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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 4, 1944, Abilene, Texas SAVE THIS PAPER! ,AAnd' all papers and magazines Monthly Collection Sunday Morning. gttlene Reporter 'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT tVOL. LXIV, NO. 48 A TEXAS NtWSFAf EH ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, AUGUST 4, 1944-SIXTEEN PAGES Associated Prett (API United Preu (O.P.t PRICE FIVE CENT3 Reds Shatter .Vistula Line LONDON, Friday, Aug. army troops shat- tered the Axis Vistula river line in Poland yesterday, smash- ing 15 miles beyond that last natural defense barrier short of the "holy soil" of Germany in a broad flow of men and 4anks that flanked burning Warsaw and sped toward Ger- man Silesia, only 100 miles away. The Vistula, which a desperate enemy had attempted to hold with'reinforcements sent from central German reser- voirs, was crossed 111) miles south of besieged Warsaw oh a gEront nearly 19 miles wide between Koprzywnica and Po- laniec. German broadcasts also said that another strong bridge- head was established on the west bank near Warka, oniy 30 miles southeast of Warsaw, where Polish patriots were fight- Jng the Germans in the streets, but Moscow did not confirm 'that enemy announcement. The west bank towns of Koprzywnica and Polamec feli to the Russians, a Moscow communique said, along with Stas- zow, 15 miles west of the swift-flowing Vistula. By seizing _Polaniec the Russians were only 60 miles northeast of fifth largest Guardian of Five of 30 city. With the capture Staszow they were only miles southeast of the Ger- man stronghold of Kielce. More "than 50 localities fell in this sirift Russian strike which apparently was delivered by the upper wing of Marshal Ivan S. Konev's First Ukraine army. The Moscow bulletin did not mention the Warsaw area, where Marshal Konstantin K. Kokossovsky's First White Rus- sian armies are eneaged in a bitter flfht with the Germans just east of the city. 2} Russian troops were reported even nearer ancient German soil in Lithuania, attacking to- ward East Prussia en a broad front. Moscow dispatches said these units Cre only three miles from East jssia. Fighting near Virbahs and Wizatny and preparing to leap the border after an intensive shelling of Nazi concentrations across trie border. A total of nearly 500 towns and Alllagcs were captured by the Rus- sians on all fronts during the day, Moscow said. These included 30 west of Rezekne in eastern Latvia, where powerful Soviet armies were hurling the Germans back toward Mthe Gulf of Riga after other Rus- %ian units had cut their' landward routes by seizing points along the gulf. Two Kindred Idealities were (akcn by Marshal Konev's iroojJJ and Southwest of Jaro- slaw, including Sanok, 37 miles southwest of Jaroslaw- and only 19 miles from the Czecho- slovak frontier. The Germarei earlier had ack- a Russian crossing of the Vistula and a penetration as far as Staszow. Both Konev's and Ro- kossovsky's troops are equipped with thousands of American-made am- phibious trucks and other rclling Corner Charged To Liquor Big 4 WASHINGTON, Aug. senate liquor shortage investigat- committee accused four big dis- tillery groups today of moving to monopolize the production of all whisky, wine and beer. The report, made public Iiy Chairman McCarran (D-Ncv) said lhat together, the National Distillers Products Corp., Schcnlcy Distillers Corp., Dis- lillcrs Corporation Seagrams, and Hiram Walkcr-Gooderham and Worst, "ha'-e in their pos- session today ahout 70 percent of the nation's supply whisky." This possession has reached 70 Tins possession nils reacneu w percent, compared with an owner- MUfdef Charged ship of 49 percent in 1939, the re- port declared, despite the. fact, that, NEW YORK, Aflg. Edmund WA Starling, 69, retired head of the White House detail of the U. S. Secret Service, died today at St. Luke's hospital .where he had been under treatment for pneu- monia since July 14. He had guard- ed five presidents. Col. Starling retted last Novem- ber. After leaving his post in Wash- ingt'on he and his wife made their home in Miami Beach, Pin. starling was charged with pro-- tecting the lives of five presidents Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt during upset and nerv- ous periods of war, and Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Her- bert Hoover. During the 25 years he was a member of the White House detail, not a single assassination attempt was directed nt the Presi- dent, although many were nipped in the bud. "It is would say 100 Starling said before his retirement. "If a man writes in making a threat, we try to put him away 'in an insti- tution) before he can come to Washington or lay in wait in a town the President intends to visit." Connally Lauds Record of 36th WASHINGTON, Aug. monopolize the nigh praise for me Mistmguished llcohohc beverages, including ._., .'11nn, rf. Soldiers to' Help Boost lire Output Aug. 3 Soldiers will be fur- loughed back to tire plants in an effort to step up output of heavy bus and truck tires by 30 per cent in August and September, the War Produc- tion board disclosed tonight. The goal of a 30 percent increase was outlined to an emergency meet- ing of 21 tire manufacturers by Charles E. Wilson, executive vice' chairman of WPB. Advising them of the plan to send soldiers with experience in tire manufacturing; to the plants, Wilson said the present short- aye of tires "threatens military operations and essential trans- port facilities at home." The producers, polled at the end of the closed session, agreed they could meet the increase "if. the needed labor is made available." "We arc now shipping as much equipment to overseas battlefronts every two months as we did in the whole of the last war, and it has to move on rubber from the ports of said Maj. Gen. Lucius D. Clay, director of material of the Army Service Forces, in explana- tion of the huge military demand for tires. The industry men were advised that J. V. Clark will be the new rubber czar, effective Sept. '1. He will set up a new rubber goods bu- reau in WPB. Bradley Dewey, who has headed the Office of Rubber Director, re- signed last week and his agency will be liquidated. Clark has been Dewey's assistant deputy. General Clay announced the release of soldiers for heavy tire building will affect service men over 30 years old, who are not in the infantry, who hare had one year's experience as .heavy tire builders or "Ban- bury room" workers, and who arc in continental United States. room" workers are those who have operated banbury mixers, which mix the compound from which tires are molded.) Huge Airmadal Wham Germans LONDON, Friday, Aug. Powerful Allied air fleets totaling around bombers and fighters smashed at flying bomb bases in northern France and aircraft plants and communications targets in Germany Thursday as the August air offensive mounted in fury with widespread operations from both Britain and Italy. RAF. heavy bombers, ordinar- ily uscJ chiefly at night, made two strikes during; the day at robot supply bases in the bifr- ffst British daylight bombing attack of the war. American Flying Fortresses and Liberators also slashed across the channel twice during the afternoon ind late evening, hammering at a-ansport and military targets in their first operation and later hit- ting robot launching platforms and other objectives in northern France and the Paris and Brussels areas. Approximately 150 heavy bombers nd 500 escorting fighters of the U. S. lath air force in Italy bat- Jered the German aircraft center of Friedrichshflfen and communica- tions in northern Italy. port declaim, LIU-, illume.! i n, jiince October, 10-12, there has been charge of murder has been filed %o whisky distilled and "there has against A. Q. Davis, 56, in connec- bcen a constant drain upon the in- j tion with the fatal shooting at Pe- vrmorira nf the big four." j trolia, Tex., yesterday of t miijJiuvLn ui a, Rancher-Doctor Dies Ration m pctmiia. md gallant record" of the 36th di- I'ision composed of Tcxans who ;pearheaded the drive on Italy was paid today by Senator Connally iD-Texi in making puoli. an order of the day from the division's for- (_________ mer commander, Maj. Gen. Fred j is proud of me gaiiant! Tempew'ture Hits troops composing the 36th division.: 1 QC DearefiS Here i National Guard Con-j ial'y sald- still running behind last year, the high temperature for Abilene yesterday was 105, the tenth straight day of 100 or more. The highest for Aug. 3, 1543, was 111 de- gtTPS. The day's highest temperature, an amazing 117. was reported from Memphis in the Panhandle. Claren- don registered 111 and Wichita Falls and Pyote came throucli with 109 each, Big Spring had 107. HENRIETTA, Aug. A _________...... Landrum, 47. Davis and Lanrirum were employes of a gas compressor BIG SPRING. Aug. 3 eral services will be held tomorrow for Dr. John T. Obarr, 92, retired physician and rancher who died at his home in northern Glasscock founty yesterday. He is survived by our sons and a daughter. The Weather DEPARTMENT Ol' COMMERCE WEATHER nilREATI AIULKNT: AND VICINITY: Ftrtly elmtrtv Frlrtav nnd Saturday. WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy Frl- dm nnd Sittirriay. EAST TEXAS: Partly rtmiily. tTfd In soulheisl NEW STRIKE MAY BRING OLD DAYS BACK 10 IBEX n Drives Past Rennes NAZI TRAP SNARED 'CHUTISTS, 90TH VET DISCLOSES Aug. Na- zis cut branches and stripped bark from trees in Normandy to make tall, shining poles which airborne troops couldn't see, and subsequent- ly crashed; into, says Pfc. William F. Fischer .of Brenham, Tex., who arrived at .McCloskey general hos- pital In a new aerial convoy of patients. "With the branches gone and the bark stripped, regular trees became white poles invisible from the air. A heavy toll was taken at first when glider af- ter glider crashed Into the Ger- man Fischer says. Fischer, member of the 90th di- vision, wounded in the stomach and arm by shrapnel June 18, was one of four Texans aLid six Oklaho- rhans who flew in last night with the convoy. In the group were Pvt. Jesse W. Holman, 90th division infan- trvman from Locust Grove, Okla.; Staff Set. Bernard M. Clothier of Enid, Okla.; Pfc. .Tames R. Hattenzly of Artlmore. Okla.; Pvt. Joe .1. Wilkcrson of Lawton, Okla.; T-5 Charlie F. Long of Tuskahoma, Okla.; Pvt. Everett J. Rinkcr of Oklahoma City; Staff Sgt. Clarence O. Seobcy of Nolan, Tex.; Pvt. Per- ry H. Wunderlick of Galvcston, Tex., and Pvt. Cregorlc Flores of Del Rio, Tex. Holman was hit 10 days after he landed when a shell fragment broke both legs and caused a hip injury; Clothier was wounded when on his fifth day of Normandy com- bat a shell bursl above his fox-hole; Hattenzty lost his right leg at An- zio. in Italy; Wilkerson. Long, and Rinker were injured durinfi train- ing 'maneuvers in England. Scobey was wounded 10 miles north of St. Lo when his platoon was cut off by an enemy counter- attack to the rear. "We were pinned against a hedgerow and they were work- ing ou us with and rifles. In just a matter of min- utes my platoon was knocked out. The Jerries captured our weapons and retreated. Within an hour the Germans, aloilfr with our captured weapons. themselves were raptured and everything was under Scobey relates. Wunderlick, was with the 90th division. He told how the Liberty ship which look him into Prance June 7, struck a mine 10 miles off the coast. But he said all Ihe mem- bers of liis unit were rescued and taken onto the beach. Flores was wounded by a mortar sMl fragment 14 days after he landed, while giving nid to other wounded. "I saw many more German wounded than Flores said. "A funny thing our ar- tillery did the Germans a lot of harm, but I believe most of the German wounded In my sector had been hit by rifle bullets." Army lakes Over, Transport Strike Ends Workers Vole Return Today PHTTADELPHIA, Aug. 3 Philadelphia Transportation com- pany workers whose three-day walkout has slashed war production voted tonight, a lew hours after the federal government seized the sys- to' obey an Army appeal1 that they return to tomorrcjv. morn- ing at 5 o'clock. The worker's decision, was ah. nounced by James McMenamin, chairman of their "general emer- gency following a-mass meeting at a car barn already tak- en over by the Army. Earlier, the more than work- ers present cheered when Army of- ficers posted a notice at the barn announcing the seizure, and salut- ed as the flag of the United States was raised over the. premises. Upgrading of eiffht negro em- ployes precipitated in the walk- out. McMenamin told tonight's mass meeting that "the govern- ment is taking over the pro- perty as of today and there arc no negro operators. Trainees are on probation. We have won." The company, which did not com- mit on McMenamin's account of the negroes' status, said vehicles would be ready for the men to run. President Roosevelt, to whom the dispute was referred yester- day by the War Labor board, directed Secretary of War Slim- son to take over the PTC sys- tem and run it "for purposes connected with the War emer- gency as long as needful or de- sirable." Maj. Gen. Philip Hayes, command- ing general, Third Service com- mand, assumed control for the War department, nnd appealed for an immediate return to work. His ap- peal was echoed by Ihe Transport Workers union (CIOi, which op- posed the work stoppage from the beginning. ALBANY. Aug. im- portant Ellcnbergcr discovery in the. Ibex pool of west Stephens and east Shackclfcrd counties by Phil- lips Petroleum Co.. may be the turning point for the once boom- TF.MPr.UATlj'KV.S IVtll. HOUR fl'J 81 .11.. nit 102 103 101 ira tni ftft ol 00 iinrt low tn H p. xr: Ml mil Al. nfieht! (hl> mornlm: I'llni! and now nearly abandoned town "of Ibex, 9 miles east of Albany. Since its completion in March Ihe discovery has a cumulative pro- duction totalling barrels of 45 gravity high grade oil from a total depth of 4.375 feel. In the north part of section 58, blind Asy- lum lands In Stephens county. The new discovery Is on the lands of the J, K, Wild estate where more than 30 years ear- lier the first oil well between Corslcana, Tex., and California was completed by the Texas company. Ibex, whose ma'.n street In 1923 was a beehive of activity as a re- sult of the discovery of the Ibex pool by a Colorado oil company, j since has seen (lie production of j oil and gas dcclino In HIE pool, Ihe I "boomtnwn" abandoned except for j one filling station. 4 Howard Countians Die on Battle Fields BIG SPRING, Aug. 3 War 'department ,r.cnt word to the parents today of the deaths of four Howard county men in the armed services. Maj. W. R. Ailcn who had farm- ed in Howard, Scurry and Mitchell counties, was killed ill France, mother, Mrs. H. Allen of Ira was informed. Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Lamun were advised that their only Pvt. David Lamun was killed in ncticn July 6, In France. Mrs. L. S. Proctor of Luther was notified thnt, her son, Pfc. Hunry Painter died of wounds In the Southwest Pacific aren. Mrs. Pear] Scudday of I-'orsan was informed that her .son, Lt. Bcrnie Scuddny, a B-24 pilot missing since a rr.id over France June 27, is now iisird RK nV.id. i Big Spring Chief And Aides Resign mer of 194.1 and started tests for deeper prospects resulting in the March discovery. Ibex is now seeing the greatest activity since 1925, with two rotary rigs running on the Wild farm. Six miles south Dnesr-r f.: Pendle- lon, Inc., No. I, ,J. Morris Cottle has started on a test for the Ellen- bergcr l-nrlzon and 12 miles north In Stephens county Humble Oil Refining Co. No. 1. W. H. Grwn Is nnothcr try for Ellcnbcrgcr pro- duction, BIO SPRING. AUK. lice Chief J. B. Bruton nnd several members of the Big Spring police departnicrt reslRhed today. Chief Bruton said lie resigned due to dis- agreement over policy matters. His resignation was followed by those of Asslstnnt Chief A. W. Moody and Officers Louie Mcr- wortli nnd L. W. Smith. City Manager n. .1. McDanici named A. D. Bryan as temporary department head. STARS AND STRIPES RETAKEN ON Donald C. of Nampa, Idaho, and Capt. Louis Wilson of Brandon, Miss., holli Marines, hold the first American flag to he retaken from enemy hands on Giiiim. Below Hie Stars and Stripes is the first Jap battle banner to fall (o Marines when they landed on the former United States base in the Marianas July 20. Air Group Iwo LAST RIDGE SEIZED- U. S. PACIFIC FLEET HEAD- QUARTERS, Pearl Harbor, Aug. 3 Air Group Two of thr Pacific fleet probably destroyed or damaged 19 Japanese warships, in- cluding (wo large carriers, in a re- cord fortnight of destruction from June 11 to 24, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz announced today. TJic same pilots, from a flat- top of the Essex class, also de- stroyed or damaged -00 enemy planes in lhat period. (This report on enemy plane dc- slructicn was carried in an ex- clusive story July 2 by Al Associated Press war conc.'pond- ent in the Since June 24 the air croup, com- manded by youthful, blackhairtd Comdr. William iWIld Bllli Dean of Coronado, Calif., has shot down more than 33 Japanese plnncs in aerial combat. That brought the sroup's bag of enemy planes destroyed in the. air to more (ban Jflfl, which Nimilr. said Is "an all-time re- cord for naval In Ihe June 11-21 period, thr group lost but four Hellcat fiKht- planes in definitely t lino! ing down 177 Nipponr.se aircraft. Nlmitz said (lie prnilp destroyed three war.ships, includ- ing a carrier of Hie Shokrtku cla.ss and damaged ifi, in- cluding a larger carrier, a heavy cruiser and two destroyers. Guam Victory Near Yanks Strike Out to West Fast, South SUPREME HEADQUAR. TERS ALLIED EXPEDI- TIONARY FORCE, Aug. 3- mighty tide of U. S. troops and armor swept up Brittany's capital and main rail city of Rcnncs today and roiled oil unchecked toward the prize ports of Brest and SI. Nazaire along roads lit- tered ivith the wreckage ot enemy (anks and vehicles. With the way apparently wldi open before them, Lt. Gen. Omar N. Barley's forces hammered on south of Rennes toward St. Nazaire, the Nazi U-boat base less than 60 miles away, in an effort to slam the liooi on what remains of the German garrisons on the Brest peninsula. To the northwest, another speed- ing column pounded into Dinan, no miles from Brest, the major American landing point In the First World war. and were engaged iq bitter fighting, Fanning out east of Avran- chcs, another U. S. force drove into Mortain, 20 miles down the road In Paris, in a lunge that appeared to be a broad out- flanking movement against re- maining enemy positions along the 150-mile Normandy front. As tile enemy defenses in Brit- tany wilted in the storm of fire, .and as the British hammered out it 17-mile salient before the Ger- mans braced below Caumont, .ona Allied officer declared: "If ..this isn't the blow-up, it certainly lookj like a reasonable facsimile." Better Hurry MADRID, AUR-. Nail propaganda has taken the line that retreating German armies will RO over In the offensive by September with new secret wea- pons now being developed. Seconding the promise" of Propaganda Minister Paul Jo- seph (lie. N'azt mili- tary eritic. U. f.'oL Kurt Dili- mar, was quoted today In Ber- lin dispatches as sayinp that "all we need is lime to eomplete what is bchifi; ercalcd.'1 By .1IIU.IAIA.V Associated Tress War Kditor Increasing numbers ol Japanese civilians sought refuse behind American on Gu.iin as U. .S. soldiers shoved bitterly resist ing Japanese back two miles alone, the I entire front. Adm. Chester W. i announ'.Td last Topping cm responding Allied gains on tin- continent was a Chinese into the walled eily of Tenclinnc. Japanese headfiuailers Mockillf reopen- Inc of a land supply route to i China. Less i ha r. "in miles of 1 Guam, on the >en supplv line to the jChir.a coast. Mill remains to be re- gained by K. troops. The h'.st harrier rider nl mountains appar- Icntly had hern taken. Carrier sknumln: the heavily wooded norlheni plreau, Irnkr.d'thc. strong poin's of l> 10.- 000 de.'cniliils Japanese Fo'.dicrs with rtxike'.s and reported {Iviiians bt'inu cared lor by Hi" Ameri'ans Guam, some hclpini: prepare American offensive 'i'lii- makos 24.F.UU in on (he sO'llllf rn Four fierce nninlcr.ttt.icks by trapped Japanese broken up I'. S. Sixili :inny on nnrlhern (iuinea. 'I hoy rmmted fifl2 dead Nipponest as Ibe fierce fislitlin; .-bdicnetl. eiiejny [leiqillrr lv-' ranpinu into Oiiteli K.I.-: Indies, ronr i-lanr'- cri; destroy- d by hninbers Turkey Prepares LONDON, Aug. rushed defense preparat ions today as a precaution against, a German attnclt ml.tTlfll.lnii for Ihn fu- ture of their relations. New S'west Pacific Sky King Crowned AI.UKD HKA I1CJ II A RTKf! S, AIIC. 'Uf'i- B. Mcfillirr, i Jr.. nf Riricr-wond. N. .1.. dapper. Imnsiariiided llahinim: pilot, became mr '.radius Ammrnn nrr ciirrrnt- !v in Pn- wlirn hr Miof down ills 21s! .Inp plrnir dnrnu; n surpri.se recently iia'.mahfra. it was dis- cJfvofl here todny. McOuirr. who ndinits he would like lo hral Maj. Richard I. lionc's rrrord nf 27 .Inp plnnrs downrd. i" known ri: our of Ihr In'st shols in thh ami. Ills unit nrdils hli'i with another ,lnp plane for which has not been counted nffielally. He now loads Map. .Inv Robbins, nf Coolidfxr. Tex., who has M planes to credit. Grn. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery soberly declared "we arc hittins the Hun a good crack'1 nnd joking- ly nskrd a roadside press confer- ence: "When will the war Gen. DwiRlit D. Eisenhower mada his lentil visit to tiic Allied battle- froni. conferred with Generals Montpoi.icrv nnd Bradley nnd re- turned to England "all smiles." U'ith lossrs in prisoners roch- rlinK the. mark, with confusion ami indecision siirraciinR, and with a thin gar- rison In oppose the armored American jUEceniaul in Urit- tam. tiir enemy admitted his position critical. i Thr invasion's swiftest stroke, the canture of Rrnnes, enme with dramatic abruntnp.s.i after the dou-rhboys swepf 40 miles south oC Avranrhrs nnd foiicht Into the out- Only slichtly .-.lower was a scc- i oncl lank forcn which struck out r'onth and of Avranches and in a 35-mile push that overran dozens nf town.1; stormed across the Rancr- river nnd into Dinan in the fr.re of heavy fin1. j Thus a breach 10 miles wide nnd "T miles deep had be.en torn in the Breton peninsula, which is an even greater military prize than I the hard-fought our of Normandy, The best unofficial estimate i here was that the peninsula miRlit fall Iiy (lie MTckcnd, wllli nolhinj more than a desperate last-illtcll licfc.iM of Rrret. j with the enemy orjraim.tnjr for j a stand along the south bank i of the Loire river, GO miles or Oilier Amrrir.lliJ- i-dm'd dcr-pr-r fioittlv diMindi'd olKf- n po-.vciMll b.i'f Hi Blll'ir.n. (IcMii'j mm r-.T-H-rn Inriii'i nbandoiird nival of rxplo.-i'.T: nnd inanv if idrarl. On on'' rmi'.r- ul rrir'iil lo In nr ma. Ihf.r sluvrd ill' pursuiiv.: Drill; h ironps I'll ann'hrr 111" lost Champ Angora Goats Selected KERRVII.I.K. Sam nf Leakey, TON'., uas award- ed first prize (or I he champion buck In tilt- annual shnw of the Texas Aiinnra Clout Kaisers' us. sorialion moriliip here today. The champion don of the n type WAS exhibited bv G. A. Honner of Leakey. See FRANCE, Tf. li. Col. 2 NAZIS TURN LEAF SI.TRKMI-: ALLIED CXt'EDI T I 0 N R V FORCE, Aug. Ger- have turned over the maps they once planned to use lo invade Kniland. ami on the liack sides nf (hem have prinl- eil maps of the. territory they now are trying to defend In France. This rcporlcd by n lilsli- ranklng officer ill supreme, liradquartcrs today who ills- played a captured German war map of St. f.0 which the Nazis, short of paper and Ions "luce discouraged in Ihe matter of Invading Britain, hail prlnled on (he haek of map covering a sccllon of England. ;