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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 21, 1944, Abilene, Texas BOND BOX SCORE ^Since Pearl Harbor $16,731,216.50 April Quota    $    231,700.00 April Sales    $ Wk Ailette Reporter -Befog FINAL 88,623.50 WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRfENDS OR FOES WE ski: ICH U ORLD EXAC AS 11 GOL.1) B' roil •VOL. LXIII, NO. 310. A TEXAS NEWSPAPER ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 21, 1944 -FOURTEEN PAGES Associated. Press (AP) United Presa (U P.) PRICE FIVE CENTS •Japs Strike Chinese Co Re-Gain Railway By the Associated Press The first large-scale fighting in China since the "Rice rjBowl” battle last fall has flared up in northern Monon province where powerful Japanese forces are attempting to drive Chinese troops from their stranglehold on a 150-mile segment of the important Peiping-Hankow railroad. Chinese sources today estimated between 50.000 and 60,-*000 Nipponese troops, some of them brought in from Manchuria. are being hurled into the fray. Another enemy column has fought its way to ALLIES M ASSING Bl GGEST SE A ARM ADA SI N CE DUNKERQUE, NAZI RADIO REPORTS ...    wi—  -----u.    IU.    raged    uncontrolled    for    several    hours.    German    command    held    a    nu, LONDON, April 21—'UP)—The German radio said today that the greatest concentration of shipping since the Dunkerque evacuation has Germans across the channel and been assembled in British waters, North sea have concluded all “prep* presumably for an invasion of wes-! arations to counter the invasion" tern Europe.    with all defenses ready for the The Royal navy is being coneen- enemy, trated in home waters, along with Reinforcements of crack SS elite units of the American, French and guards, considerably more discip-Italian fleets, the broadcast said. I lined and much better equipped than “Troops arc leaving London.M other line troops, have reinforced it added. “Every day now, German garrisons in the Atlantic troop trains are leaving London | wall defenses, the Stockhr Im news stations taking men to ports.”    paper Tidnmgen reported from Ber- Another Berlin broadcast said the Un More than 300,000 men now stand ready to repel any Allied invasion, Berlin sources said. European reports indicated that all was not well behind Hitler's invasion defenses, however. A Swedish Telegraph agency dispatch from Oslo said a small vessel—obviously an ammunition ship—blew up opposite the so called fortress quay at Bergen on the west roast of Norway and destroyed a number of buildings in a military area near the Shore, including Haakon's hall, one of Norway’s oldest historic monuments. The explosions, presumably touched off by saboteurs, killed at least 43 persons and Injured hundreds of others. A tugboat was blown out of the water onto a pier and fires Another Swedish Telegraph agency dispatch, this one from Copenhagen, said Gestapo agents had arrested hundreds of Danish patriots in a surprise round-up that covered the entire country. Practically the entire executive of the conservative youth organizations was taken into custody. German command held a number of realistic anti-invasion maneuvers recently in Denmark. A few days ago, the Germans sounded a prac-I tice alarm In Copenhagen and oc-l cupied all roads and Important buildings, the agency said. The Vichy radio, also broadcasting invasion rumors, declared the main invasion blow from the West ! would be timed with new Allied The Danish press service said the assaults in Italy and the Balkans. SABANG SHELLED —Units of the British Eastern fleet, ^sweeping nearly 1,000 miles across the Indian Ocean from their base in Ceylon, bombarded Sabang, at the north-em tip of Sumatra (ship symbols and pointer) Wednesday, the Admiralty announced Thursday (April 20). (Wirephoto). Tio Confesses .Merkel Robbery within six miles of China’s east-west Lu'nghai railway also in northern Honan province The new Japanese offensive in China, possibly to revitalize home-front morale, comes when the Nipponese invasion into India threatens to reach a stalemate. With only a few weeks remaining before the torrential monsoon season sets in, the Japanese drive has been dulled to such an extent that British troops have relieved the besieged base of Kohima, farthest penetration of the Indian offensive according to Allied reports, and have initiated a strong counteroffensive around Imphal, 60 miles to the south. The enemy was reported by Allied commanders to be sending reinforcements into the Kohima sector in a pre-monsoon attempt to cut the Bengal-Assam railroad 35 miles to the north and thereby choke off supplies reaching Allied forces attempting to carve a new land supply route to China. Statements were signed this morning by Charles W. Stayton. 16, John Monroe Stroope. 20, and Walter Lee Matthews, 19, all of Abilene, confessing the robbery of a Mouser ay filling station in Merkel April ll Invasion Blitz Hits Peak Russians Slaughter Hordes**?6 WAR AT A GLANCE By The Associated Press ITALY-—Allied airmen blast German communications. CHINA — Japs cut Pieping-Hankow rail line. RUSSIA—Reds turn back German attacks at Narva PACIFIC — American fliers continue attacks on Jap outposts. LONDN — Marauders, Havocs strike northern France. 115 Students to Compete Here Approximately 115 .students from the 17 conference centers compos Along Japan's Pacific outposts, Allied air power continued its hammering, featured by the third consecutive daily attack on Woleai island in the* western Caroline islands and the important Satawan air-    regi0n II will compete Friday strip 150 southeast of Truk in the 11118 Ie8‘uu    .    .    .f    I eastern Carolines. Adm. Chester W. Nimitz told of a 46-ton attack on Truk Wednesday, the 25th blow there since Truk was hit for the first time Feb. 16 Other central Pacific planes pound- ♦    ed Ponape, east of Truk, Wake is- The boys were retried here late jand Rnd f0ur by-passed enemy bases in the Marshalls. Thursday by Sheriff W. T. Mc-Quary and Deputy Red Williams from Globe, Ariz., where they were arrested. • Stayton had attempted to break jail in Globe, having made a key from a spoon handle, McQuary said. He had made his way to the jail run around when he was discovered. i In Deming, N. M„ the boy said they had taken a 1938 Chevrolet anti abandoned it, using the tires and carburetor for Stroope’s car which they were driving. a They had left Abilene about 5 p. * m on April IO for Merkel, the statements said, and they slept in the car until 2 a. rn., when Stayton and Stroope entered the service station. Stayton held the gun and the boys ordered the operator •into another room while they attempted to open the cash register. When they failed, he was called in to open it. They took $72 in cash and gasoline stamps, they said. Matthews, in the car. kept the •engine running and the boys drove down a country road to divide the money. They wanted cash, they said, to go to Globe where they were to work in mines. Allied forces in India were said to be making steady progress in cleaning up roadblocks. The Japanese, who have made several unsuccessful attemots to take Kohima in recent weeks, have lost 400 men in recent fighting around the village, field dispatches said. Lt. Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell’* Chinese forces in northern Furma meanwhile, were advancing steadily southward along the east bank of the Mo-gaung river toward Kamaing, which is about 50 miles west of base and communications center of Myitkyina. At loss the hills to the east Ka-chin, Allies ambushed a force of Japanese on the Myitkyina road. and Saturday in interscholastic league declamation, debate, ready writers, typewriting, extemporaneous speech and one-act play contest to be held in Abilene high school. Region II is composed of 17 conference centers—Abilene, 3AA, made up of San Angelo and Sweetwater; Midland, -4AA. made up of Odessa and Big Spring; Ranger, 5AA. of Breckenridge, Cisco, Mineral Wells, Stephenville, Weatherford; Anson, SA, of Baird. Colorado City. Hamlin, Haskell, North Junior high school in Abilene, Loraine, Merkel. Rule and 6 Ships in Convoy Sunk, Claim Nazis ■Morgenthau to Open War Loan in Texas LONDON. April 21. — (/Pl — The German communique asserted today that Nazi bombers and torpedo planes sank two destroyers, four freighters totaling 29,000 tons and a large tanker in a convoy attack off Algiers. The report, said 13 other mer-I chainmen totalling 103,000 tons, two large troop transports and three destroyers were badly dam-aged. The Gennans said also they attacked Allied bases in the Lan- WASHINGTON, April 21 •secretary Morgenthau will open■    [m the $16,000,000,000 Fifth War Loan clano ar®a “ with a radio broadcast from Tex- atlc rn daylight yesterda . arba™    Tune    12    Another    bombing attack was re- Ju?e ,    .    ..    .    ported on the British east coast The campaign, to extend through , of July 8, will seek to raise a mini- ,.. |mum of $6,000,000,000 from individ- plalmpd auls. harbor of Hull last night, Large fliers and heavy destruction were MOSCOW. April 21.-(UP) —The German high command hurled hordes of tanks and tens of thousands of infantry men today against Soviet forces massing in Estonia and old Poland for spring and summer offensives, but the Russians held firm and were reported officially to be 11 ‘slaughtering” the attackers. The increasingly heavy German “preventive” attacks indicated that Red armies may be preparing to strike next in the Narva sector of Estonia in the Baltic states and on the Stan-islawow front in the Carpathians as iuoa-ajsihe) complete the liberation of Sevastopol, last Nazi toehold in the Crimea. The German stand in Sevastopol, Russia's biggest naval base, was believed in its final hours as two Russian armies slowly pressed the doomed garrison back through the streets of the city. Soviet planes blockading the approaches to the RAF Fleet Rips At Cologne By the Associated Press The largest force of British bombers ever dispatched dumped probably more than 4,480 tons of explosives on Cologne and the railways of Germany, France and Belgium last night and the enemy said the* preinvasion air offensive was continuing today with American attacks in Romania and Yugoslavia. Swarms of American Marauder and Havoc medium bombers flew with British and Allied escorts to pummel invasion-threatened northern France today. More than 1,100 British bombers hit Cologne, the outskirts of Paris and two rail renters serving the invasion coast, an jabbed lightly at Berlin in what appeared to he the most powerful bombing broadside of all time. American Marauder medium bombers and Havoc Assault planes, supported by Spitfires of the British tactical air force, carried the record offensive against the continent into its fifth day with daylight blows on northern France. The Nazi-controlled Paris radio said this afternoon that delayed action bombs drop- Stam'fordTSan Saba, 6A, of Breck- port in 24 hours alone sank an en- enridge, DeLeon, Dublin, Eastland, Gorman. Hamilton, Hico. Ballinger, 8A, of Brady and Lakeview. Sagerton, I IB, of Sunset. Woodson; Alameda, 13B, of Carbon, Clyde, Colony, Desdemona, Moran, emy destroyer and four transports totalling 15,000 tons, some of th«n loaded to capacity with fleeing German and Romanian troops. The Soviet high command, in its Morton Valley, Olden, Strawn; WU- | midnight communique, failed to Hams, 14B, Blanket, Brookesmith,! mention ground fighting in the Crosscut, Grosvenor, Sidney, Williams, Zephyr, Eden, 15B, Doole, Eden, Eola, Lohn. Melvin, Miller-view, Paint Rock; Lueders, 16B. Aspermont. Avoca, Bradshaw, Hawley, Old Glory, Trent; Highland, 17B, Divide, Fluvanna, Htrmleigh, Ira, McCaulley, Sylvester; Water Valley, 18B, Barnhart. Blackwell, Christoval, Crews, Mertzon, Norton; Sterling City, 19B, Coahoma, Forsan, Garden City. Sonora, 20B, Eldorado, Junction. Mi nard, Ozona, Rock Springs; Star, 22B, Aleman, Crimea for the first time since the Soviet offensive there began April 8 and it was possible that there would be no further announcement until Sevastopol is captured. A POLITE .IAP—A Jap prisoner, wearing skimpy loin •loth, respectfully bows low on Admiralty Isla ids to, left to right; Col. Earl F. Thomson. Lake James, Ind.; Major Richard H. Wright, Alice, Tex.; Brig. Gen. William C. Chase, Providence, R. I.; and Ll. Col. Maurice E, Webb, El Paso. Texas. (NEA Telephoto). ped during the night still were exploding “almost every moment” and asked: “How many more of these night* of terror shall we have lo endure before Hie invasion starts?” The main weight,    more .han 4.000 tons if # jptotdves dropped by the RAF crashed on Cologne, industrial capital of the Rhineland and first city of the war to rock under the impact of a 1,000-plane raid. Showers Benefit Crops In Section Airmen Wham | The other British targets were Ta Chapels, in the outskirts of Paris, ! Ottignies, ’15 milos southeast of Brussels, and Lent MJH VI (lot VI I rn    |    a In northern , 0( m0'slure' Light*to heavy shovers. v*»eh brightened crop prospect*, an . trail, which jhtirt some yni»« gardens but was not heavy enough to cause much damage to crops, fill over a wide area of west central Texas Thursday afternoon. Moving into Texas from Oklahoma showers hit Abilene late Thursday bringing ,02 of an Inch Supply Lines, Ports See CONTESTS, Pg. 14, Col, 5 El Salvador Kills 15 More Revolters The Germans launched their | ers blasting Venice harbor heavy attack against the Soviet pounding other targets from bridgehead on the west bank of the Narva river southwest of the Estonian railway junction of the same name after a fierce 90-minute artillery barrage. As the curtain of fire lifted, large forces of tanks, self-propelled guns and infantry moved forward, “apparently counting on routing our defense by one blow,” the Soviet ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Na- coria to Trieste The big bombers pies April 21 (AP)— Allied warplanes, were hampered by clouds, but exdiverted temporarily from assaults plosives fell close to a merchant on Balkan rail targets smashed at vessel in Venice harbor and other German communicatnins in Italy undisclosed targets were hi' head-yesterday, with U. S. heavy bomb-1 quarters said. The Monlalcone Clyde Flier Is Listed Missing SAN SALVADOR. April 21-oP)— The government, striking back at supporters of an abortive uprising April 2 against President Maximino Hernandez Martinez, announced last night that 15 more persons, IO of them civilians, had been executed communique said. Instead, a hail of Soviet rifle, machine - gun artillery and trench mortar fire forced the enemy to turn and flee, but later reports said the attacks were continuing on a heavy scale, though without success. Some 2,000 Germans were killed in the initial batties. Northeast of Stanislawow, the in CLYDE, ApriJ 21.—' Spl>—Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Watson were informed by War department telegram Thursday afternoon their son, i Flight Officer Alton V Watson, has oeen missing in action In the Southwest Pacific area since April 3. Watson, who is 23 today, was ^ ^ graduated from Clyde high school; ^eacj He volunteered for the air 1941 and trained and shipyards near Trieste and (lie port An-: of Livorno (Leghorn) also were attacked. In all. Allied planes flew more than 2,000 sorties yesterday, destroying IO German craft for a loss of eight of their own. On the ground, meanwhile, German troops on the right flank of the Anzio beat hhead were observed taking up both their own and Allied mines. Although the front there has generally be.en quiet, the Germans have been reacting sharply to every AlH'd move, apparently apprehensive of an attack. One such Allied movement Wednesday night drew a heavy com entartion of aumery fire. On tile .une night an American destroyer, patrolling off the beach-intercepted four E-boats, France, with a supporting nuisance attack on Berlin by Mosquito ; bombers. Sixteen (lianes were lost Following in the wake of the night bombers and the nearly 1,« OOO Flying Fortresses and Libera-! tors which hit the French invasion coast late yesterday. American and British bombers and fighters carried on by daylight First reports said the attacks were concentrated on northern France. The Evening News said that about 9,(100 Allied planes had been over Europe in the last four days, and that the combined bomb tonnage was about 16,800. The night raiders hit western Europe onlv a few hours after nearly 1,000 American Flying Fortresses and Liberators, plus swarms o fighter-bombers and medium and light bombers, made the heaviest daylight attack of the war on northern France. A brief rain and hail storm in Colorado City at 3 p. m. Thursday temporarily halted traffic and disrupted service on 'IOO telephones. Recorded was .13 inch of rain and some hail. Showers wi re general a rootlet Snyder with .37 of an inch of rain and light hall falling in the city. The Allied command long has been expected to order the crippling of Germany’s intricate system of military railways in advance of the opening of a western front, which Nan .sources have been predicting will come within the next five weeks. In observance of Adolf Hitler’s 55th birthday, a force consisting entirely of four-cn- W M Meador, county agent it Baird, reported heavy showers which were enough ta ald farmers. A little hall also fell but did slight I damage. Light showers fell in Fisher ; cc univ wit Ii some hail reported I {rom Roby Threatening clouds nung over Stamford Thursday but only report, were of sprinkles which grew heavier toward Anson. Some half inch ol rain fell in Clyde with all points along the Texas and Pacific railway between Abilene and Fort Worth reporting hard showers. Downpours lasted 15 minutes at Ranger and 30 minutes in Eastland. Bare .showers which fell south ol Abilene around Tuscola played out before reaching Coleman. Partly cloudy weather today, tonight and Saturday is forecast bj the local weather bureau with scattered local thunderstorms a n c showers this afternoon and tonight probably .sending one of them to ,    [    m    rl'rm'a'n\    service Jan. 13, 1941 and trained I ljie bottom and probably damaging Ten army officers, wfyom the Russians dislodged the Germans croun£j work at Chanute field, another. government said had participated from ijveral ln^    ?    A!*8    *    ill He was then sent to Borinquen ' The Germans shelled Qrtona in the two-day revolt, had been tcr killing nearly 1,000 of the en- *“•    -• SPP AIR WAR, Bg. 14. < si 5 executed previously. The Treasury secretary will be in Texarkana on the opening day in connection with a meeting of the Gulf-Southwest agricultural and industrial conference, to oe attended by the governors of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico and other civic and industrial leaders of the section. ^Angelo Air Codet Dead of Wounds -(/PI SAN ANGELO, April 21 Aviation Cadet Roy F Walz or Rosedale, N. Y„ who was accident- t aly shot on the* San Angelo Army lr field pistol range Wednesday, died early this morning, Col. George M. Palmer, commanding officer, announced. A bullet, fired by another cadet from a pistol believed to be empty, pierced Walz’ abdomen. The body will be sent to Rosedale for burial. Batoon Meet Set ALBUQUERQUE, N. M„ April 21 •-(/Pi—Dr. V. H. Spensley, president, announced today that the first annual meeting of the Federated Organizations for Bataan Relief field, San Juan, Puerto Rico tor heavily and threw a harassing fire eight months duty before returning oVer other sectors of the Adriatic to Maxwell field. Ala., for pilot iront. Patton in Europe Gulf Blow Due training. After training at. Augustine field, Miss., and Bush field Ga , he received his wings at Valdosta Ga He was stationed for five months a) a South Carolina base where he was squadron leader for 18 planes and trained the men for combat duty. He sailed for his South Pacific base last July. Last letter his parents received from him was written April 3, the aay he was reported missing. Mr and Mrs. Watson have three o'her sons, Randall in the Seabees stationed in Rhode Island, Gordon of Abilene and Howard of Kermit Vichy Reports Reds Reach Italian Front LONDON, April 21 (A*) — The German controlled Vichy radio said today that a detachment of Soviet troops had arrived in southern Italy to fight against Italian Fascist forces. Th<n was no confirmation of the report from Allied sources. LONDON, April 21— I — Pistol-packing Et. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., who commanded the American Seventh army in Sicily, ha* arrived in the European theater o! operations for duty, it wa* announced officially today. Tile general had last been reported in < alro In the Middle East where it wa* rumored, months ago, he was to lead an Allied invasion of the Balkans. NEW ORL1 ANS, April 21—4*)-The U. S. weather bureau tcda; announced small craft warnings an ; displayed from Brownsville, Tex to Lake Charles, La. Novy Flying Boat Lost in Caribbean In Muster Tonight— AGGIES MARK SAN JACINTO DAY WASHINGTON, April 21.—14*)- Texas Aggies in Abilene and all over the world will stand tonight at 8 o’clock to sing the battle one of Aggieland’s first graduates. and E. M. Overshiner, dressing the group. The 1?avyTaV~reportea the loss of    hymns of    Texas and Aggie songs,    Aggies stationed at Camp Bar- a big Navy flying boat at sea in    a? a part    of their annual San Ja- keley    may contact Capt Prank O. the Caribbean area. Fourteen crew Silo pr<*r.m    !»“■*»'    I\?    ' members and passengers are miss- Beginning at 7:30 at the Price    de> ». 5_ irur and the 15th oerron aboard the    campbell    cottage on Lytle lake,)    In    Abilene arrangements ior Diane a crew    member is dead.    about 200 former students and    transportation and attendance may at    graduates o! Texas AM will ga;    O™* • I -ai ii    I tea Anni fi    while on a routine    i ther for a picnic supper arranged    nsher Jewelry, campoeu, Mcca y ANZIO BEACHHEAD HOSPITAL FROM TH AIR—The Allies evacuation hospital on the    Iun,vore    „d    the    T McCarty.    the bailie of beachhead at Anzio, Italy looks like this from an observation plane. German bombs and | ljQdy of thp frew mpmbpr were    Aftfr    thP supper tinging and    In    obsfnance^^t th Abilenf would be held at St. Joseph, «... I’M'* ■»»• landcd >» f*•«*.*«■«'«« «““J    Bomb and shell crater, are visible a, ,    by    a merchant vessel .he, Int™.. U, J , Vy.m, bangs''were'closed' May 4.6    iright of group of tents in center. (Ar Wirephoto),    wuoww* aay, I S DEP VRTMENT OF t’OMMERC WEATHER Bl HI XI ABILENE AND VICINITY: Cloud today, tonight and Saturday. Scattei ed local thunderstorm* and snow®] thi* afternoon and tonight; fresh I occasionally strong wind*. EAST TEXAS Mostly cloudy th afternoon and tonight scattered thur derahowers this afternoon and til cai portion tonight Saturday cloudy wit scattered showers extreme east po ti on partly cloudy and not quite i warm west portion. Fresh to occaatoi * WEST "tex-VS* Partly cloudy, coch I except in the Panhandle and Soul Plaint this afternoon partly cloudy an cooler tonight and siturday. Freak ' occasionally strong winds.    , Maximum    temper* ttlWt    past i hours: I* Minimum temperature* past hours 61 TEMPERA TI RE* Eri-Thurs Thurs-F Hour P. ! M. 5^5« 57- .Vt 15—54 86- 63— 76— -SI >5—52 .2-52 >6—50 '2- SO IR— 52 SIV- 52 AV 63 Sunrise this morning: 7:0J S inwet tnnteht; 8 12 72— t»- 63— 53— 65— ;