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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 24, 1944, Abilene, Texas WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH .YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT COES."-Byron VOL. LXIV, NO. IBR A TEXAS NEWSPAPER ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MOHNING, DECEMBER 24, 1944 THREE SECTIONS'    Atocia led    Presa (AP)SUNDAY United Prsss (UJ*') PRICE PAE CENTS Gigantic Scandal Stirs Allied Circles A,    Bv GEORGE TI CKER PARI- life. 23—i#’ —Thousands of gallon* of American intended fir the Allied war machines at the front are bein* hijacked Hailv and fed into the French black market.    . .    . Cigarettes an* post exchange supplies as well have been stolen in carload lots—mostly by American soldiers—and sold at fantastic pr res. Civil War t In Greece Spreading Hundreds have been arrested. ®A tightening of the French government’s attitude toward the French black market agents involved has bedn promised. At least 5,000 unauthorized automobiles have ^■rn taken from civilians who were unable to disclose the source of their gasoline. Two American enlisted men were sentenced to life Imprisonment b\ a general court in November for selling Government A property to black market agents. ^ Implicated in the same offense was a French civilian. Tried before a French civil court, the Frenchman was let off with a a fine of 1.200 francs ($26). immediately Yanks Hold Nazis’ Line ATHEN?. Dec 23— < AP''—Fifteen thousand to 20.000 left-wing EL AS warriors stormed the Rightist Guerrilla stronghold in northwestern war stiff fighting also erupted north of the Athens port of Piraeus where Brit- * fleeted tie grea^ Dame nu" m*-    .    ... ie In Belgium and Luxembourg one lah-Indian troops landed under th wa VI or another. Major Genera supportI of naval guns and rocket- aiice^t fhcer°?n ^he^Europran^he- Bm^^'aC^ers. which only Her of oSrallon1;: TO3 The las. nigh. received the BLW reply thefts had no bearing on the cur American officials ............ %-lled this to the attention of the French government, and in future, all civilians charged with similar Greece today, spreading civil offenses will face p French military clear across the nation, as tribunal Officers My the losses have not ffected the great battle now rag- V.OOIIKKIJ.OWS—After the ll trucks for citywide distribution Had been loaded with Goodfellow baskets, these four workers were boxing toys that are to he e a Sunshine nur**ry and the negro nursery. Reading left are Nib Shaw. in charge of distr. lull rn <    \ Green and his son. Kenneth, and G. W. Jutson. Jutson has worked In Uh the t.ood- fellows overs Christmas for a number of years. Kenneth, too. has a record He has been up with the Goodfellows for the C hristmas distribution since heaves annule tot_ By NED NORDNESS r\RIS. Sunday, Dec. 24—(AP)—American relief columns, swinging up through Luxembourg    and    southeastern Belgium in their first effective counteraction, have hut*! into the southern flank of    the    German penetration which    has reached Libramont. only -J miles northeast of historic Sedan. Allied Headquarters disclosed Kist night. With clearing skies the world s lightest air force also swung into action with UKW sorties against the German invasion columns, cutting swaths through the ranks and hammering their rear bases.    A1Uwl    Headquarters    lifting    a    48-hour    time lag on front news, gavf this report of the situation:    . American troops still hold    Libramont. a five-way road Junction .I miles from the northeastern French frontier. Striking north of the citv of Luxembourg and also north o» Anon. 13 miles northwest of Luxembourg. American troops have dented the German southern flank.    ,    u A from clatch covering this action through Irtciay morning said the I uxembourg counter-action was sprung north of Mersch. eight miles above Luxembourg city. Although this dispatch was censored it contained these perhaps significant word ^ent military situation ™ At 8 a. rn. today in just one detention barracks in Paris I,-308 Americans were under arrest and more than half of these are charged with misappropriation of government property. to its cease-fire ultimatum, officially declared that the ELAS assault on the right-wing stonghold around Ioannuna was an “unprovoked attack” in violation of an agreement reached between the rival factions at Caser!a before the original British landings in Greece. While Lieutenant Geneial Ronald u.s.Puts Manila Air Controls n . . Pounded Point Free ItemsFace Rationing Episcopal Church Services Continue lo Midnight Today January. w “This group sent over $206,-OOO in postoffice monev orders and cashier cheeks hack here." C olonel F.. G. Buhrmaxter, provost marshal of the Seine base section, of Schenectady, N. Y. "Every one of (hem had be -P tween $5,000 and 56,000 on him when I pirked them up." Anm,»0tm.ndC^“Th£?‘    scow.; th, British commander, and chared with telling a trainload of Harold McM111»il Birtt«h flevident cigarettes    soap*and    other    supplies    (,pn^ w    ,ne    T af    cynirr k    msrL    Th.v    -.iii far? 1 red OU /.»e    situation, Indian troops -    ‘    #ir.t    WCek in    hauled the    ELAS    members    north of general    court the    first    week in    ?hp ^ hgrbor    basln nf    ptraPUS southwest of Athens. It was feared that the main refrigerating plant for meat supplies of the whole capital district was I seriously damaged in the fighting north of Kallipolis peninsula. General Napoleon Zervas. commander of the right-wing EDES, in m «n    5pnt an urRen* message to the Entre *    4. in „„tniiMo lsh for assistance, but thus far no But the big theft is in gasoline .    . bppn spnt end the losses by pilferage run into ^ leftist ELAS. commanded by hundreds of thousands of gasoline Qpnprai gtephanos Saraphis. were a    i    i    reported to have cut 20 miles “This place is getting to be like ^ h EDES territory, by-passing »•» day* ?';M CaE?n<,'„ Yannlna. which ha, served as Zee-Buhrmaster said They hijack headquarter*. trucks right off the road. They I    __ drive a car between the last couple of trucks in a convoy, stick a gun in Hie driver's belly and tell him to a a moose. • "Then they sell the truck for 250.-000 francs. Under the German evaluation this was only $1,500, but at the American ratp of two cents to the franc it amounts to $5,000. Our evaluation of the franc is the ^tasis of the black market." ^ Buhrmaster said one major had sent $36,000 home in a short time A corporal was reported to have sent 41.200 in five days and two other enlisted men sent 52,600 and $2,000 home Within a few weeks £ General Sa vier commented that "people don't, steal bullets and tanks, because they can't dispose of them." "The only ‘hot’ items on tile ordnance list are watches and field In Vise WASHINGTON. Dec. 23— —A swift series of control-tightening orders, more drastic in overall effect than any since the war started, brought grimmer war prospects sharply home in America today. The new controls in outline: 1. Businesses ignoring manpower regulations were given to understand they will he denied fuel, materials and transportation. 2. The OPA prepared to return to the ration list nearly all point-free meats and canned vegetables soon. 3. Horse and dog racing tracks were asked to close up shop on January 3 unless war conditions permit operation. 4 Selective Service was directed to review the draft classification of professional athletes. From Sky Christmas Eve services at the Church of the Heavenly Rest. Epis-Icopal, Third and Orange streets, (he ration list by new 'ear, It was learned tonight. GENERAL Ma ca RTH URS the east counted another 3,788 HEADQUARTERS. Philippines enemy dead in one day. bringing Sunday, Dee. 24.-(^—Headquarters th(. g.dgv total t0 today reported a smashing daylight I ^ u g 77th Division, the comal! raid on Clark Field, near Manila. inr in which the majority of IOO munique said, is continuing to work grounded planes were destroyed, aud said also that U. S. troops had completed the destruction of Nipponese in the bloody Ormoc corridor of Leyte island. Liberator bombers, operating from Leyte made the Clark Field raid Friday, Philippine time. It was the first daylight Liberator .    q«.mc operation against that niam Jap- —    mhum    ln    thp ru^eci anese an cern i n    i    i • mountainous terrain southeast of °,moc md of th, bal, Won. Scores of Gls Trek To Manger Of Christ-Child JERUSALEM. Dec 23 T On this sixth Christmas of the greatest conflict the world has known more than 500 American warriors will gather to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace at the Bethlehem manger where it occurred. They started coming in by plane today, fresh from the mud and gore of the battlefields in France. Germany and Italy, from North Africa, from stations in the Middle East No Snowflakes Seen For Christmas Here Prospects of even a smattering of snowflakes for Christmas in Abilene were blacked out last night as thr weatherman predicted warmer weather on the holiday. Today it is to remain cold and cloudy. esc. who got only nine of their fighters in the air to meet the assault. Fight, of the nine interceptors were shot down by U. S. rhundei-bolts. The dispersal and taxi areas between two of the airstrips were left enveloped in fire anti smoke. Liberator crews reported one tremendous explosion from which a smoke column rose 5,000 feet Yanks cleaning up Leyte's Ormoc corridor and pocketed .Japanese to WASHINGTON,4 Beret 73.—i D— Virtually all point-free meat* and    ______ fanned vegetables will be back on will continue to midnight. Sunday the Mart of the At 10:30 p rn 15 minutes of carol the Man or in    in    {hf    cloLstpr anft an organ cit ft I will be held, opening the choral Hie OPA, ie liable sources said, Is celebration of Hob Communion, prepared to amtounrt the drastic The proceeimal at ion P. rn. „    .    .    will open a service that will include move nest Bednesdai.    Leading of Hebrews I I, singing of New point values, now being dis- (hp Rnthem Holy Art Thou (Handel* cussed, probably will    be    effective    hv tbp senior    choir with violin    obli- *—»....."    i    TWpmher 31    gato bv    Mal.    George Alack it. way westward Com lh, corridor! ^    ^ ^    |^ r^°Th Ch, arm. last Mal.    .    ,    ,j    i vices will precede the anthen, Jesus, Because    of c ontinuing    word of    God    Inc amate 'Mozart».    b' for freezer    spare in    warehouse*    ««««' * for military commodities, frozen    1 fruits and vegetables probably will slav    point-free.    Jams,    Jellies. and    preserves are    not    expected to    be returned    to    the    list. Restoration of points to the wide to the port of Palompon, last base of the remnants of enemy forces In that, area. Participation of the lith Airborne Division in the west Leyte fighting was disclosed for the first time. It commanded by Major General It did much of It is obvious that in the eight da-* since the Germans threw the dice In what probably are their las* big gamhle the Americans have had time to reform their forces.'* Encouraging news also rame from the northern flank where Associated Pres* Correspondent Wrs Gallagher said that Field Marshal Karl von Rund-stedt had been forced to pull hack one of his crack SS (Elite) divisions because it was so bad-1 v mauled bv hard-fighting doughboys in the Malmedy sector. The Germans left more than I,* OOO dead in the snows below Mal* medy, Gallagher raid, aud a hard freeze setting In had the Yanks grouped around small bonfires across the battle - ridden fields and crass roads Hundreds of Hitler’s youthful troops are snow-covered lumps, dead In th" ti >-man s land between the lines in tha* area. Top European Ace LONDON. Dec 23 -V Colonel Dave Schilling, of Transverse Mich. who commands an ace fighter group in Europe, became the leading aer Ul UDBiur IIM mr wet vc tics aim item    ,    f    ,,    ,    ,    .. glasses,” he said. "We caught one    *nd    fro™    ir bleak    coast of    thp I .    .    _    .    Oortion    filii! soldier who stole 300 watches and he's in the penitentiary. But. oui' firepower supplies are untouched.” JLions Charity Bowl Hits Peak ot $1,538 The Lions club chanty bowl reached a new annual peak for income this weekend with $1,538.81 contributed to the bow-1. Second and Pine, Wilmer Sims, club president, said last night. The previous high was $1,301 in 1942. The two and a half day drive gilded last night, after Lions had Solicited at tile corner since 1:30 p. rn. Thursday. Yesterday's income was over $650. Persian Gulf They follow the winding road to Bethlehem soon after their arrival, for they arr eager to see "The Place." In thp Church of flip Nativity they descend a short flight, of stone steps and are shown the exact spot where the manger stood. Living Costs Rise .01 Percent In Month WASHINGTON. Dec. 23 — (/TV— The Bureau of Labor Statistics index of living costs rase one-tenth ; of I percent betw een mid-October and mid-November. This put the index at 126.5 percent of the 1935-39 average, 1.9 percent above the level of a year to remain coin ann ciuuuy.    ■■■ * - • -    .,_____tn. Temperatures Saturday failed to    j m the European -th    '    . drop to freezing, although at no    oav by getting five * ^    <■    I time was the temperature approach-    making his total u.iul'** ■    » inc comfort. The high was 4’, and    o( which 24 1-2 were    in    th,    al. the low 34 degrees.    I    nnc^ IO on ^e ground.__ GOODFELLOWV GIFTS CHEER 151 FAMILIES; MORE TODAY Goodfellow* cheer to ISI families wa* Saturday vprrad In the form of boxes of fond, clothing and toys distributed bv volunteers in Hie annual Christmas program. Additional boxes will be taken to needv homes today and more Christmas dav in order that no home will he without I cheer. Additional contributions yester-j----- day permitted the Goodfellows to I pjoveg „f (j1P Coca-Cola company take some surplus toys and food to an(j volunteers assisting. Th- Fire-I the Sunshine nursery and negro stonr cdfnpany added toys slued nursery. Upwards of SOO youngsters at ovpr jus{ before the distrl- ai   I — -I iUa Ct #/sl I e motindO , button started. where the 77th and the 7th divisions closed a trap on the enemy’s Ya-mashita Line and turned the Lovte campaign toward a victorious end A single C-47 transport dropped all the lith Division paratroopers and equipment for the operation. Special parachute rad were built under the planes bodv to rarr.v the weight of mountain guns. It took ten missions to do the lob. Only once did a 'chute hang up in a tree top The paratrooper^ were dropped fullv armed and prepared to defend their guns against the Japanese less than a mile away. Islands lying between Ameriean-helri Lev te and Mindoro were given another heavy aerial pounding Japanese airdrome or. Bebu. Pansy and Negros took 160 tons of bombs on successive days. Japanese planes agate attarked the American positions on Mindoro and 20 w-pre shot down The communique re|>orted the sinking of a small enemy freighter by light U. S. naval units in the Visa van »Sph and the shelling of Japanese shore installations on Masbatp island. U. S. bombers and fightcr-bombers worked on Japanese shipping and installations from Mindoro in the Philippines to the Solomon islands Hitting Bdrneo, the Moluccas, the lesser Sundas, New Guinea and New The recessional hymn will be Hark the Herald Angels Sing and the postlude Hallelujah Chron* from The Messiah (Handel*. The communion setting used at 1° i Luc this service will be King Hall's rom-variely of meat cu^ S? OPA I minion service in C. attended the Goodfellows matinee at the Paramount theater Saturday    * Latp contributions included morning, each bringing a can or    Ml    vin.    it ihnmp«on    ... food. The cans, which filled a small    Mrs truck, will go to the nurseries.    M?iv*nii    Mr*    vv. b sp.irki Distribution of boxes yesterday    v.«,n was under direction of Nib Shaw,    K"hm    "    Nr"fM Britain. Dewey May Talk At Lincoln Banquet FASHINGTON, Dec 23 — 'J'1— A Lincoln birthday speech here may give Thomas E Dewey his first public opportunity since the election to keynote Republican views on home and foreign af I airs. The defeated presidential candidate is understood to have ar-an invitation to speak be- s.nn 'J .OR IMS I .OII I ,    , 5oo cepted yoo f0rf the annual Lincoln Day quet rn February. ban will be a major over the War Food Administration. For the last five months OPA has recommended that point-free meat* and vegetables be put back under ’rationing, contending that spotty distribution and shortages arum and potential warranted such a j move.    • WFA. which has jurisdiction as to which commodities are rationed, reacted the proposal carli time it i was submitted. Tile dispute wa climaxed last month when OPA appealed to Stabilization Director Fred M Vinson, asking that lie aet as arbitrator. one consideration which apparently tipped the scale in OPA’* favor is Hie prospect that the war In Europe may be drawn out ax a result of Hie German counteroffensive. I his would make it necessary to ship more food to Hie armed forces than first calculated, and at the same time reduce tile likelihood of an early homefront surplus feared bv WFA. Another factor contributing to the decision was said to be»WFA’s latest estimate that the spring pig crop will br two percent under last year’s, while the agency had (ailed on farmers for a seven percent increase. The number of red and blue raiiuii points provided for a four-werk priiod probably will be increased under the program. The ouantity was rut in half when the list of rationed commodities was reduced. WFA's arguments were t Ii a t while some commodities are in short supply, there are substitutes available in each case. In view of tiiis, the Agency said, there should be as little rationing as possible in order to avert large food surpluses at the end of the war in Europe. The fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas Eve, will open at the church at a a. rn. with holy communion and church school. Morning pin'crs and sermon will begin at ll o'clock. The rector, the Rev. Willis P. Br rh art, will speak on Our Overcrowded Lives. The offertory quartet will sing The churubin Song. Singers will bf Mr- T. I Spreliger, Frances Davis. Lt. Jay Van Trawyer and Lt. T. I Sprenger. Husband Home For Christmas--On Movie Screen Mr*. Harley Pritchard. 184? North Second, didn t think she would xee her husband, a sergeant with the Third Vrniv (hrlstma*. But she did—Saturdai afternoon on the Paramount screen. uhs a elose-up. too. ‘I never was so thrilled in life," she said. "Ile wast! I wearing the gloves I sent him for ( hristmas, either. I caught up with him." Ten Bodies Found In B-24 Explosion LOS ANGELES. Dec 23    i/P*— Ten bodies were found by a r in y searchers today in the scattered and (haired wreckage of a B-24 Liberator bomber that crashed and exploded on Mt. Gleason north of Glendale last night. Names of the victims were not released immediately. The \ mer iran*, however, have Inst stavelot. five mile* southwest of Malmedy. headquarter* disclosed, and also confirmed (he German announcement that St. Vith, 12 mile* southeast of Stavelot, had been taken by the Germans. Masse* of German armor wert reported pushing the Americans •lowly from St. Vlth toward Viel-salm. nine mile* to the w'xst and seven miles south of Fiavelot. .SHAFF described this action where Hie Americans were Irving to prevent a link-up of major German columns, as one of the epic stand of the war Tile Americans slugged It nu* toe to toe. and are still fighting with great courage but are slowL being pressed back by superior forces. In the Malmedy sector the Germans villi were tning to gather enough strength to break through and widen their penetration, headquarters said. Iii (hrlr western prnetiatinn oop German spearhead iii a 10-mile advance ha* reached Marche, 72 miles north of Llbra-Hiont, and ?i miles southeast of Namur. A from dispatch said that by Friday morning the Germans aho had cut a highway northeast of Holton, fne miles northeast of Marche and 23 miles south of Liege. Heave fighting was reported between Hot tot and Boy. three miles See YANKS I’age ll, Cal. 6 It m v Texans Wounded The War department last night reported Bl additional Texans wounded in action in Europe. Included were: Sr" Grady Bagley, brother c* ij"*. Ola rn N Hail. Throckmorton: I ; Durwood W. Jones, husband of Mary K Jones, Breckenridge. Pvt. Juan C Parras, son of Mrs. Susitna O. Castillo. Big Spring. The Weather By ASSELL LANDSTROM LONDON, Dec. 23 —(A*)— For m the sixth straight year the * Christmas spirit will by-pass Europe, its belligerents looked now in perhaps the final struggle of its hearths desolate. The tinman counteroffensive has pulled up the Allied Armies tautly md made them determined to set right this reverse on the Western Front. In the mud and blood of the fieree-lv-contested ground where Field *Jarshal von Rundstedt cast the ha henge thre can be nothing approximating Christmas, not even the ordinaly Christmas at the front when special food and gifts are passed forward. Consequently, London, Paris, Brussels and Rome naturally feel far less disposed to celebrate. As in the past, therefore. Americans and Britons here are exchanging courtesies, the for mer sharing the good things of care of many merchant sailor their Red C ross clubs    with child-    the Allied natioiT. roil denied a normal    familv life. Similar arrangements Jir|p    ^ and the latter receiving I . S. Un several Belgian and French c. -service men into their homes,    ies. Red Cross clubs are serving free Apart from the frontline int! ne I turkey dinners and sponsoring par-    British had trouble    with the    n ties, concerts, movies    and dances,    market flourishing ii    point tm    ■fi    ' United Seamen's Service Is taking and toys. Only a relatively Mi. number of people are able to ca* No Reporter-News Christmas Day Morning and Evening editions of the Abilene Reporter-News will not be published Monday, December 25, in observance of Christmas Day. Best wishes for a pleasant day ore extended to oil. turkey, chicken or goose Mast could get only a piece of beef or pork. Though winter holiday travel is not at a record level, travelled flocked to most London railroad stations early today in order to make the mast of a vacation la. mg until Wednesday. In England the of day following Christmas Day — also a holiday. Only in neutral lands were there any real outward ( hristmas signs. T he sixth war ( hristmas finds Switzerland something like a magic island in a thrashing sea. Refugee* of half a dozen battle-ridden neighbors gaze into well-filled shop windows. Things long vanished in other countries are displayed in Switzerland. but their prices are staggering. In Dublin citizens of Eire fare well enough for food, provided they hnvc money, and in Stockholm the folk are even better off. The grimmest of all will be the German Christmas From Bern Switzerland, comes en Associated Press dispatch quoting the Ger- This Global War- hee DISPATCHES, Page 6 mall n*<wninar Amjcij/eac* Z Ch tung . "In place of bells are raid sirrns. The Christmas cake. goose and carp are only memories. no longer a part of the vocabulary of the German (hristmas. last year Germans were ex horteri to make practical gifts. Not even Christmas cards are permitted this year." Once gay Vienna Cs apathetic, said a dispatch to the "National Zci-tung" of Basel. Switzerland. Suburban plants still are making armaments for the Nazis with the help of 700,000 foreign workers whom the Germane lear, the paper said. DI PIET MI Vt' OI ( »>'I Mf RI E IMM HI K Bt    rf    M MUHM    VNO    VU    IM    I , 11,ua' and continued cold XIondac p.»rtl> cloudy and not quite »o ■ \>i IIXX' Moille clouds cc i th ne , onal lt*M ram or dr.rite near upper n ,„ I older in rail and .outh portion. Sunday- Monday, partly cloud' and noi **ui'sr (tx vs >1 natl v cloudy a ad nat • o cold in Panhandle and sout,\ ‘nd Stinda' Monday, parti' cloudy and •’“t muih c¥imWr xtTrVs SU. .-lr,.    MOIR    '¥mM .VU    I Ii*;! •    1.2...... »«- H'm    ...r.    a ......... «•    v! * ■ *; .......*    i    ,    ct - ss a - ta ......... J    «.At ll 'll    •    .;..... -ai ll * ;    ....... .    i    ...... »»-4t lf'......  s    ...... as - is §-»« ........ J! aa** ...... }i    —.is lYieh cd low temperature* to ti p. nu '\*"h "'.id lo" 'ame date lait J-art ll and 31 . M.ns-t U>! nub? *> Ii*, sunrise the morning S.37. Sunset tonight. * 41. k ;