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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 14, 1944, Abilene, Texas                                WAR BOND BOX SCORE Overall Quota Scries E Series E Sales Thursday Series E Sales to Date MORNING VOL. LXIV, NO. 27 "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS JT A TBUS 3-U, NIWSPAPtt ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, JULY 14, 1944 PAGES Aiioclatal Prea (AP) Vnltct Prai (Vf.i FRIGE FIVE CENTS Pacific Oceon NEW GUINEA _. wliA., Arotura 5eo A, A AUSTRAIMd 0_____200 STATUTE MIIES JAPS TEY TO BREAK OUT OF WEWAK nese forces, trapped in the Wcwak area on British New Guinea, lost heavily attempting to break through Allied lines Aitape headquarters announced. (AP Wire- Iwo Jap Admirals Among Saipan Dead U. S. PACIFIC FLEET HEADQUARTERS, Pearl Harbor, l'Hy Japanese admirals, one of whom direct- ed the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Midway, died July 7 on Saipan, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz announced tonight in a communique. :One, Vice Adm. Chuichi Nagumo, was commander in odef of the central Pacific area of the imperial Japanese navy. He was in command of Japanese forces which attacked Pearl Harbor and in. command of the carrier task force which was wiped out at Midway. Just prior to his latest and fatal command, he was com- mandant of the Sasebo naval base on the Japanese main- land. Nimitz said Rear Admiral Yano was killed on the same day. Simultaneously he announced that dements of the second Ma- rine division had landed on Mania- gassa Island July 12 west longitude which is two miles north of Mutcho point on Saipan island, and con- trols the entrance of the import- apt Tanapag harbor. German Robots Used on Troops 'CONDON, mo: winged bomb's exploded in London and southern England today and members of Parliament demande additional information- about de tensive measures being .taken, it WRI that the Nazis had used tltf new weapon', agalhsc American troops in Normandy. In the early weelSrof'; thfl, Jfiva. sion there were frequent'.. reports that'the robot bombs were falling on the beachhead, with .at least oA identified by aviation ordnance officers and parts of another found. Stories atout them were placcc! under a censorship ban until today when they were released with specu- lation about the firing point de- fact that. Lt. Col; Geoffrey .-i -c A Ttnii M V an ftnt..- ie fact that. L. Co; eor of Avon, N., Y., an an aircraft liaison officer, observed fobot flying straight 'toward t ossi rnandy because failures. Alter southern England's first all- clear night in a month, an alert was sounded'by daylight and some metropolifiri districts were shaken 10 explosions, but the intensity of the attack continued to decrease. Souih coast' defenses appeared, to ce taking a heavy toll of the robob, which were exploding in the sea with concussions shattering shore v-ijidows. South's Economy Qwn Fault-Rainey DALLAS, July south occamc the economic problem num- ber one of the nation "because we thought that President Homer p Rainey of the University of Tex- ifltold a group of 250 cotton grow- ers, technicians and processors at- tending the fifth annual Cotton Re- search Congress nt a luncheon here today. "We let other parts of the coun- out-think us." TDiv Rainey said that the old south had a dream of establishing n "Greek democracy" on the rim of the gulf founded upon cotton and slave economy. The north also had a dream motivated by the in- itfitrlal era. It was apparent from the first that the two dreams would come into conflict. The south lost the economic conflict on the bat- tlefield and since then has been struggling with the carry-over of the grand dream. Through wrong linking "we have failed to balance the budget." The Weather U S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY: I-arlly 81 Utah and low lempn and II. IHlli and low (17 nnd Siinirl nl.ht: Sunrlie thlfl mornlnr: 0: Innill unlihll Wilno, Baltic Gateway, Falls; Capture of St. Lo Seems Near Seven More Towns Freed by Americans SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITION- ARY FORCE, Friday, July fall of St. Lo seemed imminent today as American doughboys stormed heights a mile and a half to the east in position to fire at point-blank range on escape routes and into the heart of the fortress itself, guarding all enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula front. The night communique from supreme headquarters reported further gains by the column of armor and infantry which fought to the outskirts of la Barre de Semilly, two miles east of St. Lo, and the Germans summoned echelons from the rear in an attempt to prevent a' break-through. Seven towns were swept up by Lt. Allies Lose 15 Invasion Ships, Seven American WASHINGTON, July the several thousand ships that look part in the June 6 invasion of Nor- mandy, 15 were lost, it was an- nounced American and eight British. American losses included three LONDON, July Alsiers radio, recorded by the ministry of information, said tonight underground resistance leaders from numerous places in Europe met recently "some- where in occupied Europe" and planned concerted and intensi- fied guerrilla action to coincide with the final Allied push to crush Germany. "passed.. Japanese suffered .heavy losses first attempt.'; to break out of a massive trap on the northern New Guinea coast, Gch. Douglas MacArthur reported today. The Japanese smashed into American outposts in a westward drive toward Aitape, despite a stream of bombs, artillery shells, machine gun fire poured on them by attacking planes. MacArthur's heavy bombers reached out toward the Philippines in their ninth raid this month on Yap while the Navy's ships or planes bombarded the Japanese- controlied U. S. naval station at Guam for the ninth consecutive day. Adm. Chester W. Nimitz an- nounced yesterday that cruisers and destroyers moved In Monday and for two days shelled Guam, a potential stepping stone from re- cently conquered Saipan island to the Philippines. Carrier borne bombers and rocket firing planes joined the attack Tuesday and carried it into Wednesday. No U. S. ships were hit and only one plane was lost. Bombs and rockets were also rained on Rota island, between Guam and Saipan. To the southwest Gen. Ha- fazo Adachi massed the re- maining strength of the 18th Imperial army to try to break through American lines in the Weivak-Aitape sector of New Guinea. Adachi's forcc, penned be- tween Australian and U. S. troops on a 130-mile stretch of coast, has dwindled from 000 to men under the Sec PACIFIC, Pg. 3, Col. 3 i destroyers and the former Grace liner Santa' Glara, renamed the transport Susan B. Anthony. The British admiralty in London said the Susan B. Anthony sank without the loss of a soldier. Mast of the aboard were 'trans- ferred to other ships with their equipment. Some 50 or more of tile 400 naval personnel aboard are unreported, but most are believed safe. American destroyers lost were the Corry, Glennon and the Meredith. Also lost were the destroyer Escort Rich, minesweeper Tide, and the fleet Tuo Partridge. Commanding officers of all vessels except the minespeeper survived, although two were wounded. The minesweeper's skipper, Lt. Comdr. Allord Barnwell Hayward, was killed in action. Total announced number of American naval craft lost since this country entered the war now stands at 160. British losses in the Normandy in- vasion included three destroyers, the Eoadicsa. Swift and Svenner, the frigates Mourne, Blackwood and Lawford, the trawler Lord Austin and the auxiliary Minister. The 8.183-ton Susan B. Anthony (Santa Clara) was one of the trans- ports that took part in the inva- sions of Nortli Africa and Sicily. During the Sicilian operation she was subjected to five night air at- during one of which she shot down two twin-engined bombers. So Sorry SAN PP.ANCISCO. July Aneta (Dutch news agency) dispatcli from New Guinea today reported that a board marking a grave in the Hollandia area bears this epitaph: I Dishonorable So sorry." Jap buried here. YANKS BATTER WAY TOWARD ARNO RIVER, GOTHIC BLOCK was no indication that American troops on (lie coast had progressed bo ond their last rconrtcd position cifihc miles from Livorno. where they had encountered withering enemy artillery fire from the hills. Inland from Lajatico other Allied forces prepared to assault four key road centers commanding the f.i- proachcs to the "Gothic line." After beating hack several savage Nazi counter-attacks, French Colonials won positions from which they could strike at Poggibonsi, which guards both the Elsa river valley approach to thc Arno and the main hichwav northeast to Florence 21 miles away. Mai. Gen. Nathan Twlninc, com- mnmicr of the U. S. 15th (Strategic) Air Force in Italy, told correspond- ents that German fighter opposi- tion in heavy bomber attacks on orno, whose strong defenses vlr- Dj] fnciilllcs was "Betting tunlly have stalled an American j toucher every time we have to go back to ft target. TwininK disclosed lhat twin-en- gined P-3B Lightnings, already known as the aerial work horses of Ihc Mediterranean, now have been fitted lo carry four 500-pound ROME, July American troops have captured thc German stronghold of Lajatico, n miles in- land from the Italian west coast, In some of the bitterest fighting In weeks and tonight were report- ed batlering their way .slowly down the Era valley toward the-' Arno river, first great obstacle, in the enemy's "Gothic line" defenses. Lt. Gen. Mark W. Clark's dough- boys cleaned out the last German suicide squads in Lajatico yesterday, and pressed on northward in their drive to flank the big port of Llv- Al.GIERS, July ro Lcitao Da Cunha. Brazilian envoy, announced today (Jiat Brazil's expeditionary force will arrive In Naples shortly to join Ihc Unltc'l Nations forces. push directly up thc coast for thc past week. Late dispatches placed thc flank- ing forces less than n dozen miles from thc point where the Ent river empties into thc Arno northeast of Livorno, whence thc broad Arno valley stretches westward to the ica between LJvorao and Pisa. There bombs and predicted they would prove a dcvr.statlni! weapon against German forces In Italy, Gcn.vOmar N. Bradiey's doughboys, who were on the move in a slugging advance all along the 30-mile flam- ing battlefront that put them with- in three miles north of the enemy's central Periers and two miles north of the coastal strongpoint of Les- say. Supreme headquarters broadcast a new warning to fishermen to stay out of .coastal waters from Bayonnc, near the Spanish frontier, to the west Frisian islands off the north- west ooast of Germany renewing orders expiring last night. The Americans moved to (he attack .on St. Lo after an.dpen- 'Get-man's stunned and sickened in their foxholes. Associated Press Correspond- ent Uon Whitchcad, picturing thc blazinff battle in the green countryside of hedgerows, said a staff officer declared the cnemys position in the ancient Norman- dy city was untenable. _ Americans on the ridge, which points like a dagger at St. Lo's fjanks. were pressing sioivly toward tlie city, while the enemy, waiting in tanks and behind the hedges, was putting up stiff resistance. Sound trucks were wheeled up within a few score yards of the front lines, and broadcasts told Ger- mans wanting to surrender to lie in the grass and wait until the infan- try came up. St. Lo itslef was another battered town in tile line of battle, witli streets piled high with debris, its buildings wrecked by days of artil- lery pounding, said French civilians who slipped into the American lines. Tlie Americans swung around to the east in the encircling move aft- er driving to within a mile and a half of the city on the north yester- day. Threatened on the southeast, facing a frontal attack from the north, and an encircling: column coming down from the north- west, Ihe Germans iverc reported digging into thc ruins of St. Lo for a last-ditch defense. The Americans drove around to the east of the city today after hav- ing reached n point a. mile and a half away to the north on Wednes- day. Now the Americans can fire into the town at point-blank range and sweep tlic roads radiating out to the south, and tlie only reason for the enemy remaining in St. Lo is for delaying action, front dispatches said. The artillery barrage pound- ing thc German defenses to hits far overshadowed the robot bombs, which arc bcinjr lobbed into American positions in Nor- mandy, censorship disclosed. The robot bombs' inaccuracy and tlie lack of massed targets tnaiic this pot-luck counter barrage seem insignificant. On (lie east end of the front. Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery was turning his forces southward preparatory to cleaning out thc bloody triangle formtd by tlie Ornc and Odon rivers with Caen at the apex. Maltot was recaptured, but cast of the Arnc above Caen the Ger- mans recaptured Colonbtlles. Between St. and Periers, Gen. Bradiey's troops rcoccupicd le De- scry, which was evacuated after a German ccuntcrattack the day be- fore, completed Ihc mop-up of St. Andrew do Hohon, took Gorna.v and pushed on through part of Hols du Hommct, a thick wood which Ihc enemy has been using (or a supply dumped. B-17 Navigator From Colorado City Missing COLORADO CITY, July 13. Grover c. Williams, navi- gator on a B-17, has been missing in action in the air over Austria since June 26, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Williams, have been in- formed. Former residents of Color- ado City, his mother and father now live in Fort Worth. Lieutenant Williams a t tended school here and is a graduate of Colorado City high school. Shortly after his graduation he enlisted in the army air corps as a ground crew LT. GROVER C. WILLIAMS member. Stationed for 16 months at Barranquin Field, Puerto Rico, he had advanced-to the rating or staff sergeant when he was ordered back to the United States for flying training. :i: He commissioned at San Marcos, Tex., last August and was landed in England in Jaminry. He holds the Air Medal and two oak leaf clusters for air missions over enemy territory. As nearly as his sister, Mrs. Edison Wilson of Col- orado City, can tell from frequent letters lie had completed nearly 50 missions when reported missing. Letters to his sister related his transfer from a base in England to a field in Italy three days be- fore D-D.iy. A younger sister, Jane Williams, Is a government stenographer em- ployed in Washington, D. C. Smith Funeral At 5 p.m. Today Funeral for William Robert Smith. 17, son of Mrs. A. D. Coats, 1739 North 10th. who fell from a window in tile Blackstone hotel at Fort Worth late Wednesday, is to lie at 5 p. m. today in the Grace Meth- odist church. The Rev. Aubrey White cf Fort Worth is to officiate, GENERAL ROOSEVELT Young leddy Dies in Truck In Normandy WITH AMERICAN TROOPS IN NORMANDY, July Geri, Theodore Roosevelt Jr., the soldier son a soldier fa- braved death in three invasions and many bat- tle fields in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and France, died ot a heart attack last night at as hc rested quietly in a captured German-truck. General Roosevcll. had been using the truck for Irs office and bed- room the past few days. The son of the former president was assistant commanding general of the fourth infantry division. He died two hours, after a visit with his son, Qurntin, who captain in the fighting first infantry division in which the general served as de- puty commander earlier in the war. Tomorrow Rocscveli, one of the best beloved generals in Ihc Army, is lo be burled in the fourth divi- sion military cemetery and his body v.-ill rest in the soil of the same country where his brother, Quciv tin was killed in the la.st war. Although stricken with a slight heart attack four days aco Roose- knobbed cane, wide grin and bald head were a familial' sight at many a frcnt. line artillery observation post insisted on con- tinuing his strenuous daily tours to encourage nnd hi.s troops. Like hi.s father bclorc him Roose. veil believed in leading "Hie strenu- lilc' and hi.s compact physique and battc-rcd nose looked a little like ihn laic Knute Rccknc of Notre Dame .showed lie lived Returning yesterday, however, hc felt tired and admitted to his son, who was severely wounded in tile Tunisian campaign, that "the old i.s preliy well worn." The general, despite his SO years, led a battle life that would have taxed a boy of 20. assisted by the Rev. A. J. Jones, pastor. Pallbearers are to be Bill Crow, Harold Eoyd Harvey, Gene Goltz, DaUon Haincs Paul Frost, and Bud- dy Page. Elliotts funeral home is in charge of arrangements. Smith1 had been employed as a bellboy for Hotel in Fort I Worth for the past three works. His death was said to be suicide iu a verdict returned by Justice cf Peace Gus Brown. He and two other bellboys had gcria and Sicily. rented rooms at llu1 Blackstom: j Then hf; served as African licad- Tue.sday. Hc fell from Ihc nth j (martins lliii.scii officer witli thc floor to the roof of the two-story French in the Mediterranean bc- ballroom annex south of thc h'tel. fom taking over his present post He is survived by his niolhrr nr.ci t' Ihc fourth division. Hc re- id- j cpivcd the Purple Heart award li- Nazis Killed, Taken in City LONDON, July gateway (o the Baltic and capital of the Soviet Lithuanian republic since 1940, fell to the Red army today after five days of street fighting in which more than Germans were killed and cap- tured, Moscow announced tonight, while continuing advances to the southwest placed the Russians less than 30 miles from the borders of east Prussia. Several hundred towns and villages were taken in the gen- eral Soviet advance all along the central, Baltic and Finnish fronts, the Soviet midnight communique announced, with noteworthy gains being made in the steady encirclement of Daugavpils, big rail hub in southern Latvia. One of the day's significant ad- vances was in the center, where the Soviet communique as record- ed by the Soviet monitor said Rus- sian' troops took the town of Huz- hany, 60 miles northeast of Brest- Litovsk, anchor-point on the Ger- mans' next defense line, and bor- der city In the 1930 German-Rus- sian partition of Poland. This represented an advance of 20 miles from previously re- ported Soviet and confirmed German broadcasts earlier In tlic day admitting- that the had broken through a German security line in that region. The Soviet communique also made official Berlin's day reports of withdrawal in the north, where Generals Andrsl I. Yere- menko. and Ivan. C. BaRramiaii were pounding toward the Baltic sea. Fall of Wilno first was announc- Munich Suffers Heavy Damage From Bombing' LONDON, July nications and other war targets concentrated around Munich lay twisted nnd cmoklng tonight, ham- mered into wreckage during ths day by more than 1.000 American heavy bombers vhich smashed asainst this fourth largest German, city for the third day in a row and finally forced the German air force to come up and fight. The great fleet of Hying For- tresses and Liberators, completing an unprecedented 00-hour assault on installations confined to such a small area, also pounded Saar- bruckcn. 200 miles west of Munich, as the Allies pressed a cieantlo campaign to isolate ths'. German homeland from battlefronts on all sides. two days, when .the derman air force failed to put n siiiRlr Interceptor In fhn Air, Nazi fighters made attacks on the bomber fleet, adding to anti- aircraft fire described officially aa moderate to intense. Ten American ed n an order of the day by 8nd fjve {lgMets from an slml Stalin, which ordered a cscm.t forcc of 500 to rcturnt salvo salute from 324.Moscow can- non and cited his younger son, Vasilly, an air forcc colonel, for participation in the capture. Vas- sily was cited three days previous- ly for aiding in the capture of Lida. The sniokc-.sinolhereil city oi 200.000 de: niakhovsky's third White Kassian army finally liquidated I lie Gcr man garrison, which had Longtime Resident German planes were shot out: of the air, six by tire bombers and two by fighters. vainly reinforced by parachutists. The, were reluctant to yield the clly, which is a center linking While Russia, Poland and the RaUie states out from fiic very inception thrir ferocious liousr- io-housc resi.star'-c, they wore by-passed by larjre Ifussian force's which sped past the cily in .1 UT.stir.-mJ flrive (hat pave prospects tonight of So- viet soldiers fijtlitimr on Grr- man fathcrlnml soil by the end of (he week. Aflcr n fh'TC weeks illness Mrs. frank Stephens. 78. (lied at lur home one oast of Abilene ab p.m. Thursday. Mrs. the former Lucy M. Boucher, was born In Stephen- villc June 3, 18GO, and was rled there in 1B88. Witli her band and children she moved to Abilene three yean, ago. She is survived by her husband, and five children. Andy, Bill, and Mrs. Justion Rumbo of Abilene, George of Ft. Ouster. Midi., and Mrs. Emma Clark of Stcphenville; a sister, Mrs. Mary Pendley. Talpa; and 11 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pletc pending word from Georpe Officer Is Promoted STANTON, July 13-Proinntcel lo first lieutenant, SltfrllnR Stumps, soil of Mr. and Mrs. Sum Stnmps, is serving wllli the nir forms In England, filnci1 receiving 'be Aid Meclal, Llrntrnnnl. Slamrs has been awarded the oak leaf duitcr, He fousht in France in (he first world war with the first infantry division which always was closest to lii.s heart. He made the amphlbi- in Al- Mcanwhilc. strong forces had ___ maincd to clean out Wilnn. Only; Stephens and will bs an'iouncci Thursday morning n. lied Star cor- later from the Kikcr-Warren I respondent wrote that the remain- oral home. iiiK Germans wore "in a Male of and clcscribfd common soldiers as striving lo surrender, only to be shot down by storm troopers and Gestapo men. Re- pealed parachute reinforcements were shot out of the sky or foil on Rate Cut Asked WASHINGTON, July The United States is preparing to urge Britain to cooperate in cut- power linos and roofs, lie said. ting world communications rates The prisoners taken hail orders i to encourage a fuller interchange mm Hitler to fight to the death of news after the war, i! was re- fer thc city, Russian accounts said. I ported authoritatively today. slcp-fatlicr: his paternal mother, a Mrs. Smith ol Fort Worth; j thc last war and added two clustels maternal grandmother. Mrs. Lola Tidwell of Abilene; a Mrp-sis- tcr. Betty Jo Coats of Abilene. PAW Plans Slash In Anli-Knock Gas WASHINGTON, July 13- A sharp cut, in thc nnti-knoclt con- tent of regular-grade is reported under consideration by the Petroleum Administration for War. lo it during I he campaigns in the Mediterranean whcie he often wor- ricd the by his daring and dlM-ecnvd "f personal safely They loved him lor liir. informal ways and thc cheery words lie had when Ihc was "General Roosevelt really was a i battle casually." said Maj. Gen. R. O. Hal ton, division 'commander. "All day loin; he rode tlie lines. I-Ic himself In fact, lie born out at command posts chcirring I ho men, helping com- nrmler; and me. He was reports, from authoritative, Komlrmaii I have ever known with- out, c.vcrplion. sources, predict PAW will dl rent refiners lo reduce the tetra- ethyl lead content of ordinary "housebrand" gasoline irom 72 to 10 octane, to provide more of I lie fluid for .Meeply incrrasccl de- mands of air force inmmandrrs. Against Wallace "There is not n GI soldier in the fourth division but will feel his loss severely and lhat goes for tile ami too." Before 1m di-n.'.i Roosevelt hart iiiadt' plans to rriurn lo thc battle trout today. TULSA. Okla.. July wn get MI Senator Elmer Thomas (D-Oltla) rnrjv morning as hc ex- In a telegram lotlay lo Democratic a big said his aide, Lt. National Chairniaij Robcrl. Han- negan. urged anainsl, Ihc1 rcncnima- tlou of Henry Wallace as President Roosevelt's mate in the 10.14 election. "I feel Hut Ihe best inlrrrsls of Ihc country would be i-rivr-d if we .'irctrd a new vice president, Thomas told Hanncgan. Marcus O. Kt.evrn.son, San Anto- nio, 'lex., who had been with him cvf-r ilnce Roosevelt, received his slar In December, 1012. Lieutenant sievr-nxon said Roose- velt had been purllcularly happy because the ordnance boys had flx- Kcc 1'OUNO TDIJUV, fg, 3, Col. S "OLD DRIVIC" AND HIS RESCUERS-OliI Drive, Jfl-year- old coon hound, sits quietly nmidst his rescuers, who freed him from a Ifl-dny imprisonment in a subterranean cave, near LcslcrviUc, Mo., into which he crawled while trailing a raccoon. His owner, Jake Ujjlil, is lit his nghl, witli Ufihfs son, Henry, on thc left. Mrs. Light, who served hot food to thc rescuers, is in thc right foreground. (Al   

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