Las Cruces Sun-News from Las Cruces, New Mexico on February 25, 1945 · Page 1
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Sunday, February 25, 1945
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LasC MAY SHE FLY OVEB TOKYO i Foreettt Showerf ot noil Atlr- · rlea north Sunday: 'pwtaWy «*#· LMtMHom: . . at Lu Crucea TO ' Btate Allege ..;.;...,.;....u. 17 ' -Range ...: :..«· It _ . , _ . JJPPMSS PHOTOS PB1C8 FIV| VoL 84--No. 278 ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE LAS CRUCES. NEW MEXICO. SUNDAY MOHNIN0 FEBRUARY Ji IMS YANK ARMIES Silver City Beats Cruces for Cage Title PLAIN Tularosa Takes I MARINES TAKE 'IMPREGNABLE' NIP PILLBOX Consolation Go; Virden Places 3d PERRY When New Mexico'.! 17th legls- t lature reconvenes March 10 for the second half o« the current session, It will be - confronted \vlth eight measures dealing with pensions in one form or another, an Associated PKSS survey reveals. * * * One of the DropoBed Jaws (3255), introduced by State Senator Hilario Ru1;6. San Miguel Democrat, would provide a general pension plan for officers, or other employes of any state department, bureau or ^commission, the AP said in :-e- porting results of the survey Saturday." fifteen thousand dollars annually would- he appropriated to handle the contemplated pensions. .Existing school or institutional retirement plans would not be af- Silver City · high school's Colts are district four's new basketball charnpions. . In the finals of the district tournament in Williams gymnasium at AM college last night, they defeated Las Cru- ces'Union high's Bulldogs 35 to 21, thereby taking both title and top spot in the state tournament to be held in: Albuquerque March 8, 9 and 10. ' Bulldogs AlRo In State Meet The Bulldogs, however, also will play In tne state tournament, mnce regulations of' play call for both first and second teams to represent districts in state championship matches. ' | Virden's .five, last year's state] champions, won third spot In district playoff while Tularosa won "on?olptton honors. Colts Never Headed The Colts took Oie lead In the ·first few minutes of play in last night's title go and never were headed, with Cruces cagers wild Jected. Employes or officers still in ac- ,, . . , . . f ., , service could seek re- on their basket shots. e ' At half time, the score stood 18- in Silver's faVor, a life pension on | live state tirement and slons equal: tb 50 per cent of the t employe's Vwages at the 1 tirti'e of retirement, but not to exceed $1.800 a year. . : I _ # . » - * · · · ' " · .' One house measure (H72) is de.' si(fned to revamp the schools and ' institutional retireihent plana arid consolWate them. . Participation by. the 'institutions would be optional, and to those school and in-, stitutlon employes now eligible for retirement plans would be. added . of the boarfl , direc'.or of cny full-Urns employes schools or institutions. The bill proposes a rrtircmenl «mld ..Mnploy a i;tatc retirp.ment nnd fix his . Porpor.a \voulfl. be elifriblc for reiircnicnt on reacl'Iiip 60 anil with 15 year;:' service in I ho institutions: 'ir \vhr.u rt'?u'lunir 55, y,il!i at lofisl 2a yours ut' otiuca- service credit. Wlu-n a person L-i retired after serving 20 years or moro lie wtmW be en- ] tilled to p. pension of 60 per cent j of thi? Jiverage annuM salary yald j him for fKv yearfe of full-tinie em- j payment preceding retirement. Tiie minimum pension u'oull \yf $720, the maxmiiim 51.800, j 16: Vlramontes and for'top spot for the Bulldogs with five points each. Roach and' Sti out in the third quarter. Hurlcy-CniOM FI»y Thriller American marines, invading the Jap stronghold of Iwo^Jima, Volcano islands, dig in after taking what \vas an "impregnable" enemy pillbox (center background). .Note marine in center digging foxhole and bodies, some in open, some partially covered by sand, which caption did not identify (These are fourth division marines in action Feb. 19. Photo by AP Photographer Joe Rosen^haloh assignment with wartime s},ill, : picture pool. (AP Wirephoto) Bnth IIB72 anI_anotiior mcusure, T{Br;7. jiruvid'jc! that tlie teacher retirement fund shall receive Uire: per cent of the school tax, three per cent of the schools' part of the state income tax and three per' cent 'Of the Stchoqjs' part of the mineral leasing land act fund. * * * HB72 also would have participating institutions pay three per cent of their payrolls to the fund. HB33 would amend the educational institution retirement law to provide that when a teacher or employe of any institution has served for 25 years he could be retired and pensioned at 55. The present system for educational instition, the AP report recalls, permits retirement at 60 a^ter 20 years' service, 10 of which ate at the institution retiring the individual. School teachers become eligible for retirement at 60 if Ihey have 15 years In New Mexico's public schools, the last seven yeara of which are consecutive. + * * Another measure (H176) was sftid by attorneys to be similar to one In behalf of Jose'D. Sena of Santa Fe, declared unconstitutional by the supreme court several years ago. ( It would give a $125-a-month pension to anyone who served the territory and state for 30 years, consecutive or not, and who has passed 65. * * * Another pension measure, SB- 218, was said by capltol sources to be in behalf of several retired teachers. It would amend the school om- ploycs' pension act so that, regard less of njte and detpltc the ·even consecutive years requirement, a teacher, supervisor, custodian, nurw, principal, auportn- tendent or other professional cm: (Continued on paft 2) nals the real thrill -of the-tourna- neiit was Friday night's quarter-. 'Inals game between Crucea and Hurley fives;- Crucea had drawn an easy prey m Alamogordo in first-round play, winning 55-25, while Hurley had got by with an equally easy match with Cliff ' 50-20. The teams were equally matched, with Hurley hot. Two Extra Sessions The visitors jumped off into the load in the first minute of play and held it until the last half minute-- at one time running their lead up to 13: but, in that last half minute, with the time-clock's handn touching the red, the Bull- clop; knotted Ihe count; it atill wn'a tied in a fast and furious extra-time session and a second overtime three minutw. was alloted". In that three minutes- -with two (Continued on page 8) Citizens Protest 'Slaughter' Room In Locker Plant Citizens of west . Las Cruces were preparing 1 a petition, Saturday, to be presented to the city council and health authorities protesting the construction and operation of "a slaughter house" aa a unit of the cooperative cold ntor- age locker plant now being bull^ on Hadley avenue just west of the Harvey cotton, gin. Sec Health, Odor Nuisance jMrs. ' A: E. Seybold, 902 West Bronl^e, a spokesman for the group, said they see the slaughtering unit, a part of the plant's ia:is. us a "neighborhood nui- ! sauce," from the standpoints of 1J J P-.|» rn *D] /\Q Ae hnth health and odor. Furthermore, she said, New JslBQ UlUSS Jr ICdUb r Mexico law forbids the operation For U.S. Wounded "If a wounded marine from the beaches of Iwo Jima or a infantryman from the bloody snows of the German front should knock at your door Thursday night, you would welcome him and give him every comfort at your command, wouldn't you?" asks T. J. Graham, chairman of the Dona Ana county chapter of the American Red Cross. Representatives to Call "Well, you have a date from seven to eight Thursday night, with a representative of those "It will be one of your neighbors, to be sure, but he v or she will be , the connecting link between you and the men of the armed services. "Your contribution to the 1945 Red Cross war fund drivo will help furnish aid and comfort to those soldiers just as much as if \ Continued on page 6) of a slaughter house within less' than three miles of a population center of as many as 1,000 without the written consent of town ind health authorities. The law, Mrs. Seybold said, is being quoted in the petitions. They hope, she added, to get 400 or 500 signatures to the petitions. No Odor, Say Plant Promoters The plant is being promoted and financed by the Dona Ana County Farm and Livestock Bureau. L. E. Freudenthal, a member of the committee in charge of it; insisted Saturday that there will be neither bad odor nor health menace in connection with the killing room. "Carcasses of animals killed there," he explained, "will be moved immediately to' the freezing room and the offal will be carted away each day. Furthermore no livestock will be kept at the plant; it will be brought in daily, ;"rom outlying farms, and slaughtered (Continued on page 2) EXPERIMENTS ON SHEEP, WOOL MAKE MILLION FOR GROWERS ^ By JACK GOTSHALL Six years of concentrated scientific Investigation by the experiment station and extension service of AM college and close cooperation of the sheep sanitary board and New Meilco wool growers have resulted In the increase of the average wool staple of a quarter of an Inch in length, the Increase of .6 pounds for the average fleece, grease basis, the cutting down ot shrinkage by two per cent and the Increased production of .4 r T pounds clean wool from the .iver- age New Mexico fleece, the college reports today. Million Dollar Gain And what does nil that mean in bankable money for New Mexico wool growers? Well, Fred Shaw, associate extension editor at the college, has It figured out that at presenl prices It means an Increase of 46 cents a he*d and that means the wool from tho 2,000,000 sheep In (Continued on page S) 2146 MORE ( FREED IN Ph By C. YATE i MANILA, P, 1, Feb. 24 (AF sion from the sky, .by land an territory at dawn yesterday, guerrillas brought relief and oelligerent captives ih the cr Banos, 30 miles south of Manil . Marines Capture Half of Airfield In Bloody Battle By ELMONT WATTE U. S. PACIFIC FLEET HEADQUARTERS, Guam, Sunday, Feb 25-- (#-- Three marine divisions driving straight into the face of the most modern weapons Japan has yet employed in the Pacific and over a maze of long-built defenses, captured half of the enemy's last airfield on Iwo Saturday afternoon. Pushing their lines north to encompass nearly the whole south half of the island, they ground out gains of 300 to 500 yards. But it was paid for in blood every inch of the way past pillboxes, 30 to 40 feet deep, wnlch had to be knocked out. Pass Turning Point Marines launched on attack from the southwestern tip of the airdrome, supported by tanks heavy artillery and naval barrages and diving carrier planes. The Yanks were slowly gaining ground but they were stil running into terrific resistance from Japanese artillery, infanto and automatic weapons. But however slow and painfu the marine advance was, the Americans appeared to have reached the turning point in thei conquest of the island, to have passed the crucial day. Supplies, Fresh Troops Land The unloading of supplies i continuing and their rate o movement across the beaches 1 considerably improved in spite o the surf created by recent south easterly weather. Friday afternoon, MnJ. Gen Graves B. Ersklnc's third marln division, landed during a crillca hour Wednesday, fought on t the south tip of the two-runwa] Motqyoma airfield No. 2. It Is the lost usable airfield 01 the Island In enemy hands. Th big bomber base known os Mo toyama airfield No. 1 was captur (Continued on page 8) +Sl»y Japs to Lost Man ' ; Ih writing the fourth heroic act in the drama of liberation in the Yanks Liberate City of Manila; Nips Slaughtered Shatter Defenses Roer River On 22-Mile Front .i By JAMES M. LONG jbONBON, Sunday-, Fete ZT(AP) -The Aroeriwjltfit fcid ninth armies plunged, nearly fiye miles across the Colpgne fl»ia beyond the shattered Roer river defense Jine yesterday, engulfing 30 towns arid villages and capturing thousands p£ thp.Qerman West bank Rhine force which Gen. Eisenhower aetilafjij'hfe was going to destroy. · .. · .' At dusk on the'second day of the powerful push--by German account "the; greatest Offensive Eisenhower has ever staged"--American ipearljeads were 12 miles,from the western Ruhr basin and 19 from Cologne, and had won half,of the Sber river bastion of Dueren. . · · ·· · ' · 'Eisenhower confidently told a prtss conference: " tack.^ progressing as favorably as cah be expected. I Expect tb destroy'every German west of th£ Rhine and in'the ire* ih which we are attacking." , . ' . . . . · ' " : The thunderous battle flamed along a 22-mile frbnt. Masted artillery Was smashing German villages ih the |ath (n..t)ie surgihij ground forces, and battle planes bombed and maeh.lhe gunned eolumns of Germans trying t6 reach the front.. Rail traffic was paralyzed. Tactical air farces on the continent Jlew «315 sorties during the day, destroying thousands of Geftnan vehicles on the highways and.hundreds oflocbmo- tfvfes and freight cars on railways behind the front. BuiV.ReeervM from South ~ A late report said that Marshal von Ruhdstedt was rushing German reserves from the south into die tattle, on the approaches to Dusseldorf ,and Cologne. Other than this report there still was no sign that the enemy was ready to make a new stand. U. Qen, Wlllam H. Blmpson'n nth army on the north flank of the offensive gained momentum after smashing through Baal, 12 miles south-west of Muenchen aiadbachj and Industrial city ot 200,000 at the western fringe of the Ruhr, Astride Stmb-jio Bull Une , High ground was seized beyond Baal and Simpson's troops were astride. Uife railway to Muenchen Oladbach. They were 25 irilles from the blfe Ruhr center of' Dusscl-, dorf. · Three miles to the southeast troops' of the 102nd division captured Hottorf, five miles north of MANILA, Sunday, Feb. 2B UPI' American-held Juelich. -Manila, strewn with the bodies of i The Brussels radio said that ' more than 12,000 Japahesc, was completely liberated Saturday -three weeks to a day after the Yanka first entered it. The death gaap of the enemy's .fanatical garrison was emitted Allied forces had entered Galcar, tin objective of the Canadian first (Continued on page B) Philippines, 1,500 men of the llth .within the centuries--old wall airborne division and American- j the Intramuros whore 3,000 fright- led Filipinos siew the Japanese | ened and torturned civilians wore cStnp guard to tho last man and irnscucd--a day nfter thn dramatic within a matter of hours carried ilichlnrf-tlio-llncs lilini-at'.m ot 2,- io safety 1,580 Americans, 329 j 14(1 civilians Southrnst of the. city Britons, 56 Canadians, 33 Austra-j;it Los Binos. liana, 89 Dutch, 22 Poles, 10 Nor- j ;),,,,,,,,,,,,,. ,,,,,, oorrlmm Dona Ana County Man Last Known in Banos George Gray, son of Kir. ami Mrs. O. W. Gray, of La Mesa, was last heard from at Log Banos prison camp In the Philippines. He was legal adviser to the high commissioner, Francis V Sajrc, at Uic outbreak of the war. . Indirectly, word come of him M late as last December. Hitler Galls for Suicide Defense By JOHN F. CHESTER LONDON, Feb. 24--1*1--Adolf Hitler called on Germany today for « suleldo fight and warned that "whoever is weak falls and Russians Drive Toward Hearitif Burning Breslau By JAMES F. WNQ l.ONTON. Smulny. Feb. ZB.i^l -- U;mnji. tihork troops, driving, to within three miles or trie heart of burning Brcslnu, yesterday hurled tho enemy out of 16 more blocks in tilt Slleslan capital, while other aoifiet forces pushed to within' '38 mile's nouth of 'Danzig. . , i; Wont dispatch aaid th»t Red army troops also had ·rnaahed In growing strength acroaa the Neiwe rlvir and were threatening Cott- tius, big mil center 47 mites from Berlin, but Moscow officially has nut cnnflrnvd (his Important deye- I'lpinmt whfr!i threatens to turn Uv! veich capitiir.i ejiaiern defenses nlotig the shilcmntrd Oder river weiglans, 16 Italians, one Frenchman and one Nlcaraguan. Only two of the captives were wounded In the brief battle at the camp and in the running fight with snipers which followed. Two of the rescuing force were killed and two wounded. Paratroopers Pace attack The attack was opened when the (Continued on page 6) Los Banos Housed Prison Overflow 3AN FRANCISCO, Feb. 24--UFI «Lo» Banoa Internment camp In the Philippines Islands, from which 2,146 civillana were rescued today, was opened by the Japanese In May, 1943 to relieve the excessively crowded camp at Santo Tomsji In Manila. It was the first civilian camp (n the Philippines to fall Into the hands of brutal Japanese f-endar- mes, said Ray Cronln. chief .of the former Associated Preas bureau In Manila and former Internee at Loa Hanoi. Husbanda or many or the women previous rescued at Santo Tomu are probably among those (Continued on page 2) C n m - f n r i ' i J Y n n X n nf Maj. Gon. P.oht. 5*. tVuvhtl'M'fl ""th and MnJ. den. Verne D. Mudgc'.s first cavalry divisions, the first to enter Mnnila, slnughter6d tjie las,t .jre- mnants of an enemy garrison orlcc estimated at 20,000. Many more enemy dead remain to he counted in the fire- scarred and rubble-strewn city; Final victory crowned a battle ao bitter that at times Americans were fighting on one floor of a building against Japanese above .hem or in tho basement. Battle Room to Room Two-man tommyglin teams could be seen darting Into a nibble-filled building entrances, spraying: the hallways and firing bursts as thoy proceeded from room to room. Behind the second wave of doughboys came sappers removing mines from tho approaches, and behind them were bulldozers clearing the rubble for tanks. American artillery laid down a rolling barrage Inside the walled city ahead of the doughboys. Spare Civilian Lives (Continued on page fi) UlHl W l l u f c v f l IB "».»« »...-.. -must perish." Hitler' sent this message to 'a Munich celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the formation of his .national socialist program, the Berlin radio said. He made no personal oppearance, pleading pressure of affairs. He told the party old guard: "The very last ounce of strength must be thrown into the battle with utmost fanaticism and stubborn steadfastness." Hitler described Germany as an "unshakable community of people" and predicted an "historical turning point" in the war would come this year. Hitler denounced what he called the "devilish coalition" marshaled against Germany and appealed to a "merciful God" who, he said, "gives strength to a mnn In the difficult times when his life is at stake." He threatened death to anyone who "shows himself to be 'a coward or who even sabotages (h? fight;" anyone who does not Join the Volkssturm (home guard) would be annihilated, he warned. HOW LONG GERMANS CAN TAKE IT DEPENDS ON NERVES IN RAIDS By JEBJB ORANBERG (Sn-alluli Netmrmper Corre«rKn- dent who recently returned to Btockhlom from Berlin) Written for the Associated Proin: Copyright, 1948, by the Associated PrcM. STOCKHOLM, F«b. Z4-- While tho German homo front haa held together irntler Null' lroh.*frlp. the big question now It whether the nerves of thu people-- reduced to th« burnt neceulttes of life--can continue to sUnd up under w Allied 'bombing* and the threat of the Russian advance. . Berllntrs nowadays actually are very tough In respect to bombings. Not evMl the devastating effects of the large scale American *lr attack on Feb. 3 could make them forget the atlll greater and Imminent danger outside the eautern gate) of Berlin. I WM In Berlin during Unt grxU American attack. Whim the first bomb« came, the ground heaved, lights nickered. (Continued on paf« V) Sulmrt Thf rn.uliiK h n t t i o in Brrolr:i'' ' ."tm-lH u u i til' 1 main' ov«nt men- liounl hy M.WI-.IW.' ami In tiiHr .'mm.Hli InVu th- iinijluorn port pt' tho bombnrOi-J city the Russians captured Ihi' miljurb of Oltnacllln. thrre nnd o I m i r . miles mvay. In wno nf tlie briefest commnni- iui'« iff.wA sliii-i' Uic rtus.iimn njiirm'il their winter rt'fcnBlyc .fnii 12, Mn.scow ntiii)iir.'.uM ,iltfiUt ;;niti.s m (loriiuin Puim'rnnia near the Polish frontier .and the capture nf nine more localities In the shrinking Nazi pocW «outnYfeat of Kocnlgsberg, besieged Prussian capital. · ; ' ; AatouH Mount, In Intenrttj- The assault on Breslnu, Germany's eighth largest city of 630,000 population, mounted In Intensity and an enemy broadcast aald that In a wild melee In the streets one Soviet force had penetrated to the neighborhood of the German barracks deep Inside the (Continued on page 5) Sees Nazis Fight Till Destroyed By EDWARD KENNEDY PARIS, Feb. 24--UP) -- Gen. Elsenhower today declared the Germans might fight on -- even with shiall arms after their war plants are lost--until the western Allies arid Russians meet "in the center of Germany." The new Allied offensive is aimed at reaching the Rhine and destroying all Germans before that river, he said, and It is progressing satisfactorily. But the Allied supreme commander made It clear he had no hope of any Imminent German cofapse, declaring: "It tho German continue* to show the spirit he has now, there Is only one way he can be beaten --the Allied armies must me*' the Russian armies In the ctnter ol Germany." the enemy's loss of Silesia, the ftuhr and the Saar would deprive It of means to carrj on or- lanlted modern war, tlwnhowtr MMtd, but even then the Owrnins might still obtain ·mall-am*. "1 expect to deatroy «vtr» O»r- man weat ot the Rhine and In the UrM In which we art atiMklnC" h» told correspondents.

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