Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 31, 1944, Abilene, Texas BOND BOX SCORE Pearl Horboi March quota March to lei Solet Thursday MORNING VOL. LX1II, NO. 289. A TEXAS NIWSPAPBl WITHOUT OR OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT _AD1LKNE, TEXAS, FRlbAY MORNING, MARCH 31, 1944 -EIGHTEKN PAGES Associated Press fXP; United Prfjs PRICE FIVE CENTS Move In Closer To Philippines Wine Escaped Nazi Prisoners Hunted In Big Area Manhunt Military and civilian authorities were engaged last night 0n this section's biggest manhunt in an effort to recapture nine German prisoners of war who tunneled to freedom from the.Camp Barkcley stockade Wednesday night. Twelve in all, the greatest number to escape a Texas war prisoner camp at. one time, made the break but three were at Ballinger a short time after they stole an automobile at Tuscola, 12 miles southeast the camp. A fourth, who jumped from the car, was hunted in a wooded area near Ballinger. Retaken were Otto Reich- ert, 29, Hans .Schmidt, 28, and Joachim The prisoner who escaped from he automobile Is Josef Verstegen, alias Josef Dorstegeii. 29, and de- scribed as live feet nine inches, blond hair, fair complexion, scars Show No Fight When in Corner Henry Kemp, Ballinger night watchman, told The Reporter-News .last night that the three German of war he captured sin- gle-handed give up without struggle. "I became suspicious as soon as I saw the car in wfoicli the pri- soners were attempting to make f their Kemp said. "The was driven crazy-like and made a couple of complete turns on a downtown street as if the .driver didn't know where'he was going." 'At. that point Kemp said fie opened chase In- a Ballinger po- Vlice car and overtook the quartet In about four blocks, forced the es capees off the highway onto ths shoulder of the road. "One o( the Soys in the back-seat Jumped out and made a "but I couldn't make Mhe chase arid hold They gave up without resistance and HiefirHnmTilKril service station. where -I'.'dulled-1 sherifi and the highway. patrol." The three later were Jailed until whey were bound .over, to ;Camp Barkeley authorities. Four Hunters Quit After Near Arrest Four youths cut short their hunt' Ing expedition yesterday, afternoon after being captured twice by state highway patrolmen for escaped German prisoners. The lour, startlingly resembling of.the escaped Camp Barke- ley prisoners, with their blond hail and blue denims, were seen and icported to police as they wandered while hunting in the broken coun- try south of the municipal airport Ed Pcsey made the first "capture. He saw a blond head sticking above a shallow bank and wilh his gun cocked, ordered the prisoner out. A second youth also climbed gingerly into the Captain Posey was highly sur- whc ntlic-y stammered English, but ordered the two to call their companions and "to walk in open country back to the road.' Ht warned ot the danger they faced with many officers looking -for Germans. 9 Highway Palrol Sergeant J. L Cearlcy made the second arrest The officers saw the four approach- Ing so with great care leveled his rillc and waited. There was no delay when Cearlcy the. boys to throw up their hands. A few seconds later had assured him they were not Germans. 'Rumor Persists Eden Will Quit on right leg. Search for the olhtr tight Germans centered around the ruftced country near Lake Abi- lene. Five light observation planes from the Abilene Army Air base made a'late afternoon search of the while officers of the Federal 'Bureau of InvesllggUon, stale highway patrol office of.Abi- lene, the Texas Rangers, and coun- ty arid city officers Joined the mili- tary in combing the rough, hilly territory. Names and descriptions of the other men' at large as released by the Federal Bureau of Investiga- tion are: Heinz.- Braeue, 25, five feet, 10 inches, 180 pounds, blue eyes, blond hair, scar on right side. Wiili Lange, 20, five feet eight snd one-half inches. ISO pounds, brown'halr and eyes. v 21, live feet 183 blue eyes, blond''hair; scar1 on left'arm. five feet 10 nd one-half .Inches, 160 pounds, blue eyes, blond hair, mustache. Horst five feet seven and one-half Inches, 150 pounds, hazel eves, blond hair. Helm Rehnen, .23, five feet 10 inches, 169 pounds, brown eyes, brown hair. Peter Hitters, 24, five feet six inches, 165 pounds, blue eyes, brown hair, joint of right thumb missing Herbert Stankewitz, 20. five feet eight Inches, 165 pounds, blue eyes, light brown hair. The escape was discovered at 2 a. m. Thursday, local sources said, but leport from San Angelo police Mrs. Butchee, Early Settler Of County, Dies BUFFALO GAP, March 30 (Spl) Mrs. J. A. Bulchee, vho came to this historic lit- ile town with Taylor county's earliest settlers, died today at p.m. Last surrivor among the pioneers who came here even before the county's organization, Mrs. Butchejc succumbed at the age of 8) in tlit home In which she had lived since she was a bride in 1ST9. gave the time liight. is the previous It was believed that the four men who made their way to Ballinger walked as far as Tuscola after tun- neling under the fence ot the camp stockade. Lee Moreland, sheriff of Runnels county, announced the apprehen- sion of the three at about 3 a. m. Thursday. Aiding in the search at Ballinger were state highway Pa- trolmen from Abilene. Ranger, Bal- linger. San Angela and Brady and Texas Rangers from San Angelo. Call for Bids on Road Maintenance MRS A. BUTCHEfc'.' Mrs. Butchee suffered t stroke Monday. She had been a genii-in- valid for several- years and was bedfast for the past year. Titmie Gambill was born in Chat- tanooga, Tenn. in 1863. She came to Buffalo Gap with her parents in 1875 and her father, C. P, Gamble, was' the first county treasurer. On July 16. 1879, she was married to J. A. Butchee. He died on Feb 17.' 1917. Survivors include six daughters. Mrs. T. II. Sonnenburg. Shamrock; Mrs. K. C. Stanford. Phoenix. Ariz.; Mrs. J. E. Billberry, Buffalo Gap; Mrs. Vcrna Edmison, Buffalo Gap; Soviets Take 'LONDON, Friday, March down the harriers of Hitler's cringing satellite states, the Red army yesterday seized Cicrnowitz, German fortress that had guarded the pith (o Rumania and Hungary, and climber! up the Prut river' banks'info the Carpathian mountains to a lioinl only 15.miles from thc Hungarian-held corner of C. Mrs. Carl Henslee. Winters; arid Leila Mae Simpson. Odessa. and n grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A son. Evan butchcc, died in 1927. nrranRcinenls were in- complete last night, awaiting the arrival of Judge and Mrs. Stanford from Arizona. The rites are tentatively set tor Sunday at the Laughter Funeral home in Abiler.e. Burial will be In the Buffalo Gap cemetery. County Is Over Quota on Bonds Taylor county topped ils M.irch The Texas highway commission yesterday called for bids to he sun milled to -the Stale Highway de- partment on April U for repair and maintenance work on about miles of roads which Includes for var bonri !asl night asphalt seal coating for South First I Approximately [n bonds street in Abilene Purchased yesterday sent the county Thc South firs', project, approved of S23I'7M for maintenance and repair. i to spare, run from Oak street west lo Cat thc mo'lth to dalc: Claw creek. Work will get under1 "M !o and the C' M' near communities harl r.ol ports for the past few 'One loyal really helurc way this stimi completion 55.000. Asphalt will be laid to LONDON. Friday. March preserve the present surface. that Anthony Eden is other Abilene area counties ID certain to leave the foreign recre- j receive maintenance of roads under nut" Caldwcll said "with i rur taryship. which he has lielrt for the i the program are Throckmorton. "of sloOOO Thursday- major part of a critical decade. In I Kent. Fisher. Scurrv and Callahan order to devote full time to leader- fchip of the House of Commons, per- sisted today. These said the most likely among possible lucccssors as foreign sec- retary was Lord Cranborne. secre- tary of state Tor dominion affairs -jind a long-lime exponent of Eden's foreign Paiau Islands, But 460 Miles Away, Bombed; Truk Bombed BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A mighty United States task force is pounding Palau islands, Japanese bastion only 460 nautical miles east of the Philippines, aft- er enemy warships fled the area wi'ien the American ships approach- ed. Adm. Chester W. Nimitz announced last night that the attack on the island group, which includes the Japanese administration center for all the islands in the Caro- lines, started at dawn Wednesday (United States "After discovery of the approach of our forces by enemy planes searching from their bases in the Carolines and New Guinea, their ships were observed fleeing the area before our units could reach attack Nimitx' communique said. Dutch Airfields Given New Blast LONDON'. Friday. March radio warnings indlcflieri llic RAF might be over the Reich In force early loday following [lay- light attacks by American 'rliiiiidcr- I.lglKnlni pilots rreillltd trllh shnollnt rtoun German plans.! in battlf Included I.t. Charles Simpson nl Gall route, Sprlnf. I.I. Frank 3. Flullfr of Robert read. San Angelo, shot his second plane. bolts yeslerrtny upon German Mr- Holds In Holland and the Hollsnci- Geiman border region. "An enemy formation is over (lie Berlin sta- tion announced nl midnight and a half hour later" It added: "Strony enemy formations are approaching WMICTII Germany." Thunderbolts uscrl both bombs and guns In their attacks .upon (he airdromes. The U. S. Eighth air (oice heavy bombers took the (lav After storming Czernowilz and smashing its large Ger- man garrison, the .Russians raced on through Storozhints, 11 miles to the southwest. No move beyond thc 1041 Soviet borders was although Soviet troops re- mained poised along the Prut where it forms the Rumanian frontier southeast o! Czerno- witz, and broadened their grip on the north bank. Enhancing a plainly-implied bid Coleman Officer Killed in India COI.EMAN, March 30 Mrs. Frank C. Brawner of Wednesday received a letter from the department confirming .1 previous message (rotn thai asciv.-y In regard to the death of her hus- band, 1st. Lieutenant Brawrar, member of the Inuo-China wing of Ihe Army transport command. Lieutenant Brawner died March 16 a-s the reiutl of an airplane crajh on a sandbar near Jarhat. India while on a transition (light. Lieutenant and Mrs. Brawner, who were married April 16. 1342 iii c-ld. Mrs. Brawner Is the former Florence Bawner. daughter ol Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Bran-my of V-Plera. the 26-year-old (lying officer was a native of Seguin. He was a civi- lian instructor a I. Coleman flying about two years ago. COMES HOME; SEES GOLD S1AR BIG SPRING, March 30 U. Frank S. Harris, son of F. S Harris of Big Spring, was reported killed In action In North Africa he piloted a B-26 bomber. A church here had conducted memorial services tn his: honor. Today Lieutenant Harris, un- aware that he had teen reported lost, walked into his father's shop. Looking at the Gold Star on the (lag. he smiled and said: w -I don't thini 1 deserve lhat." Auto Tags" Are Sold in County Taylor county's sale of I9H motor vehicle licenses grew steadily yes- Red Cross Quota SPUR. March SO Dickers eoun- i ty exceeded its Red drive SI. 177.61. Jack .airman, announced, ons totaled S6.577.61 lors stood at I 700. Today will see the final jam when lardy crowd Into Ihe lax collector's olficc to purchase ptate.s before the penalty goes on, April 1. aa.s Ihe 21st In i to exceed Us ouota. Colls Legislature OKLAHOMA CITY. March 30- W-Gov. Robert S. Kerr today call- ed tile Oklahoma legislature into special session April 10 to consider enactment of a soldier >ote law and use of a general fund surplus to re- tire the state debt. to Base on inspection Gen. J. W. Jor.os. air inspec- tor of the Arrow Air Forces in Washington, D. C.. Thursday vis- itcd and inspected the Abilene Army I Air Base command under Col. Har- I ry Weddimjtqn. I With General Jones were Lt. Col. Ji Watson and Major O. D. I Simpson, Mrs. Payne J, Dies at Clyde I CLYDE. March 30 Etta Payne, who came to Clyrie al- most i half-ccniury ago. died at E p. m. Mrs. Payne. 86. was a native Tex- as, born in Wtiarton county 17. 1657. She came to Clyde in 1895 with her husband. Pliilli-) I Payne, who died in 1919. Funeral services will be Yield at i afternoon. ArranscmenU ae bein? I made by Patterson funera Iliome. 1 Survivors Include eight children. J.Mrs. John Cowan of Pero-. Jim Payne of El Paso. Delbcrt Payne n'. i Oregon, sy pavnc ol Bm Psir.e of N. M.. Mrs L--. 'nirhard! of Calif., an-i Mr.-. Ed Goodrum of N. Few Deferments to Hungary and Rumania to turn against Hitler or be Ihe Soviet midnight communique told of surrenders by units of both coun- tries' troops and the rout of others. Hungarian seventh division regi- ments helping the Germans defend Tlumach in thc Carpathian foot- hills were routed, the communique raid, while 300 Hungarians surren- dered. On thc Ukraine front south anil cast of Bycltsi n large detachment a Rumanian Infantry company sur- rendered, the Russians announced. The lo thr foe was clear: yictrl or he ikslrojfil. The rilj- nas l.ikm tij- .storm alter strecl tlfhtini: lint hejan yesterday, and thc Russians Im- mediately spread nut In tnkc nt.-irby villasts. IhniMIn; 14 miles snulluvf.sl tn capture Slnr- or.hinls, only seven miles from Ihr. Tlumanbn-ItilssEnn rtel.'mitcd In 1310. Thc Germans oft. One Thunderbolt was lost 9ml one Oermai) plain destroyed while, at one of the fields. Tliia brought the to- tal-number-of Nazi nlnnes knocked out by lh> Ainerlcnns in (lie Inst four days (o at least 106. The Thunderbolt, fighter-bomber which attacked objectives "at Hnri- hovcn. near the Belgian border, and Socsterberg, near Utrecht, reported no enemy air head Quarters announced. .Locomotives and flak towers were-' iliol up by Hie Tlniiiderbolts en route to the Holland-German border targets and one pilot said eight enemy Interceptors attempted (o attack him, but were Diitnuncuvcr- ed. The Thunderbolt attack came aft- er n night wliicli saw the RAP lilt targets at Valrcs and Lyons In France aiul Kiel in Germany. j Income Estimation Date Pushed Back Says 36th Faced Great Hardship AUSTIN. March 30 Nev- er In Ihe.liljtoiy of yie Onltci States have American soldiers hn n ed in a special communique that a devastating blow was struck that enemy fortress in the Carolines by land-baser! Liberators from (lie South Pacific. The dale of the assault, during which 49 planes were destroyed on the ground and five to 20 enemy aircraft were shot out ot action, was given uasl long- itude time That would .be Tuesday, March 28, west long-' itude- lime. Oil Wednesday night, west longi- tude time, Central Pacific Llbera- (or.s of the'Seventh Air Force, de- livered their second land based blow- on Truk, They-probably itew eith- from Enlwctoit or ttwajalchi In Ihe Western In his regular communique, pre- ceding by only a short time his special cctnmunique on the Truk raid. General MncArlliur reported lhal from the Southwest Pacific had attacked Wolcai. an: atoll tn Ihe Western Carolines 550', miles west of lYuk. These bombers probably flew from Momote air- drome in tile Admiralty Islands. AVoIrM was raided for Ihf first time Tuesday night anil morning liy liijr am- phibious Catalinas, probably fly- Injr from recently ar-iulrril Mn- mote airdrome in tbe Arimlral- ty Islands. In annoiinclnz the raid today General MacArlhur said heavy ex- plosions were set off in the air- drome find two large fire.s Icll blru- hig. Thl.c Is Ihr deepest penetr.i- tion of the Carcllnrs by American planes and the first strike nt the powerful Island chain by South- west Pacific forces. Wolenl lies inivt midway between Truk and the Palau Lshml.s. Ibe strongest bsses In the Carolines, and only 380 miles south of Guam. Truk wn.s lilt by Army I.ibera lors frnm the Central Pacific Lit cr Wednesday. Two airports were probah'.e Other American bomber- struck a hall do7.cn more Central Pacific Islands. Southwest Pacllic Japa- nese, concentrations thc length of New Guinea and ncrav the Bis- marck sea. In Central China and across Burma. The bombing of is in- rvllahlr. Tokyo radio Krnsiikr sajinic when he sv.iimrd rnnim.inrl nl Japan's eastern drfrme inne. He n.irneil the nf allairs" 111 Ihr eapital nl Nip- pon Is "truly urRent." Airborne tommandw ,-lashfit into North Burma, Hie rail line .supplying troops op- pxxstnz I.t. On. Stilwfli'.s American and Chinpre [orces in the Mfxjp.uiig Inee.ssanl figjiflnc wss rfpcrird In Western India bnwren Brlt-j-ii Infantrxmcn and four coUimns o! Invaders tryir.n lo crack Allied .sup- ply llnr.s. There HA.S no rt-poit of further Japanese The Biituh some have bcfn killed sltif rreks.--rd Ihe bordrr from Biunia. many of them when Allied artil- lery a of Nipixir.rjr in Thr open 32 mile? north ef Im- phal. and ripped i' to pieir.-. Another 400 JapaiK.se were killed In the Mosauiig In a series of attacks trylne in rescue 1.000 of their comrades trapped by a road- block. StllB'cll reported no! a <in- ple American or Chinese soldier was killed in down the 'U- They ?re. aorut Vo mile.s north of Mohryln. where Ihe Mr commandos hu Japanese head- Qiurtcrs on His Mandalay-Myit- kyma railroad Sofia Given More Blasts By Bombers ALLIED HEADQUAR- TERS, Naples. March 30 (AP) Explosive scarred Sofia was blasted from the air today for the second time in 24 hours by the largest force of heavy bombers ever scut against a j single target from Mediter- ranean bases. Both U. S. Kortre.i.ves and Libera- tors participated In the new assault and readied the Bulgarian capital while h still was smoking from heavy blow last nlghl by RAP Lib- erators and Wellingtons. Pifhier opposition was fairly strops over the city, returning flierj Tcpmlerl. and the bombers and their esoT'. o( Lighting and Thunderbolt flcliirrs destroyed several enemy in- The atuclc was directed at Solia's M'al railroad yards through which IMMPS the main line from Berlin to Istanbul, Turkey, and other Bal- kan points. However, other targeU in the also were hit. Ground Bottling lln Italy in Lull ALLIED HEADQUARTERS. pies. March .10 OV-The fhoottnj I and the .shouting were past and the high hopes with which Allied troops i worked their way into the of Casjlno two weeks aso wcrs desd today us the Allied com- munique dismissed action on this Mtal sector with A one-feiuence, reft-rfiice to patrol ac- tivity. Arinlfry and mortar fire con- tinued to stir dust in the dead town anri patrol pushed their way up and down the rocky hills to northwest, but the bis pii'h waj suspended as the lessons of a fu- battle were studied. Ths Aniio-Nettui'io beachhead lalso remained moderately quiet, I with Ifii artillery lire.