Iola Register, April 11, 1944

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Iola Register (Newspaper) - April 11, 1944, Iola, Kansas THE REGISTER VOLUME XLVfi No. 144 Tin Weekly R�fi�t�r, BittblMhed 1667, The luU Daily Regiitor, EitablUhrf 1897. lOLA, KAS., TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 11, 1944. Sacceuor to Tb� loU DsUi Sagiitar Tj� , loU Daily RSeord. aad loU Daily laia. SIX PAGES + > The WAR TODAY + + By DEWITT MAGBCENZIE There seems to be anxiety In some American quarters (though it's difficult to uhderstand why) over Australia's making a re-allocation of manpower, involving the withdrawal of some 90,000 from the army, many of them veterans who have passed their jungle-fighting prime. Australia is pulling her weight. > New Guinea-El Alamein-Tobrulc- jCthe Malay peninsula jungles- r Greece! I've been with the Aussies In two wafs, and they're fightm'-' fools. Their only that they try to do more than their share. It was the Australians, by the way, who on July 4, 1918. took our 33rd division over the top at Hamel on . the Somme in the first Anglo-. American attack of history. A grand team they made, the Aussies and � |the Yanks, as I know from personal observation. They're still a grand team. The � Russian recapture of the Black sea port of Odessa is the key _ to a treasure-house of vast riches-one of the most Important victories of the entire! Russo-German conflict, i The fall of this port renders the : Crimea untenable for the dozen or so Nazi and ; Romanian divisions which have been holdnig it. And the Crimean peninsula which hangs down from the Russian mainland into the Black sea like the pendulum of a grandfather clock, has been the key-stone of Hitler's de- � fense of both the Ukraine and the Balkans-a vast naval-aerlal-mili-tary shield for his entire right flank. That's why Nazi Field Marshal General Von Manstein, on orders direct from the fuehrer, sacriiiced scores of thousands of men in a suicidal effort to hold the vast : .salient of the Dnieper bend as protection for the Crimea. Already the Red army has opened a fierce offensive against the Crimea. There have been close to 100 000 \Axis troops on the peninsula, but Jj^e number there now is problemaU-. cal, for. some may have been evacuated by sfea to Romania, and oth-ers are said to be trying to escape by water now. In any �vent. the Nazi gangsters hold on the Crimea is doomed. Once it has been cleared of the enemy, the Red fleet will move back to its big naval base at Sevastopol and, with possession of Odessa as well, the Muscovites will again rule the Black sea. Meantime the crucial battle for ' the gateway of the Balkans is boiling up. That will center in what is known as the Galati gap. If you will glance at your maps yoif*will see that this gap. which is some fifty miles wide and gets its name from the city of Galati in the center, lies between the great curve of the Carpathian range as it swerves through northern Romania, and the marshy delta of the Danube' river on the Black sea. ThLs gap not only Ls the natural (Continued on Fw 8, No. 1) Promises Air Crews Early Action General Eisenhower Addresses Men at U. S. Air Bases in Britain; Presents Air Medals County Manpower Picture Gloomy Roy Sleeper and Allan Goodbary talked about the local manpower situation at the regular chamber of commerce meeting here last night, and neither one presented a very rosy or encouraging picture. Mr. Sleeper, who recently resigned after three and a half years on the "local selective service board, declared that he could see nothing in the draft picture at this time to promise any great change In the rate of induction which has prevailed in recent months. He said that the latest order jwhlch would postpone action on men over 26 until all those under 26 had been inducted "wouldn't slow up kinything for any length of time" Tjere for the reason that virtually all acceptable men under 26 in this coimty have already gone through the draft mill. Regardless of new regulations or directives that might be issued, he expressed the opinion that every eligible man under 38 tn Allen county will be in the army about August. Mr. Goodbary, cotmty agent and a member of the U. S. D. A. war boai-d which controls farm deferments said that there is no question about the, seriousness of the farm labor shortage which will prevail in Allen county this simimer. "Some of the younger farin workers, he said, will continue to be deferred, those who are really producing heavily and who cannot be replaced. But the net labor situation is bound to be more serious than a year ago. He expressed a strong hope that local farm goals would be met, but believes it will be possible only through i'ecruiting all available local part time labor including some business men. recruiting high school boys when, they have finished the school term, making as lange use of wocfien as possible, and. employing every possible device to save labor and Increase efficiency. He said that he already coulid placie 25 full time farm workers in ihe county if he had them and that answers to a recent questionnaire sent to local farmers Indicated a need of 6,098 man days of exti% labor diiting harvest eeasons this year, .____ A U. S. Fighter Base, England, April 11. (AP)-Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhpwer told a group of American fighter pilots today that they soon would be flying from dawn I to dusk in a great land, sea and air offensive of western Europe that w'ould completely crush the Germans. The supreme Allied commander for the western front invasion said that he would demand of the pilots everything they have, that he would drive them so hard that they would have to forego proper food and sleep for weeks. But he declared emphatically that they would knock the Nazis out! He made his address during busy day in which he inspected three U. S. air bases and presented Distinguished Service Crosses to two ace Mustang pilots and with a brightly-draped bottle of Mississippi river water christened a new Flying Fortress bearing his picture and nick-name-"General Ike." Medals to Gentile and Blakesley The medals were awarded to Capt. Don S. Gentile. 23. of Plqua, O., leading American fighter pilot In this theater, and Col. Donald J. M. Blakesley, 26, Pairport Harbor, O.. commander of Gentile's fighter eroup, which has destroyed more German planes than any other gro-n in this theater. One of his stops was. at Ninth airiorce medium bomber station, where he watched Marauders take off for their third attack In 30 hours against targets in occupied Europe. Con^atulates Crew The supreme Allied commander for the western front invasion climbed into the pilot's seat of one Marauder and congratulated the plane's crew, which had already begun its second 50 missions. He was accompanied by Lt. Gen. Carl A. Spaatz, commander of U. S. strategic air forces, and Maj. Gen. Lewis H. Brereton, commander of the U. S. Ninth air force. Eisenhower pxamined parachutes, flak suits. "M^e-Wests," and dinghies, which are a part of the life-saving eouipment of the niers, and studied photographs of recent attacks on French and Belgian rail yards. Hie Weather /- KANSAS-Fair west, ctearing east; colder tonight; minimam temperatures 20 In extreme northwest to 35 extreme sontheast portion; Wednesday (air and warmer. Temperature-Highest for the 24 hours ending 5 p. m. yesterday, 70; lowest last night, 50; normal for today, 55;, excess yesterday, 6; excess since) January 1. 196 degrees; this date last year, highest, 81; lowest, 58. Precipitation for the 24 hours ending at 8 a. m. today, .54; total for this year to date, 11.18; excess since January 1, 4.49 inches. Sunrise 6:di2 a. m.; set 7:54 p.m. Thermograph Readings Ending 8 a. m. Today 9 a. m.............56 9 p. m............54 10 a. m.............57 10 p. m.............53 11 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. ...........57 ...........60 ...........62 i..........64 ...........62 ...........65 ...........62 ...........59 ...........55 ...........55 11 p. m.............52 12 m.................52 1 a. m.............52 2 a. m............52 3 a. m.............52 4 a. m.............51 5 a. m.............51 6 a. m...........50 7 a. m.............50 8 a. m.............50 Jane Moore Funeral Held Monday at Humboldt '."Jp'rfil to Th� R�p���r> Htimlx)ldt, April II-Funeral �services for Miss Jane Moore were held yesterday afternoon from the Johnson funeral home in Hiim-boldt. with the Rev. G. R. Lawellin, of Burlington in charge. Ifine Moore wa.s born n^ar Humboldt, the daughter of T. J. and Lily Ward Moore. She attended the schools of Humboldt, and Ls a graduate of the Humboldt high school, and Kansas State college. ,c!hP was n member of the Methodist church. Special mu.slc the funeral service was furnished by Mrs. F. W; Hartwlg. who sang, "I Heard the Volco of Jesus Say," and "Crossing the Bar." Mrs. Lola Morean plaved the accompaniment for MVs. Hart-wIl'. Pallbearers were: F. W. Hartr wlc. Warren Works. Robert Town-send, and Jerry WJUenbure. Burial was In the family lot In Mt. Hope cemetery. Miss Moore was employed at North American Aviation Corp., at Kansas City, in a responsible position. She became 11! with flu In the winter, and never fully recovered her strength. Survivors Include one brother. C. W. Moore. Shawnee, Oklahoma, three sisters. Miss Kate Moore, Humboldt, Miss Daisy Moore. Miss Ruth Moore. Washington. D. C. All were in attendance at the services yesterday afternoon. Says Rains Will End A Chance for Flood Waters in Southeast Kansas to Subside Topeka, April 11. (AP)-Heavy Karisas rains were expected to end today, easing southeastern flood conditions after serious overflows. Weatherman S. D. Flora said the rain had stopped in western Kansas and was expected to halt today in the eastern part of the state. "A serious overflow" was predicted at Ottawa where the Marals des Cygnes river is expected to reach a crest of 29 or 30 feet' by tomorrow. Wet Snow Follows Rains Across State Topeka. April 11. (AP)-Wet snow moved into western Kansas today on the heels of heavy rains which sent southeastern Kansas streams boiling out of their banks and blocked many roads. The state highway patrol reported six inches of snow at Goodland and it was snowing this morning at Garden City. Hays and Elllnwood. This morning the river was standmg at 26 feet, two feet over bankiull, inundating farm lands along its course. At Quenemo it was 34 feet, 4.9 feet over its banks, and was expected to crest at 36 feet by tonight. A 2 to, 3 foot overflow was expected at Trading Post near the Missouri line by tomorrow, Flora said. Neosho StiU Rising The flooding Neosho was out of its banks from Emporia to the Oklahoma state line and still rising. At Emporia the stage was 24.3 feet-4.3 feet over bankfull with another foot rise predicted. It was 7.6 over the banks at BurUngton, 4.1 over at lola, 5 feet over at Chanute. 2.3 over at Parsons and 3.4 over at Oswego. The Verdigris stood at 43 feet at Independence, 7 feet over flood stage and was 4 feet 3 inches over at CoTfeyviUe, where the rainfall for 24 hours was 2.31 Inches. Rainfall During Last 24 Hours Topeka .82, Valley Palls .67. Wa-mego .89, Enterprise .83, Salina 1.08, Llndsborg .90, Concordia .32, Phil-lipsburg .69. Goodland 1.04. Dodge City .46, Wichita .74, Ottawa .85, Garpett 1.18, Trading Post 1.00. Worden 1.20, Kansas City l.Il. Junction City 1.04, and Coffeyville 2.31. A hard freeze was forecast tonight for western Kansas with temperatures expe.cted to drop as low as 20 degrees. The mercury was expected to dip to 30 In the northeast and to 33 in the southeast. Floods Block Many Highways Topeka, April 11. (AP)-High water closed many southeastern Kansas roads today and the highway department said rising streams would block more during the day. Closed tills morning were: K68 west of Ottawa. K57 at LeRoy, Strawn. Hartford and east of St. Paul, K31 west of . Fulton and west of Burllngame, K65 north of Xenia, K7 near Harding, K39 east of Chanute, west of Benedict, and north of LaPontalne, US59 east of Shaw. K47 at New Albany. TTS160 from Moline of US75 junction, each of Independence and east of Parsons. US166 west of Sedan, west of US75 junction and east of Coffeyville, US169 North of Coffeyville. K13 at Matfield Green. US50-S east and west of Emporia, K32 east of Lawrence, K4 southwest of Eskrldge. K15 south of Lehigh. N Water was over the road on USS9 north of Gaimett but stUl open and water covered the same route at Ottawa as the Marais dee Cygoes rose. Urges lolans to Welcome Out of Town Blood Donors "lola should be prepared to extend a hand of welcome tcj the scores of people who will be heije Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as donors to the Red Cross blood plasma unit which will be in operation at the Jefferson school," the Rev. T. M. Shellenberger said today. Mr. Shellenberger is chairman of the chamber of commence committee especially chareed with working with the local Red Cross committee and the staff of the blood plasma unit. Delegations are being sent to lola by more than twenty towns and many of these donors will be in the city for several hours. For some it will be a first visit to lola. Citizens are asked to \x alert in giving directions to Jefferson school, to eating places and supplying other information which the visitors may desire. Snow Plows Ram Through Slides on Berthoud Pass Berthoud Pass Colo., April 11. (AP) -A snowplow rammed through the last of the avalanches on the east-em approach'to Berthoud Pass today to cut out an escape means for 32 persons including three children, who have been marooned on the 11,-314-foot pass since Sunday night. The last and toughest avalanche was 50 feet long and 25 feet deep. The highway maintenance crew In charge of the.plow expected to cover the remaining two and a half mUes to the summit in less than two hours. Japs Mass Foir Stab AtKohima May iy.Pass Key City In North India If Attack Fails; Fighting Draws Close to Imphal -- ft (By the Associated Press) A second determine(i at-ten^t by. the Japanese to take Kohima, northeast India strong .point, appeared in the making today as the southeast Asia command announced the enemy continued, to press in on that area and shafp patrol actions inflicted casualties on the Japanese on the near approaches to Imphal, main Allied base. Patrols along the Imphal-Tiddim road south of Imphal were in contact to a jJoint well down the road from the edge of the plain while in the north^iist it was estimated that lighting wi'is-going on eight to ten miles from' In^hal itself. I May By-Pass Kohima. The enemy proddings around Kohima, which guards the approach to the Bengal-Assam railroad at Dima-P'.4, 35 miles away, seemed to indicate he would try to by-pass the town in case the second attack falls. Sniping wds reported along the road to Dimaput. Heavier fighting was reported in central Buirma where Indian troops landed iby^ glider and plane in the area of Katha and Mawlu were spreading ileep behind enemy lines. This operation already has cut rail and river . communications serving the Japanese who are facing the advance of American-Chinese forces of Lt. Gen. ;i6seph W. StUwell from the north. Now these airborne Chindits at destruction of com-municatons behind the Japanese Indian offensive which would have a serious effect when the enemy reserves lodged along the Chindwin river are depleted. In the Southwest Pacific. Rabaul, where it ii predicted the outflanked, isolated Japanese will make their death stahd, rocked under an 80-ton assault, m the latest reported bombing jraid. Other ah-men ranged from Boeroe island northwest of Australia to Woleai atpll in the western Caroline islands, hitting such New Guinea targets as Wewak, with 128 tons of bombs, Hansa bay, 131 tons, and Aitatte, 69 tons. Central' Pacific bases sent up planes that raked Poriape and Oro-luk in the eastern Carolines and four enemy-held atolls in the Marshall islands. Threaten Nazi Flight From Odessa With capture of Odessa, Reds strive to cut off escape of 100,000 garrison of Nazis by striking at railroads from lasi and Odessa. Also threaten invasion of Romania and Hungary through lasi.-(NEA Telephoto.) Assassin's Shot Misses Young Army Officer Makes Attempt on Life Of Mexico's President Farm. Machinery Daytime Classes Discontinued The farm machinery repair class whicH ha:; been meeting in the vo-catiohal arts building just east of the lola high school has discontinued its' day cla&ses for the spring with the exception of rainy days, J. A. -Watson, chairman of the project, said this morning. Regular classes will be continued on Monday, Wednesday and Friday night's .from 8:00 p. m. until midnight; Farmers are invited to use the I'.epaif facilities on rainy days when th^y cannot work in their fields. Uiwis A. Rowland will continue to' teach the evening sessions. Estimate 1650 Attend Good Friday Services The lolh ministerial alliance at Its meeting ^.-esterday passed a resolution iharcking the basiness men of Tola for 'closing for two hours on Good' Friday and estimated that a total of 4650 persons attended the various services held that day. All, churches were crowded on Easter Sunday and sixty-three new niembers were lola church rolls -on ihat day. Thirty-one persons wer(! baptized. Mexico City, April 11. (AP)- President Manuel Avila Camacho barely, escaped assassination yesterday by a young Mexican army lieutenant who later made a break for freedom and was himself seriously wounded. A bullet fired, at point-blank range pierced Avila Camacho's coat, but the husky president helped overpower his assailant, identified as Lt. Jose Antonio de la Lama Rojas, 31. An official bulletin isaid several documents from Nazi sources" were found upon him, but there was no amplification. Lama Rojas attacked two guards taking him from the national palace to army barracks, and fled through a suburban street before he was filled by a bullet below his diest, den. Francisco' Urqliiizo, uiHler-i*c-retary of national defense, announced. "Isolated Incident" President Avila Camacho, who took Mexico into war on the side of the Allies, told reporters this "isolated incident" did not represent "a division of the Mexican family." He appealed for calmness. It was so close a call that there was speculation whether Avila Camacho wore a bullet-proof vest. There was no immediate explanation why the young officer, a nephew of the late Gen. Samuel C. Rojas, former Mexican air force chief, made the attempt against the president. The official bulletin said he approached Avila Camacho "when he descended from his automobile in the national palace. He saluted and then fired one shot which missed." First Such Attempt Since 1930 It was the first attempt on the life of a Mexican president since a youth wounded President Ortiz Ru-blo in the jaw a few minutes viler his inauguration February 5, 1930. (Continued on Page 6, No. 2) BULLETINS London, April 11. (API-Red army troops pressing forward in their reconquest of the Crimea have occupied Kerch, ancient town guarding the Strait of Kerch on the eait, and Dzhankol, principal rail junction 15 miles inside Crimea, Marshal Stalin announced tonight in two orders of the day. By the capture of Dzhankol the eastern wing of Gen. Feo-dor I. Tolbukhin's Fourth army out-flanked the Ishuny line which the Germans had thrown up at the base of the Ferekop peninsula to protect 11 Axis dl-visioiu recently lielieved trapped in the Crimea. London. April 11. (AP) - Adolf Hitler has summoned a conference of Axis powers at which Jatian will be asked what "immediate effective assistance she is able to offer Germany," the Bern newspaper Der Bund said today- in an article reported to Reuters. Says Fall of Odessa A "Bitter Surprise" Stockholm, April 11. (AP)- The fall of Odessa was described as a "bitter surprise" to the German people in Swedish press dL-jpatches from Berlin today. Aftonbladet's correspondent reported that the German press was extremely pessimistic over military reversals on the Romanian front. The correspondent declared that on the southern front it was quite clear that German defensive skill was not suflSclent to halt the Russians moving swiftly over open country. River Drops Slightly Here After reaching a peak of 19.1 feet at 7 a, m. this morning the Neosho river fell slowly during the morning hours and had dropped to 18.95 by 11:00 a. m. At 3:00 p. m. it was still at the same point. Flood level is 15 feet. River observers, however, expect the drop here, to be a temporary one. This morning the Neosho was seven feet aixjve flood stage at Burlington and it is not believed that the full effect of the water upstream has, been felt here. Flood waters at Emporia were still rising this morning and will add their volume to the Neosho here within the next twenty-four hours. The only bright factor in the local picture is that the Neosho does seem to be draining rapidly below lola. During the night only .35 inch of rain fell in Allen county and the forecast indicates that clearing skies may be over the area by tonight accompanied by a sharp drop In temperature. The state highway patrol reports that the road from here to Port Scott Is now open as are nil other highways In this Immediate area. night the Santa Fe .streamliner was about 3 hours late but bus and train service was expected to be back on normal schedules today. Report Wish to Cooperate In Bindweed Eradication Allen county farmers who wish to participate In the bind weed eradication program this year are requested to report to the bind weed committee at the AAA office before April 15. U. S. Planes Lash Out At German Air Power Possibly 2,000 American Bombers and FighU ers Take Part in Today's Raid on Nazi Aircraft Plants in Central and Northern Germany; Round Out 60 Hours of Almost Continuous Blasting of Enemy Targets; Red Armies Knife Deeper Into Crimea, and Near Border of Transylvania; T^ropo of Figfhting in Italy is Steplied Up (By RICHARD McMURRAY, Associated Press War Editor.) Vast fleets of perhaps 2,000 American planes swarmed down upon the Oschersleben and Bernburg aircraft factories, 70 to 80 miles southwest of Berh'n, today in the massive Alh'ed campaign to cripple the German air force before the approaching invasion. ^ Half the planes were Flying Fortresses and Liberators. Berlin said violent' air battles were precipitated, extending to the Baltic coast. The enemy said Hannover and Brunswick were among the targets, and that some planes penetrated to Berlin. *-^-:-' The assaults rounded out|^^ ft tt'i Cooudge Hit AlKed Mine Infanttymen Search for Snipers 60 hours of almost continuous attack in which an estimated 7,000 ^ons of bombs descended on more than 20 Nazi rail centers, aircraft factories and airdromes.. The RAF dropped 4,000 or more tons of bombs on Europe last night, the largest cargo of destruction ever loosed in a single night. Some of the four-ton missiles fell on Saint Cyr near Paris where the Germans maintained a depot of radar equipment and signals. The Americans took the air after 900 British planes hammered tactical rail targets by night at Ghent, Tours, Tergnier; Aulnoye and Laon in Belgiiun and northern Prance. Moequltos laooabed.Hannover aiul the Ruhr with two-tormers; other planes sowed mines; 22 were lost. In widespread attacks yesterday, U. S. air forces peppered France and the channel invasion coast with Marauder bomljers alone casting 1,000 tons. Five bombers and foiu- fighters were lost; at least a dozen Nazis were destroyed aloft and many more aground. Deeper Into Crimea The great land armies of Russia knifed deeper into the Oimea, Bo-mania, the Carpathian barrier and the Dniester flats through which the shell-shocked garrison from Odessa was fleeing. The Perekop isthmuisi thin land bridge tying the (Crimean peninsula to the Russian mainland, was behind Soviet lines. Amphibious trcops had negotiated the brackish Sivash bay. Along .a 75-mile front at the top of the Black sea peninsula, the Fourth Ukrainian army had advanced 11 miles and Moscow predicted a swift conquest of the Crimea and the 11 German and Romanian divisions Isolated there for montlis. | Yet another Ri^lan force was en- Sinking of Transport A Year Ago Took Place In New Hebrides Isles Washington, April 11. (AP)-The giant army transport President Coolldge. which was Reported lost in the South Pailflc more than a year ago. struck a mhie and. sank on a reef while approaching the American base at Espirlto Santo in the New Hebrides Islands northeast of Australia. The location of the sinking now can tie disclosed since the war fronts have 1 moved far beyond that base which at the time of the CJoolldge's loss was in the thick of operations. Relpa*;e Name of Ship First public disclo.sure of the fact that the'Coolldge was lost came In a dispatch from the South Pacific telling of an unidentified American transport which "struck an Allied minefield and went down on a reef." The navy later authorized Indentt-flcatlon of that transport as the Coolidge. a 21.93G-ion Uner built at Newiwrt News In 1931 for the American President line.s who operated in the Pacific passer.ger service until the war began. Capsiaed On Reef The Coolidge was heavily laden With maierial-s and men when she struck a mine while approaching the New Hebrides base. But Captain Henry Nelson, her 63-year-old skipper, ordered her onto a reef where she capsized slowly giving the more than 4,000 men aboard opportunity to clamber down her sides and reacn shore only 200 yards away. Nelson, a veteran sea captain from San Francisco, was absolved of any responsibility for less of the $8,000,-000 ship at an inquiry shortly after .she 'went (town. He later said that if she had not been run onto a bcarh. the ca.sualtjo.s, instead of two sconced in the eastern end of the: nicn lost, would have been "at least Crimea' on a small bridgehead around Kerch. Reds Near Transylvania. Thundering down toward Gallti gap between the Carpathians and the Danube delta, other Russians in Romania claimed 180 towns, one within 15 miles of the Campulung oil fields in the > north. Both the Slretful and Suceava rivers were crossed breaching possible German defense lines. The Russians were within 35 miles of Himgarlan-held Transylvania. Even the stagnant Italian front livened to spring and receding floods. Britons on the Anzio beachhead. Italians in the center, Indians and Canadians on the Adriatic, and An&ricans along the Garigliano scored minor defensive successes. Artillery exploded a large ammunition diunp near Cassino. U. s! destroyers shelled the beachhead siege lines. Planes in 900 flights struck rail bridges and ports in Italy and shipping along Dalmatla in the Adriatic. 45 per cent of aboard." Those lost were a fireman from the C(X)1-idgc crew, and a soldier whom Nelson said insisted upon "going back to the ship for a trinket." Selective Service Lists Critical Activities Smoke df battle stiU Ungerlni on scene. New 2tealand infantrymen search virtually demolished house in Cassino as they look for enemy uilpers during heavy fighting for possession of German stronghold, toughest sln- fte point ia 2taly-81cUy nght.^tNEA Telephoto.) SUNDAY COMES MONDAY Chicago, (AP)-Dickie Micelli's _ _ young cat "Sunday" got himself up-'key man, heT&i^~app\y7or~Voiiidt~ Washington, April 11. (AP)-Selective service headquarters today put out the (ifflclal list of critical activities which will rate draft-deferments for registrants under 2C years of age. The list, issued by selective service director Lewis B. Hershey to st^ draft directors, covers a considerable catalog of work which th^ government agencies consider vital- to winning the war. And the listing boils down to this: If you are a physically-fit non-farming selective service registrant under 26, and your work Is iwjt included in the official list, you can expect a quick call to the induction station. If your work is on the list and your employer considers you a a tree Saturday; He wouldn't come down until Monday and then only after an anti-cruelty society squad had enticed him. Three-year-old Dickie, *ho said "My cat was bad." gave him a heaping dish of milk for ypunish-ment." ferment from the draft, and get it. Japs Retreat to Rabaul For Last Ditch Stand Allied Headquarters, Southwest Pacific. AprU U. (API-American forces control most of New Britain, Gen. Douglas Mac-Arthur announced today. The Japanese hav^ abandoned supply and fuellbases at Gasmata and Cape Hoskins and are in full retreat eastward to Rabaul for a last stand. The Nlpplnese have lost about 10,000 men dead and wounded since American soldiers and marines opened the New Britain campaign in December with landings at Arawe and Cape Gloucester, MacArlhur said. Two Leading American Aces Missing In Action London, April 11. (AP)-Two of the leading American aces in this theater. Maj. Walker Mahurin who downed 21 Nazi planes and Maj. Gerald Johnson, credited with 18. are missing in action, both apparently lost on the same mission March 27. The circumstances of their last flights were not disclosed officially, but both were in Col. Hubert Zum-ke's "wolf pack" Tunderbolt fighter group. "Use Poison Gas Against Partisans in Odessa" New York. April 11. (AP)-The Germans and Romanians "lued poison gas against the partisans" during their occupation of Odessa, the Mioscow radio said to