Liberation of Paris, 1944
labor-publication 7Tl 0 TT T PSTi -fVO-tl O jrana v J 'Q Good Rains Insure Big Corn Crop . . . On era I In State; 1.32 In. Lincoln Area Generous rains continued throughout the state Thursday night and Friday, bringing joy to farmers and a statement by A. E. Anderson, U. S. crop statistician that, "I see little reason for pessimism. We had a good corn crop last year, but because of more rain, coming at opportune times, less burning hot weather and other factors, the 1944 crop should be what might be called 'bumper' in some sections, notably the southeast, and good in others. "Even in the central section where moisture has been lighter, the rains of the last few days RAiXFALL IiV STATE AREAS Auburn . . . Beatrice) Crete David Cily Falrbury . . Friend . . . Humboldt . . Mllford . . . Nebr. City Seward . . . Sterling . . . Syracuse . . Tecumseh Weetern . . Wllber . . . Wymore . , Malcolm . . Pleasant D. Raymond . Greenwood .14 I Grand Is. . . .33 .45 I Harrington .62 .60 i Holdrege ..1.04 .SO .25 I .15! .68 .25 .20 .411 Norfolk 1.45 No. Loup . Oakdale . . Red Cloud St. Paul Wakefield Falls City Fremont .12 .25 .12 .26 .12 .75 Stanton ....1.45 West Point .51 Pllger . . . Boomer . . Columbus .1.40 . .82 . .81 . .56 ...25 .1.17 . .25 .75 I Chadron . .10 I Davey .43 i Denton . . .20 I Waverly should bring a considerable percentage of recovery. If unexpected early frosts or scorching veather do not occur, everywhere the picture is an optimistic one." Good Rain Here. The Lincoln area received a liberal soakintf, DreciDitation for the 24 hours ending at 1:30 p. m. totalling 1.32 in. The rain was steady and of the "soaking" variety, and was general throughout the county. Rain continued steadily throughout early afternoon. It was in the central part of the state, however, that the greatest help was obtained from the rain. Corn that had been in poor shape, due to lack of moisture, freshened under precipitation running to as high as 1.45 of an inch in some places and general throughout the region. Although the crop in this section will not be exceptionally good, still much of it now can be saved and the picture was reported as "very fair." See Bumper Crop. In Gage county, farmers were looking forward to a crop estimated at more than $6,845,000, liberal rains for the last few days contributing heavily to the optimism. Some farmers estimated that they would harvest bs high as, 50 bushels to the acre, with average for the county set at about 37 bushels. In Saunders county prospects also were bright for a good corn crop, following 3.02 of rainfall during the last two weeks at Wa-hoo and surrounding area. Temperatures throughout the state were below average Friday. as they have been during the last week. The U S. weather bureau forecast cool weather for Friday night, but predicted that temperatures would be higher Saturday. Churchill Talks , With Pope Pius . . . 'PLEASANT CONVERSATION" ROME, Aug. 25 (AP) Prime Minister Churchil left Rome Wednesday after a 48-minute private audience that day with Pope Pius XII, it was announced today. A Vatican announcement 'said "many essential questions were touched upon relating to impor-ant problems of the present hour." Churchill's visit was observed with all the splendor of the papal court. "It was a pleasant conversation," the British leader was reported o . sK T ' "Ss. ... ' a' . y - .."-Vat h if . . . .. ... . SM1L1NG HAPPILY, lieuf. Gen into his bolster near (he iron! lines Baltic Of France: War Summary By J. E. LAWRENCE Friday. August 25, 1944. TISPATCHES from the French battlefields Friday were overshad-owed by the conclusion that one chapter has been completed in the struggle to liberate that country from Hitler's domination, and a new chapter Is to begin, If the German fuhrer has anything left of consequence. In other words, it Is all but over In the drive for Paris and In the greater objective of crushing German forces south and west of the Seine. There Isn't any question that in food season the allied Invasion forces of southern Rhone vaUey to Join hands with their comrades in northern France, or that they will drive north rapidly, and fan out to the east while the northern forces thrust themselves across the Seine, at the same time that other allied columns of armor and infantry are cleaning up the French premises far behind the battle lines of the last pockets of German resistance. e e FIGHTING IV PARIS While one radio correspondent at General Eisenhower's headquarters Friday said the liberation of Paris by French and American forces now "Is a fact," there still was no official confirmation from General Elsenhower's headquarters which frequently for purposes of security has lagged behind developments. That same source reported the destruction of 16 German divisions remaining west of the Seine gained speed Friday, with British, Canadian and American armies Joining In a fresh attack. New York reputedly heard direct broadcast from the Paris radio that American, British and French troops had liberated the city, but some German snipers still were in Paris and have to be cleaned out. e e e ISOLATED FIGHTING What seemed to be more accurate Is that to all Intents the Germans again have been thrown out of Paris, but, In some sections of the city, fighting was in progress, and, insofar as possible, these Inconsequential nazi remnants were putting up a battle while applying the torch wherever possible. Earlier, allied headquarters officially had announced that two columns of the French Second armored division, under command of Gen. Jacques Leclerc, had smashed into the western suburbs of Paris from the direction of Versailles to fan out over a wide front. As French tanks rumbled to the support of patriot forces Inside the city, battles continued with stubbornly resisting Ger man groups. Eisenhower's communique did not confirm the radio reports that General Leclerc's troops had driven to the heart of Paris and were awaiting the arrival of General De Gualle, president of the provisional French government. It did report considerably more opposition had been encountered on the outskirts of . Paris than had been anticipated from mines and road blocks, and there was every Indication the fight for Paris would progress from building to building. e e SLOPPY STORY The action at Paris was In itself a rather, sloppy story, stnking with another broken word of honor by the nails, who, under a false armistice double-crossed the French by rushing reinforcements into the city during a 24-hour truce, instead of withdrawing in fulfillment of their pledge. The Germans had promised Paris would be spared If their troops were allowed to withdraw. During the night they rushed In thousands of fresh soldiers to build op the main defenses. Under Hitler's orders to Continued en Pag Two) ail t French-Yank Forces Battle To George S. Patton, Jr.. Uti a new pistol In franc. (nlernatlona! Second Chapter France will drive up the ancient y-4" iKidiCL Radio Reports Nazi Surrender . . . Varltlana Delirious W ith Joy At Aid Xrrlvet NEW YORK, Aug. 26-(AP) The German commander ol Paris has surrendered to Brig. Gen. Jacques Le Clerc and the commander of the French forces of the interior, Paris radio reported today in a broadcast reccrded by Columbia Broadcasting System. Under terms of the surrcnder.o ' German commanders were or- dered to cease firing immediately and hoist the white flag. "The weapons will be collected and the men gathered without weapons in a determined place, until new orders are given," the terms stipulated. "The weapons will be surrendered intact.'' Captured German olllcers were led lrom lhe Hotel D Ville today and police had to keep the crowd irom lynching them, said Badlo Paris as heard by NBC. Heavy Fighting. LONDON, Aug. 25 (AP) Paris appeared to be in allied hands tonight with the French Second armored division operating in the city. Fighting, however, still was going on in and around the French capital. Lt. Gen. Joseph Pierre Koenig, commander of the French forces of the interior, said the Germans had barricaded themselves for a standoff fight in several places. Both FFI and German broadcasts said heavy fighting was raging inside the city. The Germans said the heaviest clashes with ranks and patriots were near the Arc De Trlomphe and the Palais Luxembourg. Joyous Populace. Previously French and American troops entered the city. The final stages of a battle for liberation were in full swing and a joyous populace already was celebrating its freedom, allied broadcasts from the capital declared. (The liberation of Paris by French and American forces "is a fact," declared an NBC broadcast from Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's headquarters.) Brig. Gen. Jacques Le Clerc entered the city at 9:43 a. m., broadcasts from Paris said. De Gaulle Waits. The bulk of the French general's Second armored divisions 30,000 strong was massed in the Pont De Sevres sector in southwest Paris and already had begun to march in, said one allied transmitter broadcasting from Taris. Gen. Charles De Gaulle was said to be at Bagneux, a southwestern suburb six miles from the center (Continued on Poo Two) Lt. Dean Woods Missing In Action Lt. Dean A. Woods is missing in action in France, according to word received by his wife, Mrs, Thelma Kohiro Woods, 5010 South Fifty-sixth street. He had previously been erroneously reported killed in action. " Lieutenant Woods, who was employed as a printer at Boomer's Printing Co. for nearly 15 years, entered the service in May, 1942. He received his commission in the infantry at Fort Benning, Ga., and went overseas late this spring. He lived in Milford with an uncle, D. E. Todd, until he came to Lincoln to work. He is a graduate of Milford high school. P. It. "Pat" Glenn Dies Suddenly Presley Ralph "Pat" Glenn, 53, city salesman for the Lincoln Packing company for many years, died at his home, 3727 Sheridan, Thursday after- . .. .,.., ,,.,, noon s h o r tiy after he collapsed in a car in front of h,is home. Mr. Glenn was taken ill at his office and had just arrived home from seeing City's Center WESTERN FRANCE- Seine Battle Ending BEATEN GERMANS APPEAR MAKING A MAD DASH FOR SOMME AND MARNE LINE SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, ALLIED l.XPE DITIONARY FORCE, Aug. 25 (AP) Field Marshal Gen. Gucnthcr Von Kluge was reported swinging his beaten German armies back to the line of the Somme and the Marne today in a headlong retreat which would abandon much of the channel coast and the vicinity of Paris. The battle in the pocket below the Seine, swiftly whittled to an area of only 20 miles long and 15 miles deep, appeared likely to be ended in another 24 hours as Americans, British, Canadians and allied troops pressed In from all sides. The Canadians, advancing along the coast, captured Honfleur, five miles across the Seine bay from Le Havre. The Germans said they were engaged in a "detaching movement" below the Seine, and RAF intelligence reported the pattern of the retreat indicated Von Kluge's armor was in a mad dash, across the Seiue toward the Somme and the Marne. Wholesale Slaughter. "The wholesale salughter of the cream of Von Kluge's armor may never be repeated again in this war," a senior RAF officer said in France. "We just can't hit armor the enemy hasn't got," ht explained. Dispatches said side roads in the Seine pocket were lined for miles with the litter of wrecked German tanks and military vehicles, enemy dead piled in the ditches and under trees or draped over burned and smouldering equip ment. "The enemy Is leaving bits and pieces to try and delay us, but there is no major stand all the way back to the Seine," a field headquarters officer said last night after a sharp Canadian advance of 20 miles had driven the Germans into an area about 25 miles long and 15 miles wide. AERIAL ASSAULT Lash At Nazi War Plants ... AOCKT PLANTS HIT LONDON, Aug. 25 More than 1,600 American heavy bombers with many hundreds of escorting fighters and fighter bombers attacked 14 targets today in Germany and Czecho-Slovakia while waves of other planes battered the besieged Brittany port ot Brest. Upward of 1,100 of the Flying Fortresses and Liberators flew from Britain. Another 500 from Italy beat up two aircraft factories and two airdromes in Czecho-Slovakia. Lesser planes from the south bombed two bridges northeast of -Xyon Itl southern France in the path of retreating German armies, and knocked out a German gun posl tion in an island just off Mar seille.