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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 24, 1944, Abilene, Texas RED CROSS WAR FUND CAMPAIGN BOX SCORE County quota Gtfri Mi morning Contribntioni to dote VOL. LXIH, NO. 282 gfiilene Reporter WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR I'OES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOW-Bvon MORNING A TEXAS NEWSPAPER ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, MARCH 1944 PAGES Associated. Preu UP) Vnlled Frew (V.f.) PRICE FIVE CENTS Doctors Give Little Attention to Wounded Allies, 36th Soldier Learns By WALTER R. HUMPHREV Ttmplt Dally Telegram Written For the Associated Press TEMPLE. March 23 -HV- The first 36th division soldier to be re- patriated from Germany has ar- rived al McCloskey General hospi- tal here, his right arm amputated H the shoulder. He Is Pvt. James E. Carpenter of Jewell, who served with the U2nd Infantry in the landing at Salerno last Sept. 9. He got back to New York a week aboard the Swedish Steamer sholm. His story ot adventure and suf- fering. with his experiences in- side Germany, following: "At 8 a. m., on Monday the 13th, Grip a shell fragmentation from it Ger- man 88mm, shell tore my right arm Ux> Inches below the shoulder. The pain was excruciating and the blood gushed through the severed artery. I crawled through a shallow depression nearby and by lying on my left side I attempt- ed to stem (he flow of blood. I fourid by grasping my right shoul- der firmly beneath the arm pit I couid stop the bleeding to some extent. For six hours; I lay In that position awaiting the worst." "In the meantime the Germans, sensing an American retreat, mov- ed some 2CO yards nearer the Am- erican lines and dug In. At 2 o'clock that afternoon I was discovered by two German foot soldiers, t w.is so weak from loss of blood that the Germans had to carry me to the top of the hill where I was given first aid treatment by two American medical soldiers from the 3Gth division who had been taken prisoners. T-5 Smith of Wea- Ihcrford, Tex., and the o'.hcr medic whose name I can't remem- ber applied sulfa powder and ster- ile bandages to the mangled limb and carried me a half mile down the other side of the mountain to a temporary shelter housing some 20 other 36th division prisoners." "I would have certainly died had it not been for Cpl. Smith and the other medic. 1 might mention that Smith also suffered A slight shoulder wound at the time. I received no attention the German first aid station except for the care received from the Am- erican medical soldiers. About t a. m. Tuesday I was put aboard a German truck and taken to a field hospital. When we finally arrived at the field hospital 1 was placed on a piece of canvas which was ly- ing on the ground. My clothes and the bandage were bloodsoaked. "I lay In tlfat position until eve- ning when was taken to a small shack being utilized e.s a hospital. I had not received bbod plasma or a blood transfusion. Chlorfojm was administered and a German surgeon amputated the arm. leaving two-inch slump. They had car- ried me back to my canvas bed on the ground and I was nearly dead I (or lack of water. I also realized thai the abndagc had fallen oft my r.rm and it was bleeding profusely again. My friend Cpl. Smith, clean- ed up the wound as best he could, applied more sulfa powder, put on a fresh dressing, and produced shot of morphhfe from some place. Following-the sedative I fell asleep land restpr! al day Wednesday, "Cermin doctors would come by occasionally and look >l Ihr German patients but 1 Cin'l rf- nienjber Ilieir looking at any of us. That night ill f.l American paltenls were piltd in truck >nd were taken to a sorl concentration camp. There were sortie 600 prisoners there and should judge that two-thirds of Ihem nrre 36lh dhlslci, mm. "We were taken to shed and were allowed to lie on gunny sacks which were thrown on the ground. "First LI. Leonard E. Kramer of Paterson, N. J., medical officer, entered the picture. He. too. had been wounded In the leg and arm by a hand grenade but his energy was really amazing. After we ar- rived m 9 a. in. on Friday, the lieutenant gathered all first aid equipment from the American sold- iers who were taken prlsonm and scl up a small hospital of his nwn. .Most of the medical klt.i came from paratroopers. Lt. Kremer maintained a constant vigil over all 22 of us. Carpetiler slated that Capt. Bonds, member of the Mexia na- tional guaid company, took charge of Hie culinary department. 'mere was plenty of goat meat, and tin cans and hctr.teli were used as food containers. "At noon the next day. we were again placed In a truck and taken to anoiher field hospital some 17b miles from Rome. There the first German doctor examined by ampu- tation. We were kept al this place for hours and loaded Into the li neks again and taken into Home. "The next day we were put aboard R Red Cioss train nnd left Rome. We rode nil that day, that night, the next day, the nejft night, and early the next morning arriv. Ing in Germany on Sept. 13. Wn were taken to -Munich. "From Munich we weie pui aboard a bus and taken to a Ger- man hos-m'tal some 15 miles from lhat city. There were a number of American and English pallemj here. The hospital was supervised by German doctors but. American and English medical officers ad- minlstcied to Ihe patients. Lt. Krcmer was kept along with tho rest, of us but my two medical com- rades from the 35lh were takeri way Ihe next day and placed in a. prisoner of war camp. I received expert attention from both English and American doctors' Japanese Gain in India, Allies at Wewak freighters, Other Ships Shelling ALLIED HEADQUAR tfjTERS, Southwest Pacific, Fri- day, March (AP) Army <iir force bombers and fighters, intent on making the Japanese in Northern New Guinea helpless on land and sea, pressed their attacks on gun positions, shipping, grounded pianos and build- ings in the Wewak base area. 'Jhe attacks Wednesday were cen- tered on Muschu and other islands off Wewak. where the bulk of the enemy's shipping was found. Be- sides. destroying two freighters of and tons. the airmen smashed seven smaller vessels and 23 barges, Gen. MacArthur's com- said. fl A and Mitchell medium bombers. Boston attack planes and every type of fighter swept the coast from Altape 90 miles eastward to Wewak with 2M tons of bombs. Eight heavy gun positions were 'destroyed, a number of parked-planes -were destroyed and numerous buildings demo- lished. The enemy put up no aerial In- terception against the assaults, but intl-aircraft fire was met and one of the Allied planes was missing. Solomons-based torpedo nnd dive- bcmbers of the I3th Air Force vis- lied Rabaul, New Britain, in con- tinuation of the wipe-out blows on that once-powerful enemy base, dropping 36 tons ol bombs on Vuna- kannu airdrome defenses. and anti-aircraft Find Skeleton Of Man, Missing IN ALLIED seize Ethirau Sn'd Elmusao-ls- larTds; .ijplaling flic Bismarcks, while battleships viens on New Ireland at midweek. This action followed the taking of Lorcngau airport on Manns Island bringing the Yanks closer to Trtik. (NEA TeJcmap.) City Dads Hear School Pay Issue Salary setup in Abilene public schools whereby teachers' monthly checks drop as low as S12.03 and where an estimated one-fourth of the classroom instructors are forced to hold parttime'jobs alter school hours to supplement income was described by a committee of teach- ers and trustees lo city commission- ers last night as a request was pre- sented for a monthly increase in base'pay. The special session of Ihe council was called to discuss the prnhlrni. not Inkc action. Mayor Will W. Hair pointed out as the meeting opened. Presenting a trief on the situation was Supt. L. E. Dudley, the ter-h- cr commiltee was made up of Jim O. Bslleiv. College Heights princi- pal. S. E. Pass. North junior high principal, and Willie M. Floyd, Odeil Johnson and Myrtlo Tnuitham, high school teachers. Trustees were Joe Smith. L ULI lim LJ1AUII lltlLlll. I _ dull. miies from here. 1m been 7' Joncs ithal- income w COLORADO CITY, .March 23 skclton found Thursday afternoon on the Ross Di.son ranch, some 30 Identified as that of Arnold Stcnp of Stanton. about 50..who was lost while on a fishing trip Aug. 8 on the Spade ranch. Found by Durwoori Lcwlcr of Abi- lene, senior inspector of the state highway engineering department and his two surveyors. G. W. Ben- ningficld and T. R. Smilh of Mcr- kel. the skeleton was identified through clothing and gas ration cards. Although no formal verdict had been made Thursday night, death Is thought to have ocurcri from (hirst or heat prostration. Sheriff J. N. Narrel paid. Tobacco pouch and sonic hi money were found wiUi the skrlton. Mr. Stcpp and several other mm j teachers aionr hi cities of 30.000 or j went on a fishlne Irip to the population is S1.977. j Large teacher turnover was one of Ilie primary reasons eivcn by the funds. In the brief, school representatives contended the city could spend more on schools without levying addi- tional taxes or increasing valua- tions. In reply to this Mayor Hair pointed out possible obligations whicii might have lo be met. such as (he proposed new water filler. Commissioner A. H. Pool listed othci expenditures which might arise such as needed street repair and replace- ment of equipment. Added income. Mayor Hair said, mutt come from one of two sources, increased taxes or increased water rale. Abilene now has the cheapest water rate in West Texas and Its water costs more, the mayor de- clared, since it must maintain three plants. Bulk of the opinion seemed to be Adolf Tells Balkans lo Stand or Perish LONDON, March a desperate demonstration of Nazi power, Adolf Hitler, holding Hungary under his thumb today, launched campaign of bullying the other Southeastern European nations into 1 stand-or-perfsh position with Germany against the onrushing Red army, A strongly-supported Ankara report said that German troops began the formal occupation of Rumania early today. Telephone communion-! lions between the Rumanian capital of Bucharest and Sofia in Bulgaria were Interrupted. (A. London broadcast said a dispatch from Switzerland rtr- tlarert that Prince Cyril of Bulgaria and Regent Bogdan Phllov "have ordered lo the headquarters of Hitler next Monday." This broadcast was reported by Germany's present moves apparently were designed to stem the ris- ing tide of peace sentiment in lhat section of war-weary Europe and pre- at repetition of the disintegration which led to Germany's downfall in 1918. Even as Hitler rode herd over Hungary .through a new Quisling premier, there were indications that all Nazi .satellites were'being given the choice of providing complete military cooperation under Nazi direc- tion, or of being occupied by Nazi troops. London quarters maintained Ihe Hitler pressure could only delay, not prevent'the ultimate collapse in the Balkans. indicated that Hitler preparing lo "kW- nip" Rumania U shore up his tnllerln; Balkan There were wide-spread rumors that Premier Ion Antonescu had been, summoned to Hitler's presence as Adm. Xiclnlas Horihy, regent on Hungary, had (one before htm., The British radio immediately beamed broadcasts to Rumania. "Of two evils, you must choose the the British broadcast warned. "If you oppose Germany, Germany will wreak vengeance on you, but If you oppose Ihe Allies, an even graver fate is in store." and Mrs. H. A. Pcudcr. Included in the brief was an analysis of Ihe present single sal- ary schedule in Abilene which pro- vides a base pay of a year for teachers with a bachelor's de- gree. for one wiih master's degree and an annual increment of for 15 years on the bachelor's base and 19 years on the master's base. Base for negro teachers Is and Aversfee salary of all teachers and principals in lite city averages I yearly, the brief disclosed, as com- I pared with S2.000 in Goose Creek.' in Tyler. 41.410 in San An- cclo and in Brownsville. The average In Ihe United States Reds Continuing Ma jor Advances LONDON, March The Russians tonight announced a 37- mile-decp breakthrough in the stub- bornly-defended Tarnopol lunge area of the eastern front, and Ber- lin reported that other Red army forces to the northwest in a. 43-mile advance deep inside old Poland had broken into the town of Kovel on the main road to Warsaw, The smash into Kovcl. on which the Russians were silrnl. carried the swift-rolling Russians to a point only 33 miles from the German- Russian boundary estab- lished in Hue from which ihe Germans invaded Russia June 22. 1941. 1 The Russian announcement of the big Tarnopol breakthrough came 24 hours after Berlin hart rc- ported the offensive, describing it utov ui- Dallied o ta.imiLfH. Trustees Coiid- i ley. Smith and McCartv pointed I r "v i Pa un 1111; OULJI n nit hat cits taxes here were cheaper could ,rap largc German forces than most places, and Ballen- re- pocketed to (he northeast up as far minded the Eroup of the great in- a, the- vinnllM area, crease in revenue from property; The Russian daily comnnmirjnc tlinl Had iiol had a corresponding i broadcast from Moscow tonipht closed that the lirst Ukraine arrrty driven directly between the problem (or further study, although I hard German cores of defense at Mayor Hair indicated final action i Tarnoool and PrcsVurov and swirl- might not be taken until about May j cd ripht und left In de- signed to encircle those cities and thus srnfish the nlvnt pins on which Ihe Nazis' Ukraine forces depend. rfsary, it would Ihiougli taxation. a powerful Hanking maneuver :he south to meet Russian forc- es on Die Dniester. Such a Ihnisl increase in lax valuation. The commission accepted Coleman Flier Is Given Promotion ranch which covers an area of square miles last Atisiisl. While his tank. Mr. companions fished at Stcpp said h? believed would With walk back to a temporary camp Ihe men had scl up. He was not seen again alive. A wide search conducted by ranch- ers, horseback and afoot, .rnd by Abilene and Stamford members of the Civil Air patrol, failed lo find any trace of the man. His skeleton was found seven or eight miles from whrre they had made camp ?nd only mile from a windmill where lie could obtained walrr. The sheriff r.'tlmated the vlclim had pawed within a quarter of a mile cf a hichway. Culled to Ihe place where Ihe skeleton was fcnnd were T. E. Arn- old, justice of Ihe peace; Joe Em- fst. county attorney; Jess Thomp- son, deputy sheriff and Mark By- num. Kikcr and son funeral home in Colorado will be in charge of funeral arrangements. c. Jameson, nnd Mr.-. E. C. Ja man. has been tenr teachers tor the pay hike I rd to the rank of captain, in the Military Funeral sSiS'i For Baird Flier son of Mr. tary schools. 34 are working after university Durtam. N. C. for saturd.v school hours, on weekends and at nights. Miss Floyd said. Some of A these arc clerks, some pirttime ot- al Msbry flcld' fice workers one Is driving a cab. one a bus. one cooking in cafe. I Annual Banquet of Bible Class Tonight ,jvt i, uv D-P Viclon- Men's Btclc wiii r "I P.M. in the 'V Cassino Battle Remains Bitter ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Na- ples, March The latest phase of the bitter slrugglc for Cassino, Naii tronghold defending Ihe Roman valleys, raged through Its eighth day today with battle-wenry New Zealand troops Mill fighting at the town's southern edge and other Al- lied forces clinging stubbornly to several hard-won heights west of the town. No Important change nf position Itad been reported since Tuesday. when German parachute troops were disclosed to have recaptured the wreckage of the Continental hotel. Some of the most desperate fighting swirled about the ruins of the betel and sever.il nearby build- Ings. five Nazu tanks having been destroyed in lhat locality. The enemy threw two strong counterattacks against Castle Hill, O BERLIN ny VJV 'GERMANY H) FRANKFURT ,RIS FRANCE f STILL HATTERirVG-Allied homhers'have .hammtred Her- Fraiikftirt (lie was target for' BAF 'attacks this week.'" TUtics' 'yesterday sailed out for other North Gorman pbjcclivcs. Frankfurt, Other Nazi Cities LONDON. March forces of American bombers, follow- ing up a record 3.360-ton bombard- ment of Frankfurt by ihe HAP lust ntghl. carried out a sweeping scries of daylight attacks agniiiSi five oth- er Germnn targets today, and a powerful escort of fighters shot down nl least 20 enemy planes ns tnc, Nazi air force came un in strength to baltle. Tivcnty-scven American bombers mill six fighters were lost ns Ihe li S. Air Force used probably more than l.nOO plane.? In bombing mil yards, war factories and air bases In Kortlm-e.it Germany. H was the nth attack against German targets in March and the sixth strong Wow in nine days. II Die ISDi operation for llir mnnth for Ihe heavies and equalled (he record set In Krh- lhat the rrc- onl number of dajliuhl sltackj m.idr In our month ttould be easily exceeded by the end of .March. The Germans had no time lo re- cover from the daylight opcrmlou.1 Brunswick, where clouds required use of instruments. American Marauders attacked the Belgian rnllwny center of Hatne- Sl. Pierre, 10 miles northeast ol Mons, under an escoit ul Spitfires and Thunderbolts during the after- noon. Large formations of Allied planes continued lo cross the Dover strait until dusk and a later announce- ment said Typhoon fishier bombers nnd RAK and Allied Mitcliells nnd Bostons nllnckcd mllll.iry objective.' In Northern France. An announcement said nearly 200 Marauder nnd Mitchell medium and Rnslon lisht bombers bninbcd Creil without loss as well a.s German- held sirliclils nt Hcauvals-Tille and Bcaiunonl-Le -Roger. Find No Evidence Of Radio Warning LONDON. March Slates Strategic Air Force head- nunrlrrs said today no instruction had been Riven to American bomb- Tokyo Claims Indians Aid. In Advance NEW India, March (AP) Japanese forces driving northward from Bur- ma into India up the Manipur river valley have pushed lo a point 30 miles south of Im- phal, key road center already threatened by another Japa- nese army moving westward through the jungles into In- ilia, it was announced today by Allied headquarters. A communique disclosing the ses. ond Invasion ot India by Japanese wilhln Iht last 48 hours jald Japs had slammed northward 80 miles from the Tiddtm area In Burma. Yesterday commurilqvu announced another Japanese had crossed the Upper Chiridwln rlvef hear Thaungdut and had ad- vanced lo point 30 miles east of Jmphaf. (The Tokyo radio said (o- nljhl In broadcast reported by NBC that Japanese troops nnir "In complete ot a IOC-mile strip of Indian ter- ritory alonn the border. The latest Allied eommiinlqm said [he Japanese troops which had advanced northward from Tic'dim region were standing on the wrst shores of Lake Loglak, 30 miles somh ol Imphal. All previous reporls had IhU Jap- anese grouping safely confined with- In Burma. Yesterday's headquarters statement said Allied forces had been dispatched to "deal with an outflanking Japanese unit north of Tiddln." Tliere WK.S no suggestion that the force had dashed 80 miles north to cotisillulo the southern arm of a pincers movement threatening to spill from the hills onto the Imphal plain. heailquarltrs continued In mlnlmlre the Japanese Ihrni to troplial. A sUtcmcnt sail! lhal a Japanese breakthrough into the rtcc paddy flatlands ita< unlikely unless the Japan- ese rather slrontrr forces than have been currently observed. an intermediate pr.il; only a few .'sounded in Hie Jiclch ngtiliist RAF before nir raid warnings were Im ;UtackillB Berlin yesterday to j hundrcd yards from Casilno's west ern edge, yesterday, but each time was thrown back with heavy losses. Frenclt artillery repulsed two other Nazi stabs near Monte Cfl.ilfllone. three miles northwest of Cassino. German artillery and mortars em- placed in the hills maintained a heavy fire on Allied positions and tried hard In destroy bridges that Fifth army engineers had thrown across the Rapiilo river cast of town. Despite all Allied efforts ot the past tno months to break through into lite Lirl these have inciuiirri five fierce attacks on the frrmmd and Ihr greatest lacllcM air a.vaull in Germans Mil) hold the Cawno catfaay firm- ly. The frliooJo air ajkin-j for SH.100 neM year to rr.rct the proved sal- ary inrrrar-c add lor Ihe buricft next to main- tenance expense formerly born bv FcllooII'n P'yrolMcnurehi'BurVarwillbcin'Rowccme administration. He has been sta- undrr the vvylle funrial home. I Lieutenant stationed at' -i Romulus field. Mich, with Ihe fer- In- command, was killed Sunday af- llemoon in a plan? crash ncT Port IfTrlr. Canada, i His wife, the foriiKr Marjorlr. Incendiaries Drop On London Again LONDON, Friday. March 23 Na7i fire raiders dropped in- cendiaries on some section of Lon- don early this miming in a short attack on Ihe capital causing the third alarm In threr nights. Thr Germans carcf las' night on armed reconnaissance, apparently primarily tn survev rr.-ulis nf the bis: Ihr- niclit br.'orr to fire 'o the capiul. Fibber III br- in tbr home of Mr. and Mrs. i night attackers. At 9 p. m. the Ber- lin radio warning system broadcast: "A number of nuisance raiders arc over Northwestern Germany." U. S. Slratcsic Air force head- quarters announced strong forma- tions of Liberators nnd Fortresses hit: The railway yards at Hamm; an air station at Aclnncr: a bomber base nt Handorf; a war factory nl Muenstcr and the Mcsserschmltl production center at Brunswick. This was the first lime the Ger- man air force had given battle since March 18. It v.-At rnnsiftrml abotil tlmf, for lint lest pl.inrs liAil grmr deep Into llir Rricli in tbr H hours rndinR al p. m. IS a. m. Ktt'Tl rjin- Ins iloun Icasl short Ions of rale of ap- provimalrly 250 Ions tvrrj- hour anil more lhan fnur evfry minute. In 21-hour period thf tick cosl a tolal of 73 bomhtM anil IJ than Ino per rent of tht (olal alUcklnK forcf. fn the lairM uirfs all the rcalicr- fil wcri- hnnihrd visually In SO-K! ncatr.er with cnod results, the .'sir [orcc said, except Officers Confer DALLAS. Marcii 2.1 j commanding officers of Eighlh Scr- jvire Commnr.cl posls. cnmiw 1 hospitals In five states uill asjprnblr In tomorrow for n two-day conference. They will come here tn discuss the business of the Army service forces conducted by Ihe service command, field agency of the ASF. radio a warning to Ihe OrriMn people to evacuate the prospective tared arc.is. An all-day invr-sllgatinn yielded uo evidence thai any such unrnlim was elven without nuthority. head- quarters Former Louisiana Governor Succumbs BATON ROUGK. La.. March 23 Former Governor J. Y. Sanders died tonight at p. m. at ihe Our 1-idy of the Lake Sani- Ihe Weather r. s. nrr.xnTMiM oMM WT ATllf.R HI BTAT .Vmi.T.Nl. ASH VICIMTV: Tj varmrr Irld.j ind Fildij "ni R VTI Rl< linf R ThBTt. PM Kith ft a nil Ilith George Smith' Succumbs Here Gcoruc S. Smith, 52. agent for Magnolia Petroleum company, died of a heart attack at p. rn. yesterday In his residence. 1626 Biitlcrnut. Mr. Smith had gone an operation seme three ago and had returned home and was thought to br The atuck stnici him Thursday p. m. Funeral will be cnr.ductrd at 10 m. Saturday in Lauchtcr Fun- eral chapel with the Rev. Henry FcWcrhoff. tfricUtine. Burial will uc lit a tocsl cemetery vi'.h Ihe Nfasonic lodge tn charge of the graveside service. Born Sepl. 9. 1S92 in Ballinger, he lived Ihere most of his life, com- ing to Abilene in 1924 where ha formed n partnership with Jonn E. rilklngton which is still In effect as Magnolia agents. Mr. Emilh served in Co. M. 144 Infantry of Ihe 3t6h division In WorM War I. FiglHIng o.-i three from.'. Chateau Thierry. St. Mihlcl snd Ihr Meuw-Arsmine. he was uTiur.ricd on the latter. Prior to enteritis Ihr Army an! his return. to December, 1919. he worked wllh the American Express company in Ballincer. Survivors include Ills wife and daughter. Mary Frances, living at home and his n-.oiher, Mrs. Bca Smith of Ballinger. Mr. Sntlih a member of Ins local Maronic lodge. American le- gion Veterans of Fottlja Wars.