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Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) - March 3, 1944, Oakland, California Delivery service Cill your Tribune boy dealer by Telephone if you miss your Piper. If you Connor reach him Telephone te-6000 ind everything possible be done to Correct your service. Tribune exclusive associated Piess we re photo we de world United Tress Home edition vol. Cal 5c daily d Oakland California Friday March 3, 1944 15c sunday no. 6 youths under military age to be trained Short term College course planned for boys by army Navy Washington March a Broad expansion of Short term specialized College training for boys under military draft age at army Navy expense was announced to Day. The training aimed at the 17 year Olds will be in the nature of preparation for induction into the armed forces and will be limited to those who have completed High school work and who have not yet registered for service. A joint army Navy announce ment avoided any estimate of How Many will thus be sent to institutions of higher learning. However College officials who have urged the expansion As a Means of keep ing the schools going have Esti mated possibly May be eligible. Tests for acceptability will be held throughout the nation on March 15. To replace losses the announcement said the new program is designed to replace some of the lobs which will result from curtailment of the present army specialized training pro Gram designed for those of Induc Tion age. Due to withdrawals to Active duty. Asp will be reduced from to about 35.000 by april 1. The Date for bringing up Large scale pre induction replacements in the colleges has not yet been determined. A current army Reserve training program for this group now includes Only about 2800. Informally it was said the now total strength will be determined by the number who j qualify in the tests this month. 4 those taking the March tests May express a preference for either the army or Navy training programs. Proposed training seventeen year Olds who qualify for the Navy will receive the same training As other students in the Navy College program designed to provide officers will be enlisted in class v-12, and will attend col lege for varying numbers of 16 week terms depending on the course pursued. Successful contestants who will be less than 17 years and 9 months old on july 1 of this year and who state an army preference May expect a minimum of six months of intensive academic work at the col lege level before being called to Active duty. Those who Are less 17 years and ii months old on july 1 will have the Prospect of receiving at least nine months of academic work. The majority qualifying for the military Reserve scholarships will be assigned to one of the follow ing curricula applied sciences chemical and biological sciences preparatory to advanced medical and dental studies or mathematics and physics based on aptitudes. A limited number of specially Quali fied men May be assigned to a new foreign language specialization course. Farmers Draff Appeal planned by Donald Hyndman Washington. March aroused by claims that tightening of draft deferments for Farmers will seriously curtail food production a group of farm state senators plans n direct Appeal to president Roose velt for modification of the now selective service regulation. This became known today after the Senate agriculture committee set up a special subcommittee headed by senator Russell a. A to Deal with the question. Farm organizations assert about half of farm workers now deferred arc subject to induction under the revised rules. Tentative plans Call for the rus sell group to carry the Appeal to the White House next week unless selective service acts in the mean time. New quakes in Turkey London March said in a Berlin broadcast today that earthquakes near Bolu in Anatola Turkey on wednesday did consid Erable damage. Talk by Earle Ennis Boss is it True that gunfire causes asked Casey the cat. Yes said the weather Man. Every time i be had to shoot a cat it rained the next said Casey. By the Way How do we stand on of we away ahead of the season said the weather Man As he posted a showers forecast. I always hate to waste Lead on a cat k said Casey. Mrs. Roberta Wasco 38. Was stabbed 29 times in the left breast today in a Mur Der mystery at Richmond. More pictures on Page 15. Death takes tiniest Quad Soldier dad visits Mother sees children she Hopes to marry Heanor Derbyshire England March youngest of the quadruplets born monday to 23 year old Nora Carpenter former member of the British auxiliary territorial service died during the night. The child who had been named Macdonald previously had been suffering from a cold and his condition had been the cause of some anxiety but Only last night he was reported showing signs of Progress. Nora herself was reported not too Well this morning and visitors were refused admittance to her Home. Her Mother mrs. Ellen Carpen Ter snid that the american Soldier who has been named As the father of the quads had visited the car Penter Home for a few hours last night but later had departed in company with two other soldiers. Agree of identity both mrs. Carpenter and miss Edith Mathews nursing Home us said the father of the babies is staff sgt. William Thomp son of Pittsburgh a. Macdonald who weighed three pounds had been described As the weakest of the quads at birth and doctors had been giving him Small doses of Brandy in addition to his regular diet of sterilized cow s milk and glucose. A Matron at the nursing Home to which the babies had been taken said a Haemorrhage was the immediate cause of death. The other three children were re ported doing Well. A few hours before Macdonald s death Nora had talked optimistically to an interviewer of her plans for the babies and her Hopes for eventually marrying the american doughboy identified As their father. One of those things Nora said she met Thompson de Cember 16, first Day he was allowed out of Camp after his arrival in England. I knew he was married right from the first but it was just one of those things. At first he talked about his wife a Good Deal. We tried to break it up on account of her but we could t. In May i think it was. He wrote her and asked for his free Dom. She said no because of her re Ligion. Thompson s wife is Cath Olic i feel he has been fair with me do you still want to marry i asked. Yes i she replied. Docs he still want to marry Hopes for arrangements i understand he has seen his commanding officer about the Quad and i m hoping arrangements will be made to enable us to get mar Rich some time in the she commented that everyone in Scanor knows i m single and it would be foolish for me to pretend continued Tegt 13. Col. 1 woman slain by blabber body found behind veterans building 29 knife wounds Richmond March body of attractive mrs. Roberta Wasco 38, who had been stabbed at least 29 times in the left breast was found behind the veterans building Here Early today touching off the most concentrated murder investigation in Crent years. A broken Beer bottle found near the body apparently had been used to slug the woman before she was stabbed. Police capt. George Beng Ley said that a pocket knife must have been used to kill her. Special squads of officers searched through the veterans Park at 250 12th Street for the lethal weapon but did not find it. Mrs. Wasco was the wife of Edward Wasco 36. A Quarterman welder at Richmond shipyard no. 2. Found by police patrolmen Ralph Rawson and Robert Campbell came across the body at . Looking Over the scene they found a Pool of blood 47 feet away Between a Beauty shop and a Barber shop at 26b-268 12th Street. That apparently was where the woman was murdered and then her body was carried into the Park the body was on its Knees Asil the woman had spent her last moments pleading with her assailant to spare her. Her coat had been pulled Over her head. Officers particularly were inter ested in the fact that she was found dead behind a where hundreds of soldiers arc stationed. No one heard an outcry indicating that she was slugged elsewhere am dragged to the Point under the fire escape where her body was found further investigation showed thai she had been seen in a tavern on Macdonald Avenue near 13th Street at last night. The 29 Stab wounds were concentrated in an eight Inch area. Death Telegram among the woman s effects a a Telegram showing that her father had died yesterday. The Telegram which was Signe c by r. H. Cromer of Santa Monica included a cryptic message saying we will Forward officers said they believed that Nora was mrs. Wasco s sister. A Check by the associated press failed to locate any r. H. Cromer in Santa Monica or los Angeles. Her husband worked the swing shift last night police found Anc got Home at 151g Florida Avenue about Midnight. He waited for his wife for some time and finally went to bed at 2 . He could Advance no motive for the murder. Officers searched for a Soldier who said he had seen airs. Wasco and p. Man near the murder scene at . The Soldier in his re port to police Taid he saw no violence. East Bay population ahead of Westbay s population of lie East Bay has run ahead of the Westbay. Census Bureau calculations on population in the monthly re port of the san Francisco chamber of Commerce give Alameda county and Contra Costa county total East Bay san Francisco county has and san Mateo county total Westbay civilian Gas must be Cut Warren told . Office ovoid firm executives Point to dwindling supplies Sacramento March Federal officials and California Oil company executives today made gloomy forecasts before the state War Council concerning the future allocation of gasoline for civilian consumption. The Council headed by governor Warren was told that military requirements Are increasing Civ stantly that reserves Are dwindling and that most Fields Are producing at full capacity. As a Means of meeting both Mill tary and essential civilian require ments they suggested further in creased military needs be supplied from other areas that civilian driving be kept at a minimum that the share the ride plan be further extended that War plants stagger the hours of workers to ease the Strain on Public transportation systems and that the number of military leaves be curtailed. Appearing before the Council were Robert o. Crowe regional director of the office of defense transportation John o Conor assistant ration ing executive of the regional office of the office of Price administration Clyde Thomas acting director of the regional office of the Petroleum administration for War Stanley Clulow vice president of the Shell Oil company and r. G. Follis vice president of the stand Ard Oil company of California. Russ to get italian warships first . Air raid on Berlin heavy bombers hit North Germany others strike at nazi airfields in France London March air Force lighter planes conducted an offensive sweep Over Berlin today while he eighth air Force s heavy bombers were attacking tar gets in Northwest Germany it was Learned authoritatively night. It was the first time that formations of the Ameri can air Force Ever had flown Over the German capital. There was no indication in Early information that the Betty Groble is Mother of girl Hollywood. March 3. 1p actress Betty Grable became n Mother today. Her first child a Blue eyed girl was born at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. The father. Band Leader Harry James was at the Hospital. 13 More facing charges in . Gas Black Market four Oakland men and nine san Francisco service station operator and Auto salesmen were charged with Black Market gasoline violations in new complaints filed in Federal court in san Francisci today. The action was taken by a Sislan . Attorney Valentine Hammack As opa investigators pressed then probe of illegal gasoline activities based on recent discovery o counterfeit c-2 coupons the com plaints charged Transfer of the Bonus Stamps in some instances ant in others alleged Possession of and trafficking in the Stamps. Bail was set at in each in stance. Oaklander named the local men charged included Haddock age of 1826 seventh Street service station operator taken into custody earlier in the week. George hints of 810 Cypress Street who operates a san fran Cisco service station. Frank Wishart of 2422 eighth Street Salesman. Virgil Martin service station operator of 40g3 Broadway. . Men arrested san franciscans named in the complaints were William Casse of 1319-b cough Street operator of a service station at 1001 Franklin Street. Ross s. Miner of 2355 Woolsey Street operator of a service Sta Tion at Clay and div Isadro streets. Alfred s. Savage garage Man of 1900 Jefferson Street. Barney Morrow service station 800 Valencia Street. Robert h. Harvey Auto Salesman 2500 Van Ness Avenue. Edward Walsh 433 Dolores Street used car Salesman. Jack Stater automobile dealer 1600 Van Ness Avenue. Donald Rogers 1362 fell Street service station operator. Fighter planes had sought to attack targets in Berlin which up to now has been assaulted solely by the . This disclosure May pre Sage a sweep by american heavy bombers Over the German capital until recently considered too Dis Tant from British bases for Daylight bombing because fighter planes accompanying the american air Force had been restricted to coverage of flights at targets less Distant from England. A round trip to Berlin from the British coast is 980 Miles. Six ton bomb the disclosure came on the heels of other air announcements . Has developed a 12. 000-Pound bomb two tons heavier than Block busters previously Dis closed and it is using it on special targets. The heavy bombers. Pounding Germany for the second straight Day concentrated on undisclosed objectives in the Northwest sector of the Reich while medium marauders were slashing at German airfields in Northern France. Berlin lies at least 575 Miles from British bases meaning a round trip of 1150 Miles for the fighters. The historic sweep probably was made by new Long Range Mustangs which arc designed to deepest penetrations of Europe but the . Air Force announcement did not identify the types of planes in the formations. This was the first time that Amer ican warplanes Ever have been seen Over the German capital although some fighters previously came within sight of Berlin while escort ing bombers on an attack against Leipzig. . Over France . Formations went out for their second successive night of pounding at German targets Only a few hours before the american bombers headed for the Reich to Day. They hit aircraft factories near Paris and at Albert in Northern France Yibing the new six ton bombs on the latter assault. The . Bombers were escorted by fighters of both the eighth ant ninth american air forces As Well As Allied fighters an indication that the operation was of considerable size. The wide spread Daylight smashes also included stabs at the French rocket gun sector by . Fighter bombers. The . S operation including Mosquito slashes at Western Ger Many and mine laying in enemy Waters were carried out without loss. Pre invasion air raids the attacks upon the aircraft fac tories in France were part of a sustained Allied offensive to Knock out German aircraft production and Clear the Luftwaffe from the skies in preparation for the coming Allied invasion of Western Europe. The specific target in the Paris area was identified by the air ministry As an aircraft Assembly Plant at Miculan Les Sureaux a few Miles North of the former French capital. Albert is about 80 Miles North of Paris not far from Amiens. The air ministry said the targets at both Points were clearly identified and first reports indicate that the bombing was the attack apparently was not on the Large scale of the recent saturation raids on Germany. One third of surrendered tonnage to go to red Navy f. R. Discloses discussions by d. Harold Oliver Washington March Roosevelt said today that discussions were about half completed for Ferring roughly one third of the surrendered italian Fleet to Russia. The president told a press radio that Edward r. Stettinius acting Secretary of state will go to London . Troops on admiralty Island heavily re enforced Allied Headquarters in Southwest Pacific March 3. Troops who landed on los Negros in a reconnaissance penetration of the admiralty is lands have been reinforced with heavy ground forces to effect com plete occupation of the tiny but strategic Island it was announced today. A communique from Gen. Douglas Macarthur s Headquarters revealed that the initial Landing took the japanese by such Complete Surprise that additional forces were sent in yesterday. The reinforcements included troops artillery and construction Crews which immediately started re pairs on the 500-foot Momoye air Field presaging further Aerial at tacks on new Guinea 250 Miles to the South and the big japanese Aerial and naval base Ai Truk 610 Miles to the North. A spokesman said that Figulina was continuing on the perimeter of the defense lines although he emphasized that Tho beachhead Wai Don Caswell secure. The initial operation was launched As reconnaissance in Macarthur s communique said but the enemy s Garrison although out numbering our own troops was so completely surprised and out Maneu Vered into dispersed positions that Showell wounded Tokyo Lieut. Gen. Joseph Stilwell . Commander in chief in China was wounded by Japa Nese artillery fire during a re cent inspection trip to the Burma front Tokyo radio claiming to quote a chunking newspaper asserted Friday. It was recalled that Stilwell narrowly escaped from artillery fire during a visit to the Burma front but no injuries previously were reported. Reconnaissance was immediately developed into penetration which is being exploited into Complete occur a spokesman disclosed that the Landing party units of the Dis mounted first cavalry division went in with Only Light equipment consisting mostly of machine guns and mortars with which they re pulsed an enemy counter attack on the Airfield less than 24 hours after the invasion. While the ground forces were expanding the beachhead positions Liberator and Mitchell bombers attacked Lorengar Ai drome on Manus Island eight Miles across the Straits separating los Negros from the principal admiralty base. American airmen also continued their assaults on other enemy hold Ings throughout the Southwest Pacific. Solomons based medium bombers and fighters hit Rabau on new Britain for the 27th consecutive Day dropping 38 tons of bombs on Rabaul township and Duke of York Island and causing explosion and fires in two blocks of buildings. Naval units also from Solomons bases joined with the bombers in attacking new Ireland. A troop Laden Barge was sunk by american fighter planes in Nabuto Bay Ana four other barges and three Small Craft were destroyed or damaged fhe american warships shelled Cape St. George Borop and Yamatani silencing a sore Battery and starting fires on the coast. The new Guinea coast was hit again with Allied air patrols rang ing from Padang to Hollandia heavy sinking Holt Jap Formosa snipping chunking March lied air and submarine action which has sunk nine ships totalling tons has forced the japanese to sus Pend shipping service Between for Mosa and Hong Kong and disrupter service Between Japan and Formosa a japanese War prisoner has in formed Lieut. Gen. Joseph w. Stil will s command. The prisoner told authorities for Mosa Hong Kong shipping was sus Pended after three 5000-ton steamers were sunk two by submarines one by planes. The japanese adopted devious passage from Japan to Formosa re Quiring three months travel after six ships were sent to the Bottom the prisoner reported. Bombs rip Rome rail Yards nazis repulsed main Viterbo Ai drome blasted by americans As beachhead holds Allied Headquarters Naples March american heavy bombers again attacked Rome s installations today the Mediterranean Allied air Force announced. Flying fortresses attacked Littorio and Tiburtino freight the announcement said while liberators bombed he main Viterbo Ai drome 35 Miles North of Early the statement said indicate the railway nazis Baltic line cracks red army Only 22 Miles from Latvia storms Pskov forts by Harrison Salisbury Moscow March Many s whole elaborate defense system guarding the approaches to the Baltic states appeared to be crumbling today As red armies advanced to within 22 Miles of Latvia and stormed the inner fortifications of Pskov. Once the russians have completed the breaching of the Baltic states defense line Only Flat easily traversed terrain lies ahead As far West As East Prussia. The gathering momentum of the russian drive South of Pskov in Vasion Gateway 9 Southern Estonia and Northern Latvia threatened momentarily to isolate the Garrison from All but tenuous communications directly Westward. Late reports indicated soviet and Vance Only a few Miles from the Pskov Warsaw trunk line and both this and the Pskov Riga line to the West were under attack by efficient partisan units and bombardment by russian artillery. In Northern Estonia the germans were counter attacking repeatedly and fanatically in an Effort to save the apparently doomed Garrison of Narva. South of Narva enemy troops felled Trees and Telegraph poles across roads to delay the soviet Advance. Bitter Street fighting was reported to the six Way railway and Highway Junction of Pskov whose fall prob ably would Lead to a russian smash to the Baltic sea. Soviet troops dislodged the enemy from several strongholds in the inner defense ring of Pskov yester Day the soviet High command announced. Mobile units in one Sec Tor Cut off the enemy s route of Retreat and killed 300 troops. A Large number of prisoners was taken. Gen. Markian m. Popov s Baltic army driving the germans West Ward below Pskov Cut the Pskov Idrissa Polotsky railway last Ger Man held North South line in North Ern Russia for the third time in 48 hours with the capture of Soi hiking 14 Miles Southeast of Ostrov and 24 Miles from the Latvia Border. Yards were Well covered and that the Ai drome bombing was Good. Both the fortresses and liberators were escorted by it was believed a sizable Force struck the italian capital s chief freight Yards through which Mili tary traffic flows to Bot i the Beach head and main fifth army fronts. I yank 3rd division hurls Back German attack by Robert v. Vermillion Allied Headquarters Naples. March Ger Man 14th army has abandoned it third major attempt to crush the Allied beachhead below Rome i was disclosed officially today after taking a 36-hour beating from the Veteran american third infantry division and a record concentration of Allied planes and Cannon. Counting their dead in the hundreds the three crack nazi div Sions that launched the offensive against the Center of the Beach tuesday fell Back to thei Oon to discuss with british1 officials a dozen or More ions awaiting solution. He disclosed that the states and great Britain Are Ising some of the italian tonnage hat was surrendered with the Litu lation of Italy and that Effort re being made to determine How Many of these ships or their equiv Cut can be turned Over to the rus Ian Navy. He said this was the question and told previous press conferences hat marshal Stalin had brought up through his Washington ambassador. He described it As a rather old ques Ion and related to what ships of. Heir equivalent would go to Russia. He emphasized that so Long As Var lasts the allies will use every Hing afloat against the enemy but hat after the War that is something Clark escapes death Allied fifth army Headquarters Italy March Gen. Mark w. Clark Allied fifth army commander narrowly escaped death on the Anzio Beach head today when a German Shell hit a Road Only 30 seconds after his car had passed the spot. No one in Clark s party was injured. Initial jumping off place yesterday As the americans completed the liquidation of the 1500-Yard Salien won and lost by the germans at a staggering Cost. Lieut. Gen. Mark w. Clark note an inspection of the Battlefront Dur ing which he narrowly escaped death announced that his 5th forces had regained All the ground lost under the first nazi onslaught three Days ago. The beachhead is establish acc firmly Clark declared confidently adding that the Many Germai bodies strewn Over the Battlefield were ample evidence that the nazi have suffered a real setback. The third division supported by n number of other units too on the full weight of the Germai attack and broke it in embittered hand to hand fighting. Clark identified the attacking German units As the 114th Ligh rifles the 362nd infantry and the 2cth Panzer divisions. Four Vichy officials sentenced to die for prison Camp cruelty Algiers March special military tribunal bringing the first of the French purge trials to a conclusion today convicted 10 Vichy concentration Camp officials of murder and brutality and sentenced four of them to death. One of the 11 defendants. Col. Felicien Lupy inspector general of Vichy prison Camps in North Anca was acquitted. The court after hearing testimony for two weeks returned verdicts of death against sgt. Maj. Baptiste Finidori and Lieut Swu Ucci corsican maj. Raphael Dau Phin a Frenchman and Otto Reid a German. Lieut. Col. Raymond Victot and the Hussion guard. Amen Dor Manov were sentenced to life terms two were Given 20 years and two others were sentenced to 10 the charges grew from the opera Mon of a Camp at colomb Buchar in Southern Algeria where Vichy in turned members of the French for sign legion after the armistice will Germany. Most of those internet were austrian Spanish German and polish anti fascists who Joine the legion in 1939 for the a against Germany. Brutalities such a beating with crowbars led to eight deaths it w charged. The verdict represented a Victory for Justice commissioner Franco de mention who has been insisting on Observance of Republican Law in the trial of alleged Vichy ites am set a precedent for the trial of Pierr Puchein former Vichy minister o the Interior who is to face charge of treason in the chamber be ginning tomorrow. Your red Cross is at his Side give More Spanish problem asked whether the ships would a e manned by italians Roosevell replied some May and some May not. As for italian ships which escaped to the Balearic islands the president said that was a Spanish problem. He said that since Italy dered to the United slates great Britain and Russia it was thought Nevis Abl to distribute the italia it Fleet roughly on a one third basis to each. He would not say How much tonnage was involved. As for Stettinius trip the presi Dent said the acting Secretary state accompanied by several Sis Tants would leave soon Aftel Secretary Hull returns from n Southern vacation. He said it would not be a full dress conference and that there would not be a headline in it. A dozen subjects asked whether he would take up the question of the permanent Mitten in London created at the Moscow conference he said that wag one of a dozen things but was not the top subject to be discussed. Recent reports have said that t a United states British conferences would touch on political As Well As economic problems. The president commented briefly on other International topics but said there was nothing new to re port on the discussions Between the British and the state department regarding a new understanding with the French committee of National liberation. He said these discussions have been in Progress for a month and Are still proceeding. They Ara understood to involve the question whether the allies will Grant fur ther recognition to the committee As the temporary responsible government of the French Homeland once France is reoccupied. To a question whether great Britain and the United states were cracking Down on Neutral Turkey in an economic Way Roosevelt said he did not know. He suggested the state department be asked about it. Over 100 ships available figures place the num Ber of italian warships of All types which surrendered at More than 100. Official figures Are lacking but a recapitulation made at naval Headquarters in North Africa listed a total of 80 italian ships in Allied hands last september 14. Listed in that recapitulation were five battleships one aircraft Carrier eight cruisers 27 destroyers 19 sub marines 12 torpedo boats six Cor vettes one auxiliary Cruiser and a Hospital ship. A number of other Craft subsequently steamed into Allied controlled harbours. In connection with his forthcoming Mission Stettinius said at a press conference that Many subjects would be taken up with the British in Broad discussions. To a direct question whether russians would be kept informed of the conversations plied that the United and Britain Deal with Russia in Pletsc frankness and that any mat ters taken up of interest to soviet Republic would be reported to it. However he said he did contemplate a visit to Moscow this time. Where to find it m Emter teb Aatif it met m m or

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