Abilene Reporter News, December 5, 1944

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 5, 1944, Abilene, Texas SIXTH WAR LOAN County 'Series E Quota Series E Sales....... "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS. OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXIV, NO. 167 A TEXAS 3mU, NZWSPAPOI ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 5, 1944-TWELVE PAGES Associated Preit (AP) United Presi IVf.J PRICE FIVE CENTS Allies Gain Slowly on All Reich Fronts Jap Vessels At Ormoc Hit By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS American destroyers, daringly sweeping into wester Leyte Island's Ormoc bay at night under Japanese aeria bombardment and shore fire, sank one enemy warship an damaged ianother, Gen.'Douglas MacArthur reported todaj A Yank destroyer was lost, probably when it ran into a floa ing mine, but most of the crewmen -were rescued. "Latest Tokyo Raid Not Up Jo U.S. Hope This naval action Japanese; Ormoc base was dis- closed soon- after the U. S Navy, reported its submarines, operating in enemy waters, added 20 additional Japanese vessels, including a light cruiser and a destroyer, to the great toll of enemy snipping sunk by submersibles. f MacArthur's communique said the Yank destroyers pushed into Ormoc harbor-to engage three.enemy ships, probably destroyers.' They sank one and damaged another, shot down six Nippon planes and probably des- -troyed two. Despite continuing rains over Ley- te battlefields American doughboys busily cleaned out Japanese moun- tain in the Limon and Dagaml .sectors. They captured complete, undamaged field battery ffand 21 machineguns. American fighter pilots blasl- ed the Ormoc and Palompon regions. An Ormoc jetty was destroyed and warehouses fired. A Japanese transport. was sunk off Falompon.' The Navy's report on latest sub- marine activities boosted. their to- tal bag since the start of hostilities to 874 vessels sunk, including 12 cruisers, 40 destroyers and 30 other x combatant ships. Widespread' air raids on Japan- ese-Pacific island .bases (were re- ported by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz. Iwo Jima, in the Volcanoes, was hit-for. the .eighth. tiin.e. in seven days bv. rfase have thg.'-'arrfi.eia triefe for raidjjSonsthe-f.Saipan. base of American Superfortresses. Targets in the' Boriins, and- 'the Palaus and at Wake were attacked. Associated Press reports-from Saipan said photographs of Sunday's B-29 raid on one uf Japan's most important war plane manufacturing centers at Tokyo showed the plant was badly hit but that the total re- sults were not quite up to the 9 hopes of Brig. Gen. Haywobd Hansell, Jr., chief of the 21st bomber command. Heavily reinforced Japanese col- umns, battling their way forward in China's Kweichow province, were Corted by the Chinese high com- nd to have smashed through de- fense positions and across the Chia- lao river seven miles south of (Cu-. shan, a railroad town. Heavy fight- ing was in progress in that sector, some 75 miles-southeast of Kwei- 'capital of Kweichow and junc- tion point on the Burma road.' Japanese intentions were no clear. If they take Kwciyang they would be in position to strike fo: Chungking, 200 miles northwest, o: funming, an important base 300 iles southwest. Radio Tokyo broadcast a Nippon agency Domei dispatch claiming Japanese airmen struck blows" against American airfields ii Kiangsi and Hupeh provinces. The (Broadcast, not confirmed by Alliec sources, was recorded by FCC. T. V. Soong assumed the duties of premier of China midst uncon- firmed Chungking reports of an agreement in principle between Chi- Sng Kai-shek's- government and le Chinese communists. In northern Burma Chinese in- fantrymen, under cover of terrific artillery barrages, took complete control of the airstrip outside. Bha- mo, encircled Japanese base 170 northeast of Mandalay. Break in Red-Nip 4tand Seen Soon LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 matter of Russian neutrality to- ward Japan will come to a head next spring, Gen. Victor A. Yak- hrmtoff, former Russian government Sficlal, day. told a civic luncheon td- Russia cannot now be expected to break its neutrality with Japan, he declared ,and Allied leaders have indicated Russian's part in the war Europe is the important consideration for the present. "Russia has two large armies In the Far East which keep large Japanees armies facing them that otherwise might be used to attack Jndift.or he said. 't---------------------------------------- Bus.Fund Receives in Donations The fund for purchase of a new bus for use of Abilene high school sUdent groups stood at yesterday counting In recent contributions. The Kiwanis-sponsored campaign has a goal. Gifts may be tlven or mailed to Homer Scott, CJMzens National bunk. By VERN HAUGLAND 21ST BOMBER COMMAN HEADQUARTERS-, Saipan, Dec: Navy of the fourth rai on Tokyo, carried out today, showe that the Nakajima aircraft plan was badly hit but the results wer not quite up to the hopes of Brii Gen. Haywood Hansell Jr., com manding the 21st. The loss of a B-29 over Toky during the raid was described b returning witnesses. Sgt. Thomas McEvoy of Lincolr Neb., central fire control gunner fo Maj. John Van Trigt, who was plane commander who saw the plan start downward, said an enem fighter plane attacked the B-2! narrowly missing van Trigt's win as'it did so. "The fighter apparently hit on mgine of the said Va" Trigt. "It feathered and when an other engine started smoking th 3lane fell back. As 'soon as it go jeyori'd our run 'range, at least fiv jap-.lighter's, closed "'The plane'H stuck tli Jap fighters the impression th plane still was planning a bombln run so they kept after it. "The formation slowed but wit] two engines out and the lag fror the bomb bay doors, the plan couldn't keep up with us. It starlet losing "altitude rapidly, with th fighters hanging on close. One gun ner said he saw the skin peelin off nnd one wing buckling at it root. She probably crashed on th north side of Tokyo or in thi water." Sunday's raid, the fourth on tin Japanese capital by B-29S, was in sizeable force. The prime target wa the Musashima engine .factory o the extensive Nakajima plant. Returning pilots said it was the toughest but the most successfu of the attacks on Tokyo. Series E Sales Go to With the additional sales of 33L25 in series E bonds Monday the E bond total for Taylor county reached Addition to the overall sales was bring- ing the complete overall sales to largest purchaser yes- terday was Ralph B. Coats, genera agent for the Republic National Lift Insurance company, wno purchasec in bonds, dividing his pur- chases between the two banks. Besides the big bond show to be held at the Paramount theatre Wednesday night, other towns in the county are planning bond rallies during the week. The rally which was to be held at Bradshaw last night was postponed because of the weather, but Tom K. Eplen, chair- man for the towns in the'county stated yesterday that the rally would be reset for a later date, perhaps next week. A bond rally will be held at Trent tonight. Major David Evans will hold a rally at Ovalo on Thursday night, and at Shep on Monday night. Lt. Col. H. Miller Ainsworth and T-Sgt. James M. Logan, from Lu- ling, will be In Abilene for personal appearances .in connection with 3ond sales on Dec. 7. They are mem- bers of the. 36th division and vet- erans of the Italian campaign. At the Army Air field radio show last night over KRBC, in se- ries E bonds were sold. The Swing Cats of the 590th AAP band, featur- ing WAC Pvt. Betty Angle as soloist, and the Blue Sky boys were on the program. Another Added [o Seal Treasury A total of was added to he Taylor County Tuberculosis as- oclation fund yesterday through ,he return of Christmas seals and icnlth bonds. Contributions now stand at Mrs. Leon Wilson, cxccu- Ive secretary of the association, nn- icunced yesterday. AVENGER PROGRAM WILL HONOR WASP FORT WORTH, Dec. 4 Women Airforce Service Pilots will be honored by the Army Air Forces for their contribu- tion to the air war effort at a ceremony at Avenger field, Sweetwater, Thursday, accord- ing to an announcement by the AAF-training cammand at Fort Worth. Taking part In the ceremony, which will coincide with term- ination of the WASP training program and with the begin- ning of dractivation of the WASP utilization program, will be Gen. H. II. Arnold, com- manding general, A AF; Lt. Gen. Barton K. Yount, com- manding general AAF training command; Jacqueline Cochran, director of women pilots, and officers of the training com- mand. Stettinius Given 4 New Men, 'Own as Aides WASHINGTON, Dec. of the nation's foreign under a new secretary o state, was put almost entirely in new hands today by a sweeping top-level shakeup. The resignations of three old-line officials were accepted with regret, and President Roosevelt appointee the following men to aid Secretary Edward R. Stettinius: Under C. Grew, blue-blooded Bostonian, career diplomat and first-hand student of Japan, where he was ambassador for nine years prior; to' Pearl Har- bor. Assistant L. Clayton of Texas, who rose from an a week stenographer's job to be the world's largest cotton mer- chant. Assistant Secretary Archibald MacLeish, poet, soldier, and editor who Is now Librarian of Congress and once headed the office of facts and figures, forerunner' of OWE. Assistant Secretary Nelson Rockefeller, grandson of "John D. and now co-ordinator of inter American affairs. The appointments put heavy emphasis on economic affairs. in foreign policy. The only CY- pericnced diplomatist In the list sent, to the senate for con- firmation is Grew. Clayton, who formerly headed th cotton brokerage firm of Anderson JOSEPH GREW WILL CLAYTON Clayton and company, Texas, wa until recently surplus war property administrtor, but served notice he would not take charge of the job o disposing of such property under a newly-enacted law, which he con sidered inadequate. In his state de- partment post he will be in chargi of economic affairs. Mac Leish will have charge o cultural and public relations Rockefeller will oversee Latin-Amer- ican relations, with an assignmen also to integrate the work of his present office into the state depart- ment while terminating its strictly wartime activities "as war condi- tions permit." The three assistant secretarie! whose resignations were accepted are enridge 51. The blggesf surprise the resignations was in the case of Berle. Breekenridge Long Is in ill health and currently' rest- ing in Florida. G. HowlaniJ Shaw desires to leave government work, at least for the time be- ing, to do rehabilitation work with the nation's wayward boys. Later if the federal government joins in this work he may re- turn to government service. It was reported that Berle had been offered an ambassadorship >resumably to Brazil, and that jong had been offered a similar appoointment, presumably to Cuba t was reported that both felt com- pelled, to refuse, although Berle aid in Chicago that consideration if a new post would await his These sweeping changes leave only jne of former Secretary Cordell Hull's, assistants in office. That is Dean Acheson who will have gen- ral responsibility for state depart- ment relations with Congress and also will deal with intarnational onfcrences. The Immediate reason behind the hakeup was said to be that Stet- Inius wanted to bring his own earn into the state department. ARCHIBALD MacLEISH NELSON ROCKEFELLER GOODFELLOWS GET MORE; IOTA! NOW Abilenians.have to the Goodfellow fund since Saturday, bringing the total to Although the rain prevented per- sons from .bringing toys downtown, and little more was in the barrels han water, the Exchange club fin- shed placing its Goodfellow. toy bar- downtown yesterday. Any type of toy which can '.be eadily reconditioned is requested, nnd special requests are being made or dolls, trie only type of toy which he Goodfcllows found a shortage of ast year. Toy -barrels are located at the IVAC shack. North Third and Pine: at The Mackey company, 1075 North Second; at Minter Dry Goods com- lany, 244 Pine street; at the Popu- ar Department store, 242 Cypress, ind at Sloan Drug store, North Sec- md and Pine. Anyone wishing to add to the fund n order to Insure happiness to veryone in the city on Christmas lay address his gift to The Good- Texas Gas Situation urvey Set Dec. 19 AUSTIN. Dec.. Rail-' oad commission will take an over- 11 look at the Texas gas situation Dec. from the observation opes to evolve a program for im- roved conservation of the Import- nt resource. The regulatory agency called an nformal conference In Austin for hat date and asked all oil well and ecycling and repressuring plant pcrators to supply pertinent in- ormatlon by Dec. 15 as a basis for Iscussions. It announced also that eventual- y it will order hearings for each oil nd gas field in Texas with the pur- ose of determining the best method f gas conservation for each field. fellows, Abilene. Checks are to be made in the same way. Gifts received since Saturday are: Cash 1.00 Dr. J. N. Burditt 10.00 Samuel Presley Nesmith Jr. 2.00 Mrs: L: Russell Nannine TomrJkins Mrs. O. W. Cowden Mrs. J. M. Cowden W. A. Renders 5.00 1.00 3.00 1.00 1.00 10.00 2.00 Oscar Koehler Mr. and Mrs. L. M. McDanlel Mrs. Queen Newman Waller.. 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Miller 5 00 Mrs. Willis Cox Jr 5.00 Total 56.00 Previously acknowledged Total to date Patton Tricks Nazis To Capture Towns WITH THE THIRD ARMY SOUTH OF SAARBRUCKEN. Dec. 4 Gen. George S. Patton Jr. pulled a "sleeping dog" play on the Germans in the resumed drive toward Eaarbrucken it worked. Without the usua! artillery pre- lude, troops and tanks slithered forward through the mud before dawn and caught the Germans sound asleep with their Jackboots off in one sector. Without a single American cas- ualty, one company from the 134th infantry moved Into the town of Puttelange, 12 miles south and ilightly west of Sanrbrucken and captured 109 SS (Elite guard) troops, 80 of whom had to be roused (rom their sleep. The Germans had their boots off, but they had on six layers of colthing. They came out in the mud in their bare feet. Draftees Fight Returned Vets In Canadian Wa OTTAWA. Dec. b Canada's' conscripted home arm} now liable to be sent to fight abroa under the government's new policj battled with. regular service me and townspeople for three hours a Fort Frances, Ontario, Saturda night in the first serious conscrip tion crisis outbreak involving draf tec troops, it was disclosed tonight Six persons were injured, includ ing high school girls and member of. the draftee home army, original! conscripted for service only in th western hemisphere. Some partici pants were reported to have bee armed. Police at Fort Frances, which on the United States border 14 miles northwest of Deluth, Minn declined to give details of the das except to say that the situation wa now in .hand. The outbreak followed a week o tension in connection with employ ment of the dra'ftee troops on rail road work. Fighting broke out abou 11 p. m. as the draftees wandere through the town, Involving vet erans of the first World War an the present one, and servlceme home on leave from foreign thea ters. The fighting swayed through hotel, a cafe and in the Canadla: National railways, depot. The draf tees were called "Germans" saboteurs by their opponents and b crowds which gathered. There had been much publi criticism of the army's use of horn defense troops on such projects a railroad work. Himmler, Generals Work With Iruce LONDON, Indlca tlohs-have'Beeped out of German that Heinrich Himmler, No. 1 Nazi during the current apparent eclips of Adolf Hitler; has reached som sort of political-military truce wit Germany's up-ln-arms generals. Generally reliable sources report ed today that Himmler had been holding a series of significant con ferences for more than a month a his secret headquarters in southerr Germany with top-ranking military as well as party men. One consideration in the reportec truce was said to be that Himmle would keep Hitler under cover an make him keep his hands off mill iary affairs, leaving them to train ed junkers tacticians. This report, although unverified fitted well with the fuehrer's report ed Illness, his retirement from the public eye, and improved defens :actics of the German army since he dropped out of sight. These reports said Himmler wa: keeping Hitler in what amounted almost to confinement by over-em )hasizing his poor health and fili- ng him with fear of another at- tempt on his life if he came out o: hiding. YOUR ATTENTION Interesting and timely stories in this edition include: Page won't fight for. Germans, Page Adams urges more money for education. Page to name more regents this month. Page railways heavily bombed. Page 8A all-dis- trict team named. Page Texas defeats Mardin-Simmons in basketball. Page elevated in China. Page for AVorlil War I widows passed. Page Hat Ranch sale successful. Page S. destroyer brok- en by aerial torpedoes. Page asks less cotton acreage. Page close air fields for want of gasoline. page opens job survey. Page says man- power nut must be cracked this month. :OUR! WON'T LET PROSECUTION QUIT DORSEY TRIAL LOS ANGELES, Dec. tried to throw in the wel .today in the trial of band- ader Tommy Dorsey, his wife and lelr neighbor, Allen Smiley on es of feloniously assaulting rcen actor Jon Hall, but the court ssed it right back. Although It had been anticipated at the defense would seek a dls- Issal, it wns Prosecutor Edwin yers who actually made the mo- on, on the ground that there was ot proper evidence on which to ocecd with the trial, now in Its cond week. Judge Arthur Crum nled the motion, without expla- nation. This was one of two surprises that enlivened a confusing mass of tes- timony by a witness who not only advised the court repeatedly that he was confused but accused de- fense counsel of trying to confuse him further.- The oilier was the outburst from the snmc witness, Panamanian actor Antonio Icaza, when he was asked If he had ever been convicted of a felony. Isaac Pacht, attorney for the Dorscys, read at length from 'a de- position purportedly made hy Icnni in connection with a clam- age action filed against Dorsey fol- lowing a fight In the Dorsey apart- ment Aug. 5 after Icaza spent most of the day insisting he couldn't remember testifying' in his deposi- tion to many 'phases of the fight, Pacht protested to the court against the witness' "nrrognncc toward counsel and avoidance of questions." Pncht had stated he was uslnc thn deposition in an effort lo show Hint Icnza wnsn't even In the Dor.soy apartment when the fight occurred. Finally he asked Icazn: "Don't you know thnt you are committing perjury In this Icoza's attorney, A. A. Covlcllo, leaped to his feet with an objec- was promptly ejected from the courtroom. "I understand Mr. Covlcllo Is somewhat dent, and mny not be able to follow proceedings Judge Crum srtid after court ad- journed, "but counsel for witnesses have no plncc In the courtroom, and ho should know that." Earlier In tho day Covicllo had been warned that he hnd nothing to do with the case, and was thrnntnnert with ejection. Big Guns Hit Saar's Basin PARIS, Dec. U. S. Third Army lashing out along a 21-mile front drove forward today more than two miles to within six and a half miles of the Saar Basin's great- est industrial city of Saarbrucken, and hammered it with eight-inch artillery. Soviets Push lo 40 Miles Of Budapest LONDON, Dec. 4 Army spearheads had thrust tonight to the flat, south shore of Lake :Bal- aton in southwestern Hungary, and to within- 40 miles of Budapest on the Danube's west bank, Berlin broadcasts said. There was no immediate con- firmation from Moscow that units of Marshal Feodor I. Tolbukhin's Third Ukraine army had reached the comparatively shallow, 50-mile long lake guarding the approaches to Austria, but the speed of his advance tended to bear out the Ger- man report. The broadcast Moscow commu- nique tonight said Tolbukhin's for- ces won more than 100 additional towns, and villages on. the. west side of the Danube, all northeast, west and south of Kaposvar. In three days' fighting ending yesterday his troops captured Germans and Hungarians, the communique de- clared. A .Moscow dispatch one of Tolbukhin's. battalions had covered .100-inilflMntSt -hour? and'plctured the German and Hungarian :oppqq- sltlbn as stunned'and reeling before the. swiftness-; of hla attack. Berlin admitted that Soviet forces had thrust beypnd Dunafoldvar, fortress.on the. Danube's west bank that fell to the Russians yesterday, to within.40 miles of the Hungarian capital. These Red army forces were driv- ing toward Budapest for a possible assault from 'the rear. Other Rus- sian columns have been halted at the southern limits of the capital for weeks, while additional forces have, severed major rail and road communications on the northeast. Moscow dispatches indicated the Germans were facing nothing short of a catastrophe in Hungary, with a Juncture of Tolbukhin's forces and those of Marshal Rodlon Y. Mnlinovsky's Second Ukrainian army before Budapest expected at rtny time. Tolbukhin's westernmost columns were within 12 miles of the Aus- trian frontier with the capture yes- terday of Kaposmero, west of Kaposvnr. McCauley Officer Killed in Action HAMLIN, Dec. and Mrs. Louis H. Boyd of McCaulley have been notified by the War de- partment that their son, 1st Lt 3eoree Wesley Boyd, was killed in action in France Nov. 12. Lieutenant Boyd had been over- seas about n year with the 30th ln> fantry division. The French cities of Forbach and Sarreguemines screening this German city of population five miles to the southwest and eight miles southeast, also were.shelled'as the lines tightened inside and around the vital basin and its war factories. The 80th infantry division was driving on Saarbrucken from the southwest, the fifth division was lit- tle more than four miles from the Saar river eight miles to the west, and the sixth armored entered-DIe- bllng, five and a half miles from Sarreguemines. Beating off counter-attacks by. an enemy alarmed at the rising men- ace-to his coal mines and OPA Starts Check Of Cigaret Shortage DALLAS, Dec. 4 C. 3oone, assistant regional enforce- ment attorney for the OPA said .oday that a special program hns been mapped in five southwestern states to check cclliing prlve viola- .Ions in the sale of cigarets. The Weather U. S. nErARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU i: AND Tunday loudy, occasional rain and cMder. Wcd- esday partly cloudy, freezing dire. KAST TEXAS: Cloudy with orcailon- rains Tuesday nnd in east portion tiesday nizht. Tartly cloudy and i-oldtr well portion Tuesday; freezluf In orlliwest pnrflon. Wednesday partly loudy and rattier cold, fresh to occa- lonal stronff winds. WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy Tuesday nd Wednesday exrept occasional snow ilrrles In panhandle Tuesday morn'nr. ondnued cold In panhandle. Colder Mewhere Tuesday. Freih to sfronsr TEMPERATURES Sun. Mon. Sun. HOUR ,11 13 SI Ill I M SO n no .lu. n .is -itt .10 is lllcli nnd 58 and 17. llljtli anil In i and 30. Hunfint nlfthl: Siinrluc mnriilnt: fin n set lonlthl; (I'll. 19 ,11 .It (7 SS SI SI SI s to 1) p. date lasl year: NEW YORK, Dee. The Nazi DNB agency, reported by the FCC, said tonight an- other German general, MaJ. Gen. Constanlln begeon von Monteton, had met a "hero's 1 death" on the eastern front. the Third hurled more tanks and Infantry into its expanding Saar river bridgehead at Saarlauten and fought deeper into the Siegfried line. The line's big guns blazed away at Saarlauten and tried in vain to knock out its cap- lured Saar river brJdcc. But Lt. Gen. George S. Palton's troops seized control of most of tho Saar's second city against stiffer resistance and extended their grip on the west bank of the river at 16 miles. As the mighty Allied win-the-war winter offensive thundered into another week, the1- Germans '.were driven across two other river bar- riers north. '.The U. .8. .Ninth Army drove to tHn Roer river at- Julich. as all or- ganised resistance In that strong- hold west of the river The British In eastern Holland crushed .the last German salient across the Maas river opposite Ven- lo. The Germens retreated to auxmg positions across the river with'thetr backs to the Reich. The U. S. First Army in limited gains along the Aachen-Cologne superhighway pushed to within 500 yards of the Roer river north of Duren. There l.hey were 22 airline miles from Cologne's western out- skirts. The Germans were believed to have massed the greater part of their tanks and a third of their infantry along this north- ern front to protect the Ruhr's industries. Thus, the new week found U. S. Infantry and armor across two of the Reich's river Saar and the Inde at the edge of the Cologne driving hard against two others, the Mass and the Roer, in mounting battles op- posite the Ruhr valley. The German position on the Alsa- tian plain was deteriorating, and a front dispatch said resistance ap- peared broken southwest of Selestat, where the U. S. Seventh Army was about 20 miles from the French First Army fighting up from the south toward Colmar. All resistance ended in Stras- bourg. The Third Army, now fight- ing Inside Germany on a front of more than 30 miles, cleared part of Saarlauten on the east bank, putting more than half that war industry center of population in American The 95th division spread out along the west bank of the Saar abovs anc! below Saarlnuten. One force Ironed out n salient three miles long and captured Wnller- fnngen, two miles northwest of the city. Lt. Gm. Courtney H. Hodges' doughboys struck out from the vil- lage of Luchem. five miles from the Roer stronghold of Duren, and reached the Aachen-Cologne high- way 500 yards from the Roer. Germany Says Adolf In Complete Control LONDON, Dec. 4 Ger- man trnnsocean news agency. In a dispatch exclusively for foreign dis- semination, said tonight that Adolf Hitler Is "in the brat of health" and still In full control of the Reich, militarily and politically. The German radio said Hitler, who has been described as too busy to address his people, had "con- veyed heartiest congratulations'1 to Generalissimo Francisco Franco on Franco's 52nd birthday. Dr. Rainey's Talk On KRBC Wednesday AUSTIN, Dec. will be one of the 20 Texas stations to carry n radio address by Dr. Homer Price nnlney Wednesday from to 8 p. m. The nddress Is being spon- ;orcd by the student body of tho University of Texas. ;