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state Historical „ , Oo °Sf^-' --^-"-a^ society THE lOLA REGISTER VOLUME XLVIII No. 54 The Weekly nee '««er. E«Ubll«li «l 1867: The Iol( buliy Hegitter, KtMbllshed 1807. lOLA, KAS., THUBSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 28, 1944. Soeceuor to The loU Qallr Retiiter, Tba lolB Dally Record, ud lols Daily lodez. F.P.R. Orders Army f 0 Take Over Ward's "Will Not Tolerate Strikes" Complaint Says Company Refusal to Obey WLB Order Menaces L&bbr Dispute Program Chicago, Dec. 28. (AP) — The army took possession of MontgcTmery Ward and Company properties in seven cit- .j* ies today under an executive order of President Roosevelt, who defclared the government "cannot and will not tolerate any interference virith war production in this critical hour.", The seizure came amid strikes at Ward ^jstablishments In Detroit, Chicago and Kansas City as protests by tlie CIO United RelaU. Wliolesale and Department Store Employes Union against failure ol the company and Its board chairman, Sewell Avery, to comply with War Labor Board directives. President Roosevelt said in a statement that Montgomery Ward will not'be allowed to set aside government wartime policies "just because Mr. Sewell Avery does not approve' of the government's procedure for handling labor disputes." Avery Is Pleasant i VMaj. Gpn. Joseph W. Byron, director of the army's special services i division; served the seizure order on *» Avepy 4n the chairman's private > office, ^verj' greeted the general pleasantly, and shook hands. .Almost at the same hour a staff of Justice department experts from •Washington filed a petition In federal- court. asking for an injuction to restrain Avery and other company officials from Interfering with government operation of the mail order concern's facilities in Chicago, Detroit,' St. Paul. Denver. Jamaica, N. v.. ;^ortland, Ore., and San Rafael; Cnllf. The petition also asked for a declaratory judgment authorizing gov- erjiment .seizure. •'Onnot Condone Strikes" Presicjent Pu)csevelt in his statement said "strikes In wartime cannot be condoned, whether they are stilkes by workers against their employers, or strikes by employers against their government." Zi'i tMe legal proceedings the gov- ••mmerit complaint said all the seized plants were engaged in "pro- diictlon of articles produced for (Continned on Pare 8. No. 3) Montgomery Ward Picture at a Glance Chicago. Dec. 28. (AP)—The Montgomery Ward and company situation at a glance: Chicago—Army takes possession of main ofidces and plants: government asks Federal couit injunction to prevent any possible company resistance: CIO United Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Employees Union begins second strike this year. Washington—President Roosevelt in statement accompanying seizure order says the government "carmot and will not tolerate any interference with war production In this critical hour." Detroit—Army,takes over at four stores where Union has been on strike since December 9 in protest against company refusal to follow War Labor Board directives for wage Increases and maintenance • of Union membership. Kansas City—Union strike in second day. Seizure not expected In Kansas City because labor dispute still in hands of WLB. St. Paul, Minn.—Soldiers from Ft. Snelllng. Minn., take over St. Paul retail store and mail order office. Business halts while president's order is read, no difficulty encountered. Portland, Ore.—Army officers confer with store manager on seizure action. Jamaica. N. Y.—Six army officers take over store, about 200 employees continue work. San Rafel, Calif.—Five army officers seize store; manager and all employees remain at work: except for posted notice in window, no change in operation. Denver, Colo.—Store taken over by army officers and operations re p o r t e d continuing "without a hitch." • EIGHT;' PAGES The Weather KANSAS->Fre«zlng rain or snow tonlKht, chanting i to rain MUth portion, somewhat: warmer central and east portion; wltli lowest tem- peratnres 25 extreme west to 30-S5 east; Friday partly cloudy except rain east portion forenoon, warmer. Temperature—Highest for the 24 hours ending 5 p. m. yesterday, 35; lowest last night, 26; normal for today, 32; deficiency yesterday, 2; excess since January 1, 419 degrees; this date last year, highest, 28; lowest, 22. Precipitation for the 24 hours ending at 8 a. m. today. .14; total for this year to date, 48.96; excess since January 1. 10.60 Inches. Sunrise 8:38 a. m.; set 6:10 p. m. Thermograph Readings Ending 8 a. m. Today £8 9 p. m. 28 10 p. m. :29 11 p. m. 30 12 m 9 a. m. 10 a. m. 11 a. m. 12 noon 1 p. m. 2 p. m. 31 33 3 p. m 34 4 p. m. 5 p. m. .35 ...34 30 .29 „...28 _.27 .26 26 .26 26 6 p. m -...33 7 p. m 31 8 p. m ...30 1 a. m. .. 2 a. m. .. 3 a. m. .. 4 a. m. .. 5 a. m 26 6 a. m. .26 7 a. m 26 8 a. m. .26 Less Metal For Civilians Rising Army Needs for Copper and Lead Nicks Home-Front Stockpile Drive Stalls Washington. Dec. 28. (AP).— Shortages of two Important war metals, copper and lead, threatened today to cause further civilian belt- tightening in 1945. Because of the sharply rising army demands for bullets and artillery shells, the Office of ClvlUan Re quirements may be called upon to give back half the tormage of cop per brass mill products allotted to it for the manufactiu-e of civilian ; goods next quarter, WPB officials revealed. Sto<kpUe Low A 40 per cent cut In civilian use I of lead, required In a War Produc- jtion Board order announced last I night, was explained as necessary to protect the government's stoclqille Jap War Vessels Part of Task Force Whi<* Shelled U. S. Positions OnAOndo-: ro Inaccurately** Gen. IMacArtHur's Hfad- quarter^, Philippines, I)iec. 28. (A^»)--Hea^6r guns of Japanese and American ;naval task forces traded raiiinsr blows Tuesday a,nd Wfidhte- day on- island bases miles apart but the Nlpi^h- ese came off worse, vnth three destroyers sunk, a battleship and cruiser damaged. Two United State? warshlpfe of undisclosed type weiie dealt ft^ll^t damage. ; : ^ The jElpanese shejled Mlhloro, central PhUlppInes, from VM cidaa sea Tuesday night, ;aen|. bot^las MacArthiir announced todajr, Nazis Beaten Back From Ciney Lin iiiiiiiiiiBi ^ilf ll£GE LimbMrf taaai ? GERMANY r of that metal, which has dwindled — 'to less than one month's wartime i consumption. Trtlrtnc dctnekmilG "^^e lead curtailment wlU affect lOlUnS VjenerOUS , storage batteries, paint, tetraethyl rn i for civilian gasoline, and other Im*JL O i ir© V ICtimS \ port am. items. The copper deficit Is [expected to hit hooks, eyes, fasten- lers. and—to a severe degree—clvll- . Yesterday lolans responded gener-; shotgun shells and cartridges ously to the suggestion of Miss I used by farmers and ranchers to Minerva Robins that clothing, fur-! Protect livestock and crops. niture and other items be donated for the family of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Jones whose personal property Other Metab "Easier" Aside from copper and lead, however, the metal picture was de- scriljed as the "easiest supply sltua- was destroyed by fire on Christmas! tion" in two years. night. This morning a truck provided oy Allen county is collecting the various items offered and Miss Robins, who is director of the Welfare As.•K )ciatldn. .said this morning that the | Farnjers Should Report Ajgritmltural Practices , 1 Farmers In Allen county who have tuH called at the county office to lif^pan the conservation practices u'hich they curried out this year are jmlndSd by Chas. A. Kohler. chalr- yiiiin of the Allen county committee, do So as soon as possible. All firacticcs mast be completed by De- (fhiber -21, 1944. and the final date J&r reporting these practices to the county office is January 31. 1945. ; Mr. kohler pointed out that since fRrniers are to ije their own Triple A- supe/-visors again this year on jliany of the practices, it Ls their responsibility to finish the job arid tiy. be sure that all their practices are reported. Many reports were turned in before all practices were tiirried^ out. and these partial reports niust be completed before any csonserv -Jtlon payments can be made. Steel supplies were reported "fairly well balanced" with prospective demand, and al\miinum "relatively easy." Only about half the country's plant capacity for producing ingot aluminum now is being used. The steel plate supply was consld- . V. ^ . ierably eased by a big drop In marl- family will be established m a newjame commission requirements for home by thLs afternoon. She ex- the January-February-March quar- pressed her appreciation for the generostiy displayed by the citizens of lola. She indicated that the cotmty will nn„ i>„ „ a„,j„„ ti^ i provide what items are still needed 10 tSrOWn &W1SS iiertt to take care of the family's necessi- — ties. - I Lonnie Shapel. Carlyle. has pur- On Christmas night the house on |chased a,new registered bull to head South State street in which Mr. and his herd of purebred Brown Swiss Mrs. Jones and their nine children cattle. The new sire is "Leanna's were living was destroyed by a fire | Lucky Mars." and is out of Lady which also consumed practically all Leanna who produced 12.183 pounds the family's furniture, bedding and of milk with 533 pounds of butter- Adds Registered Bull clothing. In addition Mns. Jones said that $90 in currenc.v—the family's entire cash assets—was burned. The children range in age from 3 to Ifl years and the problem of providing them with winter clothing, bedding, furniture and the other essentials was too difficult to solve without public assistance. This has been graciously and freely given. It Is suggested that individuals or groups who may wish to give further assistance communicate with Miss Robins at the county welfare office. fat In 305 days during her first lactation. He was sired by Septana- mar of Bourhome. The animal was b-ed by the Garden City, Kansas, Agricultural Experiment Station. Mr. Shapel is developing one of the best purebred Brown Swiss herds In Kansas, according to local authorities. The breed Is noted for ruggedness and ability to produce both milk and meat. New "Butterfly" Tail Developed By Beech 1945 Food Program l>iscussed Wednesday The food production program for 1S45; w|U be explained and dis- cirss^d sin lola next Wednesday, Januarjv 3, by Wendell Becraft and L. C. Williams, representatives of t;lVe state office of the Agricultural Adjustment Agency, Charles A. Ilohler, chairman of the county committee, announced today. Community committeemen and ether farm leaders will attend the tonierence which will open at 10:30 o .ifa. iii the commimlty building at '.Riverside park. Topics to be con- IN lOLA NEXT , Wichita. Kas.. Dec. 28. (AP)— WTEDNESDAY | Beech Aircraft Corporation yester- A representative of this Social} dav announced development of a Security Board office at Independ- f new V-shaped "butterfly" taU as- ence. was not able to be in lola [ sembly for airplanes. In which two today due to the icy condition of plane surfaces combine characterls- the roads, but will be in lola on; tics of the conventional horizontal Wednesday. January 3. at 1 p. m. (elevators and rudder. Exploit Makes Seasoned Veterans Of "Shavetail'* and Rookie Platoott BY HAL BOYLE With American Troops In Germany. Dec. 12. (Delayed). (AP).— The old men In the platoon shook .their heads when they learned their assignment—to take German pillbox No. 41. ."^(j "J/ *. ,j /^i-.I Twice before, veteran combat ;.'Vid .;red include the agi^lcultt^ral con- ^^ed to crack this key twyation program for 1945. the price ' *^ .vtfpport policies, the availability of mitchinery and other facilities, and prciduction practices which . have be^n found to be most successful by ptjier producers. McCUe Chosen Secretary Of Kansas Day Club '',Topeka, Dec. 29. (AP)—Roy N. rStcCue, Shawnee county prqbate j«dge, ivas chosen secretary ofj the •Kansas' Day club late yesterday, Jitjcceedlng Richard B. McEntlre. >?cEntI^e explained that his dbties Sa chairman, of the State Corpora- t^n Commission prevented jhlm : mm oontinubif in the secretary- he held for alz yon. -fortification. Twice they had failed. . "It's a tough enough job—but 'with that young shavetail and a platoon full of rookies . . .' The old timers shook their heads again. "That young shavetail." Lt. Joseph Hamilton Jr., Lynbrook. N. Y.. knew that the veterans in the outfit doubted his judgment. But he also knew his job. He briefed his men In a wood near Aachen and they jumped off an hour before total darkness under cover of a barrage. Over rough terrain swept by enemy mortar and machlnegun fire. Hamilton worked his men toward the pillbox as Nazis In adjoining pillboxes sniped at them. One squad, led by^taff Sgt. Homer D. Bnnm at %»ya. CL. finally sui- rounded the pillbox after a flaming fisht. Demolition men heaved a satchel charse of TNT' at an aperture in the pillbox observation room. It fell short by heartbreaking inches, showering the sprawled Americans with mud. Slowly the green shavetail and a few riflemen worked around to the rear. While the others covered him, Hamilton stepped quickly to the door of the obser%'ation room and shoved a fraementation gr«iade through a small batch. It burst with a muffled explosion and there was silence Inside. Another pack charge was placed in the embrasure to be sure no one was !eft alive. , There still remained the lower part of the pillbox, its chamber tm- damaged by the two explosions. Pvt. Elmer F. Poust, WlUlamsport, Pa., ran to open the back escape door and thurst another charge inside. The fuse was faulty— it failed to explode. As the Jerries tried desperately to close the door, U. Hamilton dashed Tanks Hl^ Iwo Jima (The Americans, Aiaklng t1\elr third appearance this: month w^hla 750 miles'of Tokyo, bombarded Iwo Jima, Volcano islands, from, the Pacific, Tuesday, U. S. date. Adm. Chester "V^. Nlmltz announced'yw- terday at Pearl Harbor. Thit la Wednesday in the time zone whwe the attack occurred.) The enemy warshlps-r* battleship, cruiser and six, destrtyers-r-ecfjom- pllshed 'some fruitier and iiUiccu- rate shel^ng" of the iSTanlc Invasion scene on: southwest ^Undoro, MacArthur said. Prom the: time the WHT- shlps app)Coached at dusk until; they withdrew arotmd midnight. *, thef were under attack by Mlniloro- bflsed Mitchell bombers and tliun- derbolt fighters and by swift pfttrol- torpedo boats. ' Jap Flan^ Strike The Japanese airforce raided -^Tank ground positions on Mlndoro i^ coordination with the enemy haval strike. Ejiiemy planes also Struck there the night before, today's'com­ munique acknowledging "ibinor damage" and reporting three raiders downed. ^ The naVal move against-Mihdoro represented the enemy's first such offensive effort In battleship strength since NippQn's disastrous def^t in late October in the, second battle of the Philippines seas. Kill More Japs on Leyte Reports of ground action were limited tp the killing of 827 .more Japanese Tuesday In mop up (^rations on the west coast of Leyte but extensive air action' was reported throughout the Philippines and over islands to the south. Liberators crater?d Manila's Clark Field while their gunners an4 escorting fighter planes shot down 13 out of 20 enemy lntercepto«. In tluee d^ys, through Tuesday, 124 enemy planes have been shot dut of the skles.over that big airfield. Another Dose Of Sleet Due Topeka, Dec. 28. (AP)—Ic«, covering that plagued Katusea yferter- day had disappeared this xponilng but Weatherman S. D. norft predicted "ahother dose of It 1^ tacm- tog." Snow and freezing rain were In prospect fbr extreme western land southern: parts of the state tonight. Mora said, becoming general, by morning. No moisture was recorded la the state durtog the last 24 hours but skies were gray from one end of the state to the other. ; ' This idlsagreeable weathet', 'Flora said, wa^ moving in from the aouth. Snow mixed with freezing rain was falling "^from Oklahoma City to Amarlllp, Texas. ' Philllpsburg, warmest . reported point 16, the state yesterday at 42 also was low last rijght with 16. Temp^atures todjy were expected to range between 34 and 38 and tomorrow between 32 eAd 36. Tonight's lows will be the same as; last night-,2S-23. Register Will Publish No Piaper Next Monday No Register wiU be i)ublished next Monday^; i^ew Year's pay. It has not been the previous custom o^: 'nie Register to suspend publication on New Year's Day. but it will l» done this year In lin« with the g^neiral closing of biistoess througliout the town that day and particul^arly because' of newsprint limitations which are becoming Increasingly stringent and increasingly difficult: to comply with. / There has been no offifclal «gree- ment among merchants ^bout closing nejrt Monday, but indications are thaj: doors will be- closed xener- ally as they were last wen though)' most employees ^'m be- worklne taking inventoried AH banks. |>ubllc offices. iSoi^taiiin grocery stores, and most dthtt retail business will be dosed. The ntiODiBtr board wlB open an day. Americans regain^Celles, four miles from Meuse river; Nazis are beaten back from Ciney, as U. S. First army failles, averting immediate danger •of Kazl breakthrough to Meuse.—(NEA Telephoto.) Catclj Japs OffGmrd First B-^9's Over Tokyo Fjnd Enemy Opposition Light Twenty-First Bomber CJommand. Salpan, Dec. is. (AP)—Superfort­ ress bombs, streaking out of clear sky, puminellecl. a surprised Tokyo for an hour anti a half Wednesday, and one returning pilot said his formation alone Uid a pattern of explosives two bljcks wide and seven long across anjimportant Industrial area where no missile "could fail to hit a target." The Musashlma factory of the Nakajima Aircraft company was the primary target but the first B-29 formation." led by Capt. Vance Black of Fairfax, Okfa., and pushed by a terrific tallwintf, overshot the plant. Nevertheless ti^ey said they apparently hit the f^ctorj- somewhere in its 50 acres of bne-story workshops. Early photographs showed at least a dozen tiew bomb hits in the plant. Plcturef; of budding bomb bursts gave rlstfto hope later photographs would show heavy damage in the works, one cjf the keys to Japan's aircraft production. One Plane Lost One giant Aiherican plane was lost over Tokyy but the Superforts shot down perhaps the largest number of enemy planes yet destroyed over the isiland of Honshu, on which the imperial capital is situated. The total bag has npt been officially announced. The Japanejje apparently were caught by surprise. Early B-29 formations found- both anti-aircraft fire and Interception light, but later arrivals encountered heavy opposition. Toicyo's busy 'industrial center wa.s swept by great,;.flres, returning airmen reported. Lt. Col. WUllam McDowell, Brady, Tex., an observer, said that: on tne retuni trip the smoke could be seen from 80 miles away. New Defense FsMs The Nipponese tried out a new- defense wrlnl^le, touching off of smudgepots In^ an effort to lay a smoke screen, but the attackers described the tecjinlque as unsuccessful. ' It was.the flfth time in a little more than a njpnth that the B-29's had hammered: Tokyo to force. Shortage of Work Gloves Due to Military Demand , Washtogton, Dec. 28. (AP)—Sen. Arthur Capper (R.-Kas.) has been asked to help Kansas farmers ob- tata work gloves. A group of farmers in the Emporia victolty yesterday wired him: "Kansas com shucktog and combining stopped for lack of cotton gloves." In acttog on the appeal. Capper was told by War Production Board official that there Is a nationwide critical shortage of work gloves because of military demand. Jap Newspapers Say ; 41 B-29's Downed (By the Associated Press) Dome! News Agency in a ' broadcast today said the Asahl , and I Malnlchl, two Ja'panese newspapers, under the caption "Forty-one B29s Shot . Down, X Heavily Damaged" to yesterday's 'Tokyo raid, printed pictures to• day of a wrecked B29 and of 'bother Superfortress "trailing ^ white smoke from three- of its -engines." Gen. H. H. Arnold, commander ^ of the 20th air force, announced to Washington that one B29 'Was shot down in the Tokyo ' area. Japanese military headquarters claimed 14 Superfortresses -shot down, five of them prob­ ables and 27 damaged. Other Fronts AIR "London, Dec. 28. (AP)—Seventeen himdred heavy bombers hammered 11 rail taijKts in western Germany today despite bad weather which ciulalled close ait support for American- groimd forpes. The German radio said day raiders also were striking toto the Reich from' the south, suggesttag operations by the Italian-based U. S. 15th air force. ITALY "^ome, Dec. 28. (AP)—German forces are conttoutog their counterattacks in the Serchlo valley sector on the western flank of the Italian front and Fifth army troops have made, further withdrawals to that area,.'Allied headquarters annoimced today. RUSSIA Moscow, Dec. 28. (AP)—A doomed Nazi garrison reeled backwards to the smofce-fllled streets of western Budapest today but clung with siUcI- dal resistance to positions to the eastern sector of the capital. North of Budapest the Russians split ^the Germans, driving part of them to the mountains of the Danube bend. TTie Red air force mastered the skleslover the capital. The Germans, denl^ the use of one of two remato- Ing airports for troop evacuation, could operate only by night from their last field near Pest. Their casualties were said to be heavy. GREETINGS Portland, Ore., Dec. 28. (AP)— Prom an Irate Oregon woman to the State OPA ration board came this left-handed holiday greet togs on appropriate Christmas stationery: "Thirty-four blue stamps, 34 red stamps, 18 pounds of sugar tovall dated. Merry (3hrlstmas and a Happy New -Year." Greeks Agree f)n Regency ' Most of Confer^s Favor Taking Step Now; : Next Move Up to King 'Athens. Dec. 28. (AP)—Warring Cireek political factions were agreed t«day to formation of a regency in a' step towards peace, as British military authorities reported a withdrawal of some ELAS forces from Athens to positions on highways l ^tadtog toto the city. ; ^A majority of the conferees expressed themselves m favor of an ij ^imedlate regency while a mtoority f*;vored postponement, it was an- nj )unced by Archbishop ' Damaskinos, the chairman; ,An Allied force headquarters c<immimique said tosurgent troops which entered the city appeared to be evacuating and leavtog the flght- Ii?g to the "built up" areas to tljp original Athens ELAS corps, con- c0,ntrated at Piraeus and in the northern and southern districts of tSe city. EiiAS Leavtog Athens The communique said the process of clearing Athens of Che ELAS was progressing slowly bUt satisfactorily. In a prelude to the political dis­ cissions a sniper's bullet narrowly missed Prime Minister ; Churchill yesterday niornlng as he stood In fr -pnt of the British embassy. The fegency issije was voted up- Qj(i yesterday at an all-party confer- ejtjce, after which Churchill announced that he, President Roose- v^lt and Prime Minister Stalin Would take up the Greek question e% a meettog in the near future. 'Shall EsUblish Peace" ; Asked what was likely to happen if no settlen^ent were reached at the All-party canfereriee, Churchill relilled: I "If no agreement Is reached, the j(uns will gp on firing, "the troops will clear the district and we shall establish peace, order and security ih Attica." I * During the session. Which was l >eld to a tense atmosphere as fighi- Ifig flared up throughout the city, Greek Premier George Papandreou T^as said to have offered to resign as a means pf expedlttog the regency, presumably ifnder Archbishop tiamasktoosj of Greece. ^ vin view ofj the regency agreement, ^ (Continned on Page i' No. 1) Yank Seventh Army Mortar Unit Fires on Germany Nazis Pull Tanks Back In Center May Plan to Withdraw Armor, to Escape Capture, But Possibly Plot Renewed Assault By WILLIAM L. RYAN 'ARdociHt«d Pre-s M'ur Krtitor^ Field Marshal Von Rund- sedt's southern flank sagged under tank-supported doughboy attack alon^ a 35-mile front which heightened a menac<} to his entire Belgian bulge, field reports indicated today. In the Stavelot sector on his northern flank. Von Rundstedt made virtually no progress in 24 hom-s, a front dispatch timed at 4 a. m.. EWT, today reported, and there were Indications that his advance formations weic abandontog equipment and retreatii^g back to the center of the brsaktniou^h area. In some cases, the iJeld report said, some Nazi u-'^ts were out of gaso- Itoe, and to others they :sfere cut off. Weather Grouiids Planes But Allied air activity was apparently restricted Xj tli'i weather. A sleet storm co-ered the front with Ice and tiu-ned reads toto virtual skattag. rinks. American armor and Infantry which burst tii.oufeh to beleaguered Bastogne, endtog a |s<.ven-day siege of the American garj-iso:i, held open the narrow but solid relief corridor against rabid Na?l ccunterattacks. This thrust was reptrt^d h. a front dispatch to hav; nairowe ( the width of (3erman-held terriL .-y to the sac- tor to 20 miles. i Part of the fierinan spearhead which had driven dbepesl. toto Bel- glum at C:!eiies wai eviclrcled and being hammered Ii.fo dtslniegratlon by a ring of giuxs and armor, and another pocket aking the underbelly of the salient was receiving similar treatment. ; Head Off Offensive Von Ruridsted't hop?s of expanding his salleiit westward had been blasted by two dcvelopmPiVis. The first was the push non'.iwjtrd by a powerful armored fo.cu which blasted its way to a link-up with the Bastogne garrison at a point three miles south of tliat nerve center. The second di'vewpment was a series of crushing tank and Infantry battles In the CeVes arra hi which the Germans oollideti head-on with strong AUled for;es. Alter hangtog on to the fl.mics of the German thrust for 10 djy.s th*.- Amc-rlcans at last had headed oCf ^'-in Rundstedt. Pullo Tan)<s r >ack As a resuit, the German oom- mander was reported pulling back into the center of h.s bu:ge, a largo part of his tnnl:s .supporting the force of ,'erhaps 250,C30 men to three armlea with whlfh he started his smash December 16. There was a possibility that he believed Eisenhcwer had massed enough strength to t:-y to smash the bulge, and totenfled to save his armor while leaving tofar try and Volksstnun units tc holJ the gains. But there also wan a possibility he intended to reform and lash oui* anew. Disorder and Stampede At Lupe Velez Funeral Mexico City. Dec. 2S. (AP)— Lupe Velez, the vivacious movie star, was buried In h^r native Mexico City amid disorders and stampedes reminiscent of those at the Rudolph Valenttoo funeral to New York nearly two decades ago. At the Panteon de Dolores (graveyard of sorrows) Lupe's slsten Reyna, an actress In Mexico fatoted and fell into the crushing crowd after the casket was lowered into the grave. Several persons stepped upon her before she could be rescued. Religious rites, denied Mks Veles j by the Catholic church in Los Angeles, were performed here. While mato force of the German offenllve VtiSitbie northwest of theh: sector. U. S. Seventh army holds doggedly to Its hardwon positions near the Rhlnle ^tWier at Lauterbourg. Here taortar unit of the Seventh pumps shells Ihto Oirmany from position Just off main street of Lauterbourg, on Alsatian-(Serman border— (NEA Tokvo Reports Minor B.29 Raid North of City 'Br til" An'ni-iafW Trif^) A Japanese brtiadcast said a "minor form?,tlon" of Superforts dropped incendiaries on Ibarakl prefecture north of Tokyo today. The broadcast, recorded by the Federal C!omm':nica*:lon3 Commission, said the Salp-i--based B29s were kept from r.Iie Tokyo area by the "might of our crack units." Domel. the Jaiaaese rews arency. said the Superfort.. "flL -d ea .rtward" after hitting the T'jarr.kl prefecture and caustog a "s.-nall fire" in the foreit ftres.

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