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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 1, 1944, Abilene, Texas VOL. LXIV, NO. 136 A TEXAS NEWSPAPER gUtflene. Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR ROES' WE SKE'JXJri YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 1, 1944 -TWELVE PAGES Associated Press IAP) Vailed Press (V.P.I PRICE FIVE CENTS pang Put on Spot by Stilwell Recall; Now Must Prove Merits By KEILLY O'STJLHVAN T Former Associated Press War Correspondent in China .gSNEW YORK, Oct. Joseph W. Stilwell's recall from Chlna-Burma-Indla command, as the culmination of long-standing over measures to increase the effectiveness of free China's f ,to evergrowing Japanese military thrusts, puts it squarly up 1 to olperailssimo Chiang Kai-shek to prove that his government merits a leadjjig place among the United Nations. I s.aw the crisis developing during 18 months as an Associated Press war correspondent in Chungking and with both the American and Mnese forces in China. It was headed up since I left the Chinese capital .April. .Division of .the China-Burma-India theater Into two war sectors plices China on her own except for support of the U. S. 14th air force, a continuation of American lease-lend war materials and whatever degree of military cooperation Chiang Is willing to accept in the war of directing and training his armies. j( It makes China less Important In the overall strategy against Japan, especially in view o! the American successes in the Philip- pines. In forcing Sfihvell's withdrawal, Chiang perhaps gained "face" with Kuomintang party leaders, his favored generals and some of the provincial war lords he is able to dominate. t Elsewhere, however, it would appear that China's leader loses p'stige through the exposure abroad of conditions which occasioned Am- erican demands for Chiang to bring about reforms in the Chungking government placing Free China more actively In the war against Japan Stlwell, returning to Washington for "an important new command seemingly loses no "face" in leaving behind Generalissimo can rectify. a situation which only the Chiang has successfully resisted all efforts to bring about a settle- ment with the Chinese communists in northern China who claim to be fighting the Japanese more vigorously and winning more victories than the central government troops. Many ol Chiang's best army divisions have been enforcing a blockade against the communists, rather than being sent against the Japanese who are making a strong threat at cutting China in two. The truth about the Chinese army, as some experts tolil me, Is that "it isn't an army at all." The Chinese soldier, impressed into service without any selective service system as we know It, is brave and a good fighting man if he has a chance. But in general he is woefully underfed, lacks medical attention, proper clothing and shelter and equipment. By THOBURN WIANT SELF-PERPETRATION PARAMOUNT LONDON, Oct. Kuomintang party regime headed by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, has concerned with the inevitable civil war against the Chinese communists than in the struggle aganist Japan. Fog Aids Nazis' Escape; Battle of Antwerp Over By The Associated Press Allied forces drove through to the Maas (Meuse) river north of Tilburg last night and hard-pressed German troops were in full flight out of southwestern Holland toward a new defense line north of the Waal Rhine. Enemy convoys stretching for miles along the Dutch highways offered an inviting but a thick fog 'grounded AUied divebombers throughout the day and saved the Nazis from the disaster.Hhat apparently had been shaping up for them. A spokesman 'for Lt. Gen. C. Dempsey, commander of the British Second army, declared "the battle for the; Antwerp is over." Only a few thousand Nazis siill held out of Walcheren island at the north sea en land at trance io the Schelde estuar leading to Antwerp, and Can adian troops had begun an as saiilt across a causeway fron south Beveland is land aimed at clearing out thi enemy nest. With the Schelde cleared of th Germans, Antwerp's miles of docks wil be available to Allied shipping AJthe same time, the Allies-no' own a broad, firm base acr-iiS sou them Holland for future offensivi operations against the northern em of the German defense line. A -German thrust toward In eastern Holland, hlch for five days had forced weakened American forces to give ground, finally was halted and thrown back with the aid of British reinforcements. The Al- lied troops won hack half the jtoit.n of 14 miles east of tindhoven. Russian forces were reported by Moscow to have captured more than 200 towns and villages in their nev, on Budapest in Hungary anc Ji have broken into the streets ol a large town 43 miles southeast of the Hungarian capital. The Germans declared that 35 Russian Infantry divisions and sev- eral tank corps had been so weak- ened by 14, days of headlong at- against Nazi positions in east Prussia that the battle for that German province "may be regarded as terminated." On the muddy Italian front Indi- nn troops consolidated a half-mile deep bridgehead across the Ronco seven miles south of Forli. Air Base Officer fy'lled in Crash I Second Lt. Robert L. Kuhl, 23, of j irning, Iowa, was killed when his ,ine crashed Tuesdav a short dis- nce north of Abilene Army air He was on combat training fj'jht. Kis parents are Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence A. KuM of Corning. GENERAL WILLIAMS Henry C. Hamilton Struck by Auto Ji'enry C. Hamilton was struck b an automobile on South llth nea the railroad crossing late Tuesday and was taken to Hendrick Me morial hospital for treatment o lacerations about the head anc! otlv Tlie car, driven by Bill Caperton of Clyde, knocked him to the sidi of the street police said. He wa. taken to the hospital by a Klker- Warren ambulance. He is a resident of route 5. Albany Man 2ndAirforce Commander Maj. Gen. Robert B. Will- ams, 43, native of Albany, has jeen named commander of he 2nd Airforce, which has eadquarters in Colorado prings and includes the Abi- ene Army Air Base, it was nnounced last night in Colo- ado Springs. General Williams, recently re- turned from 15 months overseas in the European theater as a bom- bardment division the 8th Airforce, The Weather WEATHER I1ILEXE AND or CO.MMERCE BUREAU ICiNITV: EAST WEST TEXAS; Fair with jni'fli change In temperatures tia> and Thursday. TEMPERATURES Tuts. Mon. Tues. 5.1 57 HOUR 1........ i........ P.M. Ill 74 S2 77 7fl SI 83 80 7fl 7H 75 71 il.sh and Iniv temperatures to I) p. n.: XI nnil lltRh and low Mnmr dale last year: nnrt ,v-'. last night: (hli morning: .Sunset lonlfllt: commander in succeeds Maj. U. G. Ent, who is in Brooks General hospital at San Antonio, recovering from a serious accident. General Williams was a bombe comand general with the 2nd Air force in its formative stage. He ha been in the Army Alrforces since in was commissioned a second lieuten ant after graduation from Texa, with a degree In civil engl neerlng. He attended the formal dedlcatloi of the Abilene Air Base In June 1943, who at the ceremonies said "The Abilene field is among hte besl I know that from experience as I have landed at most of them West Texas hospitality will provide the utmost in cooperation for the At that time he was locatec at Briggs field. El Paso. General Williams holds the Dis- tinguished Hying Cross for heroism in lending nnd England-to-Africa shuttle raid In August, 1943, for personally directing the raid and cnrying it through to success, de- (Scc GEN. WILLIAMS, Pft 2, Col 2) Dewey Charges Bogus Promises iy The Associated Press In another Jeer-provoking assault on President Roosevelt, Gov. Them as E.- Dewey in Buffalo, N. Y., las night accused the president of mak ing "bogus" campaign promises and called for a revival of the "getting ahead" spirit as a "vital part oi our American speech and thought.' Touelu'ng off an explosive round of boo's and catcalls at what he termed Mr. Roosevelt's "government jy abuse and the Republi- can candidate told a nationwide radio audience the New Dealers have sneered" for years at the "old American idea of 'getting ahead.' Captain Theodore siefert of Bui- :alo police said persons were crowded In the hall. "There is no one thousand elub in my the gover- nor declared. "I have not off- ered the government of the United States for sale at one thousand dollars to any man and I never iriil