state Historical society Co:;ip. '>a, Kansas THE I ^VQLUME XLVm No. 62 The Weekly Kejuter. EiUbluhed 1867: The Iota DtUy Kegister. E«>abli«h»d 1897. lOLA, KAS., MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 8, 1945. Soccfisor to The Ida DoU? ReKister, The lola Dailf Record, and lola Daily Index./ SIX PAGES + + + the WAR TOD^Y + + + BY DEWITT MACKENZIE The hind-sight calamity howlers who have been feverishly seeking a ...- , - viatim ror public sacrifice, '^-usc j ^c.on^, ^sno.^ ^^^^ of tlte German surprise break- thfough in France, have their answer—and now maybe they can get ahead with theii- personal contributions towards winning the war. . Tuesd-iy: desired. Temperature—Highest for the 24 hours ending 5 p. m. yesterday. 33. lowe .st last night 29; normal for today 32: deficiency yesterday 1 degree: deficiency since January 1. 35 degrees: this date last ycrar- hish- e .st 22: lowest 5. trial With admirable culm and reso-I Precipitation for the 24 IWJU.'-.S lution and with steadily increasing' ^n ^ii ^S at s' a. m. today. .0: total ' • 1 for this year to d.ate. .04: deficit-ncy [since January 1. .24 inches. Sunrise 8:39 a. m.: set 6:19 p. m. President Roosevcelt Eisenhower has faced says "General this period i)f Yanks Squeeze Nazi Bulge to Ten Miles Germans Pull Out Panzers The Weather i K-WSAS— Cold wave tonisht and Tuesday; severe northeast portion: temperatures zero northeast, 5-10 above remair.der of state by morning except 12-15 southwest: strong northerly wind, diminlshlns Tuei- Toujgh Going on Western Front 51 success," and "he has my complete' confidence." Simultane jusly we leam from Allied supreme headquarters not only that there von't be any sacking of Allied generals but that General Ike himself thjinks hi-s commanders have done t remarkaole job Is .stemming tlie diive. All this fits into tcdays picture ol the battle of the huge. While the situation still is da:igerous, and there's bloody fighting ahead, the ^AUies are doing well. Field Marshal M<)hlgpmery .sums the situation up succinctly by saying that while the battle-Is "far from over." the Hit lerites 'have been halted, then sealed off. and v.'e are now in the proces.s of writing them off." Thac sounds like the Monty whj. back in the days of his African campaign against Rommel, told me that .the only way to win wars is to crush the enemy troops on the battlefield. He pos-sesses a lot of Cromwellian realism. Since this is Monday jwash-day. it's •a good time to examine another erronet'ius impression albout the war in:, we.-stern Europe "the businesslike wdV in which the. Nazis cracked ouj- lirre nas given rise to the idea, that they actually are stronger than they were before D-day. A lot of foLk have jumped to the conclusion that the Gcimans have fooled as about their re.sources. It must be admitted thai the sU- 1 received iContinned on Pace 6. So. 3) Thermograph Readings Ending 8 a. 9 a. m 10 a. m. . 11 u. 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. m. Today. 29 9 p. m 30 29 10 p m, . 30 29 11 p. ni. 30 30 12 m 30 30 1 a. m. 32 31 2 a. m. 33 32 3 a. m. .. • 3.5 33 4 a. m. .. 35 33 5 a. m. ... .35 33 6 a. m. . 35 31 7 a. m. . 35 29 8 a. m. _35 Lt. Gibson Is Dead Death of Young Naval Officer Due to Burns Received December 18 On Aircraft Carrier Lt. (jg) Edward (Eddie) F. Gibson, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Gibson, recently died on a naval hospital ship somewhere in the Southwest Pacific as the result of burns 'in the service of his coim- lolan Knocks Oiit Jap Machine Gun Single Handed With the 32d Infantry Division in the Philippines—Private First Class Charles S. Nicholas, son of Tv ^r. and Mrs. O. R. Nicholas. lola. Kas.," was recently credited with knocking out a Jap machine gun nest ^single handedly in the battle for Leyte Island. . He was a memiser of a squad led ov Staff Sergeant Roscoe Ma be of Mocksville. N. C. when the group '^•as. . orde.'-ed back to their com- ' try" on December 18, 1944, according to a wire received yesterday by Mr. Gibson, lola photographer Pneumonia was given as the immediate cause of death. Lt. Gibson was landing-signal Qf- ficer on an airplane carrier. The signal officer guides planes which are approaching the carrier and by means of signals corrects the pilot's , position enabling him to make a ! safe landing upon the flig'nt deck. In letters received by his father. Lt. Gi 'Dson often expressed his pride in this important work and the care which he took to insure the landing of his -Ship 's fighting craf:. Raised in lola •When he was three months old Lt. Gibson was adopted by Mr. and Tip of Enemy Salient Threatened By Gains Of 1st and 3rd Armies; Red.s Say Nazis Halted By ALTON L. BLAKESLEE Fiekl Marshal Karl von Pwundsledt hurriedly pulled ba;;k armored unit.s from the tip of his blizzard-swept Bel- .f 'iaii .-ialient today under American i)re.ssurt? that now ha.s .squeezed the middle of hi.s iiulfre to le.-is than 10 miles. U. S. First a.'-my troops on the ."..in :;ai.ned a mile or more, dominating 15 miles of the ' impwrtant lateral Ln.'-oche-St. Vith highway. I'hird army men on the south Mi;gpd ^-iLhin two miles of the la.st t us'-vves'. supply road, .seizing Flam- i'T'if. .Artillery shells interdicted at ie ;i .st part of this highway 'running ih.'-uugh HoufTalize. The British Sixth Airborne division pressed in at the tip on survivors of three panzer divisions. .•Allied :roops regained some ground eij;h: miles north of Stras- courg. where the Germans had cros.?ed the Rhine in one of several offen.'^ive wedges on the southern I end of the western front. > Nazis Claim Gains I (The Germans claimed gains north and .south of Strasbourg and asserted that the American position inside the city was serious. They said the old Maginot line had been penetrated south of Wissembourg and that the Germans in the Belgian bulge were holding firm. The ene.my claimed the recapture of the Holland \'i!la5e of Heminen, northwest of Nijmegen, which they said the Canadians took on January 4.) In Holland, a German bridgehead across the Maas (Meuse) north of (Continued on Page 6, No. 4) What o|r fighters are up against as •winter grips the western front is graphlcfclly shown In photo above, where airmen are seen struggling to haul a t.OOO-poimd bomb through the mud at a fo/est ammunition de^ pot. "/Cmmo" diunp supplies Allied aircraft now ; pounding Gen. von. Runstedt's supply lihes and rear Uises. Unit Has Bu^y Day Red^Cross Blood Donpr Center Off To Flying Start Led by^ a delegation from Caney which wifs larger than expected and a caravan of more than 100 persons froiu Chanute the lola Bed Cross blcSid donor center got off to a flying slart at the Jefferson school today. The mobile unit arrived from Kansas City this morning and by noon th^; equipment was installed and the center ready for action. Members, of the lola company of the Kansas State guard assisted in unloading' and setting up the heavy equipment. The Cross staff of nurses end asslssants, .directed by Dr. Bernard Burgln, wa£ Augmented by sev- Mrs. Gi'oson and raised as their own son. H^^ Cold Blows In On North Wind Topeka, Jan. 8.- (AP)—Near zero \vp:.;her u'histled into Kansas on a .sL! ng north wind today and Wriir.herman S. D. Flora said the by them , .state probably would sport a blanket attended pany lines to boister the defenses j school in lola graduating Jrom^th" jjeing attacked by the Jap.s. Un- knov,-n ti Mabe. the enemy. had flanked the company command post and had set up positions between his men and tlie main line. Nicholas, leading the way ns a ul sncw 'oy morning. .After mild springlike showers_ in eral regl^red nurses from lola and 1 other AU^n county towns. Dr. Bur- 1 gin said .that the facilities and I skilled personnel at the lolia blood ' center arw second to hone. In FuU ^rce by 1:30 At l:30r every table in the bleed! ing room was occupied and approx- i imately 100 men and women were waiting K)r their haemoglobin and other test's which must be taken before the (ionor is accepted. About fifteen women were serving hot coffe«< or other drinks and wafers 'to tlie blood donors during the twenty-mlhute period, of rest required before they leave the building. il-ilUlJi ill AUIJ ^1 tlVlt4.i..l.^ ...J... ... I ...,..,1 **lt.u .J^. ...(3...^ lola high .=chool in 1937. For about : northern Kansas early in the day, two years he was a Resistfr ca -Tler jcold winds nipped at temperatures and won a high ratin^; a.s salesman. .s a carrier- which were expected to fall steadily throughout the day to lows tonight In 1937 he enterpt! B.ivior Uni- I of from zero to 10 above. t.\x<. leadinK the w-iv Ts a ' versitv. .studying law. At the time' No snow feU in the state during nuirlPiK ^ame uloa -i .Iiulof tiip snfak Jap att .xck on Pearl j the Uist 24 hours but this morning machin; gun Th" wea^"^^ wal w I Harbor. Lt, Gib..-.i was workli-.e u .s | VV:.me,o had .04 of an i.nth of rain [^^r /ln u clumo of underbruMj | an ^J^^tor _ror_^n^ ccmstruction fu^ , Coacordia^_^^ v^th__ G^^ and and NifhoiT-s was almost on top of the position before he knew it. Without time to look for cover, he immeciiat'-lv fired a full clip of ammunition and. falling to the sround. fhrew a hand grenate into the ene- mv emnlaccment. 'When the fonad in Texas arui pnlisted in tho navy on DPO . 11. 1941. A'DOU ; a ypar iiter he won \v.< v.-in'is in-Mip naval ai.' corp-s. Later hp WLI :- a.ssianed to ::n aircraft carrier which was being constructed, hplppd train the crew.'and served on it from thp rushed.thp position they found three I time of it.s commi.ssinn to deatir cominir over .sPa.<; with \ and Mrs. Gibson. tiead .Japs and a damaged machine pun. • Bo.t.h Pfc. Nicholas and Sersreant Mabf .T-p veteran jungle fighters fiavint; partirinated in the Bur.a ba'ties nnd thp New Guinea cnm- uaigns Fxr.cp the "Red Arrow" division in .April. 3942. Lieut. James E. Smith Awarded Air Medal .Second Lieutenant James E. Smith, who attended the lola iun- ior 'CoHese from Seotember. 1941. until he entered the service in Januarv. 1943. ha.s been awarded the' Air Medal for "meritorious ncbievpmpnt in aerial flight while Darticipatine in sustained operational acrivitv aeain.st the enemv." Lt. Smith is a member of a veteran Liberator eroup. •with the 15th. AAF in Italy. The group has par- tirihated in more than 165 combat mis.c'ons a'rninst enemy installations in the Mediterranean theater. He is fl bombardier. His wife. Mrs. Svlvia Ruth Smith, nnd his narents. Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Smith, live at Coulti ?rVffle. Illinois. He had be^-n in the ?;vaf hw.'.st Pacific about fhrf-p mon'jL-. HP wns 25 years old. Wife On Way Here Hi:^ wife live.; in Miaini. Floridi. and is now on her way to vi^it Mr. Topeka reporting traces. Phillipsbuig, wit.h the aid of sun- ."•iiine. was fne wa.Tnest reported .•^.tate point yesterday with a high of CotfeyvUle was low last night wit!; 30. Temp'.-rature.s today were expected to be between 15-20 in northern and we.stern parts of the state and 20-25 in .'southeastern sections. Tomorrow v.iU be a little colder with a range 'jf 15 to 25 reading from northwest to <^cuthf_'ast. Mercury Drops Nine Degrees in Two Hours Lt. Gihson's bodv wa.= interred in an Allied cemetery on an i.<;iand in the Pacific. The messaep state.-: | that addition.ll detait- re^ardini' i Tiif north wind which swooped his death will be sent when the i.r;- 'upon .Allen county a: 11 a. m.-drove formation is received bv the nnvv i tht: mercury duwn 9 degrees within department. | tv.-, hours. By 1 p. m. the tempera!'U:P wa.s 29 compared wrh a high P0F:M : 01 38 at 11. Tucson. Ariz.. Jan. 8. 'AP'>— \ The state weather bureau predicts Chalked on the side of a troop train i lha: the mercury -will continue its returning New Guinea vetern.ns was i nosedive and may reach a low of this phrase: "Left you in '42. bac!c j between 5 and 10 above by tomorrow alive in '45." morning. Frank Knapp, Moran Dies in Sleep Moran. Jan. 8— Prarik Knapp died in his sleen .sometime! last nieht at his home in Moran. He would have W'en 7fi vears old next month. -Mr. KnapD came 'to Kansa.s in 1897 and ha.s lived ir or near Moran since that time. He was a member of the Methodist! ehurch. He leaves his wife I at the home; four sons. Flovd. Phoenix. Arizona: Orval. who is in the ;frmed .services, stationed at Ft. Smith. Arkansas; • Movne end P.rnn Knipo of Moran: and a daughter, Mrs. Anele Manbeck. Oak Dale. California. Funeral arrangements have not been completed and Will be an- Qounced latei*. Belgian Woman Doctor Risks Life To Aid Refugees and GIs at Front '^Streaming North Towards Luzon" Robot Blow Against U. S. "Probable" But Ingram Says ^Navy Prepared to Ward Off Assault On U. S. Coast; "No Reason for Alarm" To Outline Program For '4a at C. of C. Peeling-that 1945 may be' a critical year'for lola, bringing .many opportunities- as- well as problems for the pusineas and professional interests,'Jerrj- Miller, president, will outline a 1945 program for the Tola chaRilier of commerce at the Kelley hcjtel tonight. A genw-al revision of dues, the passIbiUtjt of employing a full time secretary and closer relation* with agriculturjB will be' among the topics discujsed by Mr. Miller. T. E. Shanahan, secretary, will give a report of last year's activities and also a summary of the chamber's financial position. Charle^ Leake Dies At Farm Home Starts New Term Today Schoeppv'I Takes Oath Of Office in Brief Ceremony in Topeka Topeka. Jsn, 8. <AP)—Gov. Andrew F. Sihoeppel started his second term as wartime governor of Kansas at n:S'5 a. m. today. The state's 5j9th chief executive took the oath of office in a short, informal ceremony in Topeka's municipal auditoriiun before a crowd estimated bj Pari Commissioner Har- IT Snyder at 2500. When the re^t of the 100 per cent Republican state officials were sworn, Srfhoeppel pledgt-d that government would t)e kept close to the grass roots in one of the shortest inauguial addiiesses ever delivered ?>y an incoming Kansas governor. Harwfy Administers Oath W. W. I|arve^. new chief justice of the supreme cd'ajt. administered the traditlona'f oalS,: admonishing Gov. Schoeppel to ijphold the constitution and perform his duties faithfully. . Wome.n a.nd 'higli school-children predominate.d a: • the audience, which fUiv'd sc.a.'-cely two-thirds: of the audittrium. Bare-les jL -d 'oobby ."ioc'is girls dotteti the. balconies. Mast of them had walked frem their classe.~ and a cold not^thwf.y.t wind had reddened their ur.crlad lega. A baby 'Li thi; front row caused a momentary diversion as state officials came-in the stage. The chdd pitched a, stu.'fed- toy elephant toward the .stage ; nd mama had to retrieve the', r-./d t;nd blue Republican symbol. * Fourth To Take Oath Deviatlrg froin the custom of former year.';, the governor was the fourth official t;j take the oath instead ot the lafe. riis solemn "I do" (ConlU^iued i>a Pa«e 6. .No. 1) Flue Fire Damages Harry Bislipp Home A flue fire c^u.-ic-d ab .3Ut $50 damage at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bi-hop, 825 E. Jactson street. la.st nighS. ITie fire broke out In the walii near, the ceiling about 6 p. m. Ray C lard, fire chief, said that the 'houi.;e • might have been badly damaged if the blaze had not been detected before it had an opportunity, to get well started. An East Coast Port, Jan. 8. (AP)— Admiral Jonas H. Ingram, commander in chief of the United States Atlantic fleet, said today that enemy robot bomb action against New York and other Atlantic points '.'Is possible and probable within the next 30 or 60 days, but effective steps to meet this threat have been taken." "If such an attempt ii made," Admiral Ingram told a press conference, "It would probably be lliii- Ited to 10 or 12 bomfc. These wouid not be of the 'block-buster' type. They might strike a building and destroy It, but the casualties would be nothing like those which the peopile of London are suffering under." "Effective steps have been taken" to meet the threat of Nazi buzz- bombe, the admiral said, adding that ^meanwhile "there is no reason for toyone to become alarmed." Navjt^'WeU Prepared Asserting he had been authorized at a recent conference with members j3f the general staff, In Wash- Ingtt-n to make a stateinent concerning the Atlantic fleet and to as sure'the pubUc that both army and nav>'v were well prepared to ward off any robot bomb attack. Admiral Ingram said: "If the Germans attempt to send robot bombs against New York or Washington, the weapons will hardly be of the explosive type as those being used against London. This is because the weapons would carry less fuel and less explosives than are being used in the attacks on London." Atlantic-Wril Patrolled Admiral Ingram said there were three possible means by which buzz bombs might be directed at New York and Washington: airplane, submarine or surface ship. Howe\er, he said, the Atlantic ocean was under "mighty ftae protection" from submarine or surface ship approach. In what he said was the first statement concerning the Atlantic fleet since the nation entered the war, Admiral Ingram said there were 60.000 officers and 400 000 men in the group. "If it were not for the Atlantic fleet, it would not have been possible to make landings in Africa, Sicily or Normandy." he said. First Lady Prefers Universal Draft Washington. Jan. 8. (API — Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt said today a universal draft to "allot people where they are needed seems the obvioa'^ly - sensible thing to do." Agreeing with President Roosevelt that legislation to permit drafting of niirses may. be needed, tne first lady told her new.', conference .she would "prefer to .see a national service act passed and then people who are needed would be used where they ar^ needed." Mrs. Roosvelt added that she feels women in particular need to be told where they can be most useful. County Officers Sworn in Today BY HAL BCiTLE Malmedy. Belgium. Jan. 5. .'Delayed). (AP).—The favorite "pin up " girl among GI's stationed in Mal medy Is a pretty dark-haired Belgian woman dotcor who won their hearts by risking her own life to care for soldiers and civilian casualties. Grave-eyed Dr. Cecile 'Van .Ackere an another woman—Madame Ce- milie Detry, a social worker—were the twin heroines of Malmedy during the terror filled days when bombs and shells destroyed mo.st of the little moimtaln town and besieging Germans threatened to envelop It. "They are two of the outstanding women In Belgium." said Capt. Rod- puished Belgian family who turned down a proffered post on the Brussels hospital staff to work among refugees here. Madame Detry. who is equally pretty, gave up a child welfare job in Brussels for the dangerous task of caring for frontline Belirian families being repatriated from Germany. "She is the Florence Nightingale of Belgium." said Capt. Welsh. "She was here when we had 12,000 refugees dumped on us and she did the best job of mass feeding I ever saw. .And the way she kept up the morale of those frightened and homeless people was wonderful. "As for Dr. Van Ackere—I dont know what Malmedy would have done without her. She had to work ney Welsh. Green Bay. Wis., civil i under the worst possible conditions affairs officer who has been super-'but she just rolled up her sleeves — »—J.— —J of I and took any case brought to her She must have treated and dressed injuries of 400 persons in two days and—a lot of them were our soldiers." Those were the two days in irtiicb (CmtiBiHd to Pan % Naw tl vising feeding and evacuation refugees from Malmedy area. Dr. Van Ackere, a slim friendly woman who wears a GI wool knit cap to keep her long brunette hair in place, is a member of a distin- Charles Leake died last night at his home north of lola. He was 70 yeijrs old- Mr. Leake was bom In Allen county and had farmed here all cf his life with the exception of about 10 years [spent In Colorado. He was a member of the Baptl^ .church and the fff. O. W. He leares his wife at the home but has ho other close relatives. Funeral services will be conducted at 2.p. m'; Wednesday at the Wau?h Funeral home by the .Rev. Stanley F. Tayloi£ Burial will be in the lola cemetery.; Magkian A Lyceum Cour^ Attraction Raymond Scheetz and company, &ne of America's out- standii^ magical productions, will appear at 8 p. m. tomorrow night %t the ilola high school. He is (ine of the artists on the school Lyceum course. Mr. Scheetz brings with him half a ion'of equipment, a menagerie,, and his own stage set- tines. ^During his tour of the nation ^during the past 10 years he has^won national recognition as a i^aglcian. "See^K •with his fingertips" is one of his mystifying accom- Dlishmcnts. After bein? blindfolded -Mr. Scheetz will be led into tKe audience and attempt to identify articles held within a t«w Inches of his: finger tips. The 'proeram is opee'to the public and those who do not hold season tickets for the ly- cetmi <taune may purchase in- dlTidw^ tickets at the door. The county officers elected last November were sworn In today, but only one new face appears in the court house, tliat of W.E. Kerr, who succeeds, W. C. Hanklns as county commi.s.sioner for the third district. Walter E. Lacey was aiso sworn m as county commissioner but he has been .serving' by appointment since the death of H. V. Adam.^. All other officers whose terms cx- I pire today were reelected last November. The term of county superintendent, of schools does not expire until July. Mrs. Myrtle Pope \ was elected for the balance of the late Mrs.. Jennie Carroll's term as well as for the next term. N. G. Kerr will not be sworn in for his second term as county trea.surer un' til next October. Seek Firmer Job Control Congress Reported Ready to Enact'Some Sort of Service Law Washington, Jan. 8. (APi— To find a way of grinding the job-control and manpower screws tighter the government is reviewing : the entire list of essential activltle.'".. And this may be the result, it appeared today, although no decision has been reached yet: 1. Some activities, now classified as essential, will be dropped from the list. 2. Most activities, now. cla,ssifled as essential, will remain' that way. 3. Some activities—such as those munitions Industries which badly need manpower—will be. listed not only as essential but critical. To Provide Workers The whole purpose of this would be to force draft-age men into essential work but particularly into the critical industries. . It would be another step in nailing down the gove'mment 's intensified effort to stop Job-shifting and labor turnover. The latest step in that direction came from selective service which told draft boards: 1. To draft men up to 38 if they change jobs without board permission. Lower than usual physical standards will be set for such "job- skippers." How much lower was noc divulged. 2. "To tighten up on the deferments already granted. Corsrress Ready to -Act ; Demands were voiced.in congres.s meanwhile that the administration make greater use of its existinfj powers in meeting the war manpower problem while the legislator"; work out new measures. But other congressmen including; Senators Hayden i R -.Ariz, i and Bailey iD-N. C.) declai-ed the need for a national service -act wi.s apparent. Despite the wide difTerences in views as to what is needed, the collective attitude was that oongre;.;. will enact 7 ,-hai it .Hnds to 'ct- reafiv required to back u;,> the armed forces. The legislalors prepared to tackl" legislation to ftjrce 4-F's into wai plants before considering President Roosevelt 's other principal man- ixiwer recommendations in his annual message Saturday—a draft of nurses and national service legislation. Report 450 U. S. Ships In Convoys Navy Communiques Fail to Confirm Jap Claim, However; Jump 15 Miles On Mindoro (By the -\.ssoriateil Pressl Tokyo radio reported today more than 4.50 American transport.s "are .streaming north toward Luzon" island in the Philippines where Japanese broadcasts said more than 70 warships'aiid .swarms of carrier planes bombarded Lingayen Gulf, 120 miles north of Manila, continuously for two days. (American troops were within 90 miles of Manila today but army and navy communiques offered no support to Japaness claims the Yanks were actually preparing any immediate lnva.sion of Luzon island. (Gen. Douglas M.ac.Arthur's Alon- daj commimique said his forces have moved 15 miles up the west coast of Mindoro island to capture Paluan town. Paluan is 30 miles from Luzon, Manila is less than 60 miles further north.) Japs Are Ready The Tokyo broadcast, recorded by the Federal Communications Commission, said that whether the transports would be "poured into Lingayen or in the vicinity of Manila remains a question, but in either case it is a surety that the enemy will play right into the waiting Japanese hands." In the two day duel between warships and shore batteries at Lingayen gulf, Japanese broadcasts said defending batteries gave the American flotilla "the hottest reception ever recorded in the anr.als of war." Propaganda broadcasts descril)ed the air and naval bombardment as I "the enem.y's usual tactics preceding ; a landing" and forecast Yank as- i sault troops might storm "the shore at any time." Three Convoys Sighted Other broadcn .sts reported three (Contlno'd on Pasre 6, No. 5) HO.ME WORK S Phoenix, .Ariz., Jan. 8. (AP) — When a burglar started to saw through his widow screen. George Wilson reached out ar.d nabbed hini. It was just routine .stuff for George He's a policeman. Canada-Russia Air Highway Hums With U. S. Planes Clear Athens Of ELAS Army .Athens, Jan. 8. (AP)—British troops, having cleared Athens of EL.AS forces after a month of civil strife within the cif-, drove the re- I treating leftwing militia deeper Into ' the hills we.st and northeast of the capital today. I While cannon-firin'? R.AF planes ! shot up retreatinET ELAS columns, ^ British armored units clashed yes- 1 terday with one lefr.wing rearguard in the Elevsis area. 15 miles west of .Athens. .Sixty-three of the group were killed and 44 ciptured. The British commander, Lt. Gen. Ronald M. Scobie, announced that truce terms had been withdrawn and that' the British would Insist that any future negotlatlor-s must be predicated upon their treatment for British prisoners held by the ELAS. Over the week-end Premier Gen. Nicholas Plastiras added two members to his new government, designating Jo.hn Macropoulos as minister of agriculture and Prof. C. Amandos as minister of education. Neither are members of the EAM 'National Liberation Front) party with which the EL.AS is affiliated. American fl^-hter planes pack the strip .st Ladd'Reld, Fairbanks. Alaska, waiting to be ferried to Siberia, thenSe to the Russian fighting front by Red Amy pilots. Inset map shows the Northwest Staging Route, a chain of airports from Edmonton, Alberta, to Fairbanks. Over this vital aerial highway more than 5,000 U. S.-buiU plapes l^ave been ferried to Itussia. The first ones passed through in September. 1942, immediately saw actioA against the Germans at Stalingrad. Canada pioneered and built the route and the U. S. provided instfcU^tlons and extensions for which the Domloion win pay this country more than $39,000,000, Pvt. Chester R. Rogers Prisoner of Germans Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Rogers, route 2, lola, have been notified that their son. Pvt. Chester R. Rogers, is a prisoner of the Germans. He was reported missing in action on October 1, 1944. A letter received by Mrs. Rogers from one of her son's fellow soldiers states that Rogers wa.s with a small advance unit which was surrounded by the enemy. No member of the unit returned to his own lines. Pvt. Rogers was Inducted in March, 1944. and had been overseas only about three weeks when he was captured. He is 25 years old. Mrs. Ed Downey Rites At Neosho Falls Today Neosho Falls. Jan. 8.— Ftmeral services for Mrs. Ed Downey, who died last Sattirdav afternoon at her home, were held at 2:30 today at the Wolfe Funeral home. Neosho Palis. The- Rev. R. L. Kuhns, Le Rov. was In charge of the services. Burial was in the cemetery ea^t of Piqua. Mrs. Downey wa .s bom In Allen countv and had lived in this vicin- itv all of her life. She was 72 years old. For the past 35 years she has made her home at Neosho Palls. She leaves her husband at th« home and two brothers. Pfank Butler. Tola, and John Butler, Humboldt.
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