The Charlotte News
Monday, November 15, 1943
Site Ed. Note: The front page reports that the Red Army had bolted 42 miles since the capture of Zhitomir on Saturday and advanced to within 35 miles of the old Polish border, taking Baranovka. General Nikolai Vatutin's First Ukrainian Army, west of Kiev, still was 150 miles from the old Polish border.
American B-25 bombers raided rail facilities in Sofia, Bulgaria. Berlin radio threatened reprisal against London for the raid, proclaiming Bulgaria not at war with the Allies and so presenting an unjustified target.
In the Dodecanese Islands, the battle for Leros remained inconclusive as British troops improved their position and held the town of Leros against the invading Germans.
Italian ground fighting was in a lull because of bad weather.
On the domestic front, Governor John W. Bricker of Ohio threw his hat in the ring for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1944.
Gerald L. K. Smith, reactionary former America Firster, said, after a chat with Senator Robert Rice Reynolds, that he favored the Senator for the presidency.
On the editorial page, "On the Level" contrasts the secrecy of pre-Armistice peace talks during World War I and the 1915 Allied treaty endorsing territorial aggrandizement to the new atmosphere created by the Atlantic Charter in August, 1941 and, more recently, by the Moscow Agreements, renouncing imperialism and doing so openly before the world.
"The Lippards" rejoices at the final commitment of the notorious Mecklenburg bootleggers to their sentences on the roads, all appeals having been exhausted.
Raymond Clapper looks at the candidacy of John Bricker and finds him a realistic possibility for the Republican nomination and even winning the presidency in 1944, reminding that FDR was not considered a great public figure while Governor of New York.
Governor Bricker would instead be the vice-presidential nominee with Thomas Dewey.
Samuel Grafton complains that the Government yet did not know how to deal with Charles De Gaulle, despite his increasing power over the Free French. Likewise, the Government did not yet seem to recognize the French underground, treating it more as illusion than reality. Mr. Grafton urges the practical men of the Government to understand that the future of France lay with De Gaulle and the underground and that absence of U.S. recognition could lead to a post-war France which would hate the United States.
Drew Pearson, after looking at former Republican National Committee Chairman John D. M. Hamilton's prediction that Thomas Dewey, not the popular favorite Wendell Willkie, would grab the Republican nomination in 1944, examines the Tail-Waggers' Club for finding stray dogs, being established by wealthy socialite Elvie Robert. Ms. Robert had sought to induce Doris Duke Cromwell to enter her twelve dogs in the club to provide it with panache. Ms. Cromwell, the richest woman in the world, balked, however, when informed that there were dues of a dollar per dog.
It presented the case of the edge of Doris Duke.
"...Eleven dollar bills, you only got ten."
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