Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 17, 1944, Abilene, Texas
Wiyt Abilene MORNING WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY "AS IT VOL. LXIV. NO. 151 A TEXAS NEWSPAPER ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 17, PAGES Asiodattd Press (Apy United Press ftUVlPRICE FIVE CENTS Six Armies Hammering Reich from West Japs Lose Ihree More Ships .Planes Blast .Other Vessels In Wide Area A U. S. PACIFIC FLEET TiEADQUARTERS, Pearl Nov. 16 Three warships were added to Japan's sunken fleet today when Adm. Chester W. Nim- 'dtz, announcing revised fig- ures, reported third Fleet car- rier planes sank a cruiser, four destroyers and 11 cargo 'ves- sels and oil tankers during rtiheir Nov. 12 raid on Manila. The admiral in a communique an- nounced this revised list: One light cruiser sunk (it pre- viously was reported badly dam- Four destroyers sunk (two had GENERAL MACARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS, PHILIP- PINES, Friday, Nov. Gen, Claudius Easley, as- sistant commander of the Amer- ican 98lh division Vi Leyle is- W land, has been wounfiefl by snip- er-. fire, a spokesman announced today. He Is (he first general officer to be wounded in this campaign. Jjeen reported Eleven cargo vessels and oilers sunk (this same number was re- ported sunk or set The pacific commander also 're- ported that a Navy search Libera- tor probably scored a bomb hit on dp small Japanese cargo vessel near 'Tlwo Jima and a Marine Mitchell bomber possibly hit a medium-sized cargo ship at Haha. Jima; Other U. S. Liberators bombed airplane storage areas and other in the Volcano 750 miles south of iThey also scored 'a'near miss on a medium cargo vessel. Haha'jisland is in the bonln group, some 690 milesfsouth'east of Tokyo. Other ,by land-based planes centered rthe northern Palau where several barges and other small' craft were sunk and ground installations heavily at- tacked. Grew Peace Imminent TJ. S. PACIFIC FLEET HEAD- QUARTERS. Pearl Harbor, Nov. 16. Uniterl States may expect compromise peace offers from Japan as soon as Nippon's leaders are con- their outlook Is hopeless but "if the bait is accepted we may be certain our sons nnd grandsons will be fighting this .war over Joseph C. Grew, 1'ormer U. S. Am- hassadar.to Japan.'itold a press con- here today. "Japanese militarism is a the State department, representative warned. "We can; cancer. We must or It will grow "Japan's one fllj fm dltlonal surrendei is open now Grew terms of unconi the length of would be neces: He said he was f el Ington after conft Chester W. Nlm" military comma: profound admi forces and wlml going to do on t? YANKS ON LEYTE TIGHTENING GRIP ON KEY JAP TERRITORY GENERAL MacARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS; Philip- pines, Friday, Nov. 17 Infantrymen of the 24th divi- sion and dismounted first division cavalrymen are tightening their grip on the Japanese salient at Limon, four miles south of Carigara bay, on Leyte island, headquarters reported to- day. American long-range artillery "continues its havoc" throughout the Ornioc corridor, leading from Pinamopoan to the besieged port of Ormoc, a communique said. Other Yank infantrymen are consolidating posi- tions'in the central mountain ranges, east of Ormoc corri- dor, from Mt. Minoro to Mt. Mamban. The two peaks are about eight airline miles C. 0. Dies of Attack C. O. Savage, prominent Abilene business man. died at his home, 1274 Vine street, at 5 p.m. Thursday. He became ill at his office at 4 o'clock, and died soon after arriving home. Mr. Savage suffered several heart attacks in 1341, and had been in rather ill health since that time. He, came to Abilene in 1920, and has been employed by the Radford Grocery company ever since. At the time of his death'he was vice pres- apart. Combat and reconnaissance par trols are "combing the intricate network of trails in the mountains to clear out scattered enemy Heavy tropical rains, however, are restricting operations. American fighters bombed and strafed the Ormoc sinking over 30 barges in the harbor. A Japanese motor pool at Valencia. near the center of the Pinamopoan- Ormoc- road, was destroyed, with the loss to the enemy of many "dozens of vehicles." Enemy air activity was negligible, the communique added. While the battle for LcyCe moved toward its 'climax a small force of Americans seized the Mapia islands, .enemy lookout post off the northwest New Guinea coast. The new. invas- ion, a protective operation to Japanese 'spotters, was about 900 miles southeast of YANKS BOMB PIACENZA RAIL BRIDGE IN NORTH- ERN ITALY Clouds of smoke partially obscure the target as medium bombers of the U. S. Army 12th Air Force blast the Piaccnza rail bridge over the Po River in Northern Italy. (AP JACK SIMMONS RESIGNS C. OF C. MANAGER'S POST Rain Benefits Smalf Grain, Dusty Ranges Yesterday's slow and .gen- eral rain was' a big boon to West Texas' fall grain crop which already was having such growing pains that a modem record acreage is in prospect. While the small grain was bene- fitting and the rather dry range perking up, activities on busy farms were halted with a lot of unpicked cotton still in the field. Quite nn acreage of grain sorghums remains be harvested. Falling as it did, the rain wrought a minimum of damage to unhar- Tempcraiures Thursday had dropped to 42 at p. m. only three degrees off the day's max- imum. Forecast held little hope. Pre- diction for today was cool, with occasional rnin, and colder to- night. Saturday's prediction is continued cool. partment store nine per cent1 a corresponding federal reserve-' C. 0. SAVAGE ident and general sales manager of tn'e company. He was a member of the Baptist church, of the Masonic lodge, and a former member of the Kiwanis club. He has been, promi- nent in Abilene civic affairs. Mr. Savage, who was 56 at the time of his 'death, was born Jn Brownwood Nov. 12, 1888. fi Surviving are his wife; one son, Cpl. Carroll Hall Savage, Camp Barkeley; two sisters, Mrs. Edna Saunders, Brownwood; Mrs. Mary Douglas, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and five brothers, George of Brownwood, W. T. of Dallas, John of Roswell, Earn- est of Elida, N. M., and Edgar of Los Angeles, Calif. Funeral arrangements are incom- plete, and will be announced by Elliott's funeral home. YOUR ATTENTION Especially intereslinft stories on other pases of today's Re- porter News include: Page Baptists name Abilcnian. Page of Agricul- ture pleads postwar co-opera- tion. Page would war sole- ly in Asia. Page and Stevens in best Hereford awards. Page iu France hero. Page Homer P. Rainey blasts university Regents. MaHxtend War WASHIN' Mobilization material and, overcome. Byrnes se: production pi 9 "While a. WASH! ratlin brnai F. Byrnes, director of War 'ersion, said today there Is a shortage of war 'hich might "prolong the war" unless speedily five government agencies concerned with war material and weapons exists in relatively few Dwiglit D. Eisenhower, in a will tell the folks at home of the urgent need for more artillery and artillery ammunition. He will makCjhta broadcast tlurlnff Ihc Army Hour which begins over the NBC network at p. m., Eastern War Time. v programs, it is sufficient, if not speedily overcome, to prolong the war." Byrnes' letter went lo the War Production hoard, the War and Navy the War Manpower commission and the Maritime commission. In it he said he would hold up'the resumption of civilian goods production unless the war program Is stepped up. The reconversion director said he Is "delaying for the time being a of the spot authorization procedure for resuming civilian pro- duction" in the first two groups of the labor market area but warned' If Ihc stepped up production he requests does not result from his appeal to war workers "I shall not hesitate to take more drastic action." "Much of the manpower he said, "is due to the mistaken belief on the part o'isome people that the war is about over. Two hun- .1 able-bodied men, willing to do hard work, could belief on the part orison 'jftdied thousand ndrtjna break the Uotllcr'Sf .'n I "'A The-Mapia landings were made Wednesday, covered by naval and air bombardment. Only light rc- sist'ance was met. A- headquarters" spokesman said the objective was to protect the important Allied air- base, on Biak Islo'rid, immediately south in the Schputen group. A field dispatch from James Hutehcson, AP correspondent with 'first cavalry divi- sion, reported Hie indications of lessening enemy resistance on Ley- te. He said the Japanese were abandoning strong positions in rar areas Instead of fighting to the death. On China's fighting fronts in Kwangsi province the Japanese con- tinued to advance. The Chinese high command said fighting was raging four and a half miles from the. railway town of Ishan. Radio Tokyo earlier claimed capture of that walled city and its airport. In Burma the Japanese position worsened. Brjtish East' African troops advanced six miles in a day to capture Kalem.ro where they joined Indian troops from the chin hills. Chinese troops in north Bur- ma cut main-Japanese escape routes out of the Nippon Bhamo base. These Chinese forces are near their the opening of a lanrl supply line from- India into China. Mail Cards. Now WASHINGTON, Nov. 16-WV- Christmas cards to soldiers over- seas should be sent at once to get there in' time, and must be in seal- ed envelopes, the Army warned to- day. Resignation of Jack Simmons as i acting -manager of the" 'Abilene chamber of announc- ed yesterday following a. session of the board of directors who appoint- ed a' committee to employ n suc- cessor. Roscoe president of tlie board, said directors passed a resolution in appreciation of work accomplished by. Simmons, during his' 11 'months. as .-temporary. mari7 "We.are grateful to him for cooperation- i-aad-obiirr.- Mcomplish- nienrs while connected with the. Blankenship said, 'Wand We understand the necessity of his devoting full time to his own busl- ness ventures." Simmons' is 'connected .with the Abilene-View company, .bus lines in other cities, and with the Elniwood Memorial Park corpora- tion here. Simmons said he would con- tinue to assist with work of the chamber, giving it as much time as possible until another acting manager could be em- ployed. His resignation, was effective Wednesday. The board considered the mattpr in a continued session Tuesday afternoon. Appointed to the committee for hiring a successor are W.' .1. Ful- wiler Sr.. chairman, S. M. Jay. M. B. Hanks, C.'M. Cnldwell, Price Campbell, M. M. Meek, Henry James, W. P. Wright nnd Walter Jarrett. Blankenship said the man to be employed would work primarily with industrial development of Abilene, carrying out plans outlined from the industrial survey compiled by Burl E'.r.-.tr: presented Wed- nesday to the board of directors. The hoard voted to bcsin pay- ment nf S100 monthly salary lo the manager of the chamber, John an Army private1 now serving in New Guinea. Womhlc was given a leave of absence almost a year ago to vested crops and will only serve to lower the grade of cotton for a short while after picking is resumed. Only .52 of an inch fell here, but it was sn slow that every drop of moisture went inlo Ihe ground. The November lolal now slands at .12 of an inch, which compares with normal of 1.35 Inches. Heaviest reported rain was at Hamlin, where 1.32 inches had fal- leri by early afternoon. The large wheat acreage there was given a big j boost. Stamford got 1.15 Inches. Colorado City reported 1.3 Indies and other points along the railroad got rain. Fisher county was in 'die path of the general rain, with Rotan getting an inch. Ballingcr, Brady. Brownwood and Coleman got showers and Eden re- ceived 1.5 inches. A thin snnw blanketed an area from Tcxlco to Sweetwalcr and from Canyon to Lamesa, Lubhock reported, .while, a mix- ture of snow and rain continu- ed to fall at Lubhock last night. Temperature at 6 p. m. was re- ported at 33 degrees. A 1.25-lnch rain In llano county benefited winter range land. Electra reported .20 inch of rainfall. Dallas had its coldest day of the season yesterday, accompanied by .15 Inch of rain. JACK SIMMONS enter j-ervice. "Since we are holding his Job for Blankenship said, have accepted the policy now followed by a numbrr of firms to keep up part salary payments for services ren- dered in the past and to be given in the future." Present at'the Thursday after- noon session were K. B. beach. P. W. Campbell, Merle Gruvcr, Henry James, W. D. Minter. E. P. Mead. Homer Scott, Jesse F. Winters, W. P. Wright. The Weather U. B. nrPARTMENT OF CQMMrRCK AB1LKNK ANI) VICINITY: Cloudy anrt rnol will) nrraslnnal rain. Clfar- Inp an.l colder Friday night Salurrfay fair ml. Clotuiy and rather inal rain Friday l-'Hriiiy nkht. Cli clearing Cooperation Needed LONDON. Nov. j Lehman, director poncinl of I UNRRA. Paid today that "the pos-l sibllity of brinping 'about n pence! of iindcrfclandins" will depend in j large mcusurc upon the effort-s of governments and peoples tn "work tcgcthcr for the common purpose of raising the standard of living." The future of UNRRA, he said, will .show whether this can bo done. EAST TKXAS: cent with nrrash In south pnrilon nlchi. Salurrlay fnlr ri( south portion, Contlinictl WEST TEXAS: Clnmly nnil rnnlln- iipd rnld Friday and Friday nicht. snow In soilth plains Frltlav anil casionat rains .inutliwnrd to nin Hr vattry Frhlay anil 1'rldnv nlrhl. Sal- iirilay pnrtlv rlomly, TEMPIiRATURKS Thurs. Th H Ninth Makes Appearance SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITION- ARY FORCE, Paris, Nov. 16 The Allies launched a general offensive in the west today with the veteran U. S. First and the long-hidden U. S. Ninth joining four other arm- ies in attacks along a 300-mile front against the Reich and its approaches from Holland southward to the Alps. The newly moved up U. S. Ninth drove 'into Germany along a nine-mile arc between Geilenkirchen, 12 miles-north of Aachen, and Eschweiler, 10 miles northeast of Aachen, where the west wall already has been breached. Simultaneously the U. S. rst Army attacked east of Aachen itself. (A late dispatch from the Ninth Army front, reporting the fall of at least four German towns, said shocked German prisoners were captured by the score at the Am- ericans broke through the crust of Reds Smash Defense East Of Budapest LONDON, Friday, Nov. Russian tanks and shock troops cracked the main German defense line 10 miles east of Budapest yes- terday in a bitterly-contested three- mile advance, and far to the north- east struck to within five miles of Hungary's fifth city now exposed to Red army artillery fire. Battling along around Budapest roods leading to Austria and Chechoslovakia, the Russians also crossed the Budapest-Miskolc rail- way at Vamosgyork, 36 miles north- east of the Hungarian capital, Mos- cow announced last This stroke cut the rail sup- ply of German and Hungarian troops cUnglns: to the central section of (he trunk line, and threatened their entrapment; The capture of Vamosgyork, where several trains nnd am- munition stores were declared seized, represented a. -advance north or the fallen rnemy stronghold of Jaszbereny, taken Wednesday. In the 'frontal assault on Buda- pest's outer defenses Marshal Ro- dion Y. Malinovsky's serond Uk- raine army troops captured by storm the rail station of Gyomro, 10 miles east-southeast of the capital, p.nd nearly a mile northwest of Gyomro village, described by Berlin ns the, southeastern anchor of the Axis enemy defenses. (Associated Press Correspondent Wes Gallagher said that'in the first hours, tanks and infantry swept forward up toa rnile, seizing Euchen, (ive miles northeast of Aachen, and Immendorf, Beggendorf and Flov- erlch, from two to three miles east of Geilenkirchen.) (London announced that British heavies also attacked Duren ana heavily-fortified Ju- lich and Helnsbcrg to the north in co-ordinated assaults on the west wall.) The U. S. First Gen. Courtney H. Hodges leaded from muddy foxholes at a. m. and launched the asault on an un- disclosed sector of the front under the drumming thunder of bombs and heavy artillery raining on enemy positions ahead. On the left flank, the mysterious U.' 6. Ninth, struck at p. m.. plowing into Germany behind a big aerial bombardment after an mile leap-frogging trek across the paths of .other. Allied armies that befuddled the Germans. From the front dispatches flieij through strict censorship restric- tions emerged one' the firs! time the United States now ha( four great armies hammering against These concerted blows were dealt even as the U. S. Third closed a nutcracker on Mctz In the second week 'of Its offensive, the British second drove to within .a mile.of. the Maas river .facing Germany some 30 miles .north of Aachen in Ihc second dny of its attack, and the U. Seventh find French defense arc around Budapest. Armies struck deeper Into the Ger- omro village itself wes under as- man Vosges mountain lines guard" saull in battles of "unabated vio- the southern Rhlneland. Beiiin said. The Germans were hurling In a considerable number of tanks and self-propelled guns nnd infantry- men In unsuccessful counter-attacks .gainst the converging Russians, a Moscow midnight bulletin said. Five hundred Germans and Hungarians A front dispatch said ths First Army chose the first break hi the weather to attack, and notifies was pictured as confi- dent of success despite the mire and muddy roads. For days convoys had splashed up i (he roads with food and supplies, were taken during the and one s hnd hMn swltcncd to new po. Soviet unit alone kidded more than i nntj 600 Germans, It said. Sixteen miles northeast of Budapest other powerful Soviet tank and infantry forces swept through Dany in a headlong race along a roail that Ly-pass- fs Budapest on the north and leads to Vienna, Austrian cap- ital. By seizing Dnny these units were less than 11 miles southeast of Go- dollo, strategic road and rail June- lion govtirnlnp the routes to Vien- [na and into central Slovakia, and were by-passing Hntvan, another strategic town 12 miles to the northeast.- anks plowed up through deep mud, ready to sup- port the Infantry. The V. S. Ninth under LI. Gen. William 11. "Texas Bill" Simpson slammed against Hit- ler's homeland defenses after springing literally from nowhere Into the fight for the west wall. Last heard from more than two months ago when it seized the Breton port of Brcsi. this army had moved silently through France, Belgium and Holland In what a front dls- Scn GERMANY, Pg. 14, Col. 3 same date last Death Rate Down i WASHINGTON, Nov. in Escaped GIs Face Kidnaping Charges Our drclining death nite is going down faster for women than for men, the census bureau reported to- day. A census official said that thus rlue mainly io progress In caring for women in childbirth and women with ailments that originate :rhilrbirlh. OTTAWO. 111.. Nov. 16 Three men who Police Chief Walter M. Keim said had escaped from Army disciplinary barracks were charced with kidnaping today after an.esled Normnl They arc Todrt fimftli. 28. of Otta- wa, Ernes! McAdam. 23, Black Lick Penn., and Mflvln Schoesson. 20. of Milwaukee. Wis. The kidnaping charges were died In Wahvorth county, Wis., where Boake Carter Dies Nov. i Bnnke Caripr, writer nnd news com- i mentntor died tonight shortly after; the trio were charged with havini? IIP was admitted to Hollywood Pros-; taken Arnette Joyan, 16. a hiRli hytcrian hospital. Hospital attend-. school student, for a 20-mile ride, aiils declined to reveal the cause, of (before robbing Him of and his death. 'clothing._______________________ Texans in Lead By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Fishtlng Texans were up and at 'em again yesterday (Thursday) from the Dutch lowlands tu the peaks of Leyte. A native Texan Lt. Gen. William H. (Texas Dill) Simpson, com- manded the U. S. Ninth Army which, after two months of silence, sprang into action against German defenses on the.Dutch frontier. Simpson, from Wcathcrford, Tex., commanded Camp Welters. Mln- CHICKENS EVACUATED Coops of fowls were, moved from n burning building yesterday, many of them dead nnd a number so badly burned they liad to be killed. The fire destroyed the Market Poultry and Produce Co., 83.'! South 8lh, shortly before noon. Hundreds of cases of government-owned i itDjc-DOflica men, WHIIUK "j the critical programs and shorten the war." eggs and more inn 100 chickens were loit. I lie Maze was thought tn have started from one of six stoves used (o heat candlcrs. Twenty-six girls who candle eggs on government shipments had left the building for lunch only five minutes before fire flashed through the building. Cecil Hudson is U. GCTI. William II, Simpson, commander of the Ninth Army, which sprang Inlo prominence. Thursday, is a brolhcn of John Simp- son, livestock agent for Ihc Texas nnd Pacific railroad. Mr. Simpson has his main offirrs In Fort Worth, hut has spent much time In Sweclwaler and Abilene, and is well known lo many Wcsl Texans. owner. eral Wells, at the outbreak of the war nnd later was assistant commander of the Second Division at Fort Sam Houston. In the First World War he was chief of staff of the 33rd Division. His mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Simpson, resides between Wcatherford and In the Philippines, elements of the First cavalry-of Los Negros fame -pressed across the mountainous center of Leyte island. The cavalrymen, who trained at El Paso, dismounted from motorized equipment, became mountain climbers, and took three more peaks.