Las Cruces Sun-News from Las Cruces, New Mexico on March 4, 1945 · Page 1
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Sunday, March 4, 1945
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MAY SHE Fit OVER TOKYO tiewjnauco THE WZA' Forecast: Fair Sunday tad Monday; no important change In temperatures. Last 21 Hours: High Low Las Cruces .................... 53 29 State College ................ 57 23 Jornado Range .............. 61 23 ^OCIA^^iii^ASED WIRE LASCRUCftS. NEW MEXICO. SUNDAY MOHKING MARC8M945 ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOS PRICE FIVS CBNTS BROKEN N»Z1 MMIES FLEE .CROSS RHINE By WALLACE PEMIY Las Cruces residents, no doubt, are beginning to believe that "drives" on the home front are coming as thick and fast as, offensives against the now-almost- helpless Germans--and that they arc lust about as helpless. + + * First there was the drive for this year's Community Fund --,to finance Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Servicemen's Recreation Center. Close on its heels, the Red Cross War Fund. And now. as Red Cross solicitors retire from the field, a week's campaign for memberships in the newly-organized Community Coni cert Assn. » + * But the first two of the series were donations, to help others; the new appeal is a "help your, self." * * » Red Cross in LC. Within m ol Its mi Goal Las Cruces was $882.82 short of its $10,500 Red Cross war fund- goal Saturday night. . Subscriptions totalled $9,617.18 when Harry Schmidt, city chairman, and Tom Graham, head of the county drive, made their final check for the day. Confident of Quick Success "But we feel very optimistic,' Schmidt said. '.'There are a lot of people who havenf been contacted as we were unable to locate them during the one-hour drive Thursday night, and so far our clean-up (crews have not been able to see In these days of.wartime restrictions, gasoline antl tire shortages, juke boxes and soap operas, ftond entertainment has becom" almost ' as acutely rationed OS boi'f .inn butler. Thr- newly orcani-ocl Las Cnlfc Coir.munirv" Conwrt Assn. nn.-. bc,-n fornwi lo renic-jy, = o m « v m a . 1 tni-t situation -and it's with thiu objective in mind .that its Avork- . ers, this week, will solicit mem-: bcrships--not only in Las Cruces but throughout the county. + * ·* · The community conoert plan, , now in operation in 365 communities of the United States, is one whereby memberships are solicited ' during the-spring months--for the purpose of fixing a definite budget--and, through the Community 1 Concert Service of Columbia Concerts Inc., artists of national re- known--singers, dancers, pianists, violinists, ballets or musical en-, sembles--are engaged for a con. cert series the following fall and winter. The size of the association s bud' get--the number of its memberships, or membership fees--determines the number of concert pro' grams, as well as the personnel of the performers; but money enough , -or a minimum of three concerts .nust be raised or there will be no series. + * * Even though the Las Cruces , concert series might be limited, however, there la this advantage for Cruces memberships: Holders of membership cards here may attend as many community concerts as they care to In El Paso--or any other town where community series are offered. Before wartime rationing cut travel, 60 to 75 residents of the Las Cruces-State College area had . held memberships in El Paso's Community Concert Assn.; with a Las Cruces association in operation and these same persons hold, ing memberships in it, they could attend double the number of concerts for the same money. · » * * Albuquerque, also, has a community concert association -- af have Santa Fe. Las'vVogas, Roswell, CIovls, Carlsbad, Gallup and Tucumcari. Carlsbad's association was organized only last year--with 1,050 members; Gallup has 800. Tucum carl 400--near the minimum foi success. * * * If Carlsbad, Gallup and Tucam cari can afford such a series, I se. little, of any, reason for failure o the plan in Las Cruces. ! them. Graham said he felt sure the | quota would be reached and sug Igested that persons whose sub 'scriptions have not yet been tak I en mail them to Red Cross head quarters. First National Bonk bldg. "We'll continue until we get th ' money.'" Mr. Schmidt said. Falroeres First Over To Falracres goes the honor of being the first county district to ma!:e Its final report--$17.92 over its pnal of $400. j Interest in the campaign ran lh;ph in the city, many families. I irvniw and individunls piing ali it with their s'.iiiscr'ptirais. i (Irnhari callort special a t t e n t i o n to Mr. s;i'I Mrs. Julian Silvn. S2S Kn.-.t Ov^an. -.v'nn, -,vith a.Fon. Al- I'nd. in tlw a r m y :u t l n l y . and a d:!ii(,'hti'r....,Iy':it!ili», in Uj«. army huso at D'-minii, (?··"'!· JUKI from fiin-ii; llu:y l:;ui saved. An ago couple, long past work ISO U. S, Prisoners Massacred, Burned In Palawan Island By BICHABD BEBOHOLZ GENERAL MACABTHBB'S HEADQUARTERS, L a I o n, March 8--(ft--The massacre of 180 American war prisoners by the Japanese constabulary at Puerto Prlncwsa, Palawan Island, was officially annourifced tonight by Gen. Douglas MacArthur. In a special press release the general said "additional evidence" had be«n uncovered by the Tank 41st Infantry division at the Puerto Prlncewa prison camp substantiating »torie» that the Japanese threw gasoline In on the helpless Americans, ignited It and then machine-gunned or bayonetted any who tried to floe. At least five of the Americans escaped and reached American lines. The press release said "human bones and bits of charred cloth- Ing covered by a layer of dirt and rubble were found In one of the air-raid shelters near the barracks, mute testimony of the wholesale slaughter." Corp. Elmo D. Deal, of Tuba City, Calif., who was captured on Bniaan In 1942 and taken to the Palawan prison camp, revealed details of the massacre. ing age; they said: "Our son "wrote us of the marvelous work of the said to be sure to give to support said to be sure to give to suppor it." . 7-Year-old Writes Check Little Buzzy Burrls, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. O. Burrls, 128 Wllloghby, astounded collectors when he pulled out his check book and calmly wrote a check for $5 out of his own funds in the bank. (Continued'on page 4) World to Improve, Teachers Told Weekends In Europe or South America were envisaged by Dr. Floyd Golden as proof that the postwar world will be a smaller world, when he addressed Dona Ana county teachers at the association meeting yesterday. Discussing postwar education, he predicted great changes in the educational set-up; we need closer integration between church, home and school, he said. He also mentioned finance. "Two percent of our sales tax all our children in New Mexico are worth," he said. "We ought to be willing to invest more In our outh." Miss Eugenia White, chairman f the legislative committee, pre- ented a report on legislation, as concerns education; the report, avoring certain bills and oppos- ng others, was accepted. State Senator James Brewster, nd Reps. Calla Eylar Wolfe and . V. Boyd discussed in more de- ail the proposed legislation. Ruth Boyd presented the secre- ary's report; Ruth Nees, associa- lon president, presided. Inter-American Parley Pledges Frontier Safety By TLORA LEWIS MEXICO CITY, March 3--W-The Inter-American conference here today guaranteed the terri torial integrity and the indepep dence of each American republic backed by the armed power of the hemisphere. Modified ny TT. 8. The Act of Chapultepec, modi fied by the United States from thi original document combining pro posals from Colombia, Uruguaj and Brazil, was approved by th commission on inter-American at fairs. Passage by the Conference in plenary session is now a formal ity, as the 20 nations partlcipatin ore all represented on the commis The pledge will take effect 1m mediately when the act is signed, MacArthur Bids For South Luzon In Islands Grab By JAMES HUTCHESON MANILA, Sunday, March 4 AP) -- Gen. MacArthur made jis opening bid Saturday for the major port of Legaspi and air bases on southeastern Luzon by sending troops ashore at dawn on. two nearby is lands--the 19trrand 20th invasions of the Philippines cam- Seizes Two More Islands Protected by warships and planes, Yanks of the veteran America! division seized Ticao and Burlas in the Sibuyan sea in a move to force the Japanese either to quit Luzon's BIcol peninsula or face destruction there. Forty-five-mile long Burlas am 25-mile long Ticao, both narrow to width, also further dominate the short shipping route through ] San Bernardino strait and Verde j passage to Manila from the Unit- i cd States. They are on the west; side of BIcol peninsula. Legaspi, vith its fine port, la on the east ide. · ·olloivs Lubang Seizure MacArthur said Bicol peninsula onstituted the eastern anchor of he Japanese hold on south Luzon and the two invasions threaten it vith envelopment. Riiruis is !7! milf'.l southeast of Manila. Ticno 250 miles. The tv;o new seizures followed (Ulckly the earlier occupation ot j'jlir.r.g IslnnJ. T5 milrp .i"uUi'A-i;st if Manila bay. whirl; e'irlv Sat- inlay hud Iven IIMOUJU.-?'! n « oo- v.rring Thursday. FLAG-RAISING PICTURE ATOP MT. SURIBACHI Associate Justice lo Sii for Cruces Judge Justice Thomas J. Mnbry ha been appointed by chief Justlc Daniel K. Sadler to open the Marc term ot court at Carrlzozo Mon day In place of Judge Numa C Frcnger who has been 111 with slight case of flu. 1 Judge Frengor expects to be 1 back on the bench March 12 for trial of jury cases. Despite hU Illness, he has tran- ' sacted a number of court matters the past week hero. The Road to Berlin By ASSOCIATED PRESS 1. Eastern front: 32 miles (from Zcllln). 2. Western front: 285 miles (from Rhine opposite Duessel- lort). S. Italian front: 544 mile* (from river). meumi-eiji wiitu *-" ~ -~ _ probably at the last meeting: of the conference on Wednesday. Historic on Two Points Delegates considered it historic in two ways. The Act of Chapultepec is the most far-reaching pact ever reached in this hemisphere to enforce peace and it seta a precedent for the United Nations conference in San Francisco of combining security agreements wltti boundary assurances. The act obliges each American state to contribute to a joint action against any aggression in this hemisphere or Invasion from beyond the seas.' Shift to U. S. Needs The main change from the original declaration was to base the obligation on the United Nations' war effort at present and to provide for a permanent treaty later. This was done primarily to fll constitutional needs of the United States, since a permanent commitment would require senate ratification. The President, under the special war powers act, has the authority to direct U. S. arm ed might during the emergency. Completes Key Positions The western end 6T 'a 300-mile passag|3, through which Manila can be supplied and Luzon transformed Into a hug« military base facing Asia, was opened by veteran 24th division troops which seized Lubang Thursday. Maj. Gen. Frederick A. Irving': Tanks overwhelmed "neglible re sistance" on the 18-by-18 mile Is land at the western exit of Verd passage, the 18th Philippines Is land MacArthur has invaded. "This completes the capture o all key positions through San Ber nardlno straits- and Verde Islan passage," today's communique re ported. Four Others Liberated Within a little over a week, tha route was cleared by invasion f Verde island, east of Lubang, nd Capul and Blrl islands guard- ng the eastern end of the sea (Continued on page 6) Blow Up Bridges In Attempt to Check Pursuit By JAMES M. LONG PARIS, Sunday, March 4 (AP) -- The broken remnants of three German armies were fleeing across the Rhine last night strongly pursued by the newly-linked American ninth and Canadian first armies. It was announced at Allied headquarters that the enemy first parachute army and 15th army had been destroyed as organized fighting forces. Chaos Along Approaches Chaos was declared to exist .(long the approaches to the Wesel hridges where the battered survi- es of i« s writ; i- ;t:'.d drnjTt:i e-powerful arm-iv.. -pinff on the river Mj; w'.th them the st!U- H^-Vtl «fMfl ami ends -lifil i ' t ^ t h I'-' 1 "-' r itrinv. Sir* i' ltrh - A!li\, brink, The New York Sun March 1 displayed on its front page this now-famous nag-raising picture taken atop Mount Suribach on Iwo Jima by Associated Press Photographer Joe Rosenthal--wiln added "Siprit of "76" treatment from the painting of that title by Archibald Willard. The Sun's display an idea originating with Edmond Barlnett, city editor of the Sun, said In its Caption: THE SPIRIT OF '76 MARCHES ON "The photograph of American Marines planting the Stars and Slrlpcs alop Mount Surllmchl, Iwo Jima, prove, that the spirit of '70 has not perished and that the courage and bravery of tile present-day American soldier Is reminiscent of thai of the warrior who fought for Liberty In the Hc- volutlonary war. To represent the analogy a reproduction of the Historic and '"sP'rlng painting "The Spirit of '76" by Archibald M. Willard, Is presented. The photograph of the Flag Raising by Marines of the Z8th regiment, 5th division, was taken by Joe Rosenlhal of the Associated Press, and It Is regarded as one of the outstanding pictures of the present war." In Washington March 1 Hep. Hendrlck (D-FP ""Id he had Introduced a bill authorizing cra tion of a monument in Washington as a tribute to the Marine Corps and providing that Mosenthal's picture be used as a model" because I do not believe any product or the mind of the artist could equal this photograph in action." ALAMO C OF C ELECTS ALAMOGORDO, March 3--lift --A. P. Grldcr. manager of th Community Public Service, was re elected this week as president o the Alamogordo chamber of com merce. 3ombers Return To Tokyo Attack WASHINGTON, March 3--#·-- More than 160 Superfortresses truck Tokyo today for the eleventh time. The huge force struck in day- Ight against targets described as strategic In the urban areas of :he Japanese Capital, an announcement of 20th air force headquar- :ers here said. The group flew up from the Marianas Island bases of the 2lst aomber command of Maj. Gen Curtis E. Lemay. An earlier announcement from Pacific headquarters said that, in Thursday's raid on the Ryukyu islands, 41 enemy aircraft were destroyed, 60 more destroyed or damaged, a desfVbyer, six small cargo ships, two medium cargo ships, and four other small vessels wore sunk, probably sunk were one medium cargo ship, six small coastal cargo ships and six lug- Dinner to Open Concerts Drive; List Directors A week's campaign to recruit members in the newly organized Las Cruces Community Concert Assn. will be formally opened at a dinner meeting of officers, committee chairmen and workers to be held in the Tortugas grill at 7 p. m. Monday, it was announced last night. 15 to 100 Expected Mrs. G. L. Quthrie. dinner chairman, had completed arrangements Saturday morning. ' Mrs. Wm. S. Erwin. general chairman of the campaign, at the aame time estimated that the number attending will be 75 to 100: she and Mrs. Covey B. Baker co-chairman, Yanfc Shell Taps Silver Jackpot MANILA, March 3 -- A 25th division artillery battery firing on suspected Japanese positions near Rizal the other day hit the jackpot with a 105- mm. shell. A veritable geyser of silver spouted up as the shell exploded Silver coins showered down on troops several hundred yards away. The shell had struck a cache of Filipino pre-war stiver, including some U. S. money. The cash, scooped up Into sand bags after Americans captured the area, required two trucks to haul to the sixth army finance officer who began a hunt for the owners. mem Japanese radio had pre- gers. The - _ r vioualy announced the attack, reporting that 600 aircraft had participated nnershlp still were enlisting -solicitors by telephone, however, and the cxacl number had not been determined Director List Completwl Announcement also was rnadi Saturday of the new association' board of directors personnel--af ter telephone contacts had been completed and acceptances obtain ed from directors chosen at Ih earlier organization meeting. Directors are: Edwin Mechem, John W. Branson, Mrs. George Krcnger. Mrs. Fred Daniels, the Rev. Lawrence Gaynor, the Rev. (Continued on page 6) CORRALITOSRANCH HAS A SPRING CROP FOR SALE; ITS QUARTER-HORSE COLTS. POPULAR N. M. BREED v , * - · - * By MARGARBT PAGE HOOD Fifty frolicsome quarter-horse ·oils arc In from the Corralltos range these days being gentled, a ·mre sign of spring, according to Harvey Blsaell. These fifty fine quarter-horse colts comprise one of the outstanding crops o( the Bslsull ranch. First, because they represent a good profitable business transaction; second, because they are iscll theory-namely, that New Mexico can establish for Itself a reputation for fine Quarter-horse production. Two or three of these 1944 colts were sold at a good figure when they were only a few months old, and arc now being held for deliver. The otlicrs stwted to sell two or three weeks ago. and already $4,500 worth of excellent quarter- horse colts hav« found n«w own- nla; the lot destined for Texas will be shown at the Forth Worth show; the balance will be sold In New Mexico. A second group of horses, Including two 2-year old stallions, five yearling horse colts, and two yearling filly colts are being groomed at the Corralltos for the Kl Paso horse show to be held April 5-0. tion; seconu, oe*.«uB« in»j ».v ..-.-- -liver. The others started to sell twocrs. Two lots are going to Callfor- District Attorneys Oppose Practice Ban SANTA FE. March 3-l/D - Legislation to bar district attorneys from private practice received emphatic opposition today from Uie New Mexico organization^ of prosecuting officials. One of the pending bills In the legislature would prohibit private practice and Increase salaries of prosecutors from *3,700 a year to $5.000. The meeting named David W. Order Strikers Back to Work WASHINGTON, March 3--1*1- Union lenders agreed today to or der resumption of work Monday by Detroit strikers whose week long walkout has stopped som war production and imperllei more. The pledge came on an agree men! that strikers In the Chrysle Corp., whose plants arc principal ly affected, will not face reprisals that the eight men whose dla charges proripltlltod the walkm will go through grievance ma chlnery and that production rat rcqulri-rnonls will be submitted t arbitration. Mike Xnvnk, the union's presl dent, ralli'd a meeting for Sunda night and snlil \v would try to ge the men to ngrei 1 A total of more than 24.000 nr affected by Ihc Chrysler strikes 18,743 strikers and 5.7M laid i for lack of parts plus 10,150 id at Rrlggs Manufacturing Co. hnffifl Show to 1)0 n*)lu fturn u-w. .*« ......-... n The,e will p obably be sold while C.rmody of Santa F pre» den to they »r« at th« .how. according j succeed Qulney Adams of Albu(Continued on p'fe i) qucrque. H.YINO BOMBS FLY AOAIX LONDON, March 3--W--O« man flying hnmbi were direct against Britain In d.yllght tod for the first lime since last fall. i n.MUiniito BridgtM. n.\, f . v r l h V r M i M H J i Hi" -\v nil the R h i n e bi £ey Pomeranian 'owns Captured; 3 rovince Is Splil By JAMES F. KINO LONDON, Sunday, March 4 -*)- -Red army forces toppled the ey Pomeranian strongholds of ollnow and RummeUburg yc»- Tday in their powerful Baltic reakthrough which Berlin Bald ad reached the sea near Koealln, iu.s splitting the German pro- Itice and tightening a trap on timorous enemy divisions in the tolp-Gdynla-Diinzig areas to the orthcast. Simultaneously, Berlin said, cle- icntfl of four other Soviet jirmles ,i the southwest opened an all- ut assault toward the Pomeran- oji capital of Stettin. SIIJ-H Gftrniaii Line Broken Moscow clothed in a security blackout the oxact extent of the lovlet penetration northward in omcrnnln, but AP Correspondent ^Idy Gllmorc said in a dispatch rom the Russian capital that Mar- hnl Konstlntin K. Uokosnavaky's wedge driven between Rummels- ;urg and Bublllz southeast of Koo- alln "has broken the German's line nfl a lino." By Gorman account, Russian armored spearheads cut across (he Danzig - Stettin communications ·Hist of Kooslln, seven milos from ' he Baltic roM»t. J.mntmrd Vltnl Rail Unn Three Russian spearheads wore labbing for KnfMtn and the port )f Kolberp, 24 mile* to the west. Tanks drove the wedge between Rurnmelflburp and RuhUtz. S!or- lovikn and m f d l u m bnmbi»r« rans* il ahead of MM-M- mobile units in good flying weather. Long range guns hammered the ·onntal railway running westward from PanZlR". found Ko?nlKB.MTR, Bre»la« Snulhweiit of the Knst Prussian capital of Koonlgsberg Russian unltfl battled furiously renting German troops. The German high command »ald a Russian brrak- , through attempt wiw stemmed H that area noar Xinten. i" I V.'nliM^cr,, f H l k - i i K n ' i v U l . oi\ t i i o :r,t- i'ir.'j nu;.'v!'hlKli^ i'N . i , H . l : ; i n - A u : ( i u T n i juiif u v n t l y inij'ipi'il sizable 'f t w o (Ic niian armies. IH .si';!h'il Gormana In ill-.nlrrly flight west-Muil Louard the Rhine. The Uerdingen highway leada on lo the big port of DuUburg. Crowd In on Cologno Kather north unoUicr U. 8. division w:-.a -.vitbin eight miles of the IIombiTg bridge near Duisburg. Father south the U. 8. first irmy struck to wlUUn four miles of Cologne, fourth city of the .-eich, by reaching Poulheim, and was within 12 miles of Bonn. Two American armies and the Jonadlan army now had ft solid front from Xantcn near the lower Rhine bend to Bonn, shoving Germans In pellmcll retreat acroa* the river. Report Gcrmana In Kout The German retreat In face of swift Allied advances lost all semblance af order, and enemy troops were frantically attempting to scurry across the Rhine by ferries, small boats and a few bridges In a life or death race to escape, a front dispatch said. The Canadians and Americans joined on a road between Gcldern and Kevclacr. One Berlin broadcast declared the Allies had not succeeded in destroying the two German armies--the 15Ui army and first parachute army--between Zanten and Cologne. There were entirely unconfirmed reports that some U. 9- units already had crossed the Rhine. Wrrok Alllrtl-nnlH Span Br ilges in thi Ductiacldorf area ' err w r r ' - V r - l *t. th" 1 ninth nrrny ·-v.-ppt "i i n i h r rlv^r i.r . , ) ; , ' ;; - ' . . ^ ' · · \\ . l l t h r A11101'- .can ninth army »»rK c at the Rhine, but their destruction hampered escape of German remnants rolled up In the victorious battle west of the great river. The Rhine at t h a t point Is I.ISO ri-tfi widii. Tin 1 hrldKi'fl were demolished late Friday night and eavly Saturday. AP Correspondent Wea A Berlin broadcast Saturday afternoon *»U1 bitter fighting was raging near Ncusi" for the brldKo acroM the Rhine." Captured NflUa* It (h* wcntern bank auburb of shell-wrftCked Ducaacldorf,

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