MAJOR BATTLEDEVELOPS IN
Finland Army MovesTo Divide Red
WITH FINNISH ARMIES, on Salla Front, Jan. 20.—(U.P.)—Russian troops defended a strong outpost line at Lake Marka today but Finnish troops were steadily increasing pressure on their right flank in an effort to score a complete victory on the vital Salla sector of the north central front.
For the moment, the battle of Salla appeared to have slackened somewhat after a week of severe fighting during which the Red army forces fell back 30 miles from Lake Joutsi to Lake Marka and sought to consolidate their positions in defense of the village of Salla, which is now the key point of the conflict.Press on Steadly
There still was strong patrol action and the Finnish troops were pressing steadily against the Russian right flank both to prevent the Soviet forces from joining Red army units at Kuusamo, to the south, and to break up any attempts to start a new Russian offensive toward Kemijaervi.
ICY WEATHERSPREADS OVER
MOST OF U.S.
72 Deaths AttributedTo Severe Drop in
By United PressWintery blasts blew the length and breadth of the nation Saturday night, invading the southernmost reaches of Dixieland as well as imposing sub-normal temperatures upon frozen northern regions.
Only the Pacific seaboard escaped the Arctic influence.
No relief was in Sight from the cold wave which swept across the Canadian border a week ago tonight in the wake of a blizzard.Crops Endangered
The cold wave took a heavy toll of life and property. It was blamed for deaths from fire, fumes and freezing. In addition
to the property loss in fires, the freezing temperatures in the extreme south threatened citrus fruits and garden crops in Florida and the Rio Grande valley.