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Publication: Abilene Reporter News May 7, 1944

Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 7, 1944, Abilene, Texas BOND BOX SCORE Since Pcerl Harbor May Sale. Abilene SUNDAY WITHOUT OR OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT COES'-Byron VOL. LgUI, NO. 324. A TEXAS ABILENE, TEXAS, -THIRTY-EIGHT PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 7, (API CUJJ PRICE FIVE CENTS Balkan Bomb Blasts Continue FRENCH LANDING BEACHES NEAREST BRITAIN BOMBED LONDON, May American Liberators and Ma- rauders cast tons of explosives on the 100-mile stretch of landing beaches nearest Britain today, and a U; S. fleet of perhaps 750 Mediterranean bombers smashed five Ro- manian rail cities handling German traffic for the Russian front. Carefully selected German anti invasion installations were hammered between Ca- lais and Dieppe on the French coast just across from Japs Eight More Axis Given More Punishment %HIS ROAD LEADS TO Allied tank (center) moves along the twisting Imphal-Ukhrul road to India near the Burma frontier. This road was reported by the British to have been cleared of the Japanese invaders who were driving to capture Imphal, capital of Manipur state. This is official Indian photo. (AP Backs FDR; at Variance By The Associated Press. Taylor county Democrats Reports, last night from in precinct, conventions Sat- 'Eections where the issue was most sharply drawn showed that in a majority of pre- cincts Texas Democrats were naming uninstructed delega- tions to county conventions. Arid from those points over the state where sentiment was put on record there were strong resolu- tions both for arid against presi- dent Roosevelt as a .fourth -term for. president. ruiirtt Dover's chalk cliffs on the 22nd straight day of the fu- rious aerial offensive. The Axis-controlled Paris radio said many localities were attacked in the area and heavy casualties occurred. The Allied command sent nearly 500 Liberators and escorting Mustang, Lightning and Thunderbolt fighters against "Calais sector without loss In the morning. The attack was made despite bad weather which In [he past had halted such flights. In the evening American Marau- ders and other Allied bombers cross-' ed, concentrating on emplacement south of Calais between Boulogne and Dieppe. In another evening action Thunderbolt fighter bombers struck a Nazi air field >t Rennes. In northern France, and a formation of Thunderbolt fighters swept the same area. Neither formation sighted single enemy plane and neither suffered loss. Local Officer Nazi Prisoner ndi: action In a majority, of Hie state's 'precincts. Some" coun- ties did not hold precinct conven- tions. But in many of-.them the election of delegates was a forma- and iwhere delegates were cer- tilled without direction the effect was to send to the county conven- tions next Tuesday uninstructed delegations. The county conven- tions will, name Delegates for the convention In Austin May 23. At Dallas, one of the. eitlej where in some precincts there was a light over whether dele- gations'would be Instructed for Roosevelt, the larger precincts K were reporting unlnstracled- delegations. Most of the Jef- fersnn cormly (Beaumont) con- ventions also sent unlnstrncted delegations, and similarly those few reporting In Bexar county (San urday turned thumbs down on a resolution proposed by the state executive chairman calling for uninstructed dele- gates as eight .out of 10 boxes reporting went on record as favoring a fourth term for Roosevelt. Attendance was1 small at all box- .3. v i Other, suggested' party .the right toldeter- nrrrie'lts own. membership, to Invite Oov. Cojcjj to be the chairman'1 of the Tex'as delegates to the national convention and to re- store the two-thirds rule in the se- lection of nominees for president and vice presidenWwere for the most part tabled by the local Dem- ocrats. Several boxes instructed their delegates to vote for Sam Rayburn for vice president. A memorandum from Coun- ty Chairman James V. Stinson calling for signatures to a party pledge brought fireworks at the Fair Park box. Legality of the requirement for signature to the pledge "I am a Democrat and will support the nominees of this convention" was challenged by Mrs. Dallas Scarborough. Mrs. Scarborough's d eclaration that this was ''assuming power thai does not belong to a party led to a motion by I. W. Hoover and a second by W. E. Martin that First Lt. W. K. (Kenny) Kerfoot who was reported as mlfslng In ac- tion In Italy since Feb. 23, Is now 'officially listed as a prisoner of war f the German government. Mrs. Kerfoot, the former Jose-! nine Bentley of Abilene, was noil- led Saturday by the War depart, lent of the report received through he Inlernallonal Red Cross that ler husband is a prisoner. Lieutenant Kerfoot was acting :aptaln and company commander if an infantry company In the 45th division when he was taken prlson- T on the Anzlo beachhead. He had been in continuous action for "00 days In the Sicilian and Italian In- ADVANCED ALLIED HKAD QUARTERS, New Guinea, Sunday, May 7 (AP) Fifty Army Air Force fight' ers and bombers maintained punishing attacks on an esti- mated by-passed Japa- nese troops along 700 miles of the northern New Guinea coast, headquarters reported today. Prom Hansa Bay to Sarml, Oen. Douglas MacArthur's planes pressed their assaults Thursday and Friday, continuing the neutralization of air- dromes, supply areas and troop con- centrations. Hansa Bay 1s 350 miles southeast of the new American invasion hold- ings at Hollandla and Sarml is more than 130 miles to the north- west. On beyond Sarml In Hie Schouten Islands off Gcelvlnk bay, a raiding Fifth Airforce bomber downed an enemy fighter. The steadily neutralized enemy bases of Rabaul, New Britain, Kav Ships Go Down In Red Attacks LONDON, Sunday, May 7 Soviet high com- mand announced last night that Russian naval-air units had sunk eight more Axis ships near Sevastopol in the FIVE KEY ROMANIAN RAIL LINES PRINCIPAL TARGETS ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Naples, May A! fleet of perhaps 750 American Flying Fortresses and Liber- ators heavily protected by fighters rammed home destruc- tive bombing attacks against five key Romanian communi- cations centers in daylight today, expanding the Mediter- ranean air campaign against Nazi Romania into light with reports to Allied headquarters that the Ger- mans had carried out a mass exodus of Italian civilians from a strip beyond the 20 miles deep Fifth Army's offensive. At the same lime the Ital- ian theater came more Crimea, making a total of 19 j strongly into the war spot in two days, and said Red army troops repulsed local counterattacks in former Po- land. Two hundred Germans were kill- ed southeast ol Stanislawow In the area between (lie upper Dneslr river and the Carpathian mountains, said a midnight bulletin telling o( the only land activity reported by Mos- cow. Russian airmen also attack- ed a German field Id lhat sector. The German high command said Axis troops, besieged at'Sevastopol since mid-April, again had beaten oil heavy Red army Infantry and tank attacks supported by artillery. Axis broadcasts located the most violent'fighting as along the Clior- naya river on the northeast side of Sevastopol. Tonight the German radio gave its familiar warning signal tha Allied planes were headed for the Reich again and the Paris radio fell silent later at night, indicating a possible RAP night assault carry ing the offensive Into Us Ud straight day. The attacked Nazi coastal Instal- lations In the are so secret that even now after more than 100 assaults on then) (hey have not been described In del tail. '-FWturnttg' liberator crewmen aid each wave of American chose a different target, bombing hrough an overcast. No German ighters-were met; ground fire was sporadic and ineffective. Prom Britain, Australian and New vaslons. Reported missing on the same day and subsequently reported as a Ger- man prisoner was Lt. John Stansell, second In command In the company. Lieutenant Stansell's wife also re- sides in Abilene. Lieutenant Kerf cot, who resides In Biley, Colo., was stationed with the 15th division at Camp Barkeley at the time of his marriage In Feb- ruary, wife and their baby 3aughter are living with her par- ents, !Jr. and Mrs. Max Bentley, 1126 Santos. Black Markets ijRo lu The first four conventions re- porting from rural Tarranl county (Fort Worth) split, two for Roose- f veil; two uninstructed. Their strength gave 22 delegates for Roosevelt and 20 un- 'inst meted. The election judge at Aledo, home of Senator O'Danlel, reported no precinct convention held there, and lhat he did not knew what pro- cedure would be used to pick dele- Igatcs. From many other points In the state there were resolutions adopt- ed opposing Roosevelt for president and favoring senator Harry Byrd of Virginia; resolutions endorsing .oosevelt and Speaker Sarn Ray- _urn as his running mate; one urging that the Democratic party In Texas should not palidpate In Ihe national convention; resolu- tions asking restoration of the two thirds rule In the national con- fvention in selection of nominees; opposition to restoration of the two thirds rule; and in one pre- cinct a resolution that Texas elec- tors tc uninstructed. Among four proposals which the fctate Demccratlc executive commit- tee has suggested the county con- ventions direct delegations to the See DEMOCRATS, Tg. 8, Col 6 Ihe Weather V E DErARTSIFNT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BfHEAU ABILENE AND VICISITT: ctendr SnndiT IAST TEXAS: cU.rfy S.nd.T Mondiy; In Mr- lion Fruh WEST TEVAS: Incrmliulr RnnJiy. cooltr tn P.nkinjle nlthl: MonJir li> hinJIt Soslk Fr.lh lo the pledge be omitted as a require- ment for voting. The motion pass- Bafaan Relief ets in northern France during he day without loss. One German lighter was shot down. RAF operations the night before were confined to mine-laying In enemy waters, accomplished with- out loss. ST. JOSEPH, Mo., May-6 Members of the Federated Org'anl zatlon for Bataan Belief voted toda to circulate a petition asking Pres jidtnt Roosevelt to leng, New Ireland, and Kahili, Bou- .Invllle, also were given air attcn- lon. Dutch-flown Mitchells which rece'nlly began hitting Koepang, Dutch Timor, did U again. At a cost of one fighter, planes from the Solomons drop- ped 28 tons of bombs on Kav- leng and the nearby Borpop air base. s Rabaul was tons Thurs- day, making It nearly 500 tons dropped there during the past five days. The concrete runway of Vuna- kanau airdrome was cratered. Runway hits also we re "scored by Liberators at Kahili, on Bougain- ville's south co'BSt." A spokesman-said that Australian forces moving.up the'New'Guinea coast from Alexishafen now are 10 mjles beyond that former enemy air base without having.contacted the Japanese. Alextshafen Is approxi- mately 400 miles southeast of Hol- landia. nerlln also reported collapse of Kusslan assaults cast of the middle Slrel rivtr in Romznla, but Moscow was silent on these operations as the land front lull entered the third week. A Russian Tass agency review said Ruslan planes during April had sunk about 200 ships, Including de- stroyers, minesweepers, torpedo boats and several dozen transports totalling more than tons Most of these vessels sank In the Black sea on the Axis sea lanes from the Crimea, to Romania, said the review. Stinson, in a statement to The Reporter-News said ihe pledge was sent out by the slate.executive com- mittee and passed on by him to the precinct chairmen. Only boxes of those reporiing which voted to send delegates to the county convention Tuesday at 2 p. m. with no definite voting in- structions were Orange street and Caps-Abilcne. The Cedar street box will send a delegation Instructed to vote for Roosevelt, uninstructed as to the i Husband of Abilene Woman Dies in Action Tlie War department Saturday notified Mrs. Richard C. Lawson, 301 Riverside, that her husband Lt. Richard C. Lawson, was killed in action over Italy on April 15 Lieutenant Lawson was a pilot on a B-24. Mrs. Lawson, the former Evelyn Baumgardner, has been making her home in Abilene with two sis- ters. Mrs. John C. Crowder and Mrs. E. V. Boynton Jr. Husband. of the la'iter two also are overseas Lieutenant Lawson. whose horn was In Dallas, had been overseas only since March. Lieutenant and Mrs. Lawjon wen married 1930. at Rockwall on June 8 nooseven, unmsiruciea .is 10 me r vice presidency. Guion found forlipOMSOr Roosevelt and recommended Ste- venson as head of the Texas dele- gation. Tuscola Democrats told their rep- resentatives to "vote for no dele- AUSTIN, May slx-poin program of social welfare servlc to Texas cities will be sponsore by the Texas Social Welfare asso gates to the national convention elation under a annual bud not In favor of Roosevelt and his Bet- il was decided here today at meeting of the finance commute See COUNTY DEMOS., Pj. 8, Col. 2 of the organization. Mrs. George H. Abbott of Dalia president, salrt that community con sultants would be made avatlab to Texas cities to help In solvin problems of delinquency, men! ivgiene, health and welfare. .III. AM Til." HOUR I'M Til. 49 41 1C 41 51 19 II It 71 M LONDON P. Manship, above, publisher uests made by any organization for relief of Americans held prison- by Japan. The petition, approved at the ad- urnmeht. session, of the group's Irst annual conference, said: "We hereby petition you to keep our promise of two years- ago he air will be black with s it wos already black with Jap .ar.es. Also to Issue a presidential Irective order to direct our foreign elations committee to expedite all equests made by any organization or relief for a prisoner of war in he Philippines or Japan." The organizalion requested gov- rnment efforts to obtain aid for rlsoners of war through Swltzer- and and Sweden, and voted to ask OWI for permission for parents to send short wave radio messages to ons held as prisoners of war. The Filipino people have known he American way of life for near- y half a century and never will be School Trustees Named by Board county school board Sat- urday appointed five men to serve on the North Park school board of trustees. Appointed were W. A. Atkinson, 2510 Simmons: L. R. Adams, Tur- ner's Chapel; C. W. Preswood, Tur- ner's Chapel; J. W. Cumpton. 1234 Harwell, and J. C. Petty, 2511 Hick- ory. The first three were appoint- ed for a two-year term while the latlcr two are .to fill unexplred terms of one year. Three members of the board and the school superintendent, W. P. Palm, resigned at a special meeting of the board late last month. Two atisflcd until the American flag moved away from the again flics over the Philippines, Dr d'5trict catllcr' "vc vacan- D. M. Yap of Washington asserted at a Corregidor memorial service. A native of the Philippines and editor and publisher of the maga- zine, Bataan, Doctor Yap addressed the organization on the second an- niversary of the fall of Corregidor. West of Sevastopol Soviet motor torpedo boats an .enemy conyrSy .and torpecj hits wh left I ant tn'reearansports to tailing "pioflO tons and high spec la riding Tjarjjes, the Wllelin said, SIxfy-lyro enemy planes were destroyed on all fronts Friday, Moscow said. German broadcasts said tile Rus- sians meanwhile were steadily amassing men and equipment on a broad front from central Poland in the kowcl area, 170 miles southeast of Warsaw, down to the middle Romanian front near lasl. main front in Southern Italy. An Allied headuarters commeii' later disclosed this information had come from Italian refugees. It was said the area had been made pure- ly military territory, with the onlj Italians remaining those working directly with the Germans. These reports oh the first an> nivcrsary of the Allied armies' big drive down tile Mcdjerda valley in mlsla which resulted In the fall Tunbi on May 1, 1043, was cvid- nce of the Germans' Increasing ars (hat the Allies were preparing nothcr trreslstable push. Earlier n the week official reports said leavy, unexplained explosions were eard from the vicinity of Formla i the western end of the front hlch possibly Indicated enemy de- trucllon of installations and ores. In today's ambitious air drive Into Romania the American bombers and fighters battered llielr through screens of en- emy Interceptors and bombed five vital rail yards, all on the main routes from Bucharest over which the Germans are pouring reinforcements and sup- lo the southern Russian front. t of In TYLER, May 6 The black market In gasoline, the proposed Saudi Arabia pipe line and other topics will be discussed Monday when directors of the East Texu Oil association meet in Dallas. H. p. Nichols, executive vice-pres- ident of the association, said in a statement that "Chester Bowles of the Office of Price Administration, has Induced a shortage in the ply of gaiollne and is now bellowing ibout the black market. condition was inevitable. Black market patrons are not Itmtt- to those who would drive lor a ill of pleasure on week ends. Con- sumers have money to spend and :hey will spend it with a bootlegger ,f necessary. It Is not a question of the price of gasoline. "By advancing the price of oil to 75 cents per barrel up ta Solons Ask Proof Businessmen cics. Elected to the school board In April were Tommy Grant and Jess Wood. County Superintendent Tom Mc- Geehee said the new trustees will meet at the North Park school building Tuesday night at to take the oath of office and discuss school matters. WASHINGTON, May House small business committee to- dny challenged any person to prove that any one in authority In the government or out If Interfering with the nation's free enterprise system. Chairman Wright Patman (D- Texi said declarations made In speeches and statement1: for some lime that Individual Initiative Is being stifled have "become a figure of speech without supporting evi- dence x x x." committee." Patman said in a statement, "Intends to find out what Is back of these prolific as- sertions x x x we want facts and not generalities." miles riortti ____________ ______WJp miles Oralova', 120 miles west" of Bucharest; Cam- plna, 20 miles north of Plocstl, and Turnu Seyerln, at'the "Iron gate on the Danube 83 miles northwest of-Cralova. An undisclosed number of enemy Interceptors were destroyed by the bombers-nnd their escort. blow .at Turnu Severln came while that Important rail and aircraft center was still reeling from an attack yesterday. The raids today and last night followed up Friday's daring attacks which broke Ihe Pescara dam In Italy. Hcadnuarlcrs disclosed that Aincrlran-built Klltyhawks anil .Mustangs, piloted by British Australian and south African airmen, did the dramatic dive- bombing Job on the.rescara dam which sent flood waltrs roarlnj- down on German communica- tions and defense lines. U was MIC first announcement of the use of P-5I Mustangs In this theater. In its widespread operations th fedllcrranean air force flew 1.65C ffcnslvc flights Friday, lost cavy bombers and eight other air raft and destroying 11 Germa: lanes. On the Anzio beachhead tlicr were several minor ground clashes. the parity line for which the gov- ernment seems to think the have plenty of money to pay fair prices Mr. Bowles could made the black -market Impossible by enabling the oil Industry to find and produce sufficient oil to provide an ample supply of legitimate gaso- line for limited civilian use. Any owner would be glad-to pay lwolor htee cents per -gallon more cgal gasoline, If he could jet ;l .-n, i.....nlB'iJ pipe q ;that ail to-'maikct "via tank hips of .which'we have huge fleet. Three Killed Wish to Be Granted PADUCAH, Ky., May 6-WV-Ir- vln s. Cobb's request that the urn containing his ashes be burled In Oak Grove cemetery here and that a dogwood tree be planted on the grave will be carried out next Octo- ber, his widow, who is 111 In New York City, advised friends here to- but investigators said she apparent day. ily tried to get out of tr.3 building Burns to Death ODESSA, May Lota Mae Gregg, former resident of Tcx- on, was burned to death early today In her upstairs garage apartment here. Cause of the fire is undetermined. McALLEN, May 6 A Lieut enant, a night officer and a cadet were killed In two valley plane crashes today, the Moore field pub- lic relations officer announced. Second Lt. William A. Stellger, 20 of Newark, N. J. was killed In crash northwest of Edlnburg. Flight officer Eirl R. Wcstafer 25. of Minneapolis. Minn., and George M. Wallace Jr., Shrcvcport. La., riled In 20, crasl The humorist died March 10 In i only to find all avenues of escape nir.c miles northeast of Rio Grand New York City. I blocked. City this morning. Hospital Honoring Set for Sunday M i lo I p. n. and liml dftll lilt SnniTie IMi mp lanitl nlni: Morning Advocate and the State Times, has been ap- pointed (o the invasion-im- portant post of director of the U. S. Office of Censorship, London, He is a former pres> idcnt of the Southern News' paper Publishers' Associa tion, Sunday, May H. In West Texas will be more than a day of tribute to mothers. On thai day, hundreds ol per- sons will make annual Mother's Day gifts to Hendrick Memorial to be used exclusive- ly to provide hospital care for the needy suffering. In Baptist churches throughout West Texas from Amarillo and Wichita Palls to San Angelo there will be jpccial observances In Sunday school and church services In tribute to the charity work of Hendrick Memcrial hospital in which the hospital Is spending more lhan annually. This Mother's Day tradition of charity gifts lo the hospital Is as old as the Institution lUelf. Hend rick Memorial hospital was openec in September, 1921, and the next May the Women's Missionary Un- ion of Baptist cburchej throughou! he area started the Mother's Day custom. BapUsls almost everywhere Join in a similar observance, lor church icspitals. North Carolina's gifts last May for Its hospitals lor char- ily work amounted to more lhan Abilene, it has been pointed out, Is located In a part of the state where there are no lax-supported or endowed hospitals to care for those uho are without funds. Char- ity patients come from many miles an area populated by more lhan persons to Hendrick Memorial hospital because It Is a church Institution. Many patients who are without funds and who cannot make arrangements tn small private hcspltals are sent to Hend- rick Memorial hospital. Often, the treatment of these pat lenls Is for long periods ex- pensive treatments are because the acceptance of charity is a last resort and lllne.ves have become far advanced. The Hendrick hospital treats many charity cases in its modem cancer department. Every depart- ment and all facilities arc available to the nccdy-jusl as it is to those nousc of ent. explains. The Mother's Day gifts each yea serve In place of an an endowment of love, he added. "It Is our conviction that Her.d rick Memorial hospital Li God who can pay tor fervicc This hospital u the only or.e be- tween Fort Wcrth and El Pa.co de- signed by the state to care for crip- pled children. This department is a memorial to Mr. and Mrs. Hart Phillips, who during their lifetime established a imst fund to furnish hospital care to needy crippled children. Yet the Income from this fund Is Insufficient to meet the needs or the demands made on the hospital for this kind of help. An endowment great enough to meet the needs of the unfortunate who cannot pay for their hospital care would be the complete answer, E M. Collier. Hendriclc superintend' "This hospital was founded when Ihc people of this area saw the great need for a hospital where all persons of any crctd. color or fin- anclal flatus might have available to them hcspikU services. "Our people have been blg-heart- cd and generous. Gifts have built Hendrick Memorial hospital, equip- ped it, enlarged. Improved It someday gifts will endow it. to serve our children better than we have teen served, lo save lives which we cannot save now. lo prevent suf- fering which we now must toicr ale." WALKS ON BARE KNEES PENANCE Leaving a trail of blood. Ruby Suarez, 18-year-old Latin-American marches three blocks on his knees from the courthouse nt San Antonio to a cathedral to plead for forgiveness being charged with theft of cigarettes valued at Be- hind him is Deputy Sheriff Buck Carnal. (AP forms. Gandhi Release To Cut Tension By PRESTON GROVEK WASHINGTON, May 6 (flP) Release ol Mahatma Gandhi, even on medical grounds without refer- ence to its political aspects, promis- es to ease the tension between Brit- ish and Indians and pava at least a part of the rood toward ending of the long deadlock. Freshly arrived from India, UiU correspondent had become only too well aware of the steadily Increas- ing bitterness on the part of the In- dian population not only toward the British, but toward Americans as well. Why Americans should have become involved in the affair may seem obscure to some. But it should be remembered thai early In 1312 when the Indians were nego- tiating with the British for some form of national government of their own as a temporary war mea-' sure, America seemed to offer them .upport In their demands, only later to pull out with a comment that the freedom of four hundred million pecpie was strictly a British mat- ter. The announcement from the ernment of India, headed by Lord Wavfll as viceroy, said Gandhi was released "solely on medical grounds." Thai will protect Vhe government from any suggestion that the re- learc was a sop to nationalist agi- tators. This correspondent has talk- ed to enough high government of India officials, however, to know that they would welcome from Gan- dhi, now that he Is free, any sug- gestion of a solution which would end the dissension without making the government seem to be eating nimble pie. Undoubtedly Gandhi at present Is ;oo sick to meet anyone. But now that he is out, at least one of the two demands he made before be- ilnnlng his fast of a year ago has. been realized. He can, when he Is able, gel his own first hand know- ledge of the situation in India In- stead ol having to rely on govern- ment reports and on the extensively censored reports of Indian newspa- pers. His second demand, that he be put among members of the work- ing committee has not yet been granted. They are still held In Jail at Ahmed Nagar. about 60 miles farther up in the hills beyond Poona, where Gandhi has been kept, and where he still remains at the home of an old friend, Lady Thak- ersey. Speed Promised WASHINGTON, Kay new Income Us bill was promised a fast trip through the Senate fi- nance committee today by Chair- man George (D-OaX He told reporters he thought simplified federal tax law also would tend to reduci complication! in ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: May 7, 1944