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Morning Herald (Newspaper) - May 20, 1944, Hagerstown, Maryland Good Morning Wear a poppy for the heroic war MORNING HERALD Weather Forecast Saturday partly cloudy becoming warmer in afternoon scattered ihundershowfers in west Americans Control Wakde Airfield Ground Forces Reported to Have Attained General MacArthur Java Heavily Bombed Advanced Allied New May 20 Yanks of the 6th Army have shattered mortar firing Japanese defense positions and won the strategic Wakde Isl and Douglas Mac Arthur announced The Americans the Wakde field the same day they stormed the beach of the one day after they took an eightmile beach head on the nearby Dutch New Guinea Taken By Surprise MacArthurs troops swept around the west side of the island and took the Japanese defenders by sur The flanking move pinned the Japanese defenders into a pocket a halfmile square on the northeast portion of the While the Americans were push ing their lightning invasion 110 miles northwest of which they took less than a month ago in another swifc amphibious the enemy struck back weakly at One Japanese raider came over the Hollandia sector and dropped a few bombs but little damage was the Generals communique The quick capture of the Wakde which MacArthur said pre sages the reconquest of all Dutch New came during the sec ond day of the jump up the coast The Gth Army invasion troops went ashore on the mainland in the Toem hit the beaches of one of the two islands on the Wakde The operations were unopposed Covering naval and aircraft then turned their gUQS rockets and bombs on Insoemoear Island the other in group which Continued on Page 2 WARNING IS GIVEN IN FORGERY CASES in Paroling Serves Notice on Future Offenders In two prisoners wbo pleaded guilty to Chief Judge Walter Capper in Circuit Court yesterday afternoon Bounded a warning to future the jurist is one of the worst of crimes and is es pecially serious at this time when the banks are with I want to give he that hereafter the court will re gard forgery in a very serious George William father of three who admitted fogg ing two chirks totaling about and Robert Eugene in a case involv ing were the two In both ihe court ordered resti tution the payment of Because o extenuating stances in both the court said that leniency was In the first jury trial at this session of criminal Lewis former night clerk at a local was acquitted on the charge of the theftof a radio from Maybelle a guest in the The jury deliberated but a brief Charles Watts and Charles Ed ward Greenr both wero found guilty of receiving stolen goods by the court in a case in volving the theft of a suit of cloth ing valued at 35 from Eyerlys Department Each was sen tenced by Judge Capper and Ass ciate Judge William Huster to serve six months in the House of who pleaded guilty to false pretense bad checks was paroled for three years on the condition that he make good the totaling SlO pay the costs and from Merckle said he was a former railroad man and later op erated a had been in jail for about three Max indicted for breaking and entering the Ameri can Restaurant on South Potomac was found not guilty by the The jurists said it was a case in which the charges were no proven beyond a reasonable Court adjourned until Mon day morning when the criminal docket will be Harrison Is Named Chairman of Board At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the town Gas held May Charles re signed as president and was elected chairman ot the George B vice president of the com pany was elected president to nil the vacancy created by Har risons Burton was elected vice president la addition to his preset position as Tin Cans Will Be Collected May 24 A collection of prepared tin cans has been scheduled for May it was announced yester day by Henry chairman of the Washington County Salvage Housewives are asked to have their cans prepared according to specifications and placed out for the Railroad cars have been assigned for the cans will be shipped So A detlnning WALSH TO ADDRESS lEGIONjXERCISES Attorney General to Speak on Memorial Day Program William Gen ral of Maryland and a member of the American will be the Memorial Day orator at ceremon ies to be held by Morris Frock Dost of the American Legion at Rose Hill1 cemetery on Sunday af May Attorney General Walsh is a ast commander of Fort Cumber and A short service in front of the memorial tablet in front of the House and a parade to the emetery will precede the exer ises at the cemetery The ervices will be memory of the dead of all Members of the Legion commit extend an to patri otic and civic and ispecially service men and ex ervice to The Municipal Band and the Sons of the Legion Drum Corps will take part in the Members of the Legion commit tee in charge are S to neb rak chairman Hubert Charles Howard F Floyd Strine and Charles In accordance with an estab lished custom of 20 Legion Poppy Day will be observed on Sat May Saturday pre ceding Memorial Orders To Call In 4F Men Received May 19 Chairman Holies of the Red Willow coaniy Selective Service Board said today he had received orders to call 4F registrants and discharged men for personal inter views in order to put everybody to work and declared its a general move that will be in print every where At State Selective Ser vice directs Guy Henningcr said that no orders to put every to work had been sent to local boards by the State office and that he had received no sucn orders from Washington head Belles sail his board also wiV publish a list of 4F registrants not m essential work but would not say whether that move was in cprdance with orders from Selec Service Mercury Drops To 49 Degrees Here Hagerstonians bedecked in sum mertime togs continued to shiver with the temperature never getting above and fall ing to a low of 49 at Chewsville Paul government weath er reported last It was the lowest maximum Mr Oswald has receded since Apri though on May 1 the tempera ture went down to Southwest breezes seemed to presage showers for today and con tinned the weather ob server predicted yesterday evening Temperature at 9 was SEVERE STORMS RAGE Des May 19 floods and the heaviest rain of the spring season claimed th lives of at least five Towans toda and left more than a score Injured property damage expected to read and thousands of acre of flooded and washed cro MAY 1944 NAZIS SHOOT 47 AIRMEN IN PRISON BREAK British Shocked Pro foundly by Mass Killings By LEWIS HAWKINS May 19 Fortyseven Domin on and Allied Air Force offi cers were shot to death after a mass escape two months ago rom a prison camp near Foreign Secretary Eden informed the louse of Commons add ng that the British govern ment was profoundly shock ed over the No Americans were involved in he which was discovered by Swiss inspectors nearly a month after it Eden in giving the sad report to he country said that 76 men had participated in the 15 were 14 remained at large and the others were some while resisting arrest and some in he course of a new attempt to es cape after in his account based on in ormation sc far available through Eden withheld con demnation of Germany as a viola or of international and he asked Parliaments patience pend a more complete report which he Swiss have been asked to Word Withheld International law permits the killing of escaping prisoners or hose resisting If there is no most severe penalty which can be imposed is The strongest argument against he Nazis was that although the men were shot March no word went outside Germany until the Swiss uncovered the incident in a routine inspection of the camp on April This wartorn islands bitterness against the Germans deepened with the All afternoon newspa pers in London told it under ban ner and the Evening oi pointing out editorially that no voluntary report was made by the said that Parliament Continued on Page 2 IN OREGON VOTING Governor Has Wide Mar gin in First Precincts Reported May 19 Governor Thomas Dewey of New York led in Presidential preference balloting and Wayne former Wai Labor Board ran ahead for the United States Senatorial nomination in incomplete returns tonight from Oregons Republican With control of the states 15 member delegation to the Repub lican National Convention at 152 of 1S2S precincts gave Dewey 2537 Commander Harold former Minne sota followed with John Bricker of Ohio had 260V opposing the bid of Sena tor Rufus Holman for renomi nation and a second led 4709 to 3959 in 171 Senator Guy serving by took an early lead and held on over former Governor Charles Sprague in the contest for a fouryear Senate Alabama For Dewey As Oregon voters expressed their Presidential nominee preferences Continued on Page 2 Meant Associated Press NO RELIEF SEEN FOR GAS USERS May 19 relief from gas rationing awaitt the American motorist in the foreieeable Ralph deputy petroleum admin istrator for today told the House Interstate Commerce committee on The date of relaxed reatHo on civilian oil consumption is just about as indefmte as when the war will said He said that the mili tary oil consumption today ap proximately equals but added there had been no shortage In the oil supply for military uses since the start of the BOARD APPROVES MINEWAGE PACT Pact Between UMW and Industry Heads Is Ratified May 19 The War Labor Board approved tonight the wage agreement reached be tween John Lewis United Mine Workers and more than 70 per cent of soft coal after a year long record of controversy and four general coal The decision was 10 to Tvith two of the four industry members The effect of the decision is to transfer the contractual obligation for existing wage and working con ditions from Secretary of Interior Ickes to the thereby per mitting probable withdrawal of Government control of the mines covered by the The decision does close the coal case inasmuch as the Southern Coal Operators Associa tion is not a party to the agree and therefore is not obligated to pay the 40 lump sum settlement for retroactive travel time The Southern operator group is contesting the principle of portal toportal pay in the while the day to day wages in all softcoal mines will be only those miners under the con tract will start collecting the back pay for travel Edward president of the Southern that group would not pay the is no Burke and no reason to compromise a liability that doesnt We propose to carry the court test to a final conclusion and to win UMW was out of the but a spokesman said the WLBs approval of the contract would restore confidence to the men and enable the industry to operate at a high productive He ventured the that the Southern operators would be obliged eventually to accept all the terms of the The WLB industry members who dissented were John McWilliams and Frederick They con in the portion call ing for the S40 retroactive Continued on Page 3 Former Banker Is Sentenced To Pen 19 ff Fed eral Judge William Coleman sentenced a former assistant cash ier of a Pocomoke City bank today to two years in a Federal penal institution on a charge of making false entries in the accounts of a Federal Reserve James had been responsible for hidden shortages for at least 15 causing 3 deficit of approximately in tbe Pocomoko City banks accounts court testimony Judge Coleman stated that ths case amounted to an aggravated and prolonged case of embezzel ment by an old and trusted official of a vital institution in the life of a Blaine was a church j Sunday school and a figure in Pocomoke City civic and fra ternal AntiPoll Tax Amendment Urged Republican Senators Offer iSew Article To Outlaw Tax May 19 three Republican members of the Senate introduced jointly today a proposed Constitutional amend ment to outlaw state poll Senator Wherry minority filed the petition bearing the names of all but four of the GOP Senate The move came in the wake of the early this of an attempt to bring an antipoll tax bill to a Senate The bill was shelved when a motion for debatelimiting cloture received far short o the required twothirds The proposed new Article of the Constitution reads The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state by reason o failure to pay a poll Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropri ate Eight Southern states now col lect poll Democratic Sena mostly from the fough the recent attempt to abolish the tax as a requirement for balloting in Federal elections on the grounc that Congress had no Constitu tional authority to interfere wltl state control of Battered Nazi Troops Retreat Under Attack On Hitler Line Fliers Wreck 125 Nazi Planes Berlin and Brunswick Are Founded in Renewal of Great Aerial Offensive By AUSTIN BEALMEAR May 20 groups of RAF ight bombers joined early to day in the renewed aerial as iault of Hitlers Europe to ollow up a heavy combined daylight raid on Berlin and Brunswick by American bombers and fighters At least one sector of the night attack was directed at the Nazis ormidable Atlantic wall defenses against the coming invasion and ame just in time to interrupt a postmidnight shelling of the Dov r coast by big German guns across the Other Raids Indicated The possibility that other RAF were plunging deeper into continent was indicated by jerman radio broadcasts that Al Jed planes were over western The night action came on the leels of a swirling aerial Battle which raged over Germany during the American thrust at the Reich In this savage bat Fortresses and Libera ls and their escorts shot down 125 Nazi planes at a loss of 26 bomb ers and 19 The smashing resumption of the offensive from British bases Drought out great swarms of Nazi fighters which had rested while weather checked the Allied on Battlea raged all over the but the Fortresses and Lib erators plunged through to rain an estimated tons of bombs on each of their Many Take Part thunderous renewal of the preinvasion aerial campaign after a fiveday lull from Britishbases saw a total of more than Al lied planes take to the skies and drop tons of After ihe bomber operationshad been completed escorted medium and light bombers of the Allied Expeditionary Air Force made a series of late evening stabs into Continued on Page 2 French Troops Move Into Castelforte APPROVE BUILDING OF LANDING CRAFT House Adopts Naval Bills After Heated De bate French mechanized equipment moves up into the Italian town of Cas telforte after it fell to the combined forces of the Fifth Army in the second day of the new spring offensive which breached the German Gustav AP May 19 Con struction of another million tons of landing craft was approved in the House today and Fish R NY promptly demanded that DouglasMacArthur be given most of the attack barges to carry the war into the heart of Though there was no disagree ment over the which was sent to the it touched off an acrimonious House debate over the blame for the Pearl Har bor When the shouting died the House speedily approved a sec ond Navy authorizing an extra for ordnance and pro duction including for development of rocket During debate over the landing craft Fish criticized the Navy for not realizing the need for these landing boats and said the Japanese are growing stronger and Their plane pro Fish has jumped from to a Kelley DPa interposed that if Fish had been as ambitious and energetic in this chamber be fore Pearl Harbor in talking about preparedness we would not have had to island hop in the Fish reported that he and other Republicans had fought to keep us out of war and if those who wanted us to get into war had suc ceeded six months before Pearl the Germans never would have attacked Russia and we would have been holding the war bag in the greatest disaster this country ever He challenged the Democrats to proceed with the court martial of Admiral Husband Kimmel and Walter the Pearl Harbor and let the people know who was respon Pat Cannon DFla punc tuated the argument with the ob servation that he thought it was the Japanese who were responsible for the attack on Pearl ALLIES CLOSING IN ON JAPANESE BASE Chinese and Americans Seize Myitkyina Airdrome Southeast Asia May 19 nese and American jungle fighters drove into the outskirts of Myit kyina yesterday after taking the mainJapanese airdrome two miles to the and two other ele ments of a threepronged drive converged on the big Japanese North Burma headquarters from the west and the the Allied Command announced Substantially reinforced by air borne Frank Merrills infantry stabbedboldly from the airfield toward the heart of the city another column to the west threw a roadblock across the MogaungMyitkyina after oc cupying Mayraw K a k a n and still another of maraud ers swept down from the Strangling blows were aimed at the same time at the enemys lines of Planes supporting Chin dit air commando operations to the south ripped Japanese positions 6 miles north of Bhamo with 500 pound and fragmentation Alongthe road from Bhamo to the Japanese were en gaged in sharp struggles to pro tect their supply route from Man dalay to In the vicinity of athwart another Japanese supply route from Japanese troops were storming an Allied roadblock Continued on Page 2 Youths Applying For Sea Service Opening of enlistment of youths 16 10 years old for the Mer chant Marine resulted in applica tions being taken out by 15 in this age it was reported yester day by Chief recruiter for the Maritime at the local SEmployment Ser vice Most of those applying told Watts they would be given the consent of their parents to enlist and one of the youths said he was anxious to get into the since he was discharged from the Navy because he enlisted without the consent of his parents while still a Watts said the applications far exceeded his expectations as the news that youths in the low age bracket could enroll in the Mer chant Marine was only made pub lic Wednesday Tenta tive plans are for a Maritime Ser vice doctor to come here next week with Watts on May to give physical examinations to the EISENHOWER BACK INSPECTS TROOPS PreInvasion Tempo Quickens in Great Britain JAMES LONG May 19 prein vasion tempo quickened tonight as General Eisenhower returned to supreme headquarters for an in spection of troops massed in Bri A curt announcement said the Allied commanderinchief had com pleted a quick visit to air and ground troops in England and Northern His visit occurred as Axis radios shouted descriptions embarkation ports jammed al manner of invasion material and noted the clearing of weather over the straits of Dover as bringing DDay The weather British isle have been having for the past six days put a full stop to all strategic said a German it remains to be seen whether brighter weather of the past hours will lead to improved landing It also was announced tonight that the and Princes Elizabeth had witnessed one of the biggest glider landings ever stagec in With Air Chief Marshal Trafford LeighMaliory and A commander of air borne they witnessed a sky darkening fleet of gliders that land ed and filled a field like a jammec parking They saw hundred of parachutists drop in faultless A threeway assault from the east and south may bring a final decision in Europe much earlier than pessimists the veteran British Empire states man Jan Christiaan Smuts said to day in an address at These confident words highlight ed the preinvasion news of the which found the Germans crowding roads in all of Western with final dispositions of firstlino shock troops being placed for a costal stand against the im pending German Forces Reported Reeling Under Heavy Allied Blows in Italy By EDWARD KENNEDY Allied Na May 19 un der Allied blows which had torn away the Gustav Line and engulfed more than 100 towns and villages in central battered German troops fell back in disorderly re treat through the Hitler Line today under a relentless An Allied spokesman declared that the American and French on slaught between the Liri valley and the Tyrrhenian Sea had thrown Nazis into a disorderly retreat in stead of a mere and that huge quantities of enemy equipment were falling into Allied Lines of German prisoners streaming to the rear became long and ever more masses of Al lied guns and armor and men went forward to press the Break Into Line American tanks and French in fantry broke into the Hitler Line at Sant Oliva on the Liri river 10 miles southwest of Sid Feder of the Associated Press re Ported in a dispatch from the This was the first disclosure that the doughboys had joined ths French in their slamming attack near the center of the battle front and indicated that American troops were advancing along a curving 16 mile front extending from the Liri river to the Gulf Gaeta near American troops pressing for ward near the coast were reported poised before an important road junction four miles northwest of The town was under heavy artillery Monte Fag lofty peak eight miles north of already was in American A Yank breakthrough at probably would compel the Ger mans to pull back into positions m a mountain range extending from Bondi southwestward to the sea near This defense Hue would be extremely vul nerable to an attack from the rear by Allied forces on the Anzio Defenders Desperate The desperate position of the Hitler Line defenders pointed to the fact that the Allies already had an excellent start toward their avowed objective of destroying the Nazi 10th An Allied spokesman announced that the Allied Fifth and Eighth Armies were fighting together as a single unit for the first time under Continued on Page 2 FIGHTER ACE BACK May 19 Don of Am erican fighter ace in has returned to the United States and is now in the War Department disclosed He comes back home credited with de stroying 30 enemy 23 ot them shot down in SOVIETS POISE FOR NEW DRIVE May 19 Rus although reporting another day of inactivity on the long east ern appeared to be poised tonight for a final great offensive from the Baltic to the Black Sea to fit in with the surge in Italy and the prospective opening of the western front by the Americans and the Tonights Soviet communique said there were no essential changes during the day along the eastern land noting simply that 43 enemy planes were shot down But there were several indications that the Rus sians preparing for a YOUTH IS ACCUSED IN FATAL ACCIDENT Charles Keller to Pave In voluntary Manslaught er Charge Charles Madison ave who is alleged to have driven the car which crashed into a con crete bridge near Greencastle early yesterday killing one and injuring three of the six is being held in the Chamhersburg jail for a charge of involuntary manslaugh Samuel son of and Philip 400 block of Fremont died at the Washington County Hospital at I yesterday arid Wil li Madison was suffering at the hospital from a fractured and possible internal His condition last night was reported fairly Two other boys who were injured in the Richard Madison and Ralph Elizabeth ware treated at the hospital and dis Chief of Police Oscar Ambrose of Greencastle stated last nfght that Keller is expected to plead guilty to the charge when the case comes probably on May Richard Elizabeth whose brothers car Keller was fined and coats on a charge of drunken and disorder ly and released The Chevrolet sedan wag wreck ed almost beyond repair whtn It crashed into the side of the con crete bridge a abort distance out
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