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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 6, 1944, Abilene, Texas BOND BOX SCORE Jinee Pearl Harbor April Salei .VOL. LXIII, NO. 295. A TEXAS NEWSPAPER WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH VOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE. TEXAS.THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 6, W4 -FOURTEEN PAGES Xnocioted j .Wide Withdraws GOP Candidate OMAHA, April L. Willkie, who fail- ed.to gain a single pledged delegate in yesterday's Wisconsin fprimary election, announced ionight he is withdrawing a candidate for the Republican nomination lor president and called on his friends "to desist from any activity toward that end." Willkie inserted the announcement into his prepared ad- at the Omaha city auditorium and devoted' primarily "o sharp criticism of the administration's foreign policy. Simultaneously Willkie's managers' announced that he is cancelling future campaign -trips, including a speech at ''Sioux City, Iowa, tomorrow night, and a visit to Michigan. He will return to New York afteVhis.speech tonight. The statement, added to the speech, tfollows in full: "It lias been by conviction that ni Republican could tie nominated unless he received at the convention the votes of some of Jthe major it is in this section of the country that the Republican parly has had Its greatest resurgence. "Therefore, 1 quite deliberately entered the. Wisconsin primary to -test whether the Republican 'voters See political story in column 1, page 3. of the slate, would support me per- sonally and in the advocacy ot ev- _ery sacrifice and cost necessary to and shortening the war and In the advocacy of tangible, effec- tive economic and political cooper- ation among the nations of the world Jor the preservation ot the peace and the rebuilding o! human- "The result of the primary Is naturally disappointing and doubly so since the delegate who led Ihe poll for delegates is known as one active In organi- xations such as fhe .America Tirst, opposed to the beliefs whleh I entertain. "As I have said many limes, Ihls country desperately needs leadership. 'II Is ''abvloas now can rjoj be nomiriat- ed. I therefore atn asking'.my friends" ID dejitl from any acli- vity toward that end and not 'to present my Hie c'on- Tentlon.' "I earneslly hope that the Rc- "publican convention will nominate s candidate and write a platform which really represents the views which J have advocated and which I believe are shared by millions of Americans. I shall continue to f work for these principles and poli- lor which I have fought during the last five years." IVillkie. in his address, accused the administration of pursuing a foreign policy that is. causing de- lay and uncertainty in prosecution f of .the war and promoting "con- fusion, cynicfim and distract" on the home front. 1 Willkie's speech was the last In a five day campaign tour of Neb- raska for votes hi the April 11 pre- _ evidential preferential primary. which he is opposed bv Harold Stas- ten, former Minneso a governor. Willkie faid he had (wo principal charges to lodge against the ad- ministration in regard to foreign policy. The flrsl. he said, was that the administration "has confus- ed (he political nnd military conduct of the war to an ex- tent where uncertainty has'tak- en the place of assurance; de- of action. This means pro- longing the war, and wasting lives, hy not telling the world In plain terms, what we stSnd for and irhat ne are fighting for." His second charge, he.added. Is thai the administration "is no being square with the Americai people and is promoting confusion cynicism and distrust amcng us.' Willklc also charged the ndmln Istratlon Is not dealing squarely with the rest of the world In the present war. "It has confused our fightini PRICE FIVE CENTS Ploesti Receives New Blasting Wewak Gets From Planes By LEONARD MILLIMAN Associated Press War Editor New triumphs for Ameri- can air forces in the Pacific were reported today as Japa- driving deeper increased their he Mid. "It has disappoint cd those who look to us for leader ship when they get a chance d I It has left embittered and disillusioned those who tight unrl ergrainrt against our common en emits." Willkie saved his snnounccmen of withdrawal until the end of hi _ speech, and the estimated 3.000 I persons thai filled the main floor of the auditorium and part of the oalcony heard him say: "Now my fellow Americans, 1 have something quite personal I want to say on this thing perhaps of not much Impor- tance, but it Involves what 1 have been Irylig I have been lighting for." There was t. Midden hush, and Willkie delivered the brief stulc- merit lhal he was withdrawing from the race for the residential nomi- nation. L. WILl.KIE Wife Cheerful At Opportunity "or Peace, Quiet .OMAHA, April Wen-, dell Willkie's. attitude was one of elief here tonight when her hus- band announced he was withdraw- ng as a Republican presidential candidate. .Intimate friends kie' Declared all she wanted 'for herself 4nd'.-her, .husband was 'peace and quiet.' Mrs. Willkie, who- accompanied her husband during his Wisconsin and Nebraska campaign, -was des- cribed by those who have been traveling with the Willkie parly as a trooper." In Omaha today, she substituted willingly for her husband at" a pub- ic reception, shaking hands with lundreds .of. persons as she stalled for lime while her husband pre- pared the announcement of his withdrawal .from the race. Denies Accusation Of Backing Group MILWAUKEE, April retary of State Fred B. Zimmer- man, who as a Dewcy pledged dele- gate at large candidate led the field in the Wisconsin delegate elec- tion yesterday, flatly denied a ref- erence by Wendell L. Willkie to his connection with organizations such as the America 'first. Ssid Zimmerman: "I never have been a member of nny America First association. I believe in the United States of America first, more than anything else in the world.' Question Raised On Oregon Picture SALEM. Ore., April drawal of Wendell Willkie from the race for the Republican nomination for the presidency, as announced In Omaha today, raised the ques- "What will happen to Oregon's 15 votes in the Republican national convention already pledged to Will- kie? Secretary of State Robert Farrcll replied: "Willkie still is on the Oregon bal- lot until he formally withdraws from the race. If he does withdraw formally ;s Oregon delegates to the P.lpnhlicar. national conven- tion will be instructed to vote for the candidate with the largest num- ber of write-in votes." When the final date tor filing nominations passed here yesterday. Willkie was the only candidate for the Republican presidential nomin- ation in the May 19 primary. London Newspapers Play It Front Page LONDON', Thursday, April 6 London's morning newspapers gave prominent front-page display today to the withdrawal of Wcr.dell Will- kie from the Republican presiden- tial race, but there was no editor- ial Comment, probably due to the late hour at nnlch lils announce- ment v.os released here a.m. Lw.don nese troops, into India, threat to the railway supply ing United Stales soldiers in Burma. Fresh from smashing the Japa-. air force at Hollandia in Dutch New Guinea, Southwest Pa- cific bombers returned to the at- tack on Wewak, which only a month ago was a powerful air cen- ter on Northeast New Guinea. Thir- teen parked planes were destroyed in a. huge explosion.- Twenty five Japanese planes were shot down out of a force of 60 in- terceptors in Sunday's raid on Truk oy Pacific bombers. Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced in revised report. Originally only seven had 'been listed as brought down against an American loss of five Liberators. Other air strikes were made from Timor in the Dutch East Indies to Kavleng, New Ireland. On the ground Australian troops pre.wd to within nine miles of the enemy. New Guinea outpost" of Bo- gadjim. American troops are 13 miles from the town. For the first lime In a week Adm. Chesttr W. NimlU' dally press release, yesterday failed to mention a bombardment of Truk, Japanese Caroline islands base cauehl beltreen the bombs of land based American Lib- erators from tht .'.South and -1 71 .in indiirv'l im-ciid I-AP r'.o- And 33 wtrc injured Ihf trails MnasiK-ri rturing Oic LV.orning null hour. The ricad ir.an nas Braun, famous I. r Tut )tl guard on anoll-.er train. When his train was passing nrcck scene on the ncuh side. Braun thrust his head irom between his Iwo cars to sre the wjccfc, and stnick a sttiial lamp. He ciied aJKr being tsken to the hospital. A. B. KNICKERBOCKER Sunday, was witnessed also by MaJ. O. H. Bryant, formerly of Abilene, now attached to General Knicker- bocker's .staff. General Knickerbocker, once- faniaus Texas A. M. r.unrlcrback, lieincd organise Texas Defense Guard In Wrsi Texns. His home In Mrs. KnickerbtvSer accomiwnled him lo Abilene. They are rcUirning to Austin today. Wlih Groer.il and Majcr Bryont in the reviewing stand were Maj. John A. Alvis. coinman- rtcr of Hie 10th b.Walion with headquarters a: Abp.cr.e; Capl. Thomas E. Sro'.iike. jdjuiant and iwrsonnrl officer; C. L. Prichard. battalion medical officer; Capl. M. T. Ramsey. dcr.Ial officer; 1st Lt. Nib Shaw, supply officer; lit Lt. Bcnicy Bhi" intelligence and corr.munications offitrr. Abilene Compnuy A ar.rl B. arc roinrnnndcd by Jpis u Wan en ar.d Cap'. P.. Eian'ien-' shin. FolloTinft Ihe rcvirir. Hie vlsltlnj otliccrs wilr.csscd diMiiounterl rtrillj duty formation.'. General Knickerbocker Is a cou- sin of H. R. (Rcdi Knickerbocker, newspaper correspondent ar.d aulhor of one of the first books about fhe war. He is now some- where in Italy. Observance of Tesas State Guard neric '.Oil Thursday Ti-iih a yirocrnm la their honor at Lions ;