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Publication: Abilene Reporter News February 6, 1944

Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1944, Abilene, Texas WAR IOND SCORI 4lh War Loan quota Salet Saturday Salei thil month Shortage Abilene Reporter OR WITH OH'ENSU TO FRIENDS OK I-'OliS Wli SKETCH WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GDI'S -Byron SUN tVQL. LrXIII, NO. 234 A TEXAS NEWSPAPER ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 6, 1944 -THIRTY-FOUR PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Prea ff.P) Unlltt lUf.) PRICE FIVE CENTS 290 Miles From Germany jojo PUNNED PRISONER TOMES, SAYS VICTIM" Nazi Losses Heavy jliiln'4 c4tll ie Hficimrri In IIP n bplipf that H'C Cflil DP In Rescue Efforts (EDITORS NOTE: Morris Harris, veleran Associated Press correspond- ent in East Asia and Shanghai bu- reau chief al Ihe time of Pearl Har- bor, here reports his views on U.e Japanese high com- knew about the atrocities on Balaan.l Hi MORRIS HARRIS WASHINGTON, Feb. taln official quarters here are re- Vportcd as suggestion that the Big Shots in Tokyo didn't know about the atrocities on Bataan. From many years of direct ex perience with the Japanese military imprisonment in lillhy and continual, nerve. tracking this: 'can say The Bij Shots In Tokyo probablv knew. .2. If they didn't, II bt- eause they didn't want tn. 3. If by some chance they didn't know, they still re iponsible for these atrocities be- cause they shaped the policy of ruthless conquest which impli- be as charitable as them. There may have been a few Jap- anese in Japan proper who didn't mow what was going on in Bataan, but you can take il from people who liave been through the Japanese mill that sucli Japanese were not among Japan's military master mmds or their subordinates. With many others, I watched them work their barbarities in the Orient for years before they got to Bataan and Correiidor. If there are Americans who would excuse Tokyo leaders on grounds of ignorance for what their army did in the Philip- pines, then these Americans are in- dulging in the same kind of wishfi' thinking that preceded Pearl Har- bor and which could make this war in the Pacific even more costly thai it is already destined lo be. The truth is that Jap super-war- HIdc-kl Tojo hinl- only know of the barbar- ous actions of their armies, they are the very authors of these acts. That Is not to say lhat they know every detail, They don't wa.nl to know the de- tails. These are left to the actual killers and trained thugs on the But the' super-lords in Tokyo tout ajto laid down the Inhuman policy of conquest for the "glory" of Japan al the expense of peaceful neighbors. Tht file of Ihe underdo? lias been clear ".V. slaond in the way of Imjc Nippon must be crushed. The declared purpose of (lie Jap anese militarist Is to drive the white man from Asia and as much farther as possible. Behind this purpose is horrified into losing our will to ight back and Into asking for peace. "You must suffer so that II and when you go home wil.' !ell your people what It means to oppose Ja- a high. Japanese inquisitor ilandly told me when I was a prh- ner In Shanghai after Tearl Har- Such statements came fioirt offi- cers with stars on theiv men In real authority. They weren't sergeants or shavetails intoxicated with momentary power over a help- less were the first line of officialdom away.from Tojo. "Thli is Ihe lint In which you (America) arc (alng la have to put out in lirci and luffer- they dinned into me while I Has their they put a stinkinr prism. The dead of died un- der concrete plan that origin- ated in Tokyo. Second in Area----- 'Callahan County lops Bond Quota Callahan became the second county in West Central Texas to climb over the top in the Fourth War Loan drive, a downtown rally at Baird clinching the quota of B. H. Freeland, Callahan county judge and dr.iye chair- a man, reported Saturday's sales as J- A street sale had been planned, Judge Freeland'reported, but rain drove the bond buyers inside. The however, lost no enthusiasm in the in crowded "district courtroom and a vlocal bond: "buying record ta was Fisher county Vhicli met a goal of Thursday. Eulton county, southwest of here, _ also. topped, its quola ol W Saturday. Here's the bond box score on counties in this area: to Bordcn S4.831 Callahan Over lop Coleman 523.840 Fisher Over lop Howard Jones Mitchell Nolan Runnels Scurry Shackelford Taylor 2.933.282 Throckmorton 124.000 421.000 Practically every chairman In the (urea expressed confidence last nighl that his county will reach the goa' before the drive closes. The War drive out winner in this deal. As the halls on Ihe second floor of the Alexander buildint were selling (o a janitor shorlaje, Ihe girls em- ployed on that floor agreed to scrub the halls if the men wnrfc- injt on thf floor would buy some War Bonds during the Fourth War Loan drive. The men chipped in SGOO and now the Rirls mtisl hold up their end of the bargain. Shackelford county was knockin: the rtoor with against a quota of "We expert to 50 over In day or so." said Chairman John F. Srdwlck. "Several pledjes are in that have not been counted, 50 we're sure to make it." Shnckclford had sold I Sre MJMF.ROUS, Pajc 13, Col. I Taylor county was slightly over short of its ?ourtU War Loan quota at the close if business Saturday 'night- but >urchases of Series E bonds were agging badly. On a quota of for E ccuritlcs. onlv sS07.321.50 lias been Jurchased to date. During a week which saw bond and intensified drives in learlv all parts of the county, sales of ell securities rose from DS1.80 reoorted last Saturday to an overall tola! of last night, according to figures released oy C. M. Caldwell, county chair- lan. On sales of all classes of bonds Merkel reported S54.84D sold the t week to brins their tolal for the Fourth drive to O :hese sales, was for Series E. a record high percentage ovei all the county. Trent doubled bond purchase, the past week with 512.599 sold ti bring their drive total to Nearly one-fourth of this tola! went for Scries E's. Greatest sales increase in th county this week was registered a Tuscola whcrr S58.956.25 was addn to bring Ihe tolal to date to 956.25. Of this total. wa in Scries E. Lockett Shclion. assistant re- gional manager of the War Finance committee, described the county as doing well on its overall quota, but fallin? alarmingly short on the T. securities. Medals to Wife P. Widmer Dies at 84 George P. Wicimer, 84, resident 18 S3. died yester- ay afternoon at his home, 1933 ollege, after an Illness of a Keek. Services will be held ''at the St. aul Methodist church this afler- oon at two o'clock with the Rev. J. Haymes, pastor, and the Rev. H. Hamlin. officiating. Pallbearers for the funeral wil! be vie Tarpiey, J. V. Eddington, Clay- on Lusby, V. E. Baldrldge, O. Bryant and-Bernie Blain. Burial will be in local'cemetery ith Laughter Funeral -home in harge. .._.'', Mr. Widmer was born 'in Ohio, lov. 23, 1859 and .moved to Texas he "nje of 1? he settl missing in action, Lt Villlam R. .DeBusk of 'O'Donnell graduate ot. Abilene Chvlstlau col egc, was honored last week when lis wife, tile former Claudine Ette of Childress. received two medals and an oak leaf cluster in his be half In ceremony from the Children Army air fields. Mrs. DeBusk was presented tin Distinguished the Ai Medal nnd Oak Leaf Cluster by Co John W. White, commanding offi cer. The medals were given fo Lieutenant DeBusk's participalio in action in the Middle East the ater last summer while serving a a navigator with the Ninth air force The DFC was given for "di si the I Wcndrll L. Willkir said hr M WFATHFR s. nirART.MTNT or llnltrd rlivir VICIMTT: FAST TFAAS rth: rr4 fOn ing were attacking franti- ally to reach their comrades. n one attack west of Zvcni- ;orodka four German rcgi- ncnls of motorized infantry and over 100 tanks beat a Russian lines. The Germans vere completely repulsed, said the midnight Moscow bul- etin, recorded by the Soviet monitor, with a loss of BS tanks and 1.500 dead. In another at- tack SO more tanks and seven self propelled guns were wrecked and a regiment of 000 men wiped out, Meamvliile Gen. Walter Von Scydlllz. who was captured at Stal- ingrad and is president of the Soviet-sponsored Union' of German Oliiccrs. urged the encircled Ger- Ste nilSSl.l.N'S. Pane .1.1, Col. Cross Plains Soldier Killed have killed virtually all defenders nnd captured Kwajalein, Ebeye and Loi islands of the Kwajalein group. Seizure of these three strats- c points al the southern end the atoll, announced today v Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, utis lo 19 the number of Cwajalein's 30-odd islets now American hands. Many of ie remaining islands are mili- arily unimportant. The Vlcldfv affords the Allljj nother potential airfield on Kwa- aldn Island and seaplane bases I Ebeye. Fourth Division Ma- earlier had swepi acrofa Hoi nd Nflinur islands to clinch Associated Press correspond- ent, said Allied forces had ab- sorbed a German tank and in- fantry attack and in bitter counter-charges had restored breaches in their line. Ameri- can lank destroyers were crcd- ilod with definitely knocking out four German tiger tanks! in one cnsaRcmnil. Wewak Blasted ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN .THE gOUthWfcST PAdinC, Sun- Feb-1 For'the second straight day, Allied airmen have ripped Japanese aerial strength at Wewak, New Guinea. Gen. Dona- la's" MucAriliur reported today the area was hit with 108 tons of bombs, raising lo more than 30C the tonnage of explosives poured on the main New Guinea base In two days. MncArthur announced yesterday lhat Fifth Airforce bombers sltuck Wewak's four airdromes, shooting down eight and destroying 12 on Ihe B round. In today's report, lie said six mon Japanese bombers nnd one were shot down. Sn Inlrmp the Ulcsl hnntlihiK nf Wcwak Ilial fires sill] burning from Ihe first day's RtUck and Ihosr started anew- werr visible for 50 miles. Other American alrn-.pn took ad vantage o( a break In the wcalhc to hrli-.R the aerial war back lo haul. Japan's oft-bombed bastlo on the northeastern tip of New Brit nln. At least 13 enemy planes wer shot down over Rabaul, the com and probably 132 more drvroyed Rabiuil last montl Madane and Alrxlshafeu. import ant supply and air bases in Nc Srt MarARTIIUII. Pane 13. Col I CROSS PLAINS. Feb. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde SlaiiRhlcr Fri- day were informed by Ihe War de- partment that their son, Pvt. Wood- row M. Slaughter, 25. had been kill- ed in action somewhere in Ifnly Dec. A member of Ihe 36th Division. Private entered service whfn his National Guard unit was h cofc- rol of the north end of ilie atoll. Continuing their steady push up :ie eastward edge of the big atoll, troops already attacking Gugegwe, just north of Lol, Ad- ilrnl Kimilz' press release said. Gugegwe had been itronely lorti- ied. and Japanese artillery de. lantly answered the mighty Amer- can fleet's pre-invasinn bombard- ment. On Lol, Invading Incd out the Jaoanc'e garrison nuicklv after a similar heavy slidi- ng and bombine. Gugegwe is ex- x-cled lo fall soon. Kwalaleln was captured four davs ftftf the first troops landed, F'eb. 1. Tile bailie a blnoriv. plllbox-by-plllhox but its outcome u-ps never doubtful and American .losses remained moder- ate. An early Kwajalein Island re- of 1 250 Japanese to 27 Ameri- cans killed has been maintained, front-line reports stated. Carrier-bawd planrs still roam widclv over the Marshalls. suoport- the ground Invasion. Eniwetok atoll. In HT northwrst corner of Ihe Marshalls. an Important cnemv suoplv w.-is bombed Fri. 3, Admiral NiinlU said He amm'jnrcd BOO mllri north of the Mar.slialls, was bombed for the llth lime Frl- dr.y nlcht by Uo squadrons of Orrman were rMimat- cd lo have bcrn rx'ir their futile attempt the silicnt. Allied forces wrrr I He was a praduMe of I Plnius hich school. A hrnlhrr, Cpl. .Inlinny SlaiiRhlcr stiliniK-d at Camp SwlJI and Light Showers Fall In West Texas Area Lichl showers fell over a wide Wrst Ccnlral Texas area Satur- day. Precipitation In AMVi'.e amount- ed to .07 inch, and fall apparently] Xo v S: plsntj lost In any no heavier in other tne were (lie scclnr. t.irrlrd out lo keep do-.vn any nsln was rcnorled at Ralrd. Al- at'nnpt to brin; In Army medium atlacklr-T other Marflpll Wand targets Thursday nislil sank a small frclzhtcr In Jaulii aioll. and Mill atoll was machlnc-zunned and bombed bv Frb. 3. at mrly hiih In snoihrr brother. Rill SlaiiBhlcr. a !o wijir out prr-Prarl Hariwr father, last wcrV rp-gioup- [or military service. abn has a siMrr. Loul'e. living In Cross Plains. ed lo conlend with an cvprcled all- A mrinoilal service will probably out German wipe ll-.f i [nr private 5-lauphler. the beachhead and rr'.if.r prcwure on I nian (rpm Cross Plains to Ron-.e and troops lighting in can fsr away Stamford. Aspcrmoul. Breckenridce and Albany. more enlisted men w-ere at the Fifth Street' USO from points as would spend at IcsM toe weeks in Wisconsin before the April pri- mary election becaii.-f election is one nl llic most Imtvirlant prc- hold lo meet. them. I nomination tests" In the country. Music at the Woolen hole! was Finishing a four-hour vi'ii divt- fnrnlslied by the 66th Medical Rcelmcnt band. Chairmen Wally- Akin and Wil- mer Sims laudfd Abilenians. sol- diers and sailors for the attend- ance. Special thanks went to bolli holels for their cooperation, to the the dance at the Hilton begun Junior chamber of commerce for with a grand march headed by Col. i ticket sales, and to both bands from Victor W. B. Wales, Ctmp Barke-' Barkfley, dcd between conferring willi dele- gale candidates pledged lo support him for the presidential nomina- llon in the Republican naltonal convention, and a group of 30 Wis- consin daily and weekly newspa- per publishers, Wilikte said that "Wisconsin is a difficult state for me to make a lest, bul 1 am will- Tr.MPTR AM Trl. HOT nd .M. M Uli 51 Hlfh >n p. m.' IHlh ind low >nd II. Sonvl litl itlthl: M' Sintl.r Ihli nirnlni: Snnitt Isnlthti vn. lltDflll i. r.M rri M

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: February 6, 1944