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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1944, Abilene, Texas                                WAR BOND BOX SCORE Overall Quod Scriei E Series E Sules Saturday Series E Sales to Date SUNDAY WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXIV, NO. 22 A TEXAS HlWSPATia ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 9, 1944-TH1RTY-FOUR PAGES !N THREE SECTIONS XMociateti (API vmtcd FIVE CENTS Hitler Holds By RICHARD KAISCIIKE LONDON, July Hitler has 'been In urgent consultation wilii his top military leaders since early, this week, and a Moscow report eaidHiat Hitler had taken over direction. of operations in the west after the'- removal' of veteran Field Marshal Gen. Karl Rudolf Gord Von Rundstedt. Prom the German frontier came information considered trustworthy likened the'serious discussions among Hitler and his military leaders to the Kaiser's famous grand council in August, 1918, when German leaders decided the war against the Allies, could not might produce an acceptable peace through prolonged, bitter flihtlnj. Moscow quoted ViKtorov, correspondent of (he Pravda, u that Hitter hinaelt had tmten over In ilitary Conference; lakes Over Command in West the west, naming Field Marshal Gen. Guenther Von Kluge the front man tor the eclipsed Von Rundsltdl. Another broadcast quoted a Tus dispatch as saying that Von Bundstedt had been placed under house arrest. Information filtering' out of- Germany said the major point of con- troversy among German commanders in the east, west and south con- cerned their varying manpower requirements, at the military conference. A complete revision of defense plans may be made before the end of the month, this Information said. One important point brought up was whether it would be wiser to withdraw German troops from Norway and the Balkans, thereby strength-, ening the core of resistance around Germany itself and avoiding the risk of having those idle occupation troops cut off from the homeland. Even taking into consideration the fact that some of the reports coming out of Germany may be Nazi "plants" aimed at creating over- confidence in Allied countries, this appeared to be a trustworthy review of developments: 1. While no final decision apparently has been made, the Ger- mans probably will throw more reserves Into'the Normandy front in France In-'an effort to inflict the heaviest possible losses on the Allied troops there. 2. Von Bundstedt stepped out of the picture as the "first error man" In the invasion for refusing to commit larger-forces in Normandy. He had been' reported holding off for fear of new Allied landings elsewhere along the coast. 3. The need of maintaining crack divisions In the west will make it extremely difficult to funnel good into the eastern the Germans hope to make a stand 1m the end of the month, probably behind the Wistii (Vistula) river in PolaiW 4. Civilians and families of German civil servant voluntarily have evacuating Poland nncl East Prussia during the past 10 days. Huge refugee camps in eastern and southern Germany have been ordered to house them. 5. Commanders on the Russian front are worried by steady Nazi withdrawals in Italy because of the danger to their holdings In the Balkans. 6. The death of Gen. Edward Dietl, German commander In Finland, probably was another signpost of difficulties inside the Reich high cfimmnnd. B AND HIS Hitler shakes hands with Field Marshal Guenther Von Kluge, who London hears is his front man in the western campaign, with AdoU him- self taking charge of the The picture was takeji last year and reached this country from London. (AP Wire- Both Sides Lose Many on Saipan By the Associated Press long 'expected Japanese ___ BxJUe Associated Press mm. Cold-blooded massacres of virtually the entire populations r of the Greek village of Distomo. and .the French village of fA-adour-siir-Glane and burning of b.oth towns by vcngcancc- mad German soldiers were reported in accounts reaching New York Saturday. Greek puppet government announced the. Distomo slaughter, in-which persons died, saying it occurred on .tune 10, the second anniversary of the massacre and destruc- tion of Lidice'in Czechoslovakia. _ The story of the French vil lage, 12 miles northwest of Li- moges in central France, came from the British Broadcasting corporation, which said IjlOO out of a population of were slain. The Greek puppet communique, a copy of which was received Friday in Izmir iSmyrna) Turkey, said the tlTh e lony populace was shot and the town counterattack on Saipan island came in reprisal lor the deaths of with sudden ferocity on a scale sur- 3Q Gfrmm E0ldll passing any previous assault of its _ _ ._, kind in the central and western back with heavy Alualties to both sides Adm. Clics- er W. Nimitz reported yesterday as other Allied communiques old of the recapture of Liling m south- eastern China, the slaughter of 11.- 000 Japanese in four months of fjvhting in eastern India, and the bfmbing of five cities in Friday's superfortress raid on Japan and enemy-held -parts of China Arttilery and planes supported the Japanese attack on Saipan Thousands of 'Nipponese soldie s cftraed the American western flank aTdawn Thursday and advanced In bloody close combat until halted shortly before noon on the out- skirts of Tanapag town. At the end of the battle the %aPancse were where they started, cooped In on the north- ern tin of the-island. An esti- mated were killed in Ihe futile assault, bringing to about the. known Japanese dead fen Saipan, or more tban half "he estimated original garri- son Hundreds, perhaps thous- ands, of other Nipponese dead have not been counted. American ground troops suffer- ed "numerous casualties" in re- pulsing the counterattack, Nimitz indicated. A favage Chinese counterattack in southeast China was successful mid thev captured Liling, Japanese stronghold north of the strategic junction city of Hengyang. Rumors in Chungking said the Japanese were preparing to .with- draw from Hengyang, and were tak- ing troops from China because Rus- sian forces were massing on the Jjachurlan border. "American planes swept the ex- tended enemy supply lines through- out' southeast China simultaneously with the superfortress raids on Nipponese military and Industrial nerve centers. All B-29's returntd. ring Non-Com Prisonf-of Nozis Spr Oliver W. Lea, son of Mrs. to have been planted by the Vichy Euln Lea of Big Spring Is held a militia. pi.oncr of war by Germany, one of- Date and other circumstances ot nounced by the War department in a Greek Earn and Andafts guerrillas the previous-day. At'Distomo, according to informa- tion received among Greeks in Iz- mir, men, women and wailing babies were slaughtered Impersonally.. This account sa-id that after' the gujrrilla battle on June Gefman SS (elite guard) troops on the after- noon'of, June 10 surrounded Disto- mo, herded all inhabitants into the public 'square, and there chopped them'down with machine guns. Then, the account said, Ger- man's walked among the massed corpses, firing pistol bullets into the head of every holly that twitched, and trampling the life out of any infants who had been shielded by their mothers' ho'dics. Then they burned ithe village down over its dead. Representatives of the Red Cross were not allowed near the spot until June! 14, the report, said, and .then they found only a few half-mad children who had hidden in the woods. Tlie village, known to many Amer- ican tourists, was 65 miles north- west of Athens and 10 miles south- east .of Delphi in a region famous in ancient Greek history and myth- ology. The British radio account of the French village was in many respects tragically similar to that from Greece. The broadcast, recorded In New York by CBS, said: "The Germans demanded the sur- render of patriots who had killed four German soldiers and when there'was no response, prepared to kill 50 hostages. "Tlie patriots replied with 4n- other attack oh the Germans, who destroyed the entire village. "People who look refuge In the village church were Ir-eked' In, and burned alive. Only 100 of the Inhabitants remain alive In the ruins of their homes." Funeral services were held for the victims In the cathedral a.t Limoges, it said, and tlicrc city police found several bombs wlilch were believed rdf.oncr of war by Germany, one of- Date and other circumstances ol prisoners, in that country, as an- the French massacre were not given, iu_ tii__ u.it (KA fimfM-nl u-a.c Kfltrl tsi but the funeral was said to occurred Junt 22. REDS FIGHT IN WILNO; BATTLE OF CAEN RAGES Berlin Road Main Supply Backbone Cut LONDON, .July The Red army today captured Baranowinze, important for- tress on the invasion route to Warsaw, fought into the streets of Wilno, and cut the Wilno-Dauga'vpils railway, one of the German supply back- bones for defense of east Prus- sia and the Baltic states, Mos- cow announced tonight. The slaughter of Ger- mans trapped east of Minsk and the capture of in four days also was announced in .the daily communique.-The Russians'- since 'June 23 have killed .or" ta'ptuYe'd" approxi- mately Germans on the basis of Moscow an- nouncements. Berlin said that Marshal Greg- ory K. Zhukov's long-rested First Ukraine army had gone -orer to the offensive in the southern part of Old Poland between kowel and Lwo'w, .thus extending the fast- moving Russian front to a dis- tance of 500 miles between the Daugavpils (Dvinsk) area of'Lat- via to the Carpathian mountain approaches east of Lwow. While Moscow had not confirm- ed this new offensive, Berlin usu- ally announces the unfolding of Russian drives ahead of Moscow. Zhufcov's troops are on the 'south- ern .flank of Marshal K. K. nokos- sovsky's First White Russian front armies which -have taken Kowel, only 170 miles southeast of War- saw, and which also are only 45 miles southeast of Brest Litovsk, Bug river stronghold captured by the Germans in the first few hours of their 1941 war against Russia. Rokossovsky's troops and those of Gen. Ivan D. Cherniakhovsky's third White Russian front swept through approximately 740 towns and villages during the day, said the communique broadcast by Mos- cow and recorded by the Soviet monitor. The progress of Marshal Ivan Bagrnmian's First Baltic army, hammering only a few miles from the Latvian border, was not given in the communique. Premier Stalin announced the capture of Baranowicze, which is 120 miles northeast of Brest Lit- ovsk and about the same distance, east of Blalystok, fortresses -guard- ing the approaches to Warsaw. Berlin reports have indicated'that, the Germans in the Knwe! area' had retreated 40 miles to the Bug river line whence they launched their 1941 stroke against Russia. i The break-through Into Wllno'si streets put the Russians only 100' miles from the borders of German East Prussia and about 165 miles from the Bailie. The last German supply artery extending into the Baltic states of Lithuania. Latvia and Estonia, is only 50 miles ahead of the Kaunt.i. Three more German generals were reported captured by the Rus- sians In the trap east of Minsk, fsr behind the present Russian lines. They made a total of '18 'killed or captured since the big offen- sive began 28 Area Counties Over Twenty eight counties over a wide Hop, 15 counties had also met Series West Texas area had surpassed' their' overall quotas In the Fifth War Loan drive Saturday, accord- ing to figures compiled by'Lockett Shelton, 'assistant regional war fi- nance manager, and The Reporter- News. Of the 28 that pushed over the goals. Only a few scattered counties in this section of the state had failed to meet the 'quota on at least the overall sales. While the, drive officially closed with Saturday's sales, Series E pur- chases are to be counted toward MORE SERIES E SALES ASKED Taylor county stood weir over the top en.overall quota when, the Fifth War Loan drive came to an official close yesterday but the job of sell- ing in. Series E bonds was only about 68 percent completed. Sales of E's will count .on the quota through out July, however, and bond leaders believed yesterday the goal would be reached before the. end of the month. Sales reported throughout the county.'for the drive totaled 824.25 for Series E and approxi- mately for all types of se- curities, These overall. sales were 124 percent 'of the quota assigned the county. New sales added Included Satur- day sales fptAbilene's two banks and postcffice and weekly sales for ra- TEXAS July ex- ceeded, its. Fifth War Loan quota today with more than to spare. State Chairman Nathan Adams of the war finance committee of Texas said., that the Scries E quota for the state has not been attained, however, and emphasized that the sale of E bonds, as well.as F's and G's through the remainder of the month will be Baby Dies Here of Infantile Paralysis Darvin Royce Johns, 15-months- old son of Cpl and Mrs. Irvln Johns of Abilene, died Saturday at p. m. in a local hospital of infan- tile paralysis. Tlie father is serving with U. S. Army in Australia. The baby was brought to Abi- lene last Thursday from Ben Wheeler, Tex., where he and the mother had been making their home temporarily with Corporal Johns' parents. Mr. and Mrs. c. E. Johns. Tlie 'baby had been ill since last May when lie had the measles, but the case was not diagnosed as in- fantile 'paralysis until the child had been placed in the Abilene hospital. Funeral arrangements are incom- plete and.will be announced from Elliott's funeral home. dlo station KRBC and banks at Trent and Tuscola. These totaled Merkel sales and sales of other scattered agencies for the week were unreported. Trent has set the best record In the county by nearly doubling the overall quota of set for the town. Sales there since the drive's start total of which 562.50 were Series E's. L. E. Adrian was. local chairman. 1 Tusccla bank, which has also handled sales for Lawn, Bradshnw and Ovalo, has had Fifth War Loan sales bf .which were E's. Qf the total; was credited. to 'i and Ovalo who also claimed of E's. Elmon Kirby was local chair- man at Tuscola. counted on Fifth War Loan totals. "That means that Texas has a grand opportunity and time yet to reach every quota assigned to it and round out a perfect-war financ- ing Adams urged.' According .to latest official re- turns, Texas had- invested 313.323.50 as of July per- cent of the over-all quota. Sales to individuals had climbed to S222.- or'94.1 percent of the quota for individuals. Two-thirds of the E quota had been, raised. Series E sales were While today ivns the official clos- ing (late for the drive itself, Adams explained, the war bond sales ef- fort must continue in .order to guarantee Texas the maximum credit it is entitled to. America nlsn' smashed over the top in the 16'billion-rlollar Fifth War Loan, secretary of the Treas- ury Henry Monnenthou, said in Washington announcing subscrip- tions have readied and will soar much higher when all returns are In. The secretary .said corporations have subscribed S12.400.000.00n, far beyond their ten-billion dollar goal! and individual purchasers linvc sub- scribed quotas through the remainder of July. Counties over the top on both the overall and Series E quotas In- clude: Andrews, Borden, CalUhan, Cole- man, Crockett, Fisher, ijfarlln, Mcn- ard, Reagan, Schleicher, Upton. Runnels, Shackelford; Sterling and Button. Over on. the overall only include: Crane, Ector, Glasscock, Haskell, Howard, Irion, Jones, Midland. Mit- chell, Nolan, Scurry, Taylor and 'font Green. Runnels'county reported over the top on both overall and Series E Saturday with figures released by W. J. Hembree of Ballinger, county chairman.- The overall sales were against a quota of while the E sales were against a goal of A breakdown by banking centers .showed the following salps in Run- nels county: Balllnger. and Winters and Winsate.. and Rowena 296; and Miles and 245.7. Rowena was the only town falling to' meet- 1U quota, Hcmbrec said. Colcman' county, which earlier in the week surpassed its overall goal, met the E securities quota yester- day. Coleman has sold against a'quota of on the overall and against 000 on the Es. R. C.- Couch, Haskell counly reported sales there had exceeded 'the overall coal by and that 95 percent of the Series E ?oal had been subscribed. Couch praised specifically Ihe wcrk of Wcinert in being the first com- munity to go over in both overall and Series E and in .clearing Its overall goal by the largest percent- age. Jones county overall sales were through yesterday against a quota of accord- ing to Chairman J. J. Stecle of An- scn. Steele also reported Hie Series F. figure at against the goal of Scurry county sales, have boomed to for the drive. lar over tho par, but the Series' E. sales of are still short of the goal of S225.0CO. SGT. WELDON MARSHALL Sgt. Marshall Ovalo, Missing Connell Decorated AMARILLG, July Brlu. Gen. Carl Connell. commanding officer of the Amnrilln Army Air Field, was awarded the ulstinpui.sh- cd Service Mednl at a special par- ade ceremony, here today. Maj. Gen. J, R. Chnney, com- manding: officer of Shcpnard Field, Wichita Falls, pinned the medal, second highc.st award of the War' and Navy departments. Trie Weather Three Ballinger Casualties Listed BALIJ.NGlfH, July A BaUJjigcr soldier 1m been killer! in action, another missing and a third wounded, it was learned here last week. Pvt. Teodora P. Verpen. who had previously been reported missing in action Is noiv listed as killed Jan. 26, In Italy, the War department has Informed his wife, Mrs. Elida B. Vergen. Pvt. Edgar F. Oray, son of Mrs. Minnie K. Tierce, has been miss- ing in action since June 3, the War department has reported. A letter received here from Lev! misscll, with a Marine corps de- tachment In the South Pacific, In- formed relatives that he tins been slightly wounded. iThree Casualties From Cross Plains CROSS.PLAINS, July B-fSpD Two Cross soldiers li.ive been listed as missing In action, and onii reported killed in Italy by the War Department, Clovis McDonald. 21. sou of Mr. and Mrs. Jrrry McDonald, has been missing in action 111 Italy since June 5. He war, opcr ator on .1 H-17 and had been in Italy abrfut four months. In sci vice since January. 1943. he fin- islicd hlRh school here nnd attend- ed Uraughon's business college in Abilene. Afton c. Adams, with the Third division In Italy, has been missing in action since May 23, his wife was informed Tuesday, of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Adams, he was em- ployed by the Review for 13 ye is LaVcllc.Potter, 21. alw of Cios Plains, was killed Jan. 29 In Italy where he was fighting with the 36th division. He was previously listed as mlssinc in action. OVALO. July (SpU Set. Wcltlon Marshall, 2fi, has been' missing in action since June j his prents, Mr. and Mrs. R. J. I Marshall of Ovalo and his wife, the former Agnes .South 8th, were informed Saturday. Waist gunner on a Flying Fort- ress, Sergeant ATanOmll had been stationed in Italy. Country over which he was lost was not given In the War department mp.ssase. In Ills letter, received around June 23, the flying ser- geant stated he had been on 18 missions over rneniy territory. He mentioned flying over numerous countries and once landing in Rus- sia. j Mrs. Mtil'Fhnll. employed a( Sears- Roebuck, their daughter. Pri.scilln, and Miti'MiaH's mother, for- merly of ale living In Abi- lene, j. Sergeant Marshal! enlisted In the; Air Force in June. 10-13, rrcfivrct basic trainini; at Anuinllo, won his as a gunner flt in; December. 19-13 nnd received com-] bat training Tampa, Fla. He is a ot Ovalo hiph school and attended in'. Abilene. When he enlisted he was employed in the nftict1 of thr traffic department, Austin, as a' photoMatic expert. WAC Technicians Sought by Command DALLAS, July Women liigh school graduates were offered the opportunity today to train for assignments In the Women's Army Corps as medical and surgical tech- nicians. Eighth Service Command head- quarters here said that applications would be received from -now .until July Ifl for the September session of the medical an surgical tech- nicians' school at Camp Atterbury, near Indianapolis, Ind., where ap- plicants will be trained for throe months following basic training. u. s. or HQnd.pjcked Texas Delegation Seen Anil.ENi: AM) VICINITV: Tnlr anil hot Snndav and Monday. HT.ST TEXAS: Drl'.v rlnuij.v Sun- day and Monday; flraltrrrd liinnilfr- ahou-era lalft Sunday In Panhandle M-fsl nf river. FAST TI1XAS: fair and hoi Silnil and Monday. Sal. I'll. noun A.M. X1.! HI I. BI'I K8 12...... Illrh .and low Itmperature !Ji: and lotv year: OS and IX la-t Sunitl lonlfhl: SAN ANTONIO, July San Antonio1 Express said tonight the credentials committee of (the national Democratic convon- jf lion plans lo recommend a hand- picked Texas delegation composed of delegates named by both the Texas Democratic convention and Hie rump colivenfion hold in Aus- lln May 23. The crcdrnllnls committee will nioct at Chicago on July 17, two days before -the convention's op- enini! day, to make up ft tempor- ary roll of 'de-legates that will be submitted when Chairman Robert K. ffnnncgan calls the convention to order. lo p.m. Hamr date Mrs. Ida Baitz Funeral Postponed STAMFORD. July R iSpl.) Funeral of Mrs. Ida BalU nf Old Glory was positioned until Sunday at 3 p.m.. at Ihe Lutheran church to' permit the arrival of a brother, Alvln Wulf, who Is sta- HoHert irj-. Alabama. The Rev. II. L. Wlcderandcrs of Abilene is toi officiate. Burial In the Drndden- brrtr cemetery will be directed by Klnney funeral home. Mrs. died Wednesday at the Stamford sanitarium. She Is survived by her husband, William Baltz. n son and a daugh- ter, her fatalicr, two brothers cud three Mstcrs. Enemy Flees Doomed City; Yanks Gain SUPREME HEADQUAR- TERS ALLIED EXPEDI- TIONARY FORCE, Sunday, July violent bat- tle unequalled since D-Day; raged for Caen last night with the British fighting into the northeast outskirts of the big' river port barring the road to Paris. Parts of the enemy; garrison were fleeing the doomed city before an earth- shaking bombardment of ari lillery and naval guns. (The German Transoceart news agency was heard broad- casting a report from head- quarters mandy commander, Field Marshal Guenther Von Kluge, saying the high command probably would its front" by moving back its lines at As the British loosed their biggest offensive, aimed at the heart of France, before dawn along a seven- mile front, U. S. troops fought out oi the iorcsls and bogs at the base of Cherbourg peninsula and launch- ed three blows southward which jeo- pardized nil German positions on the wt-slern end of the Iroiu. The enrmy'.s central front anchor of St. Jean ric Daye had been swept up in the whirlwind of attack, and the night supreme headquarters communique Indicated the same fate was near for (he coastal strcngpoint ol la Haye riu where patrols fought in the streets and dough- boys seized all commanding heights. stunned by the lerrific bomb- ardment frnm thousands'of guns and wave upon wave of bomb- rrs, out ccncralcd by an attack frnm tbr northeast when he looked fnr a blow from the northwest, field Marshal Envin Kommol .sccmctl imablc to react ivith his usual violence at Caen. Alter the British lind swept up nine towns guarding the northern approaches to the city, Rommel be- gan drawing on his stock of See REDS. Page B, Column 5 _ ROUNDED UP AT and young civilian prison- ers, rounded up hy Ammcniis while driving the Japanese hack on Snipim island, the curiosity ns Marines supplies on (ho beach. Tliesc people arc a mixture ol Koreans, Chnmorros, and n small percentage of JiinanciC. (AP Wircnhoto from Marine   

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