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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 10, 1944, Abilene, Texas [Navy Turns Guns on Palaii; Troops Hop Nearer Halmahera -STORY IN COLUMNS 2 AND 3 SUNDAY "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY 'AS IT GOES.'-Byron LXIV, NO. 84 A TWAS 3-U, lOWSPAFB ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 10, 1944 PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Press IAP) Vvltei Press PRICE FIVE CENTS Nazis Striking Mo Soviets 30 Miles From Turkey; War With Bulgarians Calledoff Port Seized; Nazis Report Polish Drive LONDON, Sunday, Sept. 1 (AP) Russian force sweeping 100 miles into Bu ffaria yesterday occupied th dig Black sea port of Burga only 30 miles from the Turkis frontier, as Moscow announ ed the end of its short-live war with Bulgaria. of. the Black sea under Admiral E. S. fie Oktyabrsk Sevastopol hero, aided in the sei ure of Burgas, 52 miles south Bulgaria's other main seaport, Va na, taken Friday. In one of the shortest wars in history Soviet troops were ordered to cease military opera- tions against Bulgaria effective at 10 p. m, (2 p. m. Central War time) last night, "In view of the the Bulgarian government severed relations with Ger- war on Ger- many, ami asltetl the Soviet gov- ernment for an said (he broadcast Moscow state- ment. iJjThe occupation of Burgas put tl: Russians under Gen. Feodor I. To bukhin, Third Ukraine nrmy con mander, only 80 miles from Greec in the swift drive to annihilate capture Germans estimate to be cut off in that country an Jugoslavia. The Bulgarians are estimated t have 20 good divisions which the can hurl into the battle agains their former comrades-in- arms, th And with the seizure of Bur gas the Russians have another vai uable port with which to quicke the conquest of the Balkans. Berlin announced that the Reel army had begun a new of- .fensive in southern Poland aim- at last big baston guarding- the invasion path into German Silesia, and the Rus- sians announced rapid gains in 'northeastern and central Ro- mania in the drive on Hungary, ijtfast big Axis satellite nation. Gen. Rodion Y. Mnllnovsky's sec oiul Ukraine army units moving to ward the plains of Hungary ad winced 34 miles in 24 hours from Sibiu in Transylvania, taking tin rail city of Alba Julia, only 103 mile, (ftjm the prewar Hungarian front- ier. Baird Lieutenant captive of Nazis Lt. Morris H. Cooke, first pilot on E-n Flying Fortress and missing In action since June 23 over Rom- 'ijia, is a prisoner of war of the government, hLs wife, anc I.T. MORRIS II. COOKE wrenls, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Cooke, <C' of Baird, have been officially lotlfletl. Lieutenant Cooke. also hns been warded the Air Medal nnd two oak cat clusters, his wife nnd parents lave been advised. Tlic B-17 pilot Jlfl been overseas since March. wife and their two ycnr old laughter hnvo been mnklng their lomo with his parents In Bnird went overseas. Bombs Hit Japs Over Vast Area By the Associated Press Warships turned their big guns Wednesday on the Palau islands in what may be the. beginning of- the long expected three way am- phibious attack on Japanese bases there and at Yap and Halmahera needed by American troops before they retake the Philippines. At least one amphibious move toward Halmahera was made .Thursday when General AlacArihur's troops seized Soepiori island just west of Biak in Geelvink hay. Blistering American air attacks continued over a vast area. Manado, on the northern tip of Celebes, was hammered with a 150- ton, bomb load. Widespread damage was caused with some oil dump! being-set afire. Liberators, .Mitchells and Lightnings pounded gun posi- tions and airdromes on Halmahera without challenge In the air. Great numbers of carrier based planes worked Palau, also, the Tokio radio said. .The-enemy radio that battleships and cruisers shelled Islands in the Yap group. Adm. Chester W. Nimiii" headquarters in the Pacific announced the surface arid air assault on Palau. The Navy release said build- Ings and defense installations on Anguar were blasted as the battle- ships, cruisers and destroyers opened up on the southernmost island of the Palau Communications facilities at Pelcliu island were torn and bombs blew up supply clumps. Large fires were started on Koror, A. Japanese air radio station and fuel dump felt the brunt of the attack? on Arahabcsan island. .There was little fire. None of the attacking ships, which usually, soften "up invasion beaches for thousands of troops, suffered any damage in tlie attack. The Navy announcement also told of new attacks on the Bonin anc Volcano islands, nearer Japan proper. Army bombers pounded Iwo Jima on Wednesday nnd Thursday, One of four Japanese planes in the air was believed destroyed. Liberators damaged a cargo vessel In the harbor of Chihi Jima in the Bonins. Other air attacks were made on Pagan island in the Marianas and against Truk, the Marshall and Nauru island. Maj. Gen. Kenyro Sato of the Japanese war ministry broadcast that 20th bomber command Superfortresses had followed up their heavy attack' on Japanese war industry at Anglian, in southern Manchuria, with a 10 plane raid. The enemy ineffectually raided the Superfortress base in retaliation. In Washington It was announced that one Superfortress in the big raid had tailed to return and was presumed to be lost. War-torn China felt growing Japanese strength there as hordes of the Nipponese smashed down the Hunan-Kwangsi railway and broke into Tungan, important town 90 miles from Kweilin, capital of Kwangsi pro- vince. Bloody street fighting ensued after the Japanese entered the city The enemy troops dashed 95 miles from Hengyang, capturing the Ameri- can air base of Lingling on the way. Albany Sailor Dies in Action ALBANY, Sept. James Johnson Goodman, ship's cook first class, of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Qoodman of Albany, was killed in a land mine explosion 3 while service, the Navy department las notified the parents. The young man was bom Sept. i4. 1921, in Frost, Tex., and was jraduated from Mortens high chool in 1940. He volunteered to the Navy July 2, 1940. and trained at San Diego, Calif. He was assigned o ship duty in 1940 and served two ears in the Pacilic and two years n the Atlantic. He was a member of the Baptist tiurch. I Survivors are his parents; a tions arc indicated." Gulf Storm to Move in Today NEW ORLEANS. Sept, A tropical "disturbance" moving in from the Gulf of Mexico is expected by weather bureau observers to strike the Texas coast Sunday morning between Galveston and Port Arthur. "Whirls will begin Increasing on the iipprr Texas and west Loui- siana coasts tonight." a 3 p.m. central war time, weather bu- reau communique .said. "But velocities are not expected to exceed 45 miles per hour In heavier squalls as center moves inland." The communiques said tides were expected to be "considerably above normal but no dangerous condi- rather. Pfc. John M. Goodman New Guinea; a sister, Mrs Haskell Woodward, Dallas; ant grand moth Mi s. Goodman, -Mortens, and Mrs. Beu- h Johnson, Frost. Greeks to Naples LONDON, Sept. Cairo idio said today the seat of the reek government has been shifted om Cairo to the Naples area. The Weather K. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY: Cloudy inday and Monday. fooler Mom' WEST TEXAS: Grnrrnlly fair (i and Monday, cxrrpt rlnurty olrr Panhandle Sunday aftrrnnon anhanrttr xtirf South Sun phi. Cooler Monday. FAST TEXAS: Partly Hoinly In do day. Haln rnitrsl and rxln ft smithrasl portion. Monday p Mnudy. rnolcr rslrrmr noHltv ion. nnrlheiM storm warnlnim are Inyrd from Fri-rpnrt northward. 71 i anrt 1 .11.. .12.. m Blur" (o 0 p.m. tow nine date d'nrf INT! nlnht: morninr: Tlie nt 2 p.m. was located about 200 ini'es southeast of Corpus ChrJ.sU. Tex., and said to be moving Inland at from 12 to ]5 mil (is per hour with winds of 400 miles per hour velocity near the Small craft on the Texas and Louisiana roasts were edvised to remain in pnrt. Allied Troops Are 25 Miles From Belfort ROME, Sept. 9 Two Allied columns comin up from southern' Franc struck today to within. 2 miles of the sentinel city Belfort, whose fortification bar the way .through a moun tain gap into the plains be fore Germany's frontier on th Rhine, 30 miles east of th :ortress. i The Germans, who fought han ,n Besancon, broke 'and" ran unde American blows and Allied, head quarters said doughboys now ha covered at least' half 'of .the 4 niles from Besoncon to Belfort. It was likely that patrols, mov ing swiftly after' resistance wa crushed in Besancon's streets .d adavnced even nearer to th city. (A Swiss frontier dispatci Friday said the Americans wei within 10 miles of Belfort, and tha ,he battle for the city had begun. French troops fighting up throug! Jura mountains seized th :owns of Pierre Fontaine am Maiche, the latter 25 miles south o Belfort. These twin drives seemed, to be outraging German forces trying to hold open the .roads branching- out from milM_west of.B.Cfajicon. The Germans were offering ttif resistance to the French moving up along a 40-mile front to within 2 niles of Dijon at one point. But i hey let the Americans reach. Bel' ort before them tiiey May ncvei ;et back to the Fatherland. The Germans suffered a great ndustrial blow In this fighting, foi he French overran a rich steel uid coal region lying about 45 miles outh of Dijon. The Schneider met- allurgical works, with a capacity f tons of steel annually, is n the area. Store than no miles south of the battle for Bclforf, Ameri- can forces plunging deep into the Alps ivhere peaks rear to feet were attacking Bri- ancon, seven miles from the Italian frontier. Here the Germans were trying to old open the St. Genevre pass into taly. Overhead the Allies had an ag- ;ressive aerial cover which de- trowed or damaged 12 locomotives, of them caught in the area Belfort haulting trains loaded f 'ith soldiers. A number of the roop carrying cars were destroyed. artisans Storm Toward Danube LONDON, Sunday, Sept. Tito's Partisan nrmles, ghting toward the Danube, storm- d into the river and highway toivn f Zajecar in eastern Serbia yes- "rday in a drive carried within x miles of the Bulgarian border, le free Yugoslavia radio announc- l today, A special broadcast communique aid Tito's forces now were within 0 miles of the Danube, Surprised German General Is Killed WITH U. S. SEVENTH ARMY TROOPS AT BFSANCON. Frnmw, Sept. Gen. Avel Schmidt, a Gorman division commander, became one of the first high-ranking enemy officers actual- ly lo be killed on the front line in a fight here today. Apparently unaware of Ilif prns- nce of American troops in (his sec- tor, the German general iva.s flus- Iratort when lie encountered a smnll group of doughboys. Instead of MIr- he turned and ran fran- tically. He had gone only a shorl disfanrc when a volley of rifle and ommygun bullets cut him down. Cannon Planes in Jse on Carriers WASHINGTON, Sept. annon-flring warpl.ines, the first ever built for operation from an aircraft carrier, are in operation against the Japanese, the Navy dis- closed today. DEATH CONFIRMED A captured German general Sat urday confirmed reports (hat Field Marshal Gen. Guenthe von Klttge above is dead. The same general said Field Mar- shal Gen. Erwin Rommel has been seriously wounded. Ike Will Flash V-DayfoU.S. WASHINGTON, Sept. 9- Tlie Office of War Information and the Wai1 and Navy departments said a joint statement today that rumors of Germany's surrender should not be accepted unless con- firmed by Gen. Dwiglrt D. Eisen- supreme All'.od. commander Jrf the European -theater of opera tions. The statement said In pnrt: "It is quite possible that there will be no single day which can be called (he end of the war with Ger- many. Instead of a surrender en nasse, the German armies may gradually disintegrate nnd surren- der If there should be a general surrender, headquarters of he Allied Expeditionary Force will je the first to know It. According- y, no rumors of surrender should accepted unless confirmed by Gen. Eisenhower." Snyder Man Freed Of Romania Prison SNYDER, Sept. ?gt. Donald E. McGlatin of Snycler las been Ireed from a Nnzi prison n Romania, and tonight his rela- ives and friends wondered how he will cable and telephone hem. Nadell Wilson, to whom he. is en- gaged, tonight received a letter rom him, saying he had been reed from Romanian prison No. 2 .nd was back in Italy. "I'm broke and as soon as I can ;et enough money together I'll able you." Sergeant McGlaun in the latter, (Intel Sopl. 2. In a few clays I'll be in a place here I can telephone vou.1' Son of Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Mc- rlaun of Snydcr, the non-com was turret gunner and assistant ra- iomnn in a B-17 when he went own over Romania April 24. load to Berlin By the Associated Tress front: 312 miles (from Jl.side 355 miles (from France: mllre rom point between Uesancon nnd front: 58.1 miles (from elow zelle Troop Rushed From Westwall; Patton Bridgehead in Difficulty By The Associated Press Forced into a showdown by the ring of Allied stce! constantly tightening on an smOS, Germany's battered but not yet conquered armies lashed back yesterday with deadly fury in a great battle on the Moselle river and stiffened their resistance in southern France and northern Italy. Field Marshal Gen, Walther von Model, the Nazis' new commander-in-chief on the west- ern front, rushed reserves from the Siegfried-line to join in fierce counterattacks against lied troops in France, Belgium and (he Netherlands. Thn U. S. Third army of Lt. .Gen. George S. Patton, holding five bridgeheads in varying depth along the Moselle near Metz, bore fhe brunt of the German ferocity. The American positions were being subjected to a heavy artillery barrage and Associated Press Correspond-' ent Edward R. Ball said the situation was "difficult." In Belgium the British Second army made a second crossing of the Albert canal in_a drive toward the weakest sector of the Siegfried line, north of Aachen, First army plunged beyond Liege down the last 18. miles to the German border. But both forces encountered fresh Nazi troops and increasing re- sistance. The heaviest fighting since Normandy was raging along tha nroscllc. As Lt. Gen. George R. ration's forces plunged across the river nt one small bridge- head, they were raught In withering artillery, mortar and machine ptm firr. from eamou- flafrrcl forts; which waited to yank their lanyards after the first wave was across. American ai'Ullfri'.y thundered In reply, us the bailie mounted In fury, more U. S. UaUeribs were wheeled up to add Lo the earth-slinking bar- rage descending on the-'forts. There wSs hard and sanguinary fighting nt every one of the.five crossiiiRs of tlie the Germans wore pulling reserves from Iho Siegfried linn in an attempt to hold this last river barrier before the rich Saar basin of the home- land. Earlier, the Germans had risk- ed badly-needed reserves to send a largest since the Normandy out of the forests of Luxembourg, but it was cut (o pieces by the alertness of the Third army on the northern end of its front. From the suddrj) resurgence of enemy resist a lire after the disasters in France and Bel- glum, It sermrrt clear that the. German high command had efecletl to fipht noiv, rather than wail for the lightning to strihr in Ihr outmoded sys- tem of fortifications known as the. Siegfried line. (The German home radio was j lenr'd giving the fatherland a slo- shall not i 'owed from the French of the First! World War.; The Germans also poured reln- 'orccments from the Netherlands uto the furious fighting on the Brit- sli front, but the Tommies won an- Hher foothold ncross the Albert anal, which guards fhe northern pproachcs to tlic eitcmy's frontier, and held on. [The (Jcrmans appeared more concerned over the Third army threat, the Berlin radio .saying that "huge forces of men ami material" were massed in the iMelz area 25 miles from the thai "large-scale as- saults on the Saar border are imminent." (Capt. Ludwig fiortorius, the Nazi military commentator, -said the Third army hfltl "started a frontal Veteran Flier Wounded, Prisoner Trial of Accused Murderer Oct. 16 Wllllnni McMahan, Incllctcn on charges of murder In connection with the denlh of Luther Collins, ilendcd not utility Saturday when rrnlencd In 42d district court, tie- ore JudBo Mllbiirn 8. LOUR. Dale of his trial was sot for Oct. 10, First U. Wesley C. Aklns, vet ernn bombardier-navigator who has been missing in artlon since July Is wounded and a prisoner of war of the German government, (he War department, has Informed his parents. Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Aklns, 810 Pnliu. Nature of his wounds was not revealed by the government mes- sage which cave an Intfrnat.ionn! Red Cross broadcast, ns tlic source of information. Lieutenant. Akins, wh.i entered service In May Ifli2, had lieen sfn- tloned In England since April. He holds the Air Medal and two Onk Lear Clusters. A 1935 yrnuate of Abilene high school, he. was employed by the Hnlllburton Oil Well cementing compnny prior (o entering service, lie received primary training nl Klllngton field nnd his wings nnd commission nt, Concho field, Snn Angelo, He wns grndunfecl from navigation school at San Marcos and received combat training at WESLEY AKINS Pyote nnd at Alexandria, L.i. Two brothers In service nrc Capt. Don Aklns, Cnmp Campbell. Ky.. nnd Pvt. Gerald Aklns, Scott field, 111. NAZIS' LAST 'IMPREGNABLE' LINK Black area on map above shows (he Siegfried line or Westwall the last of Germany's ''impreftnnble" Codified lines. Fierce fighting rag- ed on its approaches, as the British struck toward the north- ern scclor, (lie U. S. First toward Aachen, and (he U. S. Third toward Saarbrncken. The U. S. was nearing Belfort, at attack against the lown of i (lie extreme south. From the resistance to the Brit- li push, ami frrm the counter- blow the Germans tried to deal the Third army, it seemed clear that in the last 24 hours German strate- gists had decided lo make the stand before ihe '100-mile belt of pill boxes and forts guarding the Heidi's frontier. More than U. S. heavy bomb- ers for the second straight day plastered rail and Industrial tar- See OKIIMANV. PR. fi, (Jol. S Germans Borrow Verdun's Slogan LONDON. Srpl. The fifr- niiiii litMic rarlld loniElit jirnclnlmMl for thr inVii.'ilnM-tltiratnifd nllinf- Inntl "lliry Miall not. innrlp famous by Ihn French ft I. Vmlun In World War 1. In a pep talk lo tlie Gmnan pop- ulation. Uio commwilalor said Inn nnmil mood lr; now or never." "Workers toll 12 and morn hours and of new sno from every factory without. In- the, .speaker said. Thousands of fnnntlc Hitler .youths re inovliiR up to the front, ready to ?lve their last, MilrklnR no sucrl- Iccs. 'They shall not puss1 Is tlic iplrlt in the Gorman wcstf Matched CaSf Roping Payoff of 9-Day Fair n.v RKTSY ROSS Tlie annual West Texas fair cninp lo the end rf ll.s B-doy stand last niRlit. and the concluding prand-, slnml attraction was the payoff the whole meet, ns salty an "hibi-i tic.n of matched calf ropliiK ns has ever been stnRrd in this or any otti- rr arena. Dan Taylor nf Doole Imtotl Ted Poivrrs nf Ozona b.y a 11.3 MTnnrt nurfln nvrr 15 calves anil Hob lUcRulrc of Colo- rado Clly loppcil Jack Slrlck- Suspect Arrested in Knox Man's Slaying DALLAS, Sept. of Detectives Will Fritz said a 31-year- old man, former resident, of Nfivnr- ro county, was arrested tonlRlit for questioning I" Hie slnylng of Fred- erick Davis, 57, uoxlnf! Instructor from Knlx City, Knox enmity, wus benteu lo death nml roubed last Monday. land nf Abilene by 37.4 seconds for 15 trios earn. Taylor bounced out of the chuts and tied clown one big brawly Bra- in 12.5 seconds, thought to ba ever turned in at ft local and set'eral seconds under wlint is ordinarily considered crude lime. Taylor's 12.5 second calf came Just nfler Powers, struggling to even the match on his 14th attempt, had snared and tied one in 13.5. Powers wns roping behind an 11.1 second deficit rolled up Thursday nlRht nml hnd stayed behind all way. Tnylor however look 34 sec- riir'ls on TWO loops nn his 14lh calf nnd Powers' 13.5 put him with slx- Iciiths of a second of a tie. His final time for the night was a speedy 14.G but It wasn't good enough. Tnylor had ft totnl of 290.3 on the entire 15 calves, to Powers' 304 flat, McKulro stayed in front all tho way in his meeting with Strickland, and finished with ft 587.5 totnl. Strickland's 15-cnU time was 434.9, Ecu FAIR, rj. 6, Col, 5