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Comp, THE lOEA REGISTER VOLUMiE XLVm No. 53 The Weekly Regiater, EstabUshed 1867: The lola Daily Register, Kmbliahed 1897. lOLA, KAS.,, WEDNESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 27, 1944. BaccesaoT to The Iol« Daily Begiitei, The lola Daily Record, tfii IOIA Daily Index. SIX PAGES Ijl S. Surplus ^odsSale in lola About $7,000 Worth Of New and Used Articles To Be Sold At Auction Jan. 5 Farmers, stockmen and other.s will be given an opportunity to pui'chase much needed items—some of them difficult to get these days—at an auction of surplus government supp^lies which will be lield at the Tola Riverside Pa,rk on Friday, January 5. • Colonel WIU Riley wlU be in dhiige at the sale of about $7,000 worth ol shovels, files, wheelbarrows,; rolls of wire, nails, staples, st^ws 'and more than a hundred different items including' three or four "gas stoves, a half dozen small eieEtric motors and two hydraulic '^im New. Others Used L Tte took, motors, stoves and similar equipment have all been used and will be sold "as Is." The supplies, such as nails, screws, etc., are new. The merchandise consists of odd lots, broken sets and smaH quantities which have been offered to dealers and not desired by them for some one of several reason?. •The materials were purchased tKe government for use in the eon- sti*uction of the plants at Parsons and Eudora. Tola was chosen as the sit^ for the' auction because of its central location. fhe auction will be held In the Merchant's Exhibit buUdlng at Rly- erside^ Park and ample opportunity; will be given prospective pur- chtlsers to inspect the merchandise. Sleet Storm Ices Highways 'I'opekn, Dec. 27. (AP)—Snow, Sleet and freezing rain Iced eastern Koiiaas highways last night but slila were clearing this morning. Weathernian S. D. Flora said ,no .^juimely cold weather was In the joffiof and the moisture faU seemed 'alxM over, "except possibly In am^e&stem Kansas." ISwds and street.s were slick throughout most of the state. The highway department said crews were busy nil night sanding hills and ciuires. Freezing rain continued this morning from Kansas City east and in parts of Oklahoma and TeMs. North and west of Kansas skies yere clear and by mid-morn- lhg:.sun.shliie extended as far east as Topeka. . Amount.s of moisture generally were light. Kan<;a.s City and St. Jo- !=eph, Mo.,'reported .11 of an inch, Topeka .05, Wichita .03, Wamego .02 with traces at Concordia, Phll- lipsbui-g, Goodland arid Dodge City. Snow wa-s mixed with the ice in the eastern part- of the state. Temperatures were expected to rise above freezing today after hitting 29 at Coffeyville, the highest reported, yesterday. Last night the merfeury dropped to 11 above zero at Ooodland but it waa ten degrees or more warmer in the eastern port of the state. . Readings of 10 to 25 were forecast for tonight, and 30 to 32 for tomorrow. The Weather KANSAS— Fair this afternoon, tonight and Tbnnday, colder to- nirbt except extreme northwest; low temperatnre 10-15 west and north 15-18 southwest; colder extreme northeast; wsurmer extreme west Thursday. Temperature—Highest for the 24 hours ending 5 p. m. yesterday, 28, lowest last night 26; normal for today 32; deficiency yesterday 12 degrees; excess since January 1, 421 degrees; this date last year—highest 35; lowest 25. Precipitation for the 24 hours ending at 8 a. m. today, trace; total for this year to wate, 48.82; excess since January 1, 10.50 inches. Sunrise 8:38 a. m.; set 6:09 p. m. Thermograph Readings Ending 8 a. m. Today. 9 a. m 13 9 p. m 26 10 a. m 14 10 p. m 26 11 a, m 20 11 p. m 28 12 noon 24 12 m. 28 1 p. m 25 1 a. m 28 2 p. m 26 2 a. m 28 3 p. m 26 3 a. m 28 4 p. m 26 4 a. m 28 5 p. m 26 5 a. m 28 6 p. m 26 6 a. m 28 7 p. m 26 7 a. m .28 8 p. m.' .26 8 a. m .....28 tt. Herbert E. Lane Wounded in Action Lt. Herbert E. Lane, son of Mr. tM Mrs. Lafe Lane, was wounded la action on the Belglum-Oermany front early this month, according to ft tetter received this week by Mrs. Frank Nogle of Oas City. .Lt. Lane was born and reared in Oar, City and spent the first year of high school in lola. Mr. and Mrs. iafe Lane are now living In Yakima, Wash., but the family is well remembered here. One brother of Lt. Lane, Donald 1-ane, was reported missing In action la Italy last April. Three other brothers are in the service: Thurston, Lafe Jr., and Richard. An '.uncle. Charles Lane, lives on East Lincoln. lola C. of C. Names lioard of Directors The lola chamber of commerce lisz night created a new board of directors to act In an advisory capacity and to expedite the work of the chamber. The board will -consist of the president, vice-president, secretary and four others elected by the members of the chamber. Those ehdsen ,for the 184S board • are Oebrge Mack, Ben Pennineton, J. B. Kirk and D. A. McDonald. ;,"A mejtaber of the merchants' potamittee said that the recent visit of Sanfa Clau.s to lola was - one of > the most successful promotions pf that nature ever held here; and thi! chamber unanimously gave Riiss Flnefrock a vote of thanks for bringing Santa here in his alr- , plfihe. Pvt. Leroy C. Nold Wounded in Action Washington, Dec. 27. (AP)— •Among the 356 KanBans listed by the Navy Department today was Pvt. Leroy C. Kold. USMOB, who has been wounded in action, ^e is the son of John A. Nold, Humboldt. Mfc/jrife lives at 640 Beverly Dr„ May Dedicate Blood Gift Name of Donor and One Honored On Each Package; Register Now for Unit Visit Those who donate blood to the Red Cioss when the mobile unit next visits lola on January 8, 9 and 10, will be permitted tc dedicate his or her blood to a friend or loved one in the armed forces. The donor may sign his name on the label which goes on the package and writ* in the name of eome one in the armed services in whose honor the blood is given. Registrations are now being taken for the three day period during which the Red Cross unit will be at the Jefferson school. Prospective donors should make theii- appointments with Gene Cook at Cook'a Drug store who is acting as registrar. Details Complete Charles Ableson, chairman, said this morning that all preliminary details for the visit have been completed. The auditorium at JelTer- son school will be used for the bleeding room as on the unit's two previous visits and every comfort will be provided the blood donors. The need for blood plasma was never greater than it is today. On the flrst day at Pearl Harbor 750 pints of blood plasma were used. The demand has been increa.sing ever since. Need New Donors First the Army and Navy asked the Red Cross for lhousand.s of pints. Then it was millions. Today, a total of more than 10,000,000 pints has been reque.sted, for the anned forces. New blood donors are needed, Mr. Ableson said, if the flow of plasma is to be maintained. Tliere are men and women who have given blood three or more times and hundreds who have done so one or two times. Many of them have already registered for the January visit but more volunteers are needed. Plaster Manila Airfields Reinvasion of Chief Philippine Island Appears Next On Allied Agenda; Mop Up Leyte Gen. MacArthur's Headquarters, Philippines, Dec. 27 (AP)—Land-based American bombers for the fourth consecutive day blasted Japan's airfields at Manila on Luzon Island, now regarded as vulnerable to reinvasion by Yank forces mopping up in the central Philippines. Clark Field was the principal target as It was in two of the previous attacks. It was plastered Monday •with 88,000 pounds of explosives. Gen. Douglas MacArthur reported today. The Japanese showed a disposition to make a fight of it. They sent up at least SO interceptors, of which 39 were shot down by Yankee lighter escorts. Pour more were listed ^ probably downed. The day's bag brought to 72 the total of Japanese planes shot down In 48 hours in the Manila ralds.The Americans lost six fighters on the two days. Mop Up on Leyte On conquered Leyte, American ground forces mopped up small and isolated Japanese remnants which the communique said, were "capable of only minor opposition." During Monday. 899 more of the enemy were killed and 14 captured, at a cost of seven American dead and 21 wounded. The fighter cover in the Manila raid was led by Maj. Thomas Me- Gulre. of San Antonio. Tex., who bagged three Japanese. That brought bis total to 38, within' shooting range of the 40 credited to Ma J. Richard I. Bong, Pbplar, Wis., leading American ace. Liberators raided Mindanao air- drome.s and harbors, sinking two freiahters, and fighter bombers as- isaulted the Japanese Sllay ali- i drome on Negros Island. jJapK Raid Saipan (At Pearl Harbor, Adm. Chester W. Nlmitz announced that between 16.and 25 Japanese planes attacked the airstrips on Saipan Island, in the Marianas, base for the Tokj-o- raidlng American Superfortresses. (In the raid, made Christmas eve, three attacking planes were shot down by American fighters, and a fourth bagged by anti-aircraft batteries. One American plane was destroyed on the ground and several others damaged. Six Americans were injured.) I Draws Stiff Fine And Jail Sentence lola Streets a Glare Of Ice This Morning At least one lolan skated to work this morning. He sailed down the middle of Washington avenue about 8:30 a. m.. and easily overtook the one or two motorists who were gingerly feeling their way over the sheen of ice which covered both .streets and sidewalks and made all traffic hazardous. Last evening lola had its first light fall of sleet which turned to ice during the night. Automobile traffic was practically halted to all cars not equipped with chains. At least one bus remained In lola for an hour or more waiting for the Ice to start melting. At 8 a. m. the temperature stood at 28 or two degrees warmer than at 8 p Jn. Tuesday. Che.ster W. Parrar yesterday pleaded guilty to drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident and was sentenced to 70 days in jail and fined $100 by Justice of the Peace J. D. Bennett. Police officers report that Farrar sldeswiped a car driven by Homer Duffey Just east of the Mlssouri- I Pacific tracks on Highway 54 last Sunday night. Duffey's car was badly damaged although no one was Injured. i Farrar is said to have continued east to Odor's Greenhouse where he purchased flowers which he delivered to a friend at St. John's hospital. Duffey reported the accident to the state highway patrol who arrested Parrar as he was leaving the hospital. Breaks Hip in Fall On Icy Streets E. D. Shields, former owner of a men's clothing store in lola and now employed by the Perham Clothing company, fell on the ice this morning and broke his hip. The accident occurred at the corner of West and Washington streets. Mr. Shields was taken to the Perham store for first aid and later removed to St. John's hospital. A niunber of minor accidents occurred in lola this morning as a result of the Icy streets and sidewalks but so far as known Mr. Shields is the only one who was badly injin^. Pros and Cons in the Argument On Compulsory Military Training BY JAMES MARLOW Washington. Dec. 27. (AP)—The main point in all talk about national compulsory military training in peacetime for American youths is this: is it necessary? The army and navy, which are supposed to know, say it is. They want every able-bodied youth, after reaching a certain age,, to undergo at least one year of military training. And they want the year devoted strictly to military trahiing. They dont want added trimmings, such as having part of the year given to school. About one million young men would be trained yearly. • Prom here on this story will give, lirst, the argvunents for such a program and then the arguments against it. By training one million youths a year, and then returning them to clvllan life, in 10 years we could build up a reserve of 10 million trained men. Aud well need it after this war. We'll bave to be prepared for any sudden emergency. This is true whether we join a league to preserve peace or isolate ourselves from the rest of the world again. Wed need it if we joined a leagiua in order to back up our efforts to preserve peace. If we didn't join, then more than ever we'd have to have a great reserve of trained men. In our history the United Sitates has had seven major wars and been more or less unprepared for all of them. It we had had a large military force this time we might not liave been attacked. Our unpreparedness figured in Axis calculations against us. Fortunately, in this war and the last one we had allies who held off the enemy until we got into fighting shape. The next time the attack upon us may be sudden. We may have no allies. If we are unprepared then, we may be defeated easily and quickly. So. we'll need plenty of trained manpower: either in uniform as a (Contioiwd n riBce N«, t) Says Allied Intelligence AtFault Much qf Blame for Breakthrough Laid To Undej-estimkticm Of German Streng^ By WE6 OALLAOHERt With U. S. Forces in^ Belgium, Dec. 24 (delayed) (AP)—An error in th^ Allied intelligence must ^hare a large part of the blame for Field Marshal von I^imd- stedt's breakthrough on; the western front. It is now apparent ttiat the ^^lled high command intelligence not' only failed to^ det«fct the buildup b^ Von Rundstedt on the weak spot tst tbe front, but alsc^-Hiot for the; flnt time in this war—underesti6>at«d German military strength and abli> ity. Offlclml Opinion Wrong Up to the 4ay of the breakttux>ug^ the official opinion as given out to corre^ndents was*that: 1. The Ardennea forest w»« n<?t an advantageous ^x>t In wbUih to launch a winter offensive mi It was being used as a sort of. "rest sector" by both the Germanr and Americans. \ 2. That Von Rundstedt had .'practically no strategic reserve trooips to use in a big,offensive. 3. That the morale of the.Ger­ man soldier'was extremely k»w. 4. That the main German high command aim was to fight M defensive action before the Rulu' valley. ' 5. That tfie German air forcse virtually was nen-exis^nt. • 6. That the dermans' shortage ol gasoline and war materials, precluded any large-scale effort. Facts Deny Estimate Yet Von Rundstedt has been able to throw elements of many divlsloivi into this battle while holding the rest of the westepa front and I9 still known to bwre^ A powerful^ punch left. , There may be some short /aee of gasoline, but it is not yet apparent and the Luftwaffe has put forth its greatest effort ^Ince 1940. (A dispatch dated two days later from Associate^ Press corresjyand- (Contlnned on Pace <. Vo. I] "Fighting 400" Slips Out of German Trap East of Mafche, Belgium,. Dec. 26. (Delayed).' (AP).—Their faces blacked, their helmets and arinored vehicles left be^hlnd, the fighting of "Hogan's task-^orce" came piit of the woods through 10 miles tif «i- emy lines thte< morning. ; Isolated and encircled mileff from any help, thcj^ had been given up as lost after 4lx days. But out of slightly more than 400 meii who struck across Iio Man's land all but about 20 retiu«ned, including, tlieir commander, Lt; Col. Samuel M. Hogan, Pharr, Tek., Here Is whaj.they had done: Penetrated enemy lines mor% than 30 miles. • Been trapped by three panaer divisions outmmMJering them literally hundreds to one. Fought such A mobile, cage]|r battle they managed to keep the enemy confused and at bay on all sides until their gas ran out. Dug into a village high - point when their own cause seemed hopeless and served so effectively by radio as "forward observers", right in the midst of the enemy that they called artillery shots which -broke up a major ^emy ootinteFattack along the whole sector. ^ Refused to isurrender, although they appeared;to face almost certain annihilation. , Damaged, tlwilr armored vehicles, rendering thecf^ useless to the enemy, and made a bold Christmas night escape afoot, slipping out of a trap just as ^e Germans snapped the teeth shut with an artillery, and mortar barrage and an infantry attack. Hiked over a hilly timbered'hog­ back 10 miles io safety. ' Rioters Overturn Coim- ters at Montgomery Wai'd Detroit, Dec.- 27. (AP)—A group of more than -50 persons who entered the Montgomery Ward ^ Co., department store in suburban Dear- bom, where a" strike has been in progress sirwe Dec. 9, were Teported this morning to bave overturned several counters and destroyed some merchandise. R. L. Estabiook, store, manager, said the damage would amount to several tboiisa^d dollars. Be said the demonstrafoTs were members of "flying squadrons" of the pHlted Automobile Workers (CIO). Kansas City; Dec. 37. (AP)—An undetermined ^number of \fefkers streamed thrcmgh picket lines at the Montgomery Ward & Co^ mall order plant tdday, where a -010 union had called a strike. Union officials, who estimated there are "about 2800" employes, said "hmulreds'' (aUed to. report to work. Nazi Parachutists Job To Kill High Officers • • ^ London. Dec. 27. (AP)—The American army newspaper "Stars and Stripes" declared today that a well organized "task force of German parachutists clad in American imlforms had been dropped l^hlnd the AUied lines on the \yestern front in an attempt to kill high ranking officers. The parachutjlsts were equipped with small vials of sulphuric acid, fitted inside match boxes and designed to be thrown In the face of any person stopping them for "questioning, the paper said. It asserted the parachutists were'equal in numbers to about two battalions,; and had been specially trained for sabotage work in connection with the present QeTm&n offensive. The Germans were jjald to have taken the uriitoims Irom captured American troops who later were shot. Drive Deep Sali0nt Into German Liiies B-29s Hit Tokyo Area Over 3,000,000 Pounds Of Bombs; On Honshu Targets Since Dec. 3 Washington, EWc. 27. (AP)—Tokyo industrial are^ were slugged today for the fifth- time by Saipan- besed Sup(?rfortresses. The daylight .ftrlke by B-29's of the 21st Bomber Command was the flrst on the sprawling Japanese capital since D«;cember 3. A war department comnmnique did not report further details. Tokyo radio sa^d the giant planes "dropped explosives and Incendiaries at random, causing Insignificant damage." The broadcast, recorded by the Federal (Communications (Jommlssioii,. WHS unreadable In places but apparently the enemy claimed that some interceptors "chalked up" victories against the Superfortresses. ]• Claim Nine^Shot Down A Japanese Imperial communi­ que said about 50. Superforts were in the attacking for^e and claimed nine were definitely sljot down, five probably and 37 others damaged. Tokyo radio said "downtown Tokyo resoun&fed with cheers and applause as the throng was given the treat of witnessing a B-29 break formation amidst a cloud of antiaircraft barrage'i and fall. The Imperial communique said two of the Supei-forts were knocked down by suicide Nipponese pilots who crash dived the big bombers. The high command admitted the loss of four interceptors. Reports To Diet Japanese War Minister Gen Sugiyama interrupted his war report to the diet this afternoon to make a statement on the B-29 raid then in progress over th,e city. Today'.s smash followed a report from 21st Bombiir Command headquarters that ^ the Saipan-based planes have duyiped over 3,000,000 pounds of bombs on Honshu targets. Honshu Is the ;)rlnclRal Nipponese home Island. Total November Vote Just Under! 50,000,000 Washington, »ec. 27. (AP)—Best estimates obtainable from election officials place the service vote in the recent prtfsldential race at around 2,800,000^ This in far (jelow the 3,392,000 estimated by st^te officers prior to the Nov. 7 elecOon as likely to be cast. But It is;a far greater percentage of the s(?rvlce strength than that recorded li :.i the 1942 congressional elections,' The- total mflltary and civilian vote this year was 47,971,156, cor-, rected to date. . Hungarian Capital Doomed With All Escape Roads Cut, Nazi Garrison Bums Stores Ajs Reds Charge Into Budapest By DANIEL DE LUCE Moscow, Dec. 27. (AP)— Red army shock troops charged upon flame-seare^ Budapest from snowy hill? above the Danube river to* day. The German garrisoiv burned military stores, dynamited public utilities and fought back grimly with field artillery scattered throughout th0 Hungarian capital. Half a dozen Soviet spearheads were r.eported closing In on the we^m half of the encircled city and all German roads of escape were cut off. Just how many Najl troops comprise the defending garr ristJn Is not known here, but the Russian command said their num/ bers were large. apyiet assault tmlts of tanks, plus tommy-gunners, were believed to have slashed some distance into the Buda district on the west bank of the' Danube. Guna Dominate City From the hilltops of the Bu(Ja district on the west bank of tl^ie Danube Marshal Feodor I. TolbuH- hin's heavy artillerty dominated the entire clty^r-lncludlng Pest's masslVe business and factory biUldings on the plain east of the river. Ahnored columns, already deep inside the city's western outskirts, were blasting their way house py house toward two big bridges tliat span the Danube and link the two sections of the city. Field dispatches said other Russian successes achieved simultaneously with yeeterday's full enclrcle- (Continned en Pace 6. No. 3) Jap Aircraft Carrier In Latest U. S. Sub Bag Washington, Dec. 27. (AP)—I3e- structlon of a large Japanese aircraft carrier, six additional enemy warships and .20 other Nipponese vessels by American submarines was reported by the navy today. ' Pew details were given on the big bag by the subs operating In Par Eastern waters, announced Cby Secretary Porrestal at a news conference. Radio Says Germans Using Atomic Bomb London, Dec. 27. (AP)—A Gernian radio station which has been trying to panic the Belgians ever since opening of the Nazi offensive said today Field Marshal Karl von Runstedt's forces were using an atdnilc bomb in the new attack. This Is the type of bomb on which the Allies had claimed to have a monopoly," the announcer said. The "Germans used It at St. Vlth. Wherever such a missile Is dropped a}! animals and plant» cease 'io exist. Huge areas of land aje scorched, woods are. consume;}, and any human being caught,in the hurricane, is shattered to smithereens," : Nazis Force Fifth Army Forces Back in Italy Rome, Dec. 27. (AP)—A strong German counterattack near Italy's west coast has forced Fifth army forces to withdraw fiom advance positions in the Ser- chlo river valley. Allied headquarters announced today. The enemy thrusts came east and west of the road town of Galllcano, some 14 miles inland from the Tyrhennian coast, after artillery preparation. It was announced here that the withdrawals were made only 'after bitter fighting, but no' details were Immediately available. No Peace In Greece Second Parley Callied By Churchill Ends Without Agreement Athens, Dec. ?7. (AP)—<}reek Populist party members declared today that peace proposals by Tepre- sentatlves of the left-wing ELAS were unacceptable and the conference called by Prime Minister Churchill ended Its second meeting without an agreement. The ELAS offered terms which former Premier Stylianos obnatas said "are inadmissible." He declai-ed that "if accepted, they would mean complete dissolution of the -state." Other members of the conference said they would consider th^ terms and reply later. ELAS Breaks Tmce Even while the conferees met In the Grand Bretagne hotel the British accused ELAS artillerymen of breaking a conference truce lote yesterday and the fresh fighting flared in the district behind British headquarters. Parachute, troops forged ahead with tanks and armored cars In a drive to clear the southern triangle leading into Omonla Square-. Nevertheless, the British .said another 45-minute truce would be arranged today for the protection of ELAS delegates attending a- second session of an all-party conference to discuss Greece's political troubles. "Hope Only for Peare" "Whether Greece is a monarchy or a republic is a matter for the Greeks and the Greeks alone to decide." the prime minister told the assemblage before he and. other British representatives retired and left the Greeks to continue the conference alone. "All. we wish you Ls good, and good for all," Churchill added. Britain's only interest in using her troops in the current civil war, Churchill asserted,' is to bring an end to disorder and make; possible an election by secret ballot. London, Dec. 27. (AP)—The British press today praised Prime Minister (Churchill's journey to Greece as a genuine effort to end the civil strife and demonstrate that Britain's only aim is to protect the rights of the people, "Not even the most embittered of the government's critics could fall to be Impressed by the Journey," said the Yorkshire Post, pointing out that the prime minister had risked much to make the trip. "It is the first. constructive move toward a settlement to come from the Greeks or British," said the Dally Herald. Captured German Film Pictures Yanks Deal Nazis First Real Set-Back Though Possibly Temporary, Allies Have Gained Initiative in Breakthrough Sector By JAMES M. LONG Paris, Dec. 27. (AP)—U. S. troops and tanks, regaining the initiative, have driven a deep salient into German lines within the last 24 hours and dealt the German offensive its fir.st serious setback, a front dispatch declared today. The location of thlr American plunge and details couUi not be given in the dlsputch, sent at 2 p. m. (8 a. m. Centrul War Time) from the Stavelot area of Belgimn. It followed snpremo >>eadquarters' announcement thnt .Ar .ii .'noans on Christmas day had ioXarJ be-k German armored oolamiL. v.iiich thrust within four mllei, ot '-he ^Acuee river In their deere^t iP >-'iit.-' .-atbrt Ijito Belgium. On The Defense All along the n-)rthern vim o' the German drl\ -, said tJie dispatch from the Stavelot sector, "there are Relief Columns Reach Americans at Bastogne i London, Dec. 27. (AP)—The Brussels radio .=;aid tonight that relief columns had reached the American garri.'w .T at Bastogne, which has been cut off for more than a week. Earlier a dispatch frcn the U. S. Pirsl army hoadqututers reported thai, a .single U. S. army vehicle had broken throagh the German ring nrounci the Belgian city. A BBC broadcast said American col-jmns, o:ficifi.lly last reported i'.-i miles from Bastogne, had reached a point IVi miles from the tow'n. Hundreds of tor.s of supplies — mainly nrnmui .ltion — were parachuted to the Anieiican^ in the Bastogne urea during: the day. Indications the Gerinriris are on the defense for the mcm.^nt with infantry replacing tanks." "Field Marshal Karl Von Runstedt apparently still Is trying to turn the American llii 'i tc '.he west, but from here ea.st nuge losses have convinced him the line is firmly held," it said. A single U. 8. am-.y vehicle broke through the Ccrrar.n ring around Bastogne near thei middle of the German bulge an.''> reached the American garrison: holding there against furious Nazi atta.-ks, a dispatch from First army headquarters said. Regain Initiative Reports Indicated the Germans at least temporarily had lost the initiative in this winter drive. An earlier field dispatch reported doughboys slowly regaining the initiative on flanks of the German breakthrough. Fighter bombers tore into German tank columns again today. Allied officers in the field estimated that more than 2,000 German spies in American uniforms were being used In the German drive, either infiltrating or being dropped be- hhid U. S. lines. : Shoot Up a Column A German - man'ied American Sherman tank and two tank destroyers slipijed Into an American column on one road late yesterday, shooting it up and escaping. Damage was heavy for the size of the operation. Incomplete reporis from two sec« tlons of the breakthrough area listed destruction of mere than 250 Nazi tanks and self-propelled gims and capture of more than 2,300 prisoners since the oRensive started. In this photo f:fom a roll of captured German film, a group of American soldlera are marched past Nazi armored equipment moving into Sel8luai^(Slgnal Corps photo from NEA Telepboto.) Fire Causes $2,390,000 Damage at Kansas City Kansas Ci^y, Dec. 27. (API— A smoldering basement fire erupted into flame in the iicwiitown warehouse district today, destroying a flve-storj' brick buiUUng, damaging four others and citusiny loss estimated by owners and tenants at $2,390,000. Four firemen were injured, none believed seriously. in the spectacular fire, which brought cut 25 fire companies from both Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kos., in sub* freezing weather, i

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