Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 10, 1944, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER IO, 1944-TWELVE PAGES
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YANKS SURGE IO MILES
ihe Champ' Almost Stops Rain on Return to Capital fsDS0er ^ Offensive On;
WASHINGTON, Nov. IO—(ZP)— President Roosevelt returned to the capital today after his fourth term v’cjcry and assured thousands assembled to welcome him that he was "very happy” to be back.
With Vice President Wallace and Vice President-Elect Truman riding with him in an open car, Mr. Roosevelt arrived at the Christopher Col-ujfcras statue adjacent to the Union station at 9:04 a. rn. he had come in by train from his Hyde Park estate about 40 minutes earlier.
A night-long rain almost stopped as the President paused
twave to the crowd and speak lefly into radio microphones
at the statue. No amplification system had been installed and only those very close were able to hear.
Little Johnny Boettiger, the President's grandson, sat proudly in the front seat of the presidential car beside the driver. As the parade swung south toward the Capitol and headed down Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues to the White House, Traffic Director William A Van Duzen estimated at least 25.000 men, women and children were gathered in the immediate vicinity of the station. Many additional thousands were packed tightly along the curb along, the parade route.
A fine rain blew across downtown Washington as the procession got under way.
Thanking Washington for braving the weather to welcome him. Mr. Roosevelt said he could hardly tell how happy he was to return and gave his special thanks to government workers "who are helping to win th' war.”
Saying "This is a very wonderful welcome home you have given me,” the chief executive quickly added with a chuckle that he hoped it would not be inferred that he hoped to "make Washington my permanent home for the rest of my life.”
The trip from the station to the White House took 20 minutes. Eight military bands spotted along the parade route played "Hail to the Chief.” as the Presidential party drove by.
Mrs. Roosevelt’s place in the parade was a short distance behind the President and her car was followed by those of cabinet officials. Hundreds of special police, augmenting the regular secret service details, patroled the route.
The crowd had started gathering
A roar of welcome swelled*up as the President’s car emerged from the station and well-wishers held up banners carrying such messages as "In '44 we need you more," "You won here, let’s win over there,” "You’re back and we’re back of you,” and *T. S. A.-F. I). R.”
Washington roped cff the streets, turned out the brass bands and let the kids out of school to welcome the President.
WASHINGTON. Nov. IO. — (AP)—President Roosevelt said today, he, Prime Minister Churchill and Marshal Stalin were to hold another meeting
laps Throw Full Army Into Battle for Leyte
Sign painters started slapping , as early as 7 a. rn. Umbrellas popped I "Welcome Champ!" on canvas ban- | u.hpnpvpr thpv ran arrariOP it open everywhere as a heavy rain ' ners as soon as election results made ' * arrange ii.
began to fall about 8:30. Water ; it evident that Mr. Roosevelt will **'*■• however, no detail*
jdripped from sodden flags along be doing business at the same old have been worked out and there
the avenues. I stand until 1949. is nothing definite on the time
or place of such a meeting.
The President told the reporters at his first news conference since his election to a fourth term that he wouldn't tell when the time and place are arranged anyway.
Such meetings always have been secret until the government heads arrive at the scene of the conference.
The conference, attended by many of the news men who accompanied Mr. Roosevelt on his campaign tours, was filled with banter and joking questions. One asked lf he had received a "peace feeler” from Germany. The President laughed and said that sounds like a pre-election question.
• • •
Paul W’ard of the Baltimore Sun put in with:
"Mr. President may I he the first to ask if you are going to run in 1048?”
The chief executive said the question was hoary with age -observing that he had been asked that one as
far back as 1936.
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WASHINGTON, NOV. IO.—(A*!— President Roosevelt, asked by reporters today if he had received any direct word from Gov. Thomas E. Dewey since the election, beld no, and shook his head.
JAP AIR STRIP ON IWO JIMA BOMBED BY LIBS—Smoke rises from Jap air strip on Ivyo Jima during raid by B-24 Liberators of the U. S. Army seventh air force on Japanese Island air base, in the Kaaans, 650 miles south of T6kyo. (AP Wirephoto from Army Air
Britain Under V-2 Rocket Raids
Churchill Says WPBRELEASES DISTILLERS IO Damage Small MAKE LIQUOR DURING JANUARY
NIPPON CLAIMS CAPTURE OF LIUCHOW AND KWEILIN
By the Associated Press
Japanese commanders are throwing a full army into the battle for Leyte island in an effort to break Gen. Douglas MacArthtur’s grasp on the Philippines.
In two weeks 35,000 Japanese have broken through a sea and air blockade to reinforce the virtually annihilated 16th (Bataan) division, MacArthur^ headquarters disclosed abruptly today.
Tokyo radio claimed further Japanese successes in the capture of Linchow, last known U. S. air base In southeast China, and Kweilin, key to Chinese defenses in that sector.
The size of enemy reinforcements far in excess of previous indications —coupled with the reckless sacrifice of airplanes and warships were taken in Leyte as a warning that the battle for the Philippines would be considerably longer and harder than was expected after one-sided land, aband sea victories.
Lt. Gen. Walter Krueger’s Sixth array still outnumbers Nipponese on | Leyte by two to one although MacArthur said the Japanese have replaced all of their estimated losses of 35,000. These losses include wounded and some 5,000 men who fled to the hills. The Japanese garrison on Leyte was originally estimated at only 20,000.
But the picture is not dark. Krueger has superior fire power and armor. His forces and guerrillas dominate most of the island. He still holds the offensive, as the 24th division demonstrated by pressing forward in an uphill battle to make "substantial gains on a wide front” on the northern road td Ormoc in the wake of a typhoon.
Large fires raged through | - —__
Ormoc. Bombing and strafing tT. S. planes and 155 mm shells from “Long Toms” destroyed much of its usefulness as a reinforcement point.
Reds Cut Railway
WITH U. S. THIRD ARMY, Nov. IO.—(AP)—Leapfrogging infantry elements of the Sixth armored force gained five miles from Raucourt today and advanced well beyond Duchy, 8 1-2 miles southeast of Metz.
The 90th infantry division widened its bridgehead over the Moselle north of Metz near the Luxembourg border. The bridgehead is now 6 1-2 miles long and three miles wide.
By the Associated Press
The V. S. Third army surged forward today on a 55-mile are around Metz in a drive reminiscent of the sweep through Brittany and Normandy, gaining ten miles in three days of this new. full-blown offensive, and threatening to cut offjhe fortress city which blocks the route to Saarbrucken, tho Saar basin and the Siegfried line.
The first sizeable German counterattack since the opening of the offensive—infantry led by tanks—was met head on by the ti. S. 90th infantry division north of Metz and thrown hack, as the Americans deepened their bridgeheads across the Moselle 18 and 22 miles above the city.
Dozens of towns and villages fell to American armor and infantry in the drive, which has penetrated to within 25 miles of the Saar border in the south and ll miles in the north.
About 1,350 U. S. planes -some 750 Flying Fortresses and Liberators escorted by 600 fighters -attacked the Cologne and Frankfort areas today, striking at jet plane bases, transport facilities and industrial *
plants. Yesterday, bombers effectively sealed off the battle zone by a blasting supply
LONDON, NOV. 10.(UP> — Prime Minister Churchill confirmed today tAt the Germans have been bombarding England for several weeks with giant, comet-like V-2 rockets that plummet down faster than sound from 60 to 70 miles in the stratosphere, but he said casualties and damage "so far” have not been hwvy.
A German broadcast said both V-l and V-2 robot bombs also have been directed against Paris and Antwerp for several weeks. The ultimate range jpf the rockets still has not been reached, the broadcast said.
The Wellsian missiles, estimated unofficially to attain as much as 1,000 miles an hour in their final dive to earth, have crashed in
Sdely scattered points” in Eng-d, Churchill told commons in the first official British statement on sensational German claims of vast destruction wrought in London by V-2 rockets.
Churchill said the enemy’s “high-l>Rcolored accounts” w-ere "a good reflection of what the German government W’ould wish their people to believe and of their desperate need to afford them some encouragement,” bul; declined to give details of such damage as had been
J et a
He acknowledged that the rockets so “outstripped sound” that “no reliable or sufficient public warning in the present circumstances can be given.” Where is, however, no need to exaggerate the danger,” he said. “The scale and effects of the attack have not hitherto been significant.”
Though rigid censorship previously liad prevented announcement of tbH bombardment. Britons from the start have dubbed the rockets “flying gas mains” because of the tremendous explosion touched off when they land.
The rockets, fired from launching platforms on the continent into "he stratosphere, were the second terror weapons to be unleashed against Britain by the Germans In the fury of their despair at facing certain defeat.
But the fact that V-2 travelled unlaard and virtually unseen has robwd it of some of the psychological effect of terror stirred up by the slower, noisy jet-propelled V-l robots. V-2 also has not been as effective or used in such numbers is its smaller predecessor.
WASHINGTON. Nov. IO—(UPI — War Production Board Chairman J. A. Krug today notified the nation’s grain beverage distillers that they will be permitted to make liquor again during January.
Canning Sugar Deadline Fixed
Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. has been set as deadline for Issuance of canning sugar certificates, Mrs. Iva C. Wroten, local chief ration clerk, has been informed by the district office in Fort Worth.
These certificates will be valid until Feb. 28, 1945, it was announced. On the February date all canning sugar currency, including the certificates and the canning sugar Stamp 40, will expire. #
Applications for these certificates will be accepted through Thanksgiving Day when the local office will remain open. %
Each person in the family has been allowed 20 pounds of canning sugar during the season, Mrs. Wroten explained, and many have already received some or all this quota.
Spare stamp 37 was to be filed in the ration office with the first application for canning sugar certificates.
Jobs for Veterans
(Apply to War Manpower Commission, 1141 North 2nd).
Veterans placed since Sept. I 118
Veterans placed yesterday 0 Interviewed yesterday . I Referred yesterday .. 0
Jobs listed ............195
He said the distillers’ facilities will not be required for manufacture of industrial alcohol during that month. The release of the facilities for production of liquor follows WTR policy of releasing production not needed for war production.
Distillers will return to industrial alcohol production in February, Krug said.
The first liquor holiday was ordered for last August, W’hen the distillers spent the entire month producing alcohol for liquor.
The January release was possible because of a reduction in requirements of alcohol for synthetic rubber in the fourth quarter, Krug said. Synthetic rubber plants producing butadine from petroleum are now "approaching" their rated capacities, Krug pointed out. These plants, he said, were restricted to low production rates during the summer because the butylenes used as raw material w’ere more urgently needed to produce aviation gasoline.
Predicting additional liquor production later in 1945, Krug said large amounts of industrial alcohol still will be needed.
The longest liquor drouth since prohibition days was ended by the August holiday when whisky again flowed from the nation’s distillers. At that time more than 50,000.000 gallons was produced from facilities temporarily freed from production of war alcohol.
Planes Drop Tanks,
Set Station Ablaze
LONDON, NOV. IO—(UP' A Littlefield, Tex., captain told today how a formation of American Mustangs blew up a German railroad station near Saarbrucken without actually dropping bombs.
Capt. Gerald Montgomery said the fighters dumped their spare gasoline tanks on the station roof and then set it ablaze with incendiary bullet*,
“It wfas a beautiful fire,” Montgomery said. “The buildings burned to the ground before we left.”
The possibility remained that Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita might attempt an amphibious landing on American-held Carigara bay or shuttle reinforcements into the untouched northwestern tip of Leyte.
Reinforcements from the imperial 35th army, which MacArthur said was deploying on western Leyte, reached Ormoc under cover of tropical nights by taking advantage of the second naval battle of the Philippines, original absence of Leyte-based LT. S. bombers, and threatening typhoons.
Tokyo radio’s claim that Liuchow and Kweilin had fallen were without Allied confirmation. Chungking usually announces the loss of a city several days after Tokyo reports It.
If the Japanese report Is true that Liuchow fell yesterday, U. S. air forces were either using it up to the last minute or have developed otheK bases from which Liberate’•s can reach the China coast. Liberators of the 14th air force bombed docks at Hong Kong yesterday.
• War Contractors In Session Here
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF C OMMERi E WEATHER Bt REAU
ABILENE AND VICINITY—Consider able high, thin cloudiness today, tonight and Saturday with a few low clouds during the afternoon. Highest temperature this afternoon, 80, and lowest Saturday morning. 55.
EAST TEXAS: Fair this afternoon and tonight Partly cloudy Saturday. Warmer in east and south portions tonight.
WEST TEXAS Partly cloudy this afternoon. tonight and Saturday. Warmer in Panhandle tonight
Maximum temperature last 24 hours.
Minimum temperature last 12 hours. ators
Conversion to peace time operations was to be discussed at a conference here today of between 25 and 30 area manufacturers holding war contracts. Russell Smith, district manager of Smaller War Plants corporation, from Dallas directed the meeting, slated at 1:30 i P- rn., at the Abilene chamber of commerce.
An overall picture of terminations was to he given by >lst Lt. John W. Norwood, Jr.
( apt. Roger C. Brown of the Property Disposal section and ( apt. Charles J. Finnegan from the Contract audit section were to discuss those phases. Representing the Industry corporation division was Lt. John R. Hill, US Navy. Presiding over the informal discussions was Capt. Louis Letzerirh of the Readjustment Training section.
Smith stated that these sessions are to school the manufacturer in | quickly and properly pressing his inventories and claims so he can be paid promptly and begin peacetime production.
About half the present war contracts will stop immediately with the close of the jvar in Europe, lie said, and settlement will be on the basis of the amount completed.
One of the first conferences of this type in the state, it was to be attended by machine shoo operand clothing manufacturers
Stalin Reported Eager to Confer
MOSCOW. Nov. IO—(Ti—Moscow heard with interest today of Prime Minister Churchill’s assertion in London yesterday that it ll "high time” that he, Premier Stalin and President Roosevelt get together for another conference.
While there was no official comment, there seemed reason here to believe that Stalin is as anxious to meet again with Churchill and Roosevelt as they are to meet him.
Such a conference is generally regarded in Moscow as a logical sequel to President Roosevelt’s reelection.
Hawley Crash Kills Trucker
Clarence Mathis, about 2k, of Canadian, was killed instantly this morning when the truck he was driving plowed into the abutment of the culvert near Hawley.
Mathis was driving a light truck
mines and endeavoring to retrieve _.ac , . . ...
moat of their artillery tor emplace- ui ua8 loaded an automobile
lines to the rear.
Souih of Met* and northeast of Nancy Patton’s slashing attack was reminiscent of the initial stages of his whtriwind sweep through Normandy and Brittany to the Moselle last July and August.
Here German resistance continued light to moderate, with the Germans apparently withdrawing behind a screen of road blocks and
ment farther back in parts of tile old French Maglnot line.
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In Holland an artillery duel was in progress across the Maas as the enemy appeared worried over an impending Allied attempt to cross the river,
Russian troops drove a wedge across the Nazis’ last direct rail communications between battered, besieged Budapest and northeast Hungary, shattering German west bank defenses along the upper Tisza river.
An infantry and armored sailent 70 miles east northeast of the Hungarian capital bulged toward the
and trailing another truck. The equipment had all been purchased at Camp Hood.
The crash was about 9:30 a. rn., ( apt. E. L. Posey of the state highway police reported. Mathis was badly crushed and pinned under the truck when all the equipment turned over Into a deep ditch It took some 40 minutes to remove his body. The trucks were one of several hook-ups purchased by the True-blood Motor company of Canadian and being driven there.
Noble Trueblood. owner, was driving one of the hook-ups ahead of Mathis and returned to the scene of the crash. The men had driven
rear of German armored forces . . .. , . .
which have been counterattacking ®, cf I g ,
against the threat of a Soviet out
Associated Press returns at I 15 p. rn.. (C. W To Friday from 122,-574 of the country’* 130,785 voting units showed the major party popular vote:
Roosevelt ............ 24,269.864
The <rash was at a culvert between the Brazos river bridge and the Hawley intersection, nearly ll miles north of the Abilene city
flanking movement. Such a Russian move might open an invasion path to Austria.
The Russian left flank has dug into Budapest's southern suburbs, 5I‘
and the right flank has crossed the 10 .
Tisza toward the southern Czecho-1in an slovak border!
Yugoslav Partisans wiped out I,-IOO Germans in a push toward Kri-volak and Gradsko in southern Serbia, communique from Marshal Tito said.
The body was brought to Abilene
French to Mark Surrender Spot
FDR MISSED GUESS
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WASHINGTON, Nov. I®.—UP) —President Roosevelt’s advance guess on his fourth-term election:
335 electoral votes for himself 1% for his opponent.
He gave these figures to his news conference today when reporters asked how his usual forecast had turned out.
Mr. Roosevelt observed smilingly that he wasn’t very accurate.
Hp told the newsmen he called off the 25-cent bet he made on the election because he got scared. Fnder the New York law a voter loses his ballot if he participates in a wager.
PARIS, Nov. 12—(A*)—A torch
lighted from the eternal flame at the Arc De Triomphe will be borne
by relays of runners today to the William C. Brady wa bound over I little village of Rethondes, 49 miles
Bond Is Set
to the Nov. 27 session of the 1041 h grand Jury this morning by Justice of Peace W. J. Cunningham on charges of burglary filed Nov. 3. Bond was set at $1,500.
Brady was returned to Abilene from El Paso this week by Sheriff W. T McQuary and Deputy Eugene Williams.
outside Paris, to rededicate the glade where Marshal Foch received the German armistice delegates on Nov. 8. 1918.
A public subscription Is being taken up to construct a new memorial at Rethondes to replace that destroyed by the Germans when they ! entered Pa s in 1940.
Sleuth Sessions Set
AUSTIN, Nov. IO—(UP'—Dates for a series of law enforcement conferences for officers in New Mexico and West Texas were announced here today by the Texas Public Safety commission.
Meetings will be held at McCamey, Tex., Nov 24 and at El Paso, Tex. on Nev. 27.
TWO PYOTE GIRLS ASSAULTED BY NEGRO SOLDIERS
TU Exes to Meet
DALLAS, Ivor, IO.—(jfT—University of Texas ex-students here will meet Monday to consider the controversy which resulted in the dismissal of Dr. Homer P. Rainey, J. W. Timmins, president of the group, said yesterday.
PYOTE, Nov. IO—(Ab—'Two girls who were waylaid, forced Into a ditch, choked and assaulted by two men they Identified as negro soldiers are recovering today in Pecos Army air field base hospital.
Two negro soldiers who fit descriptions given by the girls were arrested yesterday while hitch-hiking east on Highway 80, the Army air field public relations office reported.
The men were on pass from the Pyote Army air field and City]
Marshal W. W Massey made the arrests with military police.
The girls, aged 20 and 23, are employes of the Pecos base hospital.
They had attended a USO dance Wednesday night. After the dance they went to a restaurant for a late meal and then began walking home on the Carlsbad highway.
As they neared a warehouse just north of the railroad tracks, the two m^n waylaid them, the girls told military police. The girls said the men
forced them into a ditch, choked them and then assaulted them.
They reported the incident to military police and a widespread manhunt was started, continuing until lo a. rn. yesterday when the suspects were arrested.
The men have been questioned by the Army provost marshal, District Attorney James B. Willis and the sheriff’s office. Investigation is continuing.
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THRUST TO SAAR BASIN—A major thrust is developing in the 3rd Army sector between Metz and Nancy as Gen. Patton’s armor crashed from Pont-a-Mousson to the edge of Nomeny, where a battle develops iii an attempt to outflank Metz and drive to the Saar basin. The Yanks have scored a total advance of IO miles. (NKA Telemap).