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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 5, 1944, Abilene, Texas m=a. Che Abilene Reporter EVE1M1]\K FINAL “WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR ROI S W F SKI FCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS 11 GOES. IE mn VfL LXIV, NO. 79 A TEXAS    NEWSPAPER ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 5, 1941 -TEN PAGES Assoc ated Press (AP) United Press (U P.) PRICE FIVE CENTS Battle of Germany Yanks Believed Stabbing Into Rhine Valley in Secrecy-Shrouded Drive  .................»    «    «    nm-e-1-rn TMI-J ........ TA' british Plunge Deep In Holland By JAMES M. LONG LONDON, Sept. 5.—(AP)—British troops were believed thrusting deeper into Holland and solidifying their hold on BRgium today as official silence still cloaked the whereabouts of the swift American forces which were vicariously reported across the German border. Supreme headquarters had no confirmation of reports that the German frontier had been crossed. fThe fast-moving Third Army under Lt. Gen. George . Patton, Jr., presumably had been on the go for three da vs under a complete security blackout—such as those which marked the America^ lightning dash across the Brittany peninsula, the cutoff drive north from Le Mans jk> close the Falaise gap and the dash past Paris through urleans. Cnconfirmed reports received at the Swiss-French frontier said that Allied force* had captured Aachen, Germany, three miles across the frontier and 25 miles northeast of the Belgian city of Liege, and Saar-b rue ken, Germany, two miles across the frontier and 70 miles east of Verdun.    , ^.Yn earlier report quoted reliable information as saying that I atton s I mobile offensive had reached Strasbourg, France, on the Rhine frontier JO miles east of Nancy. Supreme headquarters explained the blackout on information was in force to keep the Germans baffled over the direction and speed of the imerican advance. War At Glance By the Associated Tress WESTERN FRONT— Americans reported to have crashed into Rhineland at three points; British drive into Holland; Germans flee before French troops driving up Saone valley in .southern France; U. S. bombers smash Rhineland targets. EASTERN FRONT -Germans report Russian troops crossed Narew river in new offensive toward East Prussia; Russia demands new Bulgarian government declare war against Germany. ITALY -Canadians drive within six miles of Rimini; German resistance reported increasing. PACIFIC—Thirty Jap ships and 107 planes wrecked in attacks by American warships and planes. CHINA—Japs advance within 40 miles of important airbase at Unsling; abandon Sittaung in western Burma retreat. tpast ptnermance, it would be ! passible for the Third army to have driven anywhere up to 75 miles. Heavy fighting was reported in the siege of Brest on the Brittany peninsula, where a diehard garrison M § was holding out. u was announced that Third army prisoners of war had mounted to 76.000. Enemy wounded were estimated at 64,500 and enemy dead at 19.500. I>hind the British spearheads op-erMng in Belgium and Holland, Canadians fought their way to within three miles of Boulogne on the rocket coast of France. Other British forces were closing in on Calais anc! Dunkerque to wipe out the last BELGIANS SHOWER YANKS WITH FLOWERS—Villagers of Forge Phillippe, Belgium, toss bouquets of flowers at an American jeep as it drives through the village Sept. J. This ’to the north a British flying cot-1 picture was taken by Peter J. Carroll. Associated Press photographer with the wartime umn which captured Brussels and still picture pool. (AP Wirephoto via Signal Corps Radio). hold of the Nazis on the channel ports. Antwerp in a 48-hour border sweep j across Belgium was reported to have j raced through Breda, five miles inside Holland, and to be pushing down the last 28 miles to important | port of Rotterdam. Behind these advances German forces estimated all the way from 50,000 to 100,000 men were caught in a cauldron along the channel coast—a Dunkerque in reverse. The Germans had stiffened in a thin arc around the last Nazi-held channel ports. Supreme headquarters announced that in the area of Mons. Belgium. | where the U. S. First army has been operating, a large pocket of Germans has been wiped out, 9,000 prisoners have been taken and 40 tanks and 1.500 motor vehicles captured or destroyed. The Siegfried line was under actual or impending assault at both ends. The reports, none of them confirmed, of the three American crossings of the German frontier located the operations at Aachen. 70 miles east of Brussels; Peri at the junction of j the German - French-Luxem-bourg border, and a point somewhere on the northeast frontier of Luxembourg. In a London broadcast Pierre Du-pong. president and prime minister of Luxembourg welcomed Allied troops into the Duchy. He said the Germans were fleeing across Luxembourg toward the Reich. In Belgium there was no official news of any American push closer to Aachen that the area of Char leroi, 75 miles to the southwest. A mopup was in progress around Beaumont and Florennes, 15 miles south of Charleroi. Free Belgian broadcasts, however, were recorded from Namur, 15 miles northeast of Charleroi and from the Belgian fortress city of Liege, 25 miles from Aachen, suggesting tha* the Nazis might have cleared out or been driven out of those cities Supreme headquarters announced the liberation of Antwerp and said that its port area is being cleared I speedily. Antwerp, the second city of Belgium, has a population of 273,317. Ina broadcast to his countrymen in the Netherlands, Premier Pieter Gerbrandy said that •‘Allied armies have crossed the Dutch frontier.” Aneta, the Dutrh News agency, reported that the British had struck to Breda. {Supreme headquarters offered no confirmation of the crossing of the Netherlands border, hut in recent days the communique has been many hours behind actual battlefront developments. I ncountering virtually no opposition, the British pushed lit miles northeast of the Belgian capital of Brussels and took Leuven (Louvain), one of the strong points of the olif Belgian defensive triangle of Liege-Leuven-Namur. Leuven <i»op. ‘FORTRESS EUROPE’ SHRINKS—Although their movements were shrouded in official secrecy, American troops were believed, on reliable reports, to have invaded Germany proper today. The report was that Yanks were fighting in the outskirts of the French border city of Strasbourg and that fighting was in progress on German soil around Saar* bruckcn. To the north British columns which captured Brussels and Antwerp were reported to have gone through Breda, five miles inside Holland, and to be pushing down the last 28 miles to Rotterdam. 37,OOOi was burned by the Germans in 1914 and was the easternmost point in the British defensive line in 1940. British troops also .spread out to the west taking Aalst iAto»t», halfway to Gent. Mechelen, 15 miles north of Brussels also wa* captured. To the southwest other British units weer occupying the French industrial city of Lille Stevenson,    |exas    fair Ft>R to Confer AUSTIN, Sept. 5--(/Pi—Gov. Coke R. Stevenson will make his first airplot* trip today and fly to Washington for a conference with President Roosevelt. Stevenson goes at the president’s invitation for talks on a “number of things.” The governor said he had receiv-eciP)oth a telephonic and a telegraphic invitation to meet the president, who expressed a hope that Stevenson would bring with him data regarding future manufacturing facilities. AThe meeting has political potentialities since the governor last week advanced a plan whereby he hoped the State Democratic convention meeting in Dallas Sept. 12 might solve its presidential elector snarl. (JFvernor Stevenson said his Washington trip had a double purpose in that he had long since agreed to appear tomorrow before the Civil Aeronautics authority in support of an application by the cit of Houston for an international porn of entry. He departs at 1:15 p. rn. today and arrives in Washington early tomorrow. Answering questions at a press conference the governor said the peAlent informed him that there wen* a number of things he wished to discuss. This was in a telephone conversation. In a telegram the president said: “I hope vou will bring data with reference to future manufacturing facilities as this is or.^of the points I want to talk to you about." “The president did not mention politics in our conversation,” the governor said. Second Half Opens The first half of the annual West Texas Fair is over and fairfans can settle down now to two days of fun and frivolity before the beginning again of nightly horse shows,, daily horse races and livestock judging. At an end Is the fourth annual  --- Cjficf of Red Cross On Radio Tonight Basil O’Conner, chairman of the American Red Cross, will make his first naticn-wide broadcast since hi* appointment to that position whTO he speaks this evening from 9:30 to 9:45 p. rn. on the Columbia network. O’Connor’s theme will be “You Are the Red Crass.” F<jur Years Ago By The Associated Press Sept. 5. 1940—Air alarms drives British House of Commons to bomb shelters, interrupting address by Prime Minister Churchill in which he Asserts Britain Is more than holding her own in air war. Ministry of Home Security announces civilian pjr raid casualties in Britain during August were 1,075 dead and 1,-261 injured. Texas Palomino horse show, judging of Palomino breeding classes, sheep and goats and Herefords.** Fair attendance through Monday night had edged close to 25,000 association secretary Grover Nelson estimated. The bulk of this figure represents paid spectator^, and since the fair is free to children, several thousand youngsters are estimated to have gone through the gate. ( ircle-your-calendar day is Thursday, for Thusday afternoon will be the first Quarter horse races, the top crowd attraction of the entire nine-day fair. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will see afternoon races and nightly Quarter horse shows. Meanwhile today will be Children’s Day at the fair grounds off South Seventh street and tonight will see the anything but serious minded sheriff’s posse , show presented as grandstand entertainment. The posse show starts at 8 o’clock with the grand entry, in which all riders are invited to take part. Only requirement is that they be at the arena, with their horses, in time for the 8 o’clock entry. On tonight’s agenda are: a goat roping-milking, in which posse members will do the roping and girls will do the milking; a girls’ hoop race; a performance by the six-couple square dance team, plus a specialty act by D. D. Garrett and his trained horse. Wednesday is Army Day and Funatics, the all-soldier show from the Army Service Forces Training center at Camp Barkery, will be presented in front of the grandstand. Traditional Abilene Day is Thursday, opening of the races and Quarter horse shows. Friday will see the judging of the swine show at IO a. rn., in addition to the races and horse show as county agents’, home demonstration and 4-H club is observed. Closing day, Saturday, will be Jersey Breeders’ and Traveling Men’s day. Judging of Jersey junior classes will be at 8 a. rn., of open classes at 9 a. rn. gold and silver Palominos have provided grandstand shows for capacity crowds, performing Friday, Saturday and Monday nights and Sunday afternoon. Gold Star took two first individually, in the junior class and saddle class, and teamed with Booger Bear to take first money in the western pair. The beautiful stallion was second in the roping class and Booger Bear was second in the junior class. Jack Bridges Jr. rode Gold Star to the junior win, with Mary Lee Bridges trailing in that division on Booger Bear. Other show champions were; roping stallions, El Centro, owned by C E. Botkin, Abilene; saddle mares and geldings, Honey Boy, owned by E. G. Johnson, Abilene; roping and geldings, Pancho, owned by Betty Smith. Abilene; reining, mares and geldings, Honey Boy; silver mount, ed. Pirate Golden Beauty, owned by Dr. H. A. Zappe. Mineral Wells; cutting horse contest, Lady Boots, owned bv B. E. Brooks, San Angelo; stallion reining. Sobre, owned by Lane Hudson, Big Spring. Novelty event winners, in which judging was based either on time or individuals rather than horses, were: girls’ time event, Edith Sch-anbacher, riding Silver Top, owned by W. W. Shults and Son, Moran; ladies’ time event, Betty Smith riding Pancho; men’s potato race, George Reeves riding Corsair owned by Shults and Son. Judging of Herefords entered in Monday’s show found G. P. Mitcham of Cisco and the Arledge ranch of Seymour sharing first honors. Rupert Tone 99th, a season show 90-Day Excursion By United Press Highlights of the European war since the invasion of Europe: June 6—D-Day. June 27—Cherbourg liberated. July 27—Breakthrough at St. Lo. Aug. 15—American, French and British troops land on Riviera coast. Aug. 23—Fall of Marseille to French-American troops. Avg. 25—American troops aid French forces of interior and liberate Paris. Sept. I—Liberation of Verdun and Soissons. Sept. 5—Liberation of Brussels and Antwerp. Russian Rank Attack on East Prussia Blazing LONDON, Sept. 5. J >—Russian troops have crossed the historic Narew river in their new, full-fledged offensive toward East Prussia, the German radio asserted late today. At its nearest point just west of Lomza, the Narew flows within 12 miles of the southern frontier of East Prussia. On the BULLETINS WASHINGTON. Sept. 5—tZP) —The armed forces laid before the House Military committee today their plans to demobilize the huge American war machine when peace comes, but imposed a 24-hour secrecy on the details. Chairman May <D-Ky) said the War department would make the outline public at noon Wednesday. WITH U. S. THIRD ARMY ON MOSELLE RIVER, Sept. 4. — .Monday) — (UP) —Lt. Gen. George S. Patton’* battle-grimed fighters came to grips tonight with the Germans in the tiny village of Pont-a-Mousson, astride the Moselle 13 miles south of Metz. (This dispatch was the first word direct from the I hird Army front in several days.) REDS UNSATISFIED AS BULGAR CABINET BREAKS WITH GERMANY The Weather S. DF.PARTMI N I OF COMMERCE WEATHER UCHEAl ABILENE and VICINITY: Partly cloudy with »catnred thundershowers and thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight- Wednesday considerable widelv-sea'tered thundershowers. EAST TEXAS Partly cloudy this afternoon and tonight scattered shovers and thundershowers near roast this bull, won a purple ribbon for Henry I afternoon and in northwest and extreme and Roy Arledge and Lady B. s nnrth portion.. this afternoon LONDON, Sept. 5-(UP)—Bulgaria broke her last ties with Germany today and ordered her peace emissaries in Cairo to conclude an armistice with the United States and Great Britain as quickly as possible. Bowing to powerful Red armies massed along the Bulgarian -• Romanian frontier, Constantin Muraviev broadcast a proclamation to the Bulgarian people announcing that his government had repudiated the Axis tri-partitc and anti-com-intern pacts and was ready to make peace with the Allies. Muraviev, a veteran Peasant party leader who former a new cabinet last Saturday night to replace that of ex-premier Ivan Bargianov, proclaimed his country’s full neutrality in the Soviet-German war and piomised that any German troops short of Bulgarian military action attempting to escape into Bulgaria against the Nazis, It was recalled would be disarmed.    That the Bagrianov government e Radio Moscow re-broadcast Mur- last week alter a series of blunt ftviev’s declaration and followed it Russian charges that it was con-almost immediately wtih a semi- i tinuing its aid to Germany. official statement from the Soviet Tass news agency denouncing the Bulgarian stand as unsatisfactory. Bulgaria's only hope, Tavi said, is not neutrality but collaboration with tho Allies against Germany. Tass said bluntly that the new Bulgarian government was incapable of abandoning neutrality and joining the anti-German coalition. Muraviev, apparently still struggling to avert a declaration of war against the Reich, said only that his government would break diplomatic relations with Germany if the Nazis attempted to prevent the execution of his new measures. The prompt Russian reaction, however, indicated that    Moscow would be satlsiied with nothing eastern frontier of the German province. Russian armies have bern deployed for about three weeks. Between the Bug and Na* row, river sector threatens invasion or outflanking of Last Prussia and also menaces Warsaw from the north. The Russian offensive started Sunday. Moscow reported IOO towns captured in the sector yesterday. The Germans said the Russians had brought up new tank and infantry divisions. The exact point of crossing wa* not specified. Trapped German forces ranging from a few hundred to a few tThousand were being mopped up by the British in the vicinity of Tournal. The Germans had enough strength left in the coastal strip However, to bring the Britlsh-Can-ad Inn rloae-iii for the battle of th* channel ports to a temporary check In an arc some 70 miles long and 30 miles deep at thp widest point. RUSSIA AI WAR WITH BULGARIA LONDON, Sept. 5.—(ZP—Russia declared war on Bulgaria, the Moscow radio announced tonight. A foreign office statement announced that the Soviet I nion broke relations and declared war against Bulgaria. The Balkan country has been at war with the United States and Britain, but not with Russia. Earlier in the day an official statement issued by Tass News agency sharply rebuked the new Bulgarian government for Insisting on maintaining strict neutrality and accused Bulgaria of harboring German forces, (See background story at left.) South Force Passes Lyon ROME, Sept. 5 — (A** — French troops sweeping up the Saone valley against ineffective Nazi resistance have reached the outskirts of Macon, a wine center 68 road miles north of captured Lyon, as the pursuit of Germans    fleeing    southern industrial    centers    of    Stuttgart ' pranoR continues.    Allied    headquar- Karlsruhe    and    Ludwigshafen,    all in    ter., said today. The airline distance    between Rhineland Hit By Air Force LONDON, Sept. 5.—(A’*-American heavy bombers smashed today at the Rhineland transport and Jack Bridges of Glen Rose, who exhibited two horses and won three firsts and (Vo second places, dominated the Palomino show. Since opening night last Friday, the beautiful Domino 794th won the female division grand championship for Mitcham. Reserve bull champion was LS Best Publican 96t.h, shown by Largent and Stevens of Merkel while Merry Michief shown by the Gill ranch of Whon gave Lady Domino 794th the stiffest competition in that class. Other firsts vent to Mitcham in the pair of yearlings and pair of females classes, Largent and Stevens for their calf pair, Allege ranch, pair of bulls. A. E. Fogie of Tuscola, aged bull class, Lee Smith, Knox City heifer calf. John Smallwood of Lawn, two prize winners in the female classes. and to night; Wednesday considerable cloudiness widely scattered thundershowers West Texas Considerable cloudiness with scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, tonight, and Wednesday. Maximum temperature last 24 hours, j 92 Minimum temperature last 12 hours. 69 TEMPERA!! RI *4 Tues-Mon Mnn->un AM    PM 88—87 89—89 91—90 89—90 90—91 89—90 88—88 84—85 80—82 77- HI 77    80 Nazi Warship Tirpitz Hit Sunrise this morning; 7.17. Sunset tonight; 7 59. LONDON, Sept. 5—(.-TWBritish naval planes scored hits on the great 35,000-ton German battleship Tirpitz and damaged at least 16 other enemy vcsst Is In a series of recent attacks on enemy shipping in northern waters, the admiralty announced tonight. The Tirpitz, previously crippled in a Norwegian fjord by British midget submarines and fleet aerial attacks, has recently been reported repaired and making test runs. The attacking planes damaged six enemy radio stations, hangars and 75—so | other installations along the Nor- area above the Arctic circle near North Cape they shot down nine German planes and damaged a number of others. Eleven British planes were lost. the path of advancing Allied armies of the west. Berlin said other American fleets from Italy were striking in Hungary, supporting Russian armies moving through t h e Transylvanian Alps. Lightnings caught a whole fleet Macon and Lyon is 38 miles. A new batch of 2.400 prisoners taken by the French in their capture of Villefranche boosted the total since the landings on the Mediterranean beachheads to more than 65.000. The French also reached Saint Jury Subpoenaed In Thomas Case PLAINVIEW, Sept. 5.—(Pi—The jury which convicted Jim Thomas in the slaying of Dr. Roy Hunt of Littlefield was subpoenaed today at the request of the defense as witnesses in Thomas’ application for a new trial which District Judge C. of German planes on improvised Bonnet oe Bruyeres, a town west of Macon, while farther east American forces passed through Mont revel. There was no serious opposition at NI ut revel, rn contrast to the previous day, when the German* launched a tank supported counterattack to screen the retreat of the main enemy force northward or. highway six toward Chalon and Di- The Nazi counterattack caused some Allied losses in casualties and prisoners.    _______ w eg Ian coast in the Hammerfest * D. Russell set for Sept. 22. and virtually undefended landing fields in western Germany and destroyed 60 on the ground and 15 in the air. Perhaps the most significant of the three-target attack by nearly 750 Flying Fortresses and Liberators from Britain was the attack on the railyards and repair shops at Karlsruhe 189,850) just across the French-German border in the Rhineland. Mosquitos dropped many two-ton blockbusters on Karlsruhe last night without loss. Because of its location and huge transport facilities, Karlsruhe is a logical focal point for supplies arid reinforcements which Hitler prob ably is of Germany. One ie. . U. S. Third Army within 40 miles: the of Karlsruhe. Finns fro Moscow LONDON, Sept. 5—A Finnish mission    will    depart for Moscow    to- morrow    the    Berlin    rftdio s&id todiy, merits    which    nine*    h*j    tPnm    tinder    the marshalling    for    the    battle to negotiate    peace    terms under    tnt port placed the I Armistice which cndedf^tU“l£ 1 •• Finmsh-Russian front >ester- ;