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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 1944, Abilene, Texas BOND BOX SCORk Since Peorl Harbor April Quota April MORNING VOL. LXI1I, NO. 315. WITHOUT OR WITH OFl'ENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS if A TEXAS NEWSPAPOI ABILENE, TEXAS.THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 27, 1944 -TWELVE PAGES Prn, (HP) filled Prat IV.P.) PRICE FIVE CENTS Ward -West Flood Toll Crowing Allies Improve i By Ihe Associated Press Inland seas of floodwater, fed by a month of almost continuous rain In the midwest, rolled down the Mississippi river and its western tribu- taries -last night, menacing cities, routing lowland residents and ruining "adly needed crops. Seven thousand federal troops, militiamen and Italian prisoners of war labored to save levees alonj the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers. The flood death toll In the St. lauls area climbed to six yesterday when four of 12 employees of the Mlssourl-Kansas-Texas railroad were Downed as they attempted to ferry across a flooded area which had Tsolated the railway's roundhouse. Eight of the men swam to safety after tlieir flatboat capsized. Those drowned were Joseph Rochus, O, Roscoc Kuhn, J. W. Cochran and R. L. Whittemore, all residents of SI Louis. On Monday, two members of the U. S. .Coast Guard station were killed when their towboat was crushed by a heavy barge as the men aring thelr'craft for flood relief work on the Mississippi, Tbe Arkansas river, which gave Wichita, Has., Us worst flood earlier this week, crested yesterday at TuUi, Okla., and evacuation of Jenks, a town of 000 a few miles downstream from Tulsa. Southeastern Kansas tributaries of the Arkansas poured in more water below Tulsa lo threaten bljeer overflows In Eastern Okla- homa and western Arkansas. The Missouri river, at flood stage for weeks; was at Its hlgheft last night in central Missouri. It was two miles wide near Jefferson City and threatened to cut the capital city off from communications lo th? north. The weather bureau In Washington said last night that the con- tinued rainfall, excessive moisture In the soil and floods have Jhrown seasonal farm work as much as three weeks behind normal In many The mldwestern area office of the Red Cross in St. Louis made these Kansas Oklahoma Total estimates of flood damage to crops: Missouri Illinois Acres Inundated Crop Acreage Destroyed J wo More Airdromes Captured Troops Occupy Madang- Aitape m By LEONARD MILLIMAN Associated Press War Editor American infantrymen caplurec two Japanese airdromes on Dutch New Guinea, within bombing rang of the Philippines, Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced today, whll miles to the southeast Austral Tans swept Into the town of Mad ang. The Sentanl (Taml) and Cyclops airdromes !n the Hollandia area o northern NewrGuinea were scizec Uniled States forces on th day of their invasion. Their nutcracker drive was closing in on the Hollwinia air- drome, the thifit and tartest in the stttor; The which hit the beaeh "31 .miles apart, were nearlne a' Juncture in a battle against mud and hills where the Japanese strangely were absent. Enemy resistance folded up in t 4itape seclor, 150 miles to the east, here the captured airdrome is being used by Allied bombers and Anzio Positions, lake Prisoners ALLIED'HEADQUAR- TERS, Naples, Apr. Allied troops have broken the lull on the Anzio bridgehead improved their positions am have taken prisoners in sev eral limited attacks launchct after a combined artillery am propaganda barrage, A11 i e c headquarters announced to day. The Allies lashed out to strength en their lines as American flier reported heavy movements of ene my motor transport on the high ways near Rome and as official re ports told of enemy replacements from the Russian front reaching the beachhead front. The gains were scored in the past three days, headquarters announc- ed, a mile and half northeast of Carano, where the Germans launch- ed their latest big offensive against the bridgehead forces. The Allies first directed a propaganda talk at the German lines through ampli- fiers, and 60 prisoners were taken. The most recent batch of prison- ers, numbering nine, was taken yes- terday, four coming in after a per- suasive loudspeaker talk. Pilots of American light bombers attacking roads in the Rome area reported enemy troop concentra- tions around Rome, the second time in two weeks such enemy moves have been noted. The significance remained unexplained, but it was clear the Allies were taking no chances on being caught unprepar- ed. I Prisoners taken in the bridgehead action said the Germans' water was bad and their food had deteriorated in recent weeks. They reported Ger- man casualties had been heavy. The land fronts in Ilnly cxcep for the bridgehead were quiet. Soviets Sink :ive Fleeing Iroop Ships LONDON, Thursday, Apri BOARD CHAIRMAN WON'T OBEY WHITE HOUSE ORDER CHICAGO, April government, with the aid of a detachment of troops, took possession tonight of the Chicago units of Montgomery Ward and company after Sewcll Avcry, chief executive officer of the huge merchan- dising firm, had rebuffed previous efforts to enforce a pres- 27 (AP) Axis fleet Blasting at an presumably al templing to evacuate larg numbers of the besiege forces at Sevastopol, the Rus sians have sunk five German and Romanian transports and damaged two others in the past 24 hours, Moscow an- nounced today. The Soviet daily communique re- ported once ngnln "there were no essential changes at the front" dur- ing the day, but official German and Romanian announcements said the Red Army had broken the land lull by opening a large-scale offen- sive yesterday on the Romanian front, scoring local break-throughs which were sealed off. A supplement to the Soviet com- munique referred to continued ac- livily southeast of Stanlslawow in old Poland, where skirmishing has been reported the past few days. It said about a company of Germans was wiped out and some important iclghts were captured by Russian anV.men. Ir. another sector, unidenti- fied, 800 Germans were reported killed and SIM wounded and 20 tanks or stlf-propelle d guns smashed In one of (he bloodiest small ensagemenls since Sevastopol lull set In. In addition to the action off Se- vastopol, the Russians announced that In the Barents sea in the Arc- tic, Soviet, aircraft had encountered a large group of German transports sailing under convoy of worships, cutters and fighters" and that des- pite bad visibility the Russian air- men sank four of the transports to idential order for seizure of the facilities. Wayne C. Taylor, under- secretary of commerce w h o was designated as the agent to assume control of the prop- erties here, announced that Avery had left the premises after being assured that busi- ness would go on as usual. Avery capitulated after holding out for almost seven hours against a directive from President Roose- velt authorizing the Commerce dc- pailment to seb.e the Chicago mall order plant and other buildings on grounds that the management had refused to comply with White House Instructions to extend an expired contract with a CfO union. The dramatic controversy. In pro- gress since noon, reached a climax shortly before 1 p.m., when 32 mili- tary policemen equipped with weap- ons arrived at the firm's headquar- ters in three trucks: There were some boos and some cheers from a crowd of employes and others assembled in the street. First Lt. Ludvrlg Plnchure and SALVAGED from this month's magazines so. last year's-calendars are included in the waste paper being gathered in Abilene. Shown is one of the 20 Army trucks working in the scrap paper drive and some of the soldiers who man Ihe vehicles. 1ULU saun. v..----1------ tailing tons. The Russians did nbl say which war this convoy wfts moving. In the two naval-air clashes Russians reported S. lotal 6f.nlne German transports to- alling tons sunk, with nunv erous smaller vessels sunk and dam. aged. three soldiers went to Avcry's office while the other troopers wore de- ployed outside the structure. Taylor lold reporters that tht lieutenant informed Avcry Ihe place was In possession of Ihe United Slates fovrrnmcnt. Avcry, he added, reiterated Ills conlcnllon that the proceedings _vrcre without Jcjal authority, 'but dunned his coal and hat and departed when he was lolil Ihe business would not be In- Itrrupled. The trouble stemmed from Avcry's refusal to obey a War La bor Board a similar dl- i Avery Fighter From Way Back, Generally Wins By WILLIAM FERRIS CHICAGO, April L. Avery, the Montgomery Ward and company chairman now en- gaged in a controversy with tho United Slales government, Is man ivho knows his own mind. He has fought with his stock- holders over his salary and with his executives over company pol- icies, and he has come out on top. A suave man, lank and firm-Jaw- ed, looking and acting yo'Jngerthan ils 69 years, he has built up a rep- utation as one of Chicago's .best justness minds. Avery was one of the first presi- dents of U. S. Gypsum company and came to Montgomery Ward In November, 1931, when the big mail order and retail merchandising firm was wallowing around In lha depression and making one of tha outstanding records in losing mon-" cy during that period. Net Income of Ward's last year was Avery once said he "banana- peeled" Into the chairmanship of Ward's. That was in 1930, when stockholders questioned his salary, which a't that time amounted to 100.000 a year. "On the damn salary Avcry asserted. "I'm not ashamed, to talk on It. My Incentive In is being used by Allied bombers ana trucks working in tnc scrap paper arive aim auiuu ui in fighters. Only a short skirmash pre-! Today the trucks will work from North Fifth.northward. ceded their occupation of Altape i village. At Madang, too, the enemy fled Ac fore the advancing Allied forces. Australians found quantities of abandoned supplies anij ammuni- tion when they occupied the once- strong fortress. Madang, on Astrolabe bay, has an airfield but the Nipponese have so little resistance in recent weeks it may not be of much use to the Allies. Strongest air resistance yet In the renewed New Guinea fighting T.as an attack by 12 torpedo planes a U. S. destroyer at Hollandia said they did no dam- age. Twenty-three Japanese planes were wiped out in a raid on Kamir airfield. 400 miles northwest of Hot- landia. American bombers returned to the Btlack along the northern Invasion route to Tokyo and intensified their offensive on Japan's mandated Cen- tral Pacific Islands, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz announce tr. Aleutian-based bombers Hew lo within 500 miles of Japan proper to make six strikes at the northern Kurile Islands Sunday and Monday nights. Three thousand miles to the soutt Allied bombers concentrate< Tin. coastal defense guns in the heaviest bombardment in two months of daily raids on the Mar shall Islands. Five islands In the strongly forti fled Truk lagoon were bombed b ijlancs ranging half the lenglh o the Caroline island system. Nimitz made no mention of a altack by long-distance Unitet Stales bombers on Guam. reporle djrcct hit on a shelter In a 125 mile.- farther Inside the Retch Mosquito bombers April 8. "has sglMl maA town durlng a German some American flghlcrs also at- been called the Pittsburgh 01 oer- alr rald early todav many tacked Nazi airdromes in occupied many. casualties. (France, destroying enemy aircraft The major American daylight ne lM was ancl 1hc on ,h sllt juie mnju> Tnc rala was Dncii ann me on the ground. Six fighte raid did not encounter any fighter sounded in London with- to return from all opcratl opposition. Between 2oO and 5W out any indents being reported. The German radio broai Fortresses and Liberators made the 900-mile rour.dtrip to Brunswick, dumping tons of bombs. A uuv ...PJ The Gcrniftn rsdto broadcast There was another uneventful alarm, counts of a "fierce air battle" over WEDNESDAY PAPER' tOTALS 30 IONS LOCALLY Scrap paper collected by the Army Wednesday totaled approximately pounds, armmd 30 tons, in the area helwccn South 5th and North 5th, Capt. N. A. TurnbHll, chief of salvage drive, announced Wednesday night. "That is a conservative estimate ot wcdnrs- day's pickups. We, expect to collect 115 tons of sal- vage paper in all before the drive ends Thursday Captain Turnhull prophesied. Salvaged paper collected Tuesday in the area south of South 5th totalled pounds, 37 7-10 tons. Thursday Army trucks will cover the area north of North nth, and residents are urged to have the paper cither tied or in boxes on the curb (o facilitate handling. at dusk last night. Northwest Germany. Only one The Weather frioruiwest Germany. umy one Rocket guns and anti-aircraft; American bomber formation, how- batteries In the coastal area thun-jcver, 'reported even seeing enemy dercd In ansv.-er to the German [aircraft. They did not attack'. raiders and fighters engaged them in combat. Incendiaries set fire to part of a city badly battered in previous raids and one or two small fires burned on Ihe outskirts. (The city was not I identified in this dispatch, which i passed through Fire-! ion dealt with the blazes immc-: dialcly. _______I Won't Step Aside as Requested WASHINGTON. April i Chief Justice Edward C. Elchtr of i the federal district court late today refused to step down as the prestd- Ir.g Judge in the trial or 30 perrons accused of trying to set up a Nazi for of government in this country. He denied, wilhoat comment, a motion by 16 defense attorneys rep- resenting 19 defendants that he as- sign the case to anolhcr Judge. The attorneys contended th.it his conduct had 'shi'-vi pre- judice acainst the defense and In favor of the prosecution." I V. S, nFPARTMF.NT OF TOMMFRCE WFATHF.R BrRF.AT ABIl.r.NE AND ViriMTV: Filr T ind ro'lrr north P" Thandir. nindt. FAST TF.XAS: Fllr Thondiy Friday; riolrr noilh poilliMi WF.ST TEXAS: Fair Thundiy ind FiMlT; warmer Panhandle ani Sonlh Piling Thcridar. Freih U itror.r ninrfi. TrMPF.R VitA. AM Tad. HOVR. Wed. PM Tod. KI i 'i Coleman Lieutenant Given Silver Star COLEMAN, April 26 Honors have been coming thick and ast for 2nd Lt. Hiram Fentcn. Jr.. on of Mr. and H. F. Fcnto'n of Coleman. Besides having been commission- ed a'second lieutenant In the field Uelf a rare hor.or, the young leutenant Is the recipient of three Mgh honors. Mast recent honor was ;hc presentation o! the stiver sla and that medal was pinned on by General Mark Clark, commande of the Army, on March U 1944. Other honors Include a commend- ation of Ihe bronze star, for tak- ing part in the Italian campaign. Lieutenant Fenton is a native o( Coleman county and had refldrd In this county until going Into the Army. STOCKHOLM, April Hundreds of Danes have been ar- rested in Copenhagen and German armored cars are patrolling the cap- tal's streets amid sporadic bursts of gunfire, Danish underground sources renorlcd lonlght from that German-occupied and ncwly-lsolat CAIRO, April 26-m-Thc stop I gap Greek cabinet in exile headed by Premier Sophocles Venizelos re- signed las; night and a r.cw gov- ernment under George Papan- drcou. 'who recently atrived from Greece, was sworn in today. Papandreou. a leader of the So- cialist Democratic party who has Just escaped from the homeland, y King George It to )airy Production Subsidy Reduced WASHINGTON, April 26 The War Food administration an- nounced today that dairy produc- !on subsidy payment rates will be reduced 15 cents a 100 pounds on whole milk and 2 cenls a pound on buttcrfat during May, June, July and August. The rates will be Increased again in September for a period ending March 31. 1015. The payments arc conditlcncd. the said, upon congressional provision for admin- istrative expenses. Ths payments arc being made, the WFA explained, to offset Increases in dairy production costs since Sep- tember, 1042, and thereby to en- courage producllon and lo maintain the other ministers will acl as mln- summary executions. Telegraph and postal communica- _ tlons between Denmark and Sweden remained broken for the second day, and finly Germans were allowed lo use the ferries. Even Swedish dip- lomats were forbidden lo travel be- tween the two countries. The German clfort lo wipe the underground patriot organisa- tion began Monday with hundreds of arrests, the Free Danish prc.vi service said, and abci'.it 300 more were arrested today, ulth all fac- m: a thrcal of execution if snce to the Nan rule conlinuf.s. Islcrs. present celling prices on milk and other dairy products. Officers Ordered To Leave Service CINCINNATI, April 26-MV- A military court loday convicted three AAF officers of neglect of duty in inspection at the Lockbr.d plant of the Wright Aeronautical Corp., and sentenced them to he dismissed from the service. Asks Cotton Seed Price Assurance WASHINGTON. April The National Cotton council urged the War Food administration to- day lo announce soon a program designed to assure cotton farmers Tilth ani Illrh >n4 Sonri.. 5arml lav f I Viit nltM thli lornln at least a ton for cotton seed, the nation's leading oil feed crop. Failure to assure growers such a price will discourage, the council said, the picking of cotton and sale of cotton seed. The latter is an im- of food, cotton MCd the manufacture of Weinert Sergeant Wounded in Action WEINER.T. April Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Hick. We inert, have been no'.lficd by the war dcparlrc.ent that their son, Ssl. Ben Edwin Rick was wounded in action on c Los iifgros in the Admiralty Island group on March 21. Serjeant Rick has been overseas since last June. Kxtend of his or other drtMls were not disclosed In Ihe war department agf I" the Mr. margarin, salad oils, shortening and other vegetable oil products, while collon seed meal Is used as live- stock feed. rivmcs a ratio Calif. Mrs. Rick have three ar.d acldre.v of the other Is not known. He recently WASTE PAPKR ON GOVERNOR'S Vison, 11, sits on the knee of Gov. Coke R. Stevenson and shows him the proclamation of Mayor Gus B. Ma.rcrmann nf San Antonio naming a Coronation Day in the Ahmn c.ty in her honor She was crowned Waste Paper Queen of America for gathering mnre paper in a recent drive than any lother participant. (AP
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