapest Drive Fighting off Nazi troops trying to break through to Budapest "at all (Continued on Page 5) , , m rP. to, Five Clinton Men In County Group For Army Exams " Ten Vermillion County men ported to Camp Atterbury, Ind. day for pre-inductlon examination IUI pUB.JUIC IMMILaijr UU?. j ti . .i.. -.i;, ,i dents: two from Universal, one from Hillsdale; one from Cayuga and one transferred from Chicago. Clinton men were: Waller Klee-' man Yocum. Clyde Charles Benskin.l lunula Cnmnol Rnwbv Qt.mUv . j 1 I I rirst Koiind Ut Ward's Seizure Battle in Courts Right of U. S. Seizure Of Properties at Stake In Federal Court Hearing CHICAGO, 111. The battle be-! "America did not enter this con-tween Sewell Lee Avery and the ' fUct for territorial advantage. We United States government entered ,ad no ulterior motives. We entered Its legal phase today. this war in defense of our nation The militant board chairman of and our way of life. It has always Montgomery Ward & Co. was seat- been our overpowering desire to ed down front when Federal Judge bring about a peace which will be Phillip L. Sullivan opened the hear- complete and lasting, that future Ing which will determine the legal- generations may have the assurance Unconfirmed Tokyo Radio Tells of Huge Air, Sea Blows Rocking West Coast Of Luzon; 460 Ships Near NEW YORK, N. Y. Preceded by flotillas of American warships which bombarded the west coast of Luzon Island and supported by swarms of dlvebombers, a force Of 450 or 480 U. S. transports was .reported by the Japanese to be racing toward that central Philippine bastion today. ' The Tokyo radio described the huge squadrons as "streaming noi'th toward Luzon" while a Domel correspondent told of Incessant naval bombardments of coastal Installations which also were reportedly under constant dlvehombing and strafing attacks. OEM. MACARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS, Philippines. Japanese sources reported today that a huge American armada continued to shell Luzon's JJngayen Gulf coast, some 115 miles north of Manila, hut Allied headquarters failed to confirm or deny the enemy hints of a landing In that area. While General Douglas MacAr-thur's regular daily communique Ignored the enemy reports, a Japanese Domel agency correspondent reported that more than 70 Allied warships were bombarding Japanese positions along the shores of the Lin- gayen fiulf la conjunction with sus - talned attacks by American fighting plnnes and bombers. In a wireless dispatch rpcordod by ; tlv federal Communications Commission, the Dome! correspondent rConUniii on pape 6 F.D.R. Support Of Military Trainine; Bill Assures Vote WASHINGTON. D. C. Rep. May (D) Ky., chairman of the house 'military affairs committee declared today that President Roosevelt's support of universal military training after the war will insure its "easy" passage by congress. "I believe that he will be able to open hearings on the proposal in March and with the President backing It, it will easily go through." he stated. May said he planned to discuss the matter later with the President to obtain his ideas on what type of ' legislation he desired. In his message to congress Satur-' day on the state of the union. President Roosevelt declared that " I am clear in my own mind that, as an es sential factor in the maintenance of peace in the future, we must have universal military training arter this war." The President added that he 'would send congress a special message on the subject. Consideration of a peacetime draft will be postponed until after his committee has held hearings on "more pressing" problems, said May. such as legislation on national ser vice legislation, wider employment of 4-F's in the armed services and war Industry, and the drafting of nurBes for the army and navy. "After that, we shall expedite it as rapidly as possible," he asserted. A "preview" of the controversial subject will be provided by the house postwar military policy committee, of which Rep. Woodrum (Dl Va.. Is chairman, before the military affairs committee tackles the subject Itself. Woodrum said hearings would probably open "right after the Inauguration" on Jan. 20 and continue for several days, with probable witnesses including Secretary of War Henry L. Stlmson, Secretary of the Navy James V. Forrestal and Veterans' Administrator Frank T. Hlnes. Delinquency Charges Pend Against Lafayette Man, 35 Dan Bennett, about 35 years old. of Lafayette, is being held in the Clinton city Jail today awaiting possible filing of charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to Prosecutor E. P. Zell. Bennett and three Clinton "teenage boys were arrested by city police last night upon eharces filed by 17-year-old girl. Mr. Zell said. In areordance with the Indiana state law. names of children Involved were withheld. Allegations of criminal en- -suit .miwle bv the girl are being investigated, the official said. wishing him well in Ins new post. "Wo are ail d.ieply concerned not only with the progress of the war but with International political controversies that are clouding our horizons even before victory is assured." Governor Gates declared. "In I the months ahead foreign nations I will be plunnlng for economic and political advantage in the posi-war world. Vn 1'lK-vim- Motive thai, can nninv file h PHfliniTB. nrlvlt leges and opportunities of a free America. We must strive then to keep America free from the evils of foreign-born power politics. (Continue On Page R) fit. Bernice Man Succumbs At Dauirhter's Residence " . . George G. Hale, 75, St. Bernice, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edith Wimsett of Los Angeles Saturday morning. Mr. Hale had heen visitinR with member of the Naearene Church Of . RemlCe, Surviving are two daughters. Mrs. Edith Wimsett, Los Angeles, and Mrs. Myrtle Scott, St. Bernice; two sons. Klza M. Hale, St. Bernice, Gharlps . Elkhart, Ind., and Sgt. 'Albert 3.. V. S. Army in Memphis, iTenn., 13 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. The body will be returned to Clin- adoption of "work or fight" legislation. Rep. Colmcr (D) Miss., chairman of the post-war economic policy committee, Introduced a bill which would create a "supply department" designed to build up a manpower pool of 4-F's, strikers, men chroni cally absent from war work anil those not employed In essential Jobs. Colmer acted as Rep. May (D) I Ky.. chairman af the military committee revealed that the committee will begin hearings tomorrow on the , "work or fight" legislation. The drive to bring 4-F draft registrants either into essential war Jobs or Into military service crystallized over the week-end through President ilherpi naoie ullprt allotnt Roosevelt's recommendations and announcement or lowered physical standards for men from 18 through 37. Manpower rollings Set tlia camtt Hinn it TKCIU rennrted jjhat ()(, war maI)pow(.r commission, anolnPr move , lhe new program I. .,,, niflna to enforce man- . power ceilings on night clubs, swan ky eating places, theaters, and other less essential users of labor. Rep. May predicted that his manpower bill, covering men from 18 to 45, will be ready for the house in "less than a week." It authorizes the drafting for "unattractive" military duty of those who refuse to take essential war Jobs at the "re-oupsl" of local hoards. (Julrk House Action While other Btrlngent manpower legislation has introduced immedi ately In the senate, the house ap- neared to promise quickest action on the basis of the May committee's program. May hailed the selective service announcement of lower army physical standards and of doubled draft calls as "A good move." The latest selective service order directed local boards to fill two draft calls instead of one each month, the extra call to handle men Inducted under the lowered physical standards, these would be men now classified as 4-F who have left essential Jobs for non-essential employment. The directive, it was explained. does not constitute a general draft of 4-F's and was made to Increase the effectiveness of war moblllzer James F. ByrneB' recent "work or fight" order. , , Threat Is Powerful Realistic congressional members saw the possibility that home-front manpower needs might be largely met by the mere threat of such legislation as Mays and that proposed in the senate, but it appeared plain that (Cnntlnneo on use St New Sab-Zero Cold Wave Moves in On Indiana, Midwest CHICAGO, III. A new sub-zero ?old wave moved on the middle west 'oday. The Weather Bureau warned that the latest cold spell will blanket Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. Moderately strong winds and snow flurries will accompany the. falling temperature, weather forecasters promised. Temperatures ranging 15 to 20 below zero were predicted tonight ind early tomorrow In northwestern Iowa and Wisconsin. Minnesota was warned that a mercury reading of 25 below can be expected Id the north, ranging to from 10 to 15 below in the south section. The weather man said ft will be from 5 to 10 below In eastern Iowa. northwestern Illinois and southwest ern isconsln. Zero temperatures were promised tor central Illinois and northern Indiana, ranging to 15 above In the extreme southern parts of Indiana nnd Illinois. Zero was promised for 'nwer Michigan, with 10 below In the Interior of northern Michigan. j (Continued on page ) Clinton Soldier Wounded in Action; Cayugan is Injured Mr. and Mrs. William Gray of Wainul Street' received word from their son Pfc. George Gray that net was slightly" wounded ln"aPtlon In1 France Dec. 22. He is now station nA In a hianllnl there. Pfc. Gray graduated from Clin- Ulnh Cnlif.nl MIili the nlilOB nf I j I Late frontline dispatches reported n,at the Germans apparently ar nulling their armor out of the Bel- :rlim salient. These dispatches df scribed the latest Allied advances u vnding the Anglo-American force l-ito "the by-passing and mopping n stage." - ' Three Amilea Advance While three converging Allied nrmies slashed ever deeper Into thif Nazi bulge, driving to within sit miles of the Germans' last remaining escape route, headquarters of Geuv Dwight D. Elsenhower was able, to announce considerable easing of tension in the Strasbourg area to the south. The villages of Statmatter and Se-senheim were cleared of the enemy, while American troops regained the southern portion of Drusenheim capturing 200 prisoners. Rhine Wives Whittled All German forces along the Rhine "are generally being whittled down." a spokesman at headquarters said. The Nazis, however, still are established at Gambsheln. tConrlnnert on nsre 91 Ttalv-based Planes Strike at Austria; Land Drive Gains ROME. Itay. Communication targets at Linz. Austria, about 100 miles west of Vienna, were bombed l-y daylight today by American Liberator and Fortress bombers. , Because of bad weather the bombs were dropped by means of Instruments. Through Llnz run the main rail lines to Munich and northern Germany. ROME. Italiy. British and Canadian troops have reached Casal Bor-settl on the Adriatic coast of Italv, continuing a four-day drive In which they cleared 50 square miles between Ravenna and Vallie di Comacchlo. the Allied Mediterranean communique Bald today. Six iiundred enemy troops were captured, along with several field gunB and othher equipment. Operations on the Fifth Army's front were restricted by winter snows. Patrols operated tltrougn snow drifts and fog in the rugged Appennines In many sectors, uslDg show shoes, skis and white clothing. Short fire fighters occurred In the areas of Mount Grande and Mount Belmonte. Enemy patrols were repulsed all along the front. The Mediterranean Allied air force, handicapped by weather, flew 17S sorties, hitting shipping off the coast of northwst Italy and attacking Po Valley and Brenner rail and road communications. NEW YORK. N. Y. The London radio, heard by CBS In New York, said today that riots had broken out In "several cities of northern Italy where the economic and food situation is particularly serious." "The riots started in Turin st the beginning of the last month." the broadcast said. "The workers of the Fiat works refused to Btep lin the production. Then, strikes broke out In Milan, and Bereamo. hec:sa of the lack of coal and foodstuffs." Countpr7Measm-es Taken As for an attack upon our coast by Nazi buzz-bombs, effective steps have been taken to meet this threat. when, as and if it becomes a real- ity." Admiral Ingram did not discuss what precautions had been taken but stressed that there was no rea son why anyone In the area should become unduly alarmed. He quoted a Nazi threat that "German submarines and other small but dangerous weapons have been thrown into action In the Atlantic ocean to cut Allied supply lines to the western front," as only one of a series of German warnings that robot bomb attack will be attempted. Montgomery Calls For Full Allied Support Of Gen. Eisenhower SOMEWHERE IN BELGIUM. Field Marshal Sir Bernard L. Mont gomery's tribute to the leadership of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and to the fighting qualties of American soldiers was believed by British and American officers and correspondents today to be a timed stroke against criticism of the American 'general and for greater Allied coop- I'eration. "It greatly distresses me when I !see uncomplimentary articles about 'him (Elsenhower) in the British press." Montgomery told newsmen gathered in a little church. "Let me tell you," he said, "that Eisenhower is the captain of our team. If you get at the captain of the ,,, team you are linbl to indViee a loss ' continence ana m, hmmi"'". ami nave disastrous rrKuuis. i Stern-faced as he leaned across 'the rostrum In the little church, the (British leader, hero of El Alameln. "ave a""e- ",u' wnn nesirucuve cmu-mui mui hiiiip a blow at Allied solidarity. American correspondents felt that Montgomery was anxious for the people of the United States lo under- (Continue on puss XI Knife Work Proves To Be Cutting Joke for Runyan It may be "poetic justice" or just plain co-Incidence, but Harry Run- Jan. 50. Clinton, whose alleged neat work with a knife put Floyd Judy. of near this city, in the Vermillion county hospital 10 days ago. now occupies the same hospital bed. Judy, who was badly slashed a-obut the face and throat In a fight in the Dixie Bar Dee. 30, was released from the hospital late last week. Although Runyan s knife work nearly cost Judy his life in the fight, it was a case of "he who laughs last", ror In the fray. Runyan cut his finger slightly. Infection set in and when last heard from he occupied the hospital bed vacated by Judy and was registering temperatures of nearly 104 degrees. Contrary to reports that his life is in danger, he was reported some-liit Imnrnvarf this mnrtiinr and Is expected to live. 1942 and was enlisted in the A. S.thls daughter since August. He was gene Smith and Joe Ray Norman; dissesion among the Allies. His bit-Universal: Doyle Arthur Jones. Don terness was unconcealed. ton the latter part or the week for .Thomas Giles; and Chicago trans-funeral services and burial. fer: Fiorenzo Divan. Reported Superiority Weapons Brings Demands for Probe T. P. at the University of Kentucky i TDvi fn, hH(' Ihro mnnlhc after entering the service. He was then transferred to the infantry. Gray took his basic training in Fort Benning, Ga., and was sent ov erseas Oct. 12, 1944. Mr. and Mrs. Gray have another son In the armed forces, Cpi. Wil liam Gray who has been in New Guinea for the past 16 months. Pvt. Herbert Allen Morgan, Cay uga, rural route, has neen injured In France and is in a hospital there according .to word received by bis parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Morgan, recently. pvt. Morgan received two shell fragments in the back sometime in December. He Is with the infantry and has been overseas since Oct. 4. with General Patch's 7th Army. Pvt. Vfllard (Buck) Martin, 29. of Covington, was killed in action In France. Nov. 30, according to a telegram received by his wife, Mrs. Pauline Martin. pvt. Martin was born in New Mexico, later moving to Highland township. He entered the army April '1944 and has been overseas since October. Surviving are the widow formerly Pauline M. Oliphant: two children. Tony, four and Margo. two; the parents. Dale Martin. New Mexi co, and Mrs. A. F. MeBrlde. of Houston. Texas, and two aunts, Mrs. William Volkel of PerrvfwiHe, and Mrs. Bertha Martin, Covington. Robert Graham; Cayuga: Robert I Kenneth Wilhite; UllUri'ilo.. P-inI of Nazi Tanks, can guns are too light to knock out heavy German tanks without heavy losses and that the Improved Ger- man 68-nim. is equal to or better than any American gun Sen. Johnson (D) Colo., member of the military affairs committee, called the assertions of superiority of German fire power as "nothing short of shocking." Calls for lttle "America, the foremost industrial nation of the earth, has no right to sacrifice American youth on the altar of inferiority." he said. "The military committees of the house and senate should stop bothering their pretty heads about peace-time conscription and uncover the disgraceful situation of arms inferiority, now mowing down American soldiers." One democratic senator, who made (Coutluuea on page M I WASHINGTON, D. C. Dispatch- es from the front and assertions of I some military writers that German tanks and other weapons being used on the western front are superior to American equipment brought demands today for a congressional inquiry. The demands arose both In the senate military arfairs committee and in the special war investigating committee, which has been probing American military production. German Tank Kiiperiorlty Senators were especially aroused by statements that inferiority of American tanks has been known for months and that new German tanks used in the counter-attacks are heav ier, better armored and neuer gun ned than Allied weapons. The alleged German superiority, it is claimed, extends to artillery. Claims have been nuule that Ameri-I

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