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Sweater Mystery , Tops Cop’s Trial (Continued from Pace 1.) Imperial Package more at 21 Con gress avenue, testified he did not remember seeing Zukauskas on Nov. 1. He said he was called by Officer James Little to post a ball for Zu kauskas. Michael Croce, operator of a gas Station at Congress avenue and Bank street, testified Zukauskas came to him without coupons for Kiollne one day. He said It might ve been f ov. 2. Zukuuskas told him his child was sick, the witness Stated. He gave him a gallon or two of gaaolne, lie said. John Waltulonis of 125 Congress •venue, owner of the Koyal restau rant on Congress avenue, said Zu kauskas was In the restaurant on Jfov. 1 between 5 and 6 p. m. He Said the accused had about three or four beers, and did not look drunk. He supplied the defense at torneys with names of other per sona who were at the bar that af ternoon. Edward Leonard of Meadow Street, one of the patrons at the restaurant, said he entered the es tabllshmcnt with Zukuuskas that afternoon, but left first. He said he had been a close friend of the for mer policeman for 19 years und on cross examination testified the de fendant always had a good reputa tion. Mrs. Zukuuskas, wile of the ac cused, became noticeably weary ut this point In the proceedings. A sheriff brought her a glass of wa ter and offered he. cough drops as she began to cough. Zukuuskas, appeared Indifferent to the pro ceedings and spent most of the morning session reading a trans cript of evidence taking prev.ously. Anthony Rumanuuskas of 185 Al der street testified tie saw Zukau akas between 7 and 7:30 a. in. Nov. 2. No Indication was given what further use may be made of that testimony. Other wltnuesses called Included: Lieut. William Foley, Officer Ray mond T. Grady, Officer Anthony Lombardo, Officer Leo McKenna, William Nole ol the Modem Glass Shop, and Thomas Magner of the Personal Finance Co. River Search Described Lieut. Foley described the unsuc cessful search In the Naugatuck river for guns Zukuuskas allegedly threw there after the shooting. Officer Grady told of the discov ery of one revolver shell and two rifle shells off Spring Lake road, near Lakeside boulevard Nov 5. Defense Attorney W. W. Gager questioned him about hunting in the section, In an evident, effort to show the shells may have been left there by hunters, Officer Lombardo told of selling a .32 caliber revolver to Zukaavkas during Christmas week of MM3, lie said Zukauskas had asked him to find a gun for him hi connection wtth his work as a supernumerary. Magner, manager of the Personal Finance Co., 199 Hank street, who testified that Zukauskas made a loan of 1100 on May 13. 1944. too of which remained unpaid, on croaa-examlnatlon, Magner said Zu kauskus said lie made the loan to pay a personal debt. He said the payments had been made regularly up to and including Oct. 1944. nnru ■ cjenuiira Detective Oruriy Identified a 32 caliber shell which lie said lie found I on Bradley avenue, Nov, 5. Officer John Flaherty testified that lie ob- j acrved a cur going from Com;reus avenue to Chase Parkway at about ; 36-40 miles an hour, as he rang the box at Highland and Walsh avenue j Nov. 1 at 11 p. m. A iKillce cruiser. ' 111 which were Detectives James Stack and Paul Moynlhan and Po licewoman Mary Norgren, was parked alongside the box at that time he said. Among the Items Identified by Coroner Homlck yesterday after noon and tills morning was a blood - •talned towel found off Lakeside boulevard with the cluthlm; of Mrs. Flungbt. He also Identified a shovel as the one which Zukauskaa told him he used to bury evidence of the slaying. The coroner was recalled to the stand Just before l p. m. Coroner Homlck at yesterday afternoon's session completed the reading of Zukauskai.' confession to the slaying, and then told of visits made with the accused on the af ternoon of November 4 to various spots Involved In the slaying He told of being let! by Zultaua- i less to the location In Mlddltbury j Where the accused said he had j broken glass from the Plungis cm. | The two of them, accompanied by MOTORISTS QUICK SERVICE We re-cap your tires in k hours and guarantee our work. Notice TO GRADK 1 CKKIIFICAIK IIOI.DUIS A complete stock of new synthe tic passenger car tires now avail able. Tel. 3-1141 MMITfiP 36 Jefferson St. i other investigators, then drove to the burial spot on the isolated bridle I>ath off Shatluck road, the witness stated, Defense Attorney flager objected when the prosecutor then asked who directed the course the group took. Hie lawyer stated the defendant "was compelled to give evidence other than under tlte due process of law" and that he at, that time was being Illegally detain'd by the police The objection was overruled, and the coroner then told of being led by Zukauskas to the place where the unclothed body of Mrs. Plungis was found. Objections Overruled Coroner Homick said Zukauskas located the burial spot., arid while officers dug for the body the group left to look for the place the cloth leg was buried off Park road on Lakeside boulevard. The defend ant located the spot willingly, the witness said. Attorney Gager objected repeat l i dly to admission of question*, but | each objection was overruled 'Hie defendant pointed out the place where he had "scattered the shells and bullets and car keys In every direction," the witness stated. In the course of the trip the group visited the point on Bradley av enue where Zukauskas said he had fired the fatal shots, and the re cused tried to show approximately where the Plungis car wax when the bullets were fired, the coroner test ified .He likewise pointed out the spot where Stephle allegedly has spat at him while driving on Brad ley avenue, It was disclosed. The next stop was at the Beacon Fullx-Naugatuck town line, where Zukauskas pointed out the approxi mate place In the Naugatuck river Where he had dropped two guns, Coroner Homick related. Then the group returned to Mld dlebury to the burial scene and found the body had been exposed, the witness said. The car was sloped adjacent to the grave, he pointed out. He testified the return trip was made at about 5 p. rn Sergeant Joseph McCarthy was driving the car, and he had Miss Florence Eceles, stenographer, sat In front, he said. Sitting In back with Zukauskas were Chief Inspector Jo xeph Bendler and Officer George McKlilgott, he testified. Zukauskas was sitting In the back seat at the part nearest the grave, ana attempted to get up when the vehicle drew closer, the coroner stated. Someone told the defendant to stay in the car and he sat back, the witness testified. Identifies Body Medical Examiner Edward Kirsch baum approached the car and stated to Zukauskas, "Is that the body of Stephle Plungis," the coroner slated. Zukauskas' reply, he said, was “It Is." Attorney Gager In conducting brief questioning on admissibility of the testimony asked the coroner how much the group had driven The reply wax "about forty miles." The coroner likewise disclosed that the accused iiad not eaten any lunch. The defense Counsel stated the ac tion by Zukauskas resulted from compulsion. He pointed to the fail ure of police to give him anything to eat, and said an effort had been made to break down hlx resistance. His objection was overruled. Ai. the close or th e afternoon ses sion Coroner Homick told of a sec ond trip made to Lakeside boulevard to obtain the vctlmx clothing. He Identified each garment piece by piece as the prosecutor presented the clothing to him. He also stated tin- articles as presented In the courtroom were In about the same condition as they were when they v.eri found. Earlier the coroner testified that Zukauskas himself dug In the hole with a stick when they searched for the articles A blanket was among the pieces Identified. Earlier In the trial the clothing was Identified by Mrs Ann DeHella as belonging to Mrs. Plungis and by Sergeant Joseph McCarthy as being the clothing found In the hole In a wooded section off lakeside boule vard. Barber Submits Insurance Bill Hertford, Conn., Feb. 2 < UP/ - Sen. William I*. Barber, U , Putnam, offered a health Insurance bill in the general assembly today, Lo nuj> phment benefits now obtainable un der the social security, workmen's comijensatlon and unemployment Insurance acts Unlike the other plans, however, It is all-inclusive Employer* would ■ pay one per cent ot an employe’s j earnings Into a state fund, with the ; state contributing a matching amount The worker would contrib ute nothing, Half-employed persons would be protected under the same | contributing arrangement. Cash benefits would he compara- i ble lo those made under the other systems. Additional benefits would provide for medical and hospital expenses. Persons protected by al ready established systems would la extended the added protection of health insurance Tne bill proposes administration ot the plan by a 13-member com mission and a commissioner of health Insurance An appropriation , of $10,WO would form tiie nucleus of the fund BI'V WAIt BONUS ANI* STAMP u S Pc. Breakfast Sets moTZHins Or. S*. Mato, IkortU * Sraah St*., Sitertw;. Maple, lined oak and Katin woods. Some with wood top* — some with plaHtie top*. PRICED FROM $3950 i i Yanks Rescue Prisoners Of Japs Juat northeaat of Civile, 513 prlaoneia of the Jijm including many aurvivora of ISataan and Corregldor, were boldly reacued by American Kangera. Map aliowa where American tornea have captured Olongapo, naval baar on Hublc Hay, and (irand faland, while to the eaat other Yanka have taken Lubac and C'alumplt. * >k * * >k >k >k =k >k >k>k>k Headed Rescue Raiders Back From Bataan v/y/jy. I (NEA Telephoto l.t. Col. If. A. Muecl wan In command of the daring 121 mem bent of the Glh Hanger Battalion and 286 Filipino guerilla* who raided the Jap prison camp at Cabantuun In Neuva Eclja prov ince on January 21, rescuing 510 Allied war prdiitoners, mostly American survivor* of Bataan and Corregldor. One of the first survivor* of “bloody flalaun” to rejoin II. S. force* on I.uzon U I’fc. Jose I'm«, above, of Washington, II, C. A member of the 31*t Infantry Kegl ment, he escaped capture by Jape and ha* fought with Filipino guer rlla* since the Island*’ fall Bill Sponsored On Teachers’ Salaries Proposed Measure Would Equalize Compensation for Men, Women; All Connecticut to Be Involved (By I.F.GI8LATIVE REPORTER) A bill decking equalization for women teachers of Connecticut eliminating all differentials based jo sex Is taring presented to the leg islature today by officials of the Connecticut State Teacher’s Asso ciation. The bill Is predicated upon the need for salary adjustment both from the standpoint of the present nequallty status being detrimental o future pensions and to salaries, l'he bill Is said to provide tor final •ffectlveness July 1, 11*47 with the Ex-Prisoners Tour Country New York, Feb. 2 -<UPi More than 9,000 next-of-kln ot American urlsoners of the Germans and Jap itnese swarmed Into the 17th llegl inent Armory last night for first hand reports on Axis prison camps from 12 repatriated soldiers. Hons, husbands or brothers of most of the assembly were in Ger man hands, but they listened with iarllcular attention to the stories >1 two ex-eaptlves of the Japanese, Cpl. Willard E. Hall, of Baker, Ore., formerly Interned at Cabanatuan line, Luzon, which was liberated his week and H-Bgt. Donald I. Mc Pherson, of Lincoln, Neb. Both made heir escape from a torpedoed Jup inese transport last Heptember. They told of supplementing their Jally handful of rice with snake 'rted In shaving cream, and Hall de icrlbed the 14-day march to his jrlson camp after the fall of Cor egldor. The early bad treatment if captives by the Japanese was 'due to a misunderstanding," Hall ;ald he believed and relations im iroved as American prisoners and lapanese guards learned a little of ach others’ languages. Last night’s meeting began a nu lon-wlde tour for the ex-prlsoners aider the auspices of the Army ilid the American Hed Cross. They v 111 meet with prisoner next-of-kln n Boston on Holiday and In Buffalo. M Y., Wednesday. Sermons Evacuate 7 Million To Date Zurich, Feb. 2(UP) —Responsl lie sources estimated today thal r,000,000 Germans had been evac lated from the eastern provinces md occupied territory overrun ot hreatened by the Russian offen live. 'Die migration was believed to In dude 1,000,000 Germans from the iVarlheguii or Posnan urea of Western Poland, 1,600,000 from East Prussia, 1,000,000 from Hllesla. ftOO, too from other purts of Poland and t.000,000 Berliners, who had been noved east of the Oder Lo escape dr raids. Evacuation of localities west of hr Oder has begun on a large scale nformunts said. I)H. CUTTER IHKH Chicago, Feb. a. -'UPl-Dr. Irv ng 8. Cutter. 00. health editor o» rhe Cfdcago Tribune, and former lean of Northwestern University’s nedlcal school, died today at Pos lavant hospital where ha had been i patient several weeks. He was born at Keene, N. H„ Dec. >, 1876 but later hla family moved -o Lincoln, Mebr. ' . understanding Unit In the Interim prevailing between now and that time gradual revisions may be ef fected so that by 1047 full equaliza tion will have been secured. If adopted this bill will enumer ate Connecticut us the first slate In New England and the 12th In the union to prescribe such a law. Waterbury teachers will view with Interest the proposed measure rel ative to their long and sincere ef fort to gain salary equality in this city, u measure sharply opposed by the administration and the major ity of the education board. It Is said that New Haven teach ers have been Instrumental In fos tering the state pro[>osed bill Also up for presentation today Is the proposed bill said to be s|xm sored by the C. I. O. calling for a form of hospitalization and state medical care not unlike the much disputed and opposed Wagner Murray federal bill calling for so cialized medicine. The state bill is being sj»oken for by Atty. Mar guret Connors of Bridgeport un successful Democratic candidate op posing Cong. Clare Boolhe I,use lust fall. It Is understood the j/ioixatal was presented at a caucus yesterday of Democratic solons at Capitol Hill most of whom opposed Its adoption on the grounds of Us constituting •'socialized medicine." The bill Is said to provide for contributions by the state and the employer. Auto License Bill Entered Hartford, Conn,, Feb. 2 U/P)— The final day lor the introduction of bills saw hundreds of documents poured Into the hoppers of the Gen eral Assembly today. Meanwhile, the house ratified by a vote of 157 to 1 the renominatlon of Common Pleas court Judge Wal ter M. Pickett of New Haven for four years. House bills proposed: A $120,000 appropriation to con trol the Dutch Elm dlscuse. Reduction of motor vehicle opera tors licences to 50 cents a year. Elimination of tolls on the Gro ton-New London bridge. Ear defenders for workers in fac tories "where the noise Is loud.” One hundred scholarships for needy high school students. Memorializing Congress to pass universal military training legisla tion. An appropriation of $270,000 to set up a saale - owned educational KM radio network. Payment of $4000 to Frederick Ferente, Norwalk, for loss of a hand while employed by the state A pension system for Middletown city employes. Establishing a state mental health plan. Appropriations of $80,000 for radio equipment for use In Are prevention wark; $25,000 for maternity care of wives of members of the armed forces: $18,000 for a University of Connecticut Infirmary building; $3, 800,000 for a university expansion program. Appointment of John J. Casaie as Judge, and William Kilinartln as deputy of the Torrlngton city court; Michael Strauss and Max famwlrth Chase Sends 2 Executives (Continued front Page 1) puny at the lime Chase Brass Sc Copper Co. purchased their business Interests. He was later transferred from Baltimore to New Orleans where he opened the Chase ware house In that city In 1927. As South District manager he also opened a warehouse lit Houston, Texas, In 1937, which under Mr. Evans’ super vision. In 1940 he was transferred to Waterbury as Sales Promotion manager, which position he had filled ever since. Mr. Coe, a native of Waterbury, began his business career with the American Brass Company and be came associated with the Chase Brass Sc Copper Co. In 1924. Since that time he has had wide experi ence In various branch offices. In cluding New York and Cleveland, as well as In various executive po sitions at the Main Office of the company In Waterbury. Since the beginning of the present war, Mr. Coe In addition to his other duties, has been responsible for all priority and C.M.P. (Controlled Material.! Plan) activities, and has been a member of the Brass Mill Industry Advisory Committee which works with the War Production Board In Washington. City Bills Introduced (Continued from Page 1) lined In 'Die Democrat, was Intro duced by Rep. Membrlno this morn ing, also. Sen. Egan, likewise, filed two bills which would allow the City of Wa terbury to set up a sewerage fund and also to allow the city to levy charges for use of the sewage dis posal system. These are enabling acts that would enable the munici pality to put Its proposed sewage plant on a partially self-sustaining basis. Japs Execute 20 Prisoners (Continued from Page 1) Jects among the prisoners. Private First Class Blprano Grelgo Albuquerque, N. M.„ who made the death march from Bataan to Camp O’Donnell said: "I’d hate like hell to repeat some of the things I saw. I saw the Japs order American soldiers at the [joint of guns to bury alive two soldiers who were too weak to move. The men screamed ’please don’t.’ Bo the Jups ordered the other to lilt them on the heads.” ”We went four days without food. Once we stopped at an nrteslan well and everyone tried to get a drink but they bayoneted or hit with gun butts anyone who got out of line. We were two or three days without water. "Once four officers were too tired to walk. A Jap put them in trucks and gave them fame When we reached O’Donnell another Jap no ticed them and took them away. That was the last wo saw of them.” Private William Duncan, Trout vllle, Vu., was also on the death march. Ho said the Japs once ’ hot ten men at the prison camp because one man had escaped. Another time five were shot for the same reason. Legislature In Stalemate (Continued from Pune Jj the Senate at any moment," Sul livan fluid. Sullivan offered three suggestions which he believed might quickly end the stalemate. "The governor could go on the rudlo, directly to the people of the state, and nume the man he Intends to appoint; we could have party caucuses to discuss the senatorial appointment and then submit our recommendation to the governor for his consideration, or we could have a joint House rnd Senate session to discuss the question In a rational and candid manner with all cards laid on the table. "Any one of these procedures would have broken this problem," Sullivan said, "but none of them were ever tried,” It Is a pity and si shame that the people should see we are unublc to discuss this situa tion without bringing politics Into it." Sullivan warned that "deadlock must be broken within the next week or we ure heading straight for a special election, and a special election of Jasper McLevy,” Bridge port's Socialist muyor. No action was possible today on either the Senate matter or the governor's request that lie be given emergency powers to Intervene In the critical fuel situation, Inasmuch as both Senate and House have voted to designate Fridays as non controverslal days. MARRIAGE INTENTIONS The following marriage Inten tions have been filed at the bureau of vital statistics, town clerk’s of fice: t runk Hunt, Merchant Marine, H> Mlukeslee Circle, and Henrietta Jones, 10 lllakeslee Circle. William P. White, I3« West Main street, and Mary T. Blodgett, 41 Prospect street. Giving a Pottigcse youth in the Azores »4 to get a few bananas, l,. A. C. Stanley Jordan of Evesham, England, received a cart full of fruit —and no change. judges of the Bridgeport city court; Marjorie Farmer, Darien, and Maye C. Allen. Bridgeport, as Fairfield County Commissioners. ltestoratlon of forfeited rights were proposed for Charles E. White, Wllllmantlc; Jacob Struuxs, Htam ford; Raymond J. Williams. Win chester; John H. Crary and Thomas A. Shanahan, Waterbury. Senate bills recommended; A $3, 000 Increase In the salaries cf supreme, superior and common pleas courts judges and a salary for re ferees amounting to two-thirds of the amount received from the court from which they retired. A $30,000 appropriation for a vet erinary science building at Univer sity of Connecticut. RESIGNING FREDERICK H. CHASE Frederick H. Chase, former president of the Chase Bran A Copper Company, Inc., who is gradually severing active assocla tiona with local Institution*. U re ported planning to resign as presi dent and am a member of the board of agenta of the Bronson Library. A formal announcement will be made at the annual meeting of the board next Tuesday afternoon. Two weeks ago Mr. Chase resigned as president of the Waterbury Boys’ Club After many years of activity Mr. Chase Is planning to enjoy a rest from all official duties and responsibilities. Eisenhower, Aides Meet fContinued from Page it tenant General Jacob Devcrs, Sixth Army group was rolling forward steadily to Its old positions. Field dispatches said the Germans were abandoning entire sections of their first-line Siegfried defenses and pulling back Into the main for tifications three to four miles far ther east without a struggle. The withdrawal, apparently dictated by the need of reserves to meet the Rod Army push in the east, was re ported most pronounced northeast of Monschau, where the Germans were known to have built a double wall of defenses covering the Col ogne Plain. In those sectors, advancing dough boys found rnuny pillboxes abandon ed, along with the guns und equip ment of their garrisons, Indicating the Nazi retreat had been hasty and perhaps panicky. At other poltns, however, the enemy was reported fighting stub bornly along the outer fringes of the Siegfried line with mortars, machine guns and rifle fire. Ger man mobile field guns behind the west wall were maintaining a spor adic Are all along the front, while giant American lM-mllJImeter long 'I'oms opened a heavy barrage In support of the attacking doughboys. Far to tho south, the French First Army cleared ul German resistance from tho west bank of the Rhine for a distance of 30 miles south of Strasbourg and closed In from the north and south on the remnants of the Nazi pocket around Colmar. Patton’s Third Army veterans pacing the assault on the Nazi west wall expanded their bridgehead across the Our river to a width of seven miles, with their Vanguards some five miles Inside Germany. Ileckhiischeld Falls Tile biggest gains were carved out at the northern end of the bridge head, where the Americans advanc ed on a fivemlle front to take gross Langenfcld and Heckhuscheid, sev en to eight miles southeast of St. Vith. More uian 100,000 American troops were on the move acroM or up to the German frontier on both aides of the Our bridgehead on a line extending from northeast of Monschuu down almost to the Lux embourg border town of Vlanden. The Americans pushed forward as much as 2 1-2 miles In the pant 24 hours, hampered almost as much by a sudden springlike thaw that turned roads and fields Into a morass as by enemy fire. Stlffest fighting was reported In the Monachal! forest, where the American Ninth and 99th Infantry divisions were closing In from the northwest and southwest on the German border town of Wahher scheld, five miles sontbemt of Monachal). A Ninth division combat team fought Its way Into Wuhlerxcheld last night and was reported firmly on trenched In the cross-roads town early today after a deep penetration of the Hlegfrlod line. At some points, south of the town, American patrols reported that German gunners were Infiltrating back Into pllboxea previously re ported abandoned. A few miles to the southeast, however, the. U, H. First Infantry and B2nd Airborne divisions overran scores of Siegfried line pillboxes and anti-tank barrlrrs against weak resistance. Many of the enemy po sitions were found thinly-manned or abandoned entirely, and units of the B2nd advancing Into Losheim, Just inside the German border 18 miles southeast of Malmedy, cap tured 12 Nar.l B8-mlllimeter guns complete with ammunition und fir ing charts. Four miles north of Losholm, the Americans advunccd almost four miles east of Kldnkelt to within a few hundred yards of the German border without meeting Important opposition. Seven miles south of Ixishchn and six miles due east of St. Vlth, Lt. Ocn. aeorge B. Patton’s Third Army troops captured the Belgian town of Bchonberg and pushed on two miles across the Nazi border to take Laudesfeld. Southeast of fit. Vlth, other Third Army elements seized In German villages of Wlnterscheld, Winters pclt, Ihr#n, Kngelscheld and Heck halenfeld and were reported moving eastward with increasing momen tum. Keacli Brundscheld One Infantry column was reported 2V4 miles east of Wlnterscheld late yesterday, apparently reaching Brandacheld, only six miles west of the German communications cen ter of Prum. That advance put Patton's troops as much as five miles Inside Ger man soli and widened their bridge head across the Our river to about seven miles, from the Wlnterscheld urea down to Bchlebach. On the Alsace frout, French and American units of the French First Army continued their systematic reduction of the German panhandle Each 2.95 Color comes to the "Ziegfeld Girl"you've loved in Tortoise."Lime Light"is a luminous green. "Spot Light" a radiant fuchsia. Both are rich, translucent plastic. See how they glamorize light and dark handbags. Germans Fear Big 3*s New Demand (Continu«d from Pag^ 1) ind decisive teats of strength were prospective. Stockholm relayed a dispatch from Berlin saying: "Berlin now Is a front line city n the fullest meaning of the term. Berliner* have been made to real ise that they must expect fighting n the streets. "Barricades are being built fever shly In a number of streets, tn dudlng the center of the city In .he presence of bewildered onlook rrs. The explosions from blowing ip bomb-wrecked liouses are adding .o the fateful atmosphere, and might won merge with the thunder of runs In the east. "Berliners are deeply Impressed >y the sight of marching Volks-1 iturm (home guard) units with their I •lfles and tommy guns. A general .cnalon Is noticeable. People tear | newspapers from the hands of the ] tendors " The Hovlet high command, how ever, placed the First Army in (trength only at Llbenow and Duhi - nshof,' B() miles northeast of Bor in and 18 miles northeast of Kus .rln. Both towns were captur'd yesterday In a seven-mile advance i from I.andsberg. j Berlin claimed that, a thaw had slowed the Soviet udvance, turning, 'rozen roads Into quagmires of mud, hut held out no hope that the Bed Army could be halted short of the Oder, If there. Indirectly conceding the possibil ity that the Red Armv may force Hie Oder wlhtln a matter of days, the German Transocean Agency said Berliners were digging u sys tem or trenches around the capital In “feverish haste.” “After their day’s work,” Trans pceun said, “Berliners who have not yet been sent to the front are being trulned In the use of antl-tarik wea pons and machine-guns.’’ Fresh reinforcements of tank col umns and Infantry were streaming through Berlin toward the front, the Nazis said. Though the frontul advunce on Berlin dominated new* from the eastern front, the Russians also encircled the Pomeranian border fortress of Bchneldemuh, 180 miles aortheust of Berlin and made a new invasion of Silesia 138 miles south east of the capital. Tlie two thrusts were designed to itrengthen the Hovlet flanks against possible enemy counter-attacks threatening the main columns east )f Berlin. Far to the northeast, Soviet arm ies tightened their encirclement of East Prussia and reduced the Cler nun pocket south of the east Prus llan capital to 1,300 square miles. Advances up to 12 mlleH were re ported by the Soviet high command n the frontal assault toward Ber In. The fall of Llbenow and Dur ngshof, on the north bank of the IVarthe river 80 miles northeast of Berlin, put Zhukov's forces 32 miles ixtendlng from Colmar up along the west bank of the Rhine to with n about ten miles of Strasbourg. Allied tanks and Infantrymen captured Mure kola he tin and Mack inhelm, 10 and 11 1-2 miles north mat of Colmar, and drove ahead to the Rhine about two mile* south last of Marckholsheira. inside Oennany In strength. South of the Warthe river, which merges with the Ober at Kustrln, the First Army captured Hammer, 21 miles cast of Kustrln, and Kon igswaldc, 67 miles cast of Berlin and 28 miles from the Oder at a point midway between Kustrln and Frankfurt. Manila Fray Near Climax (Continued from Pane 1) nlhllated Inside the city. Their only other alternative was a flight to Corrsgldor for a death stand on "The Hock.". (A broadcast from the Japanese controlled .Singapore radio sal<f enemy units entrenched along th(. \ Manila highway were strongly sup- ' ported by tanks and artillery units. American spearheads, the broadcast claimed, are "completely cut off from communications and are re ceiving Insufllclcnt supplies by air.’’) As the battle for Manila moved Into Its final stage, fierce fighting In the foothills of the Zambales mountains 80-odd miles to the northwest, where several thousand Japanese were being bombed and shelled out of thir hilltop positions Just west of Clark field and Fort Stotsenburg. At lust accounts, American planes and artillery were cutting the enemy force to pieces with an almost-continuous bombardment, clearing the way for an Infantry assault to dislodge the Japanese survivors. Tlie communique said another 60 enemy artillery pieces of various calibers had been captured or des troyed In the Fort Stotsenburg area In uddltion to those already re- ‘ ported. Considerably weaker resistance faced the U. H. Eighth Army spear heads advancing eastward across the 18-mlle-wldu base of Bataan Peninsula from the recaptured Olongapo Naval base at the head of Subic Bay. Vanguards of the Eighth Army were reported near ing Dlnaluhlpan, 13 miles east of Olongapo, where they were expect ed to seal off the Peninsula by join ing Sixth Army forces moving down from Luboa, 10 miles to the northeast. Far to the north, other Sixth Army forces beat down savage Japanese opposition northeast and east of the Llngayen Oulf beach heads. An enemy column was am bushed and destroyed on the Umlngan-Bulungao road near the easte end of the American line. The Japanese suffered heavy casualties and eight of their medium tanks, eight artillery pieces. 15 tracked vehicles and many supply trucks were destroyed or captured. In the “Upper Agno river sector 10 miles north of Umlngan, Ameri can troops drive four miles east of Tayug to the Natlvad area while three miles -farther north they captured San Nicholas after a als mile advance eaetwvd from San Manual.