Abilene Reporter News, December 12, 1944

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 12, 1944, Abilene, Texas gi SIXTH WAR LOAN County Quoti Series E Quota Series E Sales ......t Ibtlene MDMING "WITHOUT OR' WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXIV, NO. 174 A TEXAS tmU, NIWSPAPBI ABILENE, TEXAS, 1 JSDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 12, 1944 -TWELVE PAGES Associated Press UP) United Prui (UJ-.t PRICE FIVE CENTS Leftists .Seeking Truce LONDON, Dec. 11. (AP) The Doily Mail said tonight Field Marshal Sir Harold Alexan- der, new supreme Allied commander in the Mediterran- ean, had been sent to Greece "with personal instruct- ions from Prime Minister Churchill to end the fighting there as quickly as possible. r ATHENS, Dec. 11 forces sent mortar shells crashing Into the heart of Athens today, Mt- fire near constitution square RAF Beaufighten returned to the battle, strafinj an ELAS con- centration reportedly massing for in attack In a suburb a mile from the center of the. city. The ELAS, fighting arm of the itef t-.wing. EAR! party, was reported attempting to stage an all-out attack on central hay- 'ing been delayed by heavy rains in opening their, offensive last night. Dispatches filed abroad by cor- respondents in the capital were de- layed because heavy machine gun file had the cable and wire- less building. The mortar tombs which fell In the heart of the city this morning were fired from, outlying districts .where trie ELAS forces are massed. V Two other actions were reported outside the city in addition to the dispersal .of one ELAS force- by' British The first was a dawn' attack by Greek regulars which broke up another ELAS for- Cation and the second the ambush- g of a British patrol heading southward from Volos. The report- .came at' the end of a day of bitter fighting in some sec- although.'much- of the'.city iuiet. BothHhq ELAS ana. Brit- .forces' Iri tne'' city. forced, the''ELAS 'Infiltrating into the city during the night and. the British, day. Several -apartment' liouses and oth- er buildings were tak'en by the ELAS last night withou tbpposi- The British obviously were pre- paring for a-showdown flgh with tne estimated armed 'ELAS entrenched in and about Athens. Rumors circulated that tha ELAS were preparing an offensive Sagalnst the Rightist EDES' terri- tory of Epirus on the west coast Greece. t appeared .that the Insurgents could not bring many more troops tnto the Athens area without weak- their dispositions elsewhere .n Greece. U. S. Asked to Aid In Greek Battle ft WASHINGTON, Dec. Greek-American delegation today asked the State Department to me- diate in the battle between 'British forces and Greek resistance groups. The delegation also protested to .the British Embassy, calling upon to "cease, its bloody attempt to shackle the Greek people once more with dictatorship." While American officials are hoping that the British will make peace with Greek resistance forces this Government's attitude "Ms that it has no military responsi- bility in that area. This stand is based on what of- ficial sources here called an infor- mal agreement approved by Presi- dent Roosevelt and Prime Minister that Greece and Yugo- slavia, would be entirely British zones of operation as far as plans of the British and American chiefs of Jiaff were concerned. Unofficial Greek sources here say that Secretary of State Stettinius' fltand that Greece be left free to determine her own government came as a surprise to the Greeks, who believed the United States backed British policy In the ad- sence of any statement, to the con- Of 'ROY'S an undisclosed Pacific base recently, are shown the remaining eight members of 'Roy's Raiders', veterans of long and bitter fighting at Bougainville. The group, led by 1st. Lt. Richard L. Roy of Mt. Lake Park, Mo., originally numbered forty-three. Left to right Sgt, Gerosky, Kulpmont, Pa.; Pfc. S. L. Gonzales, San Angelo, Tex.; T. F. Marion, Charleston, W. T-Sgt. H. P. Simmons, Whit- man, Mass.; Lt. Roy; S-Sgt. R. L. Ecler, Rockford, 111.; S-Sgt. J. G. Morion, Portland, Ore.; and Sgt. H. K. Norman, Columbus, Ga. (AP wirephoto from TRAPPED JAPANESE ORMOC DESTROYED IN NUTCRACKER VISE By The ASSOCIATED PRESS GENERAL MACARTHUK'S HEADQUARTERS, PHILIPPINES Tuesday, Dec. of the entire defending garrison at Ormoc, Yank-captured port or Leyte Island, and destruction oi thousands of Japanese trapped in a pocket to the south were an- Quake Recorded NEW YORK, Dec. U A "fairly severe" earthquake, in the Solomon Islands, was recorded yes- terday on the Fordham University Seismograph, the Rev. Joseph J. Lynch, seismologist, announced. The Weather U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE la WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY: Partly cloudy and alirhtly warmer Tuesday and Wednesday. Tartly cloudy and Hliffhtly warmer Tueiday and day. WEST clfiudv and Rllrhdy warmer Tuesday and Tuesday flight; Wednesday partly V TEMPERATURES >ilj I? Sun. A.M. 2f> 3ft 2ft 5f> 28 SB 27 27 Man. Sun. P.M. M .18 3D 41 41 42 40 41 34 3ft 32 37 31 Sfl !li 27 28 D. 2fl 31 ........III. .12 .18 ........II---------- Sfl 3fl........12........ 20 lllirh and Inw temperature! to 0 p. m.: 44 and 2K. Illft-h low same, date last year: V and .11. IjKunset last night: flunrlie this morning: Ataniet lonlfhl: Eighth Wages Hot See-Saw Struggle Along Italo Front ROME, Dec. A fierce see-saw battle raged today on a four-mile front southwest of Faenza, with the Germans throwing in crack rested veterans to save the' highw.ay cefiler. .-frpm; .the' British :-Elghth Army'sJ "hammering offensive. Field Marshal Albert. Kesselring tossed the 90th Panzer L Grenadier Division once the mainstay of Rommel's Africa a full- blown counterattack aimed at driv- ing the British off a vital ridge ex- tending .from San Prospero, a mile southwest of Faenza, to Pideura, five miles west of Faenza. Nazi tanks supported the advanc- ing enemy Infantry, while self-pro- pelled guns heavily pounded the British lines. Texas Elections- Face Contests WASHINGTON, Dec. The Southern Electoral Reform League announced today it would contest the election of representa- tives from the poll tax states of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, 72nn essec and Virginia. Formal notices of contest, thi League said, have been sent the 79 house members from those 'States. The action is based on the grounds ti'.at the 14th Amendment to the Constitution forbids abridgement of the right to vote in any way except for crime or rebellion. The League, through Arthur Dunn, of New York City, and Mos- es A. Plunkett, of Roanoke County, Va., contends the same amendment reduces the members of Congress of any State in proportion to the number of voters denied the right to vote, and that hence the 79 mem- bers are not. legally seated. November V-Bombs Kill 716 Britons LONDON, Dec. V-bombs killed 716 persons and seriously injured in the United Kingdom during November, the Ministry of Home Security an- nounced tonight. Of those killed 269 were men, 345 women and 102 children, under 16 years, the Ministry announced. A- mong the seriously injured were 197 children and 799 women. Damage and casualties were in- flicted on Southern England again last night, the Ministry said. Auto Crash Kills Comanche Schoolgirl COMANCHE, Dec. Edmondson, 15. Comanche High School honor junior student, was injured fatally last night in an auto collision on the 36th Memorial High- way near the west city limits of Comanche. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. M. Edmondson. DM Allowables Drop Barrels AUSTIN, Dec. Average dally allowables for Texas oil wells n the week ended" December 9 was barrels, a decrease of inder the previous week, the Rail- road Commission reported. The number of producing wells was 716 an increase of 42. nounced by General Douglas Mac- Arthur today. MacArthur reported that the vet- eran 77th Division which landed lasl week four miles below Ormoc had been joined by the Seventh Divis- ion, closing the southern jaw of a nutcracker vise, and "enemy forces which .were trapped between the two have been destroyed." Great quantities of equipment and sup- plies were seized. Fierce fighting preceded final de- struction of the Ormoc garrison. Fall of Ormoc, Japan's last big port of reinforcement for her. .troops to the north in the Ormoc corridor, was a sharp blow to the enemy. Its capture Sunday 'was announced yesterday. "The fighting in Ormoc itself be- fore its fall was of the most; des- perate MacArthur re- ported. reported .'yesterday that "many Japanese were in the narrowing pocket be- tween the 77th and Seventh divis- ions coming together just below Ormoc. A third Yank division, the 32nd, was pressing against the Japanese to the north despite almost im- passable terrain. Air activity continued on a des- tructive scale. Airdromes in the neri- Philippines were bombed anew and enemy shipping was blasted over a wide area. Petroleum instal- lations on Borneo took direct bomb hits, flooding the Tarakan and Ballkpapan fields with flaming oil. One freighter was sunk offshore. Warmer Weather Predicted Today Temperatures dropped to 25 de- grees here yesterday for the second consecutive morning, according to records of the local weather bureau. Partly cloudy weather and slight- ly warmer temperatures are forecast for this vicinity today and Wednes- day, although the mercury was ex- pected to drop to between 24 and 28 this morning. The winter's-coldest spell thus far brought a low of 18 degrees to Sny- der Monday morning. Coldest spot in Texas yesterday was Pampa with 15 degrees. Other lows were Amarillo 16, Dalhart 21 and Lubbock 19. It dropped to 28 in Dallas. No snow or sleet was re- ported yesterday. Allies Fine Nazis For Disobediences WITH THE U. S. THIRD ARMY, Dec. 11 In the First an- nounced summary court martial ac- iion against German civilians in the Third Army area, four persons were convicted today of leaving their communities without permission and were fined The hearing was held in the Fifth Division's sec- tor, with two men and six women accused of illegal wandering. Pour were acquitted. More Meat CHICAGO, Dec. 11 First quarter of 1945 meat allotments to :ivlllans indicate a supply of 128 sounds of meat a person for the year will be available. Lt. Col. Ralph W. Olstead. deputy director of the war food administration, said to- lay at a press conrercnce. HOW MUCH DID HE GET TO BOOT? PHILADELPHIA, Dec. II Robert Greenfield Insert- ed this "evening hullclln" classi- fied advertisement: "For of clgarcls. child's 3-whccl bike. Molrosc 3042." His telephone was flooded with calls, ho said, anil he'll pick a bike nnd make the swap tomorrow, getting a Christmas gift for his two small daugh- ters. BUY ANOTHER WAH BOND County Nears E Bond Goal Taylor county needs purchased in series E bonds to meet its quota of Sales yester- day totalled The county went over its overall quota with the sale oi in bonds .Monday. This brings total overall sales to 803.10. Bond rallies will be held tonight at Bradshaw and Thursday night at Buffalo Gap, with Major David Evans in charge. Beginning today and lasting through Thursday, a special bond show featuring Pop Stover'and Lou Parsley will be held at the Broad- way theater. The performances will be presented at 7 and 10 p.m. Bonds purchas.edi at the Broadway .box office will entitle-the purchaser to-a'free .ticket with' a re'sefrved-seat. General admission tickets will also be sold. Gib Sandefer War Loan Rally Speaker HAWLEY, Dec. 11 Gilbert E. (Gib) Sandefer, American Red Cross representative who is a veteran of the China-Burma-India theater of war, will address a community Sixth War Loan rally at the Hawley school building Tuesday evening at o'clock, the community chairman. Elmer Holland, announced. Sandefer, who recently completed a nation-wide tour preparatory to the Sixth War Loan, arrived at his home here yesterday. Shep Citizens Buy in E Bonds SHEP, Dec. E bond sales reached approximately at a Sixth War loan rally here Mon- day night. MaJ. David Evans spe- cial service officer, ASFTC, and his bond wagon were featured at the meeting. W. H. Pillion is communi- ty chairman. Bradshaw Rally BRADSIIAW, Dec. 11 Major David Evans, special service officer at Camp Barkeley, will conduct a bond rally at Bradshaw Tuesday night. The rally was postponed last week because of bad weather. Mightiest Air Raid Of War Rips Reich LONDON, Dec. greatest bomber fleet ever than 600 American Fortresses and the German rail network in the Frankfurt area with tons of explosives today as part of a massive air assault by more than U. S. warplanes. The huge fleet of Eighth Air Force heavies, forming a sky train 300 miles long, was qsort- ed by-more than 800 fighters. From the operation 12 bombers and two fighters were missing Nazi Defenses Collapse Under 3rd Army Push Influenza Spread Warning Issued A warning that influenza is wide- spread throughout Texas has been received by Dr. E. S. Freeman, di- rector of the Abilene-Taylor county health unit. During the past month, over cases have been reported to the state, a report from Dr. George W. Cox, state health officer, revealed. Colds, grippe, anci influenza are spread from person to person through discharges from the nose and throat, Dr. Cox said, and in or- der to protect yourself and others from such diseases he listed some things to beremembered and some precautions to be observed: Influenza is highly infectious. Practically everybody is susceptible to It. No matter how many times you may have had the disease, you .may contract, it again. Therefore keep, persons'" who'" are sneezing, coughing or sniffling or who are actively 111 with colds, in- fluenza or pneumonia. Keep yourself as fit as possible by drinking plenty of water, by eat- ing simple, nourishing food, by some exercise out of doors every day, by dressing according to the weather by having plenty of sleep in a well- ventilated room and-by keeping the bowels regulated. If you feel an attack of grippe or influenza coming on, go to bed, con- sult your physician and follow hii directions implicitly. Jackie Cooper Weds Actress June Home LOS ANGELES, Dec. Sailor Jackie. Cooper, 22, onetime child movie sta.r, and actress June Home, 24, were married today in church ceremony before a few friends. After a short honeymoon, hooper will return to Great Lakes Naval Training Station. Increases in High Officers Approved WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 OT Senate passed today and sent to the White House a bill authorizing President Roosevelt to appoint four five-star Generals and a like num- ber of five-star Admirals. The five-star Army officers will have the title of Generals of the Army, one grade below that of General of the Armies, now held only by General John J. Pershing. The new Navy rank will be that of Fleet Admiral. Propeller Kills Terrell Student TERRELL, Dec. Foster, 45, member of a ground crew L. Hunter, at the British flying school nlrport j Abilene oilman, Monday was PARIS, Dec. The Germans were driven from their French buffer cities of Haguenau and Sarreguemines today and their last defenses west of the Roer River before Co- logne were caving in as three U. S. armies re- doubled blows at the Reich from west and south. Indications mounted that the enemy was withdrawing at numerous sectors along the Western Front, before the First Army at the approaches to Cologne's plain, and before the Third and Seventh from Sarreguemines to the Rhine. The First Army drive on the Roer River positions added up to three miles in two days as four more towns in a 15- mile assault arc were captured, four or five more were en- tered and others were by-passed. At last reports the first was closing hard upon Maria- weiler, only a mile and a half from Duren, key to the Roer River line, and upon Hoven, within 500 yards of the west _., See GERMANY, Pg. 3, Col. 2 Tokyo Admits Dead Admiral Led Sneak Pearl Harbor Attack By the Associated Press Tokyo admitted thai Use Japanese admiral who directed the sncnk at- here, was killed today when he was struck by the propeller of an air- plane. Editor Dies GEORGETOWN, Dec. 11 rc-clcclcd president of the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas tack on Pearl Harbor Is dead. Dome! News agency, In announc- ing that Vice Adm. Chuicni Nagu- mo, killed on Salpan last July 7, hnd been "commander in chief of the task force that led the attack on Pearl thus confirmed Admiral Chester W. Nlmlls' state- ment of July 13. nnounced :ide "ot Sit the time as lender Dome! previously had announce Nagumo's in a final suicic attack but did nc identify h: [arbor assault which States into iiral Nimitz, how- ever, had announced that Nagumo and a rear admiral Identified only as Yano were killed on Saipan July said Nagumo was lender of the Pearl Harbor raid. Nngumo and six other admirals and a general were given post- humous decorations, said Dome! in a Tokyo radio broadcast picked up by the Federal Communications Commission. Tills raised to 73 the number ot Japanese admirals and to 18 the number of Nippon generals report- ed dead since last May. association at a Ttilsa, Okla. F. meeting in M. Porter, Oklahoma City, was elected founder of the Wil- j first vice-president; Clarcl B. I Mapcs, Tulsa, general secre-j tary; and George From Lt. Francis liamson County Sun in 1877. died here today. He was associated with the newspaper until shortly before his death. Local Draft Boards Ordered To Stress'Woiior-Fight' WASHINGTON. Dec. Selective Service acted swiftly to- day to put into effect the Govern- ment's "work-or-fiRlit" directive. It Instructed Local Draft Boards that present occupational deferment regulations should be applied "in the light of the immediate urgen- cies for men in the armed services and the clviliuii war effort." Tile Instructions followed a call by War Mobilizcr James F. Byrnes "increased drafting of older men not contributing to the war ef- fort. Meanwhile, Draft Director Lewis B. Hcrshey said, regulations arc ho- ng amended to channel to military service all registrants under 38 who drift from essential jobs. These re- visions will be announced by the end of the week, a spokesman for the Agency said. It was predicted, however, that the new order merely will direct a :nore rigid application of the regu- lations in effect. Those provide that occimatlonnlly deferred men under 38 may be drafted If they leave Jobs Mrs. Bruce M. Francis, 201 Mock- ingbird Lane, received a printed I post car from her son, Lt Henry L. Dallas, vice-president tor] pruncls, from the Dulng-Luft pris- Tcxas. of war camp In Germany, post- marked Sept. 15. Lieutenant Francis, navigator on a Flyins Fortress, was shot down over Germany on Sept. 12 and sub- sequently reported a prisoner of the German government In a War tie- Directors of C-C To Meet Thursday Board of directors of the Abilene to his parents. that qualify them for classification in 2-A or 2-B. Because military regulations have been met largely since last May with men under 26, few older men have been called even though they may have turned ot work. The. few occupatlonally clcforrod under 26 have been loss inclined to leave essontial, jobs, since draft regulations have beon I invoked quickly in their case. i In the future, Hcrshey said. Job shifts will be permitted only when i registrants under 3fi convince Local Boards that a ohango. "is in the host: interest of the war effort." The tighter regulations also arc expect- ed to bring back to essential jobs a large number of men who have j strayed from them. As a result. Manpower officials said, heavy labor turnover now plaguing war Industries will be re- duced, and a "good start" made to- ward Increaslnn munitions worker rolls by Urgent war produc- tion programs rcdulrc of this number at once. chamber of commerce will meet at a. m. Thursday in the offices of the organization, Charles Green, acting manager, announced. The annual membership mooting will be discussed and arrangement committees probably will he ap- pointed. THE LADY WOULD PURCHASE A BOND KANSAS CITY, Dec. the lady buy an E Imiid, the Sixth War Loan so- licitor asked. Sure, replied the Rrorery shopper who forthwith pro- duced 5150 from packets pinned here and there In her clothing. Then the bond buji-r duelled behind the unmanned meat counter for a few minutes, came up with mure, re- celveil a receipt for a hnnil. WAll BONI> The card, .signed by the young Abilenian. was the first direct word received from him. Tlie card stated he was In good health and that he was to be trans- ported to another camp within a few days. The filer's father was state editor of Tlie Reporter-News until a few weeks ago when he accepted a position with the War department In Washington. This loss from a force of U. S. men than arc in an entire combat division of a record low for a raid of such magnitude. The German air force kept clear of the mighty U. S. armada and anti-aircraft fire was meager. But Shreveport Well Tests 190 Barrels SHREVEPORT, La.. Dec. discovery well in the Delhi area of Rlchland parish was report- ed Monday to have tested at the rate of 190 barrels of oil per 24 hours through 12-64-Inch choke after per- forations from to feet. The well Li that drilled by C. H. Murphey nnd Sun Oil company on the J. E. Holt Tract 1.980 feet north and 983 west of the southeast cor- ner of section 21-17-9E, on n 1- 800 acre tract of ihe Holt and Mur- phey land In Rlchland pt.rish. WITH THE U. S. THIRD ARMY, Dec. 11 WV-LI. Gen. George S. ration's big guns opened up today on the Siegfried line cities of Zwcibrucken and St. Ingbert, five and seven miles deep inside the Saar basin. heavy, billowy clouds caused the bombers to drop their explosives by Instruments an observed the dam- age done at Frankfurt, Hanau 10 miles east, and Giessen 30 miles north. In a simultaneous attack from the south, more than 500 U. S.' bombers and 350 fighters struck Into Austria from bases In Italy. Putting Hitler's domain under two-directional assault, strong for- mations of Liberators, Fortresses and Fighters of the 15th Air Force hammered the Mooshlerbaum Refin- ery 22 miles northwest of Vienna, freight yards and the South Ord- nance Depot in Vienna, and rail targets at Graz in Austria. The raiders met intense flak and a, smoke screen at the refinery. A few hours earlier, probably 500 RAF Lancaslers and Mos- quitos from Britain herded by Spitfires and Mustangs had be- gun the mighty assault by blast- ing the Industrial Ruhr. The British force attacked a. freight yard and benzol plant as Oster- fclcl and other benzol plants at Hcidcrlch and Bruckhausen. At dusk another big fleet of Brit- ish heavyweights with escort of Spitfires and Mustangs was seen crossing the Channel cnroute home from what probably wao the third big raid on Germany In seven hours. The aerial offensive apparently was continuing after dark. Berlin Hjitlio reported bombers over the Hanover nnd Brunswick area. Mast of the Fighter guardians of the bombers, finding the air free of 'the dropped to telephone pole level to strafe Nazi trucks and trains making a dosh from Frankfurt to the Sanrbrucken battle zone 120 miles southwest. One fighter group ranging as far as Kasscl, 125 miles north- east of Frankfurt, destroyed eight locomotives. In the Duren area before Cologne, Thunderbolts blasted a train of 25 flat cars loaded with SO Tlscr tanks being rushed to reinforce the front under attack by the First and Ninth Armies. All three rail targets attacked by the Eighth Air Force arc on main lines between the principal Indus- trial centers of northwest, nnd cen- tral Germany and the Nazi defenses facing the First and Third Armies. The greatest single bomber raid previously was on July 25 when American heavies lent tactical support on the Normandy front. Siattery Resigns As REA Chief VrASHINGTON, Dec. 11 Harry Slattery, who hitherto had re- sisted Administration efforts to ease him out as Kural Electrification Administrator, resigned today "to curry this fight to the public." No reasons were assigned in the White House announcement that SInttery issued a statement saying that Secretary of Agriculture Wick- ard's appointment of a Deputy Ad- ministrator with "coordinate" au- Ihority "bypassed and displaced me as actual Administrator." He nam- ed William J. Neal as the deputy with "coordinate" authority. Vallees Separate HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 11 UP) Like many another unhappy bride, Mrs. Rudy Vallec went home todny. Mrs. Valicc attribued he sptlit to the same cause of all their other s "clash ortemperament." ;