Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 9, 1944, Abilene, Texas
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WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKI ICH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 9, 1944 —THIRTY-FOUR PAGEsTFn^THREk'
t’OL. LXIII, NO. 207
A TEXAS NEWSPAPER
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return trip, the fighter* hit * New Ireland airdrome and .strafed ullages along the southeast coastline. Two of the raiders were lost.
Northwest of the Saidor ground scene on New Guinea, Liberators on Thursday delivered a 51-ton bomb load on Alexishafen, enemy air base. The next morning, a Catalina ranging north of Alexishafen bombed and blew up a 5,000-ton Japanese tanker and set fire to a 1,500-ton cargo boat.
In the Northern Solomons, where Americans gradually are prying loose Japan's hold on Bougainville island by an air and sea blockade of supply lines, PT boats Thursday damaged equipment and personnel in a running fight with enemy barges on the south coast. Southwest of Bougainville. Mitchell bombers expended 10.000 pounds in strafing the Japanese on ChoLseul island.
Lt. James T. Bell. 24 who went into action as a member of Abilene* Troop G, 112th cavalry. National Guard, has been missing in action in New Britain since Dec. 15.
Official War Department notification to that effect came Saturday morning to Lieutenant Bell's mother. Mrs. E. E. Carr, 931 1-2 South 6th street
Date listed by the War Depart-m:nt coincides with the Allied invasion of Ara We peninsula on New Britain, an invasion in which West Texas guardsmen were thought to have headed the initial landing operation.
Press dispatches released at that time told of action of 150 West Texans among the first group going ashore. Mention of Col Clyde Grant, commander of the Abilene troop, lead to belief that local soldiers were those engaged.
Lieutenant Bell graduated in 1939 from Abilene high school, where he was an outstanding athlete A member of Troop G, he was mustered into federal service in November. 1941, trained with the unit at Fort Bliss and Fort Clark before going overseas His promotion to lieutenancy came after the troop had left the States.
Lieutenant Bell's wife, the former
J. B. Jordan Sr,. 1648 Butternut, was informed Saturday by the War Department that his son, 1st Lt. Robert C. Jordan, was in a critical condition from injuries accidentally
Lf. James E. Lee. better known to his Abilene friends as Emmett, died Saturday in the crash of a twin-engined B-26 Marauder medium bomber from Kellogg field at Battle Creek, Midi.
The 26-year-old Abilenian was the only child of Mrs.
Eunice H. Lee, 1630 South Eighth street.
Four other Army filers met death WF
in the crash, according to an Asso- I S
ciabed Press story from Battle Creek. The Marauder plunged into a field two and a half miles south of Hie base and burned. Capt. David* I if-**
E. Bales, public relations officer at A
the field, said the crew had report- V JI
ed by radio that the left engine -jaHn- -
had failed and an emergency land- \
ing would be attempted.
Bv The Associated Press Texas’ blizzard left at least one man dead in its wake, but five women reported missing in the Panhandle were found safe late yesterday.
Justice of the Peace Nat L. luge at Wichita Falls said M. C. Duvall, about 55, was found dead in a lot near his home yesterday afternoon. Inge attributed death to cold and exposure.
A p« rty of five women from
Amarillo, bound on a skiing expedition to New Mexico, were reported missing since Friday and searching parties scoured the Dumas-Dalhart area They telephoned from Dumas that they were “warm and dry ’ after having trouble with a stalled station wagon.
A trickel of bus travel began out of Amarillo and feed shipments were promised for snow-bound cattle in the Panhandle.
One bus left Amarillo at ll a. m. yesterday for Lubbock and another left at noon for Pampa. A rail line east from Amarillo to McLean, 90 miles distant, was blocked by the heavy snowfall and snow plows were clearing the tracks. Stranded car* dotted that section of the state.
Snow drifts IO to 12 fret high piled up from a point about 20 miles northeast of Amarillo to the Oklahoma line and communications lines north of that city were stiH disrupted.
Meanwhile, Rep. Worley <D-Tex) said yesterday that the Agriculture Department has ordered 175 railroad carloads of soybean meal into the Panhandle to alleviate a shortage of livestock protein feed. Ile added that a considerable quantity of cottonseed rake also will be shipped into the Panhandle from the Texas South Plains, Worley said the 175 carloads of soybean meal already are in
See STORM, Pg. fi. Col. 4
Temperatures skidded toward a
new seasonal low late last night aa Friday’s blue norther settled dow’n for its second night stand in West Central Texas.
Dipping at a rate of two degrees an hour for a three-hour period, the reading at the airport last night at 10,30 was 20 degrees At the same time Friday night the mercury stood at 24.
Airport weather officials looked for the season’s record of 15 to be clipped during the early morning hours. Hie forecast was for temperatures ranging from IO to 15 degrees.
The weatherman predicted fair and continued cold for Sunday, except slightly higher tempera Lire In the afternoon. Another hard freeze was forecast for Sunday nlRht, with warmer weather due Monday.
Low reading for Saturday was 18 degrees at IO a rn., while the high was 31 at 5 p.m.
LT. R. C. JORDAN
received at Jorhat, India.
Lieutenant Jordan i* adjutant of an Army Air Force transport squadron serving a number of United Nations bases in the India-Burma-China theater. He Is a former student In McMurry college.
The War Department’s message said Jordan was injured Jan. 4 to a “degree serious.” Report further states condition critical.”
Mr. Jordan’s other son, J. B Jr., is a lieutenant in the Air Force. serving as an intelligence officer! stationed at Nashville. Tenn.
The boys’ mother died here only a few’ months ago.
Lieutenant Lee was born In Alexandria, La., but had lived most of his life In Abilene. He attended public schools here ani later did college work at both Abilene Christian and McMurry.
He 'xter was employed by the Dub V. ooten Sporting Goods company where he served as "contact man" with athletic coaches over the erritory. He was well known in ’»rts circles, having served as student manager of football at Abilene high school and in the same capacity at both of the colleges he attended.
Prior to going into the service in April. 1942, he was connected with the Lone Star Gas company.
He was a navigator-bombardier, getting his bombardier’s wings at Roswell, N. M., and qualifying as a navigator at Carlsbad N. M. He first was stationed at Santa Ana, Calif.
LT. EMMETT LEE
possibly later. Arrangements are to be announced from Laughter funeral home.
Other victim.* in the crash were Lt. Earl Bradley, 25, Salisaw, Okla , the pilot, veteran of the North African campaign; Lt, Montague B. Waterhouse, 28. Honolulu, the copilot; Sgt. Troy Tisenby. 27, Chesterfield, S C, radio man. and Sgt. Howard R. Molyneaux, 21, Chicago, engineer.
Tech. Sgt. Claude C. Griffin, 20, Fox. Okla., and Sgt. Ernest Ornelas, 21, Brownsville, both gunners, were injured. Both were reported not seriously hurt.
DALLAS. Jan ft (Ab— Frank C
Walker, postmaster general and Democratic national committee chairman, will be the principal speaker at a Washington's birthday dinner here Feb. 22.
Announcing the dinner. Myron G Blalock of Marshall and Mrs Clara Driscoll of Corpus Christi, Democratic national committeeman and and committeewoman from Texas, said the dinner would climax a campaign to raise $100,000 in Texas for the Democratic party Blalock, who recently retired from active service as a colonel In the army because of a physical disability, said that, “this state will cast her usual 85 per cent Democratic vote in the fall election, regardless of the national candidates. It appears to me the party fates the year 1944 unafraid And the party will stand or fall on Its record.”
He said it Is his belief that unless President Roosevelt announces to the party convention that he won’t accept, he will be nominated for a fourth term
HOUSTON, Jan. 8 — — Na-
^•mal Commander Warren H. Atherton asserted today that the American Legion will support payment of a “reasonable bonus” to veterans of World War II to equalize the pay of servicemen and war workers.
Condemning labor stoppages, Atherton declared that “if anything blows up in our war effort it is these strikes" and disclosed that the Legion expects to draw many of Its future members from women’s service organizations. a The bonus, ’abeled by Atherton as adjusted compensation,” woufd supplement other veterans benefits being urged oy the Legion he explained.
“Why shouldn't the fighting men and women get as much pay as Rar workers?” Atherton asked in an interview, stressing, however, that the program "would have to be modified by the nations ability to ITV ”
"We don't want to bankrupt the
country," he said.Doublecross Nazis
LONDON, Jan. 8 — <jp,_ A fully armed Slovak force of 2,140, sent into Southern Russia by the Germans, recently eluded the Nazis and joined the Red Army, swelling the number* cf nationals of German-subjugated countries now fighting under the hammer and sic kle, the Czech press bureau said today.
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BIG SPRING, Jan ft 'Bpi) -Coahoma precinct In Howard county was definitely In the “dry” column Saturday night with the vote standing Bl against, 38 for the sale of whisky beer In two out of three boxes.
Complete count was in from Coahoma and Vincent voting boxes and the remaining one, R-Bar, is a small box with insufficient votes to change the outcome.
This is the first precinct election ever to be held in Howard countv. The entirr county went dry in 1937, then 30 days later sale of beer was legalized At the end of the minimum legal interval another election was called and sale of whisky legalized.
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ABILENE SND VICINITY: Fair and continued cold sunday; e*e*pt «iuhtl\ hiuhrr tem pi-rn turf- In the afternoon; hard freer* sunday night. Monday lair and warmer.
LAST TEXAS: Fair and continued cold sundax, Piccpl kllichtly higher temperature* hi norfhockt portion In afternoon; rd kflwe/e In north portion and near or kligbtly Below freezing in kouth Snnda^ nleht , Monday 'air and warmer.
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WASHINGTON, Jim ft T’ _ President Roosevelt, shaking oft effects of the grippe, worked today on his annual report to Congress on “the state of the union ” a topic Which gives him a aide choice of subjects.
The speech may be delivered in person Tuesday; a devLsion is expected following his consultation Monday with congressional leaders.
Speculation as to its contents was highlighted today by a statement in the Army and Navy Journal that this unofficial service publication expects him to recommend "prompt institution of universal service,” in other words, a civilian draft of workers for essential jobs.
Tile Journal said editorially that General George C Marshall “spoke from an angered heart when . . . last Friday (Dec. 31» he is reported *o have said that the railroad and steel «trikp threats were a great tragedy and tile damnedest crim* ever committed against America.
“What was concerning hun and the commander in chief it .ie President i as well, for the latter, of course, inspired him to speak, wrra the evil consequences which they found had flowed from the tnhtran-sigeant attitude adopted by most of the railway brotherhood* and th« steel union.”
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h EQUATORRobert Taylor Gets Instructor's Winos
NEW ORLEANS, Jan 8 -JP1 — Lieut ijgi Robert Taylor, on wartime leave from the screen, tcrtuy received hts wings and an instructor's certificate as a member of a class of primary flight instructors graduating from the Naval Air Station here.
High end low temperature* to # p ll and IS.
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Mantel In st night: 11:51.
Minrik. (hit morning; g:41.
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