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Light Snow Today and
Snow Fiiiries Tonight



Ohio Hoopsters
eat Wolverines
Risen's Field Goal, Free Throw Give
Margin For Victory, in Overtime, 44-41
A field goal and a free throw by towering Arnie Risen, Ohio State's
6 ft., 9 in. center, with less than a minute of the first overtime period re-
maining gave the Buckeyes, defending Western Conference titlists, a 44-41
victory last night over a fighting Michigan quintet which didn't know
the meaning of the word "quit."
The Wolverines, playing before a crowd of over 5,000, surged from
behind in the closing seconds of the regulation period to knot the count
at 39-all on baskets by Walt Kell and Bob Geahan after trailing for
most of the second half.
Geahan's pivot shot gave Michi-
gan a short-lived 41-39 marginin
Y a i (S 0the opening minute of the overtimei
period, but Risen quickly tied it upI
with a tip shot under the basket.
Risen's game-winning shot came on
a tip-in of Don Grate's desperation
heave from mid-court, and his free
Thrust at ConVoy throw put the game on ice.

Results in Nip Loss
By The Associated Press
A Japanese aerial thrust at a
United States convoy off Panay
Island, Philippines, Thursday night
(Philippine time) cost the attackers
eight planes shot down, Gen. Doug-
las MacArthur reported today (Sun-
Tokio Claim
The, headquarters' communique
made no mention of losses to the
convoy, which was bound for Min-
doro Island. Tokyo radio claimed
that 20 transports were sunk out of
30 in the convoy.
MacArthur said total Nipponese
losses in the Leyte campaign, which
started with invasion of the island
Oct. 15 and ended Christmas Day
with the' American capture of the
port of Palompon on the West Coast,
have reached 116,770, including 601
more enemy dead counted in the past
24 hours by Yank mop-up units.
Jap 35th Army Wiped Out
The Leyte fighting wiped out the
Japanese 35th Army, which was com-
prised of four divisions with elements
of two other divisions and some naval
base units. The victor was the U. S.
6th Army made up-of seven-divisions
of approximately the enemy's
strength, the communique said. The
enemy casualty figure also included
estimated losses when 10 Nipponese
conveys headed for the island were
Nazis Promise
1945 Victory
LONDON, Dec. 30--(P)-Nazi big-
wigs filled German air waves today
with promises of victory in New
Year's proclamations.
Rotund, long-silent Hermann Goer-
ing remained silent, but a proclama-
tion purporting to come from him
declared that "It is our duty and our
task in the coming year to carry war
again into the enemy's country."
Reichsminister Paul Goebbels, the
No. 1 Nazi propagandist, had a brand
new story to tell in explanation of
why the equally garrulous Adolf Hit-
ler has not been heard from lately.
Goebbels on the German radio said
he purposely planted rumors that
Hitler was ill as part of a deep and
far-flung scheme to lull the Allies
into complacency and set them up
for Field Marshal Karl Von Rund-
stedt's winter offensive.
hinese Take.
On Offensive
Mobile Columns Near
Hengyang Attack Japs
CHUNGKING, Dec. 30-(IP)-Chi-
nese units in Hunan province have
killed scores of Japanese soldiers in
an attack by mobile columns near
Hengyang as Allied warplanes rang-
ed over the whole China theater to
carry out successful raids on enemy
road, rail and shipping installations,
Chinese dispatches said tonight.
About 100 Japanese were killed
and five machineguns were seized
when Chinese infantrymen storm-
ed enemy positions outside the north
gate of Hengyang at the junction of
the Hunan-Kwangsi and Canton-
Hankow Railroads, the reports said.

Fighting furiously, the Wolverines
dominated the play through most of
the first half and left the floor at
half-time on the long end of a 25-19
score. Two tip-ins by Dick Rifen-
burg, and a set shot from the corner
by Don Lund gave Michigan its half-
Women, N avy
Hours Relaxed
For Center Fete
Late permission has been granted
to Navy trainees and women stu-
dents who are attending the Inter-
national Ball which will be held
from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday,
Jan. 5 in the Rainbow Room of the
Navy men must report to the West
Quad at midnight, while women will
be allowed to stay out until 1:30 a.m.
Bill Layton and his orchestra will
provide music for ti is all-campus
dance, which will be attended by
foreign students, their American
friends and faculty. Proceeds will be
devoted to the Emergency Relief
Fund for Foreign Students.
The ball is semi-formal and an
internationally cosmopolitan air will
be added by the native costumes of
the foreign students.
Tickets for the dance may be
obtained at the Union, the League
and at the International Center.
Cudlip Seeks
Regency Post
DETROIT, Dec. 30-(P)--William
A. Cudlip, Detroit attorney, plans to
seek the Republican nomination for
Regent of the University of Michi-
gan, he announced today. The nomi-
nations will be made at the party's
state convention in Grand Rapids
Jan. 12.
Cudlip, a native of Iron Mountain,
was graduated from the Law school
at the University in 1926. He 'has
served as counsel for the National
Credit Association and the Recon-
struction Finance Corporation, and
in 1943 Gov. Kelly appointed him a
member of the Compilation of Laws

Nazi Chief
Hits Salient
At 3 Places
Attempts To Save
Bastogne Conquests
By The Associated Press
three divisions on both sides of
Yank corridor supplying Bastogne;
Allies broaden front south of Ger-
mans' Belgian bulge to 50 miles.
GREECE-King George II an-
nounces appointmept of Archbish-
op Damaskinos as regent.
PACIFIC - Americans shoot
down eight planes as Japs attempt
raid on Yank convoy off Panay
Islands; total Jap losses on Leyte
reach 116,770, MacArthur reports.
6y The Associated Press
PARIS, Dec. 30.-Field Marshal
Karl Von Rundstedt has struck with
three divisions at both sides of the
Bastogne salient, pointed like a dag-
ger at the heart of his shrinking
Belgium and Luxembourg conquests,
a late front dispatch said tonight.
Two German divisions drove from
the west and a third from the east at
the corridor supplying Bastogne,
from whose apex American artillery
fire is raining on the 16-mile-wide
waist of Von Rundstedt's hour-glass
shaped front.
Third Army Broadens Front
The renewed attacks-breaking a
four-day lull- came as Lt.-Gen.
George S. Patton's hard-driving for-
ces broadened their front along the
south of the German bulge to nearly
50 miles, struck west of Bastogne,
sheared supply roads and threatened
to cut off enemy armor thrust to
within 23 miles of Sedan at Libra-
American counter-blows had re-
won nearly one-third of the territory
overrun in the Germans' surprise
counteroffensive, badly narrowing
the maneuvering ground for Von
Rundstedt's three armies. Progress
of the new battle was not at once
disclosed, nor was the time at which
it broke.
Drive into Moircy
Previously, Supreme Headquarters
had reported under the 36-hour se-
curity blackout that by yesterday
morning one Third Army force drove
into Moircy, 11 miles east of Bas-
togne and but four and a half miles
southeast of St. Hubert, where an-
other American garrison has been
making a small scale Bastogne-like
stand and holding off far larger
Allied Shakeup
Is Unconfirmed
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30.-(P)-A
press report in London that a shake-
up in the Allied Command is impend-
ing found no indication of confirma-
tion here.
A spokesman recalled Secretary of
War Stimson's statement Thursday
that it was too early to attempt to
place any individual blame for the
German break-through in Belgium.
The spokesman indicated that is still
the department's view.

Athens Archbishop Damaskinos
Appointed Greek Regent; King's
Action Is Regarded As Abdication

NEW GREEK REGENT-attending a conference in Athens for the purpose of halting strife between
ELAS forces and British troops are (left to right) Anthony Eden, British Foreign Minister; Archbishop
Damaskinos, Metropolitan of Corinth and newly appointed Regent of Greece; and Winston Churchill,
British Prime Minister.

Vets Studying
Only Part-Time
Eligible for Pay
U' Group To Discuss
National Affiliation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30.- (P)-
Veterans taking part-time studies
under the G.I. Bill of Rights will be
put on the payroll "immediately,"
Brig.-Gen. Frank T. Hines, Adminis-
tration of Veterans' Affairs, said
All veterans taking part - time
courses are eligible for payments
unless they are gainfully employed
in full-time jobs not related to the
course of training.
A meeting of the Veterans Organ-
ization will be held in the basement
lecture room of Lane Hall at 7 p.m.,
Wednesday, Jan. 3.
All veterans are urged to attend
this meeting. In addition to the
regular business, there will be a dis-
cussion on the possibilities of affili-
ating the veterans attending the
University with a national organiza-
tion of veterans in college.
'Forgotten Front '
Returns To News
PARIS, Dec. 30-(P)--The "Forgot-
ten Front" along the French-Italian
frontier popped into the news today
with the announcement of a series of
bombardments by the French Navy.
The Ministry of Marine announced
that the destroyers Le Fortune,
Trombe and L'Alcyon hid shelled
effectively German concentrations

League Celebration Tonight
Will Welcome New Year*


The last hours of 1944 will be ob-
served from 8:30 p. m. to 1:30 p. m.
today in the League at a fun-packed
celebration presented by the Women's
War Council.
The midnight exit of "the old man"
and the entrance of "the little boy"
will be preceded by a student-talent
floorshow in the Ballroom. Dancers
Dorothy Murzek and Beverly Wittan
will set the pace for a graceful new
year. Eleanor Mellert, Lady Magi-
cian, will perform her most intri-
cate sleight-of-hand feats.
Members of the Women's Glee Club
will sing "Drink to Me Only With
Thine Eyes" featuring soloist Ruth
MacNeal. They will also sing "Sum-
mertime" and will lead all celebrants
in singing "Auld Lange Syne" Al-
pha Chi Omega sorority will present
their skit, "I Walked Home From the
Buggy Ride."
The Union Executive Council will
equip the Grand Rapids and the
Hussy Rooms with games where par-
ty-goers may try their skill in vari-
ous kinds of contests. Peggy Goodin
and Bethine Clark will establish a
fortune-telling booth so that guests
may discover early what 1945 holds
for them.
Refreshments will be served in the
Grillroom which will be decorated
for the occasion. Mary Anne Jones
and Marcia Sharpe have planned the
decorations for the native building.
The Grillroom will be staffed by
Yank Bombers
Blast Germanyv
Supply Lines Pounded;
11 Planes Are Missing
LONDON, Dec. 30-(1P)-More than
2,000 British-base American bomb-
ers and fighter planes pierced
through fog today and pounded Ger-
man supply lines to the western front
for the eighth consecutive day.
Eight bombers and three fighters
were reported missing from these op-
While the German airforce stuck
to its bases for a third day, more
than 1,300 Flying Fortresses and
Liberators of the U. S. Eighth Air-
force, escorted by approximately 700
Thunderbolts and Mustangs, struck
unmolested at railroad bridges on
lines leading directly from Berlin
and at freightyards at Mannheim,
Kaiserlautern and Kassel.
Holiday Absentees
Decline This Week
DETROIT, Dec. 30-(!P)-Prelimi-
nary surveys in Detroit's major war

Dean of. Women Alice Lloyd, As-
sistant Dean Mrs. Mary C. Bromage
and Miss Alice MacCormick, director
of coedrundergraduate activities.
House directors from campus dormi-
tories and sorority houses will also
help with the serving.
Tickets may be purchased singly or
in couples and one general admis-
sion price will suffice for all enter-
tainment activities presented by the
Honor Group
Presents Movie
'Scarlet Pimpernel'
Shown Twice Today
Two showings, at 8:30 and 11:15
p. m. today of "The Scarlet Pimper-
nel," film drama starring Merle Ober-
on and the late Leslie Howard, will
be presented by Mortarboard, senior
women's honor society, in the Lydia
Mendelssohn theater.
Based on the well known adven-
ture novel by Baroness Orkzy, "The
Scarlet Pimpernel" enjoys a reputa-
tion as a constant revival in movie
houses throughout the nation. The
plot evolves around the heroic and
secret escapades ofnaseemingly in-
nocuous English nobleman, played
by Leslie Howard, who leads an ad-
venturous group devoted to the res-
cue of French noblemen from death
by the guillotine of French Revolu-
tionary Paris.
The Michigan Daily will not be
published this Tuesday, the day
following New Year's day. Publi-
cation will be resumed on Wed-
nesday. The editors take this op-
portunity to extend a happy New
Year greeting to our readers.

Swing fto Left-
Churchill Reported
.ro Have Urged Step
By The Associated Press
LONDON, Dec. 30-King George
II of Greece tonight announced ap-
pointment of Archbishop Damaskinos
of Athens as Regent of his strife-
torn country, taking a step generally
regarded here as tantamount to re-
linquishing of his throne.
Swing To Left
The 50-year-old monarch's road
has been rocky for years, and most
observers in London's diplomatic
quarters believe the Greek people,
who are swinging to the left, would
vote against a monarchy in a plebi-
scite which is expected to be held.
Appointment of the Regent was
announced in a Royal Proclamation
issued after a statement in Athens
that the Archbishop probably would
assume his duties as regent tomor-
Damaskinos Authorized
The Proclamation, stating that the
King had "deeply considered the ter-
rible situation" into which Greece
had fallen, had resolved not to re-
turn to the country "unless summon-
ed by a free and fair expression of
national will" and authorized Da-
maskinos to "take all steps neces-
sary to restore order and tranquility."
The King, reported to have o--
posed the Regency, was believed to
have been convinced of the necessity
of the measure by Prime Minister.
Churchill, who had just returned
from Athens. Reliable sources said
Churchill told the Greek King that
a Regency would be established by
the government in Athens regard-
less of his consent.
Decision Unanimous
Establishment of a Regency had
been unanimously agreed upon by
the all-party conference convened by
Churchill and Foreign Secretary An-
thong Eden last Tuesday in an ef-
fort to restore peace in Greece.
The Archbishop's first task will be
to form a new government.
There were indications that 85-
year - old Themostikles Sophoulis,
Dean of the Greek Liberal Party,
would be asked to head a new ad-
State Poles Ask
FDR To Assist
KALAMAZOO, Dec. 30-(P)-Am-
erican intervention in the Russian-
Polish boundary dispute was asked
in telegrams sent President Roosevelt
and other American officials at the
weekend by the Polish National Al-
liance's group here, one of the or-
ganization's three local units.
The message to the President,
typical of the others said: "If the
lofty ideals of. the Atlantic Charter
and the four freedoms are what we
are fighting for, then it is time to
protest Russia's unilateral grob of
Polish territory. Please use your in-
fiuence on behalf of Poland, our first

This Year's Disillusioninent Portends
Determination During Next 12 Months

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30.-Ameri-
can officialdom is winding up 1944
acutely conscious that for the United
States this has been in many respects
the most disappointing and disillu-
sioning year of the war.
Unjustified optimism about mil-
itary progress led them to believe
when this 12 months starts that by
tonight the war in Europe would
be won and the shift of forces to
the Pacific well started..
Perhaps the basic error in mili-
tary thinking, Allied as well as
American, has been to underestimate
the enemy's determination. It was
believed that when he was sur-
rounded and battered by land and
air he would surrender. A tremen-
dous series of victories east, south
and west, tightened the ring around
Hitler's fortress Europe but fell so
short of breaking Germany that the
enemy was able to wind up the year

military spokesmen ever admitted
except privately; the almost com-
plete destruction of German naval
power, which made this possible;
the Allied triumph in the air battle
of Europe; the Russian advance to

Warsaw and the Allied victory in
France; the unexpectedly fast prog-
ress in the Pacific, culminating in
the invasion of the Philippines; par-
tial completion of the Dumbarton
Oaks plan for world organization.

Students Buck Up, Gird for
Second New Year Celebration

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Hopeful '44' on the Battlefront
Is Replaced by 'Realistic '45'

SHAEF, Paris, Dec. 30.- OP)-
Hopeful 1944, a year when the Allies
might have won the war by collapse
within the Reich, has given way to a
realistic 1945, when the Allies expect
to win by hard and costly battles.
Field Marshal Karl Von Rund-
stedt's fierce counter-offensive, which
all but split the western front in
one anxious and critical week, helped

those were his objectives-provide
the hope for victory next year,
Although Gen. Eisenhower's win-
ter offensive from Holland to Switz-
erland was slapped to a standstill,
the speed and force with which Von
Rundstedt was contained showed the
weight of manpower and battle
equipment- the odds which will
forge victory in 1945.

With one New Year's Eve celebra-
tion already under their belts, hardy
University students will swing into
a second round of festivities tonight
to welcome in the new year and ring
out the old.
At 11 p. m. yesterday, 25 hours
ahead of schedule, celebrants at the
Michigan Union toasted the New
Year. Sticklers for tradition will
welcome the New Year tonight at 12
midnight (eastern war time).
Tomorrow Is Another Class
Celebration of the third war-time
New Year's Eve will be curtailed to-
night by knowledge that tomorrow is

Naval V-12 unit may be out until
12:30 a. m. and most Army units on
campus will have no bed check to-
The Dean of Student's has issued
no permits for private parties for
the holiday. Driving regulations,
suspended for the Christmas recess,
will remain in force today as usual.
Sweet Adeline?
Liquor rationing in Michigan and
the usual shortages of that variety
of holiday cheer assured a "safe-and
sane" New Year's. "Water will flow
like wine," one student predicted.
The only entertainment organized

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