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VOL. XLI.-NO. 2-!2 Blylhevllle Dally New» Blytheville Courier BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS „' • |WMINANtNbWSPAI'EJl OK NOHTBEAST ARKANSAS AND fiOIl'rm'Afi.r »,,oo,,,,,,, '^""^ *^ Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI wpiprsQUEffllralcAP SINGLE COPIES FIVE CRNTB New Government Will Be Formed By Damaskinos Exiled King George Appoints Archbishop In Move For Peace ATHENS, Dec. 30 (UP)-Arch- btshop Damaskinos of Athens has been named regent of Greece The elderly'archbishop, who is at present ill and received . a blood transfusion only today, K-.IS notified of his appointment In a cab'c from the exiled King George In London. The king also notified British-supported Premier Papan- dreoii of his decision lo accept the regency. PapiDdrcou already had been reported lo have cabled his resignation to the king. The king, who lieU out for days against the suggestion for a regency to form a new government and end the civil war is said to have yielded finally on a blunt demand by British Prime Minister Churchill and Foreign Secretary Eden, who returned to London yesterday. Despite his illness, the elderly archbishop probably will be sworn in as regent tomorrow, accordhi" to his secretary. ° He is reported to have already sounded out several prominent Greek politicians as possible successors to Premier Papandrcon ivho Is entirely unacceptable to the Greek leftists, who have demanded tip to 40 per cent representation in a new cabinet as a price for ending tlie civil war. •!'. The announcement of the re°encv .is expected to end'the f!ghtln»°rag- ing in Athens and northwest Greece. TT ""'er, there is no word yet thai (lie left-wing ELAS army, or ForGreece ,M° rtar . Snells Fir ed On German Soil e the , British and Greek government ' sector S. Illi Army holds While the main force of the German offensive is lo the Northwest of their doggedly to Its. hard-won positions near the Khinc river at LaulcrboU„ — **. to- Germany from pc,il,ns j( ,st off Ihver at ^tSf Z " n ^ ™ * |J ™' <NEA Telcpholo.) border. Cotton Rail Rate Adjustments Benefit Shippers Of This Area £""'£, °L^., Inl ^! tate c ° m -1 .™erce for lltis seclion Rftes Held"For Gpsnel! Woman Tnis Afternoon 1 Mrs. Willie Middlcton of Gosncil died suddenly Wednesday in Chicago where she was visiting relatives. She was GO. Stricken' with" an'aMack of chronic myocarditis, from which she hart been ill -for a lengthy period, she- died within a short time. Funeral services were held this afternoon, 1 o'clock, at the home of n daughter, Mrs. Curtis Potter of Gosncll, following arrival of (he body yesterday. The Rev. c C. Cotton officiated with burial at Maple Grove Cemetery. Born in Kentucky, she came to this section when a child. She Ion K had lived at, Gosnell where her husband, Bill Middlcton, died in 1923 She is survived by three riaugh- '7 s ' Mrs - Potter and Mrs. Middle •Moody of Gosnell and Mrs. Bessie Boggs of Chicago; three sons Kirby Ball and Georgia Middleton of Chicago, and Dewey Middlcton ol here; a brother, Kirby Jolly of HorncrsvlHc, Mo., and a sister." Mrs. Kate Manning of Lexington, Ky. cobb Funeral Home was in charge. ; ' Telephone Waiting List Grows At Little Rock LITTLE HOCK, Dec, 30. <UP>District Manager E. M. McCall of the Southwestern Dell Telephone Company sa ys more than 3000 greater Little Rock residents are now on the waiting list for telephone service McCall says average waiting time for applicants Is at-nnt'n year He adds that telephones are installed immediately only when considered essential and an aid to the war effort. Disiribution of the Little Rock directories will begin Saturday. The directory lists some 34.000 phones in', greater Little Rock. merce Commission, announced today, that cotton rail rates between :ne Mississippi Valley-Soulhwest territory and Southeastern and Npr.|jhcastem mills, are "unduly 11 ' to shippers shippiii; Prejudicial " under the 50,080 minimum " victory for this section. This decision was made in two cases, the Blytheville chamber of Commerce, including compress operators and shippers, and the Memphis Cotton Exchange and others, to climax a fight made during (lie Past seven years to have these rates reduced. The commission ordered a spread of 10 cents per lop pounds' on or before March 19. Present spread is G cents between the 35,000-pountl minimum and the 50000-pound minimum. Kail rates on 50,000-pound minimum shipments between ihe Mississippi Valley-southwest area and Southeastern mills were found "just and reasonable" while rates to Northeastern mills on 50,000-poimd minimum loads were held reasonable except in eases where they exceed 75 per cent of tlie " tity" rate. Compress operators and shippers asked a 15-cent spread, contendi, -pound minimum loads ,\vas prejudicial. The 35,000-pound minimum shipment is flat cotton; the 50000- :oun<l minimum, compressed cotton. This reduction is of direct benefit lo farmers of this section who now are assurred a market com- ictitive, from Ihe freight rate stand- "any-tiuan- ing , has Included hearines in Dallas, Memphis, Washington; nn d 51: Louis and has entailed much work on the part of Interested parties, it was pointed men of this sec- out. Thai'- business - tion have become more freight rate conscious, becaus e any increase in rates must come out of Ihe commodity, was clled today with Ihis order another step lovvard me prosperity in Ibis seclion Solons Tackle Job Of Finding Rooming Space LITTLE ROCK, Legislators; today into Little Rock Dec. 30 (U.P.) — began flocking for the openin: ring persons point, wllli any cotton market in 1945 greater Two Manila Men Fined For Hunting On Refuge JONESBORO, Ark., Dec, 30- Ch.irged n-ith hunting on the Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Manila, louts Dcroussc, 51, and his son, Thomas Derousse. 19, botli of Manila, were fined here Friday by United states Commissioner,' Miss Clara Browdar. The elder Deroiissc was fined S100 and his son $50. Tlie two were arrested early Thursday by Joe Morton came warlen in charge refuge at Manila. of the Weather A R K A NS A S— Consid era bl c cloud - iness. Warmer this afternoon and In east and south portions tonight. Sunday cloudy 'with scattered .vhowers, turning colder in north portion In afternoon. lie colton belt, it was poinlcd on! This order will compel cotton to conic into interior compresses for consolidation into shipments, !o frcally benefit compresses of Blytheville and surrounding section. Continuation of the present C- ccnt spread, compressors and shippers contended, would result in bulk of the traffic moving in uncompressed form and eventual abandonment of compress-warehouse facilities in the territory of origin. The commission said the basis prescribed would not penalize cither flai or compressed shipments. The seven-year fight, waged by Ihe Blytheville Chamber of Com- Emil G. Betzler Dies Early Today In Kansas City Emil G. "Pete" Bclzler died this morning at a hospital in Kansas City, Mo,, where he was visitlne relatives. He was 56. Ill for several months, he recently went there for a visit when stricken critically ill several davs ago. Funeral services will be held in Kansas City with arrangements incomplete today. A niece of Mrs Betzlcr, Mrs. Norman Bunch will leave tonight for Kansas City to attend the services which probably will be held Monday. Born at Moberly, Mo,, where reared, he had lived here 15 years. " c operated a cafe on Highway His wife, Mrs. Nell Humphrey Belzler, died 18 months ago He is survived O y a brother, Richard Betzlcr of Moberly, Mo. session of the 55th Arkansas General Assembly Jan. 9, only lo find that one of their major problems is going to be where to sleep after a tough clay on the Assembly floor The legislators are discove what hundreds of other have already learned, rooming space Little P.ick is al a premium. Even the hotels, which have accommodated many of the lawmakers in the past, aren't inaHni: city promises. At least one stale representative, Ford Smith of Augusta, says he has just about given up holla Meat Supplies Will Be Shorter Production Expected To Decline During Next Three Months WASHINGTON. Dec. 30 (UP) — The Agriculture Department gives American liouseivlves an over-all an the as meat slocks low, and production, will ' may be n ' view of prospects on tlie kitchen I out for the first three jiionihs of the new year. Tlie first prediction: is thai there "in oc less meal are very low, decline !0 to 13 per cent durlnir' lite new year. Pork will be particularly short but better-grade beef ' litlle more plentiful. Sharply increased military needs will take a good sized cut in the civilian poultry supply. But again here still are plenty of eggs enough to assure consumption ,u record levels. Butler production is 11 per cent below Ihe same period a year ago and the already slim supplies in rein 1 stores are due to gel slimmer. Milk is somewhat more plentiful Yanks Will Have To Invade Japan Nimitz Declares Says Americans Must Make Sacrifices For Victory In Pacific Hy United Press Some sobering New Year's ines sages arc coining In 'from Allle chiefs in the Pacific. The commander of lh c UnK c £>tnles Pacific licet, Admiral Nlm itz, says Japan definitely will lutv to be occupied l>y American truer in order to win u true peace in lit I'aclllc. Admiral NlmlU warns lhat Amci leans should prepare •themselves fo the sacrifices .necessary for an In yuslou of (he Japanese homclaiu Minify, has Just completed a ton of the Pacific forward bailie area He told a group of newsmen i Salpan he believes (tie Japs wl fight hard to the very.epd, He ndd thai Japan . firsl must \ K boinbc al a rule comparable, lo lhc assail upon Germany. And Nlmlt/, warn lhc Japs Hint lhc bomljlng of (hoi homeland is Just beginning. Bases close enough to pound Jap aiiese war industry w m, evcrgrow me intensity must be.' secured saj Nlmllis bul mills Dial.he hope* th phase of the war of scMng base is Hearing an end. (iiini Muulhs Ahead ' A similarly sombre Nctv Year' message has been received by Atis trallnns, from lliel rmhilslcr of win Francis Fordc, Fordo predicts 1045 will lie one o the most dltTIcull years of the win The Australian cabinet officer say Australians must look ahead to a least two more years of arduou fighting Dgnlnsl Jiipnn. , ' -Australia; : according 'to FordL must play a vital role In pendlm operations In the Philippines. AIU the country from down-under stil has heavy 'cominllmenUs lit c.vtcr initiating Jap forces by-passed h the Islands'north of Australia, The British Pacific fleet, com mander. Admiral Sir Drucc Frasci says he soon will leave Auislralli lo confer wllh General MncArthti hi lite Philippines. Fraser gives an Inkllng'of the par the British will play in .the har, fighting yet to come in the Paclfk thenlcr. He says (he British flee air arm will play ii bit part In Ihe Pacific, war and will support British troops In landing actions. Another prediction on, : .lite coming events In the Pacific:Is'-made l)y the. top-ranking United HtHte.s na'wi officer of Filipino birth. He Is Coast Guard Commander Carmelo Lope? Man/ano. The Filipino commander , --- °" the basis of guerrilla reports ,.,,,. , -..- "So when there was from the Philippines, says 11 will (.ilk of rationing it. More domestic lake four ti: ~ * cheese is in prospect, but cream mmtnuf as a hopeless cause. And . he says he has about decided (lint the only way to solve the problem is to drive back and forth daily between Little Rock and his Augusta home. The Office of Price Administration says it's up lo lhc local tioning boards lo decide legislators would be given gas lo make dally I rips to Rock if unable to find holism" during the GO-day session ra- whether extra Little Manila Man Dies JONESBORO. Dec. 30-George; 'InrlH »,.„„] r-fr r . . ._ "'a 1 - Shcdd. aged 05, of Manila, died had been employed building firm at San ears. uneral services bo held at Manila. Survivlnp his wife: three sons Gc.irce Saturday at San Pedro. Calif. He "a ship-.-- Pedro for several months after leaving Manila, where he was on the police force 13 years. Funeral will bo nre his Shcdd Jr., who VsTn'ihc'army'tu L.JIC Cjfist Iiinios, Irs Hixl Np'tl Shedd, both of Manila, and foul- daughters, Mrs. Btirley Slayton of Jonesboi-o. Mrs. Albert White and Mrs. Maggie HlRglns of Manila nnd Mrs.J>atil Balew of San Pedro.' New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. . Ucc. oncn . 22GC 2190 2173 2070 2061 Weh 2209 2200 2174 2070 2002 low close prcl. 2205 2207 2206 21B5 2198 2197 2168 2170 2111 2066 2068 2071 2081 20«0 2064 Chicago Wheat May •My . 154?4 15S iow clasc i )r - cl 163'.i 164'C, 163' 154T4 15574 154 .-. Chicago Rye C|OSO ,'«* , supplies will fall far short ol current demand. . A spring |x>la(o famine may be in the making, with 18 per cent smaller crop and increased military requirements. Larger military needs have cut the prospective civilian supply of canned vegetables. And heavy consumption during Ihe early part of Ihe pack year has left a very small carry-over. Fresh vegetables will be less plentiful because of a 16 per cent drop in production. And canned fruiU will scar cer i nnll last y! ,. ir hut of and frown fnills larger. be even sll|)pl[cs mav be N. Y. Stocks STOCKS— AT&T '.'.'..'.'.', Amer Tobacco Anaconda Copper Belli Steel Chrysler Coca Cola . Gen Electric . .' Gen Motors \\\ Montgomery Ward N Y Central '.'/.'.' Int Harvester North Am Aviation".' lu Republic Slcel 19 •> i Radio Eocony Vacuum ] Studebaker Standard of N J ...... Texas Corp. . ..]']]] Packard . .. ' U ZZZS.If 163 5-8 05 1-2 . 20 1-4 . 65 1-2 95 1-1 . 136 39 1-2 C4 51 1-8 23 1-4 80 1-4 10 10 1-2 13 5-8 19 1-4 f>6 1-4 49 5 3-8 N. 0, Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. open • 2208 . 2203 2177 2074 high 220B 2204 2178 2074 low close 2206 2208 2200 2201 2203 2200 2173 2173 2173 20G6 2070 2072 - 2059 2061 CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (UPl-As the doors of a subway car were closing, a hand reached In from the station platform and snatched a handbag containing S100 from the lap of Mrs. Anna Smith. The Iraln moved away before she could catch of the thief. j a five months lo llbcr- aie lhc islands. Radio Tokyo adds its voice lo Pacific war predictions today. An enemy broadcast says it would take from 15 to 20 years lo burn Tokyo out of existence through bomblni/ alone. Radio Tokyo may be tricked Into allowing American's ganda 'broadcasts new propa- ., .... n free range through ihe j a p home Island. «-2Ss Play Kolc The OWf hints that Fi-29 s arc participating In (he new psychological campaign. When the Super- forts fly over Japan the enemy transmitters go off the air. Anil I hey have no chance to jam the American programs. But the enemy radio is quite active right now. Radio Tokyo says a big American convoy has pnl In nl Mlndoro. Thcrc Is no confirmation of 1 existence of an American convoy as described by the Japs. Tokyo since Wednesday has been report- Ins air attacks on the 60-shlp American reinforcement fleet and claims 70 per cent of the convoy was sunk by Jap airmen. 'ITic Japanese broadcasts claim the convoy look the same route used by the Mlndoro invasion fleet Dec. 16, GOO miles from Leyle through the Mindanao Sea, to tlie Sulu Sea, and northward to Min- 'jro Island. In China, Ihe headquarters of Ihc American 14lh Air Force reveals that 202 Japanese planes, and 48,000 tons of enemy shipping, have been destroyed by American airmen in one week. The score is an average of 40 enemy planes for each American airship lost. May Hold Election LITTLE ROCK, Dec. 30 (UP) — Governor Homer Adkins says it probably will be necessary lo call a special eleclton In Nevada County lo fill a vacancy caused by Ihe death of Stale Representative Les- 'le W. Buchanan early this week. Date of'thc i-lection may be announcer! today. Adkins says lhc stale law does not allow the governor to fill Ihe office by appointment. TODAY'S WAR ANAM'BIS Hungary Soon Will Be Under Leaders By IJAVII) IVHKKS United 1'res.s Staff Writrr Huniiiiry Is comlni! back lo Us pi'oplu In iislu-s. Fiy live long years, Hungary was controlled In ixiily and soul and movement by the OerminiK. Pour llfths of Hungary's territory already hns been oleurcd of cier- iiiatts. Hut Hungary is not free, Her Moved capital, Budapest, ll)c Jewel clly of the Danube, Is being crushed burned and pillaged by ,\xls troops who arc trying lo delay a similar fate befalling Vienna, the other ijrcfll city on the Danube. Hut Budapest, and wllh It Hungary, Is on tho verge of liberation It Is Ihe tragedy of wur, Hint dust and rubblo goes along wllh freedom. The Russians am llberallnu Budapest. And with them they're bring. Ilig the, new Hungarian provisional Bovcniienl Hint will rule Ihe country, ft's premier ts Col. Clou. Belli MlkloSj former commander of the Illinifjirlnii First Army which Jumped over lo lhc Allied side months ago. Kcds Siiomur Now Hctlnu: The Russians are bringing Hits new Hungarian government. They're Installing : |t us Ihc ruler over territory that was won with Russian blood. The new Roveriimenl Is pro-Russian, nut apparently It Is by no means a Communist government. Expert observers believe It lo bo politically well-balanced, The Hungarians can bo friendly to Communism without wauling it for themselves. They had u taste of Communist government in lh« early days lifter World War I. It lltslcd Just a few days over four months before they disgorged It. Let's go back for" a moment lo Ihose tempestuous years when Hungary found herself on lhc wrong side of another war,' and .experimented with n new Idea of Kovorn- iidnt.' . It was late In 1018, \vlren Hungary was-In turmoil as n defeated iallon, and Romania. {'I'igosluv'ln mil Chechoslovakia were chopping away at her boundaries. The army was weak and the uovernmenl was laclilsl and Impotent.. kuii Led Hiilshi-vik', .Out of Russ|a, like a cold Novem- mf wind, swept a former Hungarian nsurance agent mimed IK-ln Kun with Bolshevist Ideas, riding on a id passport. Kun went lo work lhc Indiislrlal workers. He or- gnnlzcd so-called soldier's councils, Who broke up with street dcmonsliu- ions, every effort tOTcori{iml«: Ihe irthy. .With strong-arm methods, he Jltidffconcd stale employes Into joln- nB. Marxist trade unions. In six nonllM tho fiiembcrshlp In these in|ons Jumped from a quarter mll- Iph to more than a million nnd « ittlf. Virtual anarchy reigned. The ovcrmnent was almost helpless. The Socialists tried }o capitalize on the lluallon lo obliiln power In tlie overmuch!, but, they were beaten owii by the Bolsheviks under Kun. the government urresffd and threw him In jail. This vas In February, 10)0. Hut It fati- d to help inn tiers. Tlie position of ie Pacifist government was golny rom had to worse. Finally, when ie foreign encroachment on lungary's soil Ihrcalencl lo loUer government, Us leaders went to tun In Jail and concluded an grccmcnt for the establishment of Soviet Republic of Hungary un- cr Communist and Socialist rule. .Scries iif lllunilcr.'i Kun went right lo work. He set P Alexander Ciarbai as president lit Kun was Ihe real ruler. And e made mistake after mistake He mblttrrcci all the Hungarian pco- le except the industrial laborers Ie decreed nil property to be com- nmal. He seized banks and their imds. He looled rich residences Ie forced all businesses to sell oods on credit for the lent, but made eplaclng their loscd down for trials. The press was .strangled )nly Communist literature was al- >wcd. The peasants in the cotm- •y rebelled. Local uprisings with o-called bourgolsc backing began. Kun -released criminals from rison and sent them nut lo put own the revolt*. These henchmen ommittcd at least 585 murders Anally, Kun sent Hungarian Soet troops against the Romanians, iiey were defeated, and at ihe ime time, a counter-revolution ega.n gaining strength in his itinlry. , • Four months and ten days from te time he took power Kun was reed lo resign and flee by the oiuititijr pressure of Romanian reals and -the countcr-revolu- on. Cooler heads took over the government. In 1021, Hungary was Trap For 1 >«-. HO (U.l>.)~Tcns of thousands o't Ni/,i ««»« who 0,1,0 won . 1.1,0 ;ldv!lllt( , tol||mn , 7 r °[ «•>« t £,n"S ';;ST iv ? ';• " Ll « mm -^ " c ^ ni.iit.iii IIIIKI JUKI jMt'Hl, Army tioops, fighting m n(; lr piumvork, «vo whiltlJujr ,,,> u .,. n,_ /!„_„.„.. , . r War Criminals To Stand Trial Trio Who Committed Bulgaria To Fight Allies Must Answer MOSCOW, Dec. 31) (UP) -Three men who sowed tho drain's teeth 11 Bulgaria Imvo booii .summoned In answer for ihulr crlniL-s. Tlr« three Uuluai'lan vcucnls for )»)' Klnj; Simeon, . 1'rlncc Cvrll lirolhcr or lhc late King uorls for.' nier 1'rumlrr Hlov and former War Minister Lieutenant General Mlk- hov, are being sent homo from llus- •'" where they have been war prls- '•s. lo stand' trial. sla, wl ouerj A Moscow broadcast .says the trio, whom u,e RH.S- main culprits in United Stales and Hrllitln backed lip Uiilsiii'ln's wiliest for custody of the rcBcnls. Ai^i Russia | ms aurecd lo rolurn the slans call " L'liimnllllng llin United Nations, 1 As for ihe eastern fl«ltlln(; front nimliiii Iroojis In uudapest Ulor- ."! V nro liiklnx Ciermnn s-S but-' lallun.s in pieces in ho sti'cet-to-slreet battles. A lale bulletin front Moscow iiiisslmi nulls moving in from both 1,','V 1 ,'! Wl> f l hftv<! I'"* mi Islands in the Dnimln, above and below lite liiiiiKiii'lnn capital-closing off nil possible escape — ' say? "oiling northward with increasing speed all along their « mile attack (rout Fattens armored columns have rim up advances of one to six miles In 24 hours And thcyie clri\- cn tho Nazh back across Ihc Lux slx-mllo slretcl fliink !i along their right . ic Itusslnn drives toward Aus' Noz; Fugitives Ask For Food, Women Report ML CENTHO, CuL.-Dce. 30 (UP) — Two Imperial Valley housewives may have put California police on Ihc Iral] least, two of the 1!) oermiin prisoners of war still rc- malnlng m, ii,,- ec nf[ci . Ulcll . chrku mas escape from an Arizona In- Ici'iimcnt camp. Mrs. Magdulena Orlb, ,, 1H n, er at "niilninwclghl boxln B Manuel Ortiz old police two roughly atflrcd men who spoke wllh ••thick accents" food. to her door and asked for Later the men visited her «- i ' cc food, she became suspicious left S am , ,, L and went lo a nearby on «'C men lo call >cy had H is believed lhat (he remaining C e man escapees broke up huo »"inll groups and arc sceklim refuge across the Mexican border. Grasshoppers arc ground 'and iscd for flour by the Arabs. govcrn- no provision for stocks. Factories lack of raw nui- declared to be a kingdom willioitt a klnp. Am! at Its head was put an admiral wilhoti a. navy. Admiral Nicholas Horthy, ns regent, Horlhy ruled from lhat lime ""III n few months ago. But the admiral without a navy also lacked another essential. He lacked aVmt- pass, for he guided his ship of slnle Into the wrong side of a war for [lie second time In a generation, i IJut Ihe most dangerous thiusl by Ihe- llilid Army men Is ripping ncrosi Hie waht of the land re Inkcn by Ihc Na/h And Its that Ihrnst that Is threate;iliig,tlie tens of thousands of Na/l Iroop'i stalled at UK. tl|> of tin. salient Each time reports como in the\ snow llial what wat, onco a narrow ichcf load to Bastognc rapldlj U becoming a giant hammer slowly l)iil suielj pressing the Nazis pick on all bldei VVcilge Beyond BasfoBiic The tip of thai wodgo has dihcn far bDjond Da^togne Held d.s patches, admittedly lugging 24 hours or moic behind Ihe battle saj Pnt ton's troops have pushed oh five miles from the oily. Amoiican foicos to tho soullmcst drove forward at, the same time foi 11 10 mile gain In n dltea thrfit to Hie Na/l positions at Libiamont and 31, Hubert ul Hie. front end of the bulge !|io!,e tio, towns ,maik the end ot the German lunge towards Sedan, > ''•'Incidentally these new advances !n Hit IJastognc atca have served a :toublL puipose lliej aie picssing :ho Nn?Ls back depriving them of indlj-nccded elbow loom foi an olhel cotmtor ntlacX They nlso lime enablod American guns lo move up within range of the 'cullfe To Front for Facts Paul V. McNult, above, War Manpower Commissioner, stjon' will leave Washington for Europe where he and other \VMC and Wr'B representatives wilt galher first-hand informalioh on the munitions supply situation at Ihc .Woslcrn Front, -i • secllon of the Ocrmiviv army of tho Ardennes. Just hoW:inany men General Pat- Ion wlllidrow from his lines In Iho Snnr foi tiil5 drive h still anjbods s guess, Dul' It's known that he's attacking Wllh al least eight diu slons Inujudtng Jhreo crack ni morcd oiit'llls. his pride and Joy. and the famed 101st Airborne Division that helped to stein, the Naxl tide by 'its week-long stand In Bastogne. Today's . hcad<iuarlcrs communi- <iiie gives no new details of the progress, of the bailie at the lip of the German bulgo, and .to the north where the First' Army men .are pushing down to meet Patten's lead columns, '12 miles away. All life communique says is lhat hard fight- ' Ing still was In progress Friday morning on the otilskirts of Roclic- forl. The remnants of a Nazi Pan" zcr division 'were under attack in that area; n ft or being driven back about 10 miles from their deepest penetration. -at Celles. Reports Fierce Fighting United, Press War Correspondent Ronald Clark gives a few details. He says a bitter fight Is see-sawing' back and forth west of Rochcfort, and that the Germans are putting up a last ditch attempt to prevent an American crossing of tlie nomine river. If. General Hodges' Iroops gel across that, fortified . stream.: they will have opened up the entire center of the Ardennes front to a big First Army counter-allack. , Clark adds that the Nazis were concentrating on machine gun and artillery deJense of the. town, and that backs tip other front line re.- porls that the Germans are trying to pull back their heavy artillery and tanks to save them. That niay mean JUarshal ,Von Uiindstcdt Is gathering .tits' strength for another westward drive. Some military observers feel that It a new Nazi drive conies it will be aimed at the big fortress of Liege For the eighth straight day American Doughboys inching forward on the western front wcro heartened by^the .sight of American planes wingJng overhead lo blast the Nazis frblh'^behlnd. Big four engined bombers were out, today for an attack on Germany. The target won't be released until our planes (ire safely at home. Tlie American raltis came right on the heels of an attack pulled oil last night by British bombers, which hit at a rail junction near Bonn and a synthetic oil plant in the Ruhr. Even. as they were being bombed ay Allied planes the German people were hearing a dark N'eW Year's )roclamallon from their reiclismar- shal, Hermann Goerlng. ' The Nab; big- wig told his people. '1345 will bring lough and terrible Imcs" lo^Gennany^ But ho was fliiick to add, ".We shall achieve vlc- ory and also, the 'peace for which vc long; with '&11 our hearts."' And hen the relchshiarshal left the Ger- i>ans with a slogan for 1945. It goes ike this, ."Defense or attack. We hall fight like Irue Germans."

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