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state Historical Society Tope>e. , Kansas Comp. THE lOLA yOLUM^E XLVIII No. 56 The Weekly Regiater, Established 1867: The lola Daily Register, Established 1897. lOLA, KAS:, SATURDAY'EVENING, DECEMBER 30,1944. Successor to Tbe IoI« Doily' Begister, TEa lola Daily Record, and lola Daily Index. SIX PAGES + + + Tbe WAR TODAY + + + UBy DEWITT MACKENZIE.) Secretary of War Stlmson says It's "too early to pass judgment as to whether any person or group of persons sjiould be censured in con- n ^tiioii with the German breakthrough ..oh the western front." Nobody is ilkely to challenge that, arid In miy event the fixing of bl ^me —if .any—Is a matter for the military authorities and not for observers. Still we may be excused for puzzlement over the phenomenon of a tjuarter million Nazi troops being throwi against oixr line un- exjjectedly. Certainly we are left with the Ijroud question of why it is that .quite apait from the break- tljj-ough. We Americans and other nationalities so often have mider- tsiimated the capabliitles and Inlti- •n'We of the Oermnns. if you check memory you will re- cull jjiany. Instances of mlscalcula- tloiii. The Allies underestimated tiie Kaiser's striking power with his submarlneh. and German ruthle.ss- ness in w-aglnt' unrestricted Win- faj'e, and he all but won the war with the U-boats. Again in the spring 6f fateful 1918 he nearly trl- luBphed when his generals massed troops on the British Fifth army frdnt—While Fifth army intelli- g^ce officers watched—and then broke through. General Sir Hubert Cough, commander of the Firth army, later was replaced. .The whole world underestimated the ability of "shattered" Germany to-recover quickly after the World War. The Anglo-French allies guessed wrong again at the time of the • Munich conference. When I returned to London after attending that historic parley, which lighted the fuse lor World War two, I tried to tell friends that Hitler was brewing .catastrophe, and they said: "•Noiisense, my lad. He|s just a one-armed pajjer-hanger."' So l.t goes. Despite many lessons, the present war has produced num- ^ i-rmis examples. Along with these ^ tMi-e haa grown up the curious idea th'^v when the Germans make a brave stand in battle It's' "fanatl- cliia" and that actually at heart ' iContinnert on Pace «, No. It Big Group Leaves Jan. 9 For Preinduction Exams :0n January 3 seven Allen coun- tiens will leave^foi- Ft. Leavenworth for induction into the armed forces.* This fii'st gi-oup to be called lox 1945 includes Robert Shelby Leonard and Verje We .5ley Tasche, Humboldt: Leslie Scott Perkins and Fit.'d Edwin. Dlckerson, Tola; Chdrles Vinis Shulenberger, Topeku: Lewis Spcijcer Smith, Llver- m'gre, Callfonilii. and Dee Milton Dlitlhip, Mildred. The local board has notified 16 men to report for pi-e-inductlon ex- ainlnations on January 9..the larg- t'iff. gi'oUp .sent from here in .several w**eks. They are: Charles Edwin William.s. Earl Enos Ryherd. Lawrence ' Wayne Payne, Lewis Lee Sfiavely, Hubert PrancLs Bux, Earl rWan Stlllwell. Robert Calvin Talley and Bart Raymond Thayer, lola; Lloyd William Wright. Moran; Samuel^ Donald tJelUnger. Dysart, Iowa; Virgil. Lee Linthlcum, Pitts- bjirg, Kiansas; Albert Lee Rinehart. Bonner Springs: Carl Lester Ansell • ••'.ha George William Ensminger, La- .ia.'-pe; George Glenn Cuppy. Okla- liuma Olty; Ivan Lee Spence, Sav- ohlmrg. ) \ Urges Public to Conduct Ration Business By Mail One New Year's resolution which irtembers of the local War Price and Rationing Board hope the public will, adopt for 1945 is this: Do bu.'.iness by mail. : Current records show that 46 per cent of all applications at the board now are received at the coim- ter. and that 12 per cent of all ra- tiois are delivered over the coun- teV. They want these figures no hlfiher fhan 20 per cent and 10 per c (?Mt respectively.' • 'People can help us a great deal —tvnd provide Better service for themsefves—if they'll send in their applications by : mail Instead of bringing them to the board in per- soh," says Angela Scott, chairman. ;ljslng the mail saves time, tires, ahd gasoline, he says, for personal vL^.lts to the board require addi- tliihal time for all concerned. To persons who apply for jcasoline, he added this reminder: Be sure to att-ach your Mileage Rationing Rec- ^ ivfrs. Zora Cox Dies At Daughter's Home Mrs. Zora Cox died last night at th,e home of her daughter, Mrs. Paul FegeJy, 311 North Sycamore. She was 80 ;years old. t^rs. Cox was bom In lola and s(>ent her. entire life here. She was fVtnember of the Baptist eliurch. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Fegely, and Mrs; J. D. Sickly, lola: aibrother, H. L. Harris, Manhattan, a.:grandson. Lt. Harris Pegely, and niece. Mrs. Muriel Knox, Manhattan. -T^meral services wfll be held at 2 p. m. Monday at the Sleeper chapel. Btirlal 5wai be at the lola cemetery. The Weather \ KANSAS—Rtrtly cloudy today, colder in west, somewhat warmer extreme east; partly clondy and colder tonight; lowest temperatures 10 northwest to 20 southeast. Sunday fair and cooler. Temperature—Highest for the 24 hours ending 5 p. m. yesterday, 37. lowest last night 36; normal for today 32; excess yesterday 7 degrees; excess since January 1, 424 degrees; this date last year—highest 34; lowest 26. Precipitation for the 24 hours ending at 8 a. m. today, .3; total for this year to date, 48.99; excess since January 1, 10.55 Inches. Sunrise 8:38 a. m.; set 6:12 p. m. Thermograph Readings Ending 8 a. m. Today. 9 a. m 33 9 p. m 37 10 a. m 34 10 p. m 37 Yanks Pursue Nazi Pankers 11 a. m 34 12 noon 35 1 p. m 36 2 p. im 37 3 p. m 37 4 p. m 37 5 p. m 37 6 p. m 37 7 p. m. 37 8 p. m 37 11 p. m. 12 m 1 a. m. 2 a. m. 3 a. m. 4 a. m. 5 a. m. 6 a. m. 36 36 .36 36 .. 3G ...37 .38 38 7 a. m 39 8 a. m 39 Tighten Up On Shoes Say Two Pairs a Year Policy Cannot Be Continued in Coming Year Washington, Dec. 30. (AP)— Tightening of shoe rationing is imminent, it was learned today. • Reliable sources said today the current policy of two pairs a year cannot he continued in 1945. They predicted that the next shoe coupon will not be validated until j mid-summer at the earliest, instead of May 1 as scheduled originally. It was understood CPA probably will announce this revision shoitly. However, the agency is expected to maintain validity of the three'shoe stamps now in use, airplane stamps Nos. 1, 2 and 3. MiUtary Needs Higher • Principal reason for prospective reduction of civilian supplies is thj increased military requirements for shoes and other leather products. Then there has been "scare buying" of shoes in a few cities this week following the drastic food rationing measures. Some consiuners moved quickly to cash shoe stamps fearing these too, might be invalidated as were large blocks of meat and processed food stamps. Apparently CPA hopes a disclosure that shoe coupons will have to la.st longer than planned will put a stop to any run. Most airplane couiwns 1 and 2, validated several montlis ago. al- l-eady have been used and shoe inventories are adequate to honor those remaining, as well as stamp No. 3, since purchases would have to be spread over a longer period. Children Won't Suffer ; OPA probably will cuutjon the public agaiiist a buyhiy spree and urge careful biidgelinfe ol couixfiis to take care of needs until u new one Is issued. No change Is expected in the policy of granting supplemental stamps to provide extra shoes for children ice i>iazi Jiuige To Thirteen Miles Seventh Does It Again Third army after the rescue of Bastogne garrlsort, plows aliead to cut off, with concentrated First Army drive from Orandmenll-Stavelot front, Nazis in advance positions In the east after cutting off nose of Nazi push in Celles area.—(NEA Telephoto.) Bombers Hammer Iwo Jima Twenty-First Straight Day of Attack On Isle Used By Japs As Base For Raiding Saipan U. S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters, Pearl Harbor, Dec. 30. (AP)—American heavy- bombers blasted little Iwo Jima for the 21st straight day Wednesday in one of the most intensive neutralization campaigns of the Pacific war. Iwo. In the Volcano islands only 750 miles from Tokyo, is only eight miles square but is important as a takeoff point for Japanese ' planes 10 raid the Tokyo-raiding Super­ fortress base at Saipan. less than 700 miles to the south. Intense antiaircraft fire greeted Wednesday's raiding flight of Liberators of the strategic air force, but not a plane was lo.st, Adm. Cheeter W. Nimilz said In a communique. Explosives raked the field and air- tlrome InstalLitlon-s. Not Knocked Out The .fact Iwo Jima is still operating after so many previous raids when circumstances warrant it In i gave emphasis to the remarks fact, the government plans increased production, of children's shoes in 1945. The shoe rationing program has been on a two-pair-a-year basis since November. 1943. The last stamp validated. No. 3, was issued last November 1. At that time OPA said it hoped to make another valid on May 1, but gave no assurai\ces. In lola Next Week to Aid Income Tax Payers Two deputy collectors from the internal revenue service will be at the lola post office next Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to assist persons In the preparation of federal Income tax returns for 1944. Those seeking advice should bring with them complete figures of income and expenditures during the year so that specific questions can be answered. Thursday of Maj. Gen. Robert W. Douglass, deputy commander of the strategic air force, who said "It would take thousands of planes, dropping bombs every hour, to keep Iwo Jima knocked out all the time." General Douglass, stressing that bombers alone cannot defeat Japan, said the enemy can repair its coral airfields in a half hour with a couple of bulldozers. (In the Philippines, Gen. Douglas MacArthur said 23 Japanese (Continned on Page 6, No. 4) NO REGISTER MONDAY As previously annoimced no issue of The Register will be published on Monday. January 1. Although there is no general closing many stores In town will not open. This will permit their .<!taffs to take inventories fend close the books tor 1944. Banks, city and coimty offices will not open. "Little Guy" Gets Sort of Muddled Trying to Remember Everything, That Happened During 1944 BY JAMES MARLOW Washington. Dec. 30. (AP)—For home front man of the year this corner nominates once more any little guy going over in his muddled head tonight what the year has meant to him. This time it's the year 1944. His hair was a little thinner, his eyes a little dimmer, he had had one more tooth pulled and thi-ee more filled. And as he sat down in the home-boimd bus he felt just a little stiffer in the Johits. "You're getting a little older, boy " he told himself. "And, boy, you show It." Bit by bit he remembered: The day we invaded Europe. All that day he had tried to think how he'd feel, wading ashore, with the Krauts shooting at him. Something would have happened to him siu-e. he knew. It always did. I^e never had felt as useless as he did' then, him here and all that there, but he was glad to be alive that day because it was a day which would be In the history books forever. ; Then summer came, when -we were going good In France, and be bet the boss three bucks war in Europe would end by Christmas. It was three bucks he lost and the boss said "1 wish I had never won it." The robots started—do you say It robbot or ro-bot?—and the Super­ fortresses finally cut loose and nipped the Nips and he suddenly wondered if Adolf Hitler was still alive. And If he wa.>^ would old mush- mouth Hitler leR himself be taken alive. That would be the greatest trial in history, maybe. The little guy knew he'd read every word of It. Gasoline was still scarce; living costs were supposed to be up only a point or so. but It seemed like lota more than that to him; and he was kind of glad now the government had started taking taxes out of his salary. The Washington big shots were still griping alwut manpower but they had made it awfully compll- jcated. There was still rationing. Okay. Hp wasn't starving. He was getting along. His woolen Jacket itched him. He rubbed his baclc cautiously (Continned an Vuft 9,V*,Z) Germans. Stab at Allied Shipping Lanes London, dec. 30. (.4.P)—A Berlin broadcast asserted totiay that German submarines "an|l other small but dangerous weapooa" have been thrown into action In the Atlantic to' cut A,llied supply linej^, to the western front. King's OK On Regent Quick Settlement of Greek Strife Ho^ For After Archbishop Takes Office Tomorrow Athens, ;Dec. 30. (APJ—King George 11 ot Greece has as|ented to the. establishment of a regency in the countiHjr and Archbishop Da- masklnos' secretary said the archbishop probably would take the oath as regent tomorrow. "His grace in aU probability wlU take the oath before the government and holy synod tomorrow Iri'accord- ance t^lththe Greek consUtutlon," the secret!^ said. ' "Imntediately after his installation he will assume his bfticlaX duties and, complying with a tel^ram from the Wng expressing 'hope you will try to restore order and peace Irf Greece,' will start his efforts to solve the majdr problems—firstly the formation of a new government and secondly the cessation of ijie civil war." Offer q. T^ce Reliable reports said that ELAS leaders \ had sent Prime Minister Churchill a message offering to place the country's political squabbles in his hands for arbitration and had proposed an Immediate truce to the British- .Churchill had left the country, however, before the letter reached British headquarters and Gen. Ronald Scoble, the British cQtamander in Greece, forwarded' the letter to London. There nfere Indications here that Premier George Papandreou had submitted ."his resignation rand that the right wing liberal lead^, Themls- tokles Sot^ulis, bad'beeii asked to form a new cabtaet.. Fighting Continnes > In northwestern Greet*. ^ meanwhile, the- forces of Gen, Napoleon Zervas, hard-pressed by the ELAS, were reperted evacuating to the island of. Corfu whltjh iii held by British troops and forces friendly to Zervas* fectlon. The British-Greek drive on the eastern suburbs of Atfiensl'whlch began at dawn yesterday was described by British headquarters as-"highly successfut" Cold Wave On the Way Topcka, Dec. 30. (AP)—Low-hanging clouds dripped a. foggy, drizzle today in eastern Kan<ias but Weatherman S. D. Flora predicted clear skies and considerably collar weather for Sunday. . A coli wave moving down from the northwest wa^ expected to reach western Kans^ \it this afternoon and the rai^alnder of the state by-tonight. Temperatures tonight of from 15 to 20 in eastern pans 6i the state and from 10 to 15 westmi sections were forecast. Highs tomoirow will be between 28 and 32 with some sunshine; . Little moisture WRS rented In the state during the' last 24 hours. Topeka had .01 of an Inch #hlle traces vrere registered at Kansas City, Concordia, CoffieyvlMe, and St. Joseph, Mo. Oodge^ty was tho wa ^Tnest state poUit reporting yesterday wlfli .58. Ooodland ran a cloae se^d at, 57 before ^pplng to low last night with 23.. Coffeyville's tfiennometer drummed away at 3T dai and ol^ yesteriday. Plough Through Budapest Doomed German Garrison Being Routed Out Methodically By Reds In Close Range Battle By EDDy GILMORE Moscow, Dec. 29. (AP) — Red army troops fighting their way yarcj by yard into the heart of Budapest have cleared the defenders from several main streets after all- night b&yonei battles and grenade-throwing at close range. Numerous buildings fell Into Russian hand.s during the night and it is believed a n^jor part of.Buda, that section of Budapest which stands high on the western bank of the Danube, now is held by Soviet forces. •In Pest, across the Danube from Buda, Red anny troops have made steady progress, especially in the southern sector, wliere most of the Himgarian capital's docks and quays are situated. Block River Use German "resistance has stiffened both in Biada and Pest, but Soviet advances cilohg the Danube have given Marshal Rodion Malinovsky's forces the possibility of denying virtually all fiiture river traffic to the Germans and Hungarians. Striking out from the docks in Pest, Russian fi(;hters have advanced toward the heart of the town. None of Budapest's airfields Is in German hands, and every enemy soldier In the encircled capital apparently faces death or capture. Light tanks and armored cars found the golrig especially tough due to nulnerous mines and light anti-tank.weappns which fired down the streets and at intersections. Dozens of enemy .tommy-gunners and machine gunners are hidden m himdreds of th? city's buildings. Enemy Position Hopeless The Russian newspaper Red Star claimed that t-he' "position of the enemy's Budapest group is hopeless," and that Soviet units advancing westward and eastward through the city have 'joined up on islands of the besieged city." This proi»biy means Margaret island which lies-hi the center of the Danube separating Buda from Pest, and Csepel Island, south of the city, where Red arijiy forces have been holding positiot^s for weeks. Mrs. Betty Smith Dies in Fresno (Special to The Reciiter) LaHarpe, Dec. 30.—Mrs. Floyd McCrate has beeh notified that her mother, Mrs. Y Betty Smith, died Thinsday at Ffesno, Calif. She was 62 years old. . Mrs. Smith was bom at Chatham, Illinois, coming to LaHarpe in 1912 where she llvr^ until moving to California in 1930. For a number of years she wBS^'Tlie Register's correspondent in the Prairie Dell district. She was a," member of the B^- tlst church. In addition to Mrs. McCrate, she is survived by Fred J. Smith, Pueblo, her son, and Mrs. Laura M. Maud- Un, Seattle, Hrs. M. B. Landls, Portland, Oregon, and Mrs. K. H. Wilfong, Fresno, daughtm. Funeral arrangements have not been announce^. * COKEECTION There will not be a midnight service tomorrow night at St. Timothy's church as li^tijd in yesterday's church announcements in The Register, Much-Battered-About Division Holds Out At St. Vith Five Days Against Heaviest Odds 6n the Belgian Front, Dec. 30.. (AP)—They're all singing praise today for the soldiers of the Seventh armored division—those oft orphaned waifs of the western front who have been bounted from arriiy to army and had their noses bloodied at almost every turn. For it was the scrapping Seventh, slurig svriftly into the breach when Field Marshal Von R^mdstedt's spearhead was stabbtog deeply into Belgium's side ten days ago, which pufi the brakes on the panzer plunge and finally split the German penetration, forchig the enemy to fight a two-way battle. More than that the boys sat grimly there alone in the St. Vith sector taking a terrific mauling from half a dozen German divisions—denying thein the use of that vital road juiictlon, keeplng^ them partly cut off'from supplies and never letting thtto relax a moment to fight elsewhere. Always Get Back Often their ovra suppUes were cut off^.Somethnes they were sliced into separate segments by attacking armor. But they ploughed through the enemy lines to reach supply dumps or -travelled backroads sit night. And when individual units were Isolated they formed into deadly bands and wrought havoc among Gerhian forces tmtll able to rejoin the'maln body. Now commanded by Maj. Gen. Robert W. Hasbrouck, Kingston, N. Y., and boasting as its most famous guy, young Lt. Will Rogers Jr.,iWho is a popular platoon leader, the-Seventh has fought under foju- amiles, British and American, during its foxu* months in combat. It fought throtigh Chateau Thierry and the Argonne forest, encircled Reims and captured Verdun. Takes a Pounding Somehow the Seventh always got hurt. The last woimd was late October when it was forced to hold a thin 25-mlle line in the Weert sector ";Of Holland and had to face tlu- bnyit of an over-powering German attack which pounded it plenty. dfflcially the Seventh wa.s ordered to hold the St. Vith sector for twj .(Contlnoed on Pan A No. 3) R^eives Purple Heart M^dal Awarded Husband Mrs. William E. Culbertson has received the Ptirple Heart medal awarded to her husband recently. Pvt. Culbertson was wounded in action in France on October 17. He was attached to the 645th Tank Destroyer battalion. Mrs. Culbertson and son, William Earl, Jr., are Uvlng at 14 N. Thh-d street. WLB Halts Production Of Civilian Ammunition Waslilngton, Dec. 30. (AP)—The Wat Prdduction Board today called a halt on all production of civilian amipuni'tion. .> At the same time, the agency moved to conserve present .stocks of ammunition for assential uses. Tomorrow is the final day for the'manufacture of ammunition for any except government and military use. Manufacturers' stocks will be i;rozen pending development of distribution controls designed to plaoe ammunition in the hands of essential users, such as farmers; raftehers, and public protection agencies. War Brings Health Task State Faces Problem Of Controlling Disease Brought From Battle- Front By Service Men Topeka, Dec. 30. (AP)—Health problems of disease-ridden battlefields started coming back to roost on the Kansas board of health doorstep in 1944 and counter measures already are under way. Dr. F. C. Beelman, Ijoard secretary, said today. Foremost of these problems, Beelman said, is the bringing of malaria by returning soldiers, with dysentery ""tagging closely on its heels. Yellow fever is causing little anxiety at present. "Among homeward bound veterans there'll be carriers. Still others will be infected with the malaria parasite but will be so full of preventive drugs they will not contract the disease until theiy effect has worn off— possibly long after they hive returned home., * Jftay Be Local OntbreAks :rWhen the soldlei -s begin to re- tiijn In large nimibers we'll be confronted with an even greater task. We're not sure we can control local otjtbreaks but we can keep them sporadic and prevent widespread epidemics." i peelman said the Ijoard now had t^o men working on nothing but malaria coirtrol, and had started an educational program for doctors arid technologists. :• ''These two men," Beelman said, "Ivave examined the state for ano- pjieies malaria carrying mosquito) conditions and have had a map spotted for mosquitos for a year. Besides that, we've cleaned up mosquito breeding grounds around damps and hospitals &i .safety measures." Dysentery Is Next .^In 1943 Kansas had 45 cases of malaria reported—more than in any previous year. Figures for 1944 have not been tabulated. •-Naming dysentery, second in importance, Beelman Said Its control wbuld be simpler. :Safe water systems, sanitary sewers and general good health practices keep dysentery in check, he said, as they do other Infections contracted through the food tract. CJilorination of water is almost certain protection against spread of amoebic dysentery : through that nieans. » Joins His Men in France Maj. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor. 42-year'Old native of Kansas City, Mo., l« shown behind wheel of jeep in France. A member of the 101st Air Borne Division, he drove through German lines in jeep with aide and one other officer fo join his men in beiieged Bastogne, after flying from Washington on Christmas'eve.—(.NEA Telephoto.) No Enemy Gain for Three Days While Germans May Be Poised for New Blow, Indications Are They Will Not Attempt It By JAMES M. LONG Paris, Dec. 30. (AP)—The German winter lunge into Belgium recoiled bit by bit today under triphammer American blows which 48 hours ago had sliced the width of the Nazi bulge to 13 miles, and flung its deepest spearheads back 12 iniies. The Allied security cloak concealed later dcv^lopmrnts, except for telling if additional .strengthening and widenlrT of the U. S. Third army's corridor to Bastogne by Friday morninjr. The Third army had fought four miles above Bastogns by Thursday, within 13 miles of First army troops hitting Field IJarshal Karl Von Runstedt's n&ithern Dank. Held To No Gain For close to thiee daj-s. Von Runstedt had been held wltaotit gain. The most acu'.e question today was whether tho German commander was pulling his armor out. Admittedly he silU I,ud enough armored power poised for another blow, and 48 hour.s of concealhig haze and mist liaci given him oppor-'' timlty to brnp: up s.ipplles and regroup hj.s forces. But there was no Immediate indication that Von Ruusledt was prepared to risk his •:r;nifcs jgafnit the force Qeneial Eisenhower had assembled. (A Berlin bi-oadca:;t said the Americans had thrown 25 divisions against ti'.c German drive.) A Partial Success Von Runstedt hat] falle/. short of hLs probable purpose—decisive victory—but had succeeded in knocking the props from under the Allied winter offensive, and in creatlns; a salient seriously threatening Allied plans. At the same time, he ha^l thrust his way Into trouble. EitU' r he must continue hL? ofTen.>lve threat by sma.shlng back thii U. S. Third army's flanking counterattack on a 45-mile front, or z^'^ his armor out before the gap Ls plnchtd shut. Artillery Rakes Gap The gap was narrow enough to be raked by U. S. artillery. Von Rundstedt's armor—two panzer armies—apparently was the heart of his mobile reserve. Front dispatches reported indications skies were clearing this rnom- Ing to give air power—a major factor in continuing the American seal- off—a new opportunity after days of low-drifting fog. Hit Hard Yesterday Some 3,300 All'>d planes sti-uck powerfully yesterday, with heavy lK )mi)ers hitting road ar.ri rail junctions, railheads, bridges and marshalling yards in westeni Germany "severing communications to enemy units in the Ardennes sall?nt," the Allied communique snld. Among targets of some 2,300 heavy bombers were frelk;ht yards at Coblenz, Bln- gen, Frankfort and Asohafenburg. British bombers raided railyards at Troisdorf, Gei mixny, ani a synthetic oil plant in the Ruhr lait night. Claim More Ships Sunk In Attacks On Convoy fBy th» A «ao.'i'.t"<» "^(.M) Dome! news agenry claimed t.oday Japanese nav.il aircraft had simk four morp transpoit.s and one PT boat in "atiacks against an enemy convoy which is cr.;lsing northward In the Sulu Sea." The dispatch, unconfirmed by Allied sources, was intercepted by tho Federal Communica*ions Commission. The agency .said four Japanese planes failed to return. Quoting imperLjl headquarters yesterday, Domel said that six transports had b?eii f-nk together with the damaging of four transports, one cmlser and one destroyer in two attacks on the convoy, December 28. Thursday, Japanese time. (Wednesday U. S. TUiie.) The U. S. convoy, said Domel, consisted of "30 transports escorted by 20-odd cruisers and destroyers." The transport convoy, sa'd Dome!, steamed to Mlndoro island through the Mindanao Sea and then turned north through th° Sulu Sea. (Japane .se repor'..^ i'li^gested the convoy had oiigina'.ed at Leyte.) Nazarene Church Holds Watch Night Stnnce A Watch Night service will be held tomorrow night at the Nazarene church, the Rev. H. O. Om- doff announced today. The service will begin at 8:30 p. m. The public Is ftivited.

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