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PORT HURON TIME RALB WEATHER Cloudy Tonight. Cooler Saturday Prr77KGN TIMES. FOUNDED MARCH 13. 1873 . ,uT H U rvw , nAf krrLT a iTr- ttct mint EICHTEEN PACES TODAY PORT HURON, MICHIGAN, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1944 Published Daliv. Sunday. Dy The Times HeraifJ Co. Entered As Second Class Mall Matter. Postoffica. Port Huron. Mich. PRICE FIVE CENTS 1 DAILY Ht-ltA- ruu.. auuuoj. . n nn LIU FINAU EDITION o)m) 2)lM DIM rem M acArthur Escapes Death By Inches 'MM IS CAPTURED IN IL0001 FIGHT four Divisions Converging On Bewildered Nips On West Coast Of Leyte By MUKLI.N SPENCER General Mac Arthur's Headquarters, Philippines, Nov. 3 Gen- Douglas MacArthur, from a room where an enemy flyer's bullet missed his head by 12 inches, announced today the near end of the Leyte campaign as his land, sea and air forces seta death trap for Ormoc, last "tort of flisrht for the Japanese, 'just two weeks after he returned J fte . Philippines, MacArthur s tour divisions were cornering be-wMeied Nipponese on Leyte s west al Posing for a kill which would swell enemy casualties, already past 30.000. Today's communitque suggested attention was swinging to other js-bnds of the central Philippines re-rting attacks by fur-engined Liberator bombers on Cebu and Ne-pos. west of American holdings on Ivte and Samar. The general issued the commum-aue after a close brush with death. A strafing Japanese plane sent a JO caliber bullet into the wall of IT. ...hero tha cronpral was at work. It bored a hole 12 inches from MacArthur s head. tt'u crnriprnl s aide. C01 Uoyd Lehrbas dashed into the room MacArthur calmly nodded toward fte hole and said. The General has had numerous cloe brushes wun aeam. closest also was in the Philippines. Shortly after the war began, a bomb from a Japanese plane exploded a few feet away from where the gpneral was standing in the open The bomb wounded a F iliPjno orderly standing at MacArthur s fast ensulfed the fleeing i survivors of Japan's Sixteenth di- vision wnicn w v-;? . torfured the " American - Filipinos ieroes of Bataan. 2h Rolls Forward Carigara has fallen. The hard-fightin Twenty-fourth division of Maj. Gen. Frederick A. Irving, in the thick of action from the time it landed Oct. 20 at Palo on the east coast, crushed the enemy's last See MacARTIUR, Page Two Super Forts Hit Rails At Rangoon Washington. Nov. 3 AP Super fortresses carrying record bomb-loads today raided railroad mar-ifcalling yards at Rangoon, in Jap-mese-dominated Burma. No planes were lost as a result of enemy action, the War department announced. The B-29s took off from bases in India. The department followed up an initial communique telling of the raid with a supplemental announcement saying: "There were no losses on this mission as a result of enemy acton." A Twentieth Airforce communique said the daylight attack was made "in substantial force and that "preliminary estimates of dam-age inflicted are good." Chinese Capture lungling To Clear Step To Burma Road 44U11I,11 I ft, , A' - V ' troops captured the Japanese ssrongnoid or uungnng luudj, clearing one of the main obstacles In ro ; w Ti 1 1 i Trtnrl in k-vyrriiuijt, iiiv China, the official central news agency announced. The fortress citv. last major objective of the Salween river drive in Yunnan province, fell to Chi-We troops under Gen. Huang Chieh at 2:30 a.m. after five days Japanese forces put up a terrific tact m; . i . 1 f T nnnlinO but u-ere smashed completely by Huangs troops and remnants of fie enemy garrison last were reported fleeing southward In reconquering Lungling. which Jn7 first occupied June 10 but u afven uays iai.fr. v.iiuiv.'t "fought their lines to within 80 n"es of a junction with Allied troops driving eastward through northern Burma. Weather HiMirly Trmpratiirr T, Tod? J . 1 a. m. . . 2 a. tii. . . a. 111. . - b m. . . 1 ra. am... J m. . . ! p- m. I m. .. m. . . .' . . . ;. :: it ." m- t m. . . 5'' . a , in. . . ; a. m. . . 7 a. m. ? a. m. ' a . m. . . 11 a. n N'i.-n - (I so t&i? 5'!,h'an M.nstly cloudy tonisht Saturday. Scattered showers aloruf Michigan. Murh cooler. tCnDr Michigan Showers chancing to "May mm fTnrri n'-jr Lake Super- rl2ruri '-'i'-- at :i pm. and "Saturday at 3 :nj am. Wfn rj" to,f,' at 9- PJO- IPiresideini I? Talk Saycdav Roosevelt Hits At Whispering Campaign Of GOP By HOWARD FLIEGER ( Associated I'ress Staff Writer) Washington, Nov. 3 President Roosevelt, ready for a campaign home stretch drive through New England Saturday, appeals to the voters to beware of "hysterical, iast-minute" political whispers. "'This campaign has been marred by even more than the usual crop of whisperings and rumorings," he said in a campaign speech broadcast from the White House Thursday night. "I do not propose to answer in kind." Mr. Roosevelt will make his last It May Be A Photo Finish tr!y The Associated Pibps) New York Nov. 3 The presidential polls indicate today that it may be a photo finish between Roosevelt and Dewey Three nation-wide polls report the President leading in 20 states with a combined electoral vote of 198. Governor Dewey, they say, leads in 13 states with a total of 143 electoral votes. . All three, failing to agree on who's ahead in the Id remaining states, decline to forecast which candidate is likely to get the -Job t1atnrol that 9ra npfHpH to win. A fourth poll, conducted for Fortune magazine by the Elmo Roper firm, finds Roosevelt tavored Dy oj.d per cent oi me uvuwu, vu-.c.o, but this poll does not go into the electoral vote. Population shifts, an apparently close division of voters in many states and the impossibility of telling how the soldier vote will go are the chief reasons given by the poll conductors for their unwillingness to make a prediction. . . Dr. George Gallup's American Institute of Public Opinion reports Dewey leading in 22 states with 255 electoral votes, Roosevelt ahead in 21 states with 206 electoral votes, and five states with 70 electoral votes divided 50-50 between the candidates. Newsweek magazine, basing its verdict on the reports of 118 political writers throughout the country, puts the President ahead with 249 electoral votes to Dewey's 247, and looks to Pennsylvania's 35 votes to decide the election. The Crossley poll, giving Roosevelt 52 per cent of the popular vote after trying to estimate the service vote, says the President would get 354 electoral votes to Dewey's 177 if slight indications in doubtful states are borne out. All three of the latter polls give Dewey the edge in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin, They see President Roosevelt leading in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi. Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington. Here's how the polls split in trying to determine the preference in other states: Electoral Gallup Delaware 3 50-50 Idaho 4' TED 52 Massachusetts .. 16 50-50 Maryland 8 FDR 51 Minnesota 11 TED 53 Missouri 15 TED 51 New Hampshire . . 4 TED 51 New Jersey 16 50-50 New Mexico 4 TED 51 New York 47 TED 51 Oklahoma 10 50-50 Oregon ,. 6 50-50 Pennsylvania ... 35 50-50 West Virginia .... 8 TED 51 Wyoming 3 TED 53 major address of the campaign Saturday night at a party rally in Boston. En route to Boston he will speak informally at Bridgeport and Hartford, Conn., and at Springfield, Mass. He also plans an election eve message to supporters. "We have been told," he said Thursday night, "that unless the American people elect the Republican presidential choice, the congress will not co-operate in the peace. That is a threat to build a party spite fence between us and the peace." "I do not know who empowers these men to speak for the congress in uttering such a threat." The President said he had hoped to make a Midwestern trip to Cleveland or Detroit this week but "I find that I am not free to spare the time right now." He explained: "I follow the principle of first things first; and this war comes first that's why I have to be here in Washington." Instead of the trip, Mr. Roosevelt made a 15-minute radio speech which seemed to be a refresher See ROOSEVELT, Page Three Capac And Mussey Surpass Quota In War Chest Drive Robert J. Meikle, county chairman, today announced that Capac village and Mussey township combined has exceeded its goal of $1.-100 by $286.28. in the St. Clair County war chest campaign. The county goal is S28.600. Mrs. Lucy Currier. Major of Capac, reported the village had raised $935.38 of the total. Major Glen Hagle of Mussey reported an incomplete return of $450.90 from the township. Incomplete returns from Yale are reported to be $3,000, exceeding the $2,850 goal. Schools Supt. George Peterson. Mayor J. J. Kaatz and J. Charles Smith are in charge of solicitations. Kenockee township, in charge of Major Peter J. Grace, has reported a complete return of $882 over a quota of $800. From China township Major Walter Prange reports an incomplete return of $978 50, exceeding the quota by $28.50. Berlin township. under Major C. Parks, has raised $856.00 to exceed a goal of $800. Algonac and Clay township, under leadership of Col. Rov T. Gilbert, had its quota set at $2,850. To date the area has reported S2.-368, and has excellent prospects of making its goal. Mr. Meikle said that no reports have been received from Marine City and several townships. Men nit in TnrriN, AVorKted nml T"if-: rrkurnr. es. .lil Uet. nrntrr, hllcr Kits. Top C'oatt, npenilcrjt, .artcr. prt Coats and Spats. Hiitcr'si, at the Bridget So. Tu, Fr-tf. Amid inniiiiniee 'Government Of Secret Deals', Dewey Charges By JACK BELL Associated Press Staff Writer) Enroute With Dewey to Albany, Nov. 3 Gov. Thomas E. Dewey buckled down today to what advisors call his No. 1 task of the presidential campaign carrying New York state as he traveled homeward with Republican-voiced assurances that he would win in Pennsylvania. The Republican presidential nominee called for time out to preoare what may be one of the most important speeches of his campaign his address Saturday Newsweek FDR probably FDR probably FDR slightly TED probably FDR probably TED probably TED probably TED probably FDR probably TED slightly FDR probably TED probably 50-50 TED FDR probably Crossley FDR 52 p.c. TED 52 p.c. 50-50 FDR 51 p.c. 50-50 FDR 51 p.c. FDR 51 p.c. 50-50 FDR 50-50 FDR 51 p.c. 50-50 FDR 51 p.c. 50-50 TED 52 p.c. night at a GOP rally in Madison Square Garden in New York city. There were some who were urging a speech tonight in either Con necticut or New Jersey, but this seemea aouDitui. The Dewey camp planned no answer to President Roosevelt's radio charge Thursday nieht that Republicans were threatening to Duud a spite ience in congress that might hinder the peace." Dewey came out of Pennsylvania with a prediction by Gov. Edward Martin, that the Republicans would carry that pivotal state. Martin told reporters in a train news conference that he did not know how Philadelphia would go, but added "it couldn't possibly go bad enough for President Roosevelt to carry Pennsylvania." Martin said he was "amazed" at the reception Dewey had received See DEWEY, Page Three Frank John Bush Reported Killed Frank John Bush, machinist's mate 1 c, USNR, formerly listed as missing in action, has been declared dead by the Navy department. Bush was on the USS Buck, which was torpedoed and sunk Oct 9, 1943. while on anti-submarine patrol in the Mediterranean. He lived five years with Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Cataline. 1417 Twenty-first street. Mile Gain Made On Italy Front Rome, Nov. 3 British armored forces of the Eighth army, advancing nearly a mile, have surrounded two sides of the airfield at Forli. a junction point on Italy's Bologna-Rimini highway, headquarters reported today. On the Fifth army front below Bologna, the Germans took advantage of a violent rainstorm to carry out several night counterattacks, but an official announcement said the American positions were "virtually" unchanged. Where To Find It Classified 17 Comics 14 David Lawrence 11 District News 13, 16 Dorothv Dix 14 Editorials 6 It's News To Me 6 Local News 7 Paul Mallon 6 Markets 16 Ernie Pyle 6 Radio 14 Smilax 6 Society News 8 Sports 15 Theaters 3 REDS S MASH SUBURBS OF BUDAPEST Masses Of German Prisoners Streaming To Rear As Troops Advance By HENRY SHAPIRO Moscow, Nov. 3 Marshal Rodion Y. Malinovsky's Cossack patrols today swept within sight of Pest, the eastern half of Budapest, and panic was reported within the Hungarian capital with hundreds of merchants and wealthy industrialists fleeing before the Red army's advance. Front reports to the Soviet press said Malinovsky's main forces were thundering toward Budapest with German and Hungarian resistance disintegrating. Ahead of the main forces Cossack horsemen raced across the wide Hungarian plains to sight the spires of Buda on Danube's left bank. Southern columns from Yugoslavia were also moving north along the Danube toward the Hungarian capital and the reports indicated the city was doomed despite desperate Nazi efforts to organize last-ditch resistance. Masses of prisoners were streaming back through the travel-stained columns of marching Red army men. They reported panic was spreading through Budapest. The German-Hungarian force was said to have lost almost half its motor transport in the disastrous retreat across Hungary. There was no news on Russian progress on other fronts but usual rumors were circulating in Moscow that announcements of important victories were being withheld for the Nov. 7 celebration of the twenty-seventh anniversary of the Russian revolution. To the north military operations were being affected increasingly by the descent of early winter. Cold and heavy snow is general from the Ukraine northward. Pravda's military correspondent reported that the first snowfalls already have blanketed East Prussia. The Soviet drive in East Prussia remained stalemated along the 95-mile front, with the Russians repealing new German armed reconnaissance strikes south of Goldap. A communique said more than 200 men from a German infantry battalion, which was supported by tanks, were killed and four tanks knocked out. The communique also reported that Soviet naval planes bombed and strafed German warships in the Latvian escape port of Liepaja and the Baltic sea, sinking nine transports. Two other large transports were seriously damaged. Mueller And Motor Valve Employes At Work Pending Talks Employes in the casting shop and yard department at Mueller Brass company went back to work this morning after leaving their jobs over a dispute on hiring of furnace helpers. Some of the yard workers returned to work Thursday. They left their jobs in sympathy with the casting shop. Both are represented by Local No. 44. UAW-CIO. Bernard A Young, international representative of the CIO, this morning said that the casting shop employes were ordered to leave their jobs Wednesday afternoon and that the yard department employes left their work in sympathy. Union and management representatives were to meet this afternoon to negotiate the dispute. Employes of the Motor Valve & Manufacturing Co. in Marine City were back at work today after being idle since Monday, because, leaders of Local No. 580, UAW-CIO, said, the company refused to negotiate for a contract. Young said this morning that the dispute had been certified by the War Labor board. J. H. Jar.ies, president of the Motor Valve & Manufacturing Co., said the men returned to work this morning voluntarily without any negotiations between the company and union. The regional office of the National Labor Relations board in Detroit announced today that employes of Little Bros, foundry will vote Monday on whether "they wish to permit interruption of war production in war time" as a result of a dispute between Local No. 767, UAW-AFL, and the company in regard to retroactive wage increases. NT The Four Amendments (PROPOSAL No. 3) Proposed amendment to the constitution relative to Compensation of the Members of the Legislature. No. 3 A Joint Resolution of the 1943 Legislature proposing an amendment to Section 9 of Article V of the State Constitution providing S5.00 per day compensation for members of the Legislature during their term of office. Shall Section 9 of Article V of the State Constitution be amended to provide $5.00 per day compensation for members of the Legislature during term of office (Comment on Proposal No. 3) At present, members of the legislature receive $3 a day for every calendar day of their two-year terms. This figures $2,190, or slightly over $1,000 a year. They are paid whether or not they are in session, while the average sessions are about five months out of the two years. Under the nroaosed amendment, thev would be paid 55 a day, $1,825 a year, or $3,650 for the question would depend on whether more able legislators, and whether the present compensation is nign enouch. A vote "Yes" would be indicated. (This is the third of a series published by The Times Herald to inform voters on the four state amendments on the ballot next Tues day. Saturday, Amendment No. 4 TAKES PART IN GREATEST BATTLE Brown City Lieutenant Shoots Down Nazi Plane Brown City. Nov. 3 Lieut. Robert E. Welch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Welch, this city, shot down one of the 155 German planes, destroyed by United States Eighth Air force fighter planes in th greatest air battle of the war Thursday. Mustangs and Thunderbolt pilots shit down 130 planes and destroyed another 25 on the ground in setting a new record for enemy planes on a single day. The fighter planes were escorting bombers to Merse-burg, Germany. Lieut. Ernest C. Fiebelkorn, Lake Orion, shot down three German planes in the air in the battle. Other Michigan pilots, who shot down planes, were Lieut. Harold D. Mitchell, Holly; Lieut. Leonard A. Wood, Lansing; Lieut. Clifford C. Gould. Pleasant Ridge, and Flight Officer Jack D. Leon, Detroit. Capt. Joseph C. Engelbreit, Benton Harbor, destroyed a Ger-See WELCH, Page Two FDR Sertds Him To Set Up WPB For China By STERLING F. GREEN (Associated Press Staff Writer) Washington, Nov. 3 Organization of a Chinese war production board by Donald M. Nelson can be expected to help Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek bolster China's war effort without losing face through a government shake-up. This view was voiced in official quarters today as Nelson prepared to leave next week in response to Prerident Roosevelt's request for his "earliest possible" return to China as Mr. Roosevelt's personal representative. He will take Howard Coonley, former WPB associate of ex-chairman Nelson and past president of the National Association of Manufacturers, as deputy. Nelson will return to America in a matter of weeks, it is said, but will leave Coonley as China's production mentor. American See NELSON, Page 16 Session Today To Extend Voting Hours (By The Associated Press) Lansing, Nov. 3 Just four days before the general election Tuesday, the legislature convenes in an emergency special session today to prolong the hours of voting in municipalities which desire more time, and write into law voting procedures which had been established by attorney general interpretations. In a message to the lawmakers, Governor Kelly asked them to authorize city and township governing bodies to defer the closing of polls from 8 to 10 p.m.; to declare by statute a presumption that service men voting absentee ballots are still living on the day the vote is counted, and to declare that polls should open and close according to the time standard formally adopted by their communities, unless a different time schedule of voting had been advertised. Legislative leaders said the work could be done in a single day, to free the lawmakers to return to their homes and resume their own campaign activities. Auditor Gen. Vernon J. Brown, who drafted the bills for the gov-See SESSION, Page Two Joseph M. Connell Dies In Detroit Joseph M. Connell, 53, of 33400 Jefferson avenue, St. Clair Shores, a Detroit motion picture projectionist, well-known in Port Huron, died Thursday night in Providence hospital, Detroit, after a long illness. He was born in New London, Conn., April 27, 1891. He was a resident of Detroit 33 years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Eula Van Patton Connell; two daughters, Misses Mary Lou Connell and Ellen Margaret Connell: two sons, Richard M. and Patrick Connell; two granddaughters, Peggy Lou and Mary Beth Connell; his mother, Mrs. Margaret Connell: and a sister, Mrs. Thomas Trainor, all of Detroit. The remains are in the Vande-weghe funeral home, E. Warren avenue, Detroit. Funeral services will be at 10 a. m., Monday in Sacred Heart church, Roseville. Burial will be in Lakeside cemetery. two-year term. Your vote on this you think higher pay would attract NELSON TO GO BACK TO CHINA will be discussed.). LIEUT. ROBERT E. WELCH Child's Birthday Party Interrupted By War Casualty CAPT. PAUL R. LINDKE Croswell. Nov. 3 The birthday party of little Janet Lindke, who was three years old Thursday, was sadly interrupted by the delivery of a telegram from the War department informing the family that her uncle. Capt. Paul R. Lindke. had been killed in action on a B-29 mission over China Oct. 21. Captain Lindke had been flying over Manchuria and Japan the past several months. Recently he sent the family the safety rele se pin from one of the bombs dropped in the first daylight raid on Japan. Son of Mr. and Mrs.. Edward A. Lindke. Captain Lindke was born March 27. 1919, in Watertown. He was salutatorian of the 1939 graduation class of the local high school. He was a student at Michigan State college until his enlistment in the Army Air corps in February, 1941. He received his wings at Randolph field, Tex., in December, 1941 and in March, 1943. w?,s graduated from an instructors' school He was then sent as instructor of B-17's to Ellington field, Tex., and later to Lockbourne Air base, Columbus. O.. and Smoky Hills Army base, Salina, Kas. Captain Lindke went overseas in February of this year, the family receiving his first letter from Africa while he was enroute to India which has been his base for missions against the Japs. Captain Lindke is survived by his parents, a brother, Lieut. Stewart E. Lindke. who is a flight commander with the Transport command based in India, and two sisters. Mrs. Jerry Brower, who is temporarily making her home in Croswell, and Miss Ruth Lindke, New York city, whom their mother is visiting at the present time. Youthful Burglars Held For Sentence Paul Morash, 20. dimunitive war plant worker, reached the last stage in his short career of crime today before Circuit Judge Shirley Stewart, and with him was T! omas Schattler, 18, whose career was even shorter than his one-burglary partner. Both pleaded guilty to breaking and entering in the night time and are in jail awaiting investigation b- the probation department before their sentences are determined by the probation department. I Morash admitted burglarizing five gasoline stations in St. Clair county and two in Canada. He also admitted burglarizing a jewelry store in Forest, Ont. with a Stan Smith, 30, Sarnia. and getting 81 wrist watches. His loot from the robberies totalled almost $6,000. Smith is in Lambton county jail awaiting arraignment in Ontario courts. Schattler was implicated with Morash for burglarizing an Avoca gasoline station. Five others were arrestee' as the result of Morash's activities. All were charged with receiving stolen property. Four of them are at liberty on bonds of $500 each while awaiting trial after pleading not guilty before Municipal Judge George T. Mclnnis. They are: Lawrence Sinclair, 25. of 2114 Stone street: Robert Sinclair, 22, of 2621 Military street: Charles Reid. 23. of 1904 Ailen road, and Charles Bruce Wright. 29. of 6411 Lapeer road. The fifth, Walter Sinda, ,23. Memphis, paid a fine and costs of $50 New Commander Chicago, Nov. 3 Appointment of Col. William H. McCarty to command of District No. 1, Sixth Service command with headquarters in Detroit, has been announced. era 208 German Air Craft Destroyed With U. S. Losses Set At 40 Bombers, 19 Fighters Enemy Sends Up 400 Planes When Yanks Hit Plants By The Associated Press) London, Nov. 3 A thousand British heavy bombers laid 4.480 tons of explosives and fire bombs Thursday night on Germany's greatest arsenal of Dusseldorf after a day in which U. S. fighters of the Eighth Air force won "their greatest victory of the war over the J-uftwaffe." A special communiaue from U. S Strategic Air force headquarters gave this description today and told of the destruction of 208 Ger man aircraft over the synthetic oil center of Merseburg. It scaled down American losses to 40 heavy oomDers ana iu lighters, une bomb er and nine fighters, previously listed as lost in 1 hursday s opera tions, landed safely at French bases. Fighter pilots destroyed 130 Ger man interceptors in the air and 25 aground, some on Berlin airports lUu miles from Merseburg. Bomb ers shot down 53 while attacking the great Leuna synthetic oil plant. which once supplied trermany with 50,000 tons of petroleum products a montn. One Of Rare Stands Formations of speedy Mosquitos strucK at tne rail center of Osna-bruck while the heavies were blasting Dusseldorf, whose Rheinmetal Bersig plant is the largest arms producer in Germany now that the Krupp works in Essen have been partially knocked out. Enemy planes destroyed by American airmen Thursday repre sented a record single day's bag by lighters and bombers in 1944. The long-dormant Luftwaffe sent up 400 to 500 planes, including scores of jet propelled fighters, against a force of 1,100 American heavy bombers and 900 escorting Mustangs making a concentrated assault on the huge synthetic oil plant at Merseburg and railyards at Beiieiieid and Kheine. When the swirling savage dog fights were over the U. is. Eighth Air force had set six other 'records in combat at a cost of 41 bombers and 28 fighters which failed to return. The Luftwaffe lost a record number of more than 175 of the jet-propelled aircraft as other Nazi flyers slashed at U.S. formations from the rear and sides during the successful bombing runs. The new records were: (1) Fighters destroyed 155 German planes, beating previous record of 117 set Sept. 11. (2) Fighters shot down 130 Nazis, beating previous record of 117. (3) Fighter group Mustangs commanded by Col. Joe L. Mason, Columbus, O., shot down 38 planes, breaking old record of 31 for a single day. (4) Fighter squadron Mustangs See AIR BATTLE, Page Two War At A Glance Pv The Associated Presi WESTERN FRONT Yanks plunge toward fortress town of Hurtgen in new full-scale offensive British troops on Walcheren island overrun Vlissengen. French forces in southern France capture Baccarat. EASTERN FRONT Red army smashes into outer defense of Budapest. AIR WAR RAF bombers blast Dusseldorf Allied planes raid widespread oil and rail targets as Ger-air force comes out of hiding to join battle. PACIFIC Super Forts bomb Rangoon: MacArthur announces "end of Leyte-Samar campaign in sight." Chinese troops recapture Burma road stronghold of Lungling. VILLAGE 'SHOW IS OVER Swift Lathers Acquitted Of (B The Associated Press) Hart. Nov. 3 Freed of a criminal libel charge, Swift Lathers, diminutive and eccentric editor, went back to news gathering today for his country weekly, which he boasts is the world's smallest newspaper. And he'll be writing for a larger reading public now, for throughout his stormv four-day trial, which ended with his acquittal Thursday night, he utilized recess periods to do a booming circulation business. Charges against the outspoken A,r- c1 f-tpi-mfvl "last strong hold of the free press," were brought by Sheriff Marland H. Lit-tiebrant following publication in the five-by-seven-inch Mears Newz of a story on the sheriffs rotol cVinritinu Oct fi of an itinerant Mexican fruit picker. Littiebrant, exonerated Dy a coroners jury, claimed he acted in self-defense after the Mexican, Jose Davila, re- eictorl orrrpct Prosecutor William D. Brusstar read Lathers entire story on the shooting into the court record and said he particularly objected to a statement that 'the murder of a Mexican here last week may make it harder for people of Mears to get their cnerries ana picuies picis ed next year." KKYKO MARGARIXE J a t parked wltb nutrition and flavor! .VICTORY IIFTMFFF ii y UUUUU U b Month-Long Fight To Open Antwerp Just About Over By WILLIAM FRYE fAsaiociaied press staff Writer) London. Nov. 3 British commandos and infantry overran the ancient Dutch port of Vlissingen (Flushing) in a bitter fight through blazing streets today and the month-long battle to open Antwerp was just about over. The few German guns remaining on flooded Walcheren island on the north side of the Schelde mouth after the capture of Vliss-ingen were rapidly running out of ammunition. Only a few scattered snipers remained to harass the Allies on either side of the river mouth, entrance to Antwerp port. Americans and British smashing against the hard circle of German defenders holding south of the Maas (Meuse) on the road to Rotterdam, restored a bridge head over the Little Mark river within six miles of the Moerdijk bridge. The Americans attacked in'moon-light a few hours before dawn in gaining their bridge head to the left of the British, and dug in while waiting for reinforcements. Southeast of Aachen, where tho U. S. First army attacked on a limited front and broke through the Hurtgen forest with gains of one to two miles Thursday, continued to advance today but against increasing resistance. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's supreme headquarters announced. On the southern reaches of the Allied front, Allied troops battled deeper into the rising hills of the Vosges, capturing eight towns and village and approaching to within from three to eight miles of the first towns inside six passes leading to the Rhine flatlands. Capture of Vlissingen. formerly a great fortress in the Dutch battles for independence, placed at the disposal -of the Allies three harbors, a. commercial port and shipbuilding and machine building facilities. The battle for the Schelde mouth, which began Oct. 6 when Canadians crossed the Leopold canal, also saw the clearing of the last snipers out of Zeebrugge. the capture in rapid succession of Knocke. Sluis and Heyst. and the liberation of the last inch of Bulgarian territory. Held By Rear Guards In central Holland an arc of stubbron rear guards held Allied columns at bay around the approaches to the Moerdijk bridge north of Breda. On the eastern fringe of the British Second armv salient into Holland, patrols probed into the city of Meijel without meeting opposition an indication the Germans may have withdrawn toward the Maas (Moiiui eight miles eastward. The battle hiiiceri info r.nnin behind the rlH t-ru v rvllliyjU of the main Siegfried belt, but it was Dy no means in the open. It carried to within eight miles of the hi f nprman marl Mtnlap nf T, , - ........ . . . ... . . . . . . r , iyui:il 20 miles beyond which lies oiogne ana tne Knine. Latest reports placed the dough- bovs nn thp nf iha Hurtgen. often attacked but never i-unaufrea Dy j.ieut- een. uourtney H. Hodges troops. Hurtgen, astride 3 main Vlicrhwair nmninn nArth. eastward to Duren. lies 12 miles southeast of Aachen. The significance of the attack. whirh rsmp nffT a Inner lull nn tK First army front still was to be as- sessea. j aispatcn irom supreme TlnaHnnarfore in Paris 4ti.M were no indications there that the full strength of Hodges army had been committed. Expect Offensive f!rman nrnnadaniliele ViatrA ruun soeculating that Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower may spring a new full- See WEST FRONT, Page 16 Is Libel Defense Counsel Samuel J. An-delman told the court Lathers did not mean "murder in the legal sense" and that there was no intent to libeL He also contended the sheriff was making the arrest without a warrant for a minor offense and that although Davila was carrying a knife he had not drawn it from his pocket. Just before the six jurors retired, the prosecution told them that "if you acquit Swift Lathers, you will convict the sheriff." The verdict was reached three hours later. Even the subject of local politics was injected into the trial, described by one townsman as "The best show since stock companies stopped playing villages a decade ago." Andelman asked the sheriff if the fact that both he and the prosecutor were running for re-election Nov. 7 had anything to do with bringing the charges. Littiebrant replied with an emphatic "no", adding that he "only didn't want to be called a murderer." Lathers, who throughout the proceedings wore a bright green shirt and a red string tie, was described by one Newz subscriber as "An editor who doesn't pull his punches when he thinks an injustice is being done." A standing joke in Mears is that wives tell their husbands thev "better be good or I'll tell Lathers on you.

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