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THE FORECAST U. S. Weather Bureau Partly cloudy and cooler today Temperatures Wednesday: Max" 79; min., 43. Precipitation, none. Sunrise today, 5:52; sunset, 8:53. Additional weather information on page 7. If I You Can't Serve You Ctki at Least Buy a Bond EIGHTY-FIRST YEAR. VOL. 76, NO. 37. SIOUX CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, MAY 31, 1945. TEN PAGES. PRICE FIVE CENTS Chiang on Heels -of Japs .Quitting Action Flares in Pacific Castle on Okinawa QSMMMM China -? 01 If rfo Old , Glory Waving Above 05 ' W Shuri IT Or' boutnern r OUT It . : I .!li.,i.fn 1itiX I . . .. J or Advances Along 50-Mile Front Toward Fire-i . '. Swept Liuchow BY SPENCER. MOOS A Chungking. CP) Chinese veterans, hot on the heels of Japanese rforces reportedly pulling out of 3uth China, ripped -along t a 50- iniie irom weanesaay nignt to ward, me great iormer American air base city of Liuchow. now swept by fires. -Battering seven miles through Japanese fortifications, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's battle groups reached the outskirts of the I fortified Japanese stronghold of Ishan, 43 miles west of Liuchow, while the Japanese reportedly evacuated points only 38 miles northwest. Great fires were reported raging in the Kwangsi province rail hub as the Japanese garrison ap- Tornnflv nut tVio rvt-rVi 4-1-ia Tuesday in preparation for an abandonment, believed planned as part of a general Japanese withdrawal from all south China. Japs 'Quitting South Asia? Chungking was flooded with reports that the Japanese were pulling out of south China and plan-ring to evacuate strategic Liuchow following the Chinese capture of Yungning (Nanning). Yungning's fall cut t Japan's pro-mary supply highway to Indochina, running through the enemy's transcontinental corridor from Korea to southeast Asia. But Chinese Minister of Information Dr. Wang Shih-Chieh warned that although Japan's land bridee to SineaDore definitely had been cut, there was no indication mai enemy uuuys in suuui imiid Yiill nnf 7itVirn o Hoc- perate fight. , Liuchow is the greatest key in enemy communications in south China. While, its recapture would strengthen American air power in the area, Chinese seizure of the city also would shatter the last tenuous, links the Japanese still have by land with Indo-China, Burma,: Thailand and Malaya. - Chinese Besiege Ishan It is the junction of the important north-south Hunan-Kwangsi railroad and the east-west Kwan-gi-Kweiyang (Kewichow) railroad. Pressing along -the Kwangi-Kweiyang line, the Chinese ad- ?the Chinese high command said, and were laying siege to the town's approaches after a seven-mile gain. The high command indicated that the Japanese were withdrawing from a number, of outposts ;orth of the Kwangsi-Kweiyang -I i m i i T rauroaa ana saia tnai tne jaca- r.ese were evacuatine nenno. uo eheng, cnangan and Jungnsien, in, an arc 50 miles, north and; 52 miles northwest of Liuchow.' Changan is only 38 miles northwest of Liuchow, and the eastward withdrawal toward the north-south Hunan-Kwangsei railroad .northeast of Liuchow supported reports of a general enemy land corridor. Corridor Only 100 Miles . At one point- the corridor had been harrowed to 100 miles in width. Reports said that the Japanese were withdrawing from Kweihsien, an ' important river port 85 miles southeast of Liu- . chow on the east flank of the Japanese. trans-China corridor. One 'hundred miles to the west, the Chinese were biting deeper into the west flank from captured "Yungning. Bitter fighting raged elsewhere along the vast 900-mile front from the Indo-China border to the Yellow river in north - central China, while United States 14th sir force bombers blasted and strafed Japanese-operated railroads along the entire front. Some 30 miles north of the Indo-China border, local militia joined Chinese troops under Gen. my forces fleeing southwest of lungninginto the occupied French territory. . i Mary Martin Better j Kew York. if) Stage and Screen Actress Mary Martin, who received 1 five blood transfusions after giving birth prematurely t6 a baby expected in December; was of! the critical list" at the lying- in hospftal Wednesday night,. her husband announced. : - tJ. S. Employes Decrease Washington. GPJ A decrease f 5,719 in the number of federal employes durin? Amil was re ported Wednesday by -the civil service commission. Births. Brady. Comics. Driscoll. Editorials. FEATURE INDEX 2. Patterns. I; 10. 10. Puzzle. 10- 10. Radio. 3. 7. Ripley. i 10- 4. Society. j, 7. Sports. 8- 2. 20Yrs.Ago, 3. 7. Uncle Ray.i 10. 7. J Weather. 1 .-7. 2.1 - I ridier. In Uniform. Market. Movies. Obituariesr RESIDENTS HERE HONOR MEMORY OF WARS' DEAD Speeches, Rites, Parade Features of Solemn Observance Sioux Cityans bowed their heads Wednesday beside graves and in parks and churches to honor th dead whose blood was poured out in five great wars to pay for the American heritage. And as jthey knelt, these free people were reminded that they submitted not to take the yoke of a foreign tyrant, but to the memory of those whose power in life defeated mad aggressors. "American blood stood between us and cruel tyranny," Rev. George W. Dunn, speaker at Floyd cemetery services, declared. "Lord God of hosts, be with us, lest we forget." -. "Memorial day is dedicated to men who in hardship and battle risked and gave all they had that this nation might endure as the home of liberty, that children might be free to laugh and play and live." Comdr. Munson Speaks At Grandview park services in the evening, Cecil H. Munson of Whiting, commander of the Ninth district of the American Legion, warned, "We must be determined not to have to fight unprepared in the future. "We must keep our army and navy intact for the punch to maintain peace. Peace without a punch is worthless," he said. An air of the military might which has kept the -nation free was kindled by a parade in the morning through the downtown business district. Gaily waving flags, the roll of drums and the tramp of feet provided a martial touch. . . About 2,500 persons attended; the services conducted by Mon-ahan post, American Legion, at Grandview park. Although the! day had been sunny and clear, the coolness of the evening kept the attendance low. " Won't Forget This Hme "We must remember what has brought us into" this war," Comdr. Munson, the principal speaker, said. "We, the veterans of the first war, begged for preparedness but were pushed aside. 'Today our boys are coming back to the arms of the veterans of world war 1, and we won't forget our task. We will do everything in our power to see that we are never plunged into another war unprepared." Comdr. Munson called for dedication to the "ideals of democracy for ourselves and for all people in all parts of the world who want it, support of law and government and the establishment- of peace and unity within our own nation. "When the veterans return there will be confusion. We must make MEMORIAL DAY (Continued on Page 7 Column 5) syrianTfrench forges battle Artillery and Mortar Fire Poured Into Gty of Damascus Damascus. This Syrian city has been a battleground for French and Syrian forces since 6:55 p. m. Tuesday in one of the most inexplicable outbreaks of violence on record. Artillery, mortar and machine-ffiin firp. as well as bombs, have been raining on Damascus aimost unceasingly from the French forces while Syrian gendarmes and police have given answering fire with every available weapon Clay Gowran of the Chicago Tribune and I were trapped in the serail (government house) when Damascus exploded sud denly. Tuesday evening into utter chaos. We were held in the serail for three hours by the constant shooting, but finally were able to dash through a , lull in the firing to reach the British Officers club, half way to our hotel. Then after another wait of two nours we were able to get to tne notei. TVpntually we decided to take refuge in the British consulate, going there Wednesday aiiernoon tn Mrane the continual mortar fire. Even there safety was not assured, for one British officer was killed there Wednesday morn- inf hv a mortar. Although written in uara4tu3, fM rfisnatch had to De sent to miles by messenger to .Beyruth, the Lebanese capital, in order to h transmitted because it was im possible to pass 300 yards through th rain of fire isolating the Damascus telegraph office. v I f Urn ml CHIN A Sr TtAJl I I 'WKM.I1 1 T f 1 I . w j i Mimt X' i ru. 4. v k " Knmmmw rt. J I V' JSin,,i Vs V t " J dQmsT NETHERLANDS ' INDUS Chinese troops struck a new blow against Japan's supply linesto Indo-China, driving toward Pinyang from captured Nanning (A), while along the east coast the Chinese pushed north from captured Fooehow and on a 50-mile front menaced the former American base city of Liuchow. Radio Tokyo confirmed reports that United States Superfortresses had; mado devastating raids on the Japanese homeland (B). On Okinawa (C) the United Stales lOth-arnrv the enemy line and has charged coast. The reduction of isolated (D) was reported by MacArthurj (E) were clearing the area west to Thailand. Black area is enemy Americans Everywhere Observe Memorial Day At Home, in Europe and Pacific ' Thev Honor Dead m By the Associated Press Americans everywher e at home, in the now quiet European war .areas and in the faraway Pa cific battle theaters paused Wednesday to mourn the military dead of this and past wars. Parades, religious services and simple. holiday ceremonies marked the observance of the 77th Memorial day throughout the nation while overseas thousands of fighting men and women attended special services or visited cemeteries where their fallen buddies lie. Many war plants, their sights fixed on victory over Japan, worked as usual, as did most government offices. . ' - Only a handful of the 240 remaining civil war veterans were able to join in celebrating the day which was inaugurated in honor of their dead comrades. Wreaths Were placed on the tombs of the Unknown Soldier of world war 1 in London, Paris and in Arlington National cemetery. At Hyde Park, N. Y., where two small children reverently laid a wreath of spring flowers on the grave of the late Franklin D. Roosevelt, Postmaster General Frank C. Walker said of the former commander-in-chief: "Rarely in history have whole peoples so taken from one man's fire and flame of courage. From the depths of defeat this man led the nations of the world to victory." Massed about the grave were many floral tributes, including one from President Truman. ; Buglers sounded the solemn notes of taps over the. graves of the dead throughout the European battle zones as soldiers silently placed American flags and flowers in military cemeteries. uIElSTake dies in action Parents Here Notified of Death April 26 on Luzon Pvt. Melvin F. Lake, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan G. Lake, 3721 Fifth avenue, was killed in action on Luzon April 26, his parents have been informed by Mrs. Melvin Lake, the former Irene Beau-bien of Sioux City, who is residing in Seattle. Young Lake was reported missing about a week ago but the latest army dispatch announced his death definitely. He was born , in Sioux City March 19, 1920, and received his education herev He was graduated from East high school, entering service last June after nearly four years employment with the Bceing Aircraft company at Seattle. He was attached to the 127th infantry division. He was married two years ago. Pvt. Lake was a member of Morhingside Presbyterian church. Besides the widow; and parents, survivors include two brothers, William. 21, who has had two years in service, and Dan, jr., 18. l,1 HOKKAIPO JAPAN 'OKVQ S'J - 1 Jt i 4 .mvtcut 'olicOcf HAM AN AS ; OTAt fSAiPAm 'GUAM myn min TAt - TKJX CAtOUKt ISLAHOi motor ai ViAM fiHAlMAHtl MB H QVAOMCAHAl is exploiting the collapse of south to within sight of the pockets on northern Luzon while the British -in Burma of Pegu, junction on the route held territory. POMR AT SHflW I - HERE TONIGHT Seasoned Doughboys to Exhibit Skill at Stadium Capture of Japanese pillboxes as accomplished by the American doughboys will be one of the features of jthe three-section show, staged by 44 officers and men who have; seen overseas duty. which will be shown, free of charge,, at Public Schools sta dium at 8:30 o'clock tonight. Captioned, Here Is Your Infan try, the activities of battle will be duplicated by the group of service men to furnish an impe tus for the sale of seventh war 16an bonds in Sioux City. Civilians will witness a flame thrower at work; the program also will j include exhibits of in fantry wjeapons, equipment and rations, and demonstrations of booby traps, mines and demolition materials. I "The show is realistic and dem onstrates how the boys in the Pa cific, though outnumbered, went (jiut and jwon with the superior equipment that war bonds furnished," one of the executives with the show explained. Combat infantrymen with the Show will furnish the program at the Kiwanis club meeting this noon at the Mayfair hotel. Speakers will be Lt. Paul Hamill, Chief Warrant Officer ;Tif fany, S. Sgt. J. W. Kice, Ralph Krog and Dale Bechtel. The Irving school choir Will augment the club meeting. E. E. Baron, war bond chairman for the county, will be in charge. A. R. Perasso is chairman for the infantry show tonight. And in Milwaukee Milwaukee. M Publicity- wise and patriotic, mother duck, who has been incubating six eggs atop a rotted bridge piling in the heart of ) downtown Milwaukee, waited until the Memorial day parade passed then, with the spotlight back on her, hatched her first egg, , Over 99 Per Cent of U. S. Prisoners Survive in Reich Washington. WV The American Red Cross said Wednesday night that more than 99 per cent of United States prisoners of war in Germany have survived their hardships and are gradually re turning' home. The high percentage, the Red Cross said in a general letter distributed ; to f amilies of war prisoners, was due "in great part to the correct observance by the American army of the Geneva convention." "Much anxiety appears to have been caused in the United States by the lack of understanding of the differences between concen traticn camps and prisoner of war camps," the letter said. "The latter, so far as American and other allied prisoners of war (except soviet Russian) were concerned, enjoyed the protection of the Geneva convention." Iwo Based Mustang Fighters Rescue an American Submarine Seventh Figher Command Headquarters, Iwo Jima. W) Three Iwo based Mustang fighter planes, which turned aside from a raid on Tokyo to answer a distress cali from an American submarine, seriously damaged and probably sank three Japanese coastal vessels. The underwater craft had been spotted by three 75-foot Japanese picket boats, heavily armed coastal vessels, which even then were beariflg down for the kill, he related. The picket boats were spread out in a line as the Mustangs reached the scene. So each pilot picked a boat and made simultaneous strafing runs, clearing -the decks with their, .50 caliber bullets the first time over. After two more passes one ship exploded and the others were left burning fiercely. "Boys, we love you," radioed the relieved submarine as the Mustangs flew homeward." Good luck and good work." VOTING RIGHTS -MAYBE DENIED SOME NATIONS Place Price on Refusal to Join Setup for Military Control San Francisco. If? The loss of voting rights may be the price of refusal of any united nation to support a new world league with its military ! resources. This possibility developed at the united nations conference Wednesday when a committee re ported to its parent 'commission that this penalty is under con sideratio.n and may be adopted. The bulk of the committee re port, recommending , some ,of .the structure and procedure for , a projected general assembly of all nations in the world organization, was approved almost automatic ally at the second public meeting of a conference commission. Russia Blocks Formula Russia, however, blocked ac ceptance of a formula for electing the top administrative officer of the world organization, explaining she had taken the matter up with the conference steering commit tee and wanted action deferred pending a reply. As nine working committees ground ahead on the job of draft ing various portions of a charter for the world organization, it be carae known, that: 1. The American delegation is leaning toward the idea jf including in this charter terms of the Atlantic charter's promises of access by all nations, "on equal terms, to the trade "and to the raw materials of the world which are needed for their economic prosperity." 2. Denmark, apparently assured of a belated invitation to the conference table, has three delegates scheduled to arrive here Thursday. They are Henrick Kauffmann, minister to Washington, and Hart-vig Srisch and E. Husfeldt. , Reds, British Collide 3. French desires to maintain (1) a Franco-soviet pact aimed at Germany and (2) her independence of action in Europe have given added weight to an old issue of regional security. 4. Britain and Russia have collided head on over a soviet desire to eliminate from a plan for international rule of dependent and strategic areas a declaration that trusteeships sliould not apply to existing mandates (from world war 1) without the consent of the nation holding the mandate. British delegates also were reported ready to battle a Russian suggestion that dependent people be spe cifically offered the hope of ulti mate independence. . The conf erehce itself will have to decide the trusteeship question if the Russians and - British are unable to reconcile differences in Big Five deliberations. IRAN DEMANDS ALLIES LEAVE Says Tripartite Treaty Put Time Limit on Departure Teheran.-With the European war ended, Iran has demanded that the United States, Britain and Russia live up to their agreement to remove all troops ! from the country, it was announced Wednesday. The ! tripartite treaty by which the allied forces operated in Iran stipulated that they would leave within six months after hosliti-ties ceased, and Iranian authorities viewed the period as dating from the German surrender. CHIANG PASSES PREMIER POST TO T, V. SOONG Relinquishment Does Not Affect Position as Head of China : Chungking. (Thursday.) tPJ Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek resigned Thursday as president of executive yuan (premier) and was succeeded by Acting Premier T. V. Soong. Elevation of Soong to the full premiership raised the possibility he might attend any impending meeting of the Big Five leaders (China, ' France, Russia, United States and Great Britain). It also would give him greater face - , . i i i i i ne manes an expecieu vim to Moscow on his way back to China from the San Francisco conference. Wong Weh Hao, minister of economic affairs and head of Chi na's war production board, was appointed vice premier, succeeding H. H. Kung. The appointment probably was a reward for his labors as head of the Chinese W. P. B. Chiang's relinquishment of the position of premier to Soong did not affect the former's position as president of China and the head of the state. He announced his resignation of the premiership at a meeting Thursday of the newly elected central executive committee of the kumintang, the national people's party. It is presumed that Chiang, in view of the accelerated tempo of the far east war, in- i - tends to devote himself pri-: marlly to his main jobsupreme commander of the al-lied forcfes in the China the- : atet. In addition to the presidency, Chiang holds numerous other posts. Soong has been serving as acting premier since last December 4. As such he had attended to most of the generalissimo's duties as premier. His transition from acting premier to premier therefore was not surprising. In fact, it had been expected here for some time. Expect Other Changes Other government changes are expected to result from the present session of the central executive committee. The ministry of finance is expected to figure in these changes. Soong is recognized in China and probably abroad as the country's most brilliant statesman. As premier he probably will be in a better position to talk to Premier Stalin in the matter of improving relations between China and Russia, should he go to Moscow, and to ehgage in discussions with other international leaders. Soong is known to be eager to exert every possible effort to solve China's troublesome communist problem. ' smalleTmeat quota for june O. P. A. Also Announcef High Point Values for Fat Pork f- Washington. (JP) A further shrinkage in the civilian meat supply in June about 7 per cent below May was forecast Wednesday night by the O. P. A., which simultaneously announced j higher point values for fat pork. L O. P. A. said the hike of one to three points in pork cuts such as fatbacks and plate cuts, effective" June 3, is being made to prevent the diversion of these meats into lard. " Except for point reductions in certain types of cheese, other red point values will be unchanged. . Lard, shortening and salad and cooking oils will remain at TO points a' pound, the value assigned to them in the emergency action in mid-May, when values were increased two points. Fatbacks, clear and regular plates were increased three points a pound, making the new value eight points, the same, as for regu- la- bacon, which remains unchanged; bacon (breakfast plate) was increased three points to eight points, and pork sides (fged and dry-cured) one point to a nine-point value. The only other change in red point values involved cheesesjn group 3. These cheeses, mostly soft, perishable types, will require only six points a pound, a de crease of two points. Group 3 in cludes hmburger, camembert and liederkranz. , . First Division Marines Hoist Flag as Doughboys and Leathernecks Surround Medieval Fort BY LEIF ERICKSON V finam. (Thursday.) (AP) r Leathernecks of the First marine division raised the American flag, over Okinawa's Shuri castle at 1 :43 p. m. ednesday. on the west flank and doughboys Japanese survivors in the moated medieval fortress. Admiral ChesterW. Nimitz reported Thursday thrt marines of Maj. Gen. Pedro A. del Valle's First division strengthened and built up their positions in the castle ruins, fii reached Tuesday in a swift dash by company A of the Eighths regiment. BATTLE OF SHIP REPAIRS IS NOT SATISFACTORY Navy, Leaders' Worried; Jap Aerial Attack Stepped Up BY POPE HALEY Washington W With the Jap anese stepping up their aerial at tacks as the war approaches their shores, the United States navy gravely announced Wednesday that the home front "battle of ship repairs" is not progressing satisfactorily. Naval leaders called an unusual news conference to make known that they are worried. They said workers are quitting their jobs in west coast repair yards in the face of existing manpower shortages and growing work loads. Only the necessity for keeping valuable information from the enemy, it was emphasized, prevented recitation of facts and figures, to back up the urgent appeal of the department's heads for shipyard workers to stay on the job and for others to answer the call. Casualties High In lieu of any precise disclosure of numbers of ships involved, Sec retary Forrestal cited that 4,270 personnel of naval supporting forces were killed or missing in action in the battle for Okinawa between March 15 and May 23; compared .with 532 for the ground forces in the same action. Admiral Frederick J. Home, vice chief of naval operations, commented that it could easily be seen "what that must mean in ship damage." Specifically, the department heads revealed that some $300,-000,000 in new ship construction, originally scheduled for the west coast, had been transferred to the east coast to release facilities for ship repairs; 9 -Month Repair Job That it would take nine months to get the damaged carrier Frank lin back into action; That some cruisers would re quire six months and some destroyers three months. That destroyers, intended for overhaul after 40,000 miles, are now operating after 240,000 miles without overhaul. That the Mare island, Cal., navy yard was 9,000 workers short and lost 600 net last month despite widespread recruiting drives, and intense efforts to keep workers; Puget sound, Wash., navy yard was 5,000 short and lost 600 net last month; Hunters point,0 .Cal., naval dry docks was 6,000 short and lost 700 net, and "the situation' is comparable in private yards." Defer Skilled Workers In an effort to solve the problem, the navy at the urgent re quest . of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. Pacific fleet commander-inrchief, obtained blanket deferment of skilled ' workers in west coast yards, gave priority to re pair work over rew construction, and agreed to provide transpor tation and subsistence to work ers recruited -in the east and midwest. At least 15,000 skilled workers, unobtainable on the west coast, are critically needed,, in addition to another. 15,000 semiskilled and unskilled workers. "This situation," said Secretary Forrestal, "points, up what we were talking about a 'few months ago when we were urging manpower legislation." World War 2 Costs Pass Trillion Mark Washington. CP) An estimate that the direct cost of world war 2 has gone considerably past the trillion-dollar mark has been made by the staff of American university here. Announcing the result of the school's research Wednesday, President Paul F. Douglas calcu lated that the expenditures for war since 1934 amount to more than $500 for. every man, woman and child in the world. Iowan Killed in West McFarland, CaL W5 Paul A. Nelson, 34, of Marshalltown, la., was killed Wednesday when struck by a truck. Fresno state highway patrolmen reported the truck was driven by Henry Borgen, jr., 34. McFarland is near Baker sfield. Old Ulory went up. as- marines. on the east moved to encircle On the west flank, .Maj. lien. Lemuel C. Shepherd, jr. s Sixth marine division veterans pushed southeastward from oc cupied Naha toward the Kok- uba river, which empties into Xaha harbor, Nearly, all of Naha, blasted capital of-Okinawa, is in Yank hands. , y ' Doughboys Drive West On the east flank Maj. Gen. Archibald V. Arnold's Seventh infantry division, driving westward, cap t.u red hitrh ground near the town of Yo-nawa, near American - held Yonabaru harbor, The objective on both flanks is to close a circle about ajnilo south of Shuri castle to com- r press the enemy garrison-or dered to hold , t lie fortress. Many troops and civilians have been observed leaving Shuri for points south. The most westerly patrols of the Seventh infantry division were near Chan, about a mile due south of Shuri. Forward elements of the. Seventh , infantry and the Sixth marine divisions were only about two -miles from an encircling linkup. Fanatical Resistance Capture of Yonawa served, to broaden the Seventh infantry holdings along the east coast. Advance units were more than two miles west of the town. ' Northeast of- Shuri castle, rock-walled fortress which housed the 16th century kings . of the Ryukyus, the Japanese continued fanatical resistance against the 77th and 96th infantry divisions. Strong combat patrols of the First marine division were re ported probing through the west- . ern sector of Shuri town, which, like Naha, was reduced to rubble in the weeks-long American pounding from land, sea and air. Mud, Rain Slow Supplies Mud and rain still hampered ground operations and posed a se vere supply problem for forward elements. Admiral Nimitz said the poor flying weather reduced Japanese aircraft activity. Several isolated raids were made Tuesday, resulting in damage to two light units of the American fleet. Eight Japanese planes were shot down dur ing the day. Carrier planes attacked targets in the Sakishima group of the southern Ryukyus and the Amami islands in the northern part of the chain on Tuesday. Search planes of fleet air wing One sank or damaged three small cargo ships in Korean waters Tuesday night and Wednesday. A twin-engined transport plane was shot down near Honshu island by a naval search plane of fleet air wing 18. Exploit Collapse of Line American 10th army troops ex ploiting the collapse of the Japanese line on Okinawa sliced through enemy rear areas Thursday with the south coast of the island in sight. - The Seventh infantry division s thrust southward from Ozata Mura heights, combined with the dramatic dash irj to Shuri castla by Filth regiment units of the First marine division, heightened -the pace of battle despite heavy rains and clinging mud. ! While Fifth regiment marines penetrated Shuri castle Tuesday in a lightning flank move, units of the Sixth marine division in Naha crossed the canal bisecting the city to smash Japanese resist- ance in the eastern district. This move virtually completed conquest of Okinawa s capital. ! The Seventh division strike southward would cut off Chinen peninsula on Okinawa's southeast coast. Lt. Col. Jackson Gillis of Hollywood, Cal., member of the division's staff, said that half of the remainder of southern Okinawa in Japanese hands should be occupied by the Yanks within a week. ; Hopkins, Stalin Talk Fourth Time in Week Moscow. JP Harry Hopkins, who came here on a personal mission for President ' Truman, met with Premier- Stalin Wednesday J for the fourth time withina week. A well-informed diplomatic source said that the talks of Stalin and Hopkins had covered a great many matters and would have "a far reaching effect" in collaboration, between the United States and soviet Russia. Okinawa Rains Okinawa (J Okinawa, south ern doorstep of JaDan and scene I of furious fighting' during the last two months, has had 13.5 incnes of rain in the last 11 days.

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