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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 7, 1944, Abilene, Texas NtWS 'FEATURES, 'JEUMATS, Sbtlene Reporter "WITHOUT OR OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT COESY'-Bvron MOHNING LXIV, NO. 81 A TEXAS NKWSPAPIB ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 7, 1944 -TWELVE PAGES Associated Press IAP) I'nltei Press FIVE CENTS Russians Surge into Yugoslavia LONDON, Thursday, Sept. The Red army ha smashed across the Danube into Yugoslavia to join with th Yugoslav Partisans, Marshal Tito's radio station broadca's today shortly after the nightly Russian communiqu had announced capture Turnu-Severin, on the Romaniar 'Jink of the river. The Russians did not announce a crossing into Yugo- slavia, and Tito's broadcast gave no details, but the devel- opment was entirely reasonable, particularly since Mos- cow dispaiches Have said (he Hed army often has outrun j official statements by 10 miles or more. Tito's broadcast did not state that a juncture had yet been made between his Partisans and the Russians, but the fact that he was able to announce the Russian arrival indicated some connection already existed. Paired with the spectacular dash of more than 50 mile; -Westward in a single day in Romania, the Russians gavi equal or greater mention to capture on the Polish front o. the Narcw river fortress of Ostroleka in a hard-slogging gain of two miles through some of the heaviest German defenses. This victory, extending an outflanking movement agains Warsaw and creating an ominous new threat to East Prussia 26 miles northward, was won after five successive strong German counter-attacks were beaten back, the Soviet com- munique said. The twin widely contrasting in type and location, both calamity for the Germans, whose radio commentators, apparently having written off the Balkans, took a far graver view of the offensive toward East Prussia and outflanking Warsaw. Capture of Turnu-Severin, at the downstream end of. the famous Dnnube rapids known as the "Iron promised immediate juncture of Soviet forces with the Yugoslav Partisans of Marshal Tito and threat- early completion of a line of steel clear across the ton of the Balkan The noose was tighten------------------------------------------- J. R. Spaulding Dies Suddenly f-im I salute ing for the Germans in Bulgaria, Greece, Yugoslavia and Albania. The drive isolated Bulgaria, al- ready crying for an armistice in the v.'ar that Russia declared on her lesday night, and crushed the last glimmering German hopes of mak- ing any serious stand in the Bal- bans. The way lay open for Russians and Yugoslavs to prod into the PQmearian plain against the last i.miaining Axis satellite of any con- sequence. The coinciding victory in Poland, for all its small advance in miles, was heralded by an order of the day J Premier Stalin and a 12-salvo from 124 Moscow guns. The advance was pressed through some of the thickest defensive posi- tions on the whole eastern front and succeeded in clearing the east bank oL the Narew river, an important dfrman line, the Soviet communique said. Stalin's recognition of the suc- cess may mean that the armies there have been ordered to in- j-ade East Prussia from the southern untlcr-sicle. Warsaw, already outflanked at a distance, was stiil the scene of bitter fighting, with the Russians renouncing they had improved their northeast of the suburb of Praga and had recaptured Wolo- min. 10 miles northeast; which has changed hands several times. John H. Spaulding, 80, Abilene's first automobile dealer and last sur- viving founder of the First Baptist church here, died unexpectedly at his home. 1109 North 16th, at p. m. Wednesdaj', following a heart attack. Apparently in the best, of health, Mr. Spaulding yesterday morning usual.as bookkeeper for the 'Abilene Machine companj', but told his wife on coming home to lunch he was short of breath and Sulgars Get in Qn Allied Side BULLETIN ANKARA, Sept. Bul- garia was reported today to have notified Britain, Russia, and the United States lhat she ias declared war on Germany. LONDON, Sept. 6 Bul- garia, frantically struggling to get out of the war. seemed on the edge of an internal upheaval as Mos- cow radio urged tile population to fate in your cwn hands." Unconfirmed reports from other sources pictured Soviet troops al- ready marching into the cornered ind bewildered country. The repmc of Premier Con- frantinc Mvraviev, confronted by n Kussian declaration of war in tbe very midst of its efforts to wriggle out of war with the Un- ited States and Great Britain, appealed to Moscow for an arm- iviibout waiting for the entry of Soviet troops. At the same time the Bulsors paved .the way for a possible Bul- garian declaration of war against thfir former ally Germany by ac- cJRmg Nazi troops of attacking and capturing units of the Bulgarian army. (Sofia radio, heard by the Feder- ni communications commission, an- nounce. i that, all German troops in B-jJgarin had been interned. McCarrcm's Rival Concedes Defeat CARSON CITY, Nov. Sept, 6-W) Pat McCarran, hailed as an Independent thinker and criticized ns an isolationist, was assured Ne- fada's Democratic senatorial nomi- lintlon todny as his opponent, Lt. Dov. Vail Hitman, trailing by votes, conceded defeat in one ortlils stnte's hottest campaigns. With all hut. 22 of the 283 pro- ducts report ing. the 08-year-old I shr.irumn of the senate Judiciary ionimlllcc hnrt lO.OM votes to Pitt- Man's as results yesterday's JOHN R. SPAULDING had a touch of indigestion. He de- clined to permit her to call a doc- tor, retiring to his bedroom for a brief rest before going back to work. When Mrs. Spaulding entered the room a few minutes later, he was unconscious and lived but a moment thereafter. Funeral service, in charge of the Laughter funeral home, are pend- ing arrival of relatives. Mr. Spaulding was born In Illi- nois March 8, 1864, a short time with his parents in Ala- bama before moving to Texas as a joy. He came to Abilene from Mexia when he was 17. accompanied by his brother, Will, two sisters and hir, mother. The family spent Ihc fir.sl night near Elnldale and Mr. Spaulding: frequenlly fold of tbe excitement of seeing the antelope Ihere run across tbe (racks with curiosity In front See SPAUI.DING, Pf. 2, Col. 5 LIGHTS COME ON AGAIN SEPT. 17 IN BRITAIN AFTER FIVE-YEAR WAR BLACKOUT LONDON, Sept. lights will come on again in Britain Sept. 17. The Ministry of Home Security announced tonight a re- laxation of rigid blackout regulations which have kept the country in darkness for five years. Heavy black drapes and shutters no'longer will be required on windows except in a few special coastal areas. Street lights will be much stronger. Much brighter illumination will be used around docks, shipyards, railroad yards. Daytime firewatching will be discontinued and other civilian defense assignments will be reconsidered, said Herbert Morrison, minister of home security. Although the end of the flying bomb war against southern England and London is believed In sight and the luftwaffe has not visited the country since June 7, Morrison cautioned the citizenry to be ready to resume their civil defense duties in the event of further attacks. There is liule likelihood of any simultaneous tin-owing of a r.witch to end the blackout overnight. It will be a gradual process due to the necessity of changing bulbs, but it will not, take Londoners long to rip down the black drapes which shed a mantle of glnom over the country during the five years of war. A week ahead of the blackout suspension, Sept. 12. fireguard duties at night will cease in all Britain except London and the eastern coastal areas. Automobile headlights, which permit only a slit of light to shine through, will remain unchanged for the present. Bicycle and motor- cycle headlights may be used without screening. Under the new regulations windows must be'curtained only so that objects Inside the building arc not distinguishable from the outside. Tills will enable ordinary peacetime curtains or blinds to be used. 3rd Stalled; 1st Moving French Race For Dijon lo Cut Off Foe ROME, Sept. 6 (AP) French troops pursuing Ger- man forces trying to escape :rpm the debacle in southern France have swept through Chalon-sur-Sacne and tonight were believed approaching the communications center of Di- on, 38 miles to the north. Dijon is 110 miles north of Lyon and nearly 300 ,miles from the )eaches where the Allied Seventh army landed just over three weeks ago. It is less than 90 miles from he Belfort gap into southwest Ger- many. Only about GO miles separat- ed the speeding French column from Americans of Lt. Gen. George S. ration's U. S. Third army, who last were reported at Bar-sur-Seinc in their push southeastward from the Paris area. A junction of the French- American forces would trap every German soldier remain- ing in souihcrn and western France. American troops rolling up the ast bank of the Saone occupied he village of St. Germain du Plain, ight miles southeast of Chalon- ur-Saone, after 'a brisk fight with
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