Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 25, 1944, Abilene, Texas
iroous Fight to Free Paris After Nazis Repudiate Agreement 1 r SEE STORY COLUMN 3 MDMIiVG VOL. LXIV, NO. 69 NSWSPAPia WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY "As IT G AUGUST X, 1944 -TWENTY PAGES CENTS Romania Told to Battle GOALS WE'LL HOLD Features Main Mediterranean port; second city of France; ancient center .of Greek civilization; population of Naval stronghold since'lGth century, has ancient cathedral 'funded in 1096; population, of ila.OOO. Inland shipping center; heavily industrialized; nianufac Ares chemicals, iron, steel, brass; population of Germans Escape Pocket on Seine SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE Aug. Allied armies, paced by a dazzling 25-mile American Nad vance, cut the area on the Seine pocket in half today but it appearec the bulk of the harried Gcrmp.n forces had escaped' across the river am were in flight before U. S. troops sweeping toward the Reich. The diversion of American and French troops to help hard-prcssei Vitriols liberate Paris did not rob the American punch of any of It power and the strategic Seine city of Elbeuf tumbled Into Allied hands Only 23 miles from the mouth of the, Seine, it was a focal point for German boats anil barges ferrying the beaten Seventh Army across the river. k The Canadian first army along the coast smashed the enemy's Toques 'vcr line and dashed on as mucli as II miles beyond, almost to the SHAEF Says City Not Yel Free of Yoke NEW YORK, Aug. 24 French radio Dif- fusion de la Natione Fran- caise said tonight in an FCC- recorded broadcast that the vanguard of Brig. Gen Jacques LeClcrc's second ar- mored division "has advancec to the heart Paris." An officer of the vanguarc was.quotcd assaying that he was leaving to bring to the city Gen. Charles De Gaulle president of the French Com- mittee of National Liberation for a formal entry. There was still firing from rooftops, the broadcast said and "German tanks in rctrcai clashed with the defenders ol the He dc la Cite" in the Seine SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE Aug. troops fough toward Paris tonight bent on lib- erating completely the capital of Prance after the Germans requdiat- ed an agreement to quit the city J turnedyagain on citizens who "for four days fought the 'occupying forces in the best tradition of Pari- sians defying tyranny.' Supreme. headquarter.1! broke its silence' today oh the confused sit- uation within the liberation" was celebrated in United Nations .capitals throughout .the world declared Paris could not yet be considered entirely tree of the Nazi yoke. The supreme command de- clared lhat while Patriots held the "greater portion of it could not be considered lib- erated in the military sense of the word since Gen. Dwiglit D. Eisenhower's forces neither con- trol the city nor have free ac- cess to It. The latest word at supreme head- quarters was that French forces of the interior still were fighting the Germans in the streets after the Nazis broke the terms of an agree- ment under which presumably thcj See'NORMANDY, Pf. 8, Col. 1 outh of the stream. Inland the British were on the move. Other American forces ham- a' "S mering up from the south had linked up with the British, and the Ger- mans were squeezed into a pocket no more than 10 miles deep and 35 miles wide, about half the area they held south of the Seine yesterday. Highways of pursuit were jammed with Allied vehicles, the i great advance was on, the enemy's Seine base of Rouen was within range of American artillery, and the end of another big battle In the complete liberation of France was hi sight. The great port of Le Havre across the Seine estuary was in an untenable, position. A big fleet of enemy light service warships and other vessels was seen putting to sea and waiting Allied war planes Bounced upon it, sinking an undetermined number of ships. 9 The Germans were holding out stubbornly northeast of their fallen communications center of Lisicuxv hut with the Amerclans deep behind their Risle river last stand before the it appeared the Ger- man command had wrilten these rearguards off. There was some speculation that the Germans now had but 10 left in northwestern France, both Inside the pocket and aalong the rocket coast, while other reports said they were massing cverv available soldier for a stand along the Seine. Without waiting for this battle to end, hard-riding American forces hammered out two more bridgeheads across the Seine nt Fohtalnebleau, 35 miles southeast of Paris, and pushed toward the German border- some 150 miles along a 25-mile front. Behind them all the area south of Paris to the Spanish border now considered "Allied" and it was only a question of time until garrisons holding out in ports and cities were liquidated. The American armored drive 15 miles south of Sens was rearing the road center of Troyes, 20 miles east of last reported positions. Striking Miners to Return SHENANDOAH, Pa., Aurr. thousand anthracite miners Involved In a seven-week strike (Bit closed collieries of the Phila- delphia nnd Rending Coal and Iron company, voted tonight to resume work tomorrow morning in the minrs which were seized yesterday hiNtlie federal govcvnmcMi Publisher Dies BUFFALO, N. Y., Aug. W. F. Wiley, 70, publisher of the Cincinnati Enquirer, died tonight in a Buffalo hospital. Relations Ended STOCKHOlAf, AUK. Swedish foreign office announced today that diplomatic relations bc- twr.cn Sweden and Vichy had been Mobile Forces Speed Toward Rhine Border ROME, Aug. 24 A highl mobile American task of tanks motorized infantry and artillery sped northward beyond Grenoble today along highways already large- ly cleared of the enemy by French patriots racing to Join forces with Gen. Eisenhower's Allied arm- ies in northern France. (An Associated Press dispatch from Geneva said American troops had driven into St. Julien on the Swiss border 70 miic.s nuiLii of Grenoble and little mere than 120 miles from the Rhine border of Germany. The report, not immed- iately confirmed by Allied sources. placed tlie lightning column some 210 miles inland from the beaches of southern France and only 183 miles from a junction with Ameri- can armor southeast of Paris. j Patriots were reported in full control of the area from Gren- oble north (o (he Swiss border, having cut off whatever Ger- man troops remain in southern and central Trance from com- munication with Nazi forces in northern Italy. Except in and near base of Toulon, where the naval trapped THE ROADS TO to Berlin with mileages indicate distances from the four fronts in Europe to the capital of Germany. (AP RECORD BOMB LOAD HITS STRATEGIC HALMAHERA By The A record bomb load crashed down on Halmahera Island, southern gateway to the top- ping a list of bombing raids report- ed yesterday (Thursday) that marked a mile long "X" across Japan's shrinking empire..... Liberators rode in without, oppo- sition over the target near the northern tip of Halmahern, 300 miles south of the Philippines, and HALMAHERA German garrison fought from well prepared positions, the only enemy opposition to the swift movement of Lt. Gen. Alexander M. Patch's Seventh Army columns was com- ing from .small and motley assort- ment.1; of Nazi troops scraped togeth- er In some localities. Thrown piecemeal into the hope- less task of trying to hold back the powerful American and French forces, these .small units were being destroyed ns fast as they appeared. Allied prison' pens wcie filling so rapidly that an accurate count of captives was impossible. More than had been tabulated. Allied engineers ruf'.icd into the Set TEOOPS, Pg. 8, Cols, 4-5 loosed 156 tons of explosives on the Galcla nrca. Bivouacs and sup- ply dumps were left in flnincs. Other targets ranged from the Kti islands, south of Gen. Douglas MncArthur's advanced positions at the tip of Dutch New Guinea, to Pnrfunushlro north of Japan; and from Nauru in the central Pacific to the Chindwin valley of western Burma. HfghlightiiKT land fighting was MacArthur's report that more Isolated Japanese had been hilled in nine sectors scattered over miles of the smith Pacific. Tokyo stiid Chichi Jimn. about fiOO miles south of Jnpnn. was bombed a few hours nfler Premier Kuninki Koiso warned that Ameri- can forces nrc awaiting "an op- portunity to land on the homeland of Nippon. A ship was sunk nnd a plann shot down by Aleutian-based bombers attacking Fnrnmushlro on the northern road to Tokyo. Yap, whose weather information as a cradle of typhoons may be vital to flu invasion of the Philip- pines, was bombed for the fourth .straight tiny. The raiding squadron cr.mo from new bases in the Ma- ria nns islands. Pagan. Rota and Aciguan in the Marianas were also hit. For thr first time the India- based 10th U. S. Force flew over China. They poured Incen- diaries on Japanese holed into where they block a union of Alliftd forces in south- west China and north Burma. Ten Japanese rivereraft wore sunk in Burma's Chlndwin valley near Kalon, base for the unsuccess-. ful Japanese invasion of India thfitj cost the lives of nearly Nip- ponese soldiers. British troops caught up with fleeing Jnpane.se on thr. Hamlin Marine Dies of Wounds azis Soviets Outline Only Way to Secure Peace LONDON, Friday, Aug. Russia an- nounced today that only by active military aid against the German army could Romania obtain the armistice which Romania reported Wednesday night she had accepted. A broadcast statement declared: "The conclusion of an armistice between Romania and a coalition of the Allies" could be effected only fay Romania's military aid in the liquidation of the German armed forces." It said that if Romanian troops stopped fighting the Rus- sians and turned on the Germans, "or against the Hungarians for the liberation of then the Red army "will not disarm them, will keep completely intact for them their entire equipment and help them in this honorable duty." The text of the foreign com- Bessarabian Capital Falls To Russians' MELVILLE E. IIINES HAMLIN. Aug. Mr. and Mrs. L. E. nines of Route 2, Hamlin. have been notified by the war department that their foil, Pfc. Melville E. nines of the USMO had died of wounds received in action in the performance of his cluty and the service of his country. According to the .telegram, his re- mains were buried at .sen. Hlncs was a graduate of Hamlin high school nnd entered the service inst October. He had been a member of the Baptist church since he was 12. He was In the Southwest Pacific war theatre. Tiissariat's statement: "In connection with events in Romania the Soviet gov- ernment considers it not out )f place to confirm the decla- ration given in April of, this year that the Soviet union has 10 intention of acquiring any >art of Romanian territory, or ;o change the existing social )rder in Romania, or to limit in any respect the independ- ence of Romania. "The Soviet government consid- ers it essential to restore, together will! the Romanians, the independ- ence of Romania by the means of liberating Romania from the Ger- inan fascist yoke. "The Soviet supreme command considers that if the Romanian troops discontinue military opera- tions against the Red army, and if they will undertake the obligation to conduct, a. war of liberation a- gainst. the Germans hand in hand with the Red army for the Inde- pendence of Romania, .or against the Hungarians for the liberation of Transylvania, then the Red army will nnt disarm them, will keep completely Intact for them their entire equipment, and will by all means help them fulfill this hon- orable duty. "However, fhe Uetl army ran discontinue military operation on the territory of Romania only after liquidation of (Srr- man troop.1; In Romania whirh are the conductors of oppres- sion and enslavement of the Romanian people. 'The assistance of the Romanian troops to the Red army troops In the task of liquidating the German troops Is the only menus of speedy diseontiuatlon of military opera- tions on Romanian territory, and o] the conclusion of an armistice be- tween Romania and the coalition Balfanz Awarded School Contract Ilalfanz Construction company of Tiddim Abilene yesterday was awarded con- HALMAHERA, potential _______ ...._..... thorn in the side of an Allied I road, ten miles inside 'the Burma tract to construct a high school invasion of the Philippines worrier. In other oriental ground! flt Wyllr. Taylor county. from New Guinea, hns been the roval by lhe Icricra, practically by U- 1 Burma road, extended their diver- S. bombers. With an area ol j slonary fighting in. the Ichang- between fi.OOO and square Hankow sector of central China, .ho miles, it is one of the largest islands of the iMullaca croup in the eastern half of the Netherlands Indies. while the Japanese poured rein- forcements in for tile more than ,t troops already engaged in southeast, China. Two Rockwood Boys Reported Wounded COI.EMAN, Aug. i Rockwood families received unoffi-1 cial reports this week that relatives had been injured in action in the j Southwest Pacific Area. I Pfc. TalmadRC Caldwell. 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Caldwdl, re- ceived slight injury in the battle of Guam but. he writes, he is now in a good hospital and is receiv- ing good care. He wrote August 17 and it is believed he was injured just a few days prior to that time. Cpl. Willie Lee Rutherford, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Ruth- erford, is thought to have been seriously wounded at the battle of Tinian August 12. Official word concerning his injury lias not cnme through yet, but his mine wulc lhe young Marine's parents that lie Is now out of danger but. will not be able to write for some time. lhe Weather with J. s. or nritiiAr AMI VICIMTV: iai nrternoon HoudlneM I rida iatnnlay. Partly rlnnriy A trw wldMy aftr TKXAS: I'rlHay anil Saturday. Srallrr and Incal Ihunrirr Mnrim. (In Baifnnz hid. lowest of seven by Hushes and Olds, rdiiuxts. was 2.1.900. The building will be of one story and will house a study hall, three classrooms, office and other facili- ties at the rural high school, which has a brick building now in utc by both elementary and high school classes since loss by lire of a frame structure some wer-ks ago. Frank Coaison is superintendent of the Wylie fChooK Other bidders and the figures they represented were: Abilene Con- struction Co. Cramer Con- jr-tnictlon Co.. Abilene. G. C. IDunlap. Abilene, S24.744: .1. W. Henderson. Ablirnr, O. V. King. Colorado Citv. Hose 'construction Co., Abilene, S24.400. LONDON, Friday, Aug. 25 (AP) Sweeping through hundreds of towns and cap- turing more prisoners in capitulated Romania, two powerful Soviet armies yes- Ibr'day toppled the Bessara- bian capital of Chisinau (Kish- inev) and four other major strongholds in a whirlwind of- fensive which put the Red army within 35 miles of the Galali' gap defenses guarding Iho invasion path into the heart of the Balkans. "Enemy resistance Li now broken along tlie entire said a front dispatch from Captain Platov, Soviet correspondent who is with Gen. Fcodor I. Tolbukhin's third Ukraino army forces. Soviet frcilt reports said the Axis was collapsing after the desertion Romanian troops. Four major strongholds, Chis- inau, Moldavian capital: Roman, Bacau, HUM and BarLld, fell In swift surcc.ssion to the Hus- sions and with the seizure of Barlad the Rod hrmy was less than GO miles from the Daube river and 135 milrs Tfrom Much- arest, the capital. of the Allies." The Germans, trying to salvage During yesterday alone the Rus- what they can from capitulated arnii'cs took prisoners, Romania, promptly a n n o u n c e d j MOSCOW'S broadcast bulletin said, for Thursday the vague formation of a puppet regime opposing King new pro-Aily governim-nt, appealed for Romanians to remain in the war on thr Axis side, and Illlll in. Ill a "Ith in: and In P-: Franz Von Papen's Cousin Captured LONDON, Friday, Aug. j The Russians were reported in a 1 rominnulnno supplement, broarl- east from Moscow today to have raptured U. Col. Adolf Von I'apru. whom It Identified as a COUMII of Kraux Von Papen, the German dip- lomat, said that rioting had broken out in the Balkan nation. The Swiss radio broadcast dispatch dated Bucharest, saving that Romanian tioops "started a mareli into Transylvania hut night." rcfrrrhiK to Mihai's an- nounced Intention of recovering. with Allied help, that part of pre- war Romania awarded in Hungary by the Germans in (lie 19-10 iVrnna conference. A state of siegr has ticrn pro- claimed in Bucharest, acrnnl- inp to an article, in the newspaper Suissr, rriiorlrd to the Office of War lufurma- tion. 'A Romanian tlomr.stic broadcast reported by the Federal cations commission said that Gen. Tedorescu. Bucharest m i 1 i t a r y commander, had ordered at S pin. to 5 a.m. curfew, abolished con- centration camps, and granted am- nesty to many political prisoners.) With German military nnd politi- cal fortunes at a new low. Berlin (lid not break the news or Ro- mania's defection from the Axi.s un- til mid-afteriiodii whrn the Orr- inan news agency, DNTB, told oi tiir Balkan nation's .ircrptanrr of armistice terms offrred bv Russia. lhe United Statr., and Britain. The nrw Romanian government hraded by Premier Gen. ConstaiUin Sec SOVIKTS, PIT. H, Cols. 1-2 combined tolal of in whirlwind five day offensive. Dispatches via Switzerland said the German eighth army between the Prut and Scrct rivers was In imminent danger of being engulfed by the defection of Romania, and that the Nazi sixth army in south- ern Romania also was threatened with entrapment by the Russian detachments pouring dcwn along the eastern iide of the Carpathian mountains. Chlslnnu. n city of 120.000. fell to troops of two armies. For months the Germans had de- pended on Chisinau, on the Oclcssa- lasi railway nearly 80 miles north- rast of thr columns which seized Barlad, fir, a defensive "bolt" posi- 'ion. On. Kitlion V. Malluovsky'j right winp, driving tlotni the Burbarrst trunk railway skirts the Car- palbian mountain wall, captur- ed thr rail city i! Reman, and plunged on W, miles to take Macau, 37 miles northwest of comiuerrd Barlad. The second order of the day tclllns of theso scinirrs also salt! that Husl, a stronghold milrs northeast of had been swept up. riarlarl and Bnrau both are about IIS mi'rs northeast of the Plocstl oil wells. Thr.sr coveted wells, so long a main German prop for the war machine, have been knock- rd out by American and British bombers. The' Taylor county ballot In tomorrow's Democratic run-off primary be. possible to complete tabulation of returns In all Taylor countv hovrs quickly after Ihc polls rlosc at 1 p.m. The public must rtcprml upon the election to report returns promullv, as usual, to The Ueporlrr-Nrws that the complete report nfay lir published In Sunday morning edition. Trlrphonc 1211. Thanks.