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Continued cold; sleet or freezing rain tonight. Rain, warmer tomorrow. Temperatures today—Highest, 25, at 1:30 p.m.; lowest, 21, at 7:10 a.m. Yes terday—Highest, 56, at 12:01 a.m.; low est, 25, at 11:59 p.m. Lote New York Markets, Page A-15. Guide for Readers 1 Page. Amusem’ts, B-14-15 Comics _B-1S-19 Editorial .A-8 Editor! Articles A-9 Finance .. A-15 Lost and Found A-3 Page. Obituary *_A-10 Radio _B-19 Society .-i._B-S Sports _A-12-13 Where to Go-B-26 Woman’s Page.B-16 -- — - » An Associoted Press Newspaper 93d YEAR. No. 30^63. WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1944—THIRTY-SIX PAGES. City Home Delivery. Dally and Sunday tS i'VE'XTrnC! SOc a Month. When 5 Sunday*. $1.00. «* V^-EjJN X Q* NAZI DRIVE SUFFERS FIRST MAJOR SETBACK Yank Doughboys Take Offensive, Cling to Cedes, Push Tanks Back Americans Blunt Second Armored Thrust to Ciney BULLETIN. STAVELOT SECTOR IN BELGIUM (fP).—During the last 24 hours Field Marshal von Rundstedt has suffered his first serious setback since the German offensive began 11 days ago. The 36-hour limitation on the release of news prevents giving details, but infuriated doughboys and tankmen have gone on the of fensive and have driven a deep salient into the German bulge in one sector. All along the northern flank there were indications the Germans were on the defense for the moment, with infantry replacing tanks and machine gun positions being set up. Von Rundstedt apparently still is trying to turn the American line to the west, but | from here east the huge losses i convinced him the line was j firmly held. GERMANS PUSH back 5th Army forces in Italian valley. Page A-2 (Map on Page A-3.) By the Associated Press. PARIS. Dec. 27. — American troops, in a Christinas Day counterattack, slammed back German armor that had reached to Celles. only 4 miles from the Meuse River and 50 miles from Brussels, supreme Allied head quarters disclosed today. By Christmas night American forces had taken a firm hold on Celles—only 8 miles from the north ern bulge of France. The Yanks also were reported to have blunted a second armored spearhead which had rammed to Ciney, 14 miles be low Namur. 1 Later developments after this checking of the Nazi spearhead s thrust 50 miles into Belgium were not disclosed. Nazi Tanks Knocked Out. The supreme headquarters com munique said simply that “a few enemy tanks and troop-carriers pushed forward in the direction of Celles." 4 miles from Dinant on the Meuse, but that ‘‘these wrere en- i gaged by our forces and were driven; back, some tanks being knocked j out.” An 11-mile Sunday plunge had carried two forward columns of the Nazi offensive—powered by two and perhaps three armies—to Celles and to Ciney, 6 miles northeastward and 9 miles from the Meuse. 'The German high command said today that a major tank bat tle broke out yesterday north of Laroche in Belgium, and declared 70 tanks of the American 3d and 7th Tank Divisions were knocked out. ("The large-scale battle In Southeastern Belgium and Cen tral Luxembourg is increasing in violence,” the German commu nique added. • There was no Allied report of a big tank engagement north of Laroche—which would put the action along the northern rim of the Germans’ Belgian corridor, between Marche and Stavelot— nor confirmation of such tank j losses. Berlin said 158 Allied ! tanks were shot up or captured i on the western front yesterday.) Nazis Push to Northwest. Field Marshal Karl von Rundstedt was pushing hard to the northwest toward the Antwerp supply route— from his reinforced linpHilong the Hotton-Marche road, but "our po sitions have been maintained," said the Allied communique covering actions two days old. It still was a grinding battle of huge cost in which Von Rundstedt's next moves were yet to shape up. The terriffic American defense had slowed but not yet stopped the Ger man armor. Along the northern rim of their bulge, the Germans captured Man hay, 10 miles southwest of Stave lot. Press Near Cobreville. Seven miles southwest of Bastogne, where encircled American forces are holding out. other Yanks pressed near Cobreville. They cleared Hol lange and Timtange, 6 and 8 miles (See WESTERN FRONT, Page A-3.) Soldiers' Mail Uncertain as Result of Drive Mail to and from soldiers in the thick of the great battle raging on the Western Front necessarily is subject to delay, with deliveries and pickups uncertain from day to day until this front again is stabilized, it was learned today. Yet the mails, considered an im portant element in morale, will con tinue to occupy a high place in War Department priorities, and letters will reach the men as promptly as feasible. While the War Department made no announcement, it was pointed out that when the swift Nazi advance overran American positions, some field post offices probably had to be abandoned quickly and it was not always possible to salvage let ters or Christmas packages which postal officers may not have had a fiance to deliver. Gen. March Blames Nazi Drive On Failure of U. S. Intelligence Decries 'Inability' to Detect Force 'the Size of Richmond' t By GEORGE KENNEDY. The serious situation brought about by the German offensive is due to complete failure of Amer ican military intelligence, Gen. Peyton C. March, Army chief of staff during the World War, said today. Gen. March—erect and vigorous despite his years—spoke out sharply when he met reporters this morning for a birthday interview. He is 80 today. "There is no escaping the fact that the situation is very serious,” he said "I am sorry to say that our intelligence service broke down com pletely. "They appear to have been un aware of a German force of 200,000 men. The city of Richmond has a population of about 200.000. Imagine the population of Richmond being ~~i See-MARCH, Page A-14.) GEN. PEYTOf^^MARCH? Pictured on 80th Birthday. —Star Staff Photo. Planes Drop Hundreds Of Tons ol Supplies To Yanks at Bastogne Sky Trains Parachute Large Cargoes, Mainly Ammunition, to Troops By the Associated Press. LONDON. Dec. 27.—Hundreds of tons of supplies—mainly am-, munition—were parachuted to-1 day to American troops cut off oy the German drive in the Bastogne area. Twin-engined C-47 sky trains flew j from Britain and France with car-; goes for the doughboys who have withstood repeated Nazi tank at tacks while waiting for relief col umns last officially reported miles away. i A BBC broadcast from Lon don today said the relief forces are now only 1 Vi miles from Bas togne.) Rejected Ultimatum. Last week the American garrison, originally numbering several thou sand troops, rejected a German ultimatum to surrender. A lone C-47, piloted by Lt. Col. Joel L. Cruch, Riverside, Calif., sneaked over the German lines at dawn today and dropped a para chute troop pathfinder unit to guide other cargo planes to the scene. They radioed back they had landed safely and an hour later troop carrier planes began dropping bundles of ammunition, food and medicine to the surrounded Ameri cans. Col. Crouch, who flew the first paratrooper spearheads on every Allied landing in the war against Hitler, said German planes did not molest his craft, but that he en countered heavy ground fire from a German tank concentration. Shell Holes Cover Area. “I noticed three or four tanks burning in the area and saw one huge tank—probably German—about 400 yards from the point where our paratroops were dropped,” he said. “The entire area was covered with shell holes that spotted the frost covered ground in the area. There was an enemy armored column rest ing alongside the road which would have been duck soup for our fighter bombers. I radioed the information back in hopes that the fighters would come out." The C-47, unarmed and unarm ored, returned safely to base with out fighter escort either way. Col. Crouch was an airlines pilot on the West Coast before the war. The German high command said American efforts to relieve Bastogne had failed. Halt in German Drive Gives Allies Time to Form Defense Line Observers Here Warn OF Possible Massing For Drive on Channel Ports By the Associated Press. The German counteroffensive apparently has been brought to a temporary halt, giving Allied forces time to establish a strong defensive line, military spokes men said today. Although encouraged by front dispatches indicating the Bpearhead of the Nazi drive has been blunted near the Meuse River, they cau tioned that it still is too early to say that the Germans have gone over to the defensive. These observers moreover point to indications that the Germans are massing forces in the vicinity of Hotten and Marche in Belgium, some 20 miles east of the Meuse, for a renewed effort to strike out for Channel ports. Severe and con fused fighting may be expected within a few days, they say. Meet Supply Difficulty. A suggestion that forward Ger man elements already are experi encing supply difficulties was ad vanced on the basis of reports that Allier air forces alone have knocked out about 2,000 enemy trucks and 231 tanks in the last "three or four days. That number of trucks would be capable of transporting supplies for two or three panzer divisions. The tanks would represent upward of half the number in an armored division. , Other losses have been inflicted on enemy transport columns by Allied ground forces. One observer ventured the pre diction that if flying weather con tinues advance elements of the German drive soon will be com pletely immobilized. Military men say that if the Ger man offensive is to accomplish any major success the enemy must crosss the Meuse River in force soon or choose the alternatives of trying to break out on the flanks or of with drawing from the salient. As a result of the Nazi offensive, however, military strategists now are tentatively adding three to six months to their estimate of a date for victory in Europe. There still is hope in high places that Gen. Eisenhower will turn the Allied reverse into an early and de cisive victory. However, it is a gray and waning hope, although the bat tle still is fluid. Compelled to fight defensively, (See STRATEGY^ Page ’A-2.) 400 Yanks, Trapped 30 Miles In Nazi Lines, Fight Way Back By KENNETH L. DIXON. Associated Press War Correspondent. EAST OF MARCHE. Belgium, Dec. 26 (Delayed).—Their faces blacked, their helmets and armored vehicles left behind, the fighting 400 of “Hogan’s task force” came out of the woods through 10 miles of enemy lines this morning. Issolated and encircled miles from any help, they had been given up as lost after six days. But out of slightly more than 400 men who struck across No Man's Land, all but about 20 returned, including their commander. Lt. Col. Samuel M. Hogan. Pharr. Tex., whose wife lives in Fort Worth. Here is what they had done: Penetrated enemy lines more than 30 miles. Been trapped by three panzer di visions outnumbering them literally hundreds to one. Fought such a mobile, cagey battle they managed to keep the enemy confused and at bay on all sides until their gas ran out. Dug into a village high point when their own cause seemed hopeless and served so effectively by radio as “for 4 ward observers' right in the midst of the^enemy that they called artil lery shots which broke up a major enemy counterattack along the whole sector. Refused to surrender, although they appeared to face almost certain annihilation. Damaged their armored vehicles, rendering them useless to the enemy, and made bold Christmas night es cape afoot, slipping out of a trap just as the Germans snapped the teeth shut with an artillery and mortar barrage and an infantry attack. Hiked over a hilly timbered hog back 10 miles to safety. Leading a swift striking column of approximately 60 vehicles varying from medium tanks to jeeps and including a few artillery pieces, Col. Hogan, who loves to fly the Lone Star State’s flag on his jeep or half track, jumped off from a little town near here at 2:30 p.m. on December 20. The town subsequently became the scene of a terrific battle. Striking southeast the men of “Hogan’s task force” rolled 30 miles (See HOGAN, Page A^) " ‘ 4 Big Jap Carrier, 26 Other Ships • Sunk by Subs Total of 7 Warships Included in Bag Listed by Forrestal By WILLIAM J. WHEATLEY. American submarines have sunk a large Japanese aircraft carrier, 6 additional enemy warships and 20 other vessels deep within Far Eastern waters, Secretary of the Navy Forrestal disclosed today. Few details were given on the big bag by the subs, but Secretary For restal, speaking specifically of the destruction of the carrier, declared: "This is hitting one of the most painful spots in the Japanese body * at the moment." He added that it is with “true regret that we are unable to tell” the full story of submarine activities because of the need for keeping in formation from the enemy. The other warships included in sinkings reported today were a con verted light cruiser, a destroyer, two escort vessels and two destroyer transports. The 20 other vessels sunk were two large transports, 10 medium cargo vesels, three small cargo ves sels, one small transport, two medium cargo transports and two medium tankers. These sinkings bring to 1.090 the number of Japanese ships sunk, probably sunk or damaged since Pearl Harbor. Included are 99 war ships definitely sunk, 11 probably sunk and 16 damaged. Mr. Forrestal said the sinkings of Japanese vessels of all types now represents more than 3,500.000 tons of enemy shipping destroyed by American subs alone. Saipan-Based B-29s Hit Tokyo for Fifth Time By the Associated Press. Tokyo industrial areas were hit today for the fifth time by Saipan based Super Fortresses. The day light strike by B-29s of the 21st Bomber Command was the first on the sprawling Japanese capital since December 3. A War Department communique announcing the raids did not report further details. A Japanese imperial communique said about 50 Super Fortresses were in the attacking force and claimed nine were definitely shot down, five probably and 27 others damaged. Japs Claim Two B-29s. Tokyo radio said “Downtown Tokyo resounded with cheers and applause as the throng was given the treat of witnessing a B-29 break formation amidst a cloud of anti aircraft barrage” and fall. The imperial communique said two of the Super Forts were knocked down by suicide Japanese pilots who crash-dived the big bombers. The high command admitted the loss of four interceptors. Japanese War Minister Gen. Sugi yama interrupted his war report to the Diet this afternoon to make a statement on a B-29 raid then in progress over the city. According to a Japanese broad cast, he said: “Approximately 50 of the B-29s have penetrated the skies over the Tokyo-Yofohama area up to the present time. They have dropped explosives and incendiaries on several points in the Tokyo Yokohama area.” In previous raids on Tokyo the flying battleships have concentrat ed on whittling down Japanese fighter plane production. One of the empire’s top producers of mili tary planes, the Musashima en gine factory of the Nakajima air craft plant, was the target of the December 3 attack. Returning pilots tabbed this the toughest of the B-29 Tokyo strikes beginning November 24 and recur ring roughly at three-day intervals through December 3. The Super Fortresses dodged intense antiair ~ (See SUBMARINES, Page A-14~X~ Japs Report Attack On American Convoy By the Associated Press. An unconfirmed Japanese Domei news agency dispatch asserted today that Japanese naval surface craft and air units last night attacked an American convoy off the west coast of Mindoro in the Philippines and “sank or damaged” four fully loaded American transports and “destroy ed” two torpedo boats. The radioed dispatch, intercepted by the Federal Communications Commission, said there were no Japanese losses. Germans in Budapest Burn War Supplies, Dynamite Utilities Six Soviet Spearheads Reported Charging on Hungarian Capital By the Associated Press. MOSCOW, Dec. 27.—Red Army shock troops today charged on Budapest from snowy hills above the Danube River. The German garrison burned military stores, dynamited public utilities and fought back grimly with field artillery scattered throughout the Hungarian capital. Half a dozen Soviet spearheads were reported closing in on the western half of the encircled city and all German roads oT escape were cut off. Just how many Nazi troops comprise the defending garrison is not known here, but the Russian command said their numbers were large. Soviet assault units of tanks, plus tommy-gunners, were believed to have slashed some distance into the Buda district on the west bank of the Danube. Battle in Streets. A delayed dispatch from Szekes fehervar, about 32 miles southwest of Budapest, disclosed that the Nazis had fought for the city street by street. A pillbox was manned out side of St. Stephen’s Cathedral until it was silenced by a direct hit. Thousands of German dead were reported to have lined the roads on the battlefields between Szekesfe hervar and Budapest following the Russian advance. Burned-out ar mored vehicles, many of them the latest King Tiger and Panther tanks, dotted the fields and endless columns of Nazi prisoners marched to the cages, the dispatch said. From the hilltops of the Buda district on the west bank of the Danube, Marshal Feodor I. Tolbuk hin’s heavy artillery dominated the entire city—including Pest’s mas sive business and factory buildings on the plain east of the river. Drive Toward Bridges. Armored columns, already deep inside the city’s western outskirts, were blasting their way house by house toward two big Danube bridges which link the two sections of the city. '* Field dispatches said other Rus sian successes achieved simultane ously with yesterday’s full encircle ment of the Hungarian capital had brought the German command in the east to a moment of supreme crisis. Marshal Tolbukhin’s 3rd Ukraine Army and Marshal Rodion Y. Malin ovsky’s 2nd Ukraine Army, it was pointed out, are tactically linked up northwest of Budapest for a joint drive up both sides of the Danube to Bratislava, Slovakian capital, and Vienna. Swarming forward along Hron (Garam), a northern tributary of the Danube, Marshal Malinovsky’s tror>is captured at least 13 towns in Southern Czechoslovakia and ad vanced within 63 miles of Bratis lava and within 96 miles of Vienna. Marshal Tolbukhin's gains west of Budapest tightened the Russian bat tle zone in the Danubian basin into (See RUSSIA, Page A-3.) No Star Next Saturday As a necessary step in the conservation of newsprint paper and in order to apply savings made this year against an even further reduced supply in the early months of 1945, The Star will not be published Saturday, December 30tli, prior to New Year Day unless the receipt of extraordinary news requires it. This same step was taken on the two holiday Saturdays last year when the newsprint paper shortage first became acute. Church advertising must be received by Thursday noon for publication Friday ^ 3 Killed and 13 Injured In Air Raid on Paris By the Associated Press. PARIS, Dec. 27.—Three persons were killed and 13 others injured last night by bombs which fell on the Paris area near world famous landmarks. It was the French capi tal's first air raid since August 27, immediately after the city's liber ation. The casualties were the occupants of a house in (13 words censored.) Some damage was caused to build ings (11 words censored) where two bombs fell. A servicemen's club was wrecked by a direct hit which caused some casualties. French air raid defense authorities said a hospital was hit. Night fighters took to the air im mediately In pursuit of the bombers. Demonstrators Upset Counters and Destroy Goods in Ward Store 'Flying Squadrons' of CIO Auto Workers Blamed for Trouble By the Associated Press. DETROIT, Dec. 27.—A group of more than 50 persons who en tered the Montgomery Ward de partment store in suburban Dearborn, where a strike has been in progress since December 9, were reported this morning to have overturned several coun ters and destroyed some mer chandise. R. L. Estabrook, store manager, said the damage would amount to several thousand dollars. He said the demonstrators were members of “flying squadrons’’ of the United Automobile Workers (CIO). UAW-CIO unions have been sup porting the strike at four Mont gomery Ward stores in the Detroit area by members of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Employes’ (CIO) Union. These i unionists struck in an attempt to force the Ward management to comply with War Labor Board di rectives. Mr. Estabrook said the demon stration lasted only about 10 min utes. Erving Nielson, Dearborn chief of police, who sent more than 30 police men to restore order, said he was informed that “about 10 carloads” of men went into the store and tipped and broke show cases and threw merchandise about. No injuries were reported, but two men whose names were not released were arrested following the dis turbance. Action by the Government to seize Montgomery Ward property for non compliance with WLB orders has been expected since last week, and at Washington last night the War De partment was reported on good au (See WARD, Page A-3l 89 Army Hospitals Given Clean Records In House Inquiry Probe Started at Bolling Fails to Single Out Any One for Criticism Except for isolated cases where fault was found, 89 Army hos pitals in 20 States and the Dis trict of Columbia got a clean bill of health today from the House Military Affairs Committee as the : result of an investigation begun ! last August, when a critical re port was made of conditions at Bolling Field. A preliminary report prepared under supervision of H. Ralph Burton, general counsel of the com mittee, said that generally speaking sick and wounded soldiers are re ceiving the best of treatment, their food is excellent, recreation facilities are adequate and equipment is of the finest. Chairman May of the committee ordered the Nation-wide inquiry after Representative Fenton, Re publican, of Pennsylvania, a physi cian, reported that patients suffered needlessly because of the heat in the one-story frame hospital at Bolling Field, and the buildings were "fire traps.” No Hospital Mentioned. The preliminary' report, in listing faults such as "dehydrated” patients and ancient eggs, did not single out any hospital for criticism, but gave the picture in general t#rms. The committee’s inve^ffgation, it explained, resulted from "rumors of a disquieting nature that sick and wounded soldiers m many instances were being crowded into inadequate :rude, uncomfortable, makeshift hospital buildings, often inade quately equipped and insuflBciently staffed with doctors, nurses and at tendants.” “Whatever may have been the situation,” prior to the investigation, it added, “with' few exceptions the results following the investigations have been decidedly reassuring.” The committee said it had cited to the War Department conditions tn unidentified hospitals which ‘warrant attention.” Of one hospital the committee had this to say: "No air conditioning of any kind in operating rooms. Windows must be kept closed even in the hottest weather. It is difficult for surgeon and staff to operate under such con ditions. Patients often become so ‘dehydrated’ as to require the ad ministration of intra-venous fluids in order to assure recovery.” Eggs Nine Months Old. "Eggs served in one convalescent hospital were found to have been inspected nine months previously. The committee representative can attest to their odoriferousness when opened. Catsup was used to disguise their evil taste.” Lack of cold storage facilities in another hospital was blamed for the (See HOSPITALS, Page A-3.) Byrd Supplies Being Returned By Argentina After Inauiries By W. H. SHIPPEN. Jr., Aviation Editor of The Star. Federal departments in Washing ton have begun to receive back part of the valuable and virtually irre placeable scientific equipment left behind when the United States Ant arctic Expedition was forced to evacuate its Palmer Land base by air in March, 1941, under conditions of extreme emergency. A chance discovery by a Federal scientist visiting in Buenos Aires prior to the severance of diplomatic relations with Argentina gave Wash ington its first word of tRe fact that the Argentine gunboat Primero de Mayo had put a landing party ashore at the abandoned American base in February, 1943, and removed a quantity of material found there. Some three months later a cu rator at the Smithsonian Institution was visiting a museum in Buenos Aires when he noticed a marine dredge used to scoop up bilogicaJ specimens from the bottom of the sea. it was the dredge the Smith sonian had lent to the expedition, and part of the equipment left be hind at east base. This-discovery instituted a series of diplomatic inquiries between the Interior Department’s Division oi Territories and Island Possessions under whose auspices the 1939-1941 expedition was organized, our State Department representatives and the Argentine foreign office, which com municated with its navy depart ment. Anxious to clear up the matter also was Comdr. Finn Ronne, U. S. N. R., second in command at the east base, who felt a personal re (See SHIPPER Page A-4.) Truce Is Ended As Greeks Shell British Warship Churchill Pleads For Harmony at All-Party Meeting Bs the Associated Press. ATHENS, Dec. 27.—The British announced today that ELAS ar tillery had broken a conference truce by firing on a British war ship and the Anglo-Greek naval headquarters late yesterday and that, as a result, offensive air ac tion would begin again. The British informed the ELAS the truce was regarded as null and void. Meanwhile, Greek Populist Party members declared that peace pro posals by representatives of the left-wing ELAS were unacceptable and the conference called by Prime Minister Churchill ended its second' session today without an agreement. The ELAS offered terms which former Premier Stylianos Gonatas said “are inadmisable.” He declared that “if accepted, they would mean the complete dissolution of the state.” Other members of the conference said they would consider the terms and reply later. Agreement Reported Broken. Yesterday afternoon it had been agreed that no artillery action would be taken on one side or air ac tion on the other for three-quar ters of an hour from 3 pm., while ELAS delegates were being brought to last night’s conference at which Prime Minister Churchill appealed for the warring factions to end their strife. The conference was so tense that all delegates surrendered their side arms at the door. The British announced that the first shell fell at 3:10 pm. near a British warship at Piraeus. The second landed a little later near the naval headquarters. Nevertheless, the British said an other 45-minute truce would be ar ranged today for the protection of riELAS delegates attending a second : | session of the conference. British guards returned the ELAS* guns to them when they left last night's conference under a safe con duct agreement. Churchill Speaks. [ “Whether Greece is a monarchy or a republic is a matter for the ! Greeks and the Greeks alone to de cide.” the Prime Minister told the ; assemblage before he and other British representatives retired and left the Greeks to continue the con ference alone. “All we wish you ia good, and good for all,” Mr. Church ill added. Britain’s only interest in using her troops in the current civil war, Mr. Churchill asserted, is to bring an end to disorder and make possible an election by secret ballot. The session, convened at a secret site while continuing gunfire sounded in the distance, broke up after four and one-half hours. An hour before the meeting ended Themistokles Sophoulis. Liberal par ty leader, left the conference room. There was no explanation. Neither was there any announcement of what occurred after the Allied rep resentatives left. Leftists Are Late. Called to order an hour and one half late, the conference began without representatives of the left wing National Political Front ( EAM i party whose armed militia, the ELAS. is opposing Greek Right ists and British troops. After Mr. Churchill had been speaking for about five minutes, however, three EAM delegates were ushered in. Each shook hands with all at the conference table and the Prime Minister began his speech again. Mr. Churchill declared that Brit ish troops came to Greece “with (See GREECE, Page A-14.) Icy Streets in Prospect For District Tomorrow Rain continuing tonight and to morrow morning, coupled with be low-freezing temperature tonight, may give District streets a temporary icy coating, the Weather Bureau warned today, but a brief spell of warmer weather is due tomorrow afternoon. The lowest temperature this morning was 21 degrees at 7 o’clock. This was only 8 degrees below the average minimum December read ing of 29 degrees. The thermometer this afternoon is expected to rise to 30 degrees. The cold weather extended from the Rocky Mountain area to New England and as far south as Georgia, with snow and rain predicted for much of the region today. Vermont, Maine and Northern Pennsylvania reported below-zero temperatures. New York City’s low was 18, with today’s high estimated at 25. By contrast, the thermometer was 80 in Tampa and 78 in Miami yesterday. — ■ !' ■ V» 17th Overseas Edition Is Available Today The Overseas Edition of The Star, if sent by airmail for 12 cents, is usually the first news received by the boys overseas and is far more appreciated than if sent by regular mail at 3 cents. Copies may be obtained free, with envelopes, at The Star’s business counter and the Vic tory Baud Booth in Lans burgh’s Department Store.