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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 18, 1944, Abilene, Texas                                BOND BOX SCORE Since Pearl Harbor May Quota May MORNING WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXIII, NO.-335. A TEXAS NIWVAHft ABILENE, TEtfASTHURSDAY MORNING, MAY 18, 1944 -TWELVE PAGES Associated Prnt (API United Fret) IVJ-.) PRICE FIVE CENTS Allies Face Heavy Fire to Cross Valley CASSINO DEFENDERS FACE fairis Announces 50 Divisions Massed for Invasion LONDON, May Dvrlght D. Elsenhower has massed 50 visions (roughly to 150.000 men) and parachute troops In uth England where an armada of Invasion cralt (Ills the harbors, a Paris radio commentator declared today. V Attributing his information to "neutral the French an- nouncer added: "British and American Invasion troops have been massed at their points for the past eight days and all evidence points to the Ret the Invasion will be launched sooner than some people may e.xpect. "The whole of transport vessels, merchantmen, fishing boats. Invasion barges, MTB's and been concen- trated In the harbors of southern England and especially the Bristol area. "The whereabouts of the Allied high seas fleet so far has not been located." 4 Meanwhile, It was disclosed the German west wall has been mapped (or Invasion, gun-by-gun and mlle-by-mlle, and has been found to be a burled fortress sunk in concrete and screened by minefields and barbed wire. The secret map, made up of Jigsaw-fitting Allied reconnalsance photo- graplis, provides Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and his command with 'de- latls on the potential battlefields where, the Paris radio commentator Paquls suggested, the decision probably will be reached this summer. The map shows a pattern of farmland broken by installations of de- fense In camouflaged concrete clusters. There are the gun positions, the cores of the Nazi first line stand. Some show above ground as groups of small houses, hiding the long barrels of big sunken batteries. Others are rocket gun. emplacements set aslant into the ground, and open toward the channel coast. These have been high priority targets short-range bombing attack. of weeks of night and day The Germans stillare relying heavily upon camouflage, virtually their last hope of secrccv since the Allies have won air supremacy over the west wall. Reports through Sweden said that the 69-year-old Prussian, Marshal Karl Von Rundsledt, was the supreme commander of anti-invasion de- fenses. Marshal Erwlu Rommel, whom the Allies chased in defeat half- way across the top of Africa, and the tank expert, Col. Gen. Blaskowllz, were said in these reports to be in charge of Army groups under the Junkers aristocrat. The German radio sought to re-assure the home front with such statements as these of War Reporter Schmalfuss from "German head- quarters in Western "Anglo-Saxon preparations for Invasion are watched In Marsnai von Rundstedfs headquarters with quiet confidence in the success of German arms The marshal himself, who is a soldier tried In many bat lies, Is aware that Ihe clash between the masses of German troops and the enemy's forces is bound to bring hard lighting involving losses and sac- Thls was Norwegian Independence day and exiled King Haakon broadcast to the homeland: "Norway at this moment Is facing the final battle between oppression PMmeTl'intster Nygaardsvolt sounded a final warning to Quislings: will be remembered on the day of for that day we shall not now have long to wait." swsa CHINESE PUT JAPS IN TOUGH'SPOT ON THREE FRONTS Nippons Build Loyang Trap As Only Gloomy Allied Note END OF FIGHI IN RUINS ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Naples, May British and Indian troops have smashed through the German tronghold of Pignataro at the mouth of the historic LirL four ruiic-a iouthwcat of Cassino and tonight were uoving across the valley against furious enemy resistance n an effort lo sever Cassino's road and rail communications vith Rome. From the battlefield, strewn with abandoned German equipment, Lynn Hcinzerling of the Associated Press re- xn-led that the crack Nazi parachute troops who for months defied all Allied efforts to storm Cassino frontally "faced Ihe possible danger of winding up their careers in the dusty environs of that forsaken town." By RAY CRONIN Associated Press Pacific War Editor With American-trained Chinese forces driving forward three north Burma fronts yesterday the Japanese armies in that war theater found themselves in a spot that was get- ting tougher every minute. On the eve of the monsoon rains the Nipponese were be- ing pushed back by hard fighting Chinese who were heavily uipported by American Air Forces. .picture on the other ex- tremity of the Asiatic war zone was anything but bright rom the. Allied viewpoint, n the bjoody Honari sector of Chiria vanguards appeared to be developing an entrapment loop for the .Chi- lexas GOP Head Dies in Kansas (mi AMARILLO, May Exum, 61, prominent', West Texas '.tleraan and Republican caiidl f6r" tieutenimfr V governor 1932, died Kans., following a heart attack. He was stricken in the offices of Ihe Trl-Counly Gas company of Holcomb, of which he was presl- and founder. He lived In Garden city half of the year nnd Ihe other six months at Amarillo. Mr. Exum, who declined the GOP nomination for governor in 1338, had been state chairman Republican parly In Texas the last eight years. He was president and genera manager of the Tri-Counly Gas company nnd the Pin-Ker Oil and Gas Production company, both offices In Holcomb, Kans., "id had extensive ranch holdings In West Texas and NEW Mexico. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and one son. He will be succeeded as chair- man of the Republican stale excc- tf.ve committee by Mrs. Carl G. Stearns of Houston, the vice chair- man, John W. Philp of Dallas, committee secretary, said. Mrs. Stearns will serve until a new chairman Is elecled at the Itc GOP convention In Houston iday, Philp said. ftelc )5oni Midland Flier, 21 8ther Men, Saved Rescue cf 22 men, including Lt. (Jg) J. G. Cole of Midland, by the submarine Tang during the April fhellings of Truk was re- ifrtcd last night by the skipper of ihe sub. He raid Cole had been In the water an hour and was ill nese forces battling.furiously at Loyang. Howeyer, the Chi hese1 strengthened trjeir wi.a' south Peiping-Hankow rail- way" to the rear of the sector where the invaders appeared to be forming their, trap. Optimism prevailed at Allied southeast' Asia headquarters where a spokesman declared approach of the monsoon found Ihe Japanese on the-defenslve generally in the Indo- Burma region. Two of Lt. Gen. Joseph W. Stil- well's Chinese columns continued their smashes toward ihe enemy base at Kamaing. One was nine miles to the northeast; another 15 miles northwest. The Chinese cut a main road leading lo Kamaing as Ihe Japanese battled "stubbornly." The Chinese offensive from the Salween river area of Yunnan pro- vince, coordinated with the Stil- well drives, was pressed through mountainous terrain. At one point the Japanese were reported to be resisting fiercely but the Chinese command said they were being en- circled. Chungking announced cap- ture of several addtlional towns. The drive from the Salwetn, undertaken by Chinese accompanied by American iicDl advisers, was designed lo jive China life-line from India. The Chinese were about 75 miles from Ihe Burma bor- der and tquil distance from Stilwell's armies. Damage )oneloNazi tail Centers LONDON, Thursday, May 8 (AP) Russian long- range bombers heavily dam aged Nazi transportation cen- iers in White Russia and old Poland again Tuesday night the Soviet communique re- ported today as the Germar high command warned lha "new and large-scale battles WOUNDED EVACUATED FROM DUTCH NEW of the 24th Divisio: wfcunded in the invasion and capture of Dutcji New Guinea bases from the Japs, are placed aboard a landing barge, named "Illinois Coal for evacuation to a base hospital. (AP Wirephoto from Signal BAPTISTS RE-ELECT NEFF; ASSAIL CATHOLIC ACTION )allas May Have Delegation ATLANTA, May n The Southern Baptist Convention to- day unanimously reelected president for a third term Pal M. Neff, presi- dent of Baylor University and for- for two days covered. thereafter, but re- The skipper said the rescues were men who were shot down or forced to land for other reasons during the bombings. He said the sub was so crowded the men slept by shifts in bunks and that all were brought back safely. Compromise Seen On Swedish Trade LONDON. May com niomisc between Sweden and the on ball-bearing shipments lo Germany was forecast in Stockholm tonight, smid Indications thai Al- lied efforts to further tighlen the economic blockade of Ihe Axis might lead to diplomatic pressure by the Vgilcd Stales against Turkey. A decWcn on the Allies' efforts to eel Sweden lo halt her ball- bearing rxporls to the Nazis may be reached within the next 36 hours. Condition of Jones County Boy Critical RADIUM, Jones Co., May 17 The condition of Woodle Dutton, 14. son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dulton, llalng on a farm about four miles of here, was reported critical Wednesday at Stamford sanitarium follow ing an accident about a month ago when he broke his neck us he jumped across a small ra- vine, landing on his head and neck. is a nephew of Alford Dulton, operates store here. The American Air Force held su- premacy as It pounded the Japanese n northern Burma and In Ihe Sal- een zone. A dispatch from the front by As- sociated Press Correspondent Tho- burn Wiant. reviewing the fight- ing, said Allied prospects re- occupation of northern Burma seem brighter than ever." In the Impnal-Kohlma sector on the Indian border the situaticn was relatively quiet as Allied troops mopped up. The Chinese command reported the sweeping Japanese advance In the Honan area. The loop-trap the invaders apparently were fashion- Ing was 125 miles west of Ihe Pelp- ing-Hankow railway and 40 miles soulh of the Lunghai railway. Bit- ter fighting continued In and near Loyang with the Chinese holding the city. A Chinese [Ovtrrment spokes- mm, revlewini developments in the north, said "the battle of Honan Is not lost." On the southwest Pacific front American night palrols caught up with the Japanese 34 miles south- east ol Altape, New Guinea, five days ago and fighting continues. Allied airmen continued blasting operations In the Dulch New Guinea sector. Wakde was hit for the fourth consecutive day. Raids on the Schouten Islands, 250 miles northwest of American-held Hol- landia. went Into their ISlh straight day. Three Japanese planes were shot down at Nocmfoor Island. The finding of 250 dead Japanese in an abandoned hospital In the Empress bay area of Bou- gainville, Northern Solomons, was reported by the Southwest Pacific command- mer goverucr of Texas. esenting Baptlils. criticiz the American branch of the toman Catholic church in a una- ilmously adopted resolullon slat- ng Catholic officials had sought o interfere with Protestanl Mis- ionary aclivily in Soulh America. They also voted to set up a South- ern Baptist foundation, legally em- powered to handle, under Tennessee state laws, endowment and othei unds for Baptist enterprises. I will be operated by a committee scp arate from the convention's execu .ive committee and v.'ill not affec [und3 held or received by'state o local bodies. The foundation ready has S200.000. The convention voted down a sug gesllon that the executive commit tee build up a large postwar Iimd estimated as high as t prevent Ihe now dcbl-frce con vention from again becoming fin anclally burdened. The resolution criticizing Ami-i lean Catholic officials was prcscn ed by Everett Gill, Jr.. of Richir.om Va., secretary of the foreign mis- sion beard for Latin America, stat- ing -we view with deepest regret and growing alarm the persistent 'campaign of the official circles of the Roman Catholic church in the DALLAS, May 11 There las iloubl today that Ihe Dallas ounty Democratic convention ac- ually elected delegates to the slate :onvention, to be held In Austin day 23. If the report of County Chair- man W. S. Bramlell on the count> >roceedings Is adopted, the count; nay find llself wilhout a vote a .he Austin convention. The count entitled to 74 convention votes ranking second only to Marls coun ty In convention voting strength. Bramlclt lo'.d the Dallas News lo day that he had certified to th correctness of a. transcript of th county convention proceedings, lak en by Court Reporter Jimmle Mu eady, which showed a motion to ap prove the list of delegates to th state convention was never voted on hTe proceedings were mailed Bramlctt today to Charles E. 61m ons. secretary of the state Demo cratlc executive committee, at Au tin. along with a. list of delegate prepared by the convention com mlttee on delegates. are lo be expected" soon lo break the lull on the eastern front. Rail facilities and Nazi mttilary al Minsk, Baronowlczkc and bombed-Tuesday 'night said the communique broadcas from Moscow. Three of I he raider return from the flaming June na. Aerial combat continued on odernte scale over most sectors o e land' fronl. The war bulleli id 29 enemy planes were destroy Tuesday. The Russian communique ssl ere were "no Important changes T the front1' during the day. but Berlin broadcasl declared "at asl Iwo Soviet Infantry divisions the area of Grlgoripol on the wcr Dnestr have been cut oft om rear communicalions hy Ger- offensive opcralions and face nnihllatlon." Southward from (he Liri valley along a twisting 15- mile front to the Gulf of Gaeta, American and French native troops drove a disor- ganized enemy from the last defenses of the shattered Gus- tav Line nnd fought through the outposts of the powerful Adolf Hitler Line, the ene- my's last known fixed belt of fortifications before Rome. American forces driving up the oast captured ihu heavily-fortified own of Castcllonoralo, four miles Formla, and pushed on up coastal road under stiff fire rom enemy artillery and snipers. Castellonorato. whose fortillca- ions were said to compare wilh hose of Ihe Hitler Line, was re luced to ruins and littered will German dead. The French, whose speclacula advance between the Americans nnd British has sparked the six day-old Allied offensive, approach ed the fortress town of Espcria !our miles southwest of San Glorgl and two miles soulh of Ihe Llr river. They began fighting Monte D'Oro. believed I be one of Ihe slrongost forward po iitlons of Ihe Hitler Line. In addition to wiping the Guslnv Line, which the Natis had boasled iras Impregnable, the Allied push, already..; was forcing the Germans.-lo Ihroff thclr reserves Inlo Ihe battle. Rio Grande Stops Draft Deferment Given Predicting the resumption o( heavy ficlillns on Hit eastern front. Ihe Herman high com- mand said In a broadcast com- munique that the Russians were bringing? up reinforcements on the southern end of the Ionic battle line and In Ihe central sector. A supplement lo the communique ssued early today said 500 Ger- mans were killed and 150 caplure  J early training in secular orjDeCISIOn Reversed universities were not. communications officer of the bat- talion. Antennae on a field radio came In contact with an electric power line.' resulting In the offi- cer's inslant death. Lieutenant Van Pelt was taken to the post station hospital where at- tendants worked'for an hour in an effort lo revive him. and after all ffforls had failed officially reporlcd that he was dead upon arrival. The lieutenant's parents, Mr. and jMrs. Daniel H. Van Pelt. 23 Bea- street. Littleton, N. Y.. and his wife who had accompanied hiui to Abilene late last month, were no- tified Immediately after the acci- dent Lieutenant and Mrs. Van Pelt were living at 1203 North 19th street. Klcctrncutlcn of Lieutenant Van Pel; was the second sir.ce Camp narkrlcy was built. A civilian em- plovc was killed in the summer of 1912 at tiie boaster water pumn sta- tion r.rar the cast entrance of i Delegates Warned To Be Accredited Thii Wfd. AM Tuts. IHir FM Totl any veteran, to eligible for KOV- r ni :i will be req'Ji'ed to prove that U'.elr schoolinj was Interrunud. AUSTIN, May a reminder the delegates cannot be scaled at the state Democratic con- riiventlon May 23 unless properly ac- I credited, Charles E. Simons, secre- of the Democratic executive m; committee said today lists of dele- and county convention min- utes. have not been submitted by "'some counties, includlr.g: Armstronff. Bell. Blanco. Brooks. In Roby Man's Trial The Court if Criminal Appeals. _................. in Austin Wednesday reversed the .Frank Havis nt Ml. Calm: Noah Da- two-year prison sentence given of Waco. Josh Davis of Abl- McWhlrtcr of Roby and remanded ,lent; throe daiiRhtriF. Mrs. Bctilah Ihe ca.sr for new irlal. I of Tiucola. Mrs. Snlly Wells McWhlrtcr was convicted Italy, Johnnie Loonic of January term of 101th district covirt In Anson for murder without ma- will te fr'ri- dav a: 3 o in in llllc'.l's chapel camp, siih tli- Rr-v. Claude JlarrK i Lif'.itrnar.l Vtn Pelt entered the nl Tfir.nle Baptist church, j army a? pn officer Irnm Ihe re- is to he In the corps Jan. 3. 1942. According Cans ctn-rtcrv. i ic) army records, his Ircal residence Mr.s. born Nov. 3n. 1SW. 51. Louis, Mo. In Arkansas i She is survived by three sons. James Lee Sawyer, Infant, Succumbs James Lcc Sawyer, infant son ot lice. He was indicted following a Houston: 27 sranrtch'.Idren and roadside accident neir Roby in'great-grandchildren, which his truck allegedly struck a child. Injuring it fatally. n J The case went from ll.r Roby '.oiDOdy the Amon 104th court en change of venue. The defendant Waco- a brother. Jesse Pollock and Mrs. Rufus Sawyer, Wl Abilene- Msler. Mrs. Bell Woods of Jcanctte. died Wednesday at 11 _p, '10 m. only 17 hours after his birth in St. Ann hospital. Fur.crftl arrangements will be an- nounced today from Elliott's. baby Is survived by his par- ler.ls who came to Abi'.cni a shut YONKERS. N. Y.. May j time ago from Lubbock. ft nine- dile )Cir was represented by Howard C. Da- The body of Miss Valsa Matthai. I months old sister. Gwnr.dolvn; im- of Rotan. now In (he Navy, ,nf Bombay. India, wealthy grandmother Surml Till nlltl '-r Suirlif Ihfl Sqnitt tonlrM. I iH. Caldwell. Concho. Deaf Smilli. Gar- 73. Harlley. H'idspcth. Kcncdy, IM j 'i La nib Lubbock Lvnn Moore No- and Dallas Scarborough. Ksco Wai-I bia Univetsity student mining since'frs of Abilene: and r.iternal gra, I Ian Oldhsm 'san Patrlcio. Sch-iters. district attorney, prosecuted 20. was recoierrrt here to- mother. Mrs. vela Ellen Sawy; leicher, Terry, and Tom ureen. 'the case. T.iiht from the Hudson river. 'Lubbock.   

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