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I THE lOLA REGI Historical society VOLUME XLVHI No. 79 The Weekly Register, Establiihed 1867: The lola Daily Register, EstabUshed 1897. lOLA, ^S., SATURDAY EVENING; JANUARY 27, 1945. Sncceswrr <o The lola Daily Begister, Ths lol^ Daily Reeoid. sad loia Daily Index. FOUR PAGES of Ward's Is Declared Illegal Judge Regrets Decision Accompanies Ruling With Plea to Capital And Labor to Forego Selfishness During War Chicago, Jan. 17. (AP) — • Army seizure of Montgomery J^Ward and Company proper- tie.s on order of President Roo.sevelt wa.s declared illegal today by Federal Judge Philip L. Sullivan who said "it i.s with considerable reluctance that I have arrived at the conclusions in this ca.se." Ruling on a ca.se which the government said affected the nation's entire wartime labor dispute settle- rhent machinerj-, Judge Sullivan a.sserted: "Our nation is engaged in a global war and it is imperative that v/e Avery Gratified Chandler, Ariz., Jan. 27. (AP) —Sewell Avery, chairman of the board of directors of Montgomery Ward and compcny, said here today that the decision of Federal Judge Philip L. Sullivan in declaring President Roosevelt's order for army seizure of Ward properties illegal, means,"a great day for labor." •"T -v,e battle of Ward's for seven years has been to maintain the independency of the individual in his coijstttjjtlonal rights to Join a union, not join a union or to reslj^i from. a union as he wishes," Avery declared. contribute everything we have to Insure its speedy and successful conclusion. . . . In Great Crisis "Our country is In a great crlsLs; intendent"'o"f'schools.' has~distributed The Weather KANSAS—Cloudy, snow and colder except rain or snow in southeast today. Tonight snow and colder in west and north, freezing ralq or snow in southeast. Lowest temperatures near 20 in northwest to 30 southeast. Sunday light snow in east, partly cloudy In west and colder. Temperature—Highest for the 24 hours ending 5 p .m. yesterday, 38; lowest last night, 31; normal for today, 33; yesterday, normal; excess since January 1, 72 degrees; this date last year, highest, 65; lowest, 49. Precipitation for the 24 hours ending at 8 a. m. today, .00; total for this year to date, .25; deficiency since January 1, .90 inch. Sunrise 8:31 a.m.; set 6:38 p. m. Thermograph Readings Ending 8 a. m. Today 9 a. m 59 9 p. m 33 10 a. m 31 11 a. m 32 12 noon 32 1 p. m. . 2 p. m. . 3 p. m. 4 p. m. . 5 p. m. . 6 p. m. . 7 p. m. . 8 p. m. . .33 ...34 .36 ...38 ...38 ...37 ...35 ...34 10 p. m. 11 p. m. 12 m 1 a. m. 2 a. m. 3 a. m. 4 a. m. 5 a. m. 6 a. m. 7 a. m. 8 a. m. .32 .31 ...31 ...32 ...32 .32 .32 .32 .32 32 .32 Everyone Can Help Donations to Infantile Paralysis Fund Are On Voluntary Basis; President's Ball Feb. 3 Although no house to house canvas will be held every citizen of Allen county will have ample opportunity to donate to the local chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, Paul Reed, county chairman, said this morning. Mrs. Prank Lenski and Dave Hart are acting as vice-chairmen for the county and a number of others are actively participating in the campaign. City chairmen include Louis Irwin, Humboldt, Mrs. B. P. Barber, Geneva, Mrs. Wilma Bynum, Mildred. Mrs. Floyd Mc- CDrmick, Kincaid, Mrs. Ortha Watson; Elsmore, Moody Ralston, Moran, and Dell Adams, Gas City. Mrs. Myrtle Pope, county super- Army Bomber Crashes Near Ft. Riley Grand Island, Nebr., Jan. 27. (AP) Three men are dead, two missing and eleven injured as the result of the crash near Ft. Riley, Kas., last night of a four-engine bomber from the Grand Island army air field. Col. William A. MiUer. commanding "officer, announced today. The plane, with 16 men aboard, was on a combat training flight when it crashed a mile north of Marshall army air base near Ft. Riley about 6:30 p. m. and our liberty and very existence are at stake. So. deeply do I feel on this subject that I believe it Is not too much to expect that for the duration employer?, employes and imions on the home front should make a determined effort to adjust their labor disagreements without resorting to strikes and lockouts." Iri declaring the army seizure of 16 properties of the huge mall order concern on December 28 was illegal. Judge Sullivan asserted: "I am of the opinion that the president was without authority, either under Section 3 of the war labor disputes act. or rmder the war powers conferred upon him by the constitution as cominander in chief of the army and navy to take possession, of the plants and facilities of Montgomery Ward and Company." Dismisses Government l*Iea The decision in the case dismissed the government petition for a judgment to uphold legality of the seizure and/or an injunction to restrain Ward's officials from interfering with army operations. Judge Sullivan's opinion in the / pp.se which developed out of Ward's refusal to obey War Labor Board directives in a long standing labor y. dispute said that "if the disputants are not willing to obey the recommendations of the War Labor, Board which are admittedly only advisory then congress alone Is the only branch of the government which can compel them to do, so." "It is the duty of congress to enact the laws, and the duty of the courts to interpret them," he said. A Bon Voyclge Party Feb. 31 A Bon Voyage party tjUl. be held at 10 a. m. Wednesday for the 21 Allen oountlans who will l«>ave that day for induction Intp tlj* armed services at Ft. Leavenwrtb. The high school band wlU pngMp music, a short talk will l3e g^en by the Rev. E. w. Harrison and paclt- ets of stationery will be given to each man. \ Those In the group Include Keh- neth Edward Kinzle, Solifert Eugene West, George B. Cramer, William CurtU Bingham, Alfred Arion Conner, Melvln Lester Hayes, Harold LeForest Weaver, Melvin Maude tepss and George WUllaia Haralson of Tola; Thomas Orris Prevele • and Ralph Thornton Cox, Humboldt; Howard Lee Plndlay and Roy Paul Rawllngs, Moran; Thomas Spencer, Jr., and Chester Allen Booe, Kansas City, Kansas; John Forrest Davis, Los Angeles; Verlln Lester McHenry, Hutchinson; Earl Hula Drake, Topeka; Harold Wayne Oreer, El Monte, Oalifomia; WU- 11am Ralph McCullough, Colqny, and Robert William Hteon, Wich: . folders to all rural schools. These are coin cards in which the children may place their dimes a.s a contribution to the March of Dimes. Coin Jars in Stores Jars have been placed in many business places and contributions can be placed in them. The campaign will reach its climax in lola on Saturday ni?ht, February 2, when the local counterpart of the President's ball will be given at Riverside park. Music will be provided by the Knights of Jivp. In addition to dancing there will be a bingo game for the le.s.s agile and an auction of donated merchandise will be held during the intermission. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Those who find it inconvenient to get in touch with any of the committee members may send contributions by mail to the Infantile Paralysis Foundation, P. O. box 353, lola. Japanese Stiffen On Luzon Show Signs of Making Stand 40 Miles North Of Manila; Rake Clark Field With Artillery Gen. MacArthur's Headquarters, Luzon, Jan. 27. (AP)—America's Sixth army spearhead down the central Luzon plain dug into its first appreciable resistance Friday. Japanese artillery opened up on Yank-captured Clark airfield as American ground forces encountered resistance south of the BapiTsan river. Clark Field, largest airdrome in the Philippines and a major prize of the war, was captured early Thursday by imits of the 14th army air corps who chased an enemy garrison of perhaps 5,000 into the nearby hills. Hillside cave positions west and ! north of the huge airdrome, excellent artillery sites, could delay American use of the airfield's 17 landing strips. First Jap Stand . The Sixth army, which had been opposed only on its left flank as It | drove cautiously down the broad plain- toward Manila, came up against the stiff resistance near the main Manila higb'way. There the 14th corps, whose ad- rance units are at least five miles beyond Clark Field at Angeles— about 40 miles north of Manila— found the first indication that Lt. Gen. Tomoyukl Yaroashlta's Japanese defenders may make a stand before the Yanks reach the commonwealth capital. MacArthur said his men were clearing the hills southwest of Bam- ban and had captured many artillery pieces and machine guns. What few cains MacArthur listed in hi.s communloue occurred on the bitterlv-contested left flank. Take High Ground Unils of the First corps took German Generals May Form Provisional Gov't Washington, Jan. 27. CAP)—The Army and Navy Journal said today the possibility that German generals captured by the Russians, "may be developed into a provisional German government, is not overlooked in Washington." This was the procedure followed by Marshal Stalin in Poland and Hungary, it was noted by the unofficial ser\'lce publication subscribed to chiefly by commissioned officers. "One of the difficulties which the vanquishment of Germany would create," the Journal said, "would be the absence of an authority with which negotiations for unconditional surrender could be conduced. This would be overcome by the recognition by Russia and the Allies of the generals' committee which now is in Moscow. NOT WORTH IT Seattle, Jan. 27. (AP)—Captain Stuart S. Mockford, sent his necktie to the CPA. In an accompanying letter he explained the khaki cotton tie cost 16 cents foiu- years ago at Fort Francis Warren, Wyo., and had depreciated approximately 40 per cent,, but It still cost 20 cents to have It laundered in Seattle. "I can no longer .ifford to pay 100 per cent more than it is worth to have It washed," the captain wrote. STORE WINDOW HOME Hollywood, Jan. 27. (AP)—Mrs. Elizabeth Ortez, wife of a sergeant overseas, will live in a sunset boulevard store window for the next week to dramatize the plight of servicemen's wives who are unable to find living quarters. Mrs. Ortez was chosen for the glass cage job from 500 applicants and will be awarded a $500 diamond ring by a radio (NBC's People- Are runny") sbow. Jungle Is a Fo6 on Lruzpn A bazooka-armed soldier, framed momentaniy by a huge palm tree smashed In half by terrifies U. S. Navy Task Force bombardments that paved the way for Yank Invasion, Is shown r advancing through Luzon jungle as doughboys began their trip back to Manila. THE ROAD TO BERLIN (By the Aminciated Press) 1—Eastern Front: 136 miles from Mc^na, Poland, by official Russian accoimt; 91 from near Br&ndenburg border by German report. 2—Wesiem Front: 310 miles (from tlnnlch - Julich - Duren area.) ; 3—Italfen Front: 544 mUes (from R^io river.) Seek Clothes For Europe Plan Gigantic Drive to Collect Usable Used Clothing for Relief Of Suffering Millions Washington. Jan. 27. (AP)—President Roosevelt has asked Henry J. Kaiser, west coast shipbuilder, to head a gigantic campaign lo collect "usable useS clothing" in this country for relief of Europe's destitute millions. The camijalgn will begin in April with the .^objective of gathering 150,000,000 pounds of clothing—10 times as n^ich as the tJnlted Na- hi-h ground northeast of strongly-. ^^ns reUef:administration obtained defended Rosano, on the road to | during a didve among the nation's churches sopie months ago. The drive: will be directed by the United Nations clothing relief committee, composed of UNRRA and almost 60 tfther relief agencies, all volunteer. Will Take ipb In a lett^- eloquently describing the suffering and need of the peoples of liberated Europe, Mr. Roosevelt asked I^alser to take the chairmanship ofj the committee. It is understood ihat he- has agreed to do so. Release ofithe letters by the White House or th? committee is expected In! the nextv^ay or so. The campaign's aim has been stated offic^lly as being to collect 'usable used clothing for all the peoples of Europe." Charity Gn^ps Help Organizations which will participate throuf &T the clothing relief committee Include such specialized volunteer agencies as those for British, Russian- and Greek relief and many regtilay American charity and allied groups The clothing will be distributed in liberated countries of Europe, Including Italy, ac^rdlng to need, but It will not go to peoples of recently conquered enemy territories, according to present plans. the Philippine .summer capital at mountainous Gaeulo. and other Yanks took the town of Caurln- can in a drive north from Slson aimed at cutting In behind Rosario. Snn Manuel, In foothills 15 miles southeast, was captured after two days of fighting, and the infantrymen destroyed 10 tanks in sharp fneagements east and north of the tcfwn. American aircraft pounded the Bataan neninsula and Sublc Bay to the north, wrecking coastal defense.-; and causing explosions in sup- plv areas. They ranged over the China sea to. bomb shipping and .shore installations on southwestern Poromosa with good results. One freighter was sunk there and ten d.imaged. Large fires were started. Colt Gift Adds To Hospital Site M. P. Colt, lola oil and gas operator, has given three lots on Second street to the Sisters of St. Josei^ to be added to the property previously donated by T. H. Bowlus. The gift Is subject to the same conditions specified by Mr. Bowlus. The lots are south of the alley which runs between First and Second streets along the northern line of the Releford Funeral home site. This will give the Sisters a plot of land boimded by the alley and First, Second and Madison streets. Both gifts specify that construction of a modem hospital to cost, not less than $200,000 must be started upon the site within three years and be completed within two years after that date or the lands will revert to Mr. Bowlus and Mr. Colt. Meeting at Humboldt Church of God Monday (.<3peetk) to The R«(later) Humboldt, Jan. 27—The Church of God, If tat^d on 2nd and Cherokee str52t, will sponsor a PeUowshlp metinj ii: that church on Monday evenuig, 11 Kas been announced by the piEicr, iRev. J. B. Baney. A pro?.-am ^&s; been arranged, which Includes a ^uest speaker. Thumbs Down On Wallace Commerce Committee Disapproves Appointment; to Senate Monday Washington, Jan. 27. (AP)—Henry A. Wall4ce 's cabinet nomination goes to an uncertain fate in the senate Monday, bearing a "rejected" label from the senate commerce committee. But in the face of this tmprece- dented tiction, friends moved swiftly today In an-effort to salvage half a loaf—a commerce portfolio without lending authority—for the 56-year- old lowan who stepped down from the vice presidency just a week ago. Senators Luca.s (D.-IU.) and Maybank (D-N, C), WaUace backers, announced support for a committee- approved bill to separate from the commerce department the vast money-dispcyislng agencies built around the Reconstruction Finance Ciorporatlon which Jesse Jones managed foi- 12 years. Senator Pepper (D.-Fla.). generalissimo of the former vice president's forces, virtually conceded the bill would pass. He said there would be no objections to Its consideration before the nomination is brought up. The Ijiferonce was plain that he and others thought Wallace mUht be confirmed If the senate had some assurance tliat the monetary powers would not ^o along with the cabinet job from which the president firMi Jones. Coal Shortage Severe in East Washington, Jan. 27. (AP)—The northeast looked into its collective coal bins today—and the blacker the bin, the lighter the frown. Forecasters saw nothing inune- dlately ahead bUl more cold weather as a coal shortage, brought on by a temporary embargo on non-war freight movements, closed schools in some sections and threatened to chill hduseholds ;and amusement places throughout the area east and south of, the Great Lakes. Local officials acted promptly as the Solid Fuels Administration ordered close controls over home coal deliveries and urged curtailment or elimination of the use of solid fuels In places of amusejutnt. In New York City, Mayor Florello LaGuardla annoimced that fuel depots wodld be established. District of Colmnbia officials beat the SPAito the punch by setting up a plan under which it will requi« a policeman's aid ia get coal delivered to home*. ODD SHORTAGE New York, Jan. 27. (AP)—Magistrate Harry G. Andrews expressed doubts that a cigarette shortage exists when he counted 43 persons in fils court who had violated the law prohibiting smoking in stores and factories. He collected $430 fines. Doubt Truth of Rumoi^ Of German UnJ-est London, Jan. 27. (AP)—The German radio today called on the home fronts to show neither "illusion nor panic." Rumors told of mounting anxiety and even dlsturbands within {3er- many but Allied offltilals here cautioned against being pilsled by wishful thinking or by Nazi propaganda reports. A British foreign',office spokesman labeled as "phbAey" rumors in Madrid, Usbon and; Barcelona that the Germans were fishing for peace. These reports, he said, were clearly German Inspired. ^ Superforts In Twin Assault Big BomberSv Hammer Targets in Jap-Held Indo-China and On Island of Honshu Washington, Jati. 27. (AP) American Superforts executed another one-two punch at Japan today, blasting at military installations in enemy- held Indo-China and raking industrial targets dn the home island of Honshu ^with explosives. Results of the twin attacks were not Immediately made known, but will be disclosed wb«n operational reports are received. Gen. H. H. Arnold, commander of the 20th Alrforce, announced in Washington that boBtbers of Maj. Gen. (3urtls E. Lemays 21st (Command had struck the Japanese home island on a daylight' mission bit­ ting Industrial areas. > Say Tokyo Is Target . The Japanese themselves said the target was Tokyo., Radio Tokyo said some 70 B-29s ^ere over the capital for an hour In ithe early afternoon and that fires started by the raiders were brought under control at dusk. B-29S of Brig. Gen. Jloger M. Ramey's 20th Bomber Co^miand, which attacked Indo-cniina targets, possibly were gunning, for Jiew Japanese shipping concentrations intended to reinforce Luzon. ; A brief war bulletta? issued at the Washington headquarters did not specify objectives or the size of the air fleet. Nearest Jap Fleet Base It was from Camranh Bay, some 1,000 miles from Luzon on the Indo-China coast, that ."the Japanese two weeks ago apparently attempted to slip a convoy to relieve their besieged forces in thS Philippines. Carrier planes of Admiral WllUam P. Halsey's Third fieet smashed this force. I The nearest Asiatic'Japanese fleet base from which the enemy can try to bolster his Ltizon forces, Camranh Bay Is one of Japan's key naval bastions. Saigon, 200 miles southwest of Camranh Bay, was this former French protectorate's -chief commercial port before the war. From Marlannas nests Superforts launched three othef attacks this week. Allies Regain Full Initiative in West The War at a Glance (B? the A«^oci»ti>d Preu) The Western Front: Allies seized Initiative all along front; British and Americans closed up to Roer; Americans in center swept to German border on broad front ^ against vanishing^ resistance; Germans in Alsace driven back to starting point of latest attack: French threatened Colmar. Rnssian Front: Red army drove to Bay of Danzig, tightening noose on East Pmssia; drove close to Konisgsberg, East Pmssian capital; advanced on both sides of Poznan in central Poland, 136 miles from Berlin at nearest officially annonnced point; advance columns beyond besieged Breslan were 143 miles from Berlin; Hindenbnrg, in- dnstrial city in Upper Silesia, captmvd. Italian Front; Heavy rains limit front to patrol activity. Pacific Front: Americans driving down central Lnzon plain met first appreciable resistance sonth of Bamban rivet Friday; Japanese artlUery shelled captured Clark Field. Holland WiU Appeal Murder Conviction Sedalia ,Mo., Jan. 27. (AP)—Edgar W. Holland, 42, was Convicted last night of murdering lils wife, Mrs. Mollie Mattle Holland, 36, whose headless body was found In the Lake of the Ozarks last April 17. A jury which fixed Holland's punishment at life Imprlsoiunent deliberated only an hour and two minutes. Holland, who did not take the stand, had steadfastly denied that two headless bodies taicen from the lake were those of his wife and her mother, Mrs. Pearl Fairfax, 56. He received the verdict Without emotion. Defense attorneys announced they would appeaL WRONG TWICE Yakima, Wash., Jan. 27. (AP)— Orin E. (Babe) Holllngbery, Washington State college football coach on a duration leave of absence, said tonight he bad recelypd telephone calls from a Aumber of friends In Southern California expressmg siu-- prise at the news he was "not Interested" In the coaching berth at the University of California at Los Angeles. "I have not notlfled UCLA that I am not mterested," HblUngbery said, but I have not received a bid either." ONE THOUSAND MILES OF DOOM FOR GERMANY mm ^.d ..:!liH:::Hi;i-i:. Br.!t,. "•1" - t" iliiibilii Map above siiows bow Red army, tlirougb 1942, .'43 and '44 gradually beat back the German Wehrmacht to the point where 1945 brought the Start Of Russia* "Win tbe War" offensive. Soviet Army Units Reach Obra River Germans Are Rushing in Reserves in Desperate Effort to Stem Rising Red Tide London, Jan. 27. (AP) — Red army spearheads have advanced to German positions on the Obra river in Brandenburg province, the German high command announced today. This river runs 75 to 95 miles east of Berlin. German accounts indicated that two prongs of Marshal Gregory K. Zhukov's drive, outflanking Poznan in central Poland, had reached or crossed the border of Brandenberg, which at Its nearest point is 91 mUes from Berlin. The German high command also said the Russians made "several major penetrations" of German lines in the upper (southern) Silesian In- ductrial area south of the Vistula river. Trapped Nazis Doomed Meanwhile, in the north, a force of perhaps 200,000 Nazis was trapped in East Prussia and faced destruction. Marshal Konstantin K. Rok- ossovsky's brilliant drive to the Danzig Bay area slit the Junkers province, breeding ground of German militarism, while Zhukov's right wing advanced beyond the Broraberg canal and widened the breach between East Prussia and the rest of Germany. Moscow reported that the Russian winter offensive thus far has cost the Germans 381,000 killed and cap- tiured. P'resh'Red army troops were said to have been hurled into the great drive through central Poland on both sides of Poznan. The Nazis, Moscow indicated, were carrying out a major shift of troops to the eastern front. Throw In Reserves A Moscow dispatch said the Germans were throwing armored reserves into their sagging front southwest of Poznan. This dispatch placed the Russians 100 miles east of BerUn. Moscow advices reported the enemy at all costs was attempting to stabilize the perilous sector where further Soviet gains might shatter the defensive capabilities of the Reich. There are at least three known belts of fortifications between Poznan and Brandenberg, the dispatch said, but the Russians were attacking with a huge weight of tanks, artillery and infantry. Snow Is Likely All Over State Topeka, Jan. 27. (AP)—Weatherman S. D. Flora today predicted snow over all of Kansas by tonight but tempered his forecast by saying there was a possibility southeastern parts of the state would get freezing rain instead. No particularly cold weather was in sight from the northwest. Flora said, but it will be a little colder. "One thing sure," Flora said, 'snow shovels will get plenty of exercise in the morning." The western half of the state had a snow covering of from one to two Inches this morning and snow was stUl faUlng. Wichita, Phllllpsburg and Concordia all reached a high mark of 46 yesterday to be the warmest reported state points. Goodland was low overnight at 21. Temperatures over the state today were expected to range from 28 to 36 iand tonight between 20 and 30. Tomorrow will be a little colder witb blgbs of from 32 to 35, Nazi Drive In Alsace Fades Out British and Americans Pull Up to Roer and Our Rivers As German Troops Trek Eastward By JAMES M. LONG Paris, Jan. 27. (AP)—U. S. Third army troops striking on a 20-miIe front in Luxembourg and Belgium gained up to three miles today and reached the Our river barrier to Germany. The Third's roll-up to the Our river frontier, wiping out last vestiges of the Ardennes bulge, came as the American Ninth and British Second armies In the north consolidated their hold along the west bank of the Roer river Inside Germany within 25 miles of Dusseldorf. AlUed troops held the Initiative all along the winding western front, and the Germans' offensive in Alsace had dwindled out. Widen Sie^ried Breach The U. S. Ninth and British Second armies held the Roer river bank from Roermond to Monschau, 19 miles southeast of Aachen, and had widened the only breach in the Siegfried line to 35 miles. Russia's great offensives were being felt Increasingly on the snowbound western front, as witnessed 1 by the Nazi withdrawal to the Roer 'river and the halt to German attacks In Alsace. For the second straight day pilots reported a steady flow of heavy rail traffic east and northeast from the whole Ruhr region. This possibly was linked with the mounting menace to Germany in the east. The Ruhr train movements might reflect a last-minute shift of hoarded military materiel reserves eastward. Planes Batter Transport Allied planes battered again Friday at Nazi rail and road transport, and R.AF tactical air force planes alone in 150 sorties destroyed 13 locomotives and damaged 18, wrecked or damaged 150 railway cars, and 26 road vfehicles The French First army in southern Alsace was threatening Colmar, la.st major enemy-held French city west of the Rhine. (A German broadcast today claimed the capture of 600 Americans in the Haguenau area by German parachutists "who encircled a fortified locality.") Tom Pendergast Dead at 72 Kansas City, Jan. 27. (AP)— Thomas J. Pendergast, 72, former powerful Democratic boss of Kansas City and Missouri who served a year In federal prison for Income tax evasion, died last night of heart disease. "Big Tom," as he was known, entered a hospital last Tuesday. He had suffered from a heart ailment and complications since an attack of coronary thrombosis while attending the 1936 Democratic national convention In Philadelphia. Pendergast, one of the most colorful of the big city bosses, reached the height of his power In 1932 when his huge majorities in Jackson county helped elect a governor and 13 congressmen-at-large and In 1934 when he successfully backed the little known Harry S. Truman, now vice president of the United States, for senator. His downfall came in May, 1939, when he was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison after he had pleaded guilty to income tax evasion. Gasoline Octane Rating Down Four More Points Washington, Jan. 27. (AP)—That knock in the engine of your car may not be due to your imagination or the vehicle's age after all. The bureau of mines reports that the average octane rating of both regular and premium grades of gasoline has dropped nearly four points siiuse last year. EFFETE Boise, Idaho, Jan. 27. (AP)—TTie big tough truck driver of yore Is gone, says George L. Norstrom of Portland, president of the Oregon Motor Transport association. The modem driver, Mr. Nordstrom predicts, is more likely to be the mild professional type, ."probably a college graduate and maybe even a shakesperlan scholar. He credited "new, luxurious" motor trucks for the change. DE CICCOS SEPARATE New York. Jan. 27. (AP)— The marriaofe of 20-year-old Gloria Vanderbilt and Hollywood actors' agent Pat De Cicco has broken up and plans for a legal separation are being made, less than a month before she becomes mistress of her $4300,000 fortune, a friend of the lamlly revealed today.

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