Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - March 5, 1944, Abilene, Texas
*•West Texas Citizens Urged To See Red Cross Parade Monday [m=M Witt Abilene Reporter ~
FIRST IN WEST TEXAS ^
VOL. LX1II, NO. 262WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKE"! CH VOt'R WORLD E.V SC I EY AS 11 Bunn
A TEXAS 2-^ NEWSPAPER
ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 5, 1944
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Attacking Nips Mowed Down
;Yanks Blas! Berlin"
First Time-Heavy In Beach Areas
Military and civilian organza- lion has seen in thp past. serves as tions will team up Monday after- the prelude to Taylor county’s Red ! noon lo carry the banner of the Cross war fund drive. Tile county's /Ani n r u. L-j i- a I ALI ED HEADQUAR- American Red Cross in a colorful quota is $69,000— more than double
LONDON, Mar. 4—(Ar) Dei un was DcmDea DV /Amel- ^ERS. Naples, Mar. 4 (AP) three-mile parade over the down- the 1943 figure for the same cam-
ican Flying Fortresses today for the first time in the war as Allies are holding solidfv town strppts of Abilene. paign. Ed s
part of an extensive daylight attack on Eastern Germany.by thcir beachhead sgouth 0f The p.r*ae wWch »*««*»<»*» the U. S. Eighth Air Force. ™ ,_____ , _ charge have promised will be big
pulsed such attacks as the Germans have been able to launch since thev were
military, civilian units soviets capture Reinforced Texans
TEAM UP FOR GALA EVENTTwo Three Miles I. ^
Of Rail Artery Kill, WOUM jjJUU
Bv LEONARD MILLIMAN Associated Press War Editor
Three thousand Japanese have been killed and wound-
Stewart is chairman hf the county campaign.
A large crowd from a wide area
LONDON, Mar. 5 (AP)-
Moscow announced today Soviet troops striking toward
_____ w _ . _ the Pskov-War saw railway1 cd by reinforced Texas cavalrymen in the first five days of
Pl % goo miles into the heart of the Reich one for-1 Ro,me, and ,haVf* h,andily /’e" I Ber Lid better than any this sec- of West Central Texas is expected south of Pskov captured Pa- the battle for Los Negros island in the Admiralty, Gen.
mation of heavy bombers hit the capital itself, it was dis closed tonight, with the help of an escort of Mustangs which
Sandefer Sees ‘Transport Go .Down at Sea
Wednesday in their all-out attack bv five divisions, Allied
also went all the way to Berlin to equal the deepest fighter | soundly beatp„ Tuesday and penetration ever made into Europe.
— - Fourteen bombers and 26
fighters are missing from ‘he I h“Cadq“uarters ''announced‘‘to-operations, headquarters stat- cjHV
cd in a tentative accounting Three small German attacks have
that said nine enemy planes been hurled back in the past two
were destroyed by the fight- days, the Allied communique said.
ers. The number shot down I Bad weather closed in .yesterday to I • it 17 . restrict operations in all the Ital- i
by gunners in the Fortresses jan battlP
was not yet known, head- The Mediterranean air force, flv-
Tile communique announced simply that one formation of For-
In Ticket Deal Case
to jam the line of march long be- nevo, three miles east of the Douglas MacArthur announced todav fore the Marting time of 5 p. ne n , whn R(.d
In that connection Police Chief 1
Gilbert B. (Gib) Sandefer of Abilene, Red Cross official now stationed in India, disclosed mg of Berlin itself as the target.
in a statement to . The unprecedented penetration
jMr at New Demi that he was in ^ ex#>(.u»pd dpspUp ^ fKt ,t
the convoy in . , was the third operation in three
lr^SPHrt 2K -n^nunled at davs for thp American Air Force 1,000 lives rec and it was accompanied by another
Sandefer, whose ship came across n
the Atlantic safely, said that the J* ,^tel .tonTh.n.
lug 1.400 sorties, attacked J'Jazi communications throughout Northern Ital', and Rome Friday. Even though tresses bombed targets "in the Ber- there was no enemy air activity lin district,” but several hours after over beachhead, ll German MIAMI, Fla., March 4 —(IP)— J. the objective had first been de- Planes were destroyed and IO Al- Edgar Hoover, director of the Feder-scribed by the Army in this lash- hpd aircraft lost. ion, censorship permitted the nam*
There was an indication from the Nazi-controlled Rome radio that the Germans mav have abandoned hope of driving the Allied beachhead force into the sea as a result of the failure of their third offensive against it and now are bent on merely restricting it.
large-scale assault on the coast of
a1 Bureau of Investigation, announced today the arrest of 31 persons at Miami and Miami Beach on charges of trafficking in railroad reservations.
He said those arrested included 16 railroad employes 14 hotel workers and one taxicab driver.
The event — Red Cross parade.
The place — Abilene.
The time — 5 p. rn. Monday.
Purpose — To show the many activities of the Red Cross in war time for which Taylor county is seeking to meet a quota of $69,000.
Route — North on Chestnut through underpass, thence north on Pine to North 3th, thence west on North 3th to Cypress, thence south on Cypress to North 1st, thence west on North 1st to Hickory.
Length of parade — Approximately three miles.
( (earing of streets — All streets along the parade route are to he cleared of automobiles before 5 p.m.
Virgil Waldrop Saturday requested that all vehicles be cleared of the
Most of the Japanese were mowed down as thev charg-troops in the north won sev-jed in successive waves throughout Friday night and early oral “heavily fortified strong-1 Saturday morning into the lethal fire of the dismounted points” in their fight to wid- First Cavalry. Seven hundied were buried on the edge of en their Estonian bridgehead Momote airdrome, captured by the invaders when they land-below' Narva yesterday. rd Tuesday.
Tile Russian communique, record- “Again and again his (the------—-
en em vs) forces hurled them
ed bv the Soviet monitor, also reported gains in the Ukraine ax , ,
Soviet troops south of the captured selves against our lines in an iron-mine town of Krivoi Rog incessant but futile effort to crossed the Ingulets river and rap- reach (lie field.” MacArthur
turn) wvmi teaUtlj*. I said. "Wave atter wavp was
The midnight Russian bulletin , , , , . . , ,
said 2.009 Germans wee killed and destroyed before his forces fi-a (onside rabic number taken prls- Rally recoiled in complete de-oner after a day of battles marked feat after one of the fiercest by fierce German counter-attacks, encounters of the war.”
Against these surprising losses only 61 Americans were killed and 244 wounded.
Panevo. three miles east of the P.sicov-Ostrov-DvUnk-Warsaw rail I line, is 16 miles northeast of Ostrov. In this sector a highway from
Trent First To Top Quota Of Red Cross
Pskov U> Ostrov parallels the rail- After stopping the attacking was less than a half-mile to the forces, the Americans prepared to
TRENT, March 4 Trent today continue their advance behind low - became the first Tax lor county
Hoover declared that they were ltMfU om whlch thp paradP wiU making a profit of between $15,-
jgSfrff y '*'
Tonight the entire Vichy radio network went off the air, indicating the possibility that the RAF might be continuing the round-the-clock warfare.
j An announcement claiming local
successes but admitting no major ‘ progress against the beachhead said ; the German army had “pinned down the Allies to such a small road reservations to one person for spac e that the beachhead forces, a pjgper price than is charged another.
(The London radio, quoting "agency messages," said the Russians had reached the highway linking the two German foiTressea rf Pskov and Ostrov. The broadcast was recorded by t RS.I
American destroyer* moved In close to nearby Manus island, source of Japanese reinforcement* pouring onto Los Negros, and aliened Seedier harbor it Lorengau.
Adm, William F. Halsey's bomber* returned to Ribald, after bad
No other detail* were given bv I the official bulletin
The Fortresses thundered through -have lost any possibility of the in-blinding snowstorms and 58-degree, itiative and have to fight very hard below zero temperature In the sub- to avoid disaster.”
stratosphere to make the first American attack on the capital.
The enemy announcement admitted heavy blows from Allied air
The once-mighty German air force forces around Hie beachhead.
Lepke Executed For Rosen Death
OSSINING. N Y , March 4 —(/Pi
testing their positions. Infiltration Louis (Lepke) Buchalteri and two apprehensive of powerful resistance attempts in the Molest ta rivet area nf accomplices. Emanuel (Menas they were briefed in the pre- wer* srrved In the same way.
sent up only 30 to 40 fighters in defense of the city.
Fliers said they saw bombs crash down on "buildings surrounded by trees." Tile American crews had been tense for days because of their knowledge that the "Big B" was coming up. Most of them were
At dusk Thursday the Germans attacked American positions along the Cisterna-Montello road. They were thrown back by heavy artillery fire and lost three tanks. Around Carroceto the British smashed back two strong Nazi patroLs
convoy was repeatedly attacked. Three of seven Red Cross men on Jk the ship which sunk perished and two others were injured so badly that they returned home, he added.
The former manager of the Har-din-Simmons Cowboy band and - business manager of athletics at * the university sent his wife in Abilene .service ribbons with two battle stars from the European theater and one star from the Asiatic theater. ,
Mrs. Sandefer said last night, ^however, that she had received no direct word that her husband had been in the ill-fated convoy but
Badoglio Wants Fleet Details
dawn darkness. Some of them— including men making their first mission—didn't expect to get back alive.
The weather over Germany wax almost unbearable. I-liers wearing two suits of heavy underwear and electrically heated outer suits nearly froze. As the clouds and snow storms thickened over Europe, a majority of the big armada cut over to hit other unidentified targets in Eastern Germany in order to take advantage of more favorable weather.
Tile exact size of the force which smashed at Berlin remained an of- rPporby; fig la I secret, but when the stoiv is ^ statement of his government,
told in its entirety it undoubted!' - containing n note of reproach at
will be one of the epics of the war. manner of premier heard of the
OOO and $20,000 a month in their P*" beIor* UlP bl« °P«n*
deals with touri£<& despi &te. tot itretti to be dearer by local traffic
railroad accommodations. officers are Chestnut from South
The arrests were made, he de- .... , * ‘ „ - u .
dared in accordance with a federal!5'11 * lst* Pmp *rom North l5t 10
law which prohibits the sale of rail- North 5th from Pine to Cypress. p ‘L7LVc days ha* given unusually lp,t a gunboat in flames.
— "'-‘Cypress from North 5th to lst. brief account* of the war Berlin I
Sheriff Will W at.son. general imports, however, indicated a gen-
chairman of the parade, has lined Pial blackening bv both sides on the
up a five section array of military astern front because of unseason-
equipment, some »> pea of which abjp (haws
have never been displayed hcfore in * where operations were started this section, beautiful Red Cross with heaw forces they have at
floats depicting the various phases prP>ent slackened to actions of loot this great world widr organize- cai importance,'’ said a Berlin
tion, nine bands Including three broadcast quoting the Transocean
crack military organizations from J military' correspondent,
Camp Barkeley, and hundreds of piat0i
flag bearers both mounted by horseback and marching.
And, too, there will be an ele
phant in the line of march, carrying a Red Cross nurse to depict ‘he dv) Weiss and Louis Capone, also- organize'ions activities in Burma elates in “Murder. Inc ," died to- and India.
night in the electric chair at Sing One float will have monk* vs in a
.d jungle .letting as background for
community to reach its Red Cross war fund quota and exceeded th® $450 goal by almost HOO.
In lea* than seven hours 22 workers had collected $545 77 and local officials aa tim* ted that at least $600 would be subscribed when all reports weir in .
The total wa* contributed from
weather had forced a one day lav
which for the r,f^- a*nk two o.aigo ships and * 251 citizens and the drive chairman
said only 12 persons contacted failed to subscribe.
Sing prison for the 1936 mutt Joseph Rosen. Brooklyn candy store proprietor.
Earlier in the dav the U. S. su-
nurses’ activities at the front in the South Pacific jungles.
Heading the long military section will be high ranking officers from
"The near future will reveal whether the calming down is a result of the mud period which set in early this year or whether it is
merely a pause for the bringing up of new Sol let divisions which is indicated by concentrations in various swtors of the front "
Oilier Berlin reports said the entire front was a morass as rain and thaw deteriorated roads.
Flair rn outpost* of the Caroline bland*, guarding Japan's Truk from the Central Paclftr American offensive, were bombed by four-engined Army liberator* Thur*day, Admiral ( heater W. N'lmlt* announced yesterday.
Shipping facilities were hit at Walter Kusaile, easternmost of the Caroline.*, while the airdrome was at-
The drive opened Saturday al nine o'clock and wa* completed bf 4 p. rn. #
Tile committee'a original quota was $450, but at a meeting Friday night in the Trent high school the goal was upped to $500 by popular vote.
The canvassing committee included G. L. Guattlebaum, L. N. McReg, H. H McRee, Lesley Beasley, J. H. Bishop, Wilson Bright. laid within three week* on Ponape j Oliver Bright, R. L. Reeves, Roy which lies only 440 mile.* east of Hewitt, Mrs. A. Williamson, Mrs. C. Truk and about th* same distance c Stabling Mrs, J. M Strawn, south of the recent Iv captured Mrs A. W. Woods, Orvln Robinson, American bomber base on Eniwetok W. P. Scott, H. W, Beckham, A VV. atoll in the Marshall islands. Ku- , Woods, D H. Jones, H. H. Jones, A. sale has bern struck nine times Williamson and Carl Edwards since Jan, 17. Community chairman is L. E. Ad-
Two by-parsed Marshall island* nan.
larked at Ponape It was the eighth
ime day as the
NAPLES. March 4 — J’ — Marshal Pietro Badolio today asked Allied officials in Italy for “the most complete, urgent and necessary details" of the plan announced by President Roosevelt to turn part of the Italian fleet over to
preme court denied Buchalter his ?imp thp Abilpnp
. . , , , ij , , Army Air Base.
final legal bid to live as the con- Among those who definitely have
issued j accepted to ride in the parade in staff cars are Gen. Rov C. Hefle-bower, commander of the Medical Replacement Training center, and
The formation which hit the capital was led by Lt. Col. Harry G. Mum ford of San Jose, Calif., a native of El Paso, Texas, who mar-
victed boss of Murder, Inc a statement protesting his Innocence and denying he offered to “talk” in exchange for his life.
Lepke's hope for life through the . . courts w as exhausted IO hours be-
which Badoglio said he loamed"*-’ J*,Th .I"*'I nnkm* 0M,W"* h,v* """ ‘""'7'
hold only ihrough press and radio ZZ 1,212? .*. announced Wally
rpnnrts < a used another stay of the Akin, parade
About the time the supreme court was considering an appeal to review a lower court denial of a writ ultimately designed to return Lepke to federal custody. Lepke's wife, Bet-
WFA Boosts Dairy Products Subsidy
WASHINGTON, March 4 T -The War Food administration announced sharp Increases today in Its _ .subsidy rates for dairy production Col. Victor W. B Wales, ( ump jn j^arcb and April and promised Barkeley commander. Other high
were bombed the la^t Caroline strike.
The first full-scale battle Northern Burma appeared to slapping up a* two columns American-trained Chinese
rn Blast Terrific
of LONDON, March 4 P>- Lon-
troop* dons anti-aircraft gun* now fire
that her husbands first yew letters sj^ajPd units together when the
were "very blue About the ribbons Sandefer said: “My commanding officer says you • can wear these with honor."
In one letter, Mrs. §andefer reported, he told of manning a gun, presumably on board ship.
A noted humorist and goodwill ambassador for Hardin-Simmtgas, A Abilene and Maryneal, site of a
big fleet split up over Germany
proposal, said the head of the state “reserve* the right to act accord-ingly" upon receiving more detailed information. It was learned Allied representatives also had had no official word of the plan and were
In charge of the military section, featured by armored units and the crack division band from the 12th Armored division, will be Col. Jack Rvan.
The MR1C also will have a strong
at the same time to re-examine returns to the producer Irom milk used in such products as cheese, jnR apf.afj evaporated milk, butter and skim ,ltnp milk powder
approached to wit inn three miles with such blasts that they knock ot Maingkwan on the north and the locks off the doors of the con-west The Chinese, who have been trol rooms, blow the doors open and fighting a circuitous route ovr shake blackout boards down. more than IOO mile* of mountain* This was disclosed tonight in an and jungles to open a new supply official account saying it happen-route to China see a highway Iv- ed so frequently that the job of
of them for the first keeping the doors closed and the Maingkwan IOO mile* nor! h ; blackout boards up had been as-
igned to ATS girls in addition to
of the Japanese ba-e at Myttkvina,
The subsidy program is designed is thr ,ungiP terminus of a road to their regular duties.
ana formed an attacking group that awaiting it before replying to Badoglio
See BERLIN, Page 6, Col. 3
Two Central Texans On Casualty List
ranch he owned until shortly be- Name* of two west Central lex-fore he entered the Red Cross ser- ans *pre contained in a War De
vice, Sandefer in letters to his riends her< laugh provoking had never mentioned his own liar P row escape from death.
The statement reiterated the Badoglio government's determination to cooperate “to the best of its possibilities" with the U. S., Great Britain and Russia, and it.^ wish to develop and strengthen "this cooperation in the interests of Italians and of the common cause.”
Most of tile Italian fleet prr* eed-under Allied control fol-sur-
partment casualty li t made pub
many friends here had told only his he Saturday night. The men. both ffl J'1!! , . ,
experiences and listed as (wounded in action in the loving il> urnondtttonal
Central Pacific area, are: Pvt. Ar- render last September. Italian crew*
vie W. Breeding, son of Hugh Breeding. Cross Plains and Sgt. Arilli D. Strickland, son of Dan J.
Strickland, Knox City.
tv. gave this statement to reporters representation of men and equip-at a restaurant within the prisons shadowy saying it was from her husband:
“I am anxious to have it clearly understood that I did not offer to talk and give information in exchange for any promise of a commutation of my death sentence.
"I did not ask for that. I insist ‘hat I am not guilty of the Rosen murder, that the witnesses against ne lied and that I did not receive a fair trial.”
Mexico-U. S. Water Treaty Probe Pushed
WASHINGTON, March 4—UP) — ^Chairman Sumners (D-Tex* of the House judiciary committee will expedite his committee's investigation of the constitutionality of the recently signed Mexican-United States water treaty, he said today, j Sumner- said he personally would * gi\c considerable time to the investigation.
Cotton Loan Plan Announced by WFA
WASHINGTON. March 4 v The War Food administration announced today a schedule of premium- and discounts which will be applicable under the 1944 Commod-
are still attached to most of the vessels and some units have participated in escort work and other Allied naval operations — with Italian officers and men at their posts.
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ment, including the 66th battalion (colored) band and the 355th Army band.
"There have been numerous requests by horsemen and youths with ponies to ride in the parade," said Directer Watson. "We deeply appreciate thcir interest. but it will br Impossible to allow participants on horseback other than the members of the Sheriffs Fosse, Mardin-Simmons flag bearers and parade officials."
Watson a Lo said no commercial vehicle.* will be allowed.
to compensate dairy men for in crease* in production costs since the Oftue of Price administration established ceilings on milk last year.
The new rates on milk vary from a minimum of 50 cents to a maximum of 80 (ents per hundred pounds. Farmer* selling butterfat rather than whole milk will get a 1 flat ub idy ot eight cent* a ; ound.
Japanese put up stiff resistance outside Maingkwan a* they did in Southwest Burma, West \fricans crushed most of the enemy position* defending Apaukwa in the southwest and were attacking the village 40 miles north of Vkyab, their objective un the coast.
Blocked From Move
LONDON. March 4 — P-The British ambassador to Argentina is under instructions to refrain from making any move that would even imply recognition of the Farrell regime, it wa* learned reliably todav.
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State to Ask Early Trial for Lonergan
NEW YORK March 4—</P> ■ Assistant District Attorney Jacob Grume* said today lie would ask in "eneral session* court earl' next week that a new date br set and a
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LONDON, March 4--■**>— Yugoslav Pattisan headquarters report-$ ed tonight in a broadcast communique that its lith corps had destroyed the railway station and a train at Rakek, and that in a two-day battle near Ljubljana 230 Germans were slain and twfo armored trains
J- and a transport train were destroyed.
tty Credit Corporation cotton loan new panel of tale men be chosen
The schedule is designed to encourage a greater production of longer length cotton needed for the war program.
Complete details on the 1944 loan program will not be announced vi-til shortly before the beginning of the cotton marketing year on August I. However, the WFA said the basic loan rate would be 90 per cent of the parity price for cotton as of Canada August I I twice.
for the first degree murder trial of Wayne Lonergan Lonergan* trial for the bludgeon-claying of hi,* heiress wife Patricia. in her bedroom last October ended yesterday when Judge John J. Freschi dismissed a special jury panel and directed Lonergan’s attorney to appear next Friday to show why he should not be cited for contempt of court for his trip to which delayed the trial
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FORT WORTH Mar 4 V W B Bradley and Gene Whitehead, if San Angelo, ha\e purchased the Merchant* Fact Motor line* of Fort Worth, Joseph A Fadell, owner of the firm announced tnda'
Thf sale is subject to approval by the ICC and the Railroad Com-*4 mission of Texas
Purchase prier was approximate-ly $250,000. Included in the Ira ursa fer are IOO pieces of equipment and ** all shop equipment in Fort Worth aa and Abilene
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Merchants Fast Motor lines operates from Fort Worth and Dallas to Odessa. Lubbork, Abilene, | San Angelo, Fort Stockton. Cisco 1 and Brownwood
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PUSHING ON—Reinforced Texans are push-ng on toward Lorengau on Los Negroes island in the Admiralty! and have killed aud wounded 3,000 Japanese. Invasion of the islands outflanked Japs on New Guinea, and New Britain, putting Allied forces 700-miles south OI vital TroW.