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   Piqua Daily Call, The (Newspaper) - July 10, 1945, Piqua, Ohio                               THE PIQUA WEATHER Cloudy and cooler today. Fair, rather cool tonight and Wednesday. 62nd YEAR. No. 223 PIQUA, OHIO, TUESDAY, JULY 10, 1945 PRICE FIVE CENTS TOKYO NOW ONDER DEADLY FIRE East Indies Forces Make More Landings on Borneo POW Killer (NBA Telephoto) Pvt. Clarence V. Bertucci, above, 23, of New Orleans, veteran of years' Army service, is ac- cused of having fired a machine gun at tents of sleeping German prisoners of war at Salina, Utah, killing eight and wounding 20. At loss to explain the soldier's actions, Army officials said he apparently "went GERMAN KILLER OBSERVED TODAY Salina, Utah, July Clarence V. Bertucci was under mental observation today after ad- mitting that he sprayed machine- gun bullets on a group of war pris- oners while they slept, killing eight and wounding 20, because he "just didn't like Germans." Col. Arthur J. Ericsson, spokes- man for the branch prisoners camp near here, reported that Bertucci had been unable to account for his shooting orgy Sunday night, during which he fired a mounted gun from the guard tower where he was on duty. Ericsson quoted Bertucci as say- ling that on several occasions he had been tempted to turn the tower gun ion the prisoners and was "not at I all sorry" for what he had done. "He just didn't like I the colonel said. No other reason was given. Bodies of the eight dead pris- joners were taken to Brigham, Utah, AUSSIES AIDED DY THE DUTCH BY HUGH CRUMPLER United Press War Correspondent Manila, July 10. (UP) Japan's last grip on Borneo's vital oil was threatened today as Gen. Douglas MacArthur an- nounced Dutch amphibious forces had made two new land- ings on the north shore of Balikpapan Bay while Austral- ian troops were wiping out trap- ped defenders of the great Pan- dansari refineries. The Dutch fighters landed on Teloktebang and Kariango penin- sulas completing encirclement of the lower Balikpapan bay on its eastern, western, and northern shores. They were opposed by determined Japanese small arms fire from the shore and from the decks of enemy river craft. Reports reaching here indicated the Seventh Australian Division holds a good portion, and possibly all, of the Pandansari refinery. An Australian army announcement Brain Truster In that Seventh Division troops have advanced through swampy country behind the Soember river estuary and have captured the village of Soember, effectively cutting off the Japanese in the refinery area where the enemy was being wiped out. Japanese forces continued bat- tling desperately in the Manggar (Concluded on Page Seven) In Trouble Again Fort Devens, Mass., July 10. (UP) Joseph V. McGee, 25, of Wor- cester, who served a jail sentence for slapping nine Nazi prisoners, was sentenced today to six months in jail at hard labor for being AWOL for the third time in six weeks. POW Survivors of Machine Gun Fire Benjamin V. Cohen, above, one of the few of President Roose- velt's early "brain trusters" left in government, has been named special assistant to Sec- retary of State Byrnes. ITALIAN PEACE TREATY IS SEEN By WILLIAM R. HIGGINBOTHAM United Press Staff Correspondent London, July informants declared today that pro- posals for a peace treaty with Italy will be considered at the forth com- ing big three meeting. The time of the conference has not been announced although Presi- dent Truman was revealed to be on his way. The plan behind the proposals obviously would be to establish Italy in the near-future as a full-fledged independent nation at peace with the world and empowered to deal with her sister nations on an even footing. However, the treaty would not YANKEE AIR FORCES COMBINE IN ATTACK: MEN 0' WAR POISED BY .WILLIAM F. TYREE United Press War Correspondent 'Guam, July 10, More than American Army and Navy planes, backed by the greatest naval armada afloat, were still smashing at Tokyo and a broad stretch of the Japanese coast late today after eight hours of sustained bombardment that literally smothered the enemy defenses. Standing perhaps 200 miles off Tokyo bay through- out the assault were scores of American carriers, battle- ships, cruisers and the lesser craft of Vice-Admiral John S. McCain's Task Force 38 the fighting spearhead of Admiral William F. (Bull) Halsey's U. S. Third Fleet. They broke radio silence continually in a bold chal- lenge to the remnants of Japan's air and sea forces to come out and fight. But fleet dispatches said that thus far not a single enemy plane or ship had been sighted. Racing westward under forced draft all night last night, the carriers pulled within striking distance of To- kyo before daybreak and sent the first of their bombers and fighters roaring over the capital a few min- utes after 5 p. m. (Tokyo time) startled Japanese offered prac- tically no opposition from the ground or aloft and first reports said the raiders were bombing and strafing at will. Around mid-day, the enemy re- ported that another 100 Army Mus- tang fighters, accompanied by "sev- eral" B-29 Superfortresses, joined in the Navy strike by attacking ship- ping and shore installations in the Osaka-Kobe area southwest of To- kyo. The carrier-based raiders center- ed their bombs and rocket fire on Tokyo itself and the 70 to 80 air- (Concluded on Page Seven) (Concluded on Page Six) INEW S, FOOD IOSS TEAMS UP BY RUTH GMEEVER United Press Staff Correspondent Washington, July 10. pew secretary of agriculture, Clinton P. Anderson, is teaming up with ;he OPA to "plug leaks that give pise to the Black one 'of ais aides said today. Anderson, it was said, believes hat supply shortages and price in- equities are the "breeders" of ille- gitimate trading, and intends to do Something about both. In his first step toward relieving he meat shortage, Anderson an- hounced yesterday the requirements lhat small slaughterers must meet lo qualify for removal of quota re- strictions and to ship non-federally Inspected meat across state lines. Lifting of slaughter quotas for tpproved packers is expected to in- Irease the nation's meat supply, the packers, however, must give as- Jurance that the meat will move legitimate channels, meet sani- SAY GERMANY SEEKS TO HOODWINK WORLD f Concluded on Page Slxl IEPORT LOUSTEAlT UNDER ARREST By United Press [The French press agency report- today that Jean Lousteau, form- director of the Paris collabora- [onist newspaper Je Suis Partout lid Commentator on the Nazi-con- Iplled Paris radio, was arrested by Trench secret service agents. [The agency's broadcast dispatch ported by the FCC, said Lousteau taken near the Swiss frontier. captured, it said, was Jean lerold Paquis, collaborationist mili- commentator for the Paris Idio. BY EULALIE McDOWELL United Press Staff Correspondent Washington, July 10. Senate subcommittee warned today that Germany is now "better pre- pared to implement her plot for world conquest" than after World War I, and recommended ruthless elimination of the Reich's capacity to wage war. At the same time two of the sub- committee's members suggested that special Allied observers keep a close watch on the Germans to see that they don't build up a new war machine. A "watchful eye" policy they said, would eliminate the need for a prolonged military occupa- tion. The subcommittee, headed by Sen. Harley M. Kilgore, D., W. Va., based its report on on-the-spot in- vestigations in Germany and testi- mony of government officials at hearings here. The report said Germany is try- ing to hoodwink the world into thinking she is "completely crush- ed." But in reality, it said, Ger- man industry, far from being NEWSPAPER TRUCK DRIVERS IN N, Y, STILL ON STRIKE New York, July 10. ing newspaper truck drivers had until 8 a. m. tomorrow to return to work or see their jobs thrown open to strike-breakers with the sanction of the U. s. government. The War Labor Board told the members of the Newspaper and Mail Deliverers Union, inde- pendent, that their closed shop privileges would be suspended along with other contract benefits unless the strike was ended by that time. There was no indication from the union that it would step down from its stand that there could be no resumption of work until a new contract had been signed. knocked out, "could readily attain and surpass their previous war pro- duction level" if given a short period for repair. Despite wartime destruction, the senators said, Germany probably (Concluded on Page Seven) (Concluded on Page Six) THIRD TERM RULE DEBATED TUESDAY BY LYLE C. WILSON United Press Staff Correspondent Washington, July 10. (UP) gressional Democrats, whose party was dominated for 13 years by the late Franklin D. Roosevelt, generally shied away from the proposals that the no-third-term rule be imposed by law upon presidential tenure. But there was more than a spark of Democratic interest in the House Judiciary committee. Chairman Hatton W. Sumners, D., Tex., an in- fluential statesman, indicated that his committee probably would take up the whole question of presiden- tial tenure after the summer recess. If Sumners and his powerful committee get behind the proposal for a constitutional amendment lim- iting presidential service to two four-year terms, the project is like- ly to get least in the House. JAP WRITER HITS TOKYO OFFICIALS San Francisco, July prominent Tokyo newspaperman to- day criticized Japanese officials for minimizing the loss of Okinawa and other Pacific islands, Tokyo radio reported. The enemy broadcast, recorded by United Press, was a lengthy resume of an article which appeared in to- day's Mainichi Shimbun. It was written by Soho Tokutomi, whom Tokyo called the Dean of Japanese journalists. Tokutomi, according to the broadcast, admitted the loss of Oki- nawa was a "serious blow to Ja- pan." He said that despite the losses suffered by the Americans and a consequent disruption of Pa- cific strategy, the U. S. learned a lesson "which is bound to prove valuable in future operations against Japanese forces." "To be frank, we must admit losses as losses and blows as blows IRC HUNG IN OKLAHOMA BY ROY CALVIN United Press Staff Correspondent Fort Leavenworth, Kans., July 10 German prisoners of war whose Nazi zeal led them to murder a fellow soldier in an Okla- homa internment camp were hanged at the discriplinary barracks early today in an historic application of U. S. military justice. It was the first time that an en- emy war prisoner had been execut- ed in the United States. The doomed men, former mem- bers of Rommel's Afrika Korps, dis- played the stolidity and iron dis- cipline for which that unit was known as they marched to gallows set up in an elevator shaft. Seven reporters, with war de- partment permission, witnessed the executions. The German prisoners of war- Walter Beyer, Berthold Seidel, Hans Demme, Hans Schomer and Willi found guilty by a U. S, army court martial at Camp Gruber, Okla., last year of mur- Wounded German prisoners of war, pictured abo -e in an Army ambulance, PrtClL encc V. Bertucci, of New Orleans, allegedly fire" m chine gun bullets into tents ta whtehPOW. sleeping at Salma, Utah. Eight of the prisoners w re killed, 20 injured. Army official.profess thS ______________selves to be at loss to explain the soldier's actions. Halsey Dares Japs to Show Up, Give Battle BY FRANK TREMAINE United-Press War Correspondent Pearl Harbor, July 10, Admiral William F. (Bull) Hal- sey, stood with his Third Fleet 200 miles outside the gates of Tokyo today and dared the Jap- anese to emerge and fight. His planes blasted airfields around the enemy capital for eight hours. But the Japanese admirals must have realized that the scores of carriers, cruisers, battleships consti- tuting Vice-Admiral John C. Mc- Cain's Task Force 38 presented the mightiest naval sinking force in history because not one of Nippon's ships came out to fight. Racing into battle under forced draft the carriers sent their planes toward the Japanese capital at a few minutes after 5 a. m. today (Tokyo time) and the baffled Japs offered practically no opposition either aloft or on the ground. The targets included over 70 air- dromes ranging across square miles of the capital's encircling plain, as well as the gutted city itself. Screaming Japanese broadcasts said the fliers were ranging up and down the east coast of Honshu, on all sides of Tokyo. Around midday the Japanese re- ported another. 100 Army Mustang fighters accompanied by several B-29 Superforts had joined in the Navy's strike, attacking shipping and shore installations in the Osaka-Kobe area southwest of To- kyo. Vice-Admiral McCain with cool disdain gave a running account of the strike over his snip's radio, and he identified his top flag command- ers as well as 26 of his attacking warships. But still the Japanese Navy re- fused to fight. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, in a {Concluded on Page Nine) (Concluded on Page Six> HOLD ON GEORGE! Sedalia, Mo., July 10. This is a fish story: George Emo Jr., said he felt a tug on his line while fishing in Flat creek. He pulled it in to find he had hooked a perch, a snake and two turtles. The snake had swallowed the fish, and the turtles had swallowed the snake, one the head and the other the tail. That's Emo's story, anyhow. f Concluded on Page Five) WAR PREVENTION PLAN REVIEWED BY JOHN L. CUTTER United Press Staff Correspondent Washington, July 10, methods by which the United Na- tions propose to assemble military strength to prevent future war came up for review today before the Senate Foreign Relations commit- BIG 3 MEETING HELD URGENT DAYTON HOSPITAL IS REPORTED 0, K, BY RALPH HEINZEN United Press War Analyst There never has been a more urg- ent need for a meeting of the big three or a more timely need for an extension to include General Charles De Gaulle. The first phase of United Na- tions control of conquered has come closer to confusion even the most pessimistic veieiam SAY ARREST IS NEAR IN MARION ABDUCTION Marion, O, July 10. sion mounted today as indications of an imminent arrest developed in the Jean Eileen Creviston kidnap- ing case. Although Sheriff Leroy Reterrer of Marion county said he had been misquoted by two newspaper report- ers in predicting a noon break in the case, the feeling of something about to happen prevailed at police headquarters. At Columbus Lockbourne Army Air Base authorities said the baby's father, Sgt John Creviston, was working with them to speed solu- tion of the case. Reterrer said this morning that the case had "been concluded" to his satisfaction and that an arrest would be made by noon. Shortly after noon, an unidenti- fied woman went into the office of Police Chief William E. Marks. Re- porters were barred from the room where a conference took place. No arrest had been announced up to p. m. 'STRIKE MAY AFFECT P10UA GAS SUPPLY T JliVO 1J bilj V C L-Ci O. li Continuing its appraisal of the of German occupation after World United Nations Charter, the com-j War I had predicted; the immm- mittee turned its attention to the ent meeting, certainly within a Charleston, W Va July 10 (UP) provisions for joint military action i week or 10 days, near Berlin, union pumping stations of the sent, prevent future President Truman and Premiers United Fuel Gas Co, were closed' m a thousand planes to give the breaches of the peace. I Joseph Stalm and Winston Chur- i today by a strike of CIO oil I Japanese a taste of hell Dr Leo Pasvolsky, State Depart- chill can alone bring order out of workers, and Harry A Wallace, Jr., I have been watching from the mem expert on the charter, was; that confusion but not without at i company president, said he had bridge of this ship the swift Cor- called to resume the point-by-point least the supporting of De Gaulle. asked for "protection" to insure sairs" and Hellcats rptumino- tn JAPS CAUGHT FLAT- FOOTED BY HALSEY BY RICHARD W. JOHNSTON United Press War Correspondent With Admiral Halsey's Third Fleet off Tokyo, July 10, Halsey caught the Japanese flat footed again. It was a perfect summer day un- til the mightiest naval stnkmg'force in history emerged from the sun- lit _seas at the gates of Tokyo- undetected and spoil it for the Japanese. Admiral William "F. Halsev sent (Concluded on Page Two) MAN WALKS AWAY FROM PRISON FARM London, O., July 10, A search was on today for Wash Les- ter, 40-year-old Cincinnati prisoner who walked away from the London prison farm honor dormitory. Supt. W. F. Amrine said Lester was committed to the Ohio Peni- tentiary from Cincinnati on May 28, 1940, to serve a two to 30-year sentence for assault to rob. He was here last February. (Concluded on Page Seven) "iviiu uu me uudiuci, was mat coniusion out not witnout Washington, July 10, Af- called to resume the point-by-point least the supporting of De Gaulle. ter an anonymous visit to the Day- review on which he spent four and i France ii an occupying power ton Veterans Hospital last Friday, Rep. Homer Ramey, R., Toledo, re- ported today that he found every- thing to be "in good shape" at the institution. Supt. John Ale, he said, "was do- ing as good a job as could be done with what he had to do with." He said his chief criticism was the vast amount of paper work re- IWOMEN ARE HELD IN ESCAPE PLOT for "protection" to insure sairs and Hellcats returning to ____ the continued operation of non- i their carriers from their earlv French black troops at union stations. sweeps that, as though Pans had Wallace said he had told "all! They had been cruising almost ly forgotten the political capital i authontics" that striking workers I within shopping distance of the Hitler made out of the black French j were threatening to close a big non-1 Gmza, Tokyo's Fifth avenue. They forces flf OrfJIi'iatin'n In t.hp R.hinp- iminn af Knonocn- o u..t forces of occupation m the Rhine- j union station at Spencer, which continued operation this morning. The workers voted 644 to 406 in favor of the strike yesterday and (Concluded on Page Six) COMMITTEE STILL IS IN A DEADLOCK reported a sharp wind, but no air- borne opposition and only the light- est flak. The targets for today are the air- quired of personnel. But that, he Seattle, July 10 Two said, is prevalent throughout the pretty Seattle war workers, who in- Veterans Administration and dates Sist the government is thwarting back to the time when Brig. Gen their first "real chance at Frank T. Hrnes ordered triplicate ere scheduled to be brought back mma1e0ChaSornLnade eil' for arraignment on fed- -nS.on July 10, Sinking vorkers. declaied. muidie cnances IOT grait. cral charges of helping three Ital- House Appropriations committee forced the closing of lines through m prisoners of war to escape took a hand today m effort to which the company recenes gas Thirteen Yankees Tne government case against break the legislative deadlock i from Tennessee Gas and Transmis- In Mrs- Lenore Hodgson, 26, and Mrs, the air Empiojment Practices com- 'sion Co, in Texas. The gas in the i.uar in jinKing Burns, 19, will be the first of rmttee. a dispute that has tied up areas, Wallace said. July 10, The Sinking vorkers. uui.av, auu e e a- walked out at midnight, according fields surrounding metropolitan To- to William Wonsettler, international representative of the union. "Minimum service" to domestic consumers and hospitals was main- tained in United Fuel distribution (Concluded on Page Five) TRUCK TANK BLAST KILLS TWO OHIOANS (Concluded on Page Seven) Paris, July 10, Thirteen its kind. funds for a score of war agencies American soldiers were lost and 20 After checking in at the office of Chairman Clarence Cannon, D, others were wounded last Dec. 28, U. S. Deputy Marshall Don Mil- Mo., called the group into session CoSSQaav Is Mqenr wnen a ship carrying most of the ier, the pair will be arraigned in m the hope of finding some way of! Cleveland, July 10 (UP) U. ti. Armv c noorlnnaTf Tilnffa T I.-.T..J T TT____ _ _ 1T.M4 UA J. UA lij ifllO A4J-lUJkilg W V Ui headquarters j Judge Lloyd L. Black's federal! ending the House-Senate stalemate staff to France was sunk by a Ger- j court. Miller predicted Black would on the 1946 war agencies appro- man torpedo or mine in the Eng- I bail at each. Miller said i pnatlon bill. The measure origin- lish Channel, it can be revealed a date for the federal hearing j ally was to have been passed before iwjuld be set today, {the new fiscal year started July j. J. J. Cassaday, former agent in charge of the U. S. Secret Service at Jack- sonville, Fla., has been named agent in charge of this district, it was an- nounced today. Cincinnati July 10, Two men were killed and two injured early today in a truck tank blast. John D. Clancey, 35, and Stanley Frondorf, 26, both of Cincinnati, were using an acetylene torch in a tank which had been used to trans- port tar. An explosion occurred and the blast shattered scores of win- dows in nearby buildings. Clancey land Frondorf were killed instantly,   

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