Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 21, 1944, Abilene, Texas
ibtlme Reporter OR OFFENSE TO FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS If ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MOENING. DECEMBER 21, 1944.-TWELVE PAGES Associated WteA (vtj________PRICE FIVE CENTS 100 A TfiXAS NEWSPAPtt AB1LKJNJS. VOL. LXIV, NO. loo ym tannu Nazis Swarm First Army fx Pastor tharged 'As Spy N. J., Dec. A former New Jersey minister, whose name and address in secret' ink allegedly were found on a Ger- man saboteur who landed from submarine on the Atlantic Coast years ago, was.heid in bail here today at arraignment on charges ol violating the sabotage, censorship and foreign agents statutes The arrest of Emil Ludwig Krep- 60, Newark, was announced rlier today simultaneously at Washington by the Department of Justice and at Newark by acting U. 3. Attorney Thorn Lord. The Justice -Department said Krepper had been instructed to ftablish himself in this country a con'iacl for German spies, and lus arrest was the climax of more than two year's oi investigation by-the Federal Bureau of Investi- gation from a white pocket on one of the ferman saboteurs who landed from submarine in June, 1942. The handkerchief, the Justice Department said, contained the words, "Pas.. (Pastor) Krepper, route 2, Rahway, New and an unsuccessful attempt to f locate Krepper through the mes- sage was made by one of the sabooteurs caught in New York. One indictment alleges Krepper conspired with Walter .Kappe, iden- tified by the. FBI- as ta of the Nazi sabcrtage school in Berlin, 4nd his wife, Bertha Krepper, "to injure, and -obstruct Lhe national defense of .the United and "to use a code' arid other devices" to conceal messages from censorship. A second Indictment charges thai; bout December 19, 1941, Krepper sent a code message, "which was intended to- be delivered to the enemies of the United States in Ger- many." The third bill charges the ex-min- ister acted as a German agent with- :iut notifying the Secretary of State. Nippon Diet lighten Air Defense By the Associated Press i.ie Japanese Diet will be asked to seek tightening of air defenses when it convenes its 86th session Sunday, the Tokyo radio said today in a broadcast recorded by the Fed- eral Communications commission. resolution, the broadcast said Will urge "a basic solution to the problems of evacuation and air raids" and will call upon the Diet to 'request the government" to carrj out raid defense measures "more vigorously." faews Freedom Seen Canada Pact Clause OTTAWA, Dec. by the Canadian Parliament of in- of a freedom-of-news clause in world peace treaties appeared certain today on the basis of state- ments to The Canadian Press by the leaders of the four major par- lies in the House of Commons. Furious Battle Raging to Check Foe On Western Front Breakthrough SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, Paris, Dec. gigantic German counteroffensive is "the big thing" and is increasing steadily in fury, Supreme Headquarters said late tonight in lifting the blackout of news relating to the savage fighting on the U. S. First Army frojit. Fourteen to fifteen German which five or six are panzer (armored) swarming into tne breach of the First Army's lines in Belgium and Luxembourg, it was disclosed. Today fresh infantry waves were fighting behind the armored units which first smashed through the American position last Sunday and headquarters said the German advances had made considerable progress with more to be ex- pectcd. BELGIUM civilians He on the street of a Belgian city, a few of the maiiy victims of German V-bombs, which continued to rain on England, and Low- ands.._______________________-______________ Eden Eases Strain on Greek Crisis feable in Florida PALM BEACH, Dec. actor Clark Gable left by train today for Hollywood after a pre-holiday visit here at the home if: Mrs. Koy O'Brien. The Weather U S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ft. WEATHER BUREAU AND VICINITY: cimidy colder with frrsh (o strong winds Thurs- day and Friday. KAST TEXAS: Cloudy, rain in south portion, colder in Interior, much colder extreme nnrth portion Thursday. Cold- nn const Thursday nlchl. Friday part- ly cloudy, coldrr in south portion. Fresh to si rone winds. VJWEST TEXAS: Cloudy and colder, lIKhl snow and much colder in Panhan- dle and South [Mains Thursday. Friday partlv cloudy, continufd cold. Fresh to stron'ff winds. TEMPERATURES Wed. Tues. A.M. noun Wed. Tues. Dec. 20 Assur- ing the House of Commons that Britain's bayonets would not impose a kins on the Greeks, Foreign Sec- retary Anthony Eden tonight eased political controversy over Britain's irmed intervention after reports of differences among the three1' big Al- had-received firmation from Prime Minister Churchill himself. Eden, apparently giving for an immediate meeting of. the Big Three -but bent on finding method of eliminating future mis- understandings, pleaded for re-es- tablishment of quarterly meetings "between the Foreign Secretaries or the great powers as we used to have to deal with some of these matters." His plea was "entered only a few hours after Churchill, in grim reference to "this danger- ous and momentous phase of the maintained that Brit- ain, Russia and the United States were in "entire agree- ment about the general alms which bind our but admitted that "whether there is complete agreement on every aspect of these matters is an- other question altogether." Churchill quickly side-stepped argument over whether the accord among the Allies could be applied to "spheres of influence." One member pointedly asked him whether "he did not agree that there is a danger in inplementation c' proposals of the Dumbarton Oaks conference if certain powers assign themselves spheres of influence and other powers are not brought into cooperation during the war. "I think that is a topic that ob- viously T should not attempt to deal with replied Churchill. It was against this background of underlying concern for smoothly harmonious inter-Al- lied relations that Eden went to bat for his chief and, with a de- tailed, stand-pat defense of the Churchill government's steps in Greece, at least temporarily stilled the demand of some left- wing Labor members for a vote of censure. The sharpest criticism came from Laborite Aneurin Bevin in a de- mand for a vote ot" censure to show that the Government's policies were only those of "Tories" and another demand that King George's com- munications with Athens be cut off to prevent his "intriguing" with his Greek ministers. Among the main points of Eden's explanation of the Greek situation: 1. There was "no question" o! Britain's armed intervention In Greece "without consulting our Allies." 2. "We could perhaps have been censured for not having in- tervened in Athens on lielialf of law and order at an earlier dale." 3. Britain is "sftdking nothing for ourselves in Greece neith- er strategic advantage nor eco- nomic advantages nor any other advantage of that kind at all. 4. "If we had not taken this action there would have been mass starvation all over Greece and ,members of Parliament would have come to this gov- ernment and .said, 'what are you doing about all and lo ..11........ to m.: 7D and -10. High inil Inw same date list year: 33 nnrt 28. v Sunset last nlghi: Sunrise thin mornlnr: Sunsci lonichl: President Signs Huge Road Bill WASHINGTON, Dec. Roosevelt signed today a bill authorizing Federal contribution toward a three-year postwar highway program. In an accompanying statement, he praised Congress for having made possible advance planning of "needed facilities on a sound basis." "Now it becomes a challenge to the states, counties and cit- ies which must originate the specific projects and get the program ready for construction Joan Tells All LOS ANGELES, Dec. Berry today testified under oath that Charlie Chap- lin is the father of her 14- months-old daughter, Carol Ann, and that she has had re- lations with no other man since the time she met the 55-year- old comedian. "I have had no relations with any other man since the time I met Mr. she declared. Previously she testified she and Chaplin had a falling out the night Auto Victim Dies DALLAS, Dec. J. T. Bur- roughs, 69, who was Injured In an automobile accident on the Dallas- Fort Worth hiRhway Friday night, died today at a local hospital. He- lived near Grand Prairie after the war the Presi- dent added. "It is likewise a notice to. the. 44 1945. that the: highway .program will require their prompt and vigorous States would supply. on a 50-50 matching basis to be- come eligible for the larger, the federal money, authorized by the bill.. The Federal cash still' has to be appropriated, however. Mr. Roosevelt noted that the legislation made several Import- ant changes in national policy for highway development. He commented on the authority for designation by State and Fed- eral governments of an inter- regional highway network. He said the measure also "gives practical recognition to the trans- portation problem of our cities by extending Federal aid to projects in urban areas which will reduce traf- fic congestion and accidents." The President observed, addi- tionally, that substantial auth- orizations were Included for farm-to-market roads serving rural populations. Adequate highway communica- tion facilities, Mr. Roosevelt said will be essential in the future to JAPS' YAMASHIIA LINE COMPLETELY CRACKED GENERAL MACARTIHIR'S HEADQUARTERS, Philippines, Thurs- day, Dec. battle of Lcyte Island is "rapidly drawing to an General Doullas MacArthur said today, announcing the complete destruction of the once-powerful Japanese Yamashita Line on the north- west shoulder of the island. The scattered enemy defenders CAMPUS BROIL OVER KISSING PUCKERS UP BATON ROUGE, La., sentiment over the case of Miss Gloria Jeanne Heller, Louisiana State University coed who was asked to "resign or be dis- missed" after she admitted circu- lating leaflets. crMclzing the Uni- versity' attitude .on 'rently boiled a simmer to- day with a student report that "all was quiet on .the campus." Governor James H.. Davis said he had been asked by students to in- tervene but had told them the mat- ter "was one for school authori- ties." President W. B. Hatcher said to- night he had been asked by Miss Anna Marie Barlow, a post grad- uate student from Shrevepofc, if he would see the Governor concern- Ing the matter "I told her I was willing to see the Hatcher said, "but I also told her to get the record as far as I was con- cerned, the case was a closed mat- ter." enemy ast ground supply route was lost when Yanks surging north up the ingle corridor road from Ormoc iverran Libongao where a road forks jff to the Nipponese supply port of 'alompon. The enemy's cohesion is now completely the com- munique said, "and lie is no longer capable of an integrated defense." Small remnants of the Jap- anese forces have been broken Into isolated groups anil are able to resist only temporarily and at isolated points. Scattered Japanese forces are Employment Dips in Texas AUSTIN, Dec. decline of 9.1 per cent in employment in expanding prosperous economy that Texas this November as compare; JOAN BERRY will insure jobs" as well as to na- tional defense and safe and effi- cient transportation services. Authorizing the greatest high- way program in the na- tion's history, the measure is one of. a number of steps looking to a public works program design- ed to help cushion the shock of unemployment which might de- velop during the reconversion period. In addition to the of which the states would contri- bute and the Govern- ment a like amount, divided equnl- '_- ly over a three-year period, the Gov- ernment would spend, over the same of December 10, 1942, because each was out with someone else but that late that -night they made up. The 24 year old unwed mother, who wants the jury to adjudge the comedian the father of her 14- months-old daughter, Carol Ann, related that she encountered Chap- lin that evening at a restaurant. at his home about 11. He was waiting I hadn't seen him since I Calif. Court Grants guess I was a little Texas Probation i or for- Tie. Novemoei angry, Miss Berry grimaced, bowed her head and appeared on the verge of tears, but went on: "We sat on the sofa and talk- ed a little while and finally we made up." She said she left about a. m. and next saw Chaplin December 23 when, she said she broke into his home." That was the occasion when she took a pistol to the Chaplin resi- dence, but her story and his as to what she said have differed widely. She entered the house and found no one downstairs, she testified to- day, and went on HP to Chaplin's bedroom. She heard him talking on the telephone, she said, and he mentioned "Pegler." (Presumably Westbrook Pegler) finally he said, "well good bye, hung up the receiver and turned and saw her, standing with the pistol in her Sec BERRY, Pr. 9, Col. 4 years, for parkway, for- est and Indian reservation roads. The program calls for tlie Govern- ment and the States to each for each of the three years on the regular Federal-aid highway sys- tem, each on secondary, including farm-to-market roads, and each on Federal high- ways entering cities. LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 Convicted of manslaughter in the death of her 5-months-old baby, Mrs. Leala Eva Pruitt was grant- ed probation today on condition that she leave immediately for Texas, where her. husband is in the Army. It was ordered that she shall not return to California. Mrs. Pruitt was convicted by n jury whicli found her guilty of throwing her baby boy, Edward Lee, Into a chair last June 21. The young mother told tlie court today that she wished to return to Athens, Tex- as, where her 2-year-old daughter is being cared lor by her sister. I airline rates. with November, 1943 was reported today by the Bureau of Business Research. The'bureau also found a 5.9 per cent decrease in payrolls for the same comparative periods. Employ- ment was up .2 per cent in Novem- ber over October, and weekly pay- rolls decreased .1 per cent. In manufacturing industries, thr estimated weekly pay roll in Novem- ber was as compared with in October. Employees in manufacturing in- dustries totaled In November and in October, an Increase of 0.5 per cent, and a gain of. 1.5 per cent over November 1043. WASHINGTON, Dec. American Liberator bombers, striking two JIma In the Vol- .ijano Islands 7SO 'miles south of Japan, started largo fires at '.he enemy air strip there, The Navy reporting the Sun- day raid today said other bomb- ers followed up on Monday, pounding the enemy Island with 100 ions of bombs. fleeing toward Palopon on Leyte's northwest coast, the only port re- maining in enemy hands. Destruction of the Yamashlto Line in the Ormoc corridor was accom- plished when tlie 77th Division, New York's own, advanced four miles north from Valencia, Japanese head- quarters whose seizure was announc- ed Wednesday, and took a road junction at the same tune the Firs Cavalry Division drove south fron Lonoy. The cavalry seized Kanango and approached tn within a mile of the 77th, completing the dead- ly squeeze play on the Japanese. General Douglas MacArthur re- ported counting another Jap- anese dead Wednesday. The enemy also lias lost six months supplies to the onrushing Doughboys, making his supply prob lem more crucial. Plans are being; made to stem the onslaught, It was stated, but tha [eellng at this headquarters was that the situation would not be restored :his even next week. Appallingly had weather today kept Allied air forces on the ground, hus eliminating support which the American troops sorely No icavy bombers could, leave their British bases and not a single fightcr- jomber got into the air during the day to help the hard-pressed 3ouehboys. Some of the Panzer units spearheading the German drive are firsi class fighters, veterans of units which faced the Allies at Caen, It was disclosed. They have been reorganized and refuted for this great do-or-dla German counter-offensive and now arc fresh and physically fit. The German Infantry divisions are mostly made np of Volks-Grena- dicrs, Hitler's home guard. (If at full strength, as seems like- y for this carefully-prepared Ger- man thrust, armored divisions would number about men each and Plea Made for Goodfellow Aid An urgent plea for all citizens to unite in a late drive to bring ihrtstmas cheer to the city's needy through the Goo-fellows was made ,ast night by officials of that or- ganization. A total of will be needed to do the Job and upwards of is still needed. Response to requests for toys for needy children, has not been as good .as expected, barrels placed to downtown store- to re- ceive used toys'Being.only'partial- ly filled. The Ooodfellows said un- less both funds and more toys are forthcoming by Saturday night many families will be without ade- quate cheer. The Ooodfellows will deliver food, clothing und toys to each home considered needing them. Contributions yesterday includ- ed: Athenian cluh Dr. Holt Jack Pammore Mr. mid Mn. C. B. Oftlei Henry FcMprlioff Ellicn Joncn Son of Former Ovalo Family Dies in France OVALO. Dec. has jus been received by Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Day, Brownfield, that their son, Pfc. Henry E. Day, 26, died Nov. 12, somewhere in France. Private Day enteied the service in March, 1942. and trained at Camp Wallace and Camp Hulcn. He liad been overseas since No- vember, 1942, and had taken part in the invasions of Africa, Sicily, Italy, and Southern France. A brother, Wilburn, in the Navy New York Telephones Face Strike lieup NEW YOEK, Dec. 20 Of- ficials of Local 101, Federation of Long Lines Telephone Workers, (in- dependent) announced tonight a ma- jority of the long distance op- erators in New York had voted to strike if the War Labor Board falls to approve a weekly wage in- crease. In compliance with the Smith- connally Act, officials .said, the strike would not go into effect be- fore 30 days. Operators favoring the strike handle only Interstate calls. They do not include local or Intrnstnte operators, who would not be effect- nfantry up to making a total 'orce of up to men in tha 'irst assault. No dispatches disclosed LONDON, Dec. German radio claimed tonight that "several" Allied divisions had been rushed from tho Aachen and Saar fronts to check Marshal Karl Gerd von Rundstcdt's counter offensive and boasted that "according to incomplete data, three to four American divisions either hava been destroyed or iiadiy mauled." The German daily war coxn- munlquc claimed that prisoners had been taken In tho Nazi counter-offensive. the nature or extent of the second, Crack American troops appeared ty be stemming the onslaught at ona point, but elsewhere the Nazi power. gathered steadily, and a late Associ- ated Press dispatch from the front said the situation along the entlra 60-mile-wide line was "both con- fused and serious." Another late dispatch from the Slavelot sector some 20 miles inside Belgium said both tho Americans and the Germans were paying: great prices In lives and material. Foul weather continued to keep SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, Paris, Dec. The roads Immediately behind the German attacking front arc lined bumper to bumper with enemy transport of every description, defended by un- believable quantities of anti-air- craft guns massed especially for this offensive, A U. S. Ninth Air Force flier said tonight. ed. Mother of Local Woman Succumbs Mrs. J. C. Miller, mother of Mrs. Robert Batjer, 626 Poplar, diet! at her home in Waelder at II a. m. ill some Airline Hearing At Ft. Worth Jan. 31 WASHINGTON, Her. 20 Civil Aeronautics Board examine Thomas L. Wrenn will condun a hearing at Fort Worth January 3 on 56 applications of airline com panics which "seek to serve cities and villages in Texas and Oklahoma. The hearing had been scheduled tentatively for January 8. Wrenn said that it probably would continue for about a month. In some of the applications lines are proposed solely within either Texas or Oklahoma. Others would include termini In Kansas, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Louisiana. i the Navy yesterday. .She had been Diego, wasltime an cmercencv! and stationed at San recently home furlough. Mr. and Mrs. Day had been resi- dents of tlir Ovalo and Honors community for 17 years before they moved to Brownfldrt about two- al p. m. F 5roars ago. Day is survived by hlsl. parents, six brothers and six sis- ters. Mrs. Butjcr and her two children, Robert und Susan, went to Waelder Saturday and Mr. Batjcr left last Funeral will be held in tli: home Friday. Civilian Air Travel WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 The War Department announced today that the Air Transport Com- mand on January 1 will begin carry- Ing civilians on a limited basis. Fares will be comparable to commercial This Global War Lieurenanr Thompson Receives Promotion Officer Dismissed From British Army the great defenclvc offensive strength of the Allied air forces Irt check as American tanks and in- fantry clung to hastily-dug positions and threw in all the power they pos- sessed to blunt the entry drives in some sectors and to Hold in the break-through passage elsewhere. Monscliau, German town at tha extreme northern end of tlie enemy's assault was recaptured by counter- See BATTLE, Pg. 9, Col. 3 Fire Destroys Buford Co-op Gin COLORADO CITY, Dec. Buford Co-Operatlva pin. four milrs north of was destroyed by fire tonight, despite ef- forts of Hie Colorado City fire de- psntnieifi. -and many volunteers. The. blaze discovered about p. m. in the cotton stand. Tlie local fire department was unable to save the building because of lack of water and everything wns burned except tlie records. Fif- teen bales burned. Loss was estimated at insurance cov- ering of the amount. The co-operative has about 140 I LONDON, Dec. British court martial announced coday the dismissal from service of Lieuten- members with L. A. Strain as pres- COLEMAN, Dec. Mrs.' .ml Herbert Leak, 29, who acknow- j ident and T. T. Smith manager. H. A. Thompson recently received judged an arrangement wiMi an j Earl Hommnnd, local member, said word her husband lias been promot-1 ATS prjvllte to have a child because the Bin will be re-built as soon as ed lo captain. own wifc W05 unable to bear! possible. Captain Thompson Is a member j Leak testified that his wife had agreed to the plan. He denied any improper association and stated lie had intimate relations once once of Hie 170th Medical Battalion of the First Army, and Is now in Ger- many. His home is In Vcrnon. Mrs. Thompson nnd baby are living with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. Beck, Colcmnn. WLB Ruling SEE STORY ON PAGE TWELVE WASHINGTON, Doc. The National Labor Relations Board holds that transfer of employes from a salaried to an liourly-wasc basis because they choose a collective bnrfialnine representative Is anti- union discrimination. The NLRU made tills finding today in tlie of General Motors Corporation, I Linden, N. J. with the ATS private, whose hus- hnnd Is now serving overseas. So Sorry, Please By The Associated Press The Tokyo radio said tonight that Buddhist fureral rites were held in the Japanese capital today for Ad- miral Chulchl Nagumo. killed last July on Saipan island where he commanded Nipponese forces, and his spirit "was eternally enrolled among the gods."