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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 3, 1944, Abilene, Texas T News MDHMING "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 3, 1944-TWENTY PAGES Associated Press fAP) Vnitet Press (Vf.) PRICE FIVE CENTS; End of Leyte Campaign Drive Started to Cologne Rhine Eight 'Miles Away In Advance SUPREME HEADQUART- KRS ALLIED EXPEDITION- ARY FORCE, Paris, Nov. U. S. First Army shattered the Siegfried line lull today with a new drive on a front of yards south- t'feast of Aachen that swept nearly two- miles to within eight miles of the big Ger- man road center of 20 miles beyond which lies jCologne and the Rhine The drive rolled through the Ger- man villages of Vessenack.and.Ger- meter, 13 miles southeast of Aachen, and up to the fortified village of Hurtgen, often attacked but .not yet Conquered by Lt. Gen. Courtney H. Hodges' doughboys. The attack, whose scope and ob- jectives have not- yet been dis- closed, exploded in the face of hast- ily strengthened German defenses 9fo the morning after a heavy artill- ery barrage that resounded through Hurtgen forest. By evening American infantrymen still were slogging forward, agains.t stiffening resistance, II was an- Miounced supreme headquarters. Three hundred prisoners Were rooted from pillboxes and fox- holes as the Americans broke clear tut of the eastern fringes of the battlE-cheiVed forest, across ihe road leading south from Duren to Lanunersdorf, and on Into a smaller wood- land beyond. The battle was bulging Into coun- try behmd the old prepared posi- tions of the main Siegfried belt, but Jt was by no means In the open. Germeter and Vossenach, adja- cent villages, both had been reach- ed before bji patrols of the Firs Army, but the new thrust had car- ried beyond this area. From the width of the front in heavily-defended country it Luftwaffe Loses 1 Planes In Aerial Dogfight LONDON, Friday, Nov. fliers stroyed'208 German yesterday when the UNIVERSITY PEACE SEEN FOLLOWING CONFERENCE AUSTIN, Nov. .of students, ex-student and faculty groups tonight ended a long confer- ence with Gov. Coke R. Stevenson and expressed the opinion the Universiay of Texas' administrative turmoil can be iron- ed out with full satisfaction to all elements. planes Luft- i appeared to be an assault of fair size, but It was pointed out at su- preme headquarters that there was no indication yet that it was. any- thing like an army offensive. The attack on the gun-studded '4im of dunes on western and south- ern Walcheren has made "satisfac- tory It was announced. At supreme headquarters it was believed the town of West- kapelle was now In Allied hands along with a three-mile coastal strip to the north and south. More than half of Vlissingen (Flushing] also had been occu- pied, but up to 10 p. m. fight- ing was still reported continu- ing In the streets of the re- maindcr. The Germans held firm along the Mark liver throughout the day, but in the eastern Holland corridor the Allies regained another mile and a half taken by the Germans in a last weekend. On the Seventh Army front east of Linavillc, in a sector three miles north of Baccarat, the Americans captured three more villages, Fre- menil, Ogeviller and pcttonvllle, on the road to Schirmeck pass. i Northeast of Rambervillers the Seventh pushed ahead in the for- est of St. Barb for limited new gains toward Saales pass. The U. S. Ninth Air Force bombed bridges across the Moselle on both .of Trier. waffe made its long-promised reappearance and was whip- ped in one of the' great "all- time aerial savage, whirling dogfight of U. S. and Nazi planes over Merseburg in central Ger- many. Following quickly on this dcvlsivc Allied triumph, more than KAF bombers roared out over western Germany after nightfall and delivered one of. their heaviest blows at Dusseldorf, Rhineland In- dustrial city behind the western front. In the huge daylight raid, American heavy bombers blasted the teuna synthetic oil plant at Merseburg and rail yards at Belle-, field and Bhelne. Yank fliers in 900 escorting Mustangs and Thunder- bolts set a new fighter record of 155 planes destroyed in the ah- and nn the ground. Another lighter record of 130 shot down and a nev.' combination bomber-lighter record planes destroyed. this year during'Oine day were compiled. Officials reported thai, of the AmericarV'planes, 41 bombr ers and-28 fighters failed to return, In shooting down the 130 Nails, the American fighter pilots sur- passed the previous mark of 117 kills In aerial combat. They were opposed by many let planes, four of which officially were reported shot down. The Americans, apparently an- ticipating fierce opposition, sent out the second largest fishter escort ever dispatched by the Eighth Air- force to shepherd the 1.100 bombers to their targets. The Germans, mak- ing- B; mn.joT attempt to save the synthetic oil plant at Mersebury, ordered up their biggest force of interceptors against the Americans over that sector. Kesselring Said To Receive Wound BERN, Switzerland, Nov. Field Marshal Gen. Albert Kessel- ring, German commander-in-chief in Italy, was reported tonight to have been wounded in Italy during an attack similar to the one that eventually cost Field Marsha] Er. win Rommel his life In France. Kesselrlng's automobile, accord- Ing to information from Italy, over- turned when It machine-gun- ned by an Allied plane near Bo- logna. The extent of his injuries is not yet known here. Governor Stevenson concurred with Federal Judge J. C. Hulcheson of Houston, spokesman for .the conferees, that the exercise of. judgment, wisdom and caution would solve the situation caused by the dis-' charge of President Homer P. Rainey and resignation of three members jjf the board of regents. conference was ordered after university students marched on the capitol protesting Dr. Rainey's dis- charge. Judge Hutcheson emphasized that the discussion was general in na- ture, that a condition and not a theory was discussed. "Our only -purpose was to dis- cuss with the governor the sit- uation In general, offer our assistance and to ask him for The background story or, the University of Texas war will be found on Page Eight. his assistance" he said. "We tried to make It clear to each other that we arc try- Ing: to work together. Our talk covered the selection of new regents but with no discussion ot generally expressed satisfaction at the out- come of their discussion, 'the .stu- dent representatives returned to a campus mass meeting where Mal- colm Wallace.'student body presi- dent, said students will proceed with plans to petition regents to meet here Saturday and explain the reason why they discharged Dr. Raincy. Students roared approval of Wallace's suggestion they re- main away from classes until at least one regent accepted the Invitation. If answers are received, he said, they re- turn to classes Monday, under protest and to plan further ac- tion. Wallace announced a. protest parade tomorrow am! asked students to wear black arm bands and "more sombre clolh- Inu than usual." A pep rally also was slated for tomorrow night. Dr. Blake Smith, pastor of the University Baptist church who ad- dressed the student mass meeting asserted: "If Stevenson is really a friend of the university, let him appoint new regents who will reinstate Dr. Raincy." Students cheered loudly. The university's administrative row hit a climax yesterday with Dr. Ralney's discharge and resigna- tion of three regents. In Wichita Falls, Regent Orville Bulliiigton said that unless he changes his n-.ind he too will resign as soon as the governor has an opportunity to Election Broadcast To Men in Service LONDON, Nov. Vroops will hear results of the presi- dential election all next Tuesday night through .broadcasts, by the American forces network of the' European theater of operations. The British broadcasting corpora- t.lon will broadcast returns regu- larly on Wednesday. Legislator Dies CORPUS CHRISTI, Nov. Walter Elmer Pope, 65, who served j 22-year tenure as Corpus Chrls- tl'1 district representative in the state legislature, died here early today. Pope had not regained conscious- ness after suffering a cerebral hem- rrhage last Sunday. 'o Visit Paris LONDON, Nov. Iff) Minister' Churchill and Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden will visit Airis soon at the invitation of Oen. Charles nc Gaulle, tup British for- cltn olflcc announced tonight. The date .will be arranged later. fill the vacancies created at Hous- ton yesterday. He said tie and twi other members whom he declined t-earl SunicL lonlfhti .orpine: ;