Abilene Reporter News, January 31, 1944

Abilene Reporter News

January 31, 1944

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 31, 1944, Abilene, Texas WAR BOND SCORE 4th War Loon quote Sales Saturday i this month Shortage UPjje Abilene toorter MORNING YOL. LX1II, NO. 228. WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRfENDS OR FOES .WE SKM CH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES'-Byron A TOCAS NEWSPAPER ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY MORNING, JANUARY 31, 1944 -TEN PAGES Associated Prea (API Unlltd Prea (Vf.) PRICE FIVE CENTS Air Warriors Take Spotlight As Allies Smash At Marshalls, Rabaul, Germany Widely Separated thrusts Reported By LEONARD AHLLIMAN Associated Press '.Var Editor In coordinated air strikes miles apart, American bombers showed their dominance; of the Pacific skies with .another one-sided victory over Rjbsul and in a series of pre- 'iff.'asion blows on the mid-Pacific Marshall islands. lit Mrs. Walker's ites Conducted Funeral for Mrs. Stanley Walker Men- York, who died Saturday flrsht in Hendrlck Memorial hos- pital, was held Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist church with Dr. E. B. Atwood, o! the "Bible de- partment of Hardin-Simmons uni- versity, ofiiclating, assisted by the %IV. 'Millard A. Jenkens, paslor. Burial was in the local cemetery. Dr. Atwood referred to Mrs. Walk- as a "sweet, precious and happj one who will greatlj missed because of Ihe joy she had jn her life and gave lo others. He she was one of the most popu- lar Instructors of Hardin-Simmons before she went east, the popularity coming from her ability to be cheer- ful at all .because of her in- terest .in the students, and her bsauty, charm and vivaclousness. had the ability of her fa- ther to make and 'keep he said. Dr.-Atwood cited the Biblical.pic lute ol Thrist with--hls'disctaic dtoitly before.; his djath'.-at.f Jtuji? fflien Christ' knew to-be persecuted and Wiled. He said'th Iff A wns the Isast worried of al present because of His knowledge o the hereafter. It also wa's pointed out that most and grief come from sin, un- certainty and tcreavemenl, but there need be no cause for sorrow when consideration Is given to the joys beyond. Dr. Atwood also said trou- bles were given all'peoples ..to test them and to strengthen them for a for Christ. "God has more for us than hap- he asserted. Music was provided by Mrs. Anna 1 Daniels, who sang Ruby Morris was at the organ. 0 Pall-bearers were Lt. Col. Roy Bradley. Camp Bowie; H. D. Mar- tin, Dallas; Tom Brownlec. Lloyd McCarty and Dr. R. N. Richardson, Abilene; ar.d Paul Williams, Breck- cnridge. mMrs. Walker was the daughter oi Mrs. J. D. Sandefer and the late Dr. J. D. Sandefer, president of Hardin-Simmons lor 31 years. She was the former Mary Louise Santie- ffr and was the wife of Stanley Walker, prominent New York news- paperman and nalive pi Lampasas. who she married in 1923. She was a member of the First Baptist church ot Abilene. Thirty to 42 fighters were :hot out of the New Britain skies from a defending force of 70, the Southwest Pacific communique reported Mon- day. Another 20 probably were demolished on the 'round. This brought to more ihan 500 the number of Japa- nese planes definitely or prob- ably destroyed this month in the aerial battle to eliminate Rabaul as the- keystone oi Japan's southern defenses. Tokyo radio, which the dny be- fore had said no hope could be held for Rabaul, yesterday referred to the invincibility of Japanese defense ot the crumbling fortress. It claim- PEARL HARBOR, Jan. 30 Carrier task forces pound- ed and Roi islands and Maloclap and Wolfe atolls with hundreds upon hundreds of tons of bombs today, the sec- ond successive day. ed more American planes .were shot down in a single than the 71 that have been accounted by the Americans as lost in all of January. .In the. Central Pacific, Army, Navy and Marine planes operating thf Gilbert, islands made.seven raids islands Fri- day and Friday -night, preceding Saturday's bombardment by dive bombers and torpedo planer from what may be the largest aircraft carrier force ever assembled. Fighter opposition was en- countered only over Taroa air- drome on Maloclap atoll, and that was comparatively weak. Two Nipponese planes were shot down-in thrre raids on Taroa. "Our losses were Ad- miral Chfster W. said in his report last night. Other tar- gets for the land-based planes vcre Wotje, Kwaj'aleih and Ja- luit atolls. Ten weeks of raiding by Army and Navy planes, greatly steppei up in the last ten days, have fore- shadowed invasion of the Cora chain. The attack by American tor- pedo planes and dive bombers wid- Ralph Royce Wins DSM Award rAino Tan M-JiPi Mai Gen CAIRO. Jan. cen. Royce. commander ol Am- j (Iat toQ3 w Soviets Race For II Miles Away By JAMES M. LONG LONDON, Monday, Jan. 31 Gen. Leonid A. Govo- rov's Leningrad army racing toward the 30-milc-wide Nar- va gap between tlie Gulf of Finland and Lake Peipus swept up 50 more localities yesterday, capturing the rail junction of Veimarn, only 17 miles from the Estonian bor- der, Moscow announced early today. Veimarn is 7 1-2 miles from Klngisepp, last rflil station short of the frontier oi) the line to Narva, and the Moscow radio said German colonists were fleeing from the Bal- tic area along with retreating Nazi Ircops. Sixty miles to the south, another Red Army under Gen. K. A. Mcre- tskov. which had cut llic railway to Vilebsk running through Batet- skaya, pounded out a nine-mile vcstward gain to seize Veliskoe elo, 17 miles southeast of Luga, which U a junction on the last Ger- man escape line to Pskov. This thrust and others to the lortheast :pul Meretekov's men vitliin striking distance of Bate- whence a spur line links the Leningrad-Vitebsk railway with he Leningrad-Pskov line at. Luga, 18 miles to the'west. One Soviet unit alone killed 800 Germans yesterday 'in the area, and captured three' tanks, .ten guns, and two ammunition dumps, said a night broadcast" by end recorded by the Soviet monitor. Other Russian units, which' on Saturday had cleared the final stretch of the Moscow-Leningrad trunk line pushed on west to seize the rail stations of Kaslyeuskaya and Yeglino, seven 'miles apart, on the Leningrad-Novgorod line. These Soviet forces, aided by troops on skis huntinj down badly manlcd and scattered Ger- man units in the forests, vere hurling the Germans back acros a Und with Should the Germans attain the Lenin- grad-Pskov railway eventually they probably will find It cut by Meretskov's men below Luga Junction. The bulletin taid the German: built various engineering and art ificial .obstacles along Ihe few for- est roads, but Ihe Russians pressed on to take. 30 localities during llv j i vj ALLIES ADVANCE ACROSS Armj roops advance along a road a few miles inland from (he s'ettuno, Italy, beachhead. AP Wirephoto via Signal Corps Yanks Pierce Gustav Line ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Al- lers, Jan. tanks and Infantry, teamed closely in Ihe Russian style, broke into the Gustav ine's forward wall today In a figlit- ng advance made possible by Am- rican engineers who spanned Ger- man-made floods in the Rapido riv- r bottom with a log bridge and orduroy road built under enemy hellfire. The flanking thrust, climaxing 48 lours of bloody battling, carried the Americans lo one point norlli of lassino and a litle more than a nd in pla ened the path for a possible land- Jn n paa Inc the skiers wiped out 400 Germans g operalion. Main power of the assault was directed against Ihe three strongest and most bitterly defended atolls. All arc in the middle of the sprawl- ing Kwajalcin, air, shipping and probable naval center: Maloclap, mounting the heaviest fighter opposilion; and nearby Wolje which has both air and sea- plane facilities. Composition of the attacking forc- es was r.ct disclosed. But the sur- prise bombardment was wider in scope, and therefore probably car- ried out by it bigger force than the Dec. 4 carrier raid on the Marshails in which sis Japanese ships, IncM ing lwo crulscrs were erlcan forces in the Middle East, was awarded the Distinguished Ser- vice medal today for "exceptionally meritorious and distinguished ser- vice as commander of the First Air at Mitchell Field (N. Y.) from April to Aug. 1913." Brig. Gen. Patrick Jay Hurley, president Roosevelt's special rep- resentative, made the award. m Since the conquest in late Nov- of the Gilbert islands, 300 miles to the southeast. American Naval leaders have repeatedly Indi- cated Ihe Marshalls would be in- adcd and have lalked of assem- Sce PACIFIC, rg. 10. Col. 1 IHE WFATHFR V. S. nrrAHTMF.ST or COMMFRCT Vi EATIIER BUREAU ABILENE ANn VICIMTV rirlly cooler Tntsdij with TBtidi? roornTnr dt- TEXAS: nm. sfiltrred llehl In last fcnd trtpttt Monday and Tatidk? OMrr In portion TnMdAT. 1VT.ST TEXAS: Faitlj rlonay Mijndu nd Cotdrr in Panhandlr and Snath rlaini ;Rn. AM Sal. HOl.'K. Sun. TM Sat SI -'I....., s; si _ 11 it _ in........in.. so _ 51........ll.. 55 m. fO and Ifi. nirh arid) lev and 10. nilM: UnltM: K3 _ fi.l K4 r.; ct r.( h.', 13 J3 59 .i6 51 51 .tlltl 10 9 and captured an ammunition dump At the lower end of a heaving '231 mile front the second Baltic arm; under Gen. Markian M. Popo1 pushed on west and northwest o Novosokolniki, captured Saturdas to seize several strongpoints 1 miles beyond Novosokolnikc, or less titan 60 miles from Latvia. The upper wing of GovoroV troops striking toward Estonia wa advancing swiftly on a 30-mile fron from the Gulf of Finland to a poin south of the railway to Kingiscpp and Narva. Tlie midnight commu- nio.ue said Ihc Russians had cut off and rcuttd a German regiment, capturing many guns, mortars, machincgvms, hundreds of supply carts, nnd other booty. RAF Bombers Rock Berlin, Brunswick, Hannover Hit LONDON, Monday, Jan. 31 Air Force bombers struck shattered, fire- blackened Berlin again last night to carry on the tremendous pro-invasion Allied air of- fensive, it was announced today, after mighty armadas of U. S. heavy bombers pounded airplane factories at Brunswick and industries and railway yards at Hannover in daylight. This latest Britisli raid was the Hth recent major attach in the campaign lo obliterate the German capital, the prime target of the Reich which was given its hardest blow by British planes last Thursday. The American Flying Fortresses and Liberators will) their fighter escort penetrated through one of the most violently defended aerial regions in the world to reach their targets yesterday and shot down 91 Nazi planes. The attack came while British and Dominion light bombers and fighters swept over Northern France and Holland In operations which rcsulled hi the downing of 12 more enemy planes, bringing the tolal bag for Ihc day lo 103. A Joint Dritish- Amerlcnn communique announced that 20 heavy bombers and five fighters failed to return from all rlitler Warns of "Hardest Task' mile from lhal stubborn bastion of the Nazi defenses. The Germans had diverted the river lo make the lowlands a morass, but Sherman tanks rumbled boldly and safely across Hie sturdy log road, and once oil firm ground tore through German wire lo pin the enemy in his machlnegun nesls as Ihe American foot soldiers came up wilh guns and grenades. The soldiers walked close behind (heir tanks, stepping In the tread tracks to avoid the Nazi anil-per- sonnel mines which the tanks ex- ploded onlsily but harmlessly. In the Invasion area below Rome. WITH FIFTH ARMY TROOPS SOUTH OP ROME, Monday, Jan. 31 refugees from Rome said today the Germans generally were withdrawing from the leaving behind demoli- tion troops.to blow up specific buildings. (The" evacuation angle was not elaborated, but both German JigiirM snd ranking Fascists were reported earlier to have headed north from Rome, where the rumble of artillery fire Is already heard. Nor was It brought out whether the. Home troops were moving north or'joiniiiB the embattled divisions In the south ns British and American troops were tangled with the Germans today in series oJ bitter fights along the perimeter of the Anzlo bridgehead. CAB DRIVER KILLS WIFE, SELF IN STREET SHOOTING Olga Harrcfcon, a Yellow Cab [soldiers jumped from the cab. and Enemy Cruiser Sunk CAIRO. Jan. 5.000- ton enemy cruiser has been sunk in Zara Harbor, Italy, by fighter- bombers of the Soulh African and j Australian Air forces, a front-line report from Italy said today. driver, shortly after 10 o'clock last I night shot and fatally wounded' his wife and Ihen killed himself with a shot which entered the right ear. Mrs. Hnrrelson lived but a few minutes and was dead on arrival at Hendrick Memorial hospital. The shooting- occurred at First street and Sales boulevard. Four soldiers who were across the street waiting for a bus lold officers the cab turned south from First street and traveled BS far as Second, where it did a U-turn av.d came back. It was turned into the drive- way of Cities Service station No, 2. Harrelson climbed from behind the wheel, walked around the rear of the cab and over to where his wife was standing on the sidewalk, a lew feel away. Without a word. It was reported, he fired a shot into his wife's head, turned back toward the cab. look two steps and fired into his own car. According to the witnesses, three ran. The soldier to whom the wom- an had been talking had already 'aded away rapidly. Tlie body of Mrs. Harrelson fell OH Ihe sidewalk, while that of her husband toppled Into Iho boiilc- k-ard. Officials of the Yellow Cab com- pany said Harrelson came to Abi- lene recently from kuox Cily. fdenllficilion of both dead pcr- soai was made from chauffeur's li- censes In (heir pockets. The I of Mrs. Hnrrelson contained the ad- dress Lake Side Camp. At HcntirJcIt hospital ll was said :hc woman's head bore powder burns and a single bullet. Near Har- rclscns body was a .32-calibre re- volver from which two shots had been lircd. Mrs. Harrclson apparenlly wa. cnroule home from ita Chlckci Shack with a lunch. she was holding a box ol hoi fried chicken packed by the establishment. I Sunday Rally Puts Scurry Areas Over lop in Bond Drive SNYDER. Jan. 30 Tak- ing the stand that since there Is no Sunday recess in lighting there should be no recess In Fourth Wr.r Loan Bond buying, citlwu nf tlie Midway and Camp Sprints com- munities held a rally Sunday aft- ernoon at Midway and calmly went well over Ihe top. The communities' qtio'.a was S3.000 PLANES FIRE JAP fiercely, a Jap light cruiser spins in death throes in Kwajaloin harbor following attack by planes off U. S. carrier at lliat prize Jap base in the Marshall islands. Lewis Duke, attendant of the fill- ing stalion, said lie heard two fhcl.s and .rnii from the office in time !o sec three, soldiers leave the cob anil run. The bodies of the man and woman, he said were lying on the ground. Duk? called police. The snols and bodirs allraclcd n large crowd and traffic officers were on duty for over nn hour keeping lanes clear nt First and Saylcs. Dan Abbott, acting county attor- ney, said he will hold an to- day nt the court house, with Ihe soldiers as witnesses. The bodies ol Mr. ar.d Mrs. Har- rclson were taken to the Laughter funeral home. Allied forces made some gains and :hresv back another Nad counter- attack near Bordo Montello. seven miles southwest of Cisterna. The towns of Bordo Montello and Campo Norto, northeast of Anzio, and Can- loniera and Carroceto north of Anzlo, are firmly in Allied hand. (A dispatch from the bridgehead area dated Friday said six Allied infantry lo DO.OOO had been put ashore sud were being reinforced with armor and heavy artillery.) (William Sloneman, rcprc- sertUnr the combined American press at the bridgehead said Die Fifth Array has lost Us art- vantage fnllaivlni-Jht surprise the enimy has bad time to Rour In .troops, collect his wits and prepare for the defense of Rome and Ihe roads up from ihe south. The Germans have land communi- cations, while the Allies must depend on vulnerable sta lanes, be "Id, Indicating the possibili- ty "of a prflly extensive stale- male." T'Though are within a short day's iralh of Rome and can see Its environs wilh the naked eye, notiorty must loo shocked if itt don't make lite grade in a he dcclar- td.l Somehow the Germaiis had switched the Rapido river from its normal bed at a point thrcc-and- half miles north o[ Casslno. nnd tent its water surging over the rond along ils eastern bank. 11. S. forces were using Ihe roarl to move reinforcements and supplies (o the front, nnd the problem thus was presented to American cngl- cers. The Arv.ericana have been light- without respite for nine days. Thrown back after a first crossing of the napldo, they returned and now arc confronted by difficult heights bristling with German posi- tions. The natural goal of Iroops as- saulting the Guslav line would be to Join with ttic Allied forces youth of Rome. But so far their art' vanccs appear to average only one mile of the 70 separating Ihe two Filth Army groupsi Tills Is perhaps the most serious aspect of current operations in It- aly. Hitler has ordered Cenlrallt- aly held at all costs, nnd flic Gus- tav line Is his outer bastion in Italy. While the Invasion forces below Rome still have maslery of Ihe iltuatioii, Ihey have not yet. on the operations. Ol the 91 German planes brought down during the raids on the German cities. 46 fell before the ;uiis of the Flying Fortresses and Liberators, and the escorting long- range Mustangs, Thunderbolts and lightnings accounted for 45. Tbls was the fourth day of an unprecedented Brlttsh-Amerlcan aerial offensive in which It En estimated that tons ot bombs hare shaken Germany and occupied Europe. The American heavy bombers stabbed 450 miles into the heart ot Hit Reich to deliver their blows. Berlin. Frankfurt, and now Bruns- wick and Hannover have borne the brunt of a staggering assault by a force cslimatet} at British and American planes in the greatest sustained of Ihe war Thus far [tils' great offensive has cost the Allies 164 heavy bombers, while the Nazis have lost at'least 215 ol Ihelr first line lighters. In the last two days American planes alone have shot See RAF BOMBINGS, Tg. 10, Col. fli Vote Bill May Be Compromised WASHINGTON. Jan. 30 Signs of a compromise emerged In LONDON', Jan. 30 HH- er told Isis bomb-groggy people to- day they faced "the hardest'task ninglnnblc" this year and exhorted liem to persevere so Hint the fight may "end In the biggest victory of Ihc German Rilch In spite of all the devilish [ricks ol oar opponents." "From this light can emerge only or.e victor and this --111 be either Germany or Soviet ha warned in n sprcch broadcast by Berlin radio nnd recorded by the Associated Press. Hitler's address, made wllhin 24 hours afiei- Ihe Allies' greatest day- lishl aerial assault upon Gsrmnny, was a subdued, gloom-filled oration marking the llth anniversary of his rule. He scarcely mentioned tho military situation and devoted al- most all attention to his old thesis that national socialist Germany stood ns Europe's only bulwark ngainst the "Bolshevik Soviet, Russia. He uttered his usual dire imprecations against "Interna- Uonnl Jewry." Hitler auerlrd Britain already has lost hir position on tho continent and declared >fler the 'war "thc-'iruestlon face both Britain and the Unit- ed Statts "Is not whelher they will be able to fight Bolshevism but whether they will be able to defend themselves against Bolshevism In their own coun- tries." Not once did Hitler shout'u ha once did, nor did he tnnke his cus- tomary' threats ot reprisals for tho Allied bomb destruction being visit- ed on Germany. At the end Hitler uttered words lo his suffering people: "However the storm mny rage and how! nround our fortress, in the end It will nbale one day like every thunderstorm and from the dark clouds ngain the sun will shine on those who steadfastly nnd unfllnch- Ihc bitter armed forces voting con-' true to their faith, did their Iroversy today, despite expressed j >-__________________________ dclcnninalion ot admlnlslrallon j Ballinger Ensign Killed in Crash BALLINGER, Jan. 30 Ensign Gilbert Raymond Shiller, son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Shlllcr. Route 1. was killed Satur- day morning at In or near Galvcston. according to Inlonrm- llon received here. The report said two training planes crashed, killing backers to pilot their war ballot bill through Congress without change. Senator Danaher (R-Conn) work- ed up a proposal he hopes will sil- ence the argument of "stale rlghl- crs" who contend the administra- tion bill works ngnlnst states that want to handle lliclr own armed sen-Ice absentee voting In this country. In the house, supporters of the unliorm federal war ballot claimed a growing strength nmon? south- ern Democrats who. nt Ihc outset, furnished practically all the oppo- sition from wilhln the nriminlstra- lion party. With his compromise nmendmcnt in the senale. D.vnaher would rc- Inin the federal war for president, vice president nnd members of every- one in the armed forces stnlioned inside or outside Ihe United States. Voters in uniform in this country who waul lo a stale ballot Eddie Cantor Is a figure thought large lor Ihe ru- 1-Man Soles Staff ral areas. But when sales had bun 1 ended at Ihc rally had been the basts of Allied announcements, could do so by using the federal reached the Applan way and the procedure. If their states are will- railway paralleling It. Ing. SEARCH FOR FLYER'S BODY IN Ft. PHANIOM LAKE FRUITLESS Volunteer bcatir.cn Sunday un- covered a clue In the search for Ihc body of the aviator who para- chuted into rhanlom Hill lake Fri- day, and llicn proceeded to lose II. Ten boats. drag lines an-I hooks, patrolled the lake all day Sunday ar.d cccupanu. of one snag- ged pieces of the wine of the flier's p'.ane. They anchored an oar at the jpo: and went to gel a pcrman- paid to make Midway and Canvp Springs Ihe firtl Scurry county areas lo top their goals. Mrs. Guy Casey Is bond chairman, while the Roy Shahan, Bapllst in Snyder, made the rally address. E. O. Wcdgcworth, county chair- man, said about of the J397.000 goal has been raised, but he expected the drive to be succcss'- I ful. i vslltw IVJ o SAN FRANCISCO, Jar.. cr.l marker to facilitate the search. Eddie Canlor. film comedian, sold worth of irar In his 24-hour marathon war bond campaign ever radio KPO ending at 6 a. ni. today. At one point In the "open house" program, a drum corps of 2< Chin- ese children marched Into the sta- tion playing "Chinatown." Cantor When Ihcy came back, occupants of another boat liad picked up Hie oar and the place lost. Divers who were expected to ar- rive frcm Corpus ChrlMi to aid in the hunl failed to make an appear- ance, b-.it sent word they probably would be here early loday. Abilene firemen ar.d, lale In Ihi purchaser! and presented them with day, policemen were among She a bond. along with many others. Although the drag lines were kept busy all day. plane remnants were the only results obtained. No tdenllficallon of Ihe mitsjng flier has been made and officers of the Ahllr-ne Air base declined to make any commcnls mill! Ihc man Is officially Identified and his next of kin notified. The officers Indi- calcd [hey have no knowledge of who Ihc flier might tc. The search started shortly after persons liviiu "car tlie lake saw a plane partially explode In the air and its occupant parachute down. The they said, landed In Ihc lake and cried lor help byl before boats could be moved to the spot both man and parnchjte had disappeared. Prior to finding of Ihe plane remnants it w.i.s thought the plane landed out of the water. [our fliers. Time for tlie funeral will be an- nounced when the body arrives here. Klllough-Davis funeral home will be in charge. Ensign Shiller had been ed at Cero Beach, Fla., since Jan. 6 as an inslructor. He entered the Navy on June, 1943. ar.d had pri- mary training at Athens. Ga., basic at Memphis, Tenn.. and advanced nl Pensacola, Fla. He received his commission at Pensacola. and was stationed at Milburn, Fla.. before going to She Great Lakes Naval trelning ccnlcr In Michigan lor training in carrier flishl. Graduating from high school at Ekidmorr. Ensign Shiller attended Hardin-Simmons university and Abilene Chrlsllan college where ho had civilian pilot training. He Is survived by his parents, who live nine miles west of Balling- er; three sisters, Mrs. Kilmer Salge, Tynan. Mrs. Laurine Earhart, Brownwood. and Ruby Shiller, also of Brownwood; a brother. Leroy of Ballinger: his grandmother. Mrs, Frances Shiller of Wichita Falls. Simple Services For William White EMPORIA. HAS. Jan. 30 Simplc funeral services for William Allen White, famous editor of the Emporia Gazelle, vill bo held In the Memorial chapel of the College of Emporia nt 4 p. m. tomorrow. While died Saturday at the age of 75. The Rev. Stephen J. Williams, pastor of the First Congregational church of which White was a mem- ber, will officiate. DO YOU VALUE YOUR CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS WORTH? PAY YOUR POLL TAX BEFORE FEB. 1st! ;