Abilene Reporter News, May 14, 1944

Abilene Reporter News

May 14, 1944

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 14, 1944, Abilene, Texas * BOND BOX SCORE Since Pearl Harbor $16/917,973.00 May Quoto    $    231,700.00 iUay    $    $59,745.50 f he Abilene Reporter— S    __        __.~V.........n.r^nfnrVlPTrViCirmrr Lnn SUNDAY VOL. LXIII, NO. 331 A TEXAS 2mlA, NEWSPAPER WITHOU1 OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS I f GOES Biron SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 1U944 50 PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS    Pre MPJ ABILENE, TEXAS United Frets (VP.) PRICE FIVE CENTSOuber Gustav Defenses Crack 'Three Major Targets In Germany Blasted * LONDON, Sunday, May 14—(AP)—Two thousand U. S. bomber and American-Allied fighters hammered three major targets in northern Germany yesterday and shot down 63 Nazi planes in sky duels which cost the invading Americans 12 bombers and IO fighters. Up to 750 Flying Fortresses and Liberators, escorted inland by nearly 1,000 U. S. Lightnings, Mustangs and Thunderbolts, and covered in their withdrawal by hundreds of RAF Mustangs, attacked a Focke-Wulf plant at Tutow, rail yards and locomotive repair shops at Osnabruck, a synthetic oil refinery in the Stettin area and other targets. W  — The formation was part of total of approximately 5,000 Fights Seen ’For Texas' Demo Meet AUSTIN, May 13—(AP) New and substantial indications today were that the May 23 state Democratic convention here will be a lulu, if not a downright brawler. The convention issue is flatly whether Texas will send lo the ^national presidential nominating session at Chicago a delegation that is for or against a fourth term nomination for President Roosevelt. Both pro-Roosevelt and anti-Roosevelt forces during the past ^week turned on the steam, and there was yet no clean-cut indication as to how county delegations will finally stand. It Is quite possible that strong feeling on both sides may be given ample vent be fore the state convention, thus Avoiding the sort of row that open ed the Waco presidential session four years ago. These are the latest developments: Todav Gov. Coke R. Steven-0 son said he is not inclined to accept an invitation to be keynoter and temporary chairman of the convention; he told his press conference he hopes a man satisfactory to both sides ^ can be found. (Stevenson, as governor, is titular party leader in Texas.) Today, former state Senator Alvin J, Wlrtz, former under-secretary of the interior, issued a for-Amal statement here, saying "a few '•self-constituted bosses in the state executive committee” have been maneuvering to send a "hand picked delegation of Roosevelt-haters to the Chicago convention.” Wirtz said “they pretend friendship for Athe President in order to induce a majority of Texas Democrats to endorse their plan of sending an uninstructed delegation to Chicago.” A plan is under study to set up headuarters In Austin for lining up members of uninstructed delegations for a fourth term, although none of the advocates of this plan has yet permitted use of his name in connection with it. American and British planes which hurled 8,000 tons of explosives on occupied Europe in two-way attacks from Britain and Italy during the day. The bag of 63 German planes, 54 by the fighters and nine by bomber gunners, made a two-day total of 213 Axis aircraft shot down over Germany. No enemy opposition was met over Osnabruck, the German pilots instead ganged up on the formations which flew deep Into northeastern Germany. "Many enemy fighters were driven off or destroyed by our escort before they could reach our bombers.” the communique said. The major blows in the daylong attacks began around midnight when British night bombers lash ed out from home bases at targets In and from Italian bases at rail june tions in northern Italy. German Resistance Heavy THEY ‘CLEAN UP’ FOR MOM-Crew members of the 7(h Army Air Force Liberator ^ ^ ^ bomber Come Closer sacrifice one of their precious clean sheets to flash a M    J    , and from polnts message to their collective “Mom,” as with wash boards and scrub pails they show her how tllP Lovang battj W O leonine un” in the South Pacific. (7th USAAF photo from NEA).    .Importanr.    o Chinese Admit loyang Almost ...    ,    . In Nippon Hands 111 MOUntBlflS CHUNGKING, Mav 13-(AP) — Japanese troops using    ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Naples, May 13—(AP) - up to 200 tanks have driven Allied troops, on the offensive in Italy, smashed deeper toto within two miles of Lo- night into the heavily-fortified Gustav line, increasing the yang, the Chinese command i gains of two miles or more that they had recorded during acknow ledged tonight, and the day but encountering grim resistance from the Germans Chinese hopes of holding the in strong mountain positions. ancient Honan province cha Exact locations of the gains could not be disclosed pond-del faded rapidly.    ing tomorrow’s daily communique, hut already the Allies Enemy troops made their deepest j)0j(j aj |east fjve villages and seven strategic hills and were going ahead after the close of the second day of their big push aimed at destroying the Germans in Italy* Americans, French, British and Poles all were engaged in heavy fighting. The French pressed forward after occupying an important area of high ground that commanded the German stronghold of Castelforte. (It was indicated but not definitely stated that Castel- they’re “cleaning up With Flowers, Stationery, Recordings GIS CLEAN SHELVES TO HONOR MOTHER penetration to the west, and also had reached a point only three miles northwest of the city, the high command said. The Japanese appeared ready to spring a vast trap threatening several hundred thousand Chinese troops, now hemmed in by enemy columns advancing from the Mien-chih .sector, 42 miles to the west, east and south of battle area. of the Honan prov- forte had fallen. German ince campaign to Japanese plans broadcasts announced its was suggested in a Japanese ex- evacuation making a total of peditionary force headquarters re-    , > u a,p> port broadcast from Berlin which six villages taken    . said that Gen. Shunroku Hits, iAllies). rommander-in-chief of Japanese a late dispatch from Associated France, Belgium and Germany, ^ians    ^ whistler's mofher Inspired    • I contacting on. of the worker* the i Day sump port™,In, Whistler's wmstiers roomer msp «    -..'mother is no longer available, reg- painting, but the average GI guy soldier could call a lion. and ^ -win the War” three-centers can best express himself with , quest that his order be wired, leav- words and deeds. The Fellows at and the Abilene air with their wives and native |Big Spring WACs Receive Greetings BIG SPRING, May 13—(XP1—Five soldiers at the Big Spring Bombardier school received Mother's day -greetings today—and it wasn’t a * gag. The soldiers happened to be in a WAC unit assigned to the field. They were Pvts. Ethel Mullins, Tulia, "ex.; Lois Pratt, Phoenix, Ariz,: Falvia Kramer of Deer Lodge, fMont.; Annie Terry, Tyler, Tex.; and £gt. Georgia Joyce of Atlanta, Ga. As the onslaught roared through its 29th day, it closed a week in which there was hardly a single hour when Allied bombs were not exploding on Nazi-held soil. So many targets were hit in the past seven days that to record an accurate total was almost impossible. The Luftwaffe, which lost 150 planes Friday, again sent up swarms of fighters to challenge bombers raiding Tutow and other long distance objectives from the west today, but many refused battle and Americans hitting Osnabruck met scarcely any opposition. Hundreds of light Allied bombers shuttled back and fourth over northern France and Belgium, ripping airfields and rail yards feeding the Nazi Atlantic wall. Although Berlin told of terrific battles over Germany, the first American airmen back from the attack on Osnabruck said Nazi fighter resistance was negligible after Friday’s duels in which 150 German planes were shot down at a rost of 42 American bombers and IO fighters. Osnabruck Is a highly important rail center in the Ruhr, a junction of four main lines. Tutow, 105 miles north of Berlin and 35 miles east of the Baltic sea port of Rostock, was the second of several tarkets attacked in northern Germany. It was the 16th operation in 13 days for the American heavy bombers, and they left their British bases just a few hours after about 750 RAF night bombers had dumped 3,-000 tons of bombs on rail targets at Louvain, and other targets in northwest Germany and France at a cost of 14 planes. ing the money to be picked up at Camp Barkelev I the USO. base along Two of the USOs prepared spe-Abi-1 ciai stationery for Mother's Day please \ and for the past two weeks it was in constant demand. Several workers said they’d never before seen mail heavier. In USOs where the usual stationery was evadable, the demand was equally as great. noon Saturday one of the town’s biggest florists was completely cleaned of flowers. Another was down to the bottom in pot plants, and a third hadn’t a carnation in the house.    . Most florists in town were de-1 mgs are made regularly t la leering all order Saturday ex- quests were much greater Fe r cent corsages, and many operators past two weeks there, and at intended to wark all night to have ' service center, records have been corsages ready for delivery by this I made as fast as they could be buyer who was willing to “carry his own." and the like are taking letters and packages to every state in the union from the Abilene postoffice. The extra load of mail has been estimated at 15 percent above last year's, but all Is going through, due to early mailing. The candy supply was limited to begin with, and those who would have sent boxes had only to choose from one pound boxes in plain forces in China, had arrived on Hip Honan front May 8 to direct personally the operations In that sector.) Loss of Mtenchlh on the east-west Lunghai railway, 42 miles west of Loyang, to a Japanese column which struck across the Veljow river from Shansi province In the north, was acknowledged by tire Chinese Another Japanese column from the Press War Correspondent Sid Feder told of the spectacularly swift fall of the village of Santi Cosmo Da-miano to the American Fifth Army, two miles beyond the Garfgliano river, and of the penetration of the adjacent stronghold of Castelforte. Berlin Says Invasion Is Almost Here LONDON, May 13-(AP)-The German high command communique, normally the British Eighth Army troop* also mos^ conservative of the daily seized the village of Sant’ Angelo Rapldo north was reported striking In the)    .    f    ., direction of the railway town of « the west bank o the Kunyingtang, loss of which would I river, two and one half miles soutn The USOs helped the soldiers in placing orders for flowers. By At one of the USOs where record- wrapping, and one pound boxes rn fancy wrapping. By noon Saturday there was little to pick from, at alt. The less sentimental gifts—wearing apparel, furniture, dishes, vases and such—have proved easier to buy but harder to mail. Most satisfactory present of all seems to be a trip home—but an extra tax on the already crowded train Mother’s i and bus lines. place the Invaders 75 miles from Tungkwan. gateway to China's great northwest. turned out. most of them containing Mother's Day greetings. The disks are furnished free of charge. Although the special BISHOP SUSPENDS PRIES! WHO MEUS WITH STALIN Kills Big Rattler BAIRD. May 13— (Spl)—N. L. Dickey, rancher of Baird, has brought in a big rattle snake that he killed on his ranch south of Baird. The rattler measured 5 ft. 3 in. with 12 rattles, some having SPRINGFIELD. Mass., May 13— OTi Rev. Stanislaus Orlemanski ran into a stormy homecoming today from his flying visit to Moscow and conference with Premier Stalin, getting a prompt suspension by his bishop as a greeting and quickly declaring in return he was “being crucified for my church The Polish-American priest immediately said he was appealing the suspension order, stripping him of all priestly privileges, to the apostolic delegate in Washington. The appeal, he told newspapermen at a press conference, New Guinea Japs Heavily Bombed ADVANCED ALLIED H E AD-QUARTERS, New Guinea, Sunday. May 14—(/Pi—Allied bombers have heavily bombed Japane e bases and troop concentrations in northern went to Moscow to see what I could New Guinea. Gen. Douglas Mat Ardo for the church in Poland, the thur announced today . Mokiner airdrome on Blah island, Ukraine and White Russia. But 260 miles north of captured HollRn-Stalin made it universal He went dja jn dutch New Guinea, was hit beyond mv expectations and agreed twice by Liberators Friday. Biak is not to persecute the Catholic church j in tm Schouten group, not only in those places but in any j One of the attacking Liberators part of Russia.    wa» downed by enemy antiaircraft “He went further than that in fire. Soviet Bci libers Hit Nazi Trains or perform any other divine duties • a * Tire priest told the newsmen auto- agreeing to co-operate with the church against persecution anywhere. “This is a test case. If we cannot manically invalided the suspension agree with Stalin on religion, how order and made it possible for him then can we get together with Stalin to carry on his parish duties pend- on material things? ’ ‘    Fr.    Orlemanski    displayed    a    docu ment, typed in Russian, which, he the said, was Stalin’s signed agreement was invaded April 2*. not to persecute the church. ing action by the apostolic delegate, Archbishop Amleto Cicognanl, on the appeal. (Diocesan authorities, however, disagreed with this statement, saying that the suspension remained in force until higher church officials had ruled upon the appeal. (They also said that failure to comply with the penalty would be a further violation of canon law Vets Make Gifts, Despite Wounds TEMPLE. May 13—(/Pi— During the past month soldiers with stiff other planes from ““Arthur',,    ^    front air forces, ranging ort to the vest    ,    „     ....., of New Guinea, hit Timor and Boerne airdromes. Wewak, bypassed Japanese British New Guinea, als attacked. Ground troops, mopping Hollandia-Aitape areas, have IQI additional Japanese ai base o was up in which killed id inbag of LONDON. May 14— (Sunday •—f/T)  Tho Soviet high command announced today Russian bombers attacking German military trains and stores at Daugavpils (Dvtiuk) in Latvia and Tartu in Estonia had touched off violent explosion! and fires Friday night in a possible prelude to a fresh Red army northern of feast vc. The German high command also indicated that Russian troops in force had smashed across the Moi-dava river. 60 miles inside Romania, when it told ol fighting between Romanian soldiers and a full Soviet rifle division on the west bank of that river. Neither the Germans nor the Rus* i sians mentioned the lower Dnestr river section near Tiraspol. Where I Berlin had declared that a Russian bridgehead had been erased and where Moscow Bald German counter* I attacks had failed. I No essential changes occurred on Moscow said. In all lectors during Friday's fighting Russian forces wrecked 40 enemy tanks and 28 planes, the communique said. Pouncing on a Norway-bound German convoy in the Barents sea last Thursday Russian planes of the far of Cassino, direct dispatches said. French troops attached to the Fifth Army swept on pa*t their original objectives, and l,t. Gen. Mark W. ( lark, commander of the Fifth Army, congratulated Gen Alphonse .luin, the Frriut commander. "You are proving to an anxiously awaiting France thai the French army has returned, sacred to Its finest fighting traditions,” ( lark told him. NEW YORK. Mav 13 (TP)—Radio France at Algiers rejvorted tonight that Allied bombers In Italy had cut the Nazi used railway through the Brenner pass in a raid today. The broadcast was recorded by the federal communications commis- “as heavy bomber., concentrat-15?J»> f concentration ''amidon ed on blasting 14 rail centers in fixtures broadcast by the Berlin radio, declared today that the Allied air offensive aginst the Nazi continent “may be regarded as the preparation for invasion.” It was the first time that the German command, now civ?. >nt-i by an Allied land, si d air siege, had used the woifl “invasion” in its rtily bulletins, and the Nazi press speculated that the blow woi Id fall simultaneously with a new Russian offensive. Inside France the Nazis were reported rushing final preparations, requisitioning all remaining automobiles and speeding a “Rommel plan” under which virtually the entire male population of Fiance between the ages of 16 and 60 would what officially was termed “tile cli-1 matte phase of ‘an operation strangle’ in the Allied air powers’ plan to destroy supply lines through which Hitler feeds the farces re- . slating the new offensive of the Fifth and Eighth Armies.” Grim fighting developed at every i point where the Allies made penr- J trations into the formidable de- J fcnsps, and the Germans lashed out In a series of determined, but I costly counterattacks Allied headquarters officially announced gains of a mile-and-a-half, j and front dispatches later told of advances of two to three miles at some points. Sector bv sector here are the high spots in the official accounts of the first day of the offensive: I. North and west of Mmturno, on the sector nearest the Tyrrhen and "could lead to the imposition of fingers and wn is from battle bland coma IMO to «. e    ! juries hgve bp(,n busily weavmKi he.a,V17 RP Thomas M O’Leary Painting, printing, and making “J? JSlfiel'd diocese' BUU to honor Mothers all over the bishop of the Bpi_ g;    &    United gtates ^ motb,r-s day, u .................■    announced    the^s .4 •    ■■    patients    from    every    theater of been broken off. It was a diamond few hours after .    .    action in the world have been back rattler. Dickey says that the turned from RUil< ‘    '    ,    ,    spending leisure time making gifts rattlers are more numerous this . stated the priest.couldloot admin ^ of varn, leather, thread, felt year than ever before. ^ter the sacraments, celebrate mass Taylors Fifth War Loan Goal $3,805,000; Higher hats, metal, shells, coins from foreign countries and other scrip material in the occupational therapy section of MeCloskey General hospital. The Weather creased their unprecedented prisoners by 30. This brings the total of enemy dead in the area to 1.71(1 and the number of captured to 354 these enemy troops fled miami at the time of the invasion. The Biak -aid by I .bi rat ors brought up no Japanese id' rceptors at night and other heavy bombers came back with fighter e >ort the following da but still the enemy didn’t attempt to send u; fighters. Australian troops, woi ing their way to the New Guinea coast ii nm Alexishafen toward the Hollandia-Aitape area, pressed five mil* past Cape Croisilles. They leeched Mel-gar plantation, 30 miles from Ma-dang. Yesterday's communique told oi an aerial foray into the area of the Palau islands, Japans naval base Jon the southeast approach to the , Philippines. northern command sank eight ships (an sea Aum,-lean troops raptured —two convoys totalling 12,000 tons, ,f0ur strategic hills Two counter attour escort vessels, a minesweeper j fHc)ls aRainst newly-gained po-and a coastguard cutter the sup-, sitj0ns were repulsed, plement said Six German aircraft 2. American infantrymen support- ca by tanks advanced a mile north-I ward and captured the village of Cercobi while another force wrest- also were declared shot down. ^ Taylor county's Fifth War Loan quota is $3,805,000 and the E series bond quota $1,255,000, C. M Caldwell, Taylor county war bond chairman, was informed yesterday bv Nathan Adams. Dallas, chairman of the state war finance com-9.-nittee. The over-all quota is $560,000 higher than that of the Fourth War Loan drive, but the Series E quota is $148,000 lower. This is in line with the national quotas for •the Fifth drive as compared with those of the Fourth, the over-all national quota being higher but the E series quota lower. The national quota is 16 billions and the national E quota three OOO Is expected purchasers and bonds. “It’s going to the most Intensive, from individual,crisis the thousands-strong army ans non non in F 1 of victory volunteers are being ask- 1125,000 .OOO in E to d0 more than evrr before “Success of this drive is entirely be the toughest/up to the individual the lndivid-and the most ual must buy more than ever be fore,’’ he .stressed. 1 “Think of invasion Then try to think of not buying extra bonds in the Fifth War Loan drive.” In Texas $236,000,000 must come from individuals alone, Adams re- lmportant money-raising under taking of the wa. ” said Adams in a statement issued in Dallas. Period for the Fifth War Loan drive will    be    from    June    12 to ^Texans    answered    the    Fourth    peated "This    is more    than half War Loan    call    for $395,000,000 with    the    *564,OOO,OOO    goal for    Texas^    It can    be    done, it    has beer,    proved    mj U. I Of CSR I MI NT Of COMMERCE a EA I III R Kl Kl XI ARII I si \M» VICINITY:    Parti cloud, Bund*, and Monday; not much 1 han,* In Ifwparainra I AST ll SXS—Part),    rlnnd, nM mu* h t han,* in tampfraiure Sunda, and Mind*,. WEST TEXAS Parti* doudv Olinda, and Monda, Widely wittered «ho«rr* and thanderihowera in Panhandle and South Plain* sunday. II Mf ER AT I Bl s Flame Throwers i Dislodge Enemy Sat. AM In. ^billions. Tile state's quota will be $463,-’©00,000, State Chairman Adams announced. Of this amount $236,000,- a lusty $479,000,000. “This is it—the zero hour, the victory drive,” said Adams. “It will be a big and vital effort, and it will not be easy. All of the nearly seven milton people in Texas may as well face the hard facts at the outset of this crusade.” the Fourth War Loan drive,” he j went on. ’ Our overall assignment j was $395,000,000 and Text* raised $480,000,000—which is more than the over-all quota for the Fifth. ‘Back the Attack—Buy More Than Before,” is the slogan for HOI R 1 2 a 4 s Sal. PM Fri TV Adams said that in tiut hour of I the coining campaign. High and low (tmparalurf* ta » 83 and SO.    , Huh and low nm* date Ital HS and (*. Burnet la -1 night: a .'8. guarite (kit mnrnlvf: burnet tonifht; 8 28. year; WITH THE HIGHTH U ft EVACUATION. HOSPri AI ON THE MAIN FIFTH ARMY , RONI Italy. May 13 --(*> J Dunn, Hie second night of the Aided attack, American flame thrower! were use d 'o dislodge Dermal, machinegun nests and pockets of resistance that were seriously (MMdmg the progress of our infantry atid in some ro ky sectors were stopping it cold. Casualties arriving in the dawn told of seeingjwhole quads of Germans Incinerated by molten lire from the flange thrown Those who .survived leaped from cover and were cut down by/Americans armed with tommy guns before they could take three steps. El Salvador Nears Normal Life Again WASHINGTON, May 13 — UP) - The Central American republic oi El Salvador was reported tonight to be approaching normal again after being disrupted the past six weeks by a bloody abortive revolt and a general strike which led to resignation of President Maximiliano Hernandez Martinez. The strike was called off following the departure of Hernandez Martinez from the country and a pledge by his successor, Gen. Andres Ignacio Henendez, that amnesty would be granted all those participating in the April 2 revolt. The new president also promised freedom Of Speech and the press and said that elections would be called soon for a coiiNtitutional assembly. Europe Penetrated Deepest of Fight LONDON. May 13 —(/Pi— Mustangs escorting Flying Fortresses and Liberators to northern Germany Saturday swept on into Po,and in the deepest penetration of Europe ever made by British-based fighters. P-51's of both the Eighth and Ninth U. S. Army Forces tangled with German fighter!, over poland, U. s, headquarters ot the European j Haymes I theater of operations announced D-Day to safeguard the German rear. The German command described the new Italian offensive as being “on the largest acale" and as “an obvious attempt to tie down German forces,” thus linking the assault with the expected western invasion. (ierman accounts took the new Allied offensive against the Gustav line as being only the forerunner of a bursting storm. “The German high command expects the flare-up of fighting In Italy to spread to other sections of the FTiropcan battlefront,” said the Nazi trans-mean news agency. Sea action along the “invasion front” flared up. British admiralty communique announcing brnk new’ skirmishes in the English channel “no man’s land” in which fresh blows were directed at convoy! which the Nazis were seeking to slip through the strait in an attempt to move supplies bv water to ease the strain upon the bomb-pocked rail system. British light naval forces fired two ships and damaged two other* eel the village of Ventosa. Damiano in one small convoy yesterday, and Hill and another I .OOO-foot peak a French destroyer skirting close to from the Germans in r stiff battle a shore which was once its own gaining footholds only a mile west broke up a strong force of Nazi E- of Castelforte, 13 miles ’outh of Boats today, sinking one _ Cassino. San Sebastiano, a third - ' village near Castelforte, also was taken. 3. French troops on the Fifth Army’s right wing swarmed up the 2,550-foot heights of Monte Fait© and then captured the surrounding heights, .smashed a violent counter See (ii SI AH LINE, Pg. 15. < ol. 5 W. H. Tote Jr., Gets Promotion in Army Temporary promotion of William Harrison Tate. jr. 2218    < rth 3rd, to first lieutenant in th' field artillery was announced last night 'by the War department. Whistles, Sirens To Tell of H-Hour The Associated Press and its! Ministerial Alliance, w ill be notl-loral member, The Abilene Report-1 ped. The pastors affiliated with er-News, will notify Abilene when (be alli;inee have arranged to H-Hour arrises.    their    churches    and all the Arrangements were perfected    u yesterday whereby The Reporter- people of the city are urged to go News will, when it receives the to a church for prayer services. "flash” from AP. immediately no-[Churches whose ministers ate not thy Laurence Jay, local Civilian affiliated with Die Alliance are Defense director. Jay, in turn, has invited to join in the city-wide sea-arranged to pass the signal along sion of prayer for our armed WM that, lf th. of the noise-making apparatus in news canes after !1 p chiux tea town will be opened full blast. be opened about daybreak Alans with Jay. the Rev J O. | thereabout, Otherwise it is plan-Havmes. pastor cl st. Paul Meth-1 .ted to open the church an hour or odist church and president of the so after the flash. ;