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Four B Journal-Every Evening, Wilmington, Delaware, Tuesday, December 21, 1943 mv U. S. 6th Ar Takes Air Strip On New Britain Overruns Arawe Field, Thus Assuming Full Control Of Skies in Invasion Area ADVANCED ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, New Guinea, Dec. 21 (P). The American Sixth Army expanding six miles from its Cape Mer-kus. New Britain, beachhead has taken the Arawe air strip, adding another landing field to the perches from which Allied war birds are purging the air of Japanese. Gen. Douglas MacArthur's communique today said the Arawe field was secured Sunday, and by failing to mention any Japanese aerial activity in the southwestern New Britain sector, for the first time since the Americans stormed ashore there Dec. 15, it underscored Allied power in the skies. A headquarters spokesman termed the slackening Japanese air activity over Arawe as faithful to the enemy pattern after the first few days intensive attacks failed to produce results. He said the situation at Arawe was generally unchanged on the basis ofreports up to Monday. Across the Vitiaz Strait in New Gainea. Australian forces forded tanks and artillery across the Ma-sawang River in pursuit of the Japanese who until recently controlled all of the strategic Huon Peninsula. Scores of heavy and medium Allied bombers again hammered Cape Gloucester, on the western end of New Britain, dropping 414 tons of bombs on enemy airdrome, supply and bivouac areas. Damage was described as "widespread." The tonnage, left in two raid.s Sunday, topped the bcmb load dumped on any one enemy location in one day in this war theatre, and brought to 1.600 tons the total delivered at Cape Gloucester since Dec. 1, Cape Gloucester marks the fork of the enemy barge supply route eastward from New Guinea. By taking Arawe, the Allies have severed the route that branches along the south coast of New Britain. Should they likewise seize Cape Gloucester, the north-coast route leading to the big enemy base at Rabaul, New Britain, would be cut. General MacArthur's spokesman announced that the Australians had forded the Masawang River in at Air Force Men Killed Overseas ' ' I i x v. .n .1 i " - t- - t . 4 .4 Senators Hold Up Promotions President. Expected to Get Japs Claim 90 Pet. U. S. IVavv Losses at Arawe NEW YORK. Dec. 21 (INS). Tokyo radio today launched another series of fantastic claims concerning, in this instance, the situation on the island of New Britain. ack Keeommenuations warships which took part in the For FlevatinM nf Officer ! Ending operations"' were destroyed, ror r,ieauou oi uuicers Tokvo c!aimed in a broadcast heard Iby NBC. WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 UP). The I In addition, the Japs said, 3,300 Tivo Billion Ration Tokens To Go Into Use February 27 OPA Substitute for Stamps, Made From Fibre Produced In W ilmington, to Be Issued Through Retailers; Plan Will Extend Life of Books Senate probably will return to ; President Roosevelt without action 1 today his recommendations for the promotion of 14 Army officers, including Lieut. -Gen. George S. Pat-ton, Jr. The nominations for advancement in permanent rank failed to get beyond a military subcommittee and, with Congress preparing to adjourn today until Jan. 10, they ' will be returned under Senate rules to the White House along with all uuicj a uu w.uiii Kuiiuii lias urcu 1 taken. i Included in the list with Patton I are four other three-star generals: Joseph W. Stilwell, Brehon B. Somervell, Joseph T. M:Narney and Jonathan M. Wainwright. Recommendations for their per-, manent promotion, submitted by the President on Oct. 1, first were j held up by a bipartisan group which subsequently visited Secre-j tary of War Stimson to inform him C TI.,1 r:.i,i, I that a committee majority would W ith U.h. Hardest Fights oppo,e the elrva:ion JDl Somen.eU NAPLES. Der. 1(1 (Delayer! i (J!tO chief of staff if Oen Gporcp C ana Airs. S. S. oiraw, of the Jesjup ; Prom the standpoint of dif3culties ' Marshall becomes Allied command- j communique from the headquarters Street address. i and hardshins rhe hatt of Traiv ! er-in-chlef in Eurooe. ! of Marshal Josip Broz (Tito) an- i lie lairiuy fcaia xnai Staff Sergt. James W. Smith T71 r iters i . m Sergt. Steiner S. Straw, Jr. Battle of Italy Ranked (Continued From Fire One) Americans were killed in establishing the beachhead at Arawe, and that "ten warships were expended to destroy one Japanese plane." The Tokyo broadcast said American forces on New Britain "face a terrible supply problem." Partisans Near Croats' Capital Tito's Forces Smash Into Vicinity of Zagreb; Allies J Meet With Broz' Staff LONDON, Dec 21 iJP). The Yugoslav Partisans Army of 250,000 men smashed its way into the vicinity of Zagreb, German-occupied capital of Croatia, 70 miles east of Ljubljana on the Trieste-Belgrade railway, a WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 VP). Two billion ration tokens will begin flowing into circulation throughout the country Feb. 27, bringing several changes in the mechanics of rationing meats and processed foods. The tokens, slightly smaller than & dime and made of vulcanized fiber, will be worth one point each. They will be given as change by retailers for the familiar ration stamps, which under the new system will have a uniform value of 10 points rather than 8, 5, 2, and 1 as at present. Matching the color of stamps which will be in use when the token plan goes into effect, red tokens will be given as change in meat purchases, and blue for processed Ration stamps each with a io-! Roosevelt Sends Holiday point value regardless of the num Vets Greeted By President they had ; comparable to any warfront in; There is no indication that Stim- j nounced today ber appearing on the coupon will be validated on a horizontal or across-the-book basis instead of on a vertical or up and down basis as currently. A regular schedule of validity dates will provide a total of five processed food stamps worth 50 points for " each consumer at the ! start of every month, with the ex ception of the first month, when they become valid on Feb. 27. They will remain valid until the twentieth of the second succeeding month. Three meats-fats stamps worth a total of 30 points will become valid every two weeks, with the first two series or six stamps remaining valid until May 20. This rate of validation is slightly greater than for processed foods at present and slightly less than for ne "5 trilmns m ioiaa. . .i.av. ic o .vio , to tne Wnite House also. Thev In- .inn. r rv t. th rvi i w.i It f, ZZtUnTTui ! amount fiihtir.R you have to d to 1 ciuae George C. Kenney Carl :matian Coast and four in the Mos- however, through adjustment of the clear any single island. What im- I paatz. umar is. aiaaiey, ira i tar region, includine the Prince I ration cot of some foods. pressed me on the Fifth Army front i Miuard t. Harmon, hobert UjEusene SS elite outfit. I OPA estimates that with the use was the practically endless chain of Eichelberger. and Mark Wayne ; The bulletin, broadcast by the j 0f tokens the life of ration book ciars. iwo temporal major gen-; ee Yugoslav radio, said that one j foUr will be about two years. At crals. Thomas T. Handy, and Walter j column of Titos forces had en- iM.r three hnnks would be reauired SmUh, are Caugnt in the fameitmrt the town nf Koniner. rfr th. ! a iv,M, v.. . -' uui Liiia priiuu winiwwi. luatiio. Message to Patients In Government Hospitals Titos resilient forces were de clared in London to be engaging nine German and three puppet divi- nrvcuCTj utt. . u.e ; the world where American troops ' son gave his visitors anv comhiit- day beiore he was reported dead, are fighting. Assistant War Secre- ; ments on that score, but Somervell saying "everything is fine" and that I tary jonn j, McCloy said today after was reported to have informed some ve t a visit to the Fifth Armv. j senators this week he had no as-;sions in the main fighting areas in sergeant Straw entered the ser-j He came ,Q Italv after the Cairo ! pirations to become chief of staff. I addition to containing three to four uce Nov is. 134.,. and was sent and Tcheran conferences. ! Unless the Senate acts, the nomi- j Nazi divisions m sporadic combats Ih S, L,J uTZ1' fu neveIi Previously, McCloy said, he had ; nations of seven other temporary j in the Istrian peninsula bordering a; . ,8n ,u mo,-ner ?n,a ' considered Kiska the toughest lieutenant generals to the perma-i italv. The Germans and their mer- w.Ae visuea mm iasi . r eoruary wnue . Amencan fr0nt-"However. there nent rank of brigadiers will go back j cenaries were said to have six divi- always is a definite limit, to Peninsula Methodist Church. He ; was a graduate of Pierre S. duPont High School, and attended the University of Pennsylvania. He was ; employed at the Ludlow Manufac-1 turing fe Sales Company before en- i tering the service. In addition to his parents and his wife, Sergeant Straw is survived by j two sisters, Miss Martha Straw, of peaks anead of the boys. . . . they have to fight hard to take one, then their next objective is another mountain just like it or maybe worse." McCloy soent a day with Lieut.- WASHINGTON. Dec. 21 (). President Roosevelt in a Christmas and New Year message transmitted to war veterans in government hospitals assured them of the nation's gratitude for service "so bravely and honorably rendered." "Now that we know in our hearts that ultimate victory is certain," his message stated, "we can face the long, hard struggle ahead with confidence and fortitude, and let the spirit of Christmas pervade our thoughts and bring us comfort and happiness. "I know that I speak for the nation, as well as myself, when I assure you of our gratitude for the service you so bravely and honorably rendered and of our continued solicitude for your welfare and contentment. A merry Christmas to each of you may the new year be for you and yours a happy one." Attached to the White House greetings was a Christmas message Clubman Faces KnifiimCharge Waiter Alleges World War Veteran Slashed Throat In Philadelphia Hotel PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21 0JJ). Maj. Wakeman Griffin Gribbel, 63, Chestnut Hill, was under $2,500 bail today on charges of stabbing a waiter at the Rftz-Carlton Hotel. Gribbel, prominent clubman, surrendered without protest yesterday after Ermanno Fairnone, 48, testified Gribbel slashed his throat after he accused the waiter of responsibility in the loss of a red handkerchief. The attack, Farinone said, was early last Friday morning in an elevator when Gribbel was leaving the hotel in company with two soldiers. Gribbel was said to have created a scene in a private dining room shortly before. Gribbel, gassed and wounded in World War I, was released from the Norristown State Hospital two years ago. In 1929, after what police said was a prolonged drinking bout, he barricaded himself in his home and police were summoned. When his lifelong friend, Police Inspector John W. Blackburn, forced his way into the room, Gribbel shot and killed him and seriously wounded Blackburn's chauffeur. Gribbel was acquitted, the defense contending he was protecting his home from unauthorized intrusion. B. squeeze. the Jessup Street address, and Mrs.!?"- Mark W. Clark and other Fifth James Whiteley, of 12 Tamarack i commanders logging throu:i irirr,r. . ! th mud and climoini mf of tne Air Raids Avenue, Elsmere.. Lieutenant Hudson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Hudson of 103 North Franklin Street. He re-centlv received his commission and had ben stationed at the Hunter least tnree places wun ootn lanns pia Army Base near Savannah. 1 1. fh. r;: and artillery. f Hi. njr.nft hw nf h 10 clmo tne opf. on taai Qe me niggers advance elements j along the Huon Peninsula coast have pushed more than a mile beyond the Masawang. From their northernmost point of advance, the Australians' line runs roughly southwest to the headwaters of the Sanga River three and a half miles north of captured Wareo. Admiral William F. Halsey announced that Army forces under Lieut.-Gen. Millard F. Harmon, commander of ground units in the South Pacific, have taken complete control of the Empress Augusta Bay sector on the west-central coast of Bougainville Island In the Solomons. The Marines established a beachhead there Nov. 1 and Army units moved in Nov. 7 to aid them. In bitter jungle fighting toe Japanese were pushed back and an Allied airfield was established at Torokina Point. Allied fliers visited both Buka and Buin, the former center being hit especially hard with more than 100 planes dropping 135 tons of bombs. One Allied plane was lost in the Buin raid. Gasmata. on . the south-central coast of New Britain, was blasted by Australian-manned dive bombers and fighters who centered their attention on the supply dumps and airdrome there. Allied planes and P-T boats took a toll of 25 Japanese barges sunk or damaged In attacks on these vessels which constitute the enemy's principal medium for supplying his hard-pressed defensive points. death in a telephone call from an other officer at the field early today. Hudson attended Brown Vocational High School and Wilmington High School. He had been in the i Army since early in 1942. (Contintifd From T Onf highest features of the terrain 1 Farbenindustne has the largest gained during the current offensive. ! chemical works in the world, have ; Presence of some of Adolf Hitler's He saw the Maggiore Heights where ; been subjected to at least six bom- J pet fighting units in Yugoslavia German prisoners admitted "we felt j bardments of 500 tons or more since j was disclosed through an an-perfectly safe because we didn't ! the start of the war. They have j nouncement that the Partisans were think it possible for human beings : been well up on R. A. F. bomber Mocked in battle with the Nazi command s list. Prince Eugene SS division in Her- The tonnage dropped on Frank- ; cegovina. Important Nazi-held base on Dec. j The tokens, being produced by the 15, while another column had oc- j Osborne Register Company of Cin-cupied the town of Vojnic, 35 miles cinnati. from fibre manufactured by to the southwest, on the same day. j the National Vulcanized Fibre Com-Tito's offensives were still rolling j party cf Yorklyn, Del., will have forward in Sanjak, Bosnia and j no expiration date and thus may be Slavonia, the communique said. ! accumulated and used at any time. However, tokens will be given as change only In connection with purchases. Outright cashing of expiring stamps for their full value will not be rjermitted. j Elaborate precautions against i counterfeiting are Involved in the 700 Letters Boost Pacific Island Corporal's Morale SOMEWHERE IN AUSTRALIA (U.Rh Corp. Alexander Hadley, 26, a gunner on a lonely Southwest Pacific island, used to gripe because he never got any mail. He wrote a letter to his mother. Mrs. S. A. Alexander U521 Central from Brig.-Gen. Frank T. Hines, i Ave.), Charlotte, N. C, saying his administrator of veterans affairs, Rail Strike (Conlinard From Tft One) the proposal but would ask. in ad- ; furt last night approached the , in three days of intense fighting ; design of the tokens and the manu-: heaviest raid of the war more than ; in the Kordun district. Tito said. I facturing process. ! 2.300 tons rained on Berlin the night j his men captured the town of Trzic j Retailers will receive their sup-jof Nov. 22 and its effect on a city; and a large part of the surrounding I plies of tokens from the nation's ss man an eignm tne size oi tne : territory, killing 130 German officers i banks about Feb. 2. rilUnr. illnnnu ......I-... I frtrmSn T 3 TV, f 3 I mil.Hf riSVA hr I rr -ynrl ! n i n tr 11 T- ..MU A t viiitvii, ItliVyaiH.U .Wi V dit utUiLfe. . ' .... . v , aiiu ii nuu uuiiu.i.j, w, nV"s,p ' f ! Th exact method the President terrific. j Associated Press dispatches from member of boy Scout lroop 30. a.-. haA in m.A f, -ai-i,.. . .,,,,.1 Frankfurt has bwn the target for; r. said that h'?h TinitiM fitatPt plementary four cents an hour for j British bombers on numerous occa- i and British staff officers have overtime was not immediately j sions. but. last night's raid was the i reached "full agreement" with of- However. Mr. Roosevelt said he :tnlnl major attack imore than 500 i fleers of Tito on plans for a military hoped that railway executives and ; Jons' by the R. A. F. The city, im-employe representatives could get ' poriant Inland port and rail center, also nas been neavuy attacked in filiated with St. Paul's Catholic Church. Hudson was a former employe of the News-Journal Company In addition to his parenfs. Lieutenant Hudson is survived by two brothers and two sisters, Joseph, 19, Harry. 16. Marie, 21. and Bess. 14. all of the Franklin Street address. 'Cream of Jobs' Pledged To Veterans by WMC PHILADELPHIA. Dec. 21 (&). Returning war veterans are promised the "cream of the available jobs" through an experimental rehabilitation center to be opened here by the War Manpower Commission by Jan. 16. WMC Regional Director Frank L. Italy together on a formula which would provide earnings increases. Mr. Roosevelt told a press-radio conference that discussions were under way toward setting up some sort of system . under which rail employes would get time and or.e-half for overtime or the equivalent Mr, Roosevelt said that he had learned only a few months ago that, unlike most industrial workers, railway employes do not receive time (Continued From Page One bombed out of the war, the Germans daylight by American heavy bom-1 meeting in Alexandria and it was j bers. j emphasized that the forces of Gen. j Germany Admits Damage j Draja Mihailovic, who are supported ! The Frankfurt attack was the R. ! by King Peters government-in- A. F.'s fourth major operation of a ; exile were not represented at the ! month which has seen Berlin j conference. Tito, it was added, now . bombed twice in strength and Leip- j has a permanent staff in Cairo con- ramnaian in Yu2Cslavia Plans for the coming Balkan cam- j threw large numbers of fighters Lnto paign were drawn up at a secret tne ajr. Fighter American infantrymen, who have been ceaselessly attacking for several days, swarmed up the slopes of Mt. Spinuccio, two and a half miles west of recently-taken ;ce in strengtn ana u?ip- . 111 ! Lacone. under severe conditions. zig once, Loses to date for Dc- u;ang wiui American ana aruisn a rnfVint9e thl. . cembcr total 136 aircraft. By German account, the R. A. F. caused damage and losses to the civilian population in the districts headquarters. and one-half for overtime. He said that while perhaps 150,000 to 200.000 i hit. The Nazis asserted that a operatin gworkers of the carriers i number of R. A. F. planes were shot j McNamee said the center, one of six j were paid on a mileage basis, per- j down by intense "flak" in the star- to be established throughout tne naps some plan couid be developed i Ut night. War Morgentliau (Continued From Pfe One) rest of their lives on Capitol Hill appearing before investigating committees." Morgenthau added a hope that the holiday recess might lead Congress to reconsider "and give us a real revenue-producing bill." The i measure now is pending before the "I'm ' still stickin to $10,500,000,-000" as the goal for additional revenue, Morgenthau replied to a question, "It's there, and they can' get it." His statement singled out proposed renegotiation amendments that would eliminate manufacturers of "standard articles" from renegotiations, and the retroactive exemption of subcontractors whose goods do not enter into final settlement. While asserting the changes "will make renegotiation so complex as to be practically unworkable" and will cost the government "large amounts in money already recaptured, he added: "This is not their worst feature. Their worst feature is that they open the way to truly extortionate profits. I predict that if they are enacted into law they will come back to plague not only the Congress but the war goods manufacturers who get temporary gain from them. "They hold the seed of a national scandal." country under a demobilization program announced yesterday by Manpower Chairman Paul V. McNutt, would offer veterans "what they want." "It makes no difference if the jobs are in essential or in non-essential industry." he said. "We intend to give veterans what they want, and those having the best prospects for future security will be recommended strongly." McNamee said many large employers already have filed job requests with the United States Employment Service for returning service men. (Continued From Pag One) from the Zhitomir-Korosten front west of Kiev, if not farther south. to give uiem wnat wouid amount , ; American Fortresses ana Liber- j Enemv Assaults Repulsed to time and a half. ! a tors had a big day yesterday in j Troops of the First Ukraine Army, He said this might amount to four i subbing a body blow at the Nazi ' wno successful!'.- balked Nazi Mar- cents a nnour. m addition to an U-boat effort by loosing a cargo of are covered with snow and many of them tower above 3,000 feet. On the remainder of the Army front, only patrol activity was reported. The American attacks on Sofia i and Athens followed powerful i aerial blows, aimed from bases in Uhis theatre of operations, on Augs-!burg in Germany and Innsbruck in Austria, both of which are on the hourly wage increase of four cents i high explosives and incendiaries on shal Fritz von MannsSein's powerful j Brenner Pass route, vital to the sup- tan drive jn the Kiev bulge last ply o! the Nazi forces in Italy iiu.uit5i ; n-aAi. BPT hflrk in thp wrirnzi fn cr ; T5-;.v ... .u..- n a -i, i tor yesterday and repulsed a series j terceptors were reported by today's within the framework of the stabi-' by swarms of fighters, knocked j Fascist Radio Station 'Nauseated' by Newsman Naples, Dec. 21 (.Associated Press Correspondent Hal Boyle holds the unique distinction for an Allied newspaperman of "nauseating" a whole Fascist radio station. The Rome radio heard Boyle's interview with a cameraman who photographed the Teheran conference. The photographer said he was disappointed because he couldn't snap the three Allied leaders smoking. "This story nauseates us." the Fascist broadcasting cried. "To us who consider this foolishness typically American, there comes an urge to cry: Wha6 kind oi civilization can Montreal City Hall Workers Go on Strike MONTREAL, Dec. 21 (.Montreal's second strike of municipal employes within a week started to-dav, with an estimated 2,000 city hall clerks and stenographers out. to enforce demands for higher wages. The white collar workers turned down an offer from the provincial government through the Quebec Municipal Commission, for an arbitration board to investigate their wage demands. A week ago today employes of the police, fire and public works departments staged a 14-hour strike that won them union recog nition for the Canadian Congress of Labor. Those striking today were member of the National Syndicate of Municipal Workers and two smaller unions who joined forces with the syndicate, recognized by the city as bargaining agent for the white collar workers. U. S. Flier Solves Source of Orinoco NEW YORK, Dec. 21 INS). An American flier was reported today to have solved a 200-year-old mysterythe source of the Orinoco River in South America. NBC Reporter Harwocd Hull, Jr., radioed from Dutch Guiana an announcement that Maj. Art Williams, veteran of 8,000 hours of flying of South American jungles, located the Orinoco's headwaters in Brazil, near the Venezuelan border, during a flight in a U. S. Army observation plane. . . ' - . Admiral Fletcher Gets North Pacific Command WASHINGTON. Dec. 21 (.Appointment of Vice-Admiral Frank J. Fletcher as commander of the North Pacific area was announced today by Secretary of the Navy Knox. Fletcher succeeds Vice-Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid. who recently was sent to the Southwest Pacific. Rear Admiral Sherwoode A. Taf- already recommended for operating i the port of Bremen in workmen by an emergency board. ; Germany. .mrrnnM V I a , I -n, "V 1 1 , A 0t sharP y vaults. Monday's Allied communique to have taken and 27 tanks in one sector alone, the kr raids. nnounced mixed action no used Russian communique said the Germans lost 1.200 men killed and 59 lization law. which would be fair I down 40 Nazi planes while losing 25 Moscow war bulletin said. ' i Allied 'headquarters a ana equuame i neavy oomocrs ana eignt . ngntcrs. Dispatches abo revealed that the j that a specially-trained, -I At."?' '.'""r-? m ! . .rmV'Lm ,"""ru-. Russians were now exerting strong i American-Canadian unit is in '., inai mcre wliI 1X01 8,iour mllfs,nin m temperaiures auipressure from thft nuttezst on j with the Fifth Army, but gave t. h!f v -a " ''"u"u5 iKirovoerad. Dnieper bend enemy ! inkling what the unit is being The Chief Executive said he did excellent over Bremen, it was an- , ' that he hoped to find out this af ternoon. j The President said that the ques- ; tion of giving railworkers time and j one-half for overtime couid be ' settled either by legislation or by an agreement between empkn-es and carriers. If an agreement is reached, he said, a law would be unnecessary. He said he saw no particular reason for discrimination which gives time and one-half to industrial workers and not to rail workers and said he hoped a method could be worked out which would not be held up for what he termed picayunish reasons. The railroad wages crisis became more acute today as leaders of a million non - operating employes hefted the strike weapon which their operating colleagues already have cocked at a Dec. 30 deadline. A subcommittee of the 15 non-operating unions, which had hoped until yesterday that Congress would uphold their wage demands before Christmas, decided to summon their chiefs to consider setting a strike date. Their meeting today coincided with a resumption of mediation conferences, opened Sun day by President Roosevelt, between the five operating brotherhoods and the carriers. ! The non-operating groups (clerks, telegraphers, etc.) have taken a strike vote but have withheld the returns so far. Their growing impatience was reflected in a remark of George M. Harrison, president of the brotherhood of railway clerks, after the President had called a conference without including his group 61 non-operating leaders. , "Maybe," said. Harrison, "it pays to get tough." The House interstate commerce committee yesterday postponed ac tion until Jan. 10 on the Senate-approved resolution validating an 8-cent hourly wage increase w:hich an emergency Doard recommended but which Stabilization Director Fred M. Vinson vetoed. The carriers have signed a contract to pay the 8-cent increase. The unions originally asked 20 cents. these men give us?' It arouses a j finder succeeds Fletcher as com Tour Christmas fivinf should in clude something for Wilmington's feeling of utmost revulsion. mandant of the 13th Naval District. Twenty-five Neediest Families. to shroud the big port under a roll tng smoke screen. Until last night, the major force of R. A. F. heavy bombers had been idle since the night of Dec. 16 when they cast 1.500 long tons of bombs j on battered Berlin at a cost of 30 bombers. Nads Try to Retaliate During the night the German air force again tried to retaliate. A few bombers were over various sections of England, giving London a half-hour alert. It was announced they had dropped bombs in southeastern regions, causing some damage and a number of casualties. As a result of the Sunday raids on Innsbruck and Augsburg, Nazi war traffic through the Brenner Pass was said to have been forced to a standstill. It was the first attack from the south on Augsburg, important rail junction 20 miles from Munich. A Zurich dispatch to Stockholm's newspaper Dagens Nyheter said the Innsbruck railway station had been destroyed. The 42 German fighters shot down yesterday constituted the biggest bag for one day since the toll of 138 exacted in the U. S. raid on Emden Dec. 11. Two of the 42 fell to R. A. F. and dominion airmen carrying out diversionary sweeps. Chinese Capture Four Jap Bases CHUNGKING, Dec. 21 Chinese forces have smashed forward in the central China rice bowl area, capturing the four main Japanese bases of Lihsien, Tsingshih, Nanhsien and Ansiang. Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's headquarters announced today. The victory, a follow-up to the smashing at Changteh of a Japanese offensive against the important Chinese base and communications center of Changsha, effectively cleared the northern banks of Lake Tungting. It also made the position of the Japanese forces between the lake and the Yangtze River extremely precarious. The original Japanese offensive against Changteh and Changsha was launched from the four strong-points whose capture wa3 announced today. On the Eighth Army front, Mont gomery's men pushed about a mile north of the Ortona-Orsogna road tanks destroyed in future counter-j toward Tollo four miles northwest attacks there yesterday. ! of the highway. A Berlin broadcast, meanwhile, an- Tne Germans were said to be nounced the Germans had evac-1 using a good number of tanks to uated their bridgehead on the east . halt the Eighth's advance. Chickens (Continued From Page One) only. Those intended for overseas are packed in special boxes and shipped air" over the world. Those going to domestic camps are packed in barrel and hampers. However, before the poultry is purchased, and only grade A is bought, It is rigidly inspected by the three veterinarians and the 12 men, who in civilian life worked for large packing houses as meat inspectors or who have had laboratory experience. The personnel at the office visits 11 processing plants in Delaware, Maryland, and Philadelphia, where the poultry is first inspected. The officer in charge said all the poultry is purchased for the American Army and Navy and it is doubtful whether any of this food stuff goes to Allies. The chickens weigh from two and a quarter to four pounds each. It was pointed out that the OPA ceiling price on chickens is 36 cents a pound, but a processing plant selling them to the government is allowed by the OPA to charge a penny above ceiling plus the actual costs of packing the poultry in the various types of containers. The wTeek by week purchases of chickens follows: July 21 to 24113,260 pounds. July 25 to 31289,499 pounds. Aug. 1 to Aug. 7320,690 pounds. Aug. 8 to 14 540,447 pounds. Aug. 15 to Aug. 21 610,000 pounds. Aug. 22 to 28872.276 pounds. Aug. 29 to Sept. 4 771,520 pounds. Sept. 5 to 11 570.400 pounds. Sept. 12 to 18779,248 pounds. Sept. 19 to 25900,318 pounds. Sept J27 to Oct. 21.176,222 pounds. Oct. 4 to 91,155,296 pounds. Oct. 11 to 161.126,079 pounds. Oct. 18 to 231.190.180 pounds. Oct. 25 to 30 1.650.971 pounds. Nov. 1 to 6 1.2SS.670 pounds. Nov. 8 to 131,355,717 pounds. Nov. 15 to 201,316,659 pounds. Nov. 22 to 27808.255 pounds. Nov. 29 to Dec. 41,565,984 pounds. Dec. 5 to 111,570.336 pounds. morale was low but a few good snappy letters from you folks would help a lot." Mrs. Alexander sent the letter to the "Charlotte Observer," which published it. Since that time, a few months ago, Hadley has received more than 700 letters. On his biggest day he got 65 of them. Seventy-five of the girls, aged 15 to 50, sent snapshots of themselves. Most of the girls were around 18. "I love 'em all." said Hadley. "There's Janet and Jennie and Peggy and Barbara and Helen and Bonnie and Gladys and Inez - and Margaret and Hazel and Agnes and Mickey and lots more. They're swell girls." The letters are still rolling in, from North and South Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He has been able to answer about 200 of them with the help of his pal. Pfc. Joseph P. McCarthy, 21, of Downers Grove, 111. President for Soldier ' Vote Where Possible WASHINGTON. Dec. 21 UP). President Roosevelt declared today he had a simple policy on the -question of votes for soldiers that every soldier should be given an opportunity to vote unless combat circumstances prevented it. He enunciated the policy at a press-radio conference in response to a request for comment on the soldier vote bill pending in Congress. He said he had not read the legislation and hadn't the faintest idea whether the measure as passed by the Senate would give soldiers the opportunity of which he spoke. Asked whether he thought "federal machinery is needed to implement" the policy stated by him. Mr. Roosevelt said he was sure it is needed. 3 Gestapo Men Killed STOCKHOLM, Dec. 21 J. Three Gestapo agents were killed in an exchange of gunfire with Norwegians when the Germans raided an Oslo house, the Swedish-Norwegian press bureau said today. bank of the ice-bound Dnieper River opposite the city of Kherson far to the south, and said an early assault against Kherson itself was anticipated by the German garrison. Moscow did not mention any activity in the Kherson salient. Berlin Hints 'Changes' (CBS recorded another Berlin broadcast early today in which the announcer was evidently preparing his listeners or the possibility of "sudden changes of the situation on the eastern front." He added that "at Kherson there are German movements in progress which remind one of the developments at Cherkasy." Cherkausy fell to Gen. Ivan Konev's army last week.) Detailing action in the Soviet drive south of Nevel, the Moscow war bulletin said Bagramian's army had wiped out 1.S00 Germans yesterday and that "the enemy is retreating, abandoning a great quantity of arms and ammunition." Bagramian was driving in multiple thrusts toward the rail centers of Vitebsk and Polotsk as his im mediate objectives. In less than a week his troops have recaptured nearly 1,000 square miles of territory, including 570 villages and have killed or captured nearly 24.OC0 enemy troops along a 50-mile-wids front. Capt. Ludwig Sertorius, Axis commentator, was quoted as saying that the Red army drive toward the Baltic "constituted the beginning of the Russian winter offensive." General Eisenhower Bethlehem Visitor CAIRO. Dec. 19 (Delayed) (VP). Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Allied commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean area, visited Bethlehem on his way home from the Teheran conference, it was disclosed today, and prayed In the grotto of the Nativity. He. visited all holy sites in the town. Both ths Fortresses which at- j tacked Elevsis and the Liberators ' which bombed Sofia fought long, running battles with German fighters. The Lightning escort caught 40 German fighters attacking the big Fortresses and shot down nine over Greece, while the Fortress gunners accounted for 10 more. Not a single P-38 was lost. At Sofla. between 20 and 25 ME-109s and FW-109s attacked. They Included a large number of yellow-nosed craft, apparently in. dicating that Marshal Hermann Goering's own fighter group Is now in the Balkans. Fortress gunners with confirmed ME-109 victories, some of whicn were shared, included Sergt. William C. Bunting, Wildwood, N. J. Another announcement said that American motor torpedo boats, which gained fame in the Pacific, teamed up with British craft to fight a vigorous night action Dec. 18 off the island of Elba with two Nazi destroyers on which torpedo hits were probably scored. The naval communique said the enemy destroyers fled with the PT boats In pursuit and later were engaged by another force, which included both American and British light coastal ships. "Both actions were brisk and enemy opposition was considerable," said the communique. On the same night, British light units sank an "E" boat, a Siebel ferry, an escort vessel and two motor craft in the eastern Adriatic. Decoded FORT LEAVENWORTH. Kan., Dec. 21 (P). A draftee gave this reason, in writing, for asking deferment: "Convalescing from a traumatic perrosynovitis of the flexor digitorum sublimus in profundus muscle at the metacarpsophalangeal joint." The Army said no, a sore finger wasn't a good enough excuse. The Stepladder More Dangerous Than The Mountain Trail! MORE PEOPLE are injured climbing up on steplad-ders than are hurt in climbing mountains. There's a reason for this. The stepladder is a commonplace sort of contraption. It looks safe, so no precautions are taken when using it. Mountain climbing, on the other hand, is known to be dangerous. You watch carefully where you place your feet and hands when climbing up a steep and rocky trail. There are a lot of things around the home like the stepladder whose danger lies hidden in their innocent appearance of safety scatter rugs, staircases, can openers, and cooking utensils. That's why everyone needs Accident Insurance. You're Between Six and Fifty-four, We Hate An Accident Policy to Fit Your Particular Seeds SEE US NOW! J. A. Montgomery, Cencrat Insurance for oner 75 Vecrr! Ground Floor DuPont Building Tenth and Orange Phone 6561 'If it'$ insurable tee can insure if

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