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THE WEATHER Ca.OCnT, WARMER AND WINDY TONIGHT; TOMORROW PARTLY CtOCDY WITH STRONG WINDS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. Temp. Today 1 . m., "; . m., Temp. Extremes Teiterday ., an4 High Tidei THy 7:S7 . l it p. m Sua rote.. 1:18 a. m. Son tela. :SS . n. Details b rag rr. ar Ev OURNAL Ff XL SERVICE OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, VM TED PRESS AD tTERAT!Oy 41 ISEVTS SERVICE Vol. 11 No. 301 Etontnc Jsaraal Fen Med MM Ever; Evening founded UTl lEnalBf Jsaraal sad Ery Evening I CaBMlidatcd Jan. I, IS 34. Wilmington. Delaware, Tuesday, December 21, 1913 30 Pases 'Price Three Cents ENING Home Edition -, Delaware Sells Ar .Navy Of P 20,00 0,000 Lbs. oultry nice July Chickens Grown, Packed' On Peninsula Shipped To U. S. Fighting Men On Allied Battlefronts Big Buying Svstcm Centered at Dover Quartermaster Corps Pays One Cent Over Ceiling; Rigid Inspection Is Made By Three Veterinarians American fighting men throughout the world from Iceland to New Guinea are dining on Delmarva Peninsula chicken, almost 20 million pounds of which have been purchased since last July. The hub of this huge purchasing system is in Dover .where a branch of the Subsistence Division of the Army Quartermaster Corps is located. This office has been buying chickens from various processing plants which purchase the chickensmostly fryers and roasters from farmers throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore. The processed chickens are purchased at the rate of one cent above the ceiling price. The office started its operations le;s than six months ago and during its first three days, beginning July 21. it had bought 113,260 pounds of processed chickens. ' The chickens are shipped to all branches of the armed forces, Army and Navy. Attached to the Quartermaster Corps office at Dover are three government, veterinarians and 12 enlisted men cf the Veterinary Corps After purchase, the plants process them by removing the feathers (See CHICKENS Page 4) Marriage Rale Drops in County Total of Licenses So Far This Year 1,030 Below 1942 The idea that people ruh to get married in war years has suffered at least a temporary setback in New Castle County. Figures compiled today in the office of Clerk of the Peace George Gray Thouron show the number of marriage licenses issued thus far this year is 1.030 below that for the entire year of 1942. Marriage licenses Issued to date in Mr. Thouron's office total 6,417, a a compared with 7.447 during the calendar year of 1942. June supposedly the month of romance proved the busiest of the current year, with 605 licences issued. December gives promts of being perhaps the most quiet, with but 298 Issued thus far. October was the busiest month last year with 812 issued. Railway Wane Parley Held At White House or Yule Biiyin Rises 25 Pet. In City Area Ou -L it 3ro ps 2,000 Tons Gross Sales Increase Well Above National Levels; Wea lovs 3lol I'on Of Bombs on rran; ifurt Lring Apparel, WarjTrooi)S Guard ror Extraordinary Heroism and Skill' s Mot Popular Items! I i Bolivia's Tin President Favor Extra Pay for All Overtime; Awaits Result of Talks WASHINGTON. Dec. 21 iV I White House conferences designed ; j to settle the railroad wage dispute I J and avert a scheduled strike were! resumed today, fast on the heels of a presidential statement that the! best Christmas present the Ameri- ; can people could get would be an j assurance there would be no general j transportation stoppage. j The operating brotherhoods have j already set Dec. 30 as the date f or j starting a progressive walkout, and; the 1 non-operating unions planned to select their own strike date late With only three more Chnnnus j shopping davs remaining, and in j spite of shortages, Wilmington I merchants today report a better j than 25 per cent- increa. in busi-j ness over list year. Gerrish Ga&saviay. manager of the Wilmington Chamber of Com-i merce, said today that Wilmington's j gross sales are soaring far above j the national levels. 5 If it were not for the shortages S of many items containing metals I and other priority materials, the i sales would be phenomenal, he ' added. FollowingCoup Counter Denied Pledge Revolution as New Leaders Allies Fealtv Heavy volume of buying throughout the country was confirmed by Dun and Brad.vreet. Last-Minute Rush Experience has been that while ; peak buying occurred in the last 1 two weeks in November, there has j been continuous demand since then, j and now merchants are expenenc-i ing a last-minute rush of buying by ; thousands of persons who are late; or who have a last -minute gift to acquire. In many cases, wearing apparel ; !S taking the place of tos lor gifts. Tax Bill Scored ByMorgenthau As Dangerous Sees 'Extortionate Profit Possible to Industries; Fears 'National Scandal' Christmas Mail Heavier in City Out-Going Cancellations Total 4,705,619, Cabill Savs Cancellations of out-eoins Christmas mail up to last midnight at the Wilmington postoffice totaled 4.705.-619 an increase of 367.712 pieces over the figure for last year. Postmaster James J. Cahill said today. While the heaviest shipments of out-going mail have already left the Wilmington postoffice, the largest receipts of incoming mail are expected tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. Cancellations of incoming greetings up to last midnight were 4,010,625 and up to the corresponding date, last year, 4,269,326. Because of early mailing this year, total mailings this year will definitely exceed the total for 1942 Christmas season. Assistant Postmaster Joseph O. Hedlicka said. Nearly 20,000 incorrectly addressed Christmas greetings were destroyed at the Wilmington postoffice yesterday. The . letters carried the 14 cent postage'. ' Mail bearing Hi cents stamps is classed as printed matter or advertising and is not forwarded or returned if the address is incorrect. WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 "). Congress had from Secretary Morgenthau today an outspoken warning that the Senate finance committee's $2,100,000,000 tax bill i as now drawn contains provisions : that "open the way to truly extortionate" war profits and "hold-the seed of a national scandal." I The Treasury chieftain's blister- ing denunciation of the measure particularly with relation to proposed changes in the war contract renegotiation act was capped by an assertion that "the way the matter stands now I think the Treasury would be better off with no tax bill but on that basis we'd be awfully badly off." Morgenthau. holding one of his rare Monday afternoon news conferences, first read a prepared statement rapping the House-approved bill as "extremely disappointing" from a revenue standpoint and "equally unfortunate" due to the recommenaeo cnanges in tne renegotiation law. Then, discussing the statement with special emphasis on renegotiation, the secretary declared that "the smartest thing business can do is to leave it alone unless business executives want to spend the (See MORGENTHAU Page 4) part of wood, paper, or plastic. Few are of metal. Books have set a i record as gifts to both children and ! adults. Sales of war bonds and war sav- ings stamps were heavy in the j Wilmington area. j The nations department stores today, probably to coincide with that; Toys that are sold are for the most oi tneir lenow-woricers. Leaders of the five operating railroad brotherhoods went back to the White House in the early afternoon to discuss with the President his proposal for settling their wage case by supplementing a previous four-centsan-hour award with an additional four cents in the form of overtime compensation. The brotherhood chiefs discussed the situation with their executive committees for several hours earlier in the day. It was understood that the leaders were not prepared to ledged an outright acceptance of (See RAIL STRIKE rage 4) ) LA PAZ. Bolivia, Dec. 21 iTV ; iroons guarded Kouvias tin ore! mines today as a nationalist junta which yesterday overthrew the government of Gen. Enrique Penaranda I announced that it was firmly en-' trenched and discounted rumors that j a counter-revolution had begun, j The troops were stationed at the S mines, producing a large portion of the tin ore used in the manufacture of United Slates and British arms, in one of the first acts of the new government which pledged, however, to live up to Bolivia's commitments to the United Nations. Victor Pax Estensoro, leader of the coup and new finance minister, told j an interviewer that "the Atlantic Charter and other obligations of! Bolivia will be respected and main- j tained" and "the new government in j no case will alter the international situation at the side of the United j Nations." Similar sentrments were expres- j sed by Maj. Alberto Villa rcjel, the j new president. An executive decree of last April, i declaring war on the Axis, was af- j A -4V. S 42 Bombers Are Lost in Alost Crushing Blow Of War on Nazi Chemical, Armament Center Americans Attack Haven of U-Boats 4 XI z "Xe, 5- t - - NEA Telephoto. Lieut-Gen, ha C. Eakrr, commanding general of 8th Air Force (left), fastens the Congressional Medal of Honor around the neck of Lieut. John C. Morgan of New York, 29-year-old co-pilot, for one of the greatest feats of skill and heroism of the war. On the Hanover raid July 28, Co-P'.lot Morgan held the wounded pilot, took controls of the damaged Fortress and mad a successful bombing run, assisted an injured gunner to parachute to safety, and brought the plane back to England. Sofia Rail Yards, Athens Air Fields Blasted; Targets in France, Belgium And Western Reich Hit I reported tnda? that Chrisum sales d by the legislature on Dec 4. were up from 10 to 25 per cent Dispatcnes from Santiago. Chile. ! above last year in one of the heavi- noted that the nationalist reyoau- Ust Khonnins. rushes n reeorrf rie- tinnary movement N. R. M.K from Northern Italy Flares in Revolt Situation 'Worst in Europe,' Naples Hears; Rome to Be Mined Wife, 2 Other Kin Enlist To Avenge Wahoo Victim KITTERY, Me., Dec. 21 (INS). The wufe, sister, and brother-in-law of Stuart E. Macalam. who was lost on the submarine Wahoo, were awaiting their call to duty today after enlisting in the Navy toelp avenge his death. The two women joined the WAVES, and the brother-in-law. Warren Delaware, signed up as a seaman. NAPLES, Dec. 21 (.Northern Italy is flaming with revolt against the German military command and its puppet Italian government, trustworthy information reaching Naples showed today. At the same time, it was reported that the Germans, following the tactics employed in Naples, have forcibly evacuated whole areas of Rome, presumably to permit German engineers to plant mins and dynamite on a large scale. This may indicate a decision to abandon Rome. The situation behind the German line was described as being "more serious than ip any of the European countries that are under complete German occupation." Axis radios gave heavily censored confirmation. Reports of sabotage in the industrial districts and fighting between small and highly mobile bands of Italian guerrilla and German regular troops were multiplying. spite a shortage of quality merchandise. Many Purchased Early An early scramble to get first choice of tne limited merchandise, and the problem of mailing gifts to relative and friends scattered by the war eased the merchants' manpower problem during the usual last-minute rush. Big sellers for men in uniform were shoe-shining kits, slippers, money belts, mufflers, dufTie-bags and pocket-size games. ' On the home front, women are due to receive more fur-coats and jewelry than ever before partly because of the scarcity of other merchandise and partly because they advised their husbands now would be a good time to buy and avoid the increa-sed taxes on such items. Heavy buying of utility articles and staples somewhat balanced the purchases of luxuries as gifts. Mother is likely to receive some household piece that the entire family can enjoy. 5f Ji Army Takes Ml Spinuccio, 2,600 Ft. Peak, in Snowstorm German Vice-Admiral Von Reuter Dies at 75 LONDON. Dec. 21 (r. The German DNB agency said today that Vice Admiral Ludwig von Reuter, 75, who ordere the scutting of the German fleet in Scapa Flow in 1919, died today of heart disease. The Berlin broadcast was recorded by the Associated Press, Allies to Prohibit Invasion Talk Censor Authorities Seen Preparing to Ban All Speculation which most of the new leaders are drawn, has long campaigned against control of the mining industry by three major producing companies. These advices said the coup could hardly fail to affect the production of tin. (It was announced in Washington that, pending direct word from La Pai, negotiations between the Bolivian government and the United States Metal Reserve Company, a government-financed organization, for a new five-year tin contract were suspended. (General Penaranda arrived at today! He was accompanied by his j force, pushed ahead in "stiff fight- brother. Capt, Eliso Penaranda and the Chilean military attache to Bolivia. Capt. Victor Pimstein.) Make To and Half Mile Gain, While American Bombers Attack Bulgarian Capital; Montgomery's Men Push Ahead Along Adriatic ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Algiers, Dec. 21 VP). Lieut.-Gen. Mark W. Clark's Fifth Army forces have lunged forward two and a half, miles in a snowstorm to capture 2.600-foot Mt. Spinuccio, while U. S. 15th Air Force heavy bombers escorted by long-range fighters attacked Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, and an Athens airfield, it was announced today. In a companion drive. Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery's Eighth Army Enrique Lozada, now m Washington, has been named confidential agent to the United States for the new government, it was also an. nounced, and it was understood here that he may succeed Fernando Guachalla as Bolivian ambassador to the United States. In the only reports which the new government has released regarding the fate of former officials, it was said that former Foreign Minister Carlos Salinas had taken refuge in the Chilean embassy and former Minister of Agriculture Julio Ces- lng" toward Tollo in the central sector of the Adriatic front, improving their positions near Ortona. the Allied headquarters communique added, German resistance was said to be increasing. Allied planes shot down 28 enemy planes in the twin attacks on Sofia railroad yards and the Elevsis airfield in Greece and in other operations which included fighter-bomber raids on rail and motor targets in the Rome area. Eleven Allied planes failed to return. This brought the Luftwaffe losses in two days' sky battles to 71 planes plus three more shot down by American anti-aircraft fire during two pedez Anez was at the Paraguayan ! German attacks on newly-captured Reds Widening C7 Breaeh South Of Leningrad Soviets Drive Within Miles of Vitebsk; Sharp Enemy Attacks Repulsed Ceiling Price on Coal Screenings Is Raised Local dealers in Pennsylvania anthracite yard screenings have been authorized by the OPA to increase their ceiling prices by 50 cents per net ton. The increase was approved to absorb recent increases in the price of Pennsylvania antihracite a,t the mine. Screenings are the residue In dealers yards from prepared sizes of anthracite, sold almost exclusively for industrial use. Coal company officials said the volume of business in the state is not large. Iii Today's Paperl Tage WAR NEWS 4-5 Amusements 23 Answers to Questions 8 Classified 27-28-29 Comics 26 Calbertson on Contract 18 Death Notices 27 Editorials 8 Financ4a! 27 Obitnary 21 Radio 18 Sports 24 Society 20-21 Women's Interests 18-19 Tliree City Soldiers Are Killed, Two in Army Airplane Crashes The deaths of three Wilmington men in the Army Air Forces two In airplane crashes were reported today. They are: S t a fif Sergt. James W. Smith, 27, killed Nov. 19 in a crash on an island in the South Pacific battle area. Sergt. Steiner S. Straw, Jr., 23, of 2901 Jessup Street, member of the Army Air Force g r o und crew, kuied i n Sardinia, Dec. 10. Second Lieut. John F, Hudson, Jr., 22, one of five soldiers killed yesterday afternoon in a crash near Savannah, Ga. Mr. Hazel Moore Smith, 103 West Seventeenth Street, former wife of Sergeant Smith, and his brother, Francis E, Smith, E314 Church Street, were notified of the death of the radio operator-gunner, in letters from the War Department received Dec. 9. Besides his wife, Sergeant Smith fin Lieut. Hudson also leaves a daughter, Carolyn Blanche Smith, 7 years old, of 103 West Seventeenth Street; and three brothers, Francis, Irvin, 2205 Carter Street, and William Smith, formerly of the Army, now of Wilmington. His father, Edward Smith, died when Sergeant Smith was 5 years old; his mother, Mrs. Lilly Smith, died nine years ago. Mrs. Smith said the last letter she and her daughter received from Sergeant Smith was dated Nov. 4 15 days before he was killed. In it LONDON. Dec. 21 U.R). British and American censorship authorities were understood today to be preparing to ban publication and broadcasting of all speculation originating in either country on the opening of a second front in Western Europe. Speculation originating in neutral countries or picked up from Axis radio broadcasts or newspapers would not be affected by the order, it was believed. Military authorities in London and Washington were said to be dissatisfied with the widespread discussions over where, when and how an invasion of western Europe will be launched. The censorship discussion reached a new degree of urgency over the week-end with the appearance of dispatches telling of convoys shuttling big detachments of American troops to Britain and speculation over whether Gen. George C. Marshall. U. S. chief of staff, or Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme Mediterranean commander, would take over the command of invasion forces. embassy (Passengers arriving at Lima,: Peru, by air from La Paz, meanwhile, described the coup as bloody and added that army planes had flown from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to La Paz to aid the revolution. (The travelers said that groups which remained loyal to Penaranda in two towns had virtually been annihilated by artillery fire when -they refused to support the coup.) (Dispatches from Buenos Aires, said the "N. M. R. had often been accused of affiliation with Germanic" elements in Bolivia and that one of its chief programs is "geographic reconstruction," a phrase meaning an aggressive demand for an outlet to the sea, possibly at the expense of Chile or Peru.) San Pietro. Apparently trying hard to keep their Balkan satellites from being (See ITALY Page 4) Free French Warrants Accuse 5 of Treason ALGIERS, Dec. 21 lD. The French National Committee announced today thau warrants had been issued for the arrest on treason charges of Pierre-Etienne Flandin, i former French premier and late i,ir, - tv0 w minister of foreign affairs in the said he was in good spirits and well. On Dec. 13 the daughter, Carolyn received a native-made grass skirt from her father. Sergeant Smith was born in this city. He attended WUrnington High School and had been employed with the Dravo Corporation before being inducted into the Army 15 months ago. He received most of his training at Keesler Field, Miss. The news of Sergeant Straw's death was received from the War Department yesterday by his wife. Mrs. Olive Straw, and parents, Mr. (See FLIERS Page 4) Vichy cabinet, and four other prominent Frenchmen. The others were: Marcel Peyrou-ton, former governor general of Algeria; Pierre Boisson. former governor general of French West Africa; Tixier de Vignancourt. former French deputy and high Vichy functionary, and Andre Albert, former French deputy. A spokesman said that the warrant had been issued about a week ago but that all the five had not been taken in custody. Flandin had been under surveillance pending investigation by a commission probing suspected collaboration with Vichy. Woman Fatally Hurt In Fall From Porch Mrs. Clara De Mattis. 32 years old, of 500 North Union Street, died this afternoon In St. Francis Hos pital from injuries received earlier in the day when she fell from the second floor porch of her home. Police said Mrs. De Mattis was hanging clother. on a line when the porch railing gave way, plunging her to the yard. A passerby heard her screams and called the county ambulance. She suffered a deep laceration of the head, a fractured skull, and back injuries. Admitted to the hospital she underwent an emergency operation. She is survived by husband. John i De Mattis, and five children. Mrs. j De Mattis and her husband operated j a restaurant at the Union Street address. j Deputy Coroner C. Everett Kelley is Investigating. Postal Clerk Sells War Stamps for Yule Cards SHREVEPORT, La., Dec. 21 UP). Something was wrong, officials decided, when Christmas cards came through the Shreveport postoffice bearing 25 cent war stamps instead of the one cent postage stamps. They investigated, learned that both types of stamps have the same hue of. green, which contrasted nicely at the Christmas season with the color of a red-faced temporary clerk at a postoffice sub-station who had sold $400 of the stamps as one-cent stamps. Hurried patrons had stuck the stamps on Christmas cards without noticing the difference. LONDON, Dec. 21 P. The Russian Baltic army, steadily expanding its breach in the heavily-fortified German line, has plunged down the east side of the Nevel-Vitebsk railway to within 20 miles of Vitebsk, Reuters reported today from Moscow. This represented an advance of some 15 miles for Gen. "Ivan C. Bagramian's forces from their last reported position. His troops stand barely 50 miles from the old Polish and Latvian frontiers. . Bagramian's success in northern Russia, threatening to disrupt, the entire Nazi defense system south of Leningrad, had immediate repercussions on other sectors of the long eastern front. Dispatches indicated that huge reinforcements the Germans are throwing into the Nevel battle were possibly being drawn (See RUSSIAN WAR rage 4) By Associated Press LONDON, Dec. 21. Hundreds of R. A. F. bombers gave Frankfurt its most crushing blow of the wg,r last night, raining 2,000 long tons of incendiaries and explosives on the German chemical and armament center. In this and subsidiary attacks the R, A. F. lost 42 bombers. The great air offensive against Germany reached a new intensity with these additional attacks during the past 24 hours: 1. R. A. F. subsidiary formations attacked Mannheim-Ludwigshafen, Mosquitos sta'bbed at western Ger- many and Belgium and mines were laid in enemy waters. 2. Heavy formations of American Liberators and Fortresses in daylight struck heavily at the German U-boat campaign by bombing Bremen. 3. American bombers based on the Mediterranean for the fifth time in recent weeks blasted the rail yards of Sofia, capital of war-weary Bulgaria, and Elevsis airfield near Athens. 4. -. American and British medium bombers spread destruction on targets in northern France. The Allies lost more than 90 planes in the 24-hour operations. This includes 33 (counting 25 heavy bombers) over Bremen. 42 in the R. A. F, sweeps including an unspecified number of heavies, 11 in the Italian-Balkan area and six fighters over northern France. Last night's R. A. F. attack probably placed Frankfurt in the category with Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg and Kassel as Germany's most bombed cities. It was carried out in near top strength by a force which possibly numbered 800 or more j heavy bombers. ! Huge fires were left burning in 20 ! tne citr of more than a half mil lion vi men aireaay naa been so badly devastated in 41 raids that a large proportion of the populace had been forced to leave. Continuing the air offensive, a steady stream of medium and light bombers winged across the southeast coast towards France in daylight today, backing up heavy assaults begun yesterday on "what may well be German rocket gun emplacements. Mannheim-Ludwigshafen, twin cities on the Rhine where I. G. , (See AIR RAIDS Page 4) Variety of Organizations Helps To S well Neediest Family Fund Churchill Continues To Show Improvement LONDON. Dec. 21 ("). Prime Minister Churchill "continues to improve" in his recovery from pneumonia, No. 10 Downing Street announced today. Physicians at Churchill's bedside in the Middle East said his condition of circulation "is more satisfactory." Churchill is insisting on receiving his newspapers as usual, and they are being flown to "him frpm London. The Student Council of Mt. Pleasant School, the Phllathea Class of Olivet Presbyterian Church, Delaware Post, American Legion. St. Georges Methodist Sunday School, and the National Association of Pastoffice Custodial Employes are among contributors who have helped raise the fund for Wilmington's Twenty-five Neediest Families to today's total of S3.491.60. A doll was given to Case No. 3 by a "Friend." and a pair of shoes was donated to the same case by another "Friend." - The amount previously acknowledged is $3,125.60. Yesterday's contributions follow: Previously scknowlerigKl ... ..$3, 155. 80 H. C. B 2.M M. J. T, 2 Oft A Friend ... ... IS 00 Tori and George A Friend A Friend . . . Mrs. Weslev Jaeser Olivet, Phiiathea Class .... Psn t. Cook Neihe L. Cook Mr und Mrs Oorg Gejsjier grid family . ... A Fnend . Ch Dot, Ethel, Margaret, and Bettv ; Friend Cash . Delaware Po?t No. 1, American Legion A Friend . . John. Masreie. and JefTse ... Mary Wilson Thompson ... A Friend .... .. A Friend . , Mrs. Frederick E. Sione ... Howard F. Berg ........... Gene. Jack, Joe A Friend A Friend W. M F In memory of E G E L. P, .. Frscris A Conch Mr E. A. R-.pka . J. K 3 . sie P. Noonan ,- . . Mrs Richard 8. Whir .... 4 on 15 00 5 00 SO no 1 00 5 00 lo on s.oo S 00 20 00 3 no 3 Oft S 00 s on S no 2 on 10 oo 10 00 s on in m 1 oo 2 oo Marine Private A tear (led Medal S 00 3 00 2 00 S 00 3 00 5 on s on 2 on 2 00 I 00 A Friend in oo A Friend .... ........... Martha E. Vsndever ... Mrs Henry B. duPoni. Jr. . E. R. Ste-art . A Friend . St, Georees Methodist Sunns v School .... Loral 75, National Association PosrofTice Custodial Empioves ..... M S. E and H. W E . . Marian Taliman Warner ,. gpider.t Council of Mount Pleasant School 25 00 5.00 25 OO 3 00 300 55 00 5 Oft 2 00 25 00 in no sua on John L. Burns Receives Purple Heart After Suffering Wound Pfc. John L. Burns of the TJ. J. Marines, through Admiral William F. Halsey, naval com mander In the South Pacific area, has been awarded the Purple Heart after Being wounded in action on Nov. 13. H i s mother, Mrs. Mary Burns. 500 Monroe Street, received his Purpl Heart by mail this week. In a letter to his mother, Private Burns told her "not to worry as he was in a base hos pital in th Pfc J. L. Burns South Pacific recovering from his wound, which he described as not "too" serious. Burns, who is 21 year- old, recently won the co-champion light-heavyweight boxing title on Guadalcanal. The tournament was conducted among members of all the Marines stationed on the island. He was graduated from St. Paul'i Parochial School, where he won several swimming championships. Prior to joining the Marines on Aug. 12, 1942. he was employed on the assembly line at the Bond Manufacturing Company. His brother. Seaman Second Class Paul Bums, is in Total . I3.4R1 (Mi the U. S. N&VJ? Remember Wilmington's Twenty-Five Neediest Families Make Your Contribution Now!

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