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THE State Historical Society Topnka, Kansas Comp. : VOLUMIE XLVIII No. 55 The Weekly BegiBter, E«tabll»hed 1867: The lola Daily Reeister, EstabUshed 1897. lOLA, KAS., FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 29, 1944. Sneceuor to The loU U«ily BegUtor, Th« lola Daily Record, and lola Daily Index. + + + The WAR TODAY + + + BV DET W ITT MACKENZIE The German counter-offensive finally has been clubbed down to a near standstill and we now are witnessing the preliminaries of what ii. liK^ely to develop into a vast, liquid battle, which may deterthine tlie duration of- the European conflict. this is one of the really great moments of the war, for there's a lighting chance that General Elseii- .hower may be able to trap and ah- nihllate a large part of the Hitler­ ite forces. He foresaw this possibility even In the first anxioas moments of Nazi Marshal Von Rund- stedt's surprise break-through, and developments have kept the opportunity open for the Allied commander. However, while recognizing that Itil-s po.ssibility exists, it should be v/.Tiphttslzed that we have no right Ho bank on such good fortunCi The Allies will win the battle, but circumstances are such that no! man can foresee the details of thd victory- 'The position is that -the Allies have stopped the German drive sliort of th* Meuse river and our vital comniunication centers ol Liege, Namijr and Sedan. Not only that, but An)erican forces have been making dangerous slashes Into the perimetefr of the big bulge which Von Rundstedt has thrust into Allied territory. Von Rundstedt has. ceased, at least temporarily, to try to expand his salient and seems to be devoting his energies, to consolidating his positions, bringing up supplies and giving his men a rest .after a fortnight of terrific strain which has taken them fifty miles or more into enemy 'territory. We mustn't assume, though, that this necessarily means the Nazi commander has abandoned his coun- ter-offepslvc. It's possible that Von Rundsteidt will' bring up fresh reserves and make a further lunge westward. His . alternative is to hold his territorial /pains as Ions a-s he can and then, right a rearguard action to cover Jhls withdrawal back intfl his Siegfried defenses. The Weather KANSAS—Partly clondy tonight and Saturday; little change in temperature tonight, lowest 15 northwest, to 30 southeast; somewhat colder west Saturday. Temperature—Highest for the 24 I hours ending 5 p. m. yesterday, 35,' lowest last night 31. Thermograph Readings Ending 8 a. m. Today. 9 a. m. 10 a. m. U a. m. 12 noon 1 p. m. 2 p. m. 3 p. m. 4 p. m. 5 p. m. 6 p. m. 7 p. m. 8 p. m. 27 9 p. m 31 27 10 p. m ......31 28 30 11 p. m 12 m 31 31 32 1 a. m 31 33 2 a. m. .... .31 35 3 a. m 31 35 4 a. m 31 35 5 a. m 31 35 6 a. m 31 32 7 a. m 32 31 8 a. m 32 Tho Allied commander hasn't ,.wasl<<d any lime in taking advantage of this position. The First American army has been slashing at the German flank from the north. While General Patton has been ripping in his usual spectacular fashion into the southern flank. Already these attacks have m.aterially shortened Von Rundstedt's base and ti>ereby increased his peril. The overall picture will be easier tb read a few days hence. The battle is- by no means fully joined as yet, but thb great clash can't long -be delayed. Vets Will Seek Education First Says Maj. Jones ; After the war is over nearly all of the members of the U. 8. Air corps who are discharged from active sei-vlce will be ready and eager to go back tb school or college and coiiplcte their educations, Maj. Ross P. Jones told tlie lola Rotary club la-st night. Maj: Jones has been In charge of t|iie Personnel Distribution Command fhe Air Forces at Atlantic City NfTJch receives all men in the air corps who leturn to the United States from duty overseas. Here they are' re-assigned to duty within this continent. The men are all asked to fill out qticstlonnalres in which they state their future plans and Maj. Jones say.s that very few of them plan to return to private employment before their educations are completed. The niajority expect to attend college and not a few plan to take post gMduato work. .A surprisingly small per cent of the men In the air corps completed their high school courses before enlisting and only a small minority are. college graduates. The colleges of the United States will be faced with a great problein and a splendid opportunity, Maj. Jdiles said, when perhaps two or three million American men enroll f6r' college courses. They will be olider than former students, they wili want to study hard and go to chusses six days per week and twelve nioaths a year. They will not care to sptend four leisurely years in pursuit of a liberal arts degree, he predicts. ^^everal of the leading colleges and universities are now working on this problem; he said, and It is ex- CMed that modified college training j .'al be ready for future students wbo take a4vantage of the educational opportunities offered by the or- bill of rights. -Among the guests at last night's meeting were Douglas Wall, Richard Hunter and Charles Apt, cadets at KBjnper Military school. Pfc. Escil H. Eskridge Wounded in Action ; Washington, Dec. 29.—Pfc. Escal H.. Eskridge was "wounded in action lii the European area recently according to an announcement by the war department. His wife, Mrs. Jo- tiphine E. Eskiidge. lives on Routes, Biimboldt. ' "Big U. S. Convoy On Move .laps Claim Six of Fifty Vessels Sunk In Two-Day Attack In Mindanao Sea By LEONARD MILLIMAN (.\saoriiiteU PresH \\*Br Kditur) The . Japanese high command today reported a big, heavily guarded convoy of American transports moving westward through inland Philippine waters and claimed six were sunk in a two-day attack, Unconfii-med Tokyo broadcasts recently have reported a seemingly endless movement of U. S. trans- U. S. Navy Largest In World Has Over-All Total Of 61,045 Vessels, 1,167 of Them Men- of-War; Still Growing Washington, Dec. 20. (AP) The largest navy in the world, fighting the most extended war in history, now has 1,167 men-of-war to carry the battle to the enemy. And it is still growing. This was reported by the navy today in a preview of ship production which showed that in the last year 39,971 new vessels—420 of them fighting ships—joined the fleet, boosting the overall total to 61,045 navy ships of all types. Much emphasis was placed dur- i ing 1944 upon landing craft and at• tack vessels, with construction of 37,724 of the Uttle ships used to batter the way for landing on enemy- held shores. Construction Since 1941 Broken down, the mighty striking force of the navy—in its warships- is shown in this compilation of warship construction since 1941: •41 '42 '43 '44 Total SIX PAGES Back Patton Dents Nazi Bulge Battleships .. 2 Carriers 1 Carriers, Esc. 2 Bat. Cruisers 0 Hv. Cruisers 0 Lt. Cruisers 1 Destroyers ..16 Destroy. Esc. 0 Submarines 11 Totals 33 4 1 13 0 0 8 81 0 34 141 2 15 50 0 4 7 128 306 56 568 2 8 37 2 2 11 84 197 77 420 10 25 102 2 1 6 27 309 503 178 1162 •Tripled In Tliree Years The total of 1,167 warships now with the fleet was described as more than three times the number on port convoys in and around the | hand when the war broke out three Philippines. If only part of them were true it would mean Gen. Douglas MacArthur's troops were being heavily reinforced for their next amphibious operation. "Fifty-Ship Convoy" Today's enemy communique said the convoy consisted of 30 transports escorted by more than 20 warships. Japanese planes, the report said, attacked Wednesday and Thursday as it moved through Mindanao sea from Surigao strait south of Leytn island, perhaps headed for Mindoro within 150 miles of Manila. Tokyo radio claimed Nipponese air assaults on Mindoro were continuing. But General MacArthur said there was no trace of air, naval or land activity after U. S. PT boats and planes routed a Japanese task force that erratically shelled the airdrome and lost three destroyers. No Jap Landing (Brig. Gen. WiUiam C. Dunckel. commander of the Yanks' Mindoro garrison, directed the search which years ago. The navy annoimcement added: "Ship losses in action, and the transfer of certain vessels, especially escort carriers, destroyer escorts and landing craft to other Allied nations accounts for the difference between the total number of new ships completed for the navy and the total on hand." Two hundred thirty-nine navy vessels of all types have been announced as lost, . The air force striking arm, the navy continued, also called for major production in 1944 when 30,070 planes of all types were manufac- lurcd to maintain the navy's air force at a stabilized total of about 37.000. It placed on the "critical list for 1945" carriers and cruisers, some of which have Ijeen delayed by labor shortage as much as seven to nine months; rockets, ammunition and 40-mm. guns, maintenance and repair parts for the fleets, aircraft, and numerous miscellaneous supplies. Manpower needs were called critical. A UEGE Nomor i Metmedy •Pram •^2//1 GERMANY Patton's U.S. Third Army, striking from the south, has rescued the Tanks who fought so savagely at Bastogne and now holds a secure corridor to the beleaguered town. The First Army has cut off the German spearhead east of the Meuse river and has driven wedges deep in the enemy's southern flank, encircling Nazi tanks and troops between CeUes and Rochefort. determined the enemy warship bom- I ATr\ JWOT© RQIH bardment, made at a cost of three **^'' ^ destroyers sunk, a battleship and cruiser damaged, did not cover an amphibious operation.) A major turn in the Pacific war Is Expected , Topeka, Dec. 29. (AP)—Fall of by next .summer is foreseen by Vice | moisture over Kansas Is practically Adm. Marc A. Mltscher who helped whip the Japanese decisively In two battles of the Philippines sea and figures "in another year we should have their navy pretty well cleaned up." "By next summer, they will be sitting on a decidedly uneasy seat In the empire," he told war corrcsiwnd- cnts yesterday." Pvt. Elmer L. Earl Is Back in United States The best Christmas present received by Mrs. Elmer L. Earl was a telephone conversation with her husband who was wounded in action in Germany in October and who reached New York City last Saturday. Mrs. Earl and children. Jack and Barbara, have, been living at 212 So. First street while their husband and father has been overseas. Pvt. Earl's mother, Mrs. Clara Earl, lives at 220 So. Second. He was inducted last March and has been overseas with an infantry imit since August. He was wounded in action in Germany on October 12 and was awarded the Purple Heart medal which his wife received In November. His brother, Pfc. Wilbur Earl, is serving with an Infantry company in Germany at the present, time. over. Weatherman 8. D. Flora said today, predicting partly cloudy and a little colder tomorrow. Joseph E. Reade Dies At Age of 89 . Joseph E. Reade, one of the oldest settlers in the LaGrande community, died early this morning. He was 89 years old. Mr. Reade was born near Hag- gerstown, Maryland. The family lived in Indiana and Missouri before coming to Kansas in 1883. Mr. and Mrs. Reade settled at that time upon the farm where they have made their home for the past sixty years. He was a member of Flora said the state seemed to have escaped freezing rain but reported precipitation at Wichita of .01 inch, Concordia .06, Coffeyvllle .05, St. Joseph, Mo., .01 and traces at Topeka, Wamego and Phillipe- burg. Some snow was mixed with the rain. "We're glad this rain was light. For once we don't need moisture In Kansas. That's rather rare.'' Freezing rain was falling across Missouri and southern Illinois this morning. Goodland was the warmest reported point in fhe state yesterday with a high' of 44 but clearing skies allowed the mercury to drop to 14 during the night to register the state's low. Temperatures today were expected to average around 40-45 and tomorrow a. little cooler at 35-40. Lows tonight of 30 to 32 were forecast for eastern and southern sections of the state with a considerably lower range of 15-20 in the extreme northwest comer. Reds Fight In Heart Of Budapest Fanatically Resisting Nazis (jiive Ground Before Fiirioug Russian , Tank and Armor Attack By DANIEL DE LCOE Moscow, Dec. 29. (AP)— Russian forces cracked the first of three inner defense rings of the encircled Nazi garrison '^t Budapest tdday while the Austrian bound Red army to th.e north stepped up its drive.along both sides of t^ie Danube river. (The Russians are fighting iii the "heart of Budapest," the Gefman high command announced tod«y as house-to-house battles for the jlun- garian capit|il reached a fury unequaled on the eastern front since Stalingrad.) - Naids Give Ground The Red forces made an ajl-out bid to win 8trat«gic control of the Hungarian capital In a matter of days, if not/hours, as fanatical'Nazi troops in the hilly district of Buda and the populous flatlands of Pest gave ground; under a* score df assaults by Russian combat teaihs of tommy-gunners, tanks and self-propelled guns.; The enemy was hurled out,of 12 east«m subin-bl of the city yesterday by the hard-driving Soviets. A battle of even greater military importance raged on the^pproaches to the DanHiblan communlcntlons center of Komarom, which W less than 85 miles southeast of Vienna and within 53 miles, of Bratiski^ira. Fight From Every Wall The Nazi -salient which tiad extended six nliles outside the eastern limits of P^ was whittled down to barely a tnlle in several sftctors as Budapest khook ifrom the concussion of heavy giinflre. Frontline dls- IConttnnt^ «B Pace «, N*. .SV Patton Uses Fourth, 8th and 26th Divisions (By the Au ^iMtMi Praul The relief co;rridor to Bastogne from Che south was opened by Lt:;.Gen. George S. Patton Jr.; waging a kind of war that is to iiis liking. Patton used the veteran Fourth armoreS division and units of the 8Qth and 26th hifan- try divisions Ip smash the en- pir<sleroent of^ dastogne. Other Third i»rmy units which were trapped ^Ith the 101st Airborne division In Bastogne were from the;. 9th and 10th Armoured divifjions. Two other T^ilrd army divisions, the Fourth and Fifth infantry division^, were disclosed to be fighting the Ciermans in the area riortl^east of the city of Luxemtfoufg. Troops of t)i«! 101st "Screaming Eagle" division had been rushed into Bastogne by trucks just before th(? German encirclement wfts completed. Hammer Nazi Bulge Along Entire Front McAuliffe Leader Who Said "Nuts^' to Nazis Bastogne, Dec) 29. (AP)—Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe was disclosed today as the leader of the gallant Bastpgne garrisoh of almost 10,000 men—the commander who said "nuts" to the German demand that he surrender. I McAuliffe wasj serving as 'acting commander of the 101st Airborne division, jwhich was encircled seven days In this Belgian road hub ! together with elements of the Ninth and Tenth armored jUvlsions. < Outfight Nazi Tanks Yanks~Chalk Up Victory Margin of 11 to 1 in Current Battle Other Fronts London. Dec'29. (AP)—Fifteen hundred U. S. oombers and fighters ftom Britain, a ^eat fleet of RAP heavy bombers agid limited numbers of continent-baaed planes rained thousands of tons of bombs today between the western front and the Rhine. It was tlie seventh straight day of long-range attack by heavy bombers of the U. S. Eighth air force and the RAF from Britain, and their assaults w^re supplemented by strikes from Italy carried out by the U. S. 15th air Iprcc. ITALY Rome, Dec. 29. (AP)—Allied headquarters announced today that fighting "has <iied down" In. the Serchlo valley area where a strong German counteroffenslve had driven rthe American .F^fth army from the Important road _ town of Barga. The four-day^old German drive south toward Lupca also had pushed Allied forces from the area of Gallicano, two and a half miles from Barga on the west bank of the Serchlo, before it was slowed. the Methodist church. He leaves his wife and two sons, \ Mrs. Rosella Harrison. Everett Reade, lola, and Glen Reade, Lawrence, a daughter. Mrs. Mary Ann Houk, Moran, 12 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Clarence A. Houk, Jr., a grandson. Is serving with the First army in Belgium. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Sunday at the Christian church, Moran. Burial will be at Mbran. ^_ Mrs. Lottie Rockwell Dies Suddenly On Train Mrs. • Lottie Rockwell, LaHarpe, died suddenly yesterday morning on a train as she was returning from a visit with Iter daughter, Mrs. Leona Scherer, Scottsdale, Ariz. Her husband. Arch L. Rockwell, was with her at the time. She became ill as the train was speeding through Ok- j lahoma and died shortly after. The body was removed from the train at McAlester, Okla. She was 59 years old. Mrs. Rockwell was bom In Virginia and came to Allen coimty In 1902 where she has since made her home. She leaves her husband of the home: a son. Joe Smith, Ames, la.; Ave daughters, Mrs. Scherer, Mrs. Pearl Spencer, Kansas City, Kas., Bellflowcr, FindsJ Folks on Home Front Do Know There's a War On Calif., Mrs. Irene Beach, Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Esther Maloney, Vallejo, Calif.; two brothers, Ernest Johnson, Buffalo, Mo., and Irvln Johnson, Reed Springs, Mo., and a sister, Mrs. Pearl Rockwell, Dana, Iowa. Funeral arrangements have not been completed and will be announced later by the Sleeper Mortuary. _ By QVENtIN REYNOLD^ Written for NEA Senric^ The 45th Division was having a very nasty time in Northe^em Sicily. They were trying to': take San Stefano. which was protected by high terrain and It wasnt^^good. The Colonel;tii charge of the sector where I was, turned to me and said bitterly, "I suppose back In Palermo they think thiis is easy. Back In Palermo, they don't, even know there's a war on." I was aloije in Palermo (50.miles to the rear) a few days later. Things were humming at Seventh Army Headqtiarters. Messenger; dashed in and out, officers stayed at^tbetr desks for 12-jhour stretches, 0-3 was buzzing wlthi new information' and plans and oounter-plans were being made. Oocaslonal air raids added to the.itenseness. One overworked Captain said' to me Wred- ly, "This M prett> tough. S bet over in Algiers they dont ^even know there'^: a war going on." A few d^ later in A]gl%8, X was at Oeneral Elsenhower^ oeiul- qiuuters. Bis overirorked stafi ires about ready" to drOp from exIM^ tion. Food was terrible, much irorae than at tbe- front, One day« one of the staff officers who hadn't slept for two days, said to me "You know, I l)et people at home don't even know there's a war going on." Pleasant Shock So now I'm, home. I've been with the army so long in combat zones that I as the Army does that people to the rear never know there's a war going on. But I've gotten a pleasat^t shock since coming home. People here in America quite definitely do know there's a war going on, and believe me^ they're doing something about It. In the war &ne we hear about one big strike, and we swear at labor and grouse about people at home. Since Tve been back. I've been to about '20 war plants and the manner In which men and women work there has made me realize that far:every one man who has been on strike, there have been live or ten tho^isand breaking their backs over latta.es and drill presses, rve seen men *nd women work to plants to;Britain and Russia; I never saw people work harder, more to- telligently, or 'more loyally, than our own American workers—men and women. 'We never hear about (OsnUnoed im Faga ^ M» Z\ Grim Saga Of Yank Prowess Savage Doughboy Attack On Germans Afte£ 100-Mile Trek Stops Enemy Cold at Celles By HAL BOYLE Near CellesJ Belgium, De<?. 28, (delayed) (AP)—Bveryv where over this abandoned front, which yesterday rocke (j with the crashing sounds oS battle as an American arm* ored outfit stopped Von Rundstedt's drive three miles short of the Meuse river, lies a silence compounded of cold, fog and death. It is a silence broken only by the chirp of quarreling snowbirds on 'ji forlorn bough, the'crunch of thi feet of a few doughboys walking stiffly across the glazed fields an i the endless hum of trucks movln/ along slippery highways with footl and bullets for a new Iront. ' "The evidence of recent batlltj. however. Is plain to see—the bodle^ of hundreds of enemy dead and th^ wreckage of Nazi t'anlcs, armored cars, trucks and field guns scattered over miles of field and woodland. ^hare to Victory " Sharing equally to the victor; ovfei the enemy striking force wer^; A.merican doughboys, tanks and ar^ i;*!'ery teamed to perfect coordtoa> tion with Allied alrpower. ^ "The airmen gave us wonderful support," said one American tanU commander, who personally Imockwi out four tanks during the engage:^ ment. "Those planes helped us get J j of .our 63 enemy tanks. And sonio British Typhoons which pitched iii with us did a particularly ftoe job>^ Striding up and down before s log fire in the bookltoed library o| a .hoiBe which he had converteisJ taCo a command post, the stocky; bald little commander told the story of the battle. "We reached the front after roll, tog a hundred miles overnight ad-oss country we had never sees before," he said. -We didn't even haye^ time to assemble and plan oui' (ConUnned an Pace «. No. 1) BY HAL BOYLE With U. S. Tanks Near Humaln, Belgium, Dec. 29. (AP)—Hitler's black-clad SS armored crews and their touted heavyweight tanks have filled to live up to advance bilUng ICi the current battle. Outweighed and outgunned American Shermans and tank destroyers, iii a series of heavy battles With the roost advanced prong of the German wtoter offensive, knocked out 44 Nazi tanks for a loss of four—a victory margto of eleven to one. "And at least three of those four tanks can be repaired and will see combat agato," said Lt, Col. Eugene A. Trahan of Lafayette. La. 'He said he believed the American success was due to the maneuverability of America|i armor and more experienced crews. ?i;ot WeU Trataed • "Most of the prisoners we took f^m the panzer outfits were; good soldiers—young, s|rong and eager— iBJt they weren't what you. would call W«ll-tratoed troops," he said. "They taad l)een totenslvely trained, but for too short a time' to learn all- they needed. They_were arrogant and 4>cky because things had gone so xifell the first few days,, but • after they ran short ofj food and ammunition and began 'to- take a beattog, tjieir morale dropiped quickly. They c |Dn 't thtok now they are golhg to win the vi^ar. At| least, they have Strong doubts." i U. S. First army 90 mm. • antiaircraft guns also have played an important part in Stemming German attacks, particularly when thejr were turned down and used as anti-tank gtms. They are powerful enough to smash through even slx-toch armor plate, such as that of the ^yal llger, German armored kingpin. Better TactlcUns! . Trahan said all German tankmen who were taken prisoners < were '•frightened to death" of American planes. Discusstog the tactical na- (Conttoaed on !Fa«;e 6, No^ 4) Pvt. Wayne Laj^non Wounded in Action • Pvt. Wayne Laymon recently wa^ wounded to action to Prance acS cordtog to word received by hlS wife who Is making her home % Topeka. Pvt. Laymon is cervln^ with, an armored imlt. ; He is the son of Mr. and Mr^; R^ph Laymon, Neosho Falls, wh^ have another son to the service. Jack Laymon, who is with a tan^ battalion now in England. British Open N^w Th-ive oti ELAS Athens, Dec. 29, (AP)—The Brlt- ^h opened a three-prongeS •. drive slgatast ELAS forces.in the eastern HUburbs of Athensjtoday, jumptog off after a prolonged artillery barrage in the second phase of operations designed to clear the embattled preek capital. Against slight opposition, the, British forces advanced from the south through Zapplon park on Ardlttos bill, which changed hands in a mortar duel a week ago, ' A Greek mountato brigade mean- While advanced southward oh the suburb of Kissartaria—one- of the largest ELAS strongholds in the, Athens area. Bastogne Wedge Wider Patton's, Counterattack Breaks Back of Enemy Drive; Germans Held Without Gain 48 Hours By WILLIAM L. RYAN (.ViiKOrinlml Prcsl W:ir Hclil'.r) Field Marshal Von Kund- .stedt's most advanced spearheads have been hurled back more than ten miles and chased across the Losse and Homme rivers into Rochefort, as the Americans hammered the German bulge' in Belgium and Luxembourg on all three sides, knocking the Nazi drive into reverse. U. S. planes, artillery, flnmelhrow- ers, tank destroyers and tofantr>' smashed the Germans from tiio hamlet of Humain, four miles southwest of Marche and four mile.s north of Rochefort. The Le.sse and Homme at that point are about 14 riiiles east of the Meuse and 10 mUes southeast of Celles, deepest, German penetrution. On the-southern flank, Lt. Gen. George S. Patton's battertog couu- terassault on a 35-mile front, advanced up to 20 miles in six day.'-:, and field despatches said it had broken the back of the German drive. Lose Saar Bni.,ohead But to order to do so Patton hnd to give up the hard-won bridtrr- head across the Saar river at Dil- Itogen, where his forces had bitten into Siegfried line defenses. Patton's troops, which hacked fiut. the corridor to Ba.stogne and relicveri its heroic garrison, widened the wedge in its eastern side by recapturing Hompre and Salvacourt, and reached Slbret, five miles southwest of Bastogne. From Sibert the Germans had counterattacked un.suc- cessfully against the corridor. The neck of the German IJUIRC from Bastogne northward was narrowed to 17 miles. Just .soutli '>f Bastogne Patton poured in fresh troops to build up the Ani^.-rlran grip on this core of the Germnti salient. Headquarters di.sclo.sed that 101st airborne division, wai in IVi- togne, and the Germans also cifi- Ited the 10th armored and 28th infantry divisions with partlclpatinp; In the epic American stand thu"" Fight Losing Battle On the western rim of the Nn7 .i drive, the Germans were said to be fighting a loslne: battle of encirclement. The Americans had cut off n strong spearhead thrust beyond Rochefort toward CPlIes In the attempt to reach the Meuse in strength. More than 1,000 Germans were taken prisoner there, alonf, with many armored vehicles, a battle conttoued against a pocket of 3,000 Germans. Field Marshal Von Rundstedt wa.s held without a yard of gain throughout 48 hours, and vras lielng attacked furiously all along the German perimeter. Mrs. Mae Daubenburger Dies at Parsons A communique itightists (EDE6) said that Greek forces under Gen. flapoleon Zervas, attacked by ELAS groups last week in northwest ^reece, were fighting a hard rear- {juard action while withdrawing on the port of Preveza. ' In all the cleared areas of the capital and Piraeus some 350,000 civilians received; free meals, from ^ritish-American relief stocks... May Be R^rouping For New Offensive Hiayes McHenry Dies At Burbank, Calif. Mrs. P. 7. KOtchell has been nott- fied that her brother, Hayes McHenry, died at Burbank, Callfomit), last week. Be was 68 years olfl. Mr. McHenry lived to the Salem district for many years before mo?.- ing to California, With American Armies In Belgium, Dec. i2fl, (AP)—Field -Marshal Karl !Von Rundstedt ^' appeared to^ be regrouptog his , forces toslde his salient today for a possible new offensive • stab. j Atong the wc|stern portion of , the German north flank prob- tog patrols said the Gernjans were diggtog in, perhaps preparing permanent positions. Tbe Germans in. some sectors were throwtag up entrenchments and diggtog in their tanks. »o The Jfj-cii-Vr) Humboldt, Dec. 29—Mrs. Mae Daubenburger, 70. pa-ssed away at a hospital at Parsoas Wednesday following a long illness. She was the daughter of Captain and Mrs. Gra-sson DeWitt and was bom on the DeWitt farm west of Humboldt, where she grew to young womanhood. She was an accomplished musician. She was a member of the Humboldt Presbyterian church. Funeral services will be held at the Johnson funeral home to Humboldt, and burial will be in the DeWitt family lot in the DeWitt cemetery. KOP Sends Out Flood Of Artillery Shells Parsons. Kas., Dec. 29. fAP)—The Kansas Ordnance Plant has loaded 25.000,000 artillery. shells stoce be- glimlng operations April 19, 1942. a group of Kansas legislators was told last night by C. B. Burnett, operating manager of the J. M. Service Cdrp., plant operator. Burnett al.so disclosed that the plant has • •..: • c-.l out 100,000 tons of bombs and rxooO.OOO component parts, such as fuses, detonators and primers.

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