Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - March 15, 1944, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXI11. NO. 272
A TEXAS NEWSPAPER
ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, MARCH 15, 1941 —TWELVE PAGES
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Yanks Jangle With Luftwaffe in Major Sky Battle Above GermanyAllied Fliers Blot Out Cassino
MOSCOW, March 15— (AP)
—Red army troops are ligui-#itincr several trapped Nazi divisions in the southern Ukraine, the Russians said today, and in a smash along the Black sea coast have closed harbor of Nikolaev, leaving Odessa as the only large port in southern Russia* still j available to the Germans.
Ten thousand Germans have been killed and 4.000 captured
* already, a Soviet communique ^saul, while truing to break out
of the trap.
Other Red army troops pushed 18 miles beyond captured Kherson to tut the German line of escape j through Nikolaev harbor into the , %.ack sea. They captured Shirokaya Balka, 28 miles southeast of j Nikolaev and lf ss than IO miles from the mouth of the southern Bug river, and Soviet guns now control the exit from Nikolaev, the Soviet bulletin said.
• To the north. Soviet units were said to have forced a crossing of the Bug river near Ga’sin, a town about >0 southeast of Vin-vy* . eating them within 60 miles
Sv :e Ruma,jjam frontier. The ^ *‘f (^Wifuntque said Gaism
▼as cav hied and the liver crossed to the north and south of it.
The Russians also announced the capture of Mikhailovka on the hanks of the Hug, 14 miles south of Vinnitsa. They declared the Red army had swept up more than 230 localities in its advances on three Ukrainian fronts. including Novo Archangels^ 28 miles southeast of I man.
(The British radio, quoted a frni ta broadcast today as say -ing the Russians have launched new attacks in the Kerch and Perekop areas at both ends of the Crimean peninsula in “what is perhaps another direct Lie fall of Kherson.”
Bombs Pelt Brunswick, Reich Says
Troops Charge into Ruins After
1,400 Ions of Bombs Hit City
AIR FORCE CHIEF AT SWEETWATER—Air Forces Chief, Gen. Henry ll. Arnold, second from left. Jacqueline Cochran, Director of the WASP*, at left of Gen. Arnold, and Lt. Gen. Barton K. Yount. Commanding General of the AAF Training Command, next to na all. arc shown with WASP trainees before graduation exercises of WASP Class 44-W-2 at Avenger field. Sweetwater. General Arnold and General Yount were principal speakers at the commencement, and presented wings and diplomas to*graduatcs. (NEA Telephoto).
LONDON. March 15—(UP) —American bombers renewed their offensive against Germany after a three-day lull today and Nazi broadcasts reported that the aircraft cen- j ter of Brunswick was attacked after a big air battle over the Hannover area to the northwest.
Berlin radios reported that German fighter squadrons went up to challenge the United States bombers, hut emphasized that they were handicapped both by squally weather and an exceptionally strong American escort.
Preliminary tabulations indicated that about 3a German fighters were shot down and American losses of both bombers and fighters were
ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Naples, March 15—(AP)—Allied air power devastated Cassino today with history's greatest concentrated bombing attack, and Allied ground forces immediately charged in to drive the Germans from the rubble of the fortress town.
More than 1.400 tons of bombs were hurled on o forget area of less than a square mile by every type of Allied plane in an armada of 3,000 sorties.
Its goal was destruction of this stronghold where the Germans have been blocking the main Fifth army advance since early January.
British and American artillery smashed out in a heavy barrage after the morning-long bombing stopped. Allied troops who had been holding about
Court Reverses Newton Verdict
Red Cross Total Lags at S36.945
I Contributions to the Taylor copn
AUSTIN. March 14- V The conviction and seven-year sentence ty Red Cross Wai fund were comino
assessed Dr. W. R. Newton of Cameron for the May 21. 1942, attempt | sj0Wly at ll a. in. today with the
on the life of Dr, Roy Hunt of Littlefield was reversed and remanded today by the court of criminal apeals.
in sending the case hack to Lamb county district court for a new trial the appellate court said the lower court on first trial admitted improper testimony.
The testimony was that given by friends of Dr. and Mrs. Hunt who were guests at the Hunt home on the night of May 20 when Dr. Hunt testified he received three telephone calls from a person he identified as Mrs. Newton, wife of Dr. New- :-
Abilene Due to Miss Cold Wave
Abilene seemed due this morning to miss the hard freeze for which i had braced itself last night. ’I he Fold wave pushed its way through the Panhandle but there were no prospects of it spreading southward, the U. S. weather bureau at Dallas said.
Temperatures of near freezing were forecast by the local airport weather station this morning with mostly cloudy sk>" and fresh to strong winds today, tonight and Thursday Temperatures of 26 degrees were lustered at Amarillo. Pampa, Dalhart ami Boger. Clarendon had 31 and Lubbock 36.
Colder weather was forecast in portions of east Texas and the Del Rio-Eagle Pass area with continued freezing in the Panhandle.
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ABILENE and Vicinity Mostly cloudy todav. tonight and Thursday. Colder lea and tonight with temperature* near freezing fresh to strong winds.
EAST TEXAS: Mostly cloudy. showers this afternoon and tonight and in east portion Thursday, colder in northwest and extrema north portions this after noon and in west-central portions tonight and Thursday temperature near ficving in extreme northwest portion
•light Fresh to occasionally strong lid-
WEST TEXAS Considerable cloud! ness. showers in Del Rio-Eagle Pass area this afternoon and tonight freezing rain in the Panhandle this afternoon:-considerably cooler in El Paso area Big Bend country. Pecos valley and east of the Pecos river tonight and Thursday; ^ rtly cloudy Thursday.
•.Maximum temperature during last 24
Minimum temperature during last 12 hours. 61.
The opinion said there was sharp j issue as to whether Dr. Hunt was correct in identifying Hie Newtons whose trial testimony was that they were not in Littlefield but in Houston, 700 miles from Lamb county, on the night Dr. Hunt was shot, j Mrs. Newton was also indict!.-with her husband but has not been tried.
In October, 1943. Dr. and Mrs. Hunt were brutally slain in their home. A convict is being held for questioning in the slaying of the Hunts.
The guests of the Hunts on Hie night of May 20 testified Dr. Hunt told them he had received three phone calls that evening from a person whose voice he identified as Mrs. Newton’s. This tesmnony was introduced over the objection of the defense during the trial.
Tile appellate court said Dr. Hu>' was positive and unequivocal in identifying Dr. Newton and his wife ; and other witnesses identified Mrs. (Newton as the party who made a I telephone call from a Littlefield j service station about midnight on May 20.
The court said the issue of fact on appeal was whether or not Mrs. Newton was the party she represented herself lo he and the question of law was on the admissability of testimony reflected by the objections of the defense in light of Hie issue of fact.
It was Dr. Hunt s trial testimony that he was called to tile outskirts of Littlefield at midnight by Mrs. Newton as a icsult of the phone calls.
About three miles from town he saw a parked car and Mrs. Newton was sitting in it, he said. She asked hint to get in the car and as he did Dr. Newton came from a barrow pit at the side of the road and began shooting. Dr Hunt testified. The wounded physician escaped by crawling through a field.
Joseph Eastman Dead of Illness
WASHINGTON. March 15.—— Joseph B. Eastman, 61, director of Defense Transportation, member of the Interstate Commerce commission for 25 years, and one of the nation's foremost authorities in the transport field, died today at Emergency hospital after a month's ill-
total only $113.40 above last night figures. Chalked up this morning was $36,945.76.
Chairman Lei Stewart praised communities in the county outside Abilene for exceeding their quotas. Tye, View, Caps,’ Tuscola and Trent were reported by Charles Rutledge, rural chairman, as passing their allocations; and Bradshaw. Klmdale, Shep, Potosi and Wylie were nearing that point Tuesday night.
Tye, with a quota of $20. has turned in $271.20; View, with a $300 quota, has reported $316.75; Caps has $161.50 credited against a $150 quota; Tuscola reported $30
Observers on the east coast of England reported seeing formation! of Flying Fortresses and Liberators heading out over the North sea, but it was not clear immediately whether they comprised the force which U. S. headquarters said had struck
into central Germany.
American Marauder medium bombers of the Ninth air force joined in the daylight campaign against the continent. Escorted bv Rn>al Air lurer, Dominion and Allied fighters, they attacked targets in northern France and Belgium.
I Strong .squadrons of American I fighters shepherded the four-mo-j tored bombers striking into Germany for the first time since the bombardment Saturday of Muens-tor, transport and industrial center 1 of the northwest Reich.
The first official announcement I of the daylight attack said a medium si/rd force sit Eighth air force heavy bombers hit military targets in central Germany behind a formidable shield of U. S. fighter I strength.
His physician said Eastman’s death was sudden, r.stilting from a
Abilene Christian college's students and faculty, with a quota of S2S0. have contributed S630.02 in cash to the Red Cross War Fund, .I. E. Freeman, college fiscal agent, reported this morning.
"More money will rome in,” said Freeman. “We have not ‘shelled the woods' yet.”
above its $1,250 quota; and Trent turned in $600 for its quota ol $400.
In Abilene, Stewart expected good returns for the afternoon, and urged solicitors to turn in their lists as early as possible.
Assisting in the WAC shack today were Louise Phelps and Kenneth Shaffer, Red Cross staff as-! sistants.
If Hie Nazi report of heavy air battles were borne out, it would mean that the German air force, recently reluctant to challenge American raiding forces, had made its first defense effort of any consequence since the big raid on Berlin a week ago today.
Ex en in its tentative propaganda flourishes today Hie German radio laid the groundwork for any necessary admission later of a feeble defense effort aToft It conceded that "only a part" of the German lighter and destroyer squadrons were able to contact the American bombers "which were escorted by an ox-j traordinarily large number of fighters.”
“Actually their were more fighters than bombers over (>er-
one-third of the city were withdrawn quietly during the night to give the bombers a free hand. First reconnaissance photographs showed that Cassino was leveled.
Wave after wave of aircraft of
every type roared relentlessly ovei the bastion town from dawn until past noon The tremendous as * ack had on* objective to destroy every building in Cassino and pulverize the ancient stone houses concealing counties*
; guns blocking the Fifth army ad* Vance—and to kill every German lr the place.
) The r um ole of the bombing shoo* Windows \$ul houses In Naples, 5f airline biles away. t
Noter before bas such a weight of high explosive bombs been poured on sc small an area in so short s time. In intensity the raid eclipsed any ever (inflicted on Germans.
TIME FOR GRATITUDE—“Thanks,” says Lt. Barton T, Williams of Orr, Minn., to the soldier and civilian who rescued him from his burning plane when it crashed a short distance north of his station at the Abilene Army air base. Standing are Pie. Walton K. Knight and W. A. Ljdav both of lye, whose heroic actions brought them recommendations (mr War department medals. The plane fell near their homes and they were able to cut loose the unconscious pilot and drag him to safety. Lieutenant Williams is in the tamp Harkers bos-pi ti*| recovering from a burned right hand and bruises about the head. (AAF Photo).
The I list waves started at dawn then returned and reloaded tc Mila. h the same target a short tim* later.
A communique term -I It a “bombing operation unsurpassed.”
Timed to split-second perfection, the relays ot bomber* went over at intervals of every It) or 15 minute* throughout the morning.
An army announcement said; -'Hie large scale air effort ag.tir.sl Cassino the morning of March 15 was part of a coordinated plan with the land forces
“Immediately after cessation of the bombing at mid-day. British and \merican artillery of the Fifth army took up the pounding of the enemy's positions iii and around I assino
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Fatal Joy-Ride in Plane Under Probe
NEW YORK. March 15— I' —The crash of a two-engined Arni', transport plan;* ut LaGuardia field which killed two joy-riding civilian mechanics who had taken the huge olive-drab ship up without authorization was under army invesTga-tion toda\.
Grispholm Brings Repatriates Home
Abilenian’s Kin Killed in Italy
Athenians Cash Bonds, Pay Tax
Texas Aerial Ace Missing in Action
JOSEPH B. EASTMAN
Auto Production To Start in Fell
NEW YORK, March 15.—(VP— Limited production of passengu cars will begin by September
Demo Margin Seen
coronary occlusion, or block in the J
ariery that gees to the heart.
He suffered a similar attack four weeks ago and since had been con* lined to bed
Eastman's death left vacant the job of running the nation's wartime transportation system.
Temporarily, his deputy, Brig.
(•en. Charles L. Rogers, will be in charge. ,
a mum of Katonah n y Ea t Kept Secret to Avoid Excitement —
WASHINGTON. March 15.— P-Rcp. D re wry <D-Vat, chairman of the congressional Democratic campaign committee, today predicted that the D mocrats will retain i numerical majority in the house alter the November elections but that there will be a clo. e. hard fight.
JERSEY CITY N. J . March IS.— i,Tx—The Swedish liner Gripsholm, .•'ale in American waters after her third round-trip diplomatic exchange voyage, dock.1 today with 663 repatriates from Germany and Na/.i-occupied France.
The Navy said the ship, returning one month to the day of her departure for Lisbon with 1.294 Germans and French would reach Ambrose light in lower New York harbor about noon and her piei about 12:30 p. rn.
Among the first to land will be 35 sick and wounded American prisoners of war, most of them airmen, and one wounded seaman.
James Y M< Queen, 23 of Mrs. Rach I Rose. 1242 Washington Blvd . was killed in,action Fob. 8 whilr fighting with the 157th infantry, 45th division, in Italy, Mrs. Rose was informed Tues-d a \
McQueen, whose parents are Mr. and Mrs J C. McQueen of Borger, made his home with his aunt during the 18 months he was stationed at Camp Barkeley w it Ii the 45th. He lived at Borger before he entered the Army and was connected with an oil company there.
As a staff sergeant, McQueen was wounded in battle last November. He had recovered and returned to the front when in September he was called by a runner from the front, taken to headquarters and commissioned a second lieutenant. He received the Purple Heart medal.
ne- Many income tax payments .will bo made with the money received from cashing war bonds, it was estimated today by bond officials at the post office and the two local banks.
It was estimated at the post office that these requests have doubled since March I,
DALI AS. March IS— r —Col,
Neal E. Kearby of San Antonio, Tex., one ot the Army Air Forces’ top aces of the southwest Pacific with at least 21 Jap planes to his us missing rn action father. I> J G Kearny of said today the war depart
ed Ii only a few hours left to file income tax returns, the ( olledor of Internal Revenue today reminded Vbilenians that the office will be open until midnight tonight for taxpavers convenience.
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it to estimate how who wish to cash i nd to pay income nount They usual* apologetic and make (. that ( fleet, who experted to
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the first new models scheduled to be on the market by July. 1945, says Ray Chamberlain, executive vice president of the National Automobile Dealers association.
He said that the partial resumption of automobile production would be undertaken to me t transportation needs of civilians essential to the war effort.
man never married. His public ca- t rrer b gun in Massachusetts when he became secretary of the Public j Franchise League of Boston in 1906. j He was named to the Interstate Commerce commission in 1919, and since had served continuously.
In 1942 he was made director of the wartime Office of Defense Transportation
BIRTH OF QUINTUPLETS IN ARGENTINA REPORTED
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Money Accord Near
WASHINGTON. March 15- V -Early and complete agreement among Russian. British. American and Canadian treasury experts on a multi-billion dollar, gold-based fund to stabilize postwar foreign exchange wax believed imminent today. *
Bowles Asks Funds To Stop Gas Sales
WASHINGTON. March 15.—- Tw — OPA Administrator Chester Bowles today planned to renew his fight for money from congress to buy evidence against gasoline coupon counterfeiters, described as ■‘now the biggest racket in the Unit-I ed States.''
BUENOS AIRES, March 15.— Pi - Quintuplets were born eight I months ago in a Buenos Aires suburb to a well-to-do rancher and his 42-year-old Italian wife, who kept the event secret to avoid pub- , lie excitement such as attended the birth of the I a moils Dionne children, Buenos Aires papers said today.
Franco Diligent i, their father, I declined to permit rporters to see t his oftspimg three girls and two: boys—but exhibited photographs of
Maria Cristina, Carlos Alberto and Franco.
Diligent! said the children were born at home last July ll, with only a midwife iii attendance on his wife. \ allota, who is the motlier of three other children*. He declared Hie quintets are in excellent health, each weighing between 20 and 25 pounds.
The story of the multiple birth was told first by Leila Shaw,
editor of the Buenos Alrcs herald. an English language newspaper.
I them, remarking: "Look, gentlemen, a full house Their names, he said. She said she had seen the quints iare Maria Fernanda, Maria Ester, I and interviewed the mother. We
have had such a difficult time keeping the quints’ secret,” she quoted the mother as saying.
General skepticism followed first population of the report. "Is it possible to admit the birth of quintuplets in our capital has bein 'rcpt undercover eight months?" the cuing newspaper Critica said. At the office of birth registry, where newsmen sought records of the births, clerks professed to know nothing except what was in the newspapers.
A neighbor of the Diligent said that “everybody in the neighborhood will tell you that the quintuplets are genuine."
receive the cash immediately, was told that it would take three or four days. I hat was yesterday. Ile cried and declared he knew he would have to go to jail if he didn't get that mono', for Iii*, income tax by today,” one official said.
Bond officials at the two banks also estimated that the requests had im r< axed,
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Food Plan Ready
WASHINGTON. March 15— T —
A promised “food constitution” for the United Nations was ready for submission to the senate foreign relations committee today.
•in advised the flier’s wife at n Antonio that Col. Kearby has en unr< ported since March 5.
Stationed with the Fifth air force in the southwest Pacific, Col. Kmrbv on last Jan. 22 received from Gen Douglas MacArthur personally the Col jjrcssional Medal of Honor nu hooting down six ene-nn plane; in one day He also was holder of the Distinguished Flying Ct .. the Silver Star, the Air Medal and several Oak Leaf Clus-te rs.
He entered the army air forces aft r graduating from the Universe of texas in January, 1937. and received lux wings at Kelly Field, rex . on Fob 16, 1938. He has been on ov erxcas duty since May, 1943.