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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 29, 1944, Abilene, Texas WAR BOND BOX SCORE JMDverall Quota ...... $3,805,000.00 Series E Quota    $1,255,000.00 Series E Sales Wed. .    34,068.75 Series E Sales to Date 567,339.50 (Efje gflrilme Reporter ■■WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR TOES WF, SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES/’-Bvron ___ EVENING FINAL VOL. LXIV, NO. 13 A TEXAS tfUWSPAPIB ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, JUNE 29, 1944-FOURTEEN PAGES Associated frets (AP) United Frets <U P.I PRICE FIVE CENTS J)ewey Would See Willkie Tress Is Told CHICAGO, June 29.—(AP) £—Gov. Thomas E. Dewey told what he called the “world s biggest press conference1 today that he hopes to confer with all of the nation’s re- * publican leaders, including Wendell L. Willkie, on presidential campaign plans. Declining to discuss cabinet possibilities—if he wins the White House—the smiling GOP nominee ^gave speedy indorsement to many planks of the party's platform, including those on rorelgn policy, the president’s fair employment practices committee, foreign trade and others. Dewey appeared fresh and rest- j f|ed at his press conference, despite the physical strain of shaking thousands of hands at a public reception lasting past midnight last night. Dewey was asked specifically _ if he “welcomes the editorial •    sunport of    The Chicago Tri bune,” which once criticized his views on foreign policy. There was a laugh from the reporters. Smilingly, Dewey replied: £    "I don’t    know    that I have the editorial support of the Tribune. I    shall    welcome the support of    every    good Amer ican in the whole United States. The nominee sal on a table and ® puffed a cigaret!e-in-holder much FRANKFORT. Ind., June 29. ——(vip)—The man of the hour in Frankfort Is Dewey Bricker. Bricker is a 37-year-old rall-^ road employe. after the Franklin D. Roosevelt fashion, while the reporters asked their questions. One query was how' he planned _ to reach the service men with ® campaign appeals. Dewey replied that had not yet been determined Dewey ^overed a wide range of issues in answer to questions. He said he had rrad the Republican platform only once—while he was |L enroute here by plane—and that “it represents my views.” Referring to Dewey’s paomise to gather young men around him. a reporter asked if that meant he would discharge Secretary of State Cordell Hull %$ ‘TOU are asking me to pass on the mental vigor of Mr. Hull.” Dewey replied. “I will not do that. I am not engaging in cabinet-picking at this time.” Dewey expressed satisfaction with ^ the foreign trade plank of the party • platform. While stating that some persons thought it might have been better. Dewey said it should be recognized that the platform was drawn by persons with conflicting opinions, and that as a result there A had to be some compromising “This was totally an unbossed convention,” he declared. “The delegates were free to reach their own decisions.” I’art.s of the foreign trade ^ plank may appear at first blush ® to hr inconsistent, he said, recalling that the plank promised an ‘adequate protective tariff” See GOP Pg. 4. Col. 4 LT. PIHL D. TERRY Former Athenian Killed in Action Nazis Strengthen Caen Forces But Allies Smash Nine Thrusts Minsk 31 Miles From Red Front First Lt. Phil D. Terry son of I    Bv    EDDY GILMORE Mrs. L. D. Terry of Tucson, Artou, MOSCOW. June 29.—(AP)—The German army, hatter- tfroTeoverbi GormanT^prlr'ir hte ed by the Russians on the ground and in the air. backtracked aunt, Mrs. J. O. Middlebrook, 1150 rapidly today toward Minsk over the same road Napol Santos, has been informed.    followed in his disastrous retreat from Moscow. The Rus- Lieutenant Terry, co-pilot of the .    within    37    miles of the White Russian capital. Flying Fortress, Wee Miss Anteri*. S‘X ""^rasping h>nd. the----------------- had been listed as missing in ac tion since April ll. Mrs. Middlebrook left Abilene I last night for Tucson to be with her sister, widow of the late L. D. Terry who was former manager of Walker-Smith wholesale grocery firm here. The Terrys left Abilene some 12 years ago. Lieutenant Terry, 22. was born in Abilene and attended public schools here. He was graduated from Tucson schools and from tho University of Arizona. He received his wings at Ft. Sumner, N. M., Aug 25, 1943, and had been in England since last November. Pictures of the young lieutenant appeared in a March issue of Life magazine where he was shown with the group of fliers who made the first American attack on Berlin March 4. He is survived by his wife and young son whom he never saw and ids mother, the former Madge Phillips of Santa Anna. Work Resumed HOUSTON. June 29.—(J*)—Striking employes of the Hughes Tool company have voted to return to Red army reached for Minsk while artillery and bombers blasted a way for the ground forces. The hand-like Soviet offensive was formed by units fanning out to the northeast of Minsk like fingers, while strong groups southeast of the city formed the thumf). With the freeing of Mogilev the Russians for the first time in nearly three years have a direct raii route between Leningrad and Odessa. A Russian military commentator. Col. Nikolai Akimov, said the reopening of this rail route “is a factor which should not be under-estimated, for the advantage it affords in transferring forces parallel to the line of the front is one of the major conditions for achieving supremacy in any direction chosen for new blows,” The Russians have had four-fifths of the railway in working order since the winter, but have bren unable to use the section passing through Vitebsk, Orsha, Mogilev and Zhlobin. Field dispatches said the Ger Fisher Deep Test Heading Fisher county’s deepest producing oil well, thr Northern Ordnance No. 1-B Howard, in the Rotan field six miles northeast of Rotan, made two heads after swabbing yesterday. The oil was turned into slush pits and no estimate as to production was made, however, it was generally believed today that the well would be good for 200 to 250 barrels daily The well is being placed on pump to see if the agitation will make it flow Bridgehead Near City Spreading Bv WES GALLAGHER SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Allied Expeditionary Force, June 29.— (AP*—The Germans were reported today to have thrown the bulk of their 15th and 17th armies into the defense of Coen in on attempt to halt the British flanking thrust south of the inland port. But Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery's men smashed nine counterattacks in 24 hours and widened a breach in the enemy lines. Supreme headquarters announced British infantry and armor were streaming across the Odon river southwest of Caen in an ever-widening bridgehead. Field dispatches said the German command had sent virtually the entire strength of the two armies into tierce armored fighting raging on three sides of the city. (The German communique said the British were attacking on a 17-mile front and had achieved a ’’minor breakin the bushy terrain southwest of Caen. One German CAPTURED GERMANS MARCH TO POW CAMPS—Huge -    - - •    -    .    frntn this area »*««    440    fept    from norlh line company have voted to return to. mans had 'f*reatp(' *    ‘    f 0{ iog.acre tract, section 180, block work incompliance with a National f so quickly they had had little tune ■ &Tc survry and fhe woll is Top of the pay is 5,585 feet and ; mass of German prisoners captured in the fall of ( herbourg, bottom of the hole is 5,609 feet. shown on the way out of the city enroute to prisoner of war i ca».ps. <*«««! Corp. Ka,Ii.,tot,photo from NEA). is very porous. Whether the pay is j Strawn or Canyon has not yet bren determined by geologist. The oil has a 39.5 gravity content. Location is 660 feet from west War Labor board directive E BOND SALES 1687,600 SHY Taylor countian®, If they meet the series E Bonds quota of $1,255,-000 by the closing date of the Fifth War Loan Drive July 12, must in-vq t $687,660.50 in that security—an average of some $62,515 each sales day. Sales the last few days have been falling far short of that dally goal. Wednesday Series E purchases totaled $34,068.75. Aiming at that goal Abilen-ians purchased 75 tickets, each representing a $1,0011 E bond, to the Army Air Base luncheon today honoring two veterans of the Italian campaign and a Hollywood party composed of sever.) I well known stars. The party was escorted by Air Base officials from Hotel Woolen to the camp at ll a. rn eon that began at 12:30. Employe quotas were set by seven more Abilene firms thus morning. George Barron reported. They are: C. W. Rogers Grocery, $2,500 Ackers Shoe Store, $175 Hendrick Memorial Hospital, $1,-000. Satterwhite Brokerage Co., $4,250 Abilene Savings and Loan, $1,017.-60. Universal Motor Co., $1,500 • • * Bond sales totaled $27,725 at a rally held in Lawn Tuesday with Major David Evans, special service officer. ASFTC, in charge of sales. Ovalo will go all-out in the Fifth War Loan with a rally in the high school auditorium at 9 p. in Friday. ATC survejfT and the well is about half a mile west of the old Howard field. Several other wells have been drilled to the Fisher county lime in the hew field, encountered around 3,400 feet, and it is understood that rig will be moved for the lunch- from th<* 1-B Howard to one of those locations to deepen to the new pay. The Weather NAZI CONFUSION GROWS AS YANKS NEAR LEGHORN By NOLAND NORGAARD ROMF., June 29—• Pi—Along a highway littered with enemy dead and abandoned equipment. American troops of the Fifth Army punched forward another five miles along Italy’s west coast yesterday and raptured the town of (astagneto. only 25 miles from Livorno (Leghorn), while a second American column farther inland pierced through German lines to within a dozen miles of Siena. Allied headquarters said today. Livorno is an important port 11 j r.s. mil) s below Pisa, while Siena Is a key rail and communications center DEPARTMENT OF CO SIM REC F. WE ATHER Bl RI XL’ ann fvf and VICINITY Consider , ahi" cloudiness this afternoon, tonight ' 3i miles south of Florence. An official spokesman declared the enemy “is showing signs of con and Friday. TI MIM RATI RI S Th u-Wed Wed Tue A M Hour P M OO RA RS __    |    83 KR BO—12— 77 81 Sunrise this morning ...............6    Vt Sunset tonight ....................8    49 91 92 93 93 93 92 90 8R 84 BO 78 92 fusion” in the coastal sector, where a-? the Incessant battering by Amerind I can guns caused heavy casualties ^ and the roundup of prisoners from PICTURE HIGHL'GHTS OF THE 1941 REPUBLICAN CON VENTION—In upper left photo. Governor Earl Warren of California turns over the gavel to Rep. Joe Martin. Mass., as I he latter takes over the convention in Chicago as permanent Chairman. Upper right pictures the moment delegates waitedfor at the convent.on-the demonstration winch followed niacins of Tom Dewey’s name in nomination for presidency.Lower left, Governor John Y\. Bricker of Ohio acknowledge! huge demonstrations during nominations at the GOF con-vention. Lower right the picture tells that agreement finally I, id been reached b> the GOF resolutions committee ona plank calling for an international cooperative organization’’ to prevent war when Senator Robert A. Taft, chairman,emerged from the committteroom at the Stevens Hotel to report to newsmen. ((NEA Telephoto) decimated German units processed steadily. C apture of (’astagneto gave the Allies control of an important lateral road which formerly linked the enemy s coastal defenders with the Nazis’ central sector. The enemy intensified by every conceivable means the retarding of the Fifth Army advance, felling trees across roads, then bootstrapping them, destroying all bridges and laying minefields. The tactics failed to prevent a close pursuit, and an enemy infantry company which attempted to break the advance by infiltration back into the captured village of bassetta was wiped out. An American Armored force driving from the scut I iwest captured tile road junction town of Montlciano on highway 73. and leading clements thrust beyond to within 12 miles of Siena. The village of Mon-talcinellc also was taken The French, on the right wing of the Fifth Army, reported substantial gains, capturing the towns of Mon-ticchiello, Picnza and Montalcnio, all southeast of Siena, It was announced that the Fifth Army alone has taken over 25,000 prisoners since the offensive began seven weeks ago today. Albany Soldier Killed in Action An Albany soldfef Bob Sides, about 32, was killed in action in the European theater on June 3, Abilene friends were informed today. Former employe of an oil company in Albany, Sides had been in service about two years. No additional information concerning his death was available here, and members of the family could not be readied immediately. Jessie Crabtree Security Abstract company employe, a friend, went to Albany this morning in response to word of his death. Surviving are ti n mother and two sisters, all of Albany. Rites Friday tor Abilene Attorney Services for Ellis Dour hit, Abilene attorney .since 1928 who died Wednesday night at his home, 602 Ama-♦ rillo, are to be Friday at 7 p. rn. in the First Presbyterian ch irch with the pastor, Dr. T. S Knox, officiat-' ing, Burial will be under direction of Laughter funeral home. Pallbearers will be Arch Batjer, R. B. Leach, Cop QfXsham, Dr. Guy Gillespie, Lee Signor Jr., Bob Wag-staff. E. L. Harweff’and John Alvia Members of the Abilene Bar assoc I-! ation and the Session of the First Presbyterian church will be honorary pallbearers. Mr Doutlut, 73, bad been in falling health for the past two weeks. i He suffered a stroke at his home I less than 20 minutes before his death. He came to Abilene from Fort Worth in 1928 to Join the law firm now known as flagstaff, Harwell, Douthit and Alvls. Mr. Douthit was born Nov. 20, I STO, in Lexington, Mo , and moved lo Sweetwater with his parentR, Mr. and Mrs. J. ii. Douthit, when he was a child. He was giaduatei4 from the I ni varsity Of Texas law school and was admitted to the bar before he was 21. Ile was director of the first national bank at Big Spring where he lived for several years, and was a former district attorney of the old 23rd in ------- ------ ------------ tank formation destroyed 53 Allied tanks, the communique declared. The Germans' Hitler youth 12th tank division was said to have distinguished itself in the fighting.) A field dispatch from Associated Press Correspondent Roger Greene said hundreds of British guns laid down a “murderous barrage” again.* German armored forces moving up to attack the British right flank and quoted British officers as saying “German movement on the roads is being slaughtered bv our planes " The Germans threw 150 tanks into flank attacks yesterday, the dispatch said, and much hand-to-hand fighting occurred in the woods where the British hunted down Germans In camouflaged nests. Heavy fighting, Including large-scale tank clashes, raged at distances of two to four miles from the strongly-defended German base in eastern | Normandy. Little chang', however, ha* occurred in the front positions : in the past 12 hours. While British tanks heat against the enemy in a flaming battle al points less titan four miles southwest of Caen In an eastward thrust that would strangle the city’s communications, other forces battered the enemy from the north and northwest in fighting almost equally as bitter. Westward the Americans on the Cherbourg peninsula wrre mopping up isolated resistance in the Cap De La Hague, where it was unofficially estimated that about 3,000 Germans still are holding out. The bag of prisoner* taken there continued to Increase. It was officially announced that Germans captured by U. S. forces in France from D-Dav to Tuesday night totalled 28,849. The fighting around Cion in the present stage is a typical big tank battle, with none knowing exactly where the front lines are and towns being overrun, only to be retaken a few hours later. ‘Every British advance has been met with a most violent local counter-attack,” the Supreme command said. It is to be expected the Germans Will make a coordinated major counterthrust It is considered unlikely that the battle for Caen will be decided before Marshal Erwin Rommel makes such an all-out bid The last field reports said 60 Herman tanks had been destroyed in three days of tin* Caen fighting, bringing the campaign total to 160. In the air the lonf-dortnant German Air force sprang into life under a protecting cloak of clouds to support Rommel’s desperate bid to drive back the British, hut 27 enemy planes were downed. The ground fighting was particularly fluid below C aen, where th* Germans have established no real line because of a lack or infantry. Their resistance Is being presented chiefly by mobile forces of tanks and self-propelled guns.    ...    0 u Broadly speaking the Salient driven behind Caen by the British coming in from Tilly-Sur-Seulles extends across the river OdOQ to a depth of about two miles. This mornings communique said the bridgehead had been widened. A German report last night of an American attack in the St. IXJ sector rn the western part of the Allied fighting zone .ackcd confirmation by Supreme headquarters. BLOODY BARRAGE LAID ON NAZI FLANK ATTACKERS district court Mr. Douthit and the former Mary Kennedy we e married Jan. 12 1898 in Los Angeles, Calif. He taught the Mens Bible class and was a senior deacon of the First Presbyterian church for many years, He was a member of the Lions, Abi-i lene and country clubs. I Besides his wife he is survived by I 1 two daughters. Mrs. Donald Knight i i of Midland and Mrs Hare Id Bold of Washington, D. C.; a brother,' I Joe of San Antonio; a sister, Mrs | 1 H. H. Grotthouse of Los Angeles; I and a grandson, Ellis K. Douthit of Abilene. By ROC.I R n. GREENE ON THE BRITISH FRONT IN NORMANDY. June 29—(J’ -Hundreds of British guns, pumping IOO rounds each, laid down a murderous barrage today on German Panzer troops moving up to harass the right flank of Gen Sir Bernard L Montgomery s sweep across the ruer Odon. Simultaneou: lied warplanes inforcements. A staff officer said at mid-morning. “German movement on the roads is being slaughtered by oui planes ” For the moment tile British offensive lost its initial headlong impetus while British Tommies and Scottish “Jocks” mopped up German sly, great fleets of Al-hacked at enemy re infantry remnants on both flanks of the cross-river corridor. Hand-to-hand fighting was In progress in the woods along both sides of the Odon as British troops hunted down Germans who remained hidden in cleverly camouflaged nests until our tanks swept past them and then began sniping at the infantry. “A tremendous amount of dear-mg-up has to be done on the flanks and there has been no major change overnight," an officer at advanced headquarters said. The Germans, it was disclosed, threw 150 tanks into yesterday's battle, striking in packs of IO to 30, but they were hit-run thrusts without risking a major clash in anv one sector. AMERICAN CASUALTIES 251,158 THROUGH JUNE 12, SAYS STIMSON British, French Agree LONDON, June 29—(4*) — Britain and Gen. Charles De Gaulle’s j French national committee were re- j ported today to have reached an agreement on civil administration and currency for use in liberated French territory.    ‘ . WASHINGTON, June 29 - i/F— American casualties in Hie war, including the first two weeks of battle in Normandy, total 251.158. Of these. 55.206 are dead -35,104 soldiers and 20,102 Navy, Marines and Coast Guard personnel. Secretary of War Stimson reported today that through June 13 American Army casualties were 179,923. of which 32,022 were killed. 73,668 wounded, 37,766 missing and 36,467 prisoners. These figures, he explained, did not include casualties ai France because compilation of casualties from individual names transmitted from the field to the War department lagged behind ac-I tual events. To be added to them, however. I was the report of Supreme Allied I headquarters that during the first two weeks of fighting in France American casualties totalled 24.162. with 3.082 killed, 13,121 wounded and 7.959 misusing. The latest Navy casualty list totals 47,073, including 20.102 dead, 13.202 wounded, 9,308 missing and 4,461 prisoners. ;

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