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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 1944, Abilene, Texas WAR IOND SCOKl l quota Solo E quota E Sotei Abilene Reporter- ir; fur r m? KJOI nrt i r-mt-.n VOL. LXJII, NO. WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRFENDS OR FOES WL SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT A TEXAS 3-u, NEWSPAPER___________________ ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 23, 1944 PAGES Associated Press Tan. RAIT TIM. Aft 1ft _ At 11 M M It Vt Ritrt (emprntarti p.m., Klrli in4 lav tint dite liil jtir. lad ntrht. T.It. riRnrtie ihls marntni, laniel Ul, VFW Head Aid fo Business Feb. tlonal Commander Carl Schocriin- ger of the Veterans of Foreign Wars today called lor government financial assistance to small busi- ness during the reconversion pe- riod lo create a reservoir of em- ployment for returning veterans. "Postwar employment for relum- ing veterans wiil have lo comprise more !han WPA or any kind of pick-and-shovcl endeavor." the 19- Detroit municipal elec- trical engineer asserted In an In- I tfrvlew. Burns to Death DALLAS. Feb. old girl burned to death, one'per- son was Injured, and several per- sons jumped to safety when fire swept the upper floor of a two- story frame apartment house here today. The body of Greta Bess Har- daughter of Oma Har- graves. was found in an upstairs hallway, they had evacuated it. The iron mines captured were a major mili- tary prite. The Soviet communique, recorded by the Soviet monitor from a broad- cast, added Ihnt 300 more communi- ties were captured in Ihe'north, where the Germans were retreating upon Pskov along a 150-mile curv- ing front. If was at Pskov in 1918 lhat Ihe Russians defcaled Ihc Ger- mans in a battle which has been officially designated as the Army's beginning. In the telc- bration of Iliis dale Stalin an- nounced (h.it in the three months of Ihc current winter campaign Ihe Russians have cleared the invaders from about square miles, won back ovev populaled places including 82 towns >nd 320 railway stations. should now be clear to all lhat Hitlerite Grrmany is advanc- ing inevitably towards catastro- phe." Stalin s-aid. but he warned against over-confidence or cer.cy. He slated that Germany has been lighting with all her main forces on fronl." but emphasized (he fighlin; alliance of Russia, Ihc United Stales and Britain and said ho'jr b approaching of the final reckoning for all the crimes i committed by the Hitlerites on So- 9-ycar- ilct toil and in the occupied coun- Both Sides in Italy Rest for New Fight HEAVY OPPOSITION MEE1S BOMBERS; ALLIES SUFFER LONDON, Feb. Major aircraft factories at our cities deep inside Germany were blasted today in co- rdinatcd assaults by American heavy bombers from Britain nd Italy. This firs! and effective demonstration of the double- arrclcd assault system towards which the U. S. Strategic tir Forces in Kiirope have been working called out some of lie bitterest German fighter opposition of flic war. Some of he bombers from Britain fought for four hours against ocket-firiiiK Nazi manned by highly-skilled pilots, ,s many as 200 German planes swarmed up at some places o challenge the raiders. ALLIED HEADQUARTERS. Na- ples, Feb. and Ger- uan heavy gnus ixmnded each oth- er's lines in heavy artillery duelling on the Anzio beachhead today as joth sides recuperated from un- broken days of bitter fighting -nd prepared for further bailie. Fighting on a comparatively small scale look place yesterday near Car- roceto. scene of the heaviest Nazi assaults last week, without a deci- sion being reached. But, for all the lemuorarv lull in the main conflict, American and Brilish troops gripped their rides firmly and remained constantly on the alert for a third enemy to drive them Into the sea. They felt it. would ccroe, for Ihe Nazis were believed still under Hitler's personal order to wipe out Ihe beachhead at any cost. German infantry and tanks, in facl, were observed couccn- Connally Views Greater Texas WASHINGTON, Feb. 22-W, Speaking over a radio hookup from here in connection with installation ceremonies of an Owens-Illinois glass company plant in Waco, Senator Comially declared today that war-born industrial activities in Texas "are but harbingers" of what the state will do In peace. "Texas offers alluring and com- pelling inducements to Industrial development." he said. "Her natur- al resources, Ihe mildness of her climate, and Ihe variety of he pro- ducts all join in extending a beck- oning hand towara those, seeking Ihe largest and most promising op- portunities. "In aircraft, factories, in ship- building plants, in synthetic rubber plants, in high octane gasoline pro- duction, in general petroleum pro- duction, in the production ol cloth- Ir.g. tents and mattresses for the comforl of our arn-.cd services, It is performing magnificently. 'These things arc but harbingers of what Texas will do in post-war times of peace. "The record ol Texas boys In this war challenges the most brilliant pages of military annals of the earth. The spirit of the Alamo nr.d of Goliad and of San Jacinto has been transmitted through the gen- erations to Ihc biave and heroic men who arc now flghiir.R in dc- I feme of all the great things we love. Texas in war is giving her best in courage, in hiph patriotism and in gallantry. Wales Plans Legal Action Training of troops stationed at Camp Barkcley is being Interfered because people arc disregard- ing Hie law by grazing livestock within the maneuver area west ot Ihe camp, said Col. Victor W. B. Wales, camp com- yesterday. The camp command has follow- ed a policy of cooperation and pa- tience in allowing landowners and tenants plenty of time to remove their stock, property and them- selves from the maneuver area, said Colonel Wales. Beginning now, he emphasiz- ed, no further concessions mailc and legal action irill Jit inslilutcd without dcliy. Firing of various types of wea- pons, large and small, nil! be under way daily in all parts of the acre reservation from now on, sale Colonel Wales. Tt is absolutely imperative that all people and all livestock be kept out of the entire reservation, he emphasized. Lt. Col. Armon H. Best, Camp Barkcley executive officer, said'lhat in a number of instances soldiers in (raining had set up guns only to find a herd of sheep on the range Several limes sheen have been kill- ed and, after firing. Tommy guns have had lo be used lo kill sheep maimed by earlier firing. There Are n number of land- ing strips for small planes in Ihc mnncuvcr area ;.iul oflcn- tlmes planes camiol Innd be- cause sheep arc cr.mnt on Ihc fields, said Colonel llosl. Some persons who formerly re- sided in houses north ol the Dora road have moved bark into them without permission, said the cxccu- livc officer. "It is not only illegal for (hem tries of Europe." The advance toward Pskov In the past 24 hours brought the Russians to within 10 miles of Dno. half- way point between Staraya Russa nr.d Pskov. More than 200 localities were captured in this area alone. inchidir.R Mikhaylovskoye. 10 miles southeast of advance of ID miles. Bankers Elect FORT WORTH, Feb. Elmer Stearns, vice president of the First National bank. Matador, was elected chairman, and R. L. Grimes, president ot the Panhan- dle State bank. Borger. was 'named secretary of the seventh district. Texas Bankers association Tues- day at the or.e-dAy convention here. Fort Worth again selected if Ihe place for Ihe 1315 meeting ol the group. to return lo live in any pnrl of the maneuver area, but it is dangerous and will ue ilar.grrnu.s from now said Colonel Wslcs. Bold Colonel Kalrs and hi-, executive officer pointed oul lhat Ihc War dcp.irtmcnl look possession of Ihc maneuver arr under uiircslriclcd Ie.ue or by outright purchase h order complclc possession with- out interference. This was neccs.'-ary in order to train troops properly, thry pointed Irallng yesterday In Ihe so- called "factory" area of Aprllfa, just east of Carroc-to. bul were scaltcred by accurate firr ol Allied artillery am1 Ihc attack, if one was contemplated, did nol materialize. As fighting lor the beachhead entered Its second month v.-ilhou either grim antagonist showing anj of yielding, the Allies still held approximately 100 square miles o of it subject to Nazi ar- illery lire from Ihe hill: Boundaries or the holding, tart ing from a point on the coast north west of Anzlo. run more or less in a straight eastward line, passin about a mile and a halt south o Carroceto lo a point about miles southwest ol Cislerna, the: due south to the beach again. Making his Ilrsl visit to the scene of last week's desperate fighting, Edward Kennedy of the Associated Tress toJay des- cribed the beachhead as "no brilliant victory, To triumphal entry jnlo Komt, but a hard, gruelling siruggle (gainst odds and with risks, which has tied .up a jreal German force on southern front and which prob- ably will hive profound ef- fect on Ihe course of Ihe war." Kennedy said Ihe present pro spect wns that the Allies would hoi the beachhead against every ns sault, and, when the Nazis ha spent themselves, would strike bac in force. He sntd some boys :7 an 18 years old were among the at lacking German forces, but tha others represented the cream i Hitler's army. May Make Nazis Rebuild Ruined Historical Cities WASHINGTON. Feb. President Roosevelt told a press radio conference today thnt he be licvcd serious consldernllon shou be given (o the Idea of conuicllli Germany, allcr the war to fiirnl? Ihc labor and material for rebuild I n g historic and ecclesiastic monuments destroyed as a rcsu of use by the rnemy. Mr. Roosevelt said he had bee receiving suggestions mid letters. regarding tlic military itccessllr of bambini; certain historic buildings like Ihc Benedictine Monastery in Italy. H has been suggested lhat a sub- scription fund be raised to rebuild the monastery, the chief execu- tive b'.il he pointed out that probably a number ol ccclcslnsticnl centers would be hit before the war ends. Other suggestions hnvc been madt. he said, lhat where the dam- age In llic first instance Is caused bv German occupation, the United Nations require Germany to un- dertake reconstruction. Bernburg, Aschersleben and lalberslarlt were the points lammed by the bombers rom Britain, while those rora Italy struck two vital Icsserschmitl fighter plants at Rcgensbiu'g. Forly-cne of the British-based onibors are missing after series f great battles with skilled Ger- lan (ighlcr pilots, a U. S. Army ir force communique said. Amerl- an escort fighters shot down 58 f the enemy, with one American ighter definitely destroyed and 10 nisslng. The bombers' score igainst the German filers has nol been tabulated, Ihe communl- I.ONBOX Feb. 12 air raid alert Bounded En London lonlfhl. The capital's Runs opened up with a steady barrage a few minules after Ihe alert and alarm bells, signal- ing lhat Ihe raiders were di- rectly orcrliead, were run In some office buildings. The sustained, full-throated barrage indicated Ihe raid was heavier than the previous night's attack. added. Losses iri the operations from Italy have not yet been Announced. The bombers from BrUiln successfully attached t h e Junken fS Assembly plant a( Btrnburc, for the second time' In Ihrre days, and major air- frame and component factories at Aschercleben and Halber- sladt, while those from Italy slruck at Rerensburf. Three from Britain also attack- ed nlr fields and oilier targets In Southern and Central Germany, and those from lUily bomber ports on (he Dalmatian coast and (he Zagreb airport. Some groups of llic force from Britain penetrated Germany so deeply that their lighter escort was unable lo go all the way with Lhctn. Fliers In one group said they out. "thS serious consideration be given tills were engaged in a four-hour bat- tle with German lighters which at- tacked in waves of 10 or more. Several estimated they saw at least 200 enemy planes, polltcd by obviously skilled men who jumped Ihcni alter the bombers got be- yond range of the escort. The Ger- mans used inahy rockets. Flying Fortresses and Libera- tors of llic Mcdllerancan air coininrmcl allnrkcd Rejcns- burg, 50 miles north of Munich and 550 miles from the major Allied airdrome in Italy at Yog- fa. Ihe airfield of the Croat capital of liarbod works at the Dnlmalian port of and Sllenlk. 30 miles farlher down the coast. Cloudy wc.ilhcr hampered ob- servation, but crew- members of the fighter escorted formations which raided reported hits on enemy planes and hangars desuitc intense fire and acrinl opposition. The exact number of planes em- ployed In Ihe day's operations was not disclosed, bul it was officially announced 'hat the formations flylns 'ro.-n li.ilian bases were In record strength. Tr.c Iwo McMcrfchmltt plants at Rfgcnshurg sere among the most Important in Europe, prime lar- gels in the great campaign- by the Swedish Capital Bombed STOCKHOLM, Feb. 23 W) Bombs from "foreign planes" fell In Stockholm tonight for the first time In the war and the official Swedish news agency said of Ihe neutral capital.were In a "panic mood." The bombs landed In an open air theater In Southern Stockholm and in the town of strangnas, just west of Stockholm. No persons were re- ported killed or injured, but thou- sands of windows were said to have, been shattered by the explosions. Signal lights dropped 'by plants'indicated they were trying to land. The air raid sirens which have been-tcsltd' at J p.m. each Monday were not sounded, although an emergency -alarm went out to home guardsmen. (A Reuters dispatch from Lon- don said that according to an un- confirmed report, a Russian bomber had crashed at Nacka, near Stock- holm.) The planes approached the city from the cost. The raiders, officially described as "foreign passed over Ins Stockholm archipelago and dropped three bombs In Strangnas, ft com- munique said. The number dropped on Stockholm, where an emergency alarm was founded, was not given, Stockholm, founded In 1250, has a population of about persons and is situated on several and the adjacent mainland between ft bay of the Baltic and Lake Malar. Haskell Man Seeks Collector's Post Feb. Willie l.nr.p. who has held the posl tlon of treasurer three terms, has pas', two dais. hit. again by bombers of the Elet'.th Air force based in Britain and Ihc Fifteenth based In Italy. move all livestock. formally announced hit candidacy ai.nwra lorifor (he office of tax assessor-col- and to re- lector, it was learned todav "tt sho'.i'.d be in all fair- ness, that the landowners them- selves have cooperated fp'.cr.didly, with few exceptions.'1 said Colonel Host. "The fac; is that most of these sheep and cai'lc arc owned by persons who hart no land In the reservation and arc grazing their sheep as trespassers in every sense, Some of Ihe former owners of the land have protr.vrd because they feel Ihc range will be mined and Ihc value of Ihc lar.d depreciated In case they tvcr have op- portunity after Hie war nf re- occupying the land or re-piirchasmg Iti" taid tht camp command. Anderson Heads Red Cross Drive R J. Paston. who had been ap- pointed lo fill the office of tax sr.vor-colltttor. 'Ill r.ol be a on- didatr, he has Formally anr.nur.cing for re- election (o (he office of district clrrk L? Horace O'Xoil. U Lt be- lieved he will be unopposed. College Heads Ask Army Plan Change WASHINGTON. Feb. 22- A hommittcc of college presidents, meeting here to discuss the Army's drastic reduction in its student training program, urged the War Department today to enroll 030 volunteer 17-year-olds and send, them to college this summer. The Army's pre-ir.duction pro- gram for n-year-olds now less than 5.000 boys. The educators voted to an Immcdlale expansion of thfe group, who would attend college, until 18 years oM nr.d then be called to active duty. Henry G. Sellers Dies of Pneumonia DALLAS. Feb. Grady Sellers, brother of Attorney General Grover Sellers, died today at the veterans hospital at Listen, He was had been in 111 health since serving with a veterinary corps in France during World War 1. and died after a 3-wcek slega of pneumonia. The attorney gen- era) came from Austin yesterday to be at his bedside. Funeral services will be held to- morrow st Sulphur Springs, his home town. Index Drops WASHINGTON. Feb. The cost of Huns; Index a drop of Iwo-lcn'.hs of one pcrccr.t between mW-Doccaibcr and mld- Jamury. Labor Secretary Perkins reported todav. CLYDE. Vrb 22 J Anderson o'. Bairri. retired railroad man, h.i.t been appointed ccimty- widc Fled Cro.'A diairman for the i March drhr. Ace Hickman and i B. O. Drame. of Baird. were named to chairmanship of tin business district solicitation, and Mrs. R. A. Hall is residential chair- man. Mrs. Hickmnn and Mrs. L. t_! Blackmail have been prcrrnlcd the! 20-yc.ir service bars for continuous service in Red Cross work. 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