Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - October 8, 1944, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXIV, NO. 112
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Dewey Charges Double Talk' Demos; FDR Will Speak in
By The Associated Press
Governor Thomas E. Dewey pictured last night the Democratic administration of President Roosevelt as engaging in double talk through speaking on one hand about government ownership of factories and simultaneously disavowing Communist supporters.
The Republican presidential nominee, making his answer to
Turn to page 5 for story on Abilene FDR rally.
President Roosevelt’s address of Thursday night, declared at Charleston, W. Va., that the President had '‘softly” denied that he welcomed the support of any persons or groups committed to Communism or Fp sc ism.
But. asked Dewey, "doesn’t this soft disclaimer come a trifle late? ’ in view of the recent statement of Earl Browder in New York that "the election of my (Dewey's > opponent essential to his aims."
Meanwhile. President Roosevelt, accepting an invitation to address a dinner of the Foreign Policy association in New York, Oct. 21, scheduled his first speech outside Washington since he formally opened his fourth term campaign.
The speech will take Mr. Roosevelt to New York state, biggest
LONDON. Oct. 7 —(API-Swift Russian tank and cavalry forces crushed the entire Axis defense system east of the Tisza river in southeastern Hungary yesterday, racing through 300 more towns and J villages in a 28-mile advance that carried to within 83 miles of Budapest, imperilled Magyar capital.
With the seizure of Gyom*. rail town on the Bucharest-Budapesi trunk railway, the Russians had adxanced 55 miles northwest of Arad, western Romanian jumping-off base In their rapid rampaign to knock out Hungary, last big Aah satellite still in the war.
The big rail junction towns of Be-kescsaba, Orosi) a*a,‘Beice*, and other important pointe fell in the massive drive, which now has overrun 400 localities and by-passed Hungary's second city of Sieged, at the lower end of a 75-mJe ‘nvasion arc.
Hungarian troops bolstered by Nazi reinforcements were battling fiercely at the lower end of the invasion line in the 15-mile sector between Szeged on the Tisza river and captured Mako, 15 miles to the east.
At the top of the front moving relentlessly across the plains th* Russians annoqnced the capture of Fzeghalom, 35 miles seat cf the bypassed western Romanian rail junction of Oradea, one of two major Nazi escape routes out of Transly-vania.
Emphasizing the grave danger to southern Germany, a Yugoslav broadcast said Marshall Tito’s Partisans had linked up with Austrian anti-Nazi patriots. members of the ‘'Austrian frontier.
Berlin disclosed that other Soviet
Taylor Rancher Fatally Injured
Brandon Hope Shapard, 44. prominent Taylor county ranchman and attorney, was fatally injured Saturday afternoon when he was knocked from his horse by an overhanging limb of a tree in rounding up cattle at his ranch 20 miles southeast of Abilene. He died instantly.
Mrs. Shapard. who saw the
accident, said Mr. S**apard w ta
penning some cattle at about 4:3ft p. rn. and that one of the cows broke away. In the chase his horse ran under a tree and a limb struck him on the head.
Funeral will be held at the Firit Method let church in Anson, hts former home. at 4:30 p. rn. Sunday. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope
“MTwm ll, in stat, .t; Kiker-Warren funeral home here until 3:30 p. rn.
Our Tanks, Infantry, Guns Pour Through 6-Mile Gap at Aachen
SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE. Ort 7 —(AP)—*
Doughboy* of the ll. S. First army cracked German defense* wide open along a six-mile front north of Aachen today and swept tip six German towns in a high-powered three-mile drive that encountered wilting resistance.
The Americans ovcr-ran Beggendorf, Baswciler, Hcrbach, Mcrkstcin, Hofstadt and Alsdorf as they hammered to a point five to six miles inside Germany in the onrush that was described bv an American staff officer as a definite breakthrough. The I . S. troops are meeting less artillery fire and weaker opposition, field dispatches reported tonight.
Tanks, infantry, artillery and supplies poured into Germany through the gap torn by the American*. Planes and tank* battered at the enemy as the I. S. advance units pressed ahead.
“This is definitely a breakthrough and not a withdrawal, a First army staff officer declared. “There still are defenses ahead of us, hut we have driven through the main line
of resistance in this sector.”
The whole 460-mile front stirred restlessly. The U. S. Third army struck in the long-
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Heaviest Bomber Blow Hits Reich
LONDON. Oct. 7. — (/Pl — Ger- greatest Allied aerial blow of the many s oil supply, armament works, airplane factories and explosives plants were struck today by the
British to Cross Corinth Isthmus
Mr. Shapard was an extensive
prize in the electorial college with i ^downer in Taylor, Jones and
Second Landing Near Foochow
By the Associated Press
Japanese determination to seal off the China coast against American landings in that vital area was
DRAMATIC ACTION PHOTOS, taken on Pclcliu island in the Palaus, show last-ditch type of fighting that Yanks * re up against. In top photo, a U. S. Marine levels his automatic at a Jap pillbox, orders the occupants to surrender. They refused, so another Leatherneck lobbed in a phosphorous bomb, with the result seen in lower photo.
Palau Invaders yay 12,211 Japs
U. 8. PACIFIC FLEET. Pearl
Harbor. Oct. 7—(AV-Marines and soldiers invading the Palaus have killed 12.211 Japanese and captured 224 since Sept. 15. day of the Endings, the Nacy announced today.
On the air base island of Peleliu. 11.083 Japanese have oeen slain and 214 captured but the Nipponese still fling to one pocket of resistance at L'mor-9 brogol mountain (Bloody Nose ridge.)
However, today's communique said American tanks and artillery had reduced that pocket in action Friday.
— The other 1.128 Japanese slain •rWd IO captured fell victim to invaders of Angaur, south of Peleliu in the Palaus,
Operating from Peleliu’s captured airfield, Marine Corsair planes ranged north in the Pa-a laus to the big island of Babel-thuap Friday, damaging villages. 16 supply dumps, two buildings and 28 trucks and strafing three boats and seven barges.
The communique also reported Maintenance of air action against the Hurtles north of Japan. Mitchells bombed Paramushiro and Shimu.shu Tuesday, sinking a cargo ship, damaging a barge, fighting off 15 to 20 enemy probably deal roving two and damaging two uthers.
Big Liberators also bombed Paramushiro.
47 votes, just 17 days before the election.
Whether the address will be classed by the White House as political in nature was a question which went unanswered for the time being. Mr. Roosevelt's aides declined to amplify an announcement which consisted of making public the invitation from Maj. Gen, Frank R. McCoy, president of the association, and the president's acceptee POLITICS. Pg. 6, Col. 7
Anson Boy, Knocked From Horse, Dies
Kerr fro Wichita Foils
^‘DALLAS. Ort. 7 -i/fpi—Gov. Robert 8. Kerr of Oklahoma will be the principal speaker at a Roosevelt-Truman mass meeting in Wichita Falls, Oct. 19, Harry L. Seay, State Democratic executive committee ^airman, said today.
ANSON, Oct 7 Donald Ray Ball, 9, died at 1:15 a rn. today in the Stamford hospital of injuries sustained last Sunday when he was knocked from a horse by an auto-
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Chinese high command reported a second Nippon landing in the Foochow sector.
Hood counties and had operated the ranch east of Tuscola since 1934 when he retired from law practice at Anson.
He was born in Anson on Julv 13, 1900, son of the late Dr. R. R. Shapard, pioneer Jones county physician, and Mrs. Mallie Lewis Shapard.
Survivors include his wife, the former Louise Pierson, whom he married in Dallas in 1936: a brother, Grundy Shapard of Wichita Falls; an aunt, Mrs Dee Williams, Anson; a niece, Mary Grundy of Wichita Falls, and two cousins, Weldon Williams of Dallas and Grundy Williams of New York.
Mr Shapard attended Anson high school, Powell Training school at Dallas, Southern Methodist uni malty and was graduated from the
See SHAPARD, Pg. 6, Col. 6
bank of the Danube opposite Belgrade had reached the mouth of the I Tisza where it empties into the Danube.
Moscow announced simultaneously that Red army units had begun a great pincers movement on German East Prussia, attacking beyond Siaulia in western Lithuania, and rho crossing the Nares* river at fullusk, 29 miles north of Warsaw and 38 miles from the lower East Prussian frontier. At least 20ft Nazi tanks were knocked out in two days, Moscow said, when the Germans tried ‘‘to liquidate our bridgehead on the right bank.'1
The landing, on the south bank of the Min river southeast of Foochow, apparently was designed by the Japanese to secure for them a zone in which airfields could be constructed. Planes from such fields could blast any invasion forces approaching China in that coastal area.
The initial Japanese invasion, directed against Foochow, was on Sept. 27.
The Chinese said brisk fighting continued in Foochow's northwestern suburbs and that the invaders to the southeast were ' being engaged by our forces."
After claiming complete occupation of Foochow there da's ago the Japanese changed their tune. Their latest communique said only the ‘‘outskirts’’ of the eitf had been “completely reduced'’ by the morniny of Oct.
In Kwangsi province heavy fighting continued as a fresh Japanese drive was halte about 12 miles west of Hingan and 25 miles north of Kwnlin, the Nippon Japanese made some progress in the general direction of Liuchow, strategic rail junction city south of Kweilin.
In England A. V. Alexander, first lord of the admiralty, said the royal navy already in the Indian ocean is formidable and that plans to move warships to the Pacific were going ahead rapidly.
was unconscious all week.
Funeral will be at 3 p. rn. Sunday at the Church of Christ with Fred Curtis, minister officiating.
Donald was born Nov. 30, 1934 Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Ball; a brother, Darrel Denton; and two sisters, Leola and Saundra.
Sheriff Bill Dunwodie said Lee Norman, 17, negro, was held in the county jail charged with negligence in the accident. The sheriff said he was driver of the car which struck Donald.
Robbery Motive in Fatal Pyote Attack
ROME, Ort. 7—f ZP)—British in- [ \ axion forces have overrun most of ; the Peloponnesus, home of the an* dent Spartans, it was announced today, and Allied strafing of Athena’ airfields indicated that thev would soon cross the isthmus of Corinth to the Greek mainland, scene of their bitter 1941 retreat.
(A Reuters report from Cairo said the Germans had abandoned Corinth and that Allied occupation was imminent.)
Behind the liberating Tommies came a Greek government-in-exile representative who took over administration of tho peninsula and told a crowd clamoring in the north
war, with combined assaults send- j ing from 6.000 to 7,000 Allied planes over the Reich. •
A U. fl strategic airforce communique railed the American part of the operation "the greatest coordinated aerial assault of the war."
Heavy opposition was reported from flak and enemy fighters, and the Eighth air fore* alone reported SI heavy bombers and 15 fighters missing from daylight operations.
Tonight several Gorman cities were in flames and there was fresh devastation over the length and
cleared German* from virtually the entire duchy, and wa* nearing the frontier town of Wormeldange due east of the capital on the Moselle river facing the Reich.
Thus two great American armies, the First and Third, were cementing their assault lines from H Hand to northern France, but for the moment at least it was the First army which was driving toward the In* duxtrial heart of Germany along the Rhine and Ruhr.
While this momentous fighting was raging, other doughboys in almost division strength were rolling through the forests 25 miles southeast of Aachen in a, new puneh that had already carried through (he first mine fields and dragons t*eth of the WeatwaO against the negligible resistance.
Between these two sectors, First army troops fighting within 25 miles of Cologne in the Hurt gen forest IO miles southeast of Aachen ham-
breadth of German territory from mered forward three quarters cf a
icnftn iu,_L. mile. cleared the last of ihe West-
mo,, than 16.000 ton* of bombs plUbows weK tacUuyJ
ca.‘caded down in 24 hours. (he earthworks beyond.
High explosives and incendiaries on the Third army front, the A-seared Germany, Austria, Hungary [pelicans wrested the northwest and and the, Nazi western front, as fine southwest corners of the great Fort weather gave Allied fliers their I riant from the German garrison, chance to strike. i fought IOO yards down an under-
Enemy fighter opposition was con- ground passage leading to the main centrated in the Leipzig area, where j fortifications, but then found their Fortresses were engaged in a brief way barred by steel and concrete
port of Patrai for a peoples' rule but sharp attack by more than 50 bulkheads
Al Smifrh Laid fro Resfr Beside Wife
NEW YORK. Oct. 7 —(AP)— Alfred Emanuel Smith was buried beside his wife, Catherine, who aided and inspired him in a career which led from the sidewalks of New York to the gubernatorial mansion in Albany and the Democratic nomination for president of the United Slates.
Only members of the immediate family, relatives and close friends attended services at the grave in Calvary cemetery where the most Rev. J. Francis Melntrye, auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of New York, pronounced the last blessing.
Baptist Standard Founder Is Dead
PYOTE, Oct. 7.—(Ah—Discovery of an empty purse led Pyote Army air field officials today to believe that robbery was the motive behind the attack which ended in the fatal
wounding of S-Sgt. Randol A Weir, invasion, the drive to the 25, of St. Bernard, Ohip. and injuries mainland, Is welj under way.
to Addle Maureen Borders, 30. of -------
San Angelo, the commandant of the post said here today.
Two facts were made public by ; the investigating board of officers named to probe the incident. The purse belonging to Miss Borders wdiich was missing, has been found emptied.
Medical examination shows that the girl was not attacked.
Weir and his woman companion were assaulted Thursday ntglit while walking toward her home in the civilian area after they had attended ta camp show. It Is now believed that more than one assailant participated in the attack.
that their exiled monarch. King Messerschmitts and Fockr-VV olla. George II, and his government Bomber gunners reported drMrm -would try ‘‘to satisfy your wishes." ing ll German fighters while U S.
Pilots returning from strafing fighters shot down 22. including missions, during which they blast- four jet-propelled planes
eh at least a score of planes, said |------
German units were in flight from Greece, leaving their air force without land force protection
Greek patriots at, Patrai said that the Germans had cleared out of the northern part of the peninsula, just as they had fled the southern ports and central regions earlier.
There was no further information on a light force which landed in Albania.
Communiques on Greek operations have been far behind the accomplishments, and it may be assumed that second phases of th*
Germans Plan to Use Captives as Hostages
DALLAS, Oct. 7 (TV John Bell M(Craw, 74, founder of the Ba,)- was rr(.0!Cjp^ bv OWI
tlst Standard and father of former j _
Texas attorney general William McCraw. died today at a local hospital.
In 1902 McCraw staged the first automobile show in the South. He also established the First Unitarian church of Dallas.
Hut this ke> fortress guarding Metz on the west was hotly pressed. (ierm.<n batteries could no longer depress their guns, so close were the American attackers, and one forre seized positions atop artillery emplacements next to the main battery in the renter of the fort.
On the southern end of she smit, the U S. Seventh army in gain* of from five to so en miles closed on Le Thillot, 18 miles norfh of Be -New YORK, Oct. 7 <T-Abslc fort. from three sides and were only (American Broadcasting Station in six miles wem oi the 2.398-foot Bus-
Furopei today quoted Reich Mar- son8 P®*ss vv,li 11 J:®’ , ®
shal Hermann Goenng’s Evener heart, of the V sges o the Rhineland. National Zeitung as declaring edi- Rugged resistance lowed down the tonally that the Nazis were pre- advances of the British Second army paring to use the "most outstand- it) Holland the Canadian First arn.v inc ’ Allied prisoners in Germam to the west, but the Canadians made as hostages for the safety of high one vital gain—a drive neany Nazis slated to be tried as war two miles into Holland which cap-criminals alter Germany’s defeat, tured the Milage of Ossendrecht.
Among the “most outstanding" The rumble of artillery echoing Allied personalities now being held across the English < hanuel c in Germany are King Leopold of south Britons that Canadians had Belgium and Edouard Herriot, the be un the assault to recapture the French statesman channel port of Dunkerque, whens
Absie's English-language broad- the British made their escape rn in
Hitler's legions in 1940.
As Cifry Pledges fro Remove Hazards—
SOLDIER IS ACQUITTED IN TRAFFIC DEATH
Straightening of 14th street and construction of sidewalks along it west of the South Junior high school, provided the area Is in the city, was pledged yesterday by Mayor Will H. Hair shortly after a general court martial at Camp Barkelev had found a soldier innocent of manslaughter in connection with a objective. I he | traffic death in the area.
The mayor said city officials will check this week to find out if the dcg-leg on south I4th Is in the city
First Sgt. Elmer O. Short of the ASFIX' was found not guilty of manslaughter yesterday in connection with the Sept. 23 death of Everett Mr( ullough, 13, fatally injured when struck by an automobile in the 1800 block on South 14th. The court, camp officials said, held a lengthy hearing in (hr case prior to returning its verdict.
Etcret*. wh > lived at 1333 South
D F P A K "I MLV! OI COM MI ECB i W I A I H I R Bl EK At ARII.EM. and vicinity— Partly cloudy Sundav and Mondo*.
EAST TEXAS — Pa I tis- cloudy in north and central por.tona. cloudy with scat- . lered allower* and thunder »torm* in r- , , . ,, _ . extreme aoulh portion and r.rar upper
Sergeant Short in reporting toj c#Ml sundae Monday partly cloudy, j Capt. Andrew BettWV, Camp Barite- acatlered abow era in aouthvi cat and ex-lay nrnvnct that hr nae the ‘"me »'>u,h Pelion >I'Zh«ly tooler In
ley provost marshal, that he was the driver of the car said he halted his j automobile immediately, assisted in carrying the boy to a nearby porch and left the scene only after a military medical officer pronounced Everett dead.
Tile 42d district grand jury last week investigated the accident and returned no indictment, making its
cast central portion Sundas.
WEST TEXAS—Partly cloudy Sunday and Monday. Scattered allower* and thunder atorm* Monday except in Panhandle and South ruin* Warmer in Panhandle and South Plains Sunday TEMPERATVRES Tri Sat. - I rl.
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13th, was fatally injured at IO 30 i recommendation, however
p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, as he was
limits and, if it is, action will be going home from a football game
taken immediately to carry our recommendations of the 42d district grand jury last week which called for elimination of the traffic hazard and laying of the walks so children and others will not be forced to walk in the street.
where he had served as a Boy Scout usher. City and Camp police .searched from the time of the accident until the following Tuesday morning for the driver, who first persons to reach the scene of the accident said did not step.
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Mayor Hair explained that a portion of South 14<h lies within the city and part outside in the area involved. He said the state maintains part of the street but is not bound to straighten it. He said until exact Jurisdiction is determined I n'Ynd iii
I no plans for revision of the street j '«jB "inning *,;ll
(may be made. I sunset tonight, ms.
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High and low same date last year
IT AIN'T HAY — This Allied paratrooper who landed headfirst on Dutch soil probably felt insiilt added to jnJur>’ when he arose and discovered that if his chute had drifted a little further he would have landed on the nice comfy hay• stack at right.