Las Cruces Sun-News from Las Cruces, New Mexico on February 21, 1945 · Page 1
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Wednesday, February 21, 1945
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S I MAY SHE FLY OVER TOKYO LasC NEW mexico THE WEATHER Forecast: Partly cloudy tonight and Thursday; colder tonight, with snow flurric.; north. Last 24 Hours Las Cruces State College Jornpdo Range High Low 55 32 53 34 ... 63 31 Vol. 64--No. 275 ASSOCI LEASED WIRE LAS CRUCES. NEW MEXICO. WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FEBRUARY 21. 1845 YANK LOSSES ON IWO HEAVIER THAN ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOS" PRICE THREE CENTS By WALLACE PERRY Tomorrow morning, after kickoff breakfast at St. Paul's Methodist church, 100 "ranch hands"--as solicitors are "branded" for the purposes of the one- day "roundup" organized this year --are to appeal to Las Cruces residents for donations to a- Community Fund with which to finance Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts and the Servicemen's Recreation Center - for the ensuing year. + + * They hope to make it a one- day bid for the $5,000 that is needed for the three organizations. * + * Cruees residents, in former years, invariably have been generous with the Boy Scouts of America. I feel sure that they 1 )! be generous again. The Girl Scout organization in Cruces is not .so well established. But, it's growing. And it's equally effective, with the Boy Scout movement, as a character builder and occupant of idle time. '* + * Thousands'of soldiers and sailors, we are told, have been served at the Servicemen's Recreation Center during the 32 months it has been in operation here. Every day in the week-multipli- Reds Cut Roads From Frankfurt; Move on Danzig By RICHARD KASISCHKE LONDON, Feb. 21 (AP) -v- Marshal Gregory Zhukov's troops, fighting to encircle Frankfurt on the Oder 38 miles east of Berlin have "temporarily" slashed the city's lifelines to the capital, a German military commentator said today. And Red army troops have captured the Polish town of Czersk, 17 miles northwest ol Chojnice and 45 miles from Danzig, Premier Marshal Stalin announced. 31 Miles from Berlin The fortress town on the west bank of the Oder is under siege and tlie constant hammering of Russian artillery and bombers, said the report from inside the city by Transocean War Reporter Hans Arntz. His broadcast coincided with a Hilary review in the Moscov newspaper Pravda which said the Red army was 34 miles from Serin', i This report, the closest the Russian press has yet placed the Russian troops to Berlin, did not jive the point of the penetration, 3Ut indicated it was in Zhukov's sector and possibly west of the Oder. 'Nazi Thieves Have Fled" "The purchasers of stolen property in Frankfurt on the Oder have fled to Berlin and no longer know ed many times at weekends--sol- where to go n sajd the revlew , diers, sailors, marines drop in for relaxation, lor a bit of civilian hospitality. Arntz made the disclosure that the trunk .railroad and autobahn to Berlin had been cut temporarily along with the statement, "all centration of troops, the local or- roada leadmg westward from Because Las Cruces has no con- ganization--a volunteer group of Las Cruces women--gets no aid frbhi the USO; the service center has to be financed by Cruces donations. But we owe those soldiers and sailors attention; they're fighting --or ready to fight--the battles of the folks who remain at home in safely. * * * We'll be doing our own boys and girls and the older boys who are in uniform a distinct service if we contribute the $5,000 in the single day that has been set aside for the drive. Doctors Forced lo Stand Helpless as Japs Rape Filipinos MANILA, P. I., Feb. 19 (Delayed) £*) -- Two noted Filipino physicians who escaped from the Philippine gene r al hospital a fter weeks of siege were forced to stand by while Japanese soldier raped many Filipino girls who had taken refuge there. They are Dr. Antonio Sison, director of the hospital, and Dr. Januario R. Estrada, who attended the sick and shell wounded patients during the siege. Mrs. Estrada told of raping by soldiers who took girls sleeping in the hallways into the storeroom while the refugees stood in silent anger listening to the victims' screams. Broiher of Crucens Dies in Arizona John Home r Brookresofl, 65, died in St. Mary's hospital, Tucson, Ariz.. Surid a y and was buried at Tucson Monday, his brother, Noah Brookreaon. disclosed today on his return from the funeral. Four other brothers--Wade, William and F r od, of Las Cruces, and Ernest, of Rushon, Ark.--two sisters and his wife. Mr. Brookrcson had visited in Las Cruces and had been known, for years, among Las Cruces caUlenu'ii. His dentil occurred after no more than a brief illness. Frankfurt are now open." The bulk of Frankfurt's 76,000 population has fled and the city has been stripped for a deathstand defense as a bastion of Berlin, the German broadcast said. "Grena.des are exploding- in its streets and Russian planes are flying; Over the rooftops rattling their machinefruns," he added. Drive on Neisse Stronghold Russia's first Ukraine army drove steadily westward toward the Neisse river stronghold of Guben and the southern end of Berlin's eastern defense wall along the Oder. Advancing as much as 10 miles through a heavily forested region in the face of persistent German counter-attacks, Marshal Ivan S. Konev's troops yesterday captured (Continued on page 2) Recently presented with the Air Medal was Lt. Harold B. Woods, above, 22-year-orId son of Mrs. P. M. Woods 796 Picacho Ave,, Las Cruces. The decoration as announced by Maj. Gen, Howard C. Davidson, commanding general, tenth air force. Lt. Woods, who has been in the service three years, has spent the past eight months in the India- Burma theater as a pilot with the famed 7th bombardment group of the tenth air force. He is credited with 22 missions and 201 hours of flying time. The New , Mexico airman attended Las Cruces high school iind was later employed by the U. boundry commiBsI^ik S. March 1 Deadline on Property Renditions Pen Terms Given In Circus Deaths HARTFORD, Conn., Feb. 21 W -- Judge Wm. J. Shea today, in superior court, imposed heavy prison sentences on three officials of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus and sent three other circus men to jail, all for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the circus fire here last July which claimed 168 lives. Those sentenced were Goo. W. Smith, 51, of Sarasota, Fla., general manager, and Leonard S. Aylesworth, 52, chief tent man, nf Sarasota, two to seven years in state prison. James A. Haley, Send Nazi Coke To Steel Mills In Ally Cities By WES GALLAGHER ALDSORF, Germany, Feb. 21 --A vanguard of 16,000 tons of coite was on its way t° the steel mills of France and Luxembourg from this mining area today In the first move to make occupied Germany contribute to the Allied cause. The coke was a part of captured stocks. This coal area has served as a guinea pig for "solid fuel" experts of supreme Allied headquarters and the Allied military government for dealing with German industries which might be overrun. It revealed many complex proi blems, according to Maj. Thomas Williamson, a former Bluefielid, Va., mining technician. It also revealed that the Nazis are not going in for a scorched earth policy so far as German "big business" is concerned. j Capt, Elmer Newman, a Harlan, j Ky. coal field mine technician now with the military government and in'charge of one of the big mines here, said the Nazi officials and mine owners left a small crew of workers and key managers behind to take care of the property. However,' the Allied authorities put the obstructing technicians in jail and nivlted Dutch mine experts to help run the business. It now is producing a surplus being used on military railroals. 46-yeai.r-old vice-president and director, Sarasota, one to five years in state prison. Edward R. Versteeg, 44, chief electrician, Sarasota, and Wm. Caley, 35, chief seatman, Sarasota, one year in the county jail. David W. Blanchficld, 57, chief truckman, Hartford, six months in Wind, Sand, Snow Visit New Mexico By ASSOCIATED PRESS Blowing in from the southwest, wintry weather sent New Mexicans scurrying for overcoats and galoshes today with the western and northern part of the state under a thin white cover and high winds chilling the south- Scots Capture Goch as Patton Pokes at Rhine AS AMERICAN INVASION OF IWO JIMA STARTS By JAMES M. LONG PARIS, Feb. 21 (AP) --Scots of the Canadian army captured the northern German fortress city of Goch today while in the center of the western front the American third army advanced up to five miles in a broad sweep in the Moselle valley toward the Rhine, seizing 11 towns. Patton Menaces Saarburg Lt. Gen. George S. Patton's tanks and Infantry thundered 'far- ward th r ough the Etfel mountains a 50-mile front. Vangurads reached to within two miles of the heavily fortified road center of Saarburg, a key to German de- fehsea along the Moselle. In the north, the last enemy suicide' squads were cleared from the ruined r°d center of Goch, once a town of 13,500 and still the center of eight military highways. The Scots thrust .on 600 yards southwestward. Goch is eight miles south "of captured KleVe, terminal of the original Siegfried* line, and 17 niljea southeast of the Dutch city ofNljmegen whence-the Canadian offensive started. Ctitti Area Tlireatcnhd Nation's Urlvo along the Moselle waa threatening the compact qoal and stell st r easures of the Saar district, which also waa endangered by the Increasingly aggressive American seventh army 35 miles to the south. Patton waa eight miles deep In Germany along the Moselle, lie was beyond or within the Siegfried ine along his entire 50-nUle aa- lau'lt front. Trap German Garrison Lt. Gen. Alexander M, Patch's j troops advanced on a 12-mile front o within less than three miles of S a arbruecken, moved into the out- kirts of the suburban French rail enter of Forbach and scooped up lx border villages. In the southern outskirts of Fo r bach, Patch's Americans sur- ounded the medieval caatle of Schlossberg and trapped the Gerlan garrison inside. Scottish troops seized the marBh- and village of Buchholt and puah- d on toward the German strong- old of Uedem, two a nd a half miles to the southeast. Patton's charging men captured , 200 prUonera in the Saar-Moat- j One hundred "ranch hands"--bosses, foremen and wrang- e triangle yesterday. lers, that is, in the parlance of the current campaign--are to River* Are, Receding; | start a concerted "roundup" of donations for this year's Com- «»h H^l! £"!L!! 0 - ,L e !,!.; I »unity Fund with which to finance the three local civic and XEW YORK. Foi.. 2t -- Tile The Tiirkisli radio nt Anltnra today (|Uofr-il "nn iHu-cinfiniii'd rr- |ort from Ihi- nni" 1 KliitlnK dial AnilTlvim fnrc-rs luid lunili'il in Hie llonin Islands. By AL DOPKING U. S. PACIFIC FLEET HEADQUARTERS on Guam Fob. 21 (AP) -- A p p r o x i m a t e l y 3,G50 marines \vrrt? killed or wounded in the f i r s t 4o hours of the b a t t l e for I\yo Jimn, Adm. ChoKter \V. Ximit?: announced today as he reported | the leathernecks made i^nera! t advances ranging up to 1.000 yards on the island's central air field. Lists American rnsu:i!fii-s Americnn landing barges, in top picture, head for the benches of Iwo Jimn as .marines launch an invasion o£ that stoutly-held Japanese outpost only 7SO miles south of Tokyo. One of the two volcanoes on the Island can be seen in the tenter of this picture taken from a navy plane, flown to Guam and transmitted by navy radio to San Francisco. Lower picture shows stretches of sandy beach along southeastern tip of the island, where marines landed. 100 'RANCH HANDS' START FUNDS DRIVE east. Starting yesterday noon snowfall by this morning had blank- r-tod northern an,d western New Mexico ranging from a trace to nach, occupying tConunufla on page 2) i t Lhtcr- six-mile 4 to 6 inches at Santa Fe. But'-all U.S. Fliers Hit at Hitler Hideout By NOLAND NOROAAD ROME, Feb. 21 WB)_ U. S. 12th a ir force fighter-bombers yesterday made the war's first air attack on targets In and near Adolf Hitler's fo r tress city of Berchtesgaden, it was announced today. The American Thunderbolts swept in through intense flak anil small arms fire, Allied air headquarters said, and pumped rockets Into rail yards at low level. In attacks In the immediate vicinity of Hltler'a mountain hideout they knocked out a locomo- tive'and eight rail carp. At othe r near B«rchte»(r"aden they set fire to two p fl saejifer trains, destroyed a troop train estimated to have 150 soldiers aboard, nnd' destroyed or damaged nearly i pi man in rop ic organizations of Boy Scouts of America, Uirl Scouts and the Servicemen's Recreation Center, John Bowen, roundup chairman, revealed today. Starts wltli Breakfast + The drive will start, Bowne said immediately following a kickotf breakfast to bo staged at St. Paul's Methodist church at 7:30 a. m. Ranch foremen, he added, afe to arouse their slumbering cowhands by telephone before time for the jail. for the most part the storm play- Execution was stayed until noonjcd out during the night and only n few snow squalls over the higher elevations were expected by the weather bureau. Colder weather and winds'were in the cards for the next few days. The weather bureau* to- April 6, two days after the circus is due to open in Madison Square Garden. New York. The court acted after hearing defense counsel plead that such .*» stay would permit the circus to with tanks. While there was no official rebuild its damaged equipment, 'day reported n 4Vmilc blow a t ' comment on the attack, it was speculated that the surprise utrik? was directed agairmt the movement of top priorjty personnel, supplies and Nazi files from Berlin. March is the deadline for ren- j ccrn, $10,000. At the jinme lime Judge Shea fined the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows, j Inc., the official name of the con- property valuations for advnlurcm tn\ assessments, A. J. Robertson, tax assessor, reminded property owners today. No more than one-third of the property owners in Las Cruces, he Mid, had rendered valuations. Las Cruces Tuesday afternoon, 40-milcs at El Paso. 36-mile w t n d j at Carlsbad, 22 at Hobbs and 21 at Roswcll. An inch snow cover greeted All of the defendnats and the | Duke City residents this morning, corporation itself had pleaded no [but the flakes were melting fast, eontest to involuntary m a n - l A t El Morro, three inches wore cahiRhter ami before passing sen-1 measured. There wan three tenre Judge Shea remarked that 'inches of snow at Raton, a trace this waa "equivalent to a plea of I at Tuoumcari. ClovU, LAI Vogts KuiUy," land Silver City. The Road to Berlin By ASSOCIATED PRE8 H 1. Riutprn front! 13 mllr* (from /HIIn). 2. U'Mlrrn f r onti 2W milr* (frnm u N t hMk at Inline nt Emmerich). . 1 Itftlliui front) Mi mtlfA (tram N*IK river). breakfast--"and we expect a 100 percent attendance." Preliminary to thu opening of the drive, too. Boy Scouts late today are to deliver last-minute reminders. Ranch Names Hint Methods Ranch bosses are more or less quiet on how they're going to conduct competition for the handmade saddles which drive officials announced yesterday would be offered as prizes; but, judging Just from the names they've picked for their outfits, you can got a line on the methods /they're going to se. Take Mrs. G. A. Feather, for instance; she namod her outfit the .{kick-In Ranch" ar.d the chose that brand. On the surface it looks pleasant enough, maybe, but some of the other bosses are getting the Idea her tactics, when her outfit goes to work, will be something along the line of "Kick-in . . . Or else!" One Offer* "Double Cross" Billy Sinlth hue named his outfit the "Double Cross' and iwldo f r om doing a bit of quiet talking ,h fl t hlfl hands will equal the totni (lumber of dollar* of any other twp, he's talking around today upqut having hta inlllal* rarvcd on ono of the aaddln prizes ·· the boss of the top outfit get* one of them. The "Bar Nothing" ranch, bowed by J. L. Gill, look ft like nnnthcr tough outfit. HO'M talking nhout ft apcctal jillrrup put on on* of tho Mddleji, Indicating he's .,' (CWUlnutd on p«|c 4) or fl »h. Yank Subs Sink 25 More Vessels WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 --UPI-Twenty-five more Japanese ves- seln. including- three combatant ships, have been sunk in far east orn waterfl by U. S. aubnmrint* A navy announcement today said the fighting ships included an escort aircraft carrier, a destroyer, and a large converted cruiser. Non-combatant vessels included a medium transport., 14 medium two medium cargo transports and a small transport. The announcement raised to 1,045 the total number of Japanese ahips sunk by American mibniar- fi since the start of the war. These. Include 110 combatant and W35 non-combntant crnft. Awarded Medal for Heroism in Accident CAItLSBAD, 'Feb. 21 UP) ·- Ma*tc r Sgt. George K. Villa of the Pyotc, Tex., army nlr field hafl been awarded the soldier's medal for horolo artton following the liflinii of on a r m V truck wd ^ commorclfll truck nonr Carlnbad last Sept. 10, CarlAbnd army air field reported today. Villa' and other momhorn nf a Pyotc aofthal! team were retur,n- tng lo their home field a f t e r play- Ing n Carlnbj,d army team at the lime of the colllnlon. The army truck caught fire In the rranh, nnd Villa nitorcd the Imrnlnft w r oolng(' to drag out a trapped man, "'le- uplift Intenao heal nnd the danger of exploding RBHollne," t h e army ftld. Two mon died n« a ie«uH of tho Worse Than Tarawa ^ X . V S I K X I . I . C V , K : -;. - i -- . -- Marine- r;i«ii;'.liirs hi (I)- i h 1(( InilirH uf Hie Iv.o .lii.ia ;i sillllt were heavier (ban t l m on bluntly Tiinimi In the Imurs it-quired to take Uw/ l' clfle ImtMcn. A 1'm-lfie fleet lir:iil(]iiiirle cimrmi!il(|iii' today pl.icetl (l firs! lust losses a I lUi.'iO m n v i r Clamp Siege Lid On Trapped Japs In Philippines By FRED 1IAMPSOX MANILA, Feb. 21 UPi · Alv.i: eval siege tactics in modern gni:-. 1 were employed against .Ittpiim'sr garrisons in Manila's thlek-wull-d fntramuros and on CorreRtdor today as Gen. Donglus M a r A r U u i r announced the pnsj week's f i g h t - ing 1 has cost the Nipponese 24,onO casual tie a. 7000 Civilians to lie Freed The Yanks could pulverize the Intrumuros and everybody In.'.id-' '.viih air power, but they nri; trying to save the civilians. A r t h u r Feldmnn of Hie blue network termed (his n possibly f u t i l e gesture; he was of the opinion the Japanese alr«ndy Jmve hilled moid of the civilians. Savagery in Manila Gen. MacArthur snid in hi* communique today that Uie enemy garrison in smith Manila, nmv compressed into an nven only 1.200 yards by 800, "Is acting w i t h the greatest savagery In his treatment of non-combatants and private property." On Corregidor, both entnincfs* of the main tunnel were blocked by explosives and Yauk.s swnrmlnj; over the topside poked t h r o u g h rubble in search nf the v e n t l l t i t i n n vent. When they find it the Japanese will be completely sealed o i l , their doom certain. Liquid fire and explosives were killing the few Japanese who managed to dash from the few remaining cervices in Banzai char- Res. 1)2,000 Jap Casualties MacArthur, describing Iho fi|:h|- ing In Manila aa s t i l l bitter, underscored Jta severity by announcing enemy casualties of 92,000 fur the six weeks of the Luzon campaign as American casualties of 12,020 2,07(i kilU-d, 2-lf missing and 10,008 wounded. MacArthur snid a survey of Manila disclosed t h a t the occupation army thoroughly looted all private possessions nf v n l i i r and apparently shipped the stolen good* to Tokyo. Bnnili Formosa, Ilonieo Heavy and medium bombers ,-it- tncekd Formosa "in I'om;" despite difficult flying comliUimH. A 1,000-tnn freighter was sunk (iff the Freneh Inilo-C'hina consl iind another was damaged. A i r - dromes on the north and cast must of Borneo were hit with 80 Ions | ; i m l :if "' !ll "'y I'Jirvai^s. of bombs. ttrt-uk up '"unter A t t u r f c s Seven Juvenile Cases Tried in Alamogordo Seven juvenile roses u«-r" t r i . - l by (bird district court o f i c l a l s t ; i AlamoRordo yesterday. A t t y W. T. SeogRln, J r . , report -il t odny m hUi return from t h " i c . An Incorrigible girl wim :eni lo he stiito wi-lfare homo, he .«a!d W o d n l l n q t i c n l boya senteinT.l i tflrmn in the s t a t e r e f o n n a t o i y . 'our Iwiyn paroled to jlirir r n r e n i s Dlst. Jiitlpo Niinin C. I-'n ii^-cr, although of I l i a ' uerr umimleil and j On Tnrau'ii In !:ile .Voveinhf-r. l i f t s . «)MH men were killed nnd I !M«:» wniindiMl. · I and roclti-t m e i l t s , pillbox.'*, hlo.-UlnMiM"'. Jind reinfoived .'-liiprj- liolcs. Muu-.-i ;uul tank triip.s \\cre p k M i t i t u l . Drive Stems fnmi No. 1 The m i i r f n e d r i v e .steimned from M n t o y n m ; i iiin'irM X.i. 1. t l i e inland's p r i z . d lioml-.-r ru-i-I . - j i p t n r ed y e s l c n l i i y noun ;;(} h^urs i'hc:ul n(h · .«trip uii t h e ;.-U;inil, I t h nf T.'ltvo. [Triml T i p V..Nun" j Other d e v i l dop.s rr.-i i p : i J i i f i i l y a n l s up t h . -' nf th id t h , . V.i! o t i n l ' r - : i l t n L ' k and ala n t i n d i r a t i o n . both w l l i i ro,'kri Mist Stanzel, ronrl T, and Julian Hnlnii, i n t e r p r e t e r , (rofffrln snid, remained over t » d n y n hnndlc some civil business. CITY OFFICES TO CLOSE City offices w i l l be cloMM nil day on WftshinKton'n birthday mi- nlversary tomorrow. City M winger Jefise Issncks iinnouiK'ed t day. · I \ S I T OX IK1 KIOIKNTS W A s ' I M N i - . T U N , K b , ?t i.Ti A r c : n ' ; " l i - n i a t . . M i of ··(»!i;»re; u i t . - r - t 111 i t « " M ' : i t i ; i ! ' a r m ·!:( \ ". it. t ' . r i " « l f i . -:i t h . - d n i f i w i m V M M - t r n I t i U t lil.Mino\vcf t - ' U l h l a t i o - i t . i - duv by the 1 miUce. riuiU) military crm-

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