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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 3, 1944, Abilene, Texas • BACK THE ATTACK £ ac Buy More Than Before In Fifth War Loan Drive! verall Quota    $3,805,000 aries E Quota    1,255,000 Cf)t gfotlme Reporter-Bods EVENING FINAL WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS l l OOI S.'-Byron VOL. LXIII, NO. 351 A TEXAS 2mLU, NEWSPAPER ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, JUNE 3, 1944-EIGHT PAGES Associated Press (AP) United Press (UP.) PRICE FIVE CENTSU. S. Heavies Unleash Two New Blows at German Invasion Defenses T    J    n    British    Batler    Yanks    Hop    to Toward Ro me At wail Rails Others Veer East to I LONDON, June 3.-(AP)~ Soviet Bases By Finn GILMORE EASTERN COMMAND. U. S. STRATEGIC AIR FORCE, Somewhere in Russia, June 3.—(AP)—Strong formations of Close Trap on Nazis 0. s. heavy bombers struck American Flying Fortresses Md Mustang tighten escorts tu ipo ll waTi " ‘ cf    have    landed at secretly-prepared American bases in Russia I cation" in the Pas dc Calais aflri' bombin8 Romanian targets, accomplishing west-east bombing cl Hitter's fortress for the tot Ume and establish- carrying on the non- •!£{£ historic Operation, completed yesterday, was dis- ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Naples. June 3,-(AP) U. S. troops slugging through the Alban hills toward Rome sure after the shuttle raid to DYtV?n d* have captured Monte Castellano, a bare 14 miles from the Russian bases Eternal City, and another American column today drove up Flying two ^ACTORY COMPLETELY KNOCKED OUT—Allied airmen did a thorough job of knocking this factory, near Aprilia, Italy, in the beachhead area, completely out of the war, leaving only gutted remains of the building. (AP Wirephoto via Signal Corps Radiophoto). 'Allies Gain in Burma and India Booly Seized i\ Myitkynia JOHNSON DEFIES FDR ANUS TO PUI ELECTORS TO VOTE By the Associated Press Allied forces in the Asiatic feater of war are slashing hard af Japanese forces to register gains in Burma and India. Reinforced American - Chinese columns fighting their way ^into the Japanese north Burma base of Myitkyina from both the north and south have captured large quantities of supplies and ammunition, an Allied headquarters announcement said. - Allied forces pounding into the Important rail head city from the south have reached the railway station in hand-to-hand fighting while another column driving down from tim north has crashed to the town s edge. fin a drive to make contact with ie Allies in the Myitkyina sector, the Chinese high command announced 20,000 American-trained Chinese troops were advancing through rain, mud and mist. These Chinese troops, driving from the Atween river area of Yunnan, smashed strongly defended Japanese positions north of the Burma road The fighting in this move was bitter. I.t. Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell’* ^communique said Chinese troops AUSTIN, June 3—UP)—Rep. Lyndon Johnson <D-Tex) called on Texas Democrats today to decide whether they will stand with the “reactionaries and the wealth of Texas” or with “the people who be re nd in the Salween river area north of the Burma road gained the outskirts of Chiaotou, "where fierce fighting is now in progress. In their Hunan offensive, the japanese have captured two strong points east of Changteh and north of Changsha. This places the enemy 22 miles east of Changteh, scene of last year’s bitter Rice bowl battle. The Japanese took Pingkiang, 50 Kelley Escapes Aspermont Jail P Texas friend chal- Joe Kelley or colorado City, who had been brought from the Texas Prison at Huntsville to face burglary charges, was still at large this morning after escaping from the Aspermont jail, about 2 p. rn. Friday. Kelley escaped by sawing one of the bars on the run-around of the jail, Highway Patrolman E. W. Green of Stamford said this morning His escape was not discovered until about 6 p. rn. Two other of the original band of convicted burglars, L. C. Grant and Jimmy Thompson, were also in the run-around but did not make their getaway, Green said. Deputy Sheriff Virgil Galloway Aspermont and Green searched lieve in Democratic rule.” In a radio speech broadcast last night over five Texas stations and scheduled for broadcast today at I (KRLD. Dallas), the congressman who is a of President Roosevelt, lenged the Democratic executive committee to submit the issue to Democratic voters in the party primary July 12. His speech was a part cf the campaign to force the committee to carry the questions over which the state convention split May 23 direct to the voters. The regularly constituted convention named presidential electors not pledged to support the party's nominee unless the national convention abided by several conditions; the pro-Roosevelt rump convention named electors flatly pledged to support the party nominee. the Via Casilina toward the capital Other Allied troops pushed down highway from Valmontone, one jaw of a potential trap for Nazi rearguards falling back under steady advances by the Allied armies to the southeast. The power drive that cracked the Germans’ Velletri* Valmontone line swept on to Monte Castellano 6 1-2 miles north of Velletri, and only 14 miles southeast of Rome. As the campaign for Rome entered its final lap, the Allied command declared the city would be spared as a battleground unless the enemy chooses to defend it. At the same time, headquarters cautioned that although Velletri and Valmontone. bastions of the Rome line, have been captured, “the enemy’s defensive position in this sector has not yet been broken," that the German defenses are “in considerable depth and firm resistance is being encountered.” United States units which took Valmontone struck out In three directions—northwest along the    Via Casilina    toward    Rome,    20    miles    away; southeast along the same road    to link    up    with the    French    who    are    driving the Germans out of their last footholds on the south side of the Sacco river, and due north along an important secondary road toward a vital highway junction at Cave    three miles from Valmontone. The French, meantime, closed in quickly from the south on Colle Ferro, four and half miles southeast of Valmontone and within pistol shot of both highway six and the river. Farther to the southeast    other French troops closed the retreat} route from the area south of the LONDON, June 3—i/Pt— A Berlin Sacco river by slicing across a sec- broadcast today quoted a foreign of-ondary road at Sgurgola, 14 miles fice spokesman as saying that Rome from Valmontone and five and a is free from German armed forces, half miles west of Ferentino, which I The broadcast was recorded by Rcu-the Eighth army already had tak- ters. en.    The broadcast said the statement From this bag the Nazis had four was made in connection with the unsurfaced country roads extending; pope’s plea not to destroy Rome, northward, along which they could and quoted the spokesman as saying; “On the German side everything has been done for months to preserve Rome from such a fate Rome today can be regarded as a city free from armed forces.” today, carrying on the non- stop’aerial a^ull of Europe ^ (o fee (ho fruitl0n o( a long.range American-Russ.an- (IU uncle I intl nsified pres Brj(ish air plan through which the three powers, in intimate ion, brought the most far-flung portions of the Nazi domain under precision bombing. The American fliers were greeted by beaming Russian and American ground crews as well as an official welcoming group which included U. S. Ambassador W. Averell Harriman, his daughter Kathleen, and Maj. Gen. John R. Deane, head of the American military mission to Russia. In an enthusiastic celebration, the American Legion of Merit, which the fliers had brought, was presented to Soviet Lt. Gen. Alexander R. l’ermlnovn in charge of Russian facilities for the Americans. “It was a brief but happy celebration before servicing the aircraft with fuel and ammunition for another call on the Axis en route to their home bases in England, Italy missions from Britain for the second day, a force of 250 Flying Fortresses and Liberators with equally strong escort hit coastal emplacement In the morning, and similar fleets roared back in the afternoon to the same area. These West wall fortifications were hit Friday in their heaviest daylight pounding of the war, and 500 RAF bombers attacked the West wall defenses and crumbling German rail facilities last night. The daylight attacks sent the air offensive into its 16th day. Today's raiders hurled probably 1,500 tons of explashes on this Atlantic wall sections—for a total of about 4.500 tons smashing down in the last 24 hours on this area closest to Britain. Nazis Hammer Wedges at Iasi and 'Rome Is Free,' Germans Aver attempt to escape, but close pursuit from three sides was certain to cost them heavy casualties as well as the loss of all but their most highly mobile vehicles. Americans exploiting their breakthrough into the German defenses hinged on the Alban hills captured 2,000-foot Monte Castellano, six and a half miles west of Valmontone and the same distance north of Velletri. The enemy lost a thousand men in prisoners alone in the past 24 hours in repeated counterattacks, vainly attempting to halt uie Americans from widening the gap in their irontal defenses and advancing in the strongly-held Lanuvio area. of to the west about IOO miles northwest of Changsha. Japanese troops seized Ansiang and drove southwards to within nine and a half miles of Shanshow, where they were stopped. Odessan Promoted Stamford last night for a woman friend of Kelley's who, in company with two other women, was reported to have visited him at the jail last week. Convicted in Abilene in January for burglaries in Ovalo, Tuscola and Merkel, Kelley was indicted with three other men who were arrested Dec. 7, 1943, for a series of burglaries over West Texas. He is 26 years old, five feet IO inches tall, weighing 150 or 160 pounds with dark hair. brown eyes, according to a description broadcast by Abilene police. He is wearing prison shoes, blue checked shirt and gray trousers, WASHINGTON, June 3—UP)—'The War department today announced temporary promotions of the fol-#wing Texas officers; 2nd Lt. to 1st Lt.—Oliver Elwood Scott, AC. Odessa. Paper Collectors to Work Entire Town SUNDAY- The Circulation Office Opens at 8 A. M. and Closes at IO A. M. Please call 7271 between 8and IO Sunday mornings if you miss your Sunday Reporter-News No special calls requesting service will be needed Sunday in the salvage paper drive, Capt. Norman Turnbull, Camp Barkery salvage officer, said, since Army trucks will begin at 8 a. rn. and work the entire city. Residents are asked to place bundles of paper on side walks or porches where it will be collected by soldiers manning the 16 Army trucks assigned to the one-day drive. More Elk Hills Crude Approved WASHINGTON, June 3—^—Advocates of an oil price increase today seized upon house approval of additional use of crude from the Elk Hills, Calif., reserve as a lever to gain support for a proposal by Rep Disney (D-Okla) to boost the price 70 cents a barrel. The Disney proposal, offered as an amendment to the bill to extend price control for another year, wa1 killed yesterday by rhe house banking a id currency committee. It is upon these two sets of electors that the pro-Roosevelt Democrats are asking a primary vote. “When this movement for an uninstructed delegation started, a small group of us feared that it held more than appeared on the surface,” said Johnson. “Me feared that it serve as a rally-ing-point for all the dissidents and die-hards, the Roosevelt-haters and the corporation lawyers, and those organizations trying to raise in Texas the ghost of intolerance. “It would give them a false banner to wave as they marched toward secret, hidden goals. And thats what it proved to be xxx. “For the first time in history of the Democratic party in Texas, its presidential electors were instructed not to vote for the national nominees of our party, xxx "The issue has been as sharply drawn as passible. Upon one side, are ranged the reactionaries and the wealth of Texas; on the other side, the people who believe in Democratic rule. All of us have got to decide upon which bank we ll stand.” xxx ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Naples. June 3—(A*)—‘The Allied command in Italy pledged itself today to continue to take every precaution to spare Rome, but declared its fate was up to the Germans, who would be hurled out by force if they attempted to defend the Eternal City by arms. A special communique, expressed hope the enemy “will n< t make such an ill-considered choice." The Allies “have only taken and only will take military action against Rome insofar as the Germans use the cit), its highways and its roads for their military pur-pases,'" the communique said. Mediteronean Ace Raises Total to 26 ALLIED AIR FORCE HEADQUARTERS, Italy, June 3. V)— Squadron Leader Neville Duke became the top scoring pilot in the Mediterranean area by destroying six enemy aircraft from May 13 to 21 to bring his total to 26, it was announced today. This brought the total prisoners taken by the Fifth army alone in the current offensive to more than 14,000. The Fifth and Eighth armies together has taken over 20,000 prisoners. It was officially reported that the whole Campoleone area near Lanuvio was “littered with enemy tanks and vehicles” and that German losses were mounting steadily as Allied artillery smashed desperate enemy attempts to form up for fresh counter-attacks. Despite the cautious tone of Gen. Sir Harold Alexander’s communique. it was obvious the -Germans already were rooted out of the strongest positions they could hope to hold ini    UP.nr.,uuTPoc the Alban hills and that the Fifth ALLIED HEADQUARTER,, army break-through to Rome might ple*s Junr 3.—^ Intensified come soon.    lied    air    support    of    the An Allied officer gave this picture of the scene: “German soldiers hwe been found so bewildered by the fighting that they have been rounded up and described as stragglers rather than as prisoners. Others are making use of fields of high standing grain in which to hide, hoping to avoid capture. Many nave mingled with civilians and tried to settle down in Italy to get out of the war." The night blows climaxed a day which saw the Allied air forces expand their pincers campaign against the continent to a three-way aerial stranglehold from Britain, the Mediterranean and Russia Rounding off a day which brought in epochal shuttle raid by American bombers to new Russian bases and two heavy ! bomber attacks on France from Britain by daylight, the RAI night bomber fleet dealt a quick follow-up drubbing to German defenses along the channel roast and again attacked the great Frappes railway yards on the outskirts of Paris. A side force of RAF Mosquitos attacked the chemical center of Leverkusen in Germany near Cologne and other formations laid mines in enemy waters. Seventeen British planes were missing from the night operations and at least seven German fighters were shot down, the Air ministry announced. Allied bombers based in Italy attacked objectives at Giurglu, a Romanian city on the Danube river, last night. Planes of the Mediterranean Allied air force flew 2,700 sorties yesterday. A communique said five of these Italian-based planes were missing. Exclusive of Hic night attacks a total of more than 5,000 Allied planes participated in the massive two-way assaults ve«-terriay, dropping nearly 7,000 tons of explosives. Squadrons of American Thunderbolts and a powerful force of Lightnings wert in the vanguard of the fresh daylight attack todav These planes were hi trd flying high toward the Boulogne area. American Flying Fortresses and Liberators with their fighter escorts bored into France twice yesterday making the first attack against the invasion coast of Pas De Calais and tue second against a variety of targets, west and southwest of Pans. LONDON. June 3.—- (ZP) —Nazi troops have succeeded in carving two wedges In Russian lines northwest of the Romanian city of Lasl after four days of battle, but at a heavy cost in manpower and equipment, Moscow announced today. One was achieved Tuesday, the first day of the action that broke a six weeks lull on the Eastern front, and the second yesterday. The Russians described both as “insignificant." The Nazi employed large forces of tanks and infantry in making their newest gain. but vigorous resistance by the Soviet troops took a heavy toll. Moscow said. Describing the battle, the broadcast communique said: “Met by powerful fire, the Germans were forced to wheel hack without reaching the Soviet positions. Only in thr second half of the day did the enemy, at a price of heavy losses, succeed in driving an Insignificant wedge into our defenses northwest of las!. "North of Iasi, all German attacks were beaten off." Berlin broadcasts declared at least 1,000 Nazi planes were In action on the Romanian front, but Moscow made no mention of air activity. Africa," said Deane. "The operations carried out today mark the first large-scale physical cooperation of the air forces of Britain. Russia and America.” Deane explained that without British ald the American planes could not take off from their original bases. One Russian observer hailed the event as “certainly the greatest accomplishment in Soviet cooperation.” (The Moscow radio broadcast an official announcement that “a considerable force of American bomb- Reds Like 'em Big NEW YORK. June 3—<4Ph— This was the reaction of two Russian soldiers who watched American four-engined bombers rircle the New American base somewhere in Russia, according to a cabled report today to CBS: First soldier: “Big!” Second soldier: "Very big!” Then they slapped each other on the bark. era and fighters dealt a blow against enemy objectives in Romania,” adding that ‘ a pm" of these planes landed on bases in Soviet territory'. (Another Russian announcement declared: “The westward advance of the Red army has brought tha area of operations within the range of the air forces of the United States of America and Great Britain. Chinese General Is on Inspection lour Here Allies Aid Serbs WEATHER GOOD Na- LONDON, June 3——After a sunny dawn banks of clouds moved acrass the Dover strait today from Yugoslav English to she French coasts as Partisans in the last few days in a northerly breeze rippled the the form of raids on German troop sm0oth sea concentrations, convoys and other visibility was good. and the tcm-targets has been acknowledged in perature at 9 a. rn. (2 a rn CWT) a message of thanks to the Medi- was 6i degree.'', showing little terranean Allied air force, it was change durin t" night. Tile bar-announced today.    ometer was steady. Lt. Gen. Robert K S. Lim, chief of tho supervisory and planning commission of the Chinese Armv medlcan administrtion, visited Camp Barkery Thursday and Friday on an inspection tour of medical department installations. Friday he inspected the Field Training area of the 55th Medical Training battalion, giving the officers of the ASP IC an accoast of the history of the Chinese medical department. Accompanying him on his tour is Maj. A. T. Wegi aka. MAC, of the headquarters of the Army Service Forces Military Training division, Washington, D. C. General Lim leccivod his degree 1 in medicine from the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland. He also did a year of research in I physiology at the University of Chicago. He entered the Chinese Army in 1926. The American airmen, unable to speak Russian, heartily greeted the Russians as "Ivan.” The Soviet mechanics replied appropriately. They had worked for months with American ground crews to get the bases ready, While the idea of the w'est-east shuttle bombing was said to have originated with Gen. H H. Arnold, commander of the United States Army Air Forces, the project was first decided on at U. S. Secretary of State Hull’s Moscow conferences last fall, and got under way last February after it had been discussed at the Tehren conferences of President Roosevelt, Marshal Stalin and Prime Minister Churchill. Fined in Liquor Case Charged with possession of wills-; key for purpose of sale, Calvin Jeter * was fined $100 and costs Friday in i county < urt Dan Abbott, acting | county attorney, filed charges ! against hun after a raid Wednesday by liquor control board men netted * 25 ca.ses of whiskey. 15 Held in Draft Rejection Sales The Weather ICS. DEPARTMENT OI COMMERCE WEATHER Bl REAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Pork' cloudy (His afternoon. tonight and Sunday. Fresh to strong EAST TEXAS Partly cloudy this aft ernoon, tonight and Sunday. Fresh winds on coast and fre»h to strong in '"WEST TEXAS—Fair this afternoon, tonight and Sunday Not quite so warm in Panhandle tonight and Munday and in the South Plains Sunday. Fresh to strong winds    ,    .    . Maximum temperature last 24 hours Minimum temperature last 12 hours 71. Girl, 5 Kidnaped, Left at Doorstep temperatures Sat-Fri Fri-Thur A M Hour P M 73— 1-72-2- 70-69 68-69 -69- 71-73-75-77 . 3- 4_ ■    5— - 6 -    7 - -    8~ ■    9--10- 11- auniise this morning Sunset tonight ,    , 70—12- 81 84 86 86 86 84 82 79 77 76 73 71 8 33 8.12 SEATTLE, Wash., .limp 3 -i/pv— Police Capt William Feek said today Florence Marks, five-year-old daughter of a Navy doctor, has been kidnaped, possibly raped and left huddled in a blanket en a doorstep 14 blocks f.-om her home Feek said Dr. R. F. Ballard, interne at King county hospital, telephoned police headquarters that “the girl was the victim of a possible criminal attack." The police captain said the girls parents, Lt. Comdr, and Mrs. Jacob Marks, reported at 2:46 a. rn. that Florence was missing from her bedroom and a ladder had been found leading into a second story window of the Marks house. Forty-five minutes later, said, Mrs. Ethel Smart telephor.rd police that the girl, clinging blanket, had rung her doorbell Mrs Smart lives 14 blocks from the Marks residence. WASHINGTON, June 3.—<UP> — Director J. Edgar Hoover of the Federal Bureau of Investigation today announced the arrest of IS persons In Baltimore on charges of conspiracy in connection with the selling "on a wholesale basis" of draft rejections. Hoover identified three servicemen on the staff of the state induction center of Maryland as major figures in the alleged conspiracy. He said they were Chief Petty Officer Chester T Ruby, 41. clerical supervisor at the induction center; Egt. Leon D Shapiro, 35, and Cpl. Morns Moiofsky, 39. Istanbul-Sofia Bridge Blasted ISTANBUL, Turkey, June I.— (Delayed) —sT— Greek guerrillas have blown up a bridge on the Istanbul-Sofia railway, a vital link between Turkey and the Balkans, passengers arriving here today said. The bridge is on Bulgarian territory between Edirne tAdrianople*, Turkey, and thr village of Sviien-grad The passengers said they were forced to change trains where the single track rail line crosses the bridge It was assumed that most freight shipments had been blocked. GI War Bonds To Cost $7.50 WASHINGTON, June 3-(*V-The Treasury decided today to create a "GI ’ war bond—costing $7.50 and paying off at $10—for sale to men Feek STRICKEN NEW YORKERS GIVEN FIRST AID—Escaping chlorine gas felled more than and women 01 the armed services. in persons a, busy intersection, in Brooklyn, N Y when th, B.s container fell «« •    V" truck and broke. In the above photo police from the New \ork emergent squad work memiX!;S 0f Army. Navy, Mimer the gas victims on the sidewalk. Hundreds required hospital care but there were no rims, coast Guard and Maritime I deaths. (NEA Telephoto).    service ;