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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 28, 1944, Abilene, Texas                                9 UNITED WAR CHEST Total Quota Subscribed 914.08 MORNING "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES.'-Bvroii VOL. LXIV, NO. TEXAS Press Press FIVE CENTS Red Mountain Army Captures Ruthenla 0' Defeat of All Deal Gang' Senator W.' Lee O'Daniel speaking for the Texas Regii jjr? Before a crowd, predomi- nantly sympathetic, and as large as any gathered for a political speech here since war began, last night pleaded with lexans to vote against every -Rndidate ''who has even a speaking acquaintence with any of the New Deal gang." 'There .were cheers, and a few boos on the fringe of the crowd M he. made this plea. Cheering PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 27 President Rooseveli lashed at Republican politicians tonight for what he termec a "deliberate and indefensible effort" to place political ad Mintage over devotion to country and above a desire to avoic death and destruction of future wars. To an outdoor audience a Shibe Park, the chief execu- tive asserted "I Jo not think that the American people wil! take kindly to this policy o; 'vote my way or I won'1 play'." Mr. Roosevelt spoke at- the end o: a day in which he 'had campaigned iri New Jersey .and the Philadelphia.area, hearing the'ap- plause of tens of thousands, o: Americans and urging twice, tha' there be a big vote oh Nov. 7. Moving into the baseball home.of Philadelphia's two major league ball clubs, he delivered a major campaign address which quoted his administration's record on pre- paredness and on war policies anc struck back at the campaign, doc- trine of his Republican rival, Thom- as E. Dewey. He gave this promise: "When this great job in win- ning; this war is done, the men of our armed forces will be de- mobilized and returned to their homes just as rapidly as pos- sible. The War and Navy de- partments are pledged to that. I am pledged to that. The very law of this land, enacted by the Congress, is pledged to that. And there are no strings at- tached to this pledge." After all, he said, he could speak "as one who knows something of the feelings of a. parent with sons who are In the line of battle over- directly at Republican politicians, executive, asr sorted.-there were and out of Congress, who are intrbducing'in- to- the campaign what- he. described ns very ugly implication" of pro- found concern to all Americans. He said they are stating that Re- publicans in Congress would co- operate with a Republican president in establishing a world organization for intimating that they would not cooperate toward the same end in the event of 'a Democratic victory." He added: "That, it seems to me, is a deliberate and indefensible ef- fort to place political advantage not only above devotion to country, but also above our deep desire to avoid the deatli and destruction which would be caused by future wars." As usual, the president refrained 'rom mentioning Dewey by name. But he did talk about a Republican candidate, and a prominent Repub- lican orator. There, was no misun- derstanding the identity of his tar- get. Senator O'Daniel disclosed to the crowd Federal lawn last night that his son, Mike, now is lit Camp Barkeley. "This seems like getting back he said as he waited be- fore the microphone to. go on the air with his prepared ad- dress. he added, "since my boy Mike Is out here it Camp By keleT.y' a of-tiroes.: and Vate in his address he-stopped-to treply to one of.the "Now if any of you upstarts bade there want' to start anything just come right on up here and the senator. "This is a serious "ing'I am talking is the American form of. government: I'm not telling anybody how to vote simply'bringing to you, as your elected servant; a report of what Is happening to our form of Dr. Cyrus N. Ray, a spectator, walked to the foot of the speaker's stand at the federal lawn and told the senator there were two police- men present. ijj) "I don't hcefl any said O'Daniel. "I can take care of myself." And, to the unidenti- fied "booer" he said "I stood up In the senate and told some monkeys like you where to head O'Danlel's address, which consum- ed an hour, was divided, with the first-portion on broadcast over a state network and local station the latter portion delivered without the written scrip necessary for political Woadcasts. The Hill Billy Boys, which in- cluded a girl, presented a musical program for 30 minutes before the address. O'Daniel attaches said most of the musicians were those had been with the senator in jjrevious campaigns. O'Daniel .was introduced to the visible and invisible audiences by Fred of Eastland, Texas Regular candidate for presidential alector for this congressional dls- fict. The radio address was preceded and followed by the song God Save America, written by O'Daniel on the first anniversary of Pearl Ha.- bor. (fcLoudest cheering climaxed' O'Daniel's extemporaneous castiga- j lion of "one-man rule" and hisi plea for a constltutior.nl amend-1 ment which he has introduced In I the senate that would limit to sixj the term in office of all fed-1 STal officials elected by the people.: At San Angelo yesterday aft- j ernoon, said O'Daniel, he asked for a show of hands and "fully 85 per cent of those present signified they would vote the New Deal." He did not ask for a show of hands here. 4 He emphasized by repetition what he declared was the importance of for the Texas Regular erectors. He said, "I did not come here to tell anyone how to vote. But I tell you that if the New Deal is returned to power for another four years the American form of gov- is gone. I will not quarrel with those who sincerely approve the New Deal but this Is the main See O'DANIEL, Pg. 7, Col. 2 He mentioned glorious operations n the Philippines and said he won- dered "whatever became of the sug- sestion made a few weeks ago that I had failed for political reasons to send enough forces or supplies to General MacArthur." With figures and names, the chief executive gave his and for a republican candi- date who said that this administra- ;ion had made 'absolutely no mili- :ary preparations for the events it now claims it foresaw." Starting with a navy day theme, he asserted that the American fleet, now Is greater than all the navies See ROOSEVELT, Pg. 7, Col. 7 Supreme Test Within Year-Nimitz i By VERN HAUGLAND HONOLULU, Oct. Japanese fleet has been rendered in- capable of challenging any sizable American naval force for some time by the enemy's "smashing defeat" Chester W. Nimltz said today. in Philippine naval battles, Adm. The imperial fleet, he said In a Navy Day address, "right now is limp- ing away from the scene of its disaster." "The supreme test" with the Japanese, he said, "will come in the year ahead." The admiral, addressing the Honolulu chamber of commerce, said in connection with, the recent Philippine battles that "although the full extent of his (the enemy's) losses are not yet completely known, it Is safe to say they are so great as to render his fleet incapable of challenging any sizable portion of ours for some time to come." "In a year's Nimitz said, "our combined forces have built a bridge extending more, than trilles westward from Pearl Harbor to Palau, the Marianas and the western Carolines. "In 12 months we have captured 13 major bases, heavily, fortified by the enemy, and rendered many more bases valueless. "We have, in the last few days, dealt the enemy a smashing defea in the .second battle of the Philippines sea The admiral added that the "advance across the Pacific has carrlec America's vast fighting power to the very door of Japan's inner defenses and up to last week's Philippines campaign has cost the enemy first-line troops killed as well as in men isolated on islands. "ln_the last five months, 900 enemy ships have been sunk or damag- ed by the Pacific fleet. More than of their aircraft were lost In the air and on the ground." "We have been he added, "in sustaining; but mea- fer losses in, the number of Important surface ships lost in the Pacific during the last up through the operations of this week." The Pacific commander praised civilian defense workers. "The vast outpouring of military supplies and he said, "is the best evi- dence that American labor and management are on the job working hard." GUATEMALAN EXILE Former President Jorge Ubic of Guatemala (above) leave an airplane at New Orlean where he will make his horn pending settlement of Guate inalan internal strife. Insur jents forced Ubico from hi lome and country as they aimed a revolt against Ubico' successor, President: Frederic Ponce. (AP Sunday Prisoner of WarSays He's Well MUNDAY, Oct. Mr and Mrs. S. O. Riley of Munday re ceived word recently from their son S. Sgt. Newton E. Riley, who is a prisoner of war In Germany. Hi wrote as follows. Dearest Mom and Dad, I am a prisoner of war. anc everything is fine with me. So you all don't worry, and I'll be home when the war is over. I am feeling ine, and I am very thankful to God to be safe and sound. You al help me pray and don't worry. Al my love. N. E Sgt. Riley's wife, Mrs. Betty Jo Riley, Is living In Borger with her larents. Sgt. Riley has a brother in the ervice, Pvt. Coy E. Riley, who erving with the engineers In New Guinea. irortze Star Given Former Midland Lad MIDLAND, Oct. Donald K. Dale, son of C. V. Dale who formerly lived in Midland and nephew of Mrs. W. T. Chandler, has been awarded the Bronze Star medal. Dale was awarded the medal for gallantry In action against the Jap- anese on Bougainville. "ROAD TO BERLIN By the Associated Press Western front: 301 miles (from west of Russian front: 305 miles from north of ItpJIu front: 558 (from louUt nl Breakfast In bed. COMMISSION POSTPONES BUS FRANCHISE APPROVAL Abilene commissioners Friday afternoon got a picture oi the city transportation system as proposed by the Abilene- View Bus company if it receives the franchise it is asking, but no action was taken since the full commission was nol War Chest Lacks Less Than Jl JO Taylor County's United War Chss campaign was In sight of its goa last night and there was littl doubt it will go over the top sub Friday contributions are listed on page seven. stantially by tonight. Contributions of durini .he day ran the total to just short of the goal. Re ts had not been filed from all o ;he divisions in the county ant .coders asked that.no further-delay The total needed for today is les than has been contributed any-day luring the drive, funds of which wil IE used to finance work of the Bo; icouts, Girl Scouts, YWCA anc Salvation Army. Stamford Sergeant In Mobile Striking :prce in England Sgt. Leslie G. Vassar, Jr., whose vife, Mrs. Ruthie Lee Vassar, lives on Route 1, Stamford Is a member if the mobile striking force guard- ng an Eighth Air Force fighter station and Is regularly, trained to keep him in condition to help han- dle any enemy attack. For nine hours a week, each mem- ler of the Mobile Striking Force :alled 'Commandos" by their fel- ow-sold.Iers, must attend classes in udo, close order drill, extended irdcr drill, tactical training of an nfantry soldier, scouting and ob- crving, use of grenades, principles )f first aid, the identification of riendly and enemy aircraft, chcm- cal warfare, disarming tactics, and ho use, firing, and care of the arbine and machinegun.. The enlisted men are chosen for he Mobile Striking Force on the basis of previous experience and ecord as a soldier. Sergeant Vassar's primary duty s that of sheet metal worker in a ighter squadron. Before entering he army, he was a farmer. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. G iTassar, live on Route I, Stamford. .1. C. E. Thomas kissing in Action Lt. Charles Edward Thomas, 28. on of Mrs. Johnnie M. Thomas of 10 Grape street, Abilene, has been eported missing in action over Ger- iany since Oct. 11, his mother was otified Friday afternoon by the ar department. Lieutenant Thomas, a pilot on a our-englned bomber, was serving is second tour of overseas duty, avlng returned to the European heater of war last January. He has been overseas 31 months nd is a 1937 graduate of Abilene Igh school. ule Sergeant Ends Missions in England RULE, Oct. Sgt. who Is somewhere in Eng- nd, has completed his missions id has notified, his parents, Mr. nd Mrs. Obie Wright, that he is n his way home. He will be ac- ompanled to Texas by his wife om Manchester, N. H., for a 30- ay furlough. )uke Promoted LONDON, Oct. eorgc VI has promotc-d his young- brother, the Duke of Glouccs- r, to general In the nrmy and air lief marshal in the RAF, It was nnounced tonight. present. Commissioner A. H. Pool was out of town and, although the remaining three commis- sioners and mayor make a quorum, they postponed the matter until next Friday so all could be present. A proposed ordinance granting the franchise was not formally pre- sented, but T. J. McMahon, attor- ney for the bus company, provided copies for the city heads so might study its provisions. The proposed ordinance calls for a 35-year franchise. Under It the company would pay an annual franchise tax on for the first 10 .years and the re- maining 25 would pay, in lieu of the tax, a sum "equal to one percent' of the gross receipts %ffrom the operation of the The fare would not exceed 7 cents but the city commission could take special action to raise it to 10 cents. Merle Gruver, who with Jack Simmons, W. J. Fulwiler ST.. W. J. Fulwiler, Jr., and Harold Swindler, is a partner in the concern, pre- sented a survey map of proposed routes. The lines would start on 20-minute schedules, Gruver said. "Instead of starting 30-minute schedules and stepping them up If possible, we propose to start a speedier service and adjust it as he ex- alained. "During peak periods it night be found 15-minute service Is needed. In some parts of the ilty during slack hours 30-minute runs might be adequate. The fre- quency will depend on the public." Ten lines radiating from Pine and lorth 3d were proposed on a ten- tative map presented. These lines would be tied together making five 'ull routes. These 10 lines, Gruver said, compare with seven lines run at present. The system will have "dead- end" runs, it was explained. On each run the buses would go and come on the same route, making a bus in each direction on each street. This, Gruver said, would make speedier ser- vice since it would not be nec- essary to ride a long distance "around a route" in get to town. Only exception to these deadend runs is laid out in Ihc Hardin- Slmmons area. Buses would be clocked at three points, the termination stations and he control station at North 3d and The schedules are laid out, iruver said, to allow a driver to get to his termination point throe four minutes before he is due to cvcrsc his run. This will allow lim to keep his schedule. Routes have been laid out by an fficlcucy expert from Yellow Motor oacli company, he said, and are as et tentative. As outlined, the Soutl line would terminate at rove and in Elmwood and at he ACC loop; tile Elmwood 'lum line would terminate at South 1th and Elmwood drive and North 7th west of Pine; the McMurry- Hardm-Simmons line would tcr- ilnate at Saylcs and South 20th nd a north loop from Hickory, ast on Anson avenue to Pine, to Ambler and west to Hick- The Butternut-Victoria line would crmlnate on Highway S3 and South Oth (south of Hcndrlck Home) and [orth 12th and Victoria; the South 1th and Grape line would tcrniin- te on Highway 80, one-half mile cyond the city limits, and on Amb- er and the Anson road turnoff. Tinder the plan, two street Im- provements would be necessary. Ross between South 1 and 7th ami Plum from North Olh to Collcfc drive would have to be graveled, Gourcr .said. Im- provement of other streets would bring desired improve- ments In routes, he said. On a population map prepared y Oscar Koch, city planning en- demonstrated that, xccpt for a few isolated houses In the edge of the negro section and some outlying nrens, no house in the city would be more than one- fourth mllo of a proposed lino and the bulk would be within one-eighth mile. Grew Calls On Japs to Give Up WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 Calling upon the Japanese to sur- render now unconditionally, Joseph Clark Grew, American ambassador to Jspan from 1D32 to Pearl Harbor tonight warned the American .peopli that with the Japanese fleet defeat- ed In a major battle "an enticing peace offer may come from Japan at any time." In a Navy day address, broadcast over a nation-wide radio network Grew told a Navy league audience here that "there are inany shrewd, level headed, coldly calculating Japanese including not only some of their, statesmen but also men such as those who built up the great business houses and shipping com- panies and industrial concerns of Japan. "Before the complete ruin of Japan, these men are almost cer- tain to make an attempt to save something: from the wreckage." Grew foresaw that they would make prime minister some-former statesman bearing a "liberal" label and -reinforce him with an ostensi- bly liberal cabinet. They might even offer to withdraw :from Manchuria, he. suggested. The Japanese will' try to make :eace, he said, because a growing number of thorn realize 'beyond per- adventure that they are going to be defeated, that their merchant fleet s being whittled down to the vnn- shing point, that their war plants are gradually being blotted out of existence, and that their gangster oot will eventually be taken from them. We must not. under any cir- cumstances, accept a compromise peace, no matter how alluring such a peace ma.v be or how desirous we may become of ending this teriblc conflict." Grew said the only alternative remaining: to Japan is to surrender inconditlonally now If It would avoid useless sacrifice of lives and wholesale destruction. Winters War Chest Juota Surpassed WINTERS, Oct. Mrs. J. W. Dixon, chairman of the local 'ar Chest drive, has reported do- nations of in excess of the city's quota of Runnels county has not reached ts quota but a number of commu- nities have not made reports, and officials are confident the county's quota will be topped. PartisansAid In Big Cains By The Associated Press A powerful Russian mountain army virtually completed the conquest of Hungarian-annexed Ruthenia in eastern Czechoslovakia yesterday by capturing Ungvar in a 15-mile advance, and also penetrated six miles into neighboring Slo- vakia. In German East Prussia where the Nazis were putting up one of the most savage defenses of the entire, war, a Mo scow communique an- nounced the seizure of three more villages in two-mile gains in the Ebenrode area. In Yugoslavia other Soviet forces aided by arshal Tito's Partisans captured Novl Sad, Yugoslavia's seventh city of on the nortl bank of the north bank of the Dan- ube 42 miles northwest of fallen Belgrade. The toppling of Ungvar (Uzho- former capital and main city of Ruthenia, was achieved by units of Gen. Ivan Petrov's fourth Uk- army of men. A to- tcl of Germans had Hungar- ians at Ungvar, a city of was captured, the midnight bulle- tin said. Petrov s troops In less than two weeks have overrun nearly square miles or Szechoslo- vak territory grabbed by Hun- gary after the Axis break-up of that republic. German forces in southwestern Holland fnceri disaster last night nfter British armor scored a spec- tacular breakthrough north of Til' aurg and raced almost unchecked xward two big bridge.1; across the Maas river upon which the Nazis are dependent for a withdrawal !rom the Breda pocket. An Associated Press correspond- ent, watching the columns of Brit- ish tanks pound nlonr: the muddy roads less than 10 miles from the ttaas. declared- the Germans" -yere n ''grave danger" of Buffering a debacle comparable to that at Fa- nlse gap In France, where the Nazi 7th army was destroyed. Tilburg is n Allied hands. Up to enemy troops are estimated to be caught In the Brrtla area against the Dutch west coast and along llin two sides of the Schelde estuary leading to Antwerp. British amphibious .forces were disclos- ed to have landed Thursday on Bevclaml Island on the north side of the estuary. Canadian troops already were 10 miles in- side the Island in a drive from the cast. British troops pushing from the Wrintlc coast in Halv toward the Po valley city of Bologna cached the Ronco rive'- on ft broad ront two.miles from Forli. Amcr- can forces were stalled by deep iud. To Ask Funds DALLAS, Oct. state legislature will be asked for at least at Its forthcoming so-winn to carry out the year-long observ- ance of Texas' centennial of .state- hood, A. Garland Adair, of the Texas Centennial of Statehood com- mission announced here today. :ormer Stamford Lad Wounded in Action STAMFORD, Oct. (Spl) !pl. Robert Paul Hood, son of Mr. anct Mrs. John A. Hood of Tulia, foimerly of Stamford, wn.s wound- ed in action at Guam on July 22, according to a message received by lil.i parents from fhe war depart- mcnt: Hood Is in the marines. The tnrssagc stated that the wound was not serious. Two of Hood's brothers arc In thn navy, John A. Hood, Jr.. man, second class. Is In Honolulu aged, and Jack Pearson Hood, motor ma- chinist matt1, first clJiFi', is In Italy John Hood recently vlistcd in Honolulu with tils uncic, Sgt. Har- vey Pearson of Stamford, their fir.it visit together In a long time Pearson is in the marines, LIBERATORS WING OVER BALIKPAPEN IN BOMBER ATTACK Liberator bombers of the U. S, Army 13th Air Force wing over Paliltpnpnn, Borneo, in strike at Japanese nil ccnier, source of per cent of Japan's fuel supply, leav- ing installations nflnme. (AP Wircphoto from Army Air Doughboys Give Sound Thrashing To Leyte Enemy By The Associated Press American doughboys have seized virtual control of Sa- mar island and have adminis- tered a smashing defeat to the Japanese on Leyte island in the central Philippines, Gen. Douglas MacArthur announc- ed today. News of the amazing Yank land vltcories came from MacArthur'3 field headquarters on the heels of a Navy announcement that six American warships were' lost in Philippine sea battles against the staking or damaging upwards of 40 Japanese men-of-war. Rear Arm. Forrest P. Sher- man, chief of staff to Adm. Chester W. Nimltz at Pearl Harbor, said today the enemy probably lost at least that num- ber and "we have only the bare outline of the story." There was every indication that American air forces still were maul- ing the remnants of the defeated Japanese fleet. MacArthur's communique made these surprising disclosures: In a' week' of fighting on Leyto casualties were inflicted on the Japanese 16th tha same division that was charged with the atrocities of Bataan; American losses, 618 killed, 1503 wounded, 139 missing; Japanese showing signs of com- plete disintegration and disorgani- zation; Virtually all of fiamar, plus ita capital, Catbalogan, brought under Yank.ocntrol with the aid of Fili- pino guerrillas. The Navy department offi- cially listed the light carrier, Princeton, two escort carriers, two destroyers and a Icstroycr Escort as the cost of the over- whelming defeat inflicted on three separate Japanese fleet divisions trying to reach Leyte. But the Nipponese continued to make claims of victory. The lleeing Japanese warships were being attacked by American airmen from Pacific and China lases. Heavy bcmbers damaged a ight cruiser in the Mindanao sea. Yank fliers out of China Joined in he chase. They bombed a task forca south China sea, hitting a ranspo'rt and leaving a tanker in lames. Incomplete American figures list- :u Japanese losses at two carriers, wo battleships, five cruisers and lircc destroyers .sunk; a carrier and wo battleships probably sunk; a jalf dozen battleships, five cruisers nc! a destroyer damaged. The Japanese admitted six of heir warships were sunk or dam- ged, including a carrier and a, battleship. They claimed eight American carriers, three cduisers, two destroyers and some transports sunk and 10 other warships dam- aged. An imperial headquarters communique, referring to a Nip- pon air raid Oct. 26 (China time) at the 'Chcngtu base In China, said 57 American Super- fortresses were caught on the ground and that 42 were de- stroyed and 15 left in flamss. Soldiers of the Yank first cav- alry division advanced speedily up the west coast of Samar, occupied the provincial capital, and pushed ahead nine additional miles. Stiff Japanese resistance west of Pnlo, en Leyte, was crushed by the 24th division and the doughboys drove spearheads inland to Santa Fe and Pastrana, on the northern wing of a Leyte valley trap. The Weather DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AUILKNE ANP EAST erally fair with nol much change la prraturfs Saturday and Sunday. tST TEXAS: Connie r rattle oloudt- s Saturday and Sunday. Sen lie red ley. Not much change lit Itmnrraturr. TEMPERATURES I'n. Thtirs. frl. Thur! A.M. HOUR P.M. .17 1....... SO 77 70 nil la .I'i. trmp ratu i.: HI ami High and tow 0 nml ;tl. SunKCt n U lit: Sunrhe mo mine: Sunset ionlffht; last year!   

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