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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Monday, February 12, 1945
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MAY SHE FLY OVER TOKYO News SOUT*E** HEW flEuco ·cm t: Ptrtty cloudy tonight and Tuesday; little change In temperature. Lut 21 Hour*: Mf* Low Laa Crucw ...................... *W* 31 State College .................... 60 40 Jornado Ran£e ................ 65 32 "ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE LAS CRUCES. NEW MEXICO. MONDAY AFTERNOON FEBRUARY^, ms "ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOS PRICE THREE CENTS Vol 64--No 267 ASSOCIATED PRESS LtASJilJ WIKE J.M WHUQI.J. «».TM TM.*»TMw. ·- *v "T~ : 1 ~ -- -- ^^-- .-; 1 »*- -- 1-CANADIANS CAPTURE SIEGFRIED ANCHOR CITY By WALLACE PERRY Lloyd Lewis, an associate editor of the Chicago Daily News who has written the book, "Myths After Lincoln," and several other Civil war biographies, asserts that, in addition to his greater talents, Abraham Lincoln had a gift i^^rS"^ Downtown-Manila, sou* of have made him a fortune as a gag- writer for radio comedians. * * * Battle Bitterly, Street by Street, For Fired Manila By FRED HAMPSON MANILA, Feb. 12 (AP) -The bitter, cunning and bloody fight for Manila, against the backdrop of a blackened and still burning city, ploughed slowly ahead today; house by house and street by. street. The queen city of the Philippines burned for the eighth consecutive night last night. FIGHT AGAIN? Lewis asserts that Lincoln -whose birthday anniversary the nation observes today -- never l coined any of his famous stories; but he adds that the statesman, humorist had what the best of our radio funny-men have today -- an artistic" ability to rearrange, con[ dense, rephrase and sharpen folk- jokes and comic situations into a form that was all his own. [' Furthermore, Lincoln's, stories were said to have been "hilarified" ,. a lot, when he told them, by his ' - own talent for quizzical, droll comedy--a delivery perhaps | v funny as Mark Twain's a use of facial expression perhaps as resistable as Charlie Chaplin's ; + + * ! Lincoln practically never omploy- \ ed humor, Lewis recalls, except to illustrate a point that had come up in conversation and he apj 1 ently usually used a drawl comic effect. Nevertheless, point of his humor characteristically came with the same cr: crackling speed used by the highest salaried gag-writer;} today. + * * At a church meeting the riva! candidates for congress, the Rev ' Peter Cartright and Lincoln, appeared before the voters. Th( ' preacher spoke first and insinuated strongly that his opponent was an agnestic, a heretic and possibly -- ·* infidel. Lincoln waited patiently. ; The preacher said, "Now, will al those who are going to heaven stand up?" All rose but Lincoln. Cartright turned in triumph at having- thus : Hnked Lincoln and Satan, nnd cried -And Mr. Lincoln where are you .,, ,. T Lincoln stood up and said, i m , going to congress." * + * Once he and a friend wore discussing a profound, solemn, ccle- I nrated historian of their time. The friend said: "It may be doubted whether any man our generation has plunged more deeply in the sacred fount of learning." And Lincoln quipped: "Or come . up dryer." * * + Lincoln told of a friend who, when named to examine and inspect the State prisons, gave the i first penitentiary so conscientious and thorough an inspection that he tfol lost in the dungeon corridors 1 down among the prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment. 1 He stepped up to the bars of one cell and said to a convict: "Excuse \ me. but how do you get out of this place?" * + * 1 When a pompous statesman was buried with ---xtravflgant cere- ; monies in Washington, Lincoln observed: "If he'd known what a big funeral he was going to have he'd he Pasig river, is a scene of desolation. inndreds Die in Streets Hundreds of Japanese dead have been counted in the streets. Many more hundreds probably are buried leneath the debris which they have lulled down and are continuing to mil down with them. Fighting of this bitterness is not being done without cost to us or he Filipinos whose city has been :urned into a battle zone. In the embattled southern section, the 37th infantry and first (dismounted) cavalry divisions are slowly squeezing the enemy between the iver and the bay front. Clear "Little Tokyo" On the brighter side, the 129th regiment of the 37th division cleaned out the stubbornly resisting Provisor island in the Pasig, from which the enemy had been lobbing mortar missiles into our bridgehead sector. ' The island is about opposite the Malacan palace. This morning for the first time there was no reply to the pinpointed gunning of "Little Tokyo," the prewar Japanese section of Delta island, near the mouth Of the Pa aig. But all of the Japanese gum had not yet been silenced, nor al enemy pockets wiped out. In Fare of Jap Fire Maj. Gen. Verne D. Mudge', first cavalry division column thrust deep into south Manil from the east yesterday after ford ing the Pasig again, Gen. Dougla MacArthur reported. They swept over the Neilso airstrip and through the Santa An district southeast of the flame blackened business disVict, fash ioning a firm vise on the entrench ed enemy defense garrison. Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler 37th infantry division, meamvhil fought through the residentia Ermita district, along the sout Manila bay shore, in the face of withering artillery fi^e from Japanese heavy guns and mortars mounted on or behind 10-foot thick walls of the old Intramuros (walled city) immediately north. Nano Lucero, army specialist fourth class from Albuquerque, rejoined the American army in the Philippines .Feb. 3 after fighting three years with the Filipino guerrillas. A former member of New Mexico's 200th coast artillery which fought on Bataan early in the war, Lucero escaped the Japs after Bataan fell. "It would be wounderful to go home, but after being hunted like a beast for three years I want some revenge," Lucero said. Fight for Nichols Field American artillery shells and rockets raked the enemy positions with deadly accuracy. Airborne llth division yanks (Continued on page 4) Interest Lags in Biennial Cruces School Election Members of the Alameda Parent-Teacher Assn. complained, today, of the "apparent lack of interest" in Las Cruces' biennial school board election, which is due tomorrow, , "It just seems like folks don't care who is elected," one member said. No Competition for Posts There's no, competition for the two posts on the municipal board of education to be filled, the official election proclamation revealed; but PTA members hinted that "there may be some write-ins." Candidates for school, board posts, as listed In the official proclamation, are Ira W. Pettegrew and Elfego Lopez, both seeking six-year terms. Polls Open at 9 a- m. Only one polling place was listed in the official proclamation 'hat's at Knights of Columbus all, in the 200 block on Griggs ;e. Election judges are W. R. Farot, E. D. Shipe and Frank Brito; lerks, Mrs. Salomon Alarez and Irs. Ricardo Triviz. Polls are to open nt 9 a. m. and emain open until 6 p. m. Reds Virtually Encircle Breslau In Berlin Drive LONDON, Feb. 12 (AP). -Marshal Ivan Konev, virtuaUy encircling Breslau in Silesia and racing ahead 15 to 27 miles a day, has forced two bridgeheads across the Bober river 75 miles or less from Dresden, German broadcasts said today. Stalin Confirms Surge Marshal Stalin, confirming Berlin reports of a new surge of Gen.' Ivan Petrov's fourth Ukrainian array in southwestern Poland, announced the capture of Bielsko, important rail town in southwestern Poland only 17 miles northeast of Ciezyn (Teachen) and 21 miles north of Jablunk, key to the paas opening into northwestern Slovakia. Stalin said Bielsko, a town of j 22,000, was a "powerful strong- j point" in the defense of MoraVska i Ostrava, 21 miles to the southwest, in the Moravian gap. i Smash Thru Nazi Defense* i The Germans said Konev's tanks j had broken into Bunzlau on the: Jober, while to the north they "had | mashed through German defenses some 12 miles north of Sagan. ' This point is about 90 miles · southeast of Berlin and only 30 milea south of Marshal Gregory Zhukov's first White Russian army which the Germans sflld had crossed the Oder south of Fuerstenberg, Zhukov Menaces Stettin Zhukov, the Germans said, had made a spurt to within 1-5 miles of Stettin, Berlin's Baltic port. The Germans said Zhukov's right wing had penetrated to both sides of Madue See; a lake north of Pyritz, ;here they were menacing the rear of Storgard, a strongpoint of Stettin's eastern defenses. The breakthrough at Sagan menaced the rail center of Sorau eight miles to the northwest and indicated that Konev's first Ukrainian spearheads had emerged in the rear of German forces dug in on the Oder's southern bank southeast of Berlin. Sagan is 27 miles west of the farthest point which Moscow has reported as reached. Threaten io Flank Berlin The breakthrough here threatened to roll up the southern flank of Berlin's defenses, while the spear- ALLIES ATTACK FROM BOTH EAST AND WEST *PattOn PUHChCS biiuw AUII.U unves ua iauiu|«!» cam.!ni 1UW w'muirn u-ouui iheuvy lines]. Un the Western front the Canadian first army drove toward Kleve. and American forces southeast of Aachen continued their offensive. On the east, the Riuiiahs already threatening; Berlin from positions along the Oder River east of the city, sent forces toward Stettin, and were reported driving more deeply into Silesia. (AP Wirephoto Map). : ' have died long ago." * When one of his brother lawyers on the circuit tore the scat of his trousers, joking colleagues started signing a subscription to buy him a new pair of pants. New Troop, Pack Given Charters Charters for Boy Scout Troop 62 and Cub Pack 4 were presented during the church services at St. Paul's Methodist church Sunday as a feature of Boy Scout Sunday. The Rev. C. A. Ridge devoted a part of his addresa to the boys and their parents. The new troop and pack are church sponsored. 27 belonging to the Cub 3)ack and 22 to the Scout troop, R. B. Boyle was named chairman of the troop and pack commit- ivhich includes Clyde Baker and C. A. Hidgc. Registration cards leaders Lincoln Inoked over Uie list of names and then solemnly wrote: -I cnn contribute nothing to t h e ! were presented Scoutmaster A. V end in view." I Peterson, Cub Master J. T. Clcgr 4 , , 4 . + j and to Den Mothers, Mrs. A. L When ashed why he seemed t o j H c r s h e y and Mrs. C. A. Ridge, avoid women, Lincoln explained j There now are 24 Scout units In that ho was like a neighbor boy \ the county, in Indiana who h»d been poorer than the Lincolns were. This boy cnme over one day to I head pointed at Stettin threatened the northern flank. The drive to Bunzlau took the first Ukrainian army three-fourth the way across lower Silesia to within 22 miles of Czechoslovakia. Breslau's only communications were out to the southwest, toward (Continued on page 4) L.C. Lieutenant Missing in Action Lt. Alfonso Maynez is reported missing in action over Luzon, mem- ers of the family here had been advised today in a letter from his wife, who lives in California. Lt. Maynez is a bombardier on a B-24 taking part in the battle 'or Luzon. Attending school in Laa Cruces through his junior year in Union high school, Lt. Maynez graduated from Santa Monica high school and attended U. C. L. A. He received his commission In Albuquerque last -rail. He is the youngeH brother of J. J. Maynez of 444 E.-Hadley Ave. Former N.M. Man Gets Indian Post WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 UP) -President Roosevelt today nominated William A . Brophy o f New . . . Mexico to be commissioner of In- j would subscribe $2,750,000,000. dian affairs succeeding John Col-] Political collaboration as pro- The Road to Berlin By ASSOCIATED PRESS 1. Eastern Front: 32 mllca (from Kellln). " 2. Western Front: 305 miles (from Klpvc). 3. Italian Front: M4 mllm (from Hcno river). FD Asks Action On Postwar Pact To Build Trade WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (#1 -Cautioning that the future "Is full of promise and danger," President Roosevelt today called on congress to carry out Uie Bretton Woods agreements for world economic cooperation. In his first major public statement since leaving for the Big Three meeting, Mr. Roosevelt asked specifically for "prompt action" in authorizing American participation in a proposed international bank and international monetary fund. "Time to Take the Lead" "It ia time," he said in a message to congress released at the white housu, "for the United States to take the lead in establishing the principle of economic cooperation as a foundation for expanded world trade." The world bank -- to provide guaranteed loans for reconstruction and development--would be capitalized at $9.100,000,000, with an aggregate U. S. participation of $3,175,000,000 although this country and other member nations would he required to put up only one-fifth of their quotas In cash. To Stabilize Currencies The monetary fund, designed to stabilize currencies and trade balances, would be capitalized at J8,- 800,000,000, of which this country Lincoln Homefolk Recall Birthdate SPRINGFIELD, 111., Feb. 12. UPI--Abarham Lincoln's home town paid homage to him today on the 136th anniversary of his birth. Hundreds visited'the Lincoln tomb at Ako Hldge cemetery and the one-time Springfield lawyer's white.frame home near the business district. Among speakers at various Lincoln day event* was Edward N. Schetberllng, Albany, N. Y., national commander of the American Legion. In a radio address prepared for delivery at the lomb this afternoon, Soheiberlmg said: "We must not again bury our heads In the international sands and rest on the vain hope Uiat war will not come again. We must be realistic." reek Factions Agree on Peace; End Civil War ATHENS, Feb. 12--W--Negotiation! between leftwlng EAM (National Liberation Front) leaders anil the government of Premier Gen. Nicholas Plaetlras were successfully concluded today with the signing or an agreement expected to bring peace to this troubled land. A brief announcement said that the conferees, who have been try- Ing to reconcile their differences for several weeks, finally reached agreement "on all points under discussion." A 10-hour session preceded the final signing of the accord, which Germans Retreat By JAMES M. LONG PARIS, Feb. 12 (AP)--Kleve, northern anchor of the Sieg- :ried line, was captured today. by the Canadian first army. The city of 20,000 lies 12 miles east of Nijmegen, starting point of the Canadian and British offensive. - Reduced to smoking junk by Aliled aerial and artillery poundings, it was the largest place yet captured in the five- day-old drive. Patton Punch e* Into Praim Some 115 miles south, the IT. S. third army won half of the major traffic center of Prucm, which the Germans apparently were abandoning. In between, Roer river floods created by German breaching of linndwater dams kept the U. S. first and ninth and the British sec- und armies immobile. The reservoirs behind thr opened dama still vere draining but the Roer, two niles widn nt one place, did not t « » 1'C- V l K i i i K f u r t h . T Hun: he seven iV»t nl:n;t' .ilrrmly v-Ti.-h- ·d at some points. tilled Bulge Expanded The Cannclinn. Britten and Scotch uilgfi vflji rMiJtirj^f d on both t'i inrili nnd -".-nill! es-da of thr Kti - . . · (·(·lor, nnd A)!:cii !inO: j fm·tnnjinj -i] iivn-f Ih.ui M m - fourth.'-('i t h n rrii-hs fore.-1. Tlir A l P i - ? \vi n lit- ·ond thi- miitn tlcfonaec of thi* or;- ^ninl Sit'('i'm'l !in«- ir. Uu- :. n-!h. The Canadians cleaned Uii ]i»\ Rhine lunda up to a railroad connecting Kleve with the river und forced the Spny canal, lending four miles north of Kleve to the Rhine. Offensive. Noam Rhino ·At polnta below Kleve, the Allies weie wltliln 22 miles of Wesel on the Rhine,, nearest city of the jfrent lluhr industrial vnlley. ·The Canadians bypassed or captured Hindern, Wasscrburg, War- dhan and Brlenen. In the center of the front, the U. S. fourth division cleared half of the major road junction of Pruem behind the widely branched Slepfrled line. This fortified traffic center la eight miles Inside Germany and 45 from the Rhine lier, resigned, iBrophy has served as chief of the Puerto Rico section of the interior department's division of territories and island possessions since 1943. Born in 'N.ew York city In 1903. vided In the Dumbarton Oakg security -organization is not In itself enough, Mr. Rooaeevlt said. He promised a whole aeries of further recommendations, ranging from control of cartels to leglsla- 150 to Attend . Lincoln Dinner Dona Ana county Republicans will mark Lincoln's birthday with a banquet sponsored by the county Republican Women's club at Tortugas Grill at 7 p.m. today. Reservations total approximately 150, Mrs. L. L. Roby, president of .he sponsoring club, stated today. The program, under the direction of J. Benson Newell, will feature an address by J. G. Bennis, El Paso attorney, who will bo Introduced by Lytton Taylor, former Las Cru- cea attorney now residing In El Paso. Brophy attended the University of! tion allowing the United States to Now Mexico and later was gradu- i lend money directly to stimulate ated from the University of Colo-1 trade. He called again, too, for re- rado law school. He returned to i Albuquerque and opened a law of- (Contlnueo on page 4) fice. He first came to Washington in 1042 on a brief, special assignment representative of Secretary Ickes on Puerto Rlcan affairs. From 1933 until 1942 he was retained by the interior department as legal advisor to Indiana of the southwest. In 1940 he married Dr. Sophie Aberle, then superintendent oi 1 the Ico. She resigned last year. Donald Stern Is Prisoner of War Sgt. Donald Stem, a son of Mr, and M«, E. J. Stern of LM Cruccs, j who wftg rtcd m^ing In action . Qver Qermany Dcc 16, is aafe-a Pueblo Indian agcncy^ln New Mex- ; pr , aoncr of war ..hls parents were advlae4 today In a telegram from the war department's provost mar- was limited to a brief protocol be cause of the hour (4:30 a. m.) UK announcement said. (A Reuters dispatch said the terms Included surrender of arms by the Elas---armed militia of the EAM^--to Greek troops under British supervision. The dlspatth said matlal law would DC terminated, but that certain restrictions on the right of assembly and the freedom of the preaa would be retained.) It was understood that the agreement provided for a plebiscite and elections to be held thin year, distinguished between political and common crimes and specified amnesty for ELAS members accused of political crimes. Park Paratrooper Reported Wounded Pfc. Walter Provenclo has been slightly wounded In action in Germany, hl» parenta, Mr. and Mrs. G, F. Provencto, Mcallla Park, have been notified by the war department. The Injury was received Ian. 24 Now nerving a* a paratrooper, Pfc. Provenclo was attending LW Cruces High school at the time of his induction into the army June 17, 1043. 'RANCH BOSSES' NAMED FOR COMMUNITY ROUNDUP TO FINANCE PHILANTHROPIC AGENCIES IN CRUCES on the frontier. Ho nskecl for one of the men. Abe five It to him, then he iisked for another 'vhioh "Ranch Bosses' for the five ^nit'lts" scheduled to take part Abe wns .itnrtinR to consume. Abe in the LJW Crurcs nrea community Eavc him that and t h - boy wolfed j chwt MVC tor 55,000 Fob. 22 were n . » A m » . l tmtnv hu .1 IT MflWPn. named today J. II. Bowen. ··You srcm to like gingerbread," said Alw. Tho boy replied: "Abe, I don't s'posc nnybody on earth likes Kin- rliread r-tter -and gets less." + + * irerli Lincoln told of a father who (Continued on page S) chairman of the budget campaign. "Bosses" arc W. G. Smith, Jr., Sigurd Johansen. Keith Komney, J. L. C.lll nnd Mrs. G. A. Kcathor. The.-ic Ir. turn will meet Tuesday to organize »nd select six "foremen" each for their outfits. The Tuesday organization mctt- ing, to be held at Tortugas cafe at noon, also will be attended by members of the advisory committee and the chairman of the advance gifts committee. Earl Mc- Kcean, Boy Scout field executive ,'or this area with headquarters In Kl Paso, will attend. The one-day $5.000 campaign' l« for funds for three »ctl71 agencies in the community. Boy ScouU, Girl Scout* and the «er- viccmen'a center. They will participate In the fund during the year and will hold no Inldvldunl campaigns for subscriptions. The prospcrta committee spent several hours Sunday preparing a list of prospects covering the area. Members of the committee are Paul Roach. Lester Lackey, F. C. Womack, Mr». O. A. Feather, Sigurd Johansen, Tom Graham and L. E. Freudcnthnl. shal. "Roport Just received through the International Red Cross," the message says, "states that your son, Sgt. Donald Stern, Is a prisoner of war of the Gorman government." Sgt. Stern had been overaeaa no more than two or three weeks when the message disclosing that he waa missing was received here. A tall-gunner on an American bomber, he was shot down, apparently, on one of his first missions over Germany. Hla plane was la«t seen, an earlier meaaage from lh( war department laid, southeast of 8AV VANKS BOMB NANKING LOKDON, Feb. 12 UFl -- A Berlin broadcast said American plancj bombed Nanking in China this morning. Big Three Meet Is in the Crimea LONDON, Feb. 12--(#1--U was officially announced today thai the Big Three talks have been held in the Crimea. The meeting decided on military plans for the final defeat of Germany, It waa atttted, but the combined plans will be made known only as they arc executed. "Meetings of the three staffs will be continued In the future whenever the need urines." the an nouncement continued. LKU18 REPLIES TO TERMS MIAMI, Fla, Feb. 12--/P»--Tho AFL. wan Riven John L. Lewis' reply today to iU request for hla term* for reafflliatlon of the United Mine Workers. REPUBLICANS LOSE HOPE FOR KICKING ELLIOTT VIA HIS DOG president'* second -ion to bn con- By JACK BELL WASHINGTON, Fob. 12 UP -HU Republican critics abandoned hope today of keeping Ccl. Elliott Roosevelt from becoming a brigadier general. But hi* globetrotting dog "Blnrc" s*omcd about to have hl» day In th« aenate. Senator Duihflold (U-tM)). who hftd forced k wwk'f delay on the army nomination, told n reporter he expccta th« promotion of the firmed by the senate. But BuRhfleld said he want* to unburden his mind About the rn- pldlty with which 34-year-old Elliott reached the rank of general, And, of eouno, there Is piano-riding, priority-covered Blaze. Some of the Democrat* foil It In about time people quit kicking Elliott's dog n round. But critics hud (Continued on page 2} city of Koblenz, American occupation headquarters after the last war. !'1(Hd IUwcrve-8 Deflated Between the focal points of bat- .le, flooda loosed by the German 3rc.ach.lng of the Schwammenaule Jam flood gates immobilized the U. S, 'ninth and British second army lined up along the Roer, which was a rampaging river two nllcs wide at one point. Water nink 46 feet from the top of the dam tnd deflated the flve-mlle-long reservoir flooding the Roer valley. The British and Canadian troops of Gen. Henry Crerar's command »von control of three-fourths of the Rnlchswald thickets of fir tnws and croased in France the Spoy canal linking Kleve (pop: 20,000) to the Rhino, four milea north. Primmer Toll MounU The Dutch border town of Gennep (bop: 3272) was captured and the Nlers river to the east was crossed. Tho prisoner bag rose to 4,000, most of them tenn-age youths or infirm men. Fighting In the Rhino elbow between the medieval fortress rulrm of Klevo and the river was described as almost an amphibious operation because of the extensive thaw and flooding of the German and Dutch flatlanda. A vast array of amphibious equipment Including buffaloes and due KB kept the offensive on the. move within 22 miles of Wesel, northern gateway Into the prized Ruhr Industrial valley. (Tho Germans nald "the enemy Is breaking through our Maas river dofoQsei" near Klevo and that preparations were proceeding for "an impending large scale offensive In the Aachen-Venlo area.") Flood Peak Pawwn Supremo headquarters jiald UH? flood peak on the Roer apparently Imd bei*n reached and thftt water could be fxpenlcd to subside during thu next few dnya to Home thing approaching normal. Most flooding was dowrwtrfam from Duren where the tfrmniU Is flat. Upstream from Durrcn, the river IM rushing madly and deep. The U. S. first army which renchfld the grent diim mopped up the west ami north sides of tho Iloor to HrLnitwch, 13 miles dc«p (Continued on paf* 4)

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