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   Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Newspaper) - December 16, 1944, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin                               For WiKMUin: Partly cloudy south and mostly cloudy Mrtk por- tion, Sunday BROW flurries, a little warmer tonight, becoming colder Sunday. Local weather facia for 24 houra preceding 7 Maximum 34; minimum 11. Precipitation .02. will stay In thU WOT iO IIW IlMfh Thirty-First 9656. Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Saturday, December 16, 1944. Single Copy mm MUM ISLAND PRODUCTION OF CIVILIAN GOODS FROZEN BY WPB BY STERLING F. GREEN WPB, in a drastic new move to meet vital war needs, has ordered that all civi- lian production be frozen indefinite- ly at present levels. The order, dated December 7 and circulated within the war produc- tion board but not announced, is de- signed to discourage the movement of labor from war plants into peacetime activity while heavy de- mand continues for some vital wea- pons and material. In effect a "hold-the-line" order on the ruling instructs the WPB staff neither to increase civilian goods production above the level of this quarter nor to relax existing orders if increased output would result. The move was based on the theory that the volume of civilian goods now programmed is sufficient to meet "essential requirements" and avoid hardship on the home front. Some Leeway Left Some slight leeway for expan- sion was left, however, by two mechanisms provided in the order, which was signed by Samuel Ander- son, WPB's program vice chair- man: First, the office of civilian re- quirements or other agency speak- ing for a segment of the domestic economy, may seek an increase _in production by making a "positive demonstration" that a program is clearly below "essential require- ments." Even so, rejection -will re- sult unless the increase can be made "without serious threat of interfer- er.ce 'with more essential produc- the order states. Second, the "spot" plan for con- sumer goods production by indivi- dual factories which are not needed for war work is continued in ef- fect and made the sole method of increasing output of any article above the officially approved level. Authorizations This might mean an increase in "spot" authorizations in areas which have relatively plentiful labor sup- ply, hut the government recently banned new spot approvals for 90 days in some 120 cities of acute la- bor scarcity. (The latter action was taken jointly by WPB, war manpower commission and the army and navy to channel labor into plants making trucks, tires, big guns and shells and other items for which the mili- tary has found need of larger quan- tities than it had anticipated. (So far, the effect of spot auth- orizations in boosting civilian sup- ply has been slight, although some plants have received the go- ahead. Low priority is given such- production, and many manufactur- ers have complained that they could not get started even with WPB ap- proval.) No Compensating Allowances Where there is both military and civilian demand for the same prod- uct, a military cutback hitherto has usually been followed by a compen- t, sating increase in civilian output. That practice is curbed by the new edict for a list o! 17 products, even though the total resulting pro- duction may be lower than the pres- ent rate. Before granting a civilian increase in such a case, the area production urgency committee in each community must make a man- power check, WPB ruled, to ascer- tain that denial would not help the war effort by releasing any "appre- ciable number of workers of the type and skill needed by more ur- gent programs." Quests, Yule Music For Elks Program A program of music commemora- ting the humble birth of Jesus will be presented at the regular Elks supper meeting Tuesday, the last gathering of this type in 1944. The Elks Glee club will sing songs appropriate to this religious season and other music during the evening with everyone participat- ing; songs which express the hope of Christians for peace on earth, the program chairman stated today. Guests of the Elks club will be Capt. Arch Davis, Friendship, who recently escaped internment in a neutral European country, and Miss Curry Clark, a nurse and X- ray technician in the a Canadian Women's Navy auxiliary corresponding to the WAVEs. Miss Clarlc is a sister of Mrs. Robert Hiley, city. The next Elks program, follow- ing the pre-Christmas meeting, will be held January 9, 1946. Capture French Town of Lauterbourg, Two Miles From Rhine Tribune Photo LEAVING FOR the midst of a blustery snowstorm, 25 Lincoln high school stu- dents, all of whom are 17 years old, boarded the train for Milwaukee Friday where they were to take physical examinations to determine their eligibility as candidates for the radar training program of the U. S. navy. The group was in charge of Clifford Peterson (standing on top step of train) 861 Lincoln street. These students were given aptitude tests this week by PO Fred Bough ton, navy radar recruiting officer, Milwaukee. What is believed to be the highest mark yet in the stale in this test was scored Tuesday at the high school when Robert Manske attained a 98 per cent rating. The re- cruiter pointed out that the tests given do not obligate the boys to enter this branch of service nor to leave for service before they normally woutd. Demand Made in Senate That U.S. Should Speak Out More Clearly On Foreign Affairs Saint Nick It was impossible to esti- mate the number of children who crowded into the Cozy Lunch building Friday to greet Santa Glaus, the patron saint of Christmas, but it was esti- mated that the crowd surpass- ed the number in past years who have visited with Saint Nick. So many children crowded into the building to receive their candy and tell their re- quests for Christmas that a Tribune photographer, trying to catch a picture of the scene, was practically knocked down in the rush of young human- ity. Washington (IP) Britain's agreement with Russia on post-war Poland reacted today in a demand that the United States speak out more clearly OH foreign affairs. A Republican leader, Senator Vandenberg of Michigan, declared this nation must "be as plain spok- en as our military It would be he said, if London and Moscow reached their under- standing on Polish boundaries with- out consulting Washington. Concern Over Disclosure Officials viewed with concern Prime Minister Churchill's disclo- sure that his government assented tc giving Russia part of Poland af- ter the war with Poland to receive- part of Germany in return. There was also the challenge in Churchill's remarks that American policy in Europe is vague. All this placed a heavier accent on the forthcoming meeting of Churchill, Premier Stalin and Pres- ident Roosevelt, a session Churchill regrets has not been held sooner. The Big Three won't get togeth- er soon, however. High officials said the conference has been defi- nitely scheduled for late January or early February, after Roosevelt's inauguration January 20, Even then, Stalin may be unable to at- tend, Talk of Filibuster Talk persisted of a senate filibus- ter to stall consideration of the president's nominations for sis key state department positions. The nominations are temporarily sidetracked because Senator Chan- dler (D-Ky.) insisted on prior con- sideration of two nominations to the surplus property disposal hoard. These latter names, Robert A. Hur- Shopping Hours For the convenience of holi- day shoppers, local stores will be open until 9 o'clock in the evening on December 20, 21 and 22, it was announced to- day. Stores will observe their regular individual closing hours on Saturday. Shoppers who have time to do their pur- chasing during the daytime are urged to do so in order that those persons working may have a chance to shop during the evening hours. No Inquest Into Death of 34-Year Old Lupe Velez FINLAND'S OFFER REFUSED BY U, S, Washington Finland's new offer of on its World I debt got the cold shoulder from the United States. And therein lies a strange diplo- matic situation. The state department apparently was willing for the installment to be accepted when it came due yester- day though the two nations aren't on speaking terms and Finland is still officially considered "enemy territory." Treasury Department Balks But the treasury department has balked, being unwilling to thaw out part of Finland's frozen fund_s in this country. It was from those funds that the Beverly Hilis, Calif Holly- Finns Proposed to pay the install- U. S. Seventh army poured move troops into its four-pronged invasion of Germany today, seized the French border town of Lauterbourgr only two miles from the Rhine, and beat against the first pillboxes of the Siegfried line in Bavaria. German West wall artillery reacted violently and a fresh Nazi armored division was flung in as reinforcement in attempts to stem the Seventh's thrust into the Bavarian area. Two hundred miles to the north, U. S. First army infantry and arm- or cleaned out more German pockets west of the Roer river and added to their holdings along a 27-mile stretch of the river's west bank. Demolish Remaining Bridges The Germans demolished the re- maining bridges over the sign they have abandoned hopes of holding anywhere on the west shore. Heavy German artillery fire harassed the First army front. Southward, the American Third army scored fresh but slow gains. The 00th division crawled another 300 yards into Dillingen, with fierce fighting in the southern part of the city. The 9oth division advanced 250 yards inside Ensdorf east of Saar- lautern. Nine miles east of Sarre- guemines, doughboys moved half a mile beyond Erching and reached the German border. The 45th, 79th and 103rd divisions of the Seventh army were battling into Germany at points along a 17- mile front, meeting heavy resist- ance, U. S. artillery thundered in a duel with Siegfried line cannon. Forge Four Crossings Four crossings of the Nazi border were forged by Lt.-Gen. Alexander M. Patch's veterans, with the 79th division entering the Reich at two points near Lauterbourg, a city only two'Tniles from the Shine. But the 79th immediately ran into a stiff fight. The German command pulled a panzer division from another sector and flung it into battle to stop the threat to the chemical and industri- al centers of Mannheim and Ludwig- shafen 35 miles to the north. Units of the 45th and 103rd di- visions crossed at points west of Wissembourg, 11 miles west of Lau- terbourg, and were closing on that Bold Move Places Yanks Within 155 Miles of Manila (By the Associated Press) General ilacArthur's Headquarters, American warship convoy, moving 600 mileg) among enemy islands of the central Philippines while carrier! planes knocked out upwards of 300 Japanese aircraft, mechanized troops Friday on Mindoro 155 miles Manila, headquarters disclosed today. They swarmed ashore "with little loss." This boldest amphibious stroke of the Pacific war, ing the sea approaches to embattled China by crossing to the! western side of the archipelago from Leyte, was with stunning ease but preparations were made for violentj, Nipponese reaction. {Tokyo radio reported today, without allied confirmation, that a violent sea and air battle already is raging off Three strong beachheads on southern Mindoro were overrun at dawrf Friday by Sixth army troops of Lt. Gen. Walter Krueger who were greeted excitedly by Filipinos, the Japanese having fled inland undeC bombardment of destroyers and rocket ships. wood celebrities and friends who knew her during her tempestuous lifetime have volunteered as pall- bearers for Lupe Velez, Mexican ac- tress who ended her life Thursday, Funeral services may be conducted Monday. Among the volunteers is Johnny (Tarzan) Weissmulier, her former husband who was the only one of her many and hectic romances that cul- minated in marriage. Meanwhile immigration officials said they planned no investigation of Harold Ramond, 28, member of the French film colony whom the ac- tress accused of "faking" love for her in a death note which named him the father of her unborn child oxpected'in about five months: The ley and Lt, Col. Edward Heller, officials said Ramond's entry into had higher places on the senate'si the United States in 1D41 was en- confirmation calendar. Meanwhile Santa Clans may have a hand in settling the social secnr- ity tax rate argument. Congress passed a bill freezing the payroll at the present one per cent level but President Roose- velt wants to let alone an existing statute providing for an increase tireiy legal. Coroner Frank Nance announced there will be no inquest into the 34- year-old death. At first he declared he was "not satisfied with the way the case was handled by the Beverly Hills He complain- ed the suicide notes were delayed ment, the same way the last pay- ment was made on June 15. The slate department sent a letter to the treasury yesterday. Though the contents weren't revealed, the state department evidently indicated it would not object to receiving the money. Requires Further Study A treasury official said last night the letter seemed "on the surface" to lay down "a new policy" which isn't clear to the treasury, and will require further study. This left the question open for fu- ture discussion. But the due date had passed and no money changed hands. Mrs. Mary Swetz, 72, Dies After Five-Day Illness Mrs. Mary Swetz, 72, 341 Twelfth avenue north, died at 9 o'clock last evening at her home after a. five- day illness. She was born in Czecho- slovakia July 8, 1872, and came the United States with her family in 1888, living in Vesper five years and on a town of Sigel farm until 1928 when she and her husband, John, came to Wisconsin Rapids. They were married May 12, 1S91, in Wisconsin Rapids. Mrs, Swetz was a member of the Kosary society of St. Lawrence Catholic church and the Christian Mothers of St. James Catholic church in Vesper. Surviving are the widower; five sons, John, Albert, Frank and Charles, Sigel; Stephen, Blenker; three daughters, Mrs. Peter Linz- maier, Blenker; Mrs. Edward Fait, Silver Lake, Wis.; Mrs. Harold Lar- son, Wisconsin Rapids; three broth- ers, Joseph and Charles Hladilek, Vesper; John, Wisconsin Rapids; four sisters, Mrs. James Pelot, Mrs. Elmer Pelot, Sigel; Mrs. Anna Ned- rest, Chicago; Mrs. Frank Withers, Wisconsin Rapids; twenty-seven grandchildren and one great grand- child. A solemn requiem mass "will be held at Tuesday morning at St. Lawrence church whh the Rev. Peter Rombalski in charge. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery. Thc body will be at Krohn and Berard Funeral home where the rosary will be recited at 8 o'clock Monday eve- ning. five hours in reaching his office. When informed the notes, one to Two Communities Top Sixth War Loan Quota Bond chairmen of Pittsvilte and Milladorc, in presenting their re- ports from the recent Sixth War Loan Drive, announced that both communities have topped the quota set for them. Pittsville with a quota, top- ped that figure by ?05fi.2o, and Mill- adore, with a quota of bought in bonds. to two per cent on January 1. Foreseeing a possible veto, back- ers of the "freeze" move feel the j and one to Mrs. Beulah many congressmen already hurry-' Kinder, Miss Velez' secretary, were ing home for the holidays may wreck their chances for enough votes to over-ride the veto. U. S. Fighters Sink Vessel at Hong Kong carrying fighters of the U.S. 14th air force sank an enemy destroyer in Hong Kong harbor on Dec. 8 American ar- my headquarters announced today. In a review of air operations from Dec. 7 through Dec. 13 headquarters announced that American planes de- stroyed 42 enemy aircraft of all categories, probably destroyed 10 and damaged 22. Six were shot down in air combat. No American planes were lost. by police for a check of hand- writing, the coroner announced: "The notes are conclusive proof that she took her own Icy Streets Are Cause Of One Fender Clash Walter Kauth, 1111 Chestnut street, driving south on 'Eleventh street south and Grace Seidel, 1011 Baker street, driving west on Wash- ington street at o'clock Friday afternoon, collided, causing minor fender damage to both cars. Snow and ice on the road was blamed for the collision, according to a police report. Tax and Dairy Meeting To Be At Pittsville A farm income tax and dairy feeding meeting will be held at the Wood town hall, Pittsville, Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock. New income tax regulations for 1044 will be discussed by County Agent H. R. Lathrope, and E. E. Anderson, dairy assistant, will discuss feeding dairy cows to gave money and feed. Pope to Celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Vatican City Pope Pius XII will celebrate midnight mass Christmas eve in St. Peter's for the first time since he became pontiff in the Vatican announced to- day. gateway city to Germany from northeastern Alsace. Both these divisions apparently made deeper pentrations of Ger- many. The 45th advanced six miles Friday after opening its attack in the morning four miles beloxv the border. Town of Hansen Takes Steps to Build New Hall Seize Airfields Between that beachhead and the big American base on nearly-con- quered Leyte, Yank and Filipino guerrillas were disclosed today to have seized strategic airfields and ports on intervening Panay, Negres, Cebu and Bohol as well as a 125- mile stretch of coast on northern Mindanao. The guerrillas, some of whom fought the losing battle of Bataan, did their work so well that the huge convoy moving south and west from Leyte was able to steam within sight of the rugged coastlines of those is- lands. "The operation has driven a corri- dor from east to west through the Philippine archipelago, which is now definitely cut in, two and will enable us to dominate the sea and air routes which reach to the China some miles away, Gen. Douglas MacArthur said. Jap Lifeline Imperilled "Conquests of Japan to the south are rapidly being isolated, destroy- ing the legendary myth of the great- er east Asia co-prosperity sphere and imperilling the so-called 'imper- ial lifeline'." Employing new tactics, rocket-fir- ing planes of a fast aircraft carrier task force of Vice Adm. John S. Mc- Cain kept Luzon's 100 airfields, in- cluding the network around Manila, under attack night and day for more than 24 hours. More than 300 enemy planes were knocked out in raids which began the day before the Mindoro landing. Covered by an umbrella of carrier and land-based planes, the convoy, 8 INCOME TAX DATE IS POSTPONED Deputy Collector H. 0. Christian- son of the local internal revenue office, located in the postoffice building, advises that time for filing the final estimate of the 1944 feder- al income tax has been postponed to as late as January 15, 1345. This also applies to farmers. Mr. Chris- tiansen will be at his headquarters office No. 1 in the pofloffice every Saturday for the entire day. He advises that preparations are being made to assist fanners be- tween January 2, 1045, and Janu- ary 15, 1045, during which time the department hopes as many farmers as possible will file their complete and final federal income tax return, thereby saving themselves the trou- ble of making an estimated tax re- turn for the year 1944. Assistance in preparing the returns for the farmers will be given at various lo- calities thoughout the county which places will be made known in the various postoffices. Mr. Christiansen also stated that it is his understanding that the de- partment is making an effort to mail blank 1044 returns to all tax- payers who filed a return last year, as early as possible in order that as many of them as desire may file a final and complete return before January 15, 1045, rather than cor- rect their estimate before January IS, 1945. were drawn up Wednesday for a six-month lease option to purchase the Oscar Treu- te! store property and adjoining lots in Vesper as a possible site for a new town hall for the town of Han- sen to be built as a post-war pro- ject. Ratification will be asked at annual town meelum. the lime beinij the store building will serve as a temporary town liall and recreation center. The decision as reached at a joint meeting of the town board and a five-man committee composed of Max Peterich, W. W. Clark, Ed Christensen, Paul Schiller, 0. H. Horn and Elmer llassow, appointed by the board to Eft facts and fig- ures on a site for the proposed new hall, and a committee for post-war planning, appointed by the Vesper Commercial club. Chairman Kurt Xellmer conducted the meeting and Clerk Martin HoeneveH was instructed to make arrangements for W c d n e s d a y's meeting with the muier of the pro- perty. Committees arc being ap- pointed to arrange for organized re- creation for the voutti of the com- munitv. BOARD WILL BUY SCHOOL LAND The board of; education at a cial meeting last night decided tot proceed with the purchase of threa pieces of property which will be needed for the proposed new Howa Grade school. The total cost will be about In taking an option on a lot south of the present playground area, the board restored what for years has been a popular coasting area for Wisconsin Rapids children. A fence had been erected 'around' a victory Harden this summer and threatened to spoil the hill for sliding. The board accepted an option on the land at a purchase price of from Frank Lubeck, owner, and the fence is to be removed immediately. The board also voted to buy the house and lot at the corner of Eighth and Oak streets from the Misses Bertha and Erna Miller for and the house and lot at the corner of Seventh and Oak streets from William Fogarty for The homes will be occupied until such time as construction can begin and will not be used for classroom purposes. RUSSIANS STRIKE INTO SLOVAKIA London Striking into McKercher Renamed To Vocational Board Dan McKercher, WO West Grand avenue, was rc-appointed to a four- year term as employer member of the vocational school hoard during a special meeting of the board of education last evening. A veteran board member, Mr. McKcrcher's new term will begin January 1. western Slovakia for the first time, Russian troops today pressed a bold olTensHe from captured Ipolysair (Huhy) junction, attempting to pmasli open the roods to Vienna, 115 niiles to Lhe west, and at the same time trap German divisions to the fast. ac, on Hie Budapest-Bratis- lava-Viennn highway, was seized by Red Army spearheads which bridg- ed the Ipoly river frontier from Hungary 34 miles northwest of be- leaguered Budapest, Dnmibe-strad- diinp capita! already two thiiils en- circled by the Soviets. Moscow announced that fell Thursday after a hitter all- night fight in which 800 Germans wf-rfi killed. It is a half-mile inside Slovakia. In taking it the Russians sksrled the Borssony mountains between the town ;ind the big river bend to the south. German troops reeled back into Slovakia alone a fiont fmm Ipolysag eastward to Satorai- jaujliHy in the face of ttic increas- ed of the Ruifsian drive. Berlin reported the Russians aNo were attacking more heavily in the Ilehira-'J'anww area of southern 1'oland, and speculated these re- newed limits may be the beginning of a northern envelopment move- ment airainst Slovakia as well as a winter offensive aimed at Krakow. Japan Claims Great Damage On Americans (By Ihc Associated Press) Japanese Imperial headquarters? in an unconfirmed broadcast today; said American and Nipponese forces> are engaged in "heavy fichting" on Mindoro inland and that Japanese planes inflicted heavy damage on the American convoy, sinking four transports and damaging others. Recorded by the Federal Com- municatums commission, the broad- cast between Wednesday and Livestock, Buildings Wiped Out By Fire Shiocton, Wis. Fire of un- determined origin yesterday de- stroyed a large barn, two silos, the year's crops of oats and hay and livestock on the Milo Singler farm near here, Friday Japanese planes in a series of "suicide" attacks on the Ameri- can convoy approaching Minrloro had. in addition to sinking four transports, "heavily damaged and set ablaze, the following: transports. Two battleships. Three cruisers, Two cruisers or destroyers. Six ships of unidentified category. The Japanese in an earlier cast said a "violent sea and air battle" was unfolding in the Rulu sea. Acknowledging landings on Min- doro, the Japanese said that their Harrison troops "intercepted the enemy forces and fighting is now in riroeress.'' (American reports from the scene said the initial landings were virtu- ally The Jnnanese said about one di- vision of American troops made the Social Security Board Manager Here Tuesday Charles E. manager of the Wausau field office of the so- cial security board, will be in Wis- consin Rapids at the employment office in the city hall on Tuesday morning, December Ifl at 9 o'clock. Employers and employes who xvish to contact htm may do so at that time. s at San Jose, south- western Mindoro.   

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