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Air Battle Rages Over Philippines; 200 THE WEATHER lligi yesterday inn Low today 64 Rainfall Seaajn (Airport) „ T Year SRO (Airport) T SpHson (Land Company) T Year ago (Land Company) T Fortran! Xormnl temperature with light pmoke and haze in air will prevail today and Thursday. Last Day to Register Sept. 28 . Vol. 57 TWO SECTIONS BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1944 14 PAGES No. 38 YANKS TO AACHEN On Pacific Battleline ongi '{MARIANAS .SAIPAN •TINIAN •'GUAM PALAIMS. • CAROLINE ISLANDS TRUK NETHERLANDS INDIES/ * NEW " — L'itlifinniaD-M-JA 'LYlepholo \\EST\\ARU HO!—American carrier planes in thrust 500 miles farther west than ever before have sunk at least 89 cargo ships off Mindanao in the Philippines. Planes also have stepped up ferocious attacks on Davao, at Halmahera, at Celebes. Palau and other stepping stones to the Philippines and the China coast. RUSSIANS CROSS CZECHOSLOVAK BORDER IN BALKAN AD VANCE GERMANS EVACUATE LOMZA, KEY BASE ON NAZI DEFENSE LINE NORTHEAST OF WARSAW LONDON, Sept. 13. OP)—The Red army has crossed the border of Czechoslovakia, Moscow announced tonight. The broadcast Russian communique, issued after Premier Stalin had announced the capture of the German fortress of Lomza In Poland, also said that a Polish army is fighting alongside Soviet forces in a bitter battle on the approaches to Warsaw. MOSCOW, Sept. 13. <U.P>—Russian nnd Rumanian armored forces broke across the last mountain barrier protecting the Hungarian plains today and drove down into the broad Muresul river valley in a fast- moving drive for prewar borders of Hungary, 88 miles to the northwest. A Berlin communique reported today that the German army had evacuated Lorn/a. key base anchoring the German defenses northeast of Warsaw and below South Prussia. In a two-day fighting advance that carried 40 miles across the western shoulder of the Transylvani»n Alps, the Soviet-Rumanian spearhead captured Deva and deployed into the Muresul valley astride the broad motor highway to Budapest, 212 airline miles away. Simultaneously, other Russian units in central Rumania advanced 10 to 18 miles along a 100-mile front in a drive aimed at Cluj, capital of Hungarian-occupied Transylvania. Far to the north, Soviet tanks and infantrymen hammered out a yard- by-yard advance into the outskirts of Lomza, the main German bastion guarding the southern approaches to East Prussia. Armored units of Marshal Rodion T. Malinovsky's Second Ukrainian Army, supported by Rumanian troops, launched the new drive on Hungary, pushing through stronq German and Hungarian defenses in the mountains northwest of Petro- sen!, which fell to the Allied column Monday. The capture of Deva gave the Soviets space in which to deploy their armor for a swift invasion thrust up the Muresul valley into Hungary. The Soviet early morning war eommunlque said that Malinovsky's ''took Deva yesterday and struck out for Lipova, 58 miles ahead, where the vailey broadens out to the west and northeast into the Hungarian plain. • (A Budapest communique said Rumanian troops struck across the Hungarian border near Mezoehegyey, 96 miles northwest of Deva, and a Rumanian war bulletin reported fighting around Timosoara, 80 miles west of Deva and 30 miles from the frontier.) Meanwhile, other Second Ukrainian Army units beat down furious enemy opposition in central Rumania, wheeling north and nothenst toward Cluj on a front of more than 100 miles. $200,000 Damages in Sacramento Blaze SACRAMENTO, Sept. 13. UP>— Four rural fire departments and the state division of forestry joined today in fighting a fire at the Horst Brothers ranch near here, but before the flames were brought under control property valued at $200,000 had been destroyed. Fanned by a brisk wind, the fire swept through warehouses, office buildings, garages and the main ranch house. A large tonnage of hops stored on the rach was destroyed as well as three automobiles. Hurricane Sweeps Near East Coast MIAMI, Fla., Sept. 13. (UP.)— Storm warnings were ordered hoisted along the Atlantic seaboard from Cape Hatteras, X. C., "to Savannah, Ga., today, as a mighty hurricane picked up speed in is journey toward coastal areas. The storm, centered in a wido, area of gale winds, was speeding along at 14 miles per hour, the weather bureau here said. "Indications are for continued north-northwest movement with possibly a slow turn to more northward during the next 18 hours," the advisery said. "This will bring the center close to the coast of the Carollnas. "Every precaution should be taken in the area of the hoist order today against high seas and increasing winds, and small craft south of Savannah to Daytona Beach should remain in port." The hurricane had earlier been headed for the southern Florida coastline, but late yesterday while still 400 miles at sea began to shift slightly northward. Invasion of Isle Looming Converging Forces Hit Outlying Islands as Tokyo Warns of Strike PACIFIC FLEET HEADQUARTERS. PEARL HARBOR, Sept. Hi. (UP)—Carrier aircraft of Admiral William F. Halsey's third fleet destroyed more than 200 Japanese aircraft during daylong attacks against the central Philippines Monday, a communique announced today. An aerial battle of major proportions appeared to be developing over the Philippines. Reports on which the communique were based were fragmentary, but Admiral Chester W. Nimitz' announcement said it was indicated "air operations were continuing against strong enemy opposition." MAY COMMAND—Admiral Ernest .T. King, chief of United States fleet, may be named commander of new Allied combined force to drive on Japanese mainland for final thrust of war. By LEONARD MILLIMAN Associated Press \Var Kdilor The 16-inch guns of American battleships have joined hi bombardments of preinvasion intensity being poured on Japanese-held islands guarding the southern approaches to the Philippines. New blows reported by the converging forces of Admiral Chester \V. Nimitz and General Douglas MacArthtir hit coastal defenses of hjilf n dozen islands within 000 miles of the Philippines, keeping the Japanese guessing as to where assault troops will strike. Tokyo radio lias repeatedly warned in recent weeks of an impending invasion in the area. Battleships opened up their big guns on the Palau islands for the first time Monday (United States time) as carrier planes struck at shore batteries and coastal defenses for the fifth time within a week. Naval warplanes loosed 120 tons of bombs and 150 rockets in the last two days of their attack on Babel- thuap, largest of the Palau group; and Peleliu and Angaur, southernmost of the islands and unprotected by the barrier reef. Liberators poured a record 202 ton load of explosives on the Manado area of the northern Celebes, 300 miles south of the Philippines. Night patrols followed up with attacks on shore defenses. Halmahera, another southern stepping stone 300 miles from the Philippines, was raided by Allied "heavy units in strength." Tiny Talaud island, midway between Halmahera and the Philippines, was also bombed. So were Timor. Kal, Cernm and Boeroe to the south. Tokyo reported fresh air blows from the Aleutians at the Kurile islands north of Japan, and from the Marianas at Marcus Island to the southeast. American commanders announced a strike at two in the Volcano islands south of Tokyo. With the bombers striking from all directions a Tokyo broadcast said 1.000,000 of the Nippon capital's 7.000,000 residents had been moved out of the area to escape air raids. A London broadcast speculated that an overall commander for the war against Japan would be. named at the Roosevelt-Churchill conference in Quebec. It said he would prabably be an American and a naval officer. Dewey Attends Rodeo in Big Western Swing for Campaign VALENTINE. Neb.. Sept. 13. (JP> A west many of his conferees believe will go strongly Republican in November showed its old-time colors for Governor Thomas E. Dewev with a rodeo today as the G. O. P. presidential nominee shrugged off New Deal blasts at his opening campaign speeches. The New York govei nor, who spent the night on the ranch of former Governor Sam McKelvIe near here, planned to take time off from politics to see steer bulldogging and roping contests before his special train leaves at sundown for Sheridan, Wyo. Before that, however, he turned away with "no comment" the latest attack on his charge in a Philadelphia speech that the New Dc»l planned to keep men in the army overly long in order to lessen postwar unemployment. Secretary of Interior Ickes, In a speech before the United Automobile Workers (C. I. O.) at Grand Rapid*, Mich , last night called this a "reckless and baseless" charge. The cabi net member declared that Dewev, "in his reckless quest for votes has stopped to pluck the heartstrings of every American mother, wife, sweet- heard and child of every soldier and sailor throughout the world with a charge that is as false as any ever promulgated by Goebbels." Neither did Dewey have any immediate answer to an assertion in Congress by Representative McCormick ID-Muss.), that the G. O. P. nominee had "hit below the belt" in an "attempt to create a false issue." Rut Senator Hugh Butler (R-Neb.), who attended conferences at Me- Kelvle's ranch oasis In the Nebraska sandhills, came quickly to Dewey's defense. "The governor is not hitting below the belt," Butler declared. "I have heard many compliments— some of them from the opposition— on the clean way in which he has conducted his campaigning." Butler expressed confidence that Dewey would carry Nebraska by a record majority. Governor M. Q. Sharpe of South Dakota foresaw the same sweep in his state. While reporters sat on the grass outside the yellow stucco ranch house, Dewey read them statistics on the Republican sweep of the Maine state election, which he said indicated to him that a Republican Congress will be elected in November. QUEBEC PLANS 'CO-ORDINATED" F. R. INSISTS ON U. S. COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF VALENTINE, Neb.. Sept. 13. Iff)—Asserting .that since General Douglas MacArthur "no longer is a political threat to Mr. noose' velt." Governor Thomas E. Dewey proposed today that the southwest Pacific commander be "given greater scope and recognition" In the creation of an over all Pacific command." QUEBEC, Sept. 13. (UP) —President Roosevelt stressed today that the war plans being worked out In conferences here with Prime Minister Winston Churchill are being co-ordinated with those of all the Allies, "particularly the Chinese and the Russians." From the Citadel, where the President, the Prime Minister, and their combined chiefs of staff are in "victory conference." Mr. Roosevelt authorized Stephen T. Early, his secretary, to say in the President's name: "This is a conference to get the best we'' can out of the combined British and United States war efforts in the Pacific and In Europe. We are working in consonance with the situation in China, the Pacific and in Europe, co-ordinating our efforts and those of our Allies, particularly the Chinese and the Russians." Basic Theme This statement lied in with the basic Pacific theme of the meeting and discussions on establishment of a new super-command to direct the final assaults on the Japanese homeland. Mr. Roosevelt was believed to be urging at the conference table at the Citadel the selection of an American naval officer—probably either Admiral Ernest J. King, commander of the United States fleet, or Admiral Chester W. Nimit?., now the top commander In the central Pacific, to head such a new command. Early said at a news conference that he had no information on the command situation. Continued on PHKP Knur Marines Found Guilty of Attacking Plane SAN DIEGO, Calif., Sept. 13. Cfl>>— Marine Second Lieutenants Ralph J. Pinkerton and John P. Stodd. fighter pilots attached to a squadron at the Santa Barbara Air Station, have been found guilty by. general court martial of violating regulations when they made several simulated combat attacks on an army Flying Fortress, marine officials announced here today. • Each of the pilots was sentenced to lose $100 a month of his pay for five months. Both have been released from arrest and restored to j duty. The trial was held at Camp Mlramar, near here, according to the announcement from Marine Fleet I Air, west coast headquarters at the I San Diego Naval Air Station. j i The offenses occurred when Pink- | erton and Stodd left their authorized training area to simulate attacks on the Flying Fortress in flight near Santa Barbara. BASEBALL NATIONAL LEAGIB , First Game At Chicago-^ R. 11. E. CINCINNATI 4 K 1 CHICAGO 1 K 0 Batteries: Gumbert and Mueller; Lynn and Gillesple. All l other scheduled National and American League games postponed; rain. Americans at Important Nazi City Near Line Powerful Armies Mass Along Frontier for Stupendous Assault as Bombers and Tank Battalions Open Path With Deadly Ferocity LO.XDOX, Sept. 13. (JP>— Two American armies attacked ('.Pi-many at three points along 75 miles nt the Siegfried Line today, penetrating to the important city of Aachen. SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, Sept. 13. <U.E>—Dispatches from American- conquered German soil reported tonight that United States troops had captured the village of Roetgen—their first specific victory in the Reich—and had overrun a forested height in their drive east from the Eupen area of Belgium. The situation around the long battlefront closing against or washing over into Germany appeared—despite the security blackout—as follows: 1. The Americans drove two spearheads steadily deeper into Germany, one east of Eupen and Ihe other above Trier, and there were hints of new crossing* not yet announced. The Etipen crossing, and apparently that in the Trier area, were made by Lieutenant-General Courtney H. Hodges' First Army. 2. The Second Army stepped up its ••Moselle offensive and sent the right wing racing forwa i-d to score the new cros'sing at Charmes, 20 miles southeast of Nancy. United Press Wai- Correspondent Robert C. Richards reported that "for the first time since the attack began, the Third Army now apparently Is across the Moselle with enough punch to force the Germans back toward the Siegfried Line, and all chance of a successful Nazi counterattack is gone." 3. Lieutenant-General Sir Miles C. Dempsey's British Second Army moved forward on a broad front in OCTOBER 31 SET AS V-DAY LONDON, Sept. 13. W)—United States war planning chiefs were reported tonight to have established October 31 as the tentative "outside" date for the collapse of organized resistance in Germany. Without discounting the possibility that victory may come more quickly, a responsible non-British source said the date had been pinpointed by the United States Wai- Production Board after consultation through usual military channels is plans for partial industrial reconversion from war to civilian production. It was emphasized, however, that while plans were predicted upon the end of widescale warfare in Europe by October 31, there would be no sacrificing of requirements for the war in the Pacific. northern Belgium, a dispatch from that sector said the Germans had abandoned the Albert canal line and fallen back to the Escaut canal defenses near the Dutch frontier. Earlier this week both lines were breached by a spearhead thrust into Holland. 4. Lieutenant-General II. D. (',. Cre- bur's Canadian Army pressed the vital but unsensaUonal task of sweeping clean the channel coast, tightening the noose on the ports of Boulogne, Calais and Dunkcniue. 5. Far to the west, American troops were reported fighting through the streets of Brest, the great Atlantic port invested for more than a month, and its liberation was in sight. A dispatch from Lieutenant-General Omar N. Bradley's Twelfth Army group headquarters said American tank and infantry forces were in contact with the Siegfried Line, which was taking one of the heavi- Conlinuet] on Page four NAZIS TRAPPED IN SOUTH FRANCE FRENCH SEAL FATE OF GERMANS iN SOUTHWEST Beginning of "Fifth Act" ROME, Sept. troops trom the K!. (UP.) — French Seventh and Third FLASHES Kit SPEAKS OCT. 5 CHICAGO, Sept. 13. (UP.) — Chairman Robert E. Hannegan of the Democratic National Committee announced today that President Roosevelt would make his second major campaign address over a nationwide radio n'elwork October 5 from Washington. armies forged a solid line through central FYdnce today" and the AHies threw two other columns across the escape routes into Germany, sealing the fate of thousands of Nazis hopelessly trapped in southwest France. A headquarters spokesman said the junction in force of the two armies at Chatillon, 42 miles northwest of Dijon, left the Germans in southern and western France facing the alternative of death or capture. There was no official estimate of the number of enemy troops trapped by the two Allied armies although unofficial sources said earlier this week they exceeded 20,000. 75,000 Prisoners Prisoners in southern France already total 75.000 and are expected to increase swiftly as a result of the juncture, which a communique said was made "in force" on the Seine river. Due east from Chatillon, Lieutenant-General Alexander M. Patch swung two other armored French and American columns across the roads and railways leading east to the Belfort Gap. French troops moving northeast from Dijon, maintained their rapid advance, against slight opposition >ind swept past Longeuu to within less than 5 miles of Langres. The two French forces were only 35 miles apart and at Langres. the one unit would be 20 miles south of Ihe American lines at Chaumont and 68 miles southwest of Nancy. Less Fight While the French were mteeting decreasing resistance. American troops operating 35 miles farther east ran Into heavy German defenses at Port-Sur-Saone. 7 miles above Vesoul. Severe fighting was reported from :h«. sector, with the Germans attempting several counterattacks, supported by tanks and self-propelled ?uns. The enemy resistance extended east of Vesoul to as far as ' L'Isle. i On the extreme right flank, one ' column of French troops made advances up to 5 miles north of Dam- i belin and were driving rapidly with j little opposition towards the Doubs i river and Monthcliard, 11 miles ! southwest of Belfort. i —Californl»n-NEA Tclepboto YANKS BATTLE INSIDE GERMANY—The American troops were battling at least (> miles inside Germany after by-passing Trier, reached following swift thrust through Luxembourg. Allied forces also advanced in north into Holland and General Patton's army pressed Moselle offensive in Metz-Nancy area against furious opposition. Juncture of United States Third and Seventh armies trapped huge numbers of Germans. Dorsey, Wife Set to Surrender PRINCIPALS FACE 10 YEARS IN PRISON IF CONVICTED lly FREDERIC C. OTHMAN VJniiod Press Hollywood f.'orre*snoiuleiit HOLLYWOOD. Sept. 13.— Tommy Dorsey, his sloe-eyed wife, and a Hollywood character In the horse race gambling business arranged today to surrender to the sheriff on charges of felonious assault upon Jon Hall's classic nose. Technicolor Hero Hull said they came within a wink of slicing off the end and thereby turning him into a snub-nosed comedy actor. The grand jury also charged the genial gentleman of swing, Mrs. (Pat Dane) Dorsey, and Gambler Al Smiley with knocking unconscious and then kicking In the face Eddie Norrls, one-time husband of the oomph girl, Ann Sherida n. Kuril on ifi'iOOO Bail This action started perhaps Hollywood's most uproarious court action yet, threatened the defendants with 10 years imprisonment if convicted, and held them each on $5000 bail. They'll he arraigned tomorrow and along about Christmas a jury will hear about high society In Hollywood when the party gets a little, rough. "A Little Lulu" Dorsey's jamboree .it •! a. m. last August 5 In his Sunset Plaza apartment was, by all accounts, :i little lulu. Everybody was happy, doing the rhumba ami drinking something mixed with soda water, until Hall, the movies' man of many muscles, decided to pat Misti Dane, the movies' lady of many curves. When; lie patted her seems to be the crux of the case. Hall says it was a friendly pat on the shoulder. Miss Dane claims it was a pat, but It wasn't exactly Continued on Pag« Four All Available Equipment Battles Lake County Blaze NEW DEALERS WNMJOIS DALLAS CONVENTION TOPS POLITICAL EXCITEMENT By Associated Press The pro-Roosevelt Democrats In Texas rolled on top today in the state's months-long wrestling match to determine whether party electors shall be bound to vote for the Roosevelt-Truman ticket in November. For sensation r.nd excitement, the Texans' Dallas convention took top play in political developments which otherwi.se found partisan disputes on what the Republican victory in Maine means, a sharp attack on Thomas K. Dewey by one of President Roosevelt's cabinet members, and a continuation of Dewey's western travels. in a vote counter's nightmare, the Texas Democrats voted 799 and 9/140 to 709 and 131/140 last night to give state convention seats to the 100- man pro-Roosevelt delegation fro:n Dallas. This was followed by a howling voice vote establishing Robert W. Culvert of Hlllsboro as temporary chairman and keynoter. Calvert named as his No. i objective to be sure that Texas' "3 Democratic electors vote for President Roosevelt in November. On the labor sector of the political front, a Hou.se committae Investigating campaign expenses announced at New York that it would undertake a .spot check of $1 contributions from C. I. O. members to the political action committee to learn whether any coercion was used. In Louisiana. Senator Overton, Democratic incumbent, won renom- inaUon and it appeared that the entire incumbent Louisiana House dele- j gallon, with the exception of Repre- j sentative James H. Morrison, won i renomination. Unofficial returns in- I dicated their success and indicated. | that Morrison will be forced Into a j run-off with H. Alva Brumfield, ot I Baton House. At Denver, in Colorado's only contest, unofficial tabulations from 407 of the 479 precincts gave David Miller. Greeley attorney, 3311 votes to 2SI7S for Major Homer G. Preston, former Adams county judge, in the second Colorado district Democratic race for representative. LIBERATED THIRD ARMY r llKADQUAR- TERS, France. Sept.' 13. I*)—Five hundred Americans, most of them women, have been freed from a German internment camp at Vittel. 18 miles southeast of Neuf- chateau. Some men and-children were In the group. Other nationalities including British were also liberated. OFFICER LAS VEGAS, Nev.. Sept 13, <JP> A general court martial today found Major Leonard F. Stevens of Burke, 8. D., guilty of taking government meats and vegetables in his charge as base sales officer at the Las Vegas army air field, He was sentenced to dismissal from the service and fined $250. SACRAMENTO, Sept. 13. 'UP)—A wind shift today brought fire peril to valuable sunrtiier resort properties in Lake county, causing the state dl- I vision of forestry to send all avail- j able northern California equipment | into the area and call on fire dis- I tricts as fur away as San Mateo for aid. In the path of the bla/.e which was burning on a 20 mile front toward Clear Lake were such resorts as Adams and Siegler Springs. Mobilizing under the state fire disaster plan, the forestry division called for equipment from Napa, Sonoma, Marin and San Mateo counties and the cities of Rio Vista, Fairfield and Vallejo. Twenty trucks were at the scene of the lire as crews sought to control it by back firing along roads. | Mining Buildings Destroyed | Before the wind shifted from j north to southwest, the fire had been brought under control after destroying several buildings used in I mining operations and the ranch i properties of Hoot Gibson. | A hotel and several buildings in Mara Vista, on Cobb mountain, were' destroyed yesterday shortly after the flames swept through the Gibson ranch. A hotel, Hi cabins and a large residence were burned in this area. The Gibson ranch property recently was turned over to the Salvation Army which was convertimr It into a rest home for war veterans. Narrow Escape The Salvation Army statf escaped with only the belongings they weie able to load Into their automobiles, some of them crossing a bridge just a few minutes before the fire closed the road which was their only escape route. In Pine Flat. Sonoma county, a number of buildings and houses have been destroyed', only one house in the community being saved. Refuge?* were flocking into Middletown, Lake county, today. Mt'iidut'inu Fire The forestry division reported many fires still burning out of control in Mendocino county and northern Sonoma county, but said the situation in other parts of the state had eased materially. Fire lines, it WHS announced, have been established uround blay.es in Fresno, Merced and Monterey cpun- tles, but the situation Is such that crews cannot be withdrawn us yet for help in other areas. Index to Advertisers Abrams. t>r. R. F Arvin Plumbing Arvin Theater Booth's Hr»ck's "'iti/eiis Laundry John W Page 9 4 13 4 9 IS 13 9 4 Cullitnn Kggers . Federal Firestone Stores 13 Flickinger-Digier 13 Fox Theaters. 13 Granada Theater 13 Ivers Furniture 10 Judds _ 9 Karpe. E. F g KERN 10 Kimbull & Stone 9 KPMC 10 Lim. T Jt McMahan's _ .$ Montgomery Ward „._. "jj Motor Center „ ,„..„„. 4 Phillips Music Co ..._.» Rialto Theater ij River Theater ...13 Sears Roebuck , 8 Union Cemetery ..,.7,isf Virginia Theater ^..u.ia VVeiil'8 „ , « Whelden 'a Market „„.„...„.„. 9

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