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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 7, 1944, Abilene, Texas                                WAR BOND BOX SCORE Series E Quota Series E Sales Thursday Scries E Sales to Abilene porter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO. FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR-WORLD EXACTLY AS IT MORNING NO. 20 A TBUS AmH, NIWSPAPB ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, JULY 7, 1944 PAGES Associated Prat tAP) Uxlttd Prnt (V.P.) FIVE CENTS Pincers Closing on la Haye; Americans Hearing Capture of Final Bar to City CIRCUS FIRE TOLL REACHES 135 HEAVY BARRAGE PLASTERS [AST NAZI ESCAPE ROUTE SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITION- ARY FORCE, Friday, July S. troops closing a ring about the enemy anchor of la Hay.e. du Puits have stormed to the edge of the forest de Mont strong enemy forces lie in are threatening the last wooded heights dominating the town, supreme headquar- announced last night. Front line dispatches said, the only escape route out of the road and rail junction on the south was under artillery fire, and reported savage fighting toward the heights of the forest, three miles east of la Haye whose capture would un- inge enemy defenses" resting on la Haye on the west and ie bog, Marais de Gorges, on the east. Supreme headquarters nnue China Advance, tose Elsewhere attt Jfid the the By the Associated Press The seventh year of Japan's J tempt to conquer east Asia ded today with her armies still gobbling up great chunks of China but being slowly an- nihilated on every .other bat- tle front. spokesmen predicted relief would soon come to China by both land and sea. Axis radios forecast an American Invasion of the Bonin islands, about 500 miles from Tokyo. .Wj. S. Sixth Army troops, in an un- opposed landing Wednesday, cap- ture's Tiny Mairlnrteland-offc-norin- weslern Dutch New Guinea; The maneuver flanked Namber airdrome, only remaining enemy airfield on Wrby Noemfoor island, where CHICAGO, July A bishop anil 62 Catholic priests, brothers and nuns being trans- ported In a Japanese intern- ment boat off Ibe coast of New were killed last Fcb- B by a strafing attack from American Mlt 11 bomb- ers, the Rev. Anthony May, mission procurator of the Mon- Mtcry of the Society of the Divine Word at suburban Tcch- said today. His announcement said me slslcrs made frantic pleas for permission to signal off American attackers, but Japanese denied the yilcas. SurTrcrattacking Japanese were re- pulsed. more Japanese ships were sunk. Three of them were hit by Gen. Douglas MacArthur's southwest Pacific raiders. Thc other five were additions announced b.v Adm. Chester W. Nimttz for ihe July 4 carrier raid on the Bonin and Kazan (Volcano) islands. Ills revised figures fur Ms carrier plane %strike listed Nip losses at ten shins sunk, six probably sunk and 21 damaged. Since the western Pacific campaign started June 10, 58 Japanese ships have been sunk, M probably sunk or damaged, W835 planes destroyed and 35 planes probably. American loss- es have been 107 airmen miss- ing, 16R planes shot down and four slilfls superficially (lamated. marines and infantry- closed in on Japanese massed. In caves and fortifications of the northern tip of Saipnn, once an Jmporl.nt link in Japan's iner line of defense now being converted into an outpost In the United States' five toward China. U. S. soldiers drove toward thc third and last enemy airfield on Noomfoor island off New Guinea, within bombing range of tile Philip- forces "have already constructed a sound foundation on to bring aid to China soon." snid Acting Secretary of War Pat- terson. And. said Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, there's "a gtiod prospect of tne early opening of a qflna-India'land route." Small gains were reported In both the southwest China and Burma campaigns to reopen that road. Only If, miles separates advanced Allied units across the mountainous bor- Somc Allied successes were re- ported ever In southeast where Nipponese troops were trying lo elisc a vice on the last segment of the Hankow-Canton Chinese reported vwln- hijt skirmishes both north and south of Ilengyann, junction city still held tenaciously by sur- rounded Chinese troops. Bedraggled tied in droves from threatened territory. Some j'.tc suffocated In stampedes Into trains. Others toppled to their fi'om roofs of coaches, said that doughboys' fought twice into la Haye .in the last 48 hours and twice were forced back, although they probably still held the railroad station in the northern outskirts. Capture of the heights might as Lessay, five miles south of La Haye, and Periers, nine miles south- east. In- the brightest, hottest day In Normandy since D-day, another column coming around the great bog on the east forged beyond the village -of ..Culot, which the Ger- mans once regained with a coun- ter-attack, and fought to within a mile of Salnteny, five miles south- west of Carentan, widening the narrowest sector of the whole front in an advance of more than a mile. Both British and Germans poured armor and infantry Into the battle raging for. Carpiquet airfield, only three miles east of Caen on the road to Paris, and the nijht communique said number ot enemy tanks were destroyed. With the skies cleared last, and the Allies-free to throw their Sunday aerial punch at the enemy, German communications took a se- vere mauling as hundreds of war- planes went bombing and strafing transport, roads and rails all the wa. behind the front and on back to the Paris area. Rail lineo were cut by bombs at many, points, fuel dump! were left blazing at Chartrcs, Argentan and Cerences, and dive-bombers attack- ed troops massing to oppose the American push soulhwcstward from Carentan. A dispatch from Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's advanced command post declared that more and more Allle troops and as- tonishing piling up along th: beachhead for the decis- ive battles ahead. British and Canadians around Caen battled thc greatest mass of German manpower ever con- centrated on a narrow front In this or the last World War- one division to slightly less than three miles of front, supreme headquarters said. The German news agency DNB said Field Marshal Karl Rudolf Gerd Von Rundstedt, German com- mander In the west, been re- placed by Marshal Geunlher Von Kluge, counter-offensive specialist from the Russian front, possibly presaging a heavy counter blow. DNB said Von Rundstedt was in "ill health." As thc fighting raged about La Haye, TJ. S. troops in the bright Normandy sunshine f struck from Carentan and wldeneu that narrow- est sector of the bridgehead. In the biggest advance of thc day, they fought forward more than a mile into the village of Culot, four miles southwest of Carentan. Thc enemy hit back in strength, forcing the Ameri- cans from the town, but tiie doughboys took up positions just outside. Far behind the front the French underground was fighting so well that the supreme command releas- ed a special communique detail- ing Its dh- trlcls liberated, vital enemy troop lines south of Normandy choked off, and whole enemy divisions en- gaged. Soviets Only 10 Miles Of Baltic Mouth Friday, July troops were re- ported by the Berlin radio early- today to be within 1( miles of the Baltic gateway o.1 Wilno (Vilna) and the Rus- sians themselves. announced important advances all alonj the central front now stretch- ing 350 miles north from new- .ly captured Kowel in southern Poland. The Moscow radio said the Ger- mans In Wiino, big rail center In the northern neck pf pre-war Po- land, were threatened with the same kind of debacle they suffer- force the enemy to withdraw as far ed ln the Ru5sian capltal of Minsk. All the. reserves that the Nazi command could muster were being thrown into the battle, Russian re- ports said, but according to Mos- cow the fall of the city was Im- minent and the 'Germans were malting preparations to evacuate even while waging a desperate de- laying fight. etalin's special order of the day announcing Marshal Konstantln K. Rokossovsky's First White Rus- sian army had captured Kowel, large German stronghold and com- munications center 75 miles south- east of Brest Litovsk, followed by more than 24 hours the Germans' own announcement that they had evacuated the .city. In a dispatch from Moscow, Associated Pros. Correspondent Eddy- Gilmorc called the ture of Kowel the commence- ment of "a great new Red army thrust In the direction of Flnsk and Brest Litovsk" and the German radio itself 'said a reason for the withdrawal was to forestall a Russian- pincers movement. More than 50 other places were taken during the day as Soviet troops smashed westward all along the front and the Moscow com- mUnique'sald more than Ger- mans were killed as the Russians continued their methodical mop- ping up of the area east of Minsk. An entire regiment with its com- mander surrendered, the war bul- letin stated. Abilene Soldier Killed in Italy Pfc. Charles W. Yatcs was killed in action in Italy May 29th, the Wnr department notified his parents. Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Yates, 709 Nortli 12th. The Wealher S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATIIF.R BUREAU ABILE.VK cloudy Frid WEST riday x TEXAS AND VICINITY d fiaturiliy. AND ARKANSAS Partly rloiirty Trldty mill Saturday. LOUISIANA AND EAST TEXAS Partly rlnudy Friday and Saturday v.-llh arjiltered afternoon ihnweu near thft coast. TEMPERATURES Thuri. Wed. A.M. HOUR Thurs. -.Wed. P.M. m 03 BO fii no M 87 UK Ri n.% is ftj Xfl .........11......... 'it M M .........12......... 71 temperatures ft p.m. mil M, Hlfh low mme dute ml yenr: lltft 72. taut nftfiCi Sinriae mninfM; anitt ItMliM; _ JSf j DANIEL BOONE KIN HUNTS JAPS ON Japs on Saipan island, in the Marianas, is Marine Private Jerome Haralson Boone Jr. of Fort Worth, Texas, U. S. Coast Guard caption on this picture states, is a great, great grandson of the famed Indian and bear hunter, Daniel Boone of Kentucky. Boone is helped in pulling a Jap he killed from a foxhole by Marine Vic. Kenneth Deamvile of Enid, Okla. (AP Wirephoto from Coast FOUR MORE COUNTIES IOP QUOTAS IN BOND DRIVE PFC. CHARLES W. YATES Private Yates, the youngest of three in the armed forces, trained at Camp Woltcrs, Tex., Camp Rucker and Ft. McClcllan, Ala., before going overseas. He en- tered service March 19, 1943. Private Yates attended Abilene schools. His brother, S-Egl. W. A. Yatcs, is also serving in Italy. Another brother, Sst. H. H. Yates. stationed at Galvcstoh, Tex., is visiting in Abilene now. Private Yates Is also survived by three sisters. Mrs. Tom W. Woods, Mrs. Ruby Bailey and Mrs. Erwin Beyer, all of Abilene, Hearings Set AUSTIN, July Rail- road Commission today gave notice of tlie following hearings: July of Magnolia Petroleum company for a special allowable for Its B. J. Van Winkle Well No. 1 In Stephens county. July of Hlckok- Texas division to Inject Into a water sand found at a subsurface depth of approximately 500 feet the water produced incident to thc oil production from Its Farmer No. 1 well located In Section Vtl, East- ami county. Four more West Texas counties were reported over the top in the Fifth War Loan drive yesterday. Coleman county's overall sales reached, ;the quota k, j pi L. Knox, prominent Coleman; county rancher. Pat BUllock at Colorado City an- Scout Canvass Of City Today About 400 Boy Scouts will can- vass the residential section all day today, or until every person is con- tacted, in an effort to raise E bond sales. Instructions were given them last night at a meeting in the city hall where C. M. Caldwell, county chair- man, Ed Stewart and George Bar- ron, co-chairman of the steering committee, spoke briefly on the im- portance of the drive. The three visiting bond salesmen presented their interpretation of a Scout's bond talk, and the reaction 'roni the persons' contacted that may be expected by the boys. In his message to the. Scouts, Caldwell said, "Boys, you're going nto the world's biggest bonds to help your big buddies." Stewart explained the work of the Scouts as that of cleflncrc, explain- ng their real challenge which will be obtaining pledges for bonds that are -a sacrifice to the buyers. 'Bonds have to be Barren .old the troops, wo know .he Scouts will do it." The Scouts, meeting at 9 a. in. .oday, will have definite routes to travel for contacting residents of Abilene in an effort to raise the E, Gen. bond sales. They will Bake orders for the bond, but will accept no money. Bonds are to be purchased through regular channels. Their instructions, given b.v nounced that Mitchell county had bettered .its goal by The county overall quota was Bullock, the county chairman, said Mitchell still lacks some of rneetilng the Series.IB-quota.1 000. .Fisher county also reported, "over" in both overall and Es. Total sales Seven Abilene theaters Thurs- day opened their doors to pur- chasers of Series E bonds at the Paramount and Bobby Wai- her booths where the day's sales were reported at Other theaters participating were the majestic, Star, Queen, Texas and Palace. In'Fisher county, according to Co- Chairman W. W. Morton of Roby, hit Lcckett Shelton, assistant re- gional manager for the War Finance committee, said last night after a swing around the '.crritcry that Rea- gan county also had topped its quotas both in overall sales and In B securities. Here in Abilene the Series K bonds were still being pushed. The two Abilene banks reported yes- terday's sales at bring- ing the drive's total to S7R4.424.25 against a quota of Today's war bond speakers over a. Walter Adams of AGO- a. Nena Ramsey Lewis. p. T. Brooks. Charles Rutledge, executive Scout matter, were to call at homes until nil persons residing in Uie houses are contacted. Mrs. W. Baitx, 33, Dies at Stamford De Gaulle Receives Washington Welcome WASHINGTON, July (IP) Charles de Gaulle reached Washington today for across-the- tabie talks with President Roose- velt on Franco-American relations, frequently troubled by friction dur- ing the last year and a half. A n-gun salute roared out from national airport's battery of can- non as the head of tha French I g "lld' Many Die In Crash Of Train KNOXVILLE, Ttnn., July Louisville and Nashville railroad train, reportedly carry- Ing troopi, cracked up In a thunderous crash at p.m. miles south of Jellico, Tenn., In the Clear Fork river gorge, killing an undetermined number pf persons, the Knox- ville Journal reported tonight. At least two coaches and engine spilled over Into the Clear Fork river and burned furiously. Loyd Balrd, who reported the wreck lo the Journal from his home at Jellico, said he visited the wreckage at p.m. and described it as "bedlam." "Everything Is confusion and no one knows how many are killed and how many Injured. It would be difficult for anyone to get out of burning coaches in that river alive." Baird said scores of Injured were being brought to Jellico hospital and the hospital Itself was too busy for any attache to give fcny details. The office here substan- tiated reports from the wreck scene and said all possible was being, done, to rescue persons tripped, Track crew's 'were be- ing .rushed to the scene. Baird Pilot Reported Lost BArRD, July Lt. Morris H. Cooke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willis L. Cooke. formerly of Batrd now living In Portland, Ore., has been lislted as missing in ac- tion over Romania since June 23. A first pilot on a Plying Port- ress, Lieutenant Cooke has been overseas since March, 1944, after AT LEAST 220 PERSONS HURT IN BIG DISASTER HARTFORD, Conn., July greatest disaster in American circus history killed at least 135 persons, with same estimates of the ultimate death toll running as high as 200, in a terrifying burst of flames that enveloped the huge, main tent of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus and brought injury to at least 220 persons. The fire, discovered near the entrance of the big iop few minutes after a mighty thunder of applause had signaled the close of the opening animal act, turned 6.000 erstwhile festive spectators into a mass of frantic men, women and children, screaming and shouting and fighting to reach the exits. Children were tossed by fear-stricken parents from lofty seats to the ground beneath, some to escape but many to be caught in the folds of the flaming tent. Their cries rang in the ears of spectators. women and children alike were trapped beneath the canvas as it crashed to the ground in a fiery climax to a catastrophe as said Felix Adler, noted clown, as ever witnessed by any circus performer. As Gov. Raymond E. mo- bilized nil of the state's emergency resources, a steady stream of mo- tor vehicles brought the dead, among them many children, to a temporary morgue established in the drill shed of the sprawli- state armory. The count there showed 127 dead. Meanwhile, other cars and am- bulances brought scores of Injured and burned to city hospitals after first aid treatment at the scene or in nearby drugstores. Tonight Police Court Prosecutor S. Burr Leikind announced he had Issued warrants charging man- slaughter" against -four-Officers of the said other arrests might be made. Tile four charged were J. A. Haley, vice-president of the'circus company; John Brice, circus chief of police: George W. Smith, general manager, and Leon- ard Aylesworth, described as chief canvass man. Hal Olvcr, circus press ngent, termed the blaze "the first great fire in the whole history of Ring- ling Brothers nnd estimat- ed the damage to circus property at Odler, who hns been with the circus for 31 years, said he was In thc dressing ttiit when the first ciy of "fire" quickly turned into Bedlam. "We heard a roar, like the applause when one nf the liifc acts comes said Atllcr, "only we knew tbat the animal act was over and there .shouldn't be applause. We knew then ihat something was wrong. Tbcn we smelted smoke, xxx r thought Hie mcnag'ric fire in Cleveland (In August 1312 in which three circus employes were Injured and more than 41) animals kill- ed) was the worst IhinK I could ever sec, but no our in flic cir- cus bushiest has ever srcn any- thing as horrible as this." i The five members of the famous Evans Believed Directing Band When Blaze Hit Merle Evans, called the "Toscanini of the Big Top" and well-known throughout West Texas, was believed to have been at his post as di- rector of the Ringling Bro- thers and Barnum and Bailey circus when fire swept through the big tent yester- day at Hartford, Conn. LT. MORRIS H. COOKE receiving his commission at El lington Field, Houston, in Dccem her, 1943. He attended bombc: school jit Tarrant Field, For Worth and received advancec training at Muroc, Calif. Lieutenant Cooke is a gradual of Winters high school. His wifi and two-ycnr old daughter are llv National Committee stepped from a big plane after his Journey from Algiers to be greeted b.v the high command ot thc United States Army and Np.vy. The salute was in accord with STAMFORD. July 7- (Snl.l ,if Gaulle's military rank but was Mrs. W. Baitz. 33, died Wednesday four guns short of the hon- at 9 p. m. in the Stamford hospital after an illness since June 29. The funeral will be held Saturday at 5 p. m. at the Zion Lutheran church in Sagerton. Burial will be in thc Old Glory cemetery under tile direction Kenney funeral home. Mrs. Bnitz was the former Ida Johanna and was married July 10, 1929. at Chene.v, Kans., and for the past 15 years has lived on a farm between Old Glory and Sa- gerton. She Is survived by her husband, one son, Bill Jr., a daughter, Buna Belle, her father, William Wiilf, Alamo, two brothers, William Wulf Jr.. Alvin Wulf: three sisters. Mrs. Mnrlln Hwitlrlck, Mrs. M.nnic Burrough, Kans., and Mrs. C. F. Jucrgensen, Alamo. ors paid to a head of state, welcome thus underscored Wash- ington's decision not to recognize de Gaulle's committee have had thc opportunity to ex- press themselves. Rites at 5 P.M. Graveside services for Mrs. Alice Newb'.-rry who died lust Wednesday in California, will he at 5 p. m. to- day, at Ccdnr Hill cemelf-ry. Laugh- ter funeral home Is In charge. Mrs. Newbcrry was an early day resident of Abilene. She died at Pomona, Calif. As Texas Nominee HOUSTON, July 8-MV-Noml- iiatlon nf E. R. Eudnly for director of the Texns extension service was withdrawn toriny by the Texas A. and M. college board of direc- tors and President Glbb Gllclirlst was asked to submit a new nomi- nee. Through Board President F. M. Law the directors expressed their unanimous belief that the selec- tion of Eudnly "was an excellent choice anc that he would have made an outstanding lender" asid criticized tlm "arbitrary disappro- val" of Eudaly by the national ex- tension service, Blalock Hopeful For Compromise AUSTIN, July 6. National Committeeman Myron Bla- lock said today hr was encouraged by conversations regarding a recon- dilation rl party factions In Texas but lie could not promise a state- ment on the situation sooner than three or four days. Blalock left lure lor his home In Marshall by wny of Dallas. While in Austin he conferred twice with Gov. P.. Stevenson and although he declined to say witli whom he had conferred other than with Stevenson, or what plan of composing differences might have been Coleman Marine in Marshall; Promoted SOMEWHERE IN THE MAH- SHALLS Marine Pfc, 'Aubrey M. Morgan of Colemnn, was promoted to tnat shortly after coming ashore with the first Marine contingent to land on this atoll in the Invasion of tlic Mar- shall Islands. He Is the non of A, M. 300 E. Plftli street, Colcmsn. MERLE EVANS Indications were Evans was not injured badly, if at all, since Roland Butler, general press agent for the show, said nil animals were saved and none of the injured circus per- sons was more than slightly hurt. The Assir.lnttir; story of the tragic fire said that as soon ns the fire brokr out the circus bnnd be- gnn to play and everyone In the tent started out through the near- est exit. Evans directed the Hardin-Sim- mons Cou-boy band for two sem- esters in 1042-43 after serving many Wallenda high wire troupe nscrib cd their escape from tlic inferno to their acrobatic training. had Just climbed to the wire above j os of thc V--! enthralled circus audience Brothers circus band. He when they noticed .lie flames. Ulc show ,n Ig4, nftcr the "We slid down thc ropes nnd cll.CU5 ,ost band a of tended for I he perfrrmeri exit. a riiOTBrecmeiit wish the Musicians' said Herman Wollcnda, 'but. pco- 1 ..cjolned thc st Evans Is one of thc most popu- lar figures in the circus business pic vcr- so crowdi-d there Hint we saw we didn't have a chance. So we climbed over the cage that lines thc ?xlt. That was easy for we're performers. liut the public couldn't get nut that way." After viewing the tonight. Herbert Duval, circus adjuster, commented: "We're out of Circus people salo that only onf accident in circus history compared to thc disaster which struck hero during this altcnionn'.-, diFaster That was In 1918 when a -10-c.ir llagenbcek-Wnllatc circus train w.is wrecked, resulting in a toll of M dead and 150 Injured. Olvcr said the cause of the file was but ex- pressed the belief "it started most likely from a cigarette, In- tentional or accidental, dropped by someone sitting In the up- per rows of scats." which has been his career since he ran away from Iiorne as a youngster to Join a carnival side- Eye witnesses groped to describe the scene for words of liorror which quickly unfolded before tlicm as the first flame, described by one is so sma'l that It could have been nut with a pai! of quick- ly became a lethal, firry weapon. Above thc roar of frightened ani- '.ial.i could hfnrd the frantic calls of mothers .seeking their chil drcn and the furious crackling of lames as they first quickly envelop- ed the big tent and then sent tlic canvas to the around In ruins. John M. Parsons, chief usher for lie circus, estimated B.OOO persons were In the tent when thc first tiny lames began to c.-cep up one corner if the big tent near the entrance. Thc cry ot "fire" echoed through See FIRE, I'aje 3, Col. 3 Hope of Reaching Trapped Miners Dim BELLAIRE, Ohio, July A hope for the re.scue of 64 men scaled by a fiery inferno deep in Powhatim mine was raised to- nifiht with to sink a shrtft, 8 Inches In diameter, through 350 feet of earth. High speed drills wore rushed here to bore directly down to the men after rescue workers and mine inspection officials gave up hope of reaching them through the reg- ular mine shaft and the pit was ordered .settled to subdue a fire Uiat broke out ycsiurrtay. fiescue workers there n. bare chance tlicy would find life when Uic bit breaks into a mine tunnel containing the men, but the narrow slinft was tlic only way to know for sure. Defense Attorneys Appointed by Court WASHINGTON, July 0. Justice Elcher of District of Colum- bia federal court designated two at- torneys today to replace James J. Lniig'nlln whom Eichcr dismissed yesterday ns defense counccl In mass (edition conspiracy trial,   

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