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Cruces Beats Carlsbad £6-23 for State Basketball Title MAY SHE FLY OVER TOKYO LasCr News HKfauxitr DUE* mt siumuf-HOisfttPUL seAvwa SQUTMH new mexico THE WEATHER Forecast: Fair Sunday and Monday; no Important change in temperature. Last 21 Hours: Hl|* Low Lias Cruces 78 37 State College 75 80 Jornado Range 75 25 ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE LAS CRUCES. NEW MEXICO, SUNDAY MORNING MARCH 11, 1945 ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOS PRICE FIVE GBNTS YANKS SLASH NAZI POCKETS WEST OF RHINE By WALLACE PBBRY For 14 years, residents of Las Crucea and other communities in Dona Ana county--sometimes, in pre-ration years, ranging to the number of 100 or more -- have Journeyed to El Paso to attend community concerts which were being presented there, during that time, by El Paso'a Community Concert Assn. Nobody seems to have even thought of Las Cruces as "big enough" to support such a series by nationally-renowned artists -until Lucile Thompson, representative of Community Concert Service, a division of Columbia Concerts, Inc., came to town unexpectedly, week before last, looked prospects over and decided to try. Even then, many civic leaders doubted the possibilities -- until they heard that three New Mexico towns smaller than Cruces-Carlsbad, Gallup and Tucumcarl--had succeeded in such ventures. * * * But when, a few days later, a Community Concert Assn. was organized here, more than 100 women volunteered to serve as membership solicitors, a number of men joined actively in the "sales" campaign and. when the drive closed at noon Saturday, 939 members had been signed--and paid for-728 ol them adults, 211 student members. * * * , El Paso'* Community Concert Assn. started with fewer memberships; Albuquerque's association, organized about the same time, with less than half Las Graces' 939! * * * -Personal credit for success of the campaign must go to Mrs. Wm. S. Erwin, general chairman, and the corps of women workers she organized to perform the task of solicitation. Aside from the actual work that 'was done, however, chief credit is due the spirit of community cooperation now evident in Las Cruces and the county as a whole. * * * Maybe we can credit the war ior that.' * * * It developed first in war bond and Red Cross drives; it "slopped over" into Community Fund and Community Concert campaigns. * * * The over-subscription of Community Concert memberships also is a tribute to county residents' appreciation for the better things of life. . And that tribute goes much deeper than the actual number of concert subscribers; hundreds of Cruces residents Who couldn't afford to pay membership fees expressed sympathy with the movement, happiness over the fact that Cruces could finance such a scries. Concerts Drive Fills Auditorium; Select Artists Las' Cruces' newly-organized Community Concert Assn. Has "over-sold" its maximum membership estimate and, at a meeting of artists' committee and executive committee last night, the artists who are to appear in a series of concerts here next autumn and winter were selected. Dates of the concerts, however, will not be available until itineraries are arranged by Community Concert Service late in the summer or early autumn. Goal's 900; Get 939 Executive committee members and workers, at the opening dinner Monday night, had set 900 as a possible goal--a figure based on the estimated capacity of Junior high ^chool auditorium, where the concerts are to be presented though school officials said enougr additional seats could bo placed to accommodate 1.000; workers got, instead, a total of 939. Mrs. Wm. Erwln, campaign chairman, reported that 728 of them are adult memberships, 211 student memberships. It had taken headquarters workers almost four hours--after the campaign closed at noon -- to record and segregate membership lists. Four Numbers In Series The concert series selected by the association's artists' u committee--which was accepted, as recommended, by the executive com(Continued on page 2) HE'S THRU WITH RUGGED LIFE Jim White says he's just about done all he can toward explore-' tion of his beloved Carlsbad'Caverns, but hankers for a little jaunt into Arizona or California. There's no chance of his returning to his native Texas, says Jim who admits he's not up to the rugged life he remembers In Mason county. (Story on Page 2). \ SI Hunt Suspects in Crucifixion; Him Peace Propaganda CHICAGO, March 10 -- /P -Three unidentified men, principals in the first cnrcilixion n Chlago police history, were hunted bj police and state's attorney's officers today as they sought to solve the mysterious and weird case. Police said they had evidence that Fred Walchcr. 46. found yesterday nailed td a huge cross beneath an elevated railway structure, apparently was the victim of his own Idea to gain attention for a world peace scheme. j The officers, said assistant I state's attorney Wilhcrt F. Crowley, learned that Walchcr. Austrian born lens grinder and porter, ; apparently had offered only "par- i slve resistance" to being nailed I to a cross and that he had known ! a crucifixion had been arranged. · IirsHAM) ASKS DIVORCE | Suit for divorce was filed in the j third district court Saturday b y . John Heer against Jeanette Hecr. I According to the petition, the -ou- j pie was married Feb. 20. 1944. in | Los Ancelos nmt separated ;;ome , llmf ago while residing it Tncvim- I carl. There are no children. Remodel Annex For Clinic Use The WPA-built annex to Branigan Memorial library and auditorium is being repaired and remodeled for use, largely, aa 8 medical clinic, City Manager Jesse Isaacks disclosed Saturday. Walls are being repaired inside and out. two new rest rooms are being added, partitions shifted in one or two places and plumbing la being installed for an emergeno operating room. Isaacks said the city had started repair work on the walls because the fire-walls had become damaged, letting rains leak, in and damage inside walls; that Drs. .las. and Wm. Sedg-wick, seeing the work under way. began negotiations for a lease and that the more extensive remodeling Job had been undertaken after agreement was reached on a two-year lease for part of the annex. The library annex ii across Hadley ave. from hospital, which for several years has been overcrowded. Doctors' offices, reception room and operating room will occupy the Hartley-street aide of the building. Girl Scouts the back rooms, Isaacks said. Japs Take Over Rule In French Indo-China LONDON. March 10-- (A*!--1 300 US. Bombers Raid Tokyo; Fire Imperial Palace By ELMONT '.VA1TB 21st BOMBER COMMAND, Guam, March 10 UP -- A "hellish sea of fire, touched off by the greatest raid ever made by Super- fortresses, engulfed the heart of Tokyo today and eddied up to the imperial palace grounds. "It looked like the whole damn town was burning." said one airman returning this morning from the first mess night-time raid on the enemy capital. Fire Imperial Palace More than 300 B-29s poured thousands of incendiaries on the city causing "50 times more damage" than the record Feb. 25 raid which devastated 250 city blocks, said Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Power. "The area below me was literally ,, sea of flame," Power reported after two hours over Tokyo. "It (Continued on Page 21 Jap Premier Warns Of Yankee Invasion By ASSOCIATED PRESS Premier Gen. Kolso warned the Japanese last night "the enemy will no doubt increase his bombings x x x and is planning for landings on the mainland." Koiso, broadcasting 18 hours after some 300 Superforta turned the heart of Tokyo into a blazing furnace, expressed sympathy for the suffering of his people at the hands of "most cruel and barbaric" America. The premier's warning was the third from Tokyo radio Saturday, one of them from the Japanese war minister. Yanks Slash at Hideout Japs Viramontesand Roach Pace Dogs In Point Making By JACK SITTON Associated Press Sports Writer ALBUQUERQUE, March 10 (AP) --1« Cruces Union high school's Bulldogs again are New MexiV" state basketball champion They q.-feated Carlsbad's Cavemen in the finals of the state touri.ament here tonight by the de/,sive score of 40-23. Melros* upset Clovis in the consolation finals by the sin- gle-poir.t count of 34-33 while Albuduerque beat out Helen for tit rd-place honors 27-23. Off tjlsiow Start The Voulldoga got off to a slow start--Vi they've done In several recent a uctal matches -- permitting the Cavemen to lead them 5-4 at the close of the first quarter: but they got going In the second and - never were In trouble again. The score by quarters, totals at the end of each: Las Cniccs-- 4-19-31-40. Carlsbad--5-10-19-23. Vlraniontes Star; Roach High Jimmie Viramontcs. the vicious little Bulldog with the deft hand and foot who got his nose broken hi this morning's semi-finals match, was the outstanding star of the victors' play, though Roach led him by a point, 16-16, in tola' point-making. Viramontes romped all over the court, slinging the sphere from all angles and was topped In score- making only by reason of being taken out of the game during the last four minutes of play whilr Roach stayed In. All with Derisive Scores The Cavemen held a considerable height advantage 'tn tonight's fi nals, but height didn't seem to bother the Bulldogs; for th . wound up the tournament as thej had begun--with a 17-polnt mar gtn. They'd swept the tourney will uniformly decisive scores, with ir their lowest point margin. Runncrs-up Arc Finalists Finalists in tonight's tourna ment play both were runners-up in district tourneys, district tltllstr all having been eliminated tr earlier matches. All but thre (Continued on page 6) HEROES OF CABANATUAN HOME Some of the 272 Yanks rescued from Cabanaluan, Jap prison camp on Luzon In the Philippines, crowd the rails of a transport as it moved into a pier at San Francisco March B, bringing the men back to their native land for the first time in more than three years, most of which was spent in Jap hands. (AP Wircphoto). State Gets Million From Income Taxes SANTA FE, March 10--UB~ The New Mexico state Income tax act has grown In Ita 12- year existence from a modest youngster producing $30,000 tho first year to one which for the' last two years has brought In more'than $1,000,000 and now affects some 40,000 taxpayers. If It were not for the record- breaking income toxca now being paid Uncle Sam, the state's whack at the income of its citizens and corporations would probably far exceed the $1,234,354.08 taken In during the last fiscal year ended last Juno 30. Legislators Shy For Opening Day Japs on Iwo Cut «| Into 3 Pockets By VAN HAUGUANH U. S. PACIFIC.FLEET HEADQUARTERS. Guam, S u n d a y . MANILA, Sunday. March 11 UPl-- Hard-hitting Americans scored gains on mountainous battlefronts cast and sooth of Manila | while their airforcc dealt heavy j blows southward against Minda-1 SAJTA F E, March 10--1* -· I nao island and northward against j p cr f unc tory openings In house and i strategic Bnlete pass on Luzon, yena t c today marked the rcconven- ! headquarters disclosed today. in ^ of ^c 17th state legislature Uumhcrs Hit Mindanao Gen. Douglas MacArthnr reported a strong force of Liberators dropped 300 tons on Zamboangu. N.M. Population Gains Only 394 WASHINGTON. March 10 UPI-New Mexico's population -- not counting servicemen overseas--increased 394 to an estimated 532,212 In the four-year period between the April I, 1940, census and July 1, 1944, the census bureau reports. Estimated gains or losses for other southwestern states in the same period included: Texas 0,876,248, up 461.424; Oklahoma 2,004679 down 271,755; Colorado 1,147,258, up MflMT Arizona 'D3S,- -newed offensive on I ' ' ' tTiKiul · ) ntiin rrnlnln March 11--Wl -- Overwhelming Kriday American superiority brought "the r.,-L. beginning of the end" on Iwo Sat- Mindanao island. Thursday and Elements of the first cavalry . Liberators of Santo Tomas, thrust j marines . duccd Japanese garrisons int three parts for the kill. The enemy'. 1 ; power to resist is crumbling. U.U-M AV . - , The largest portion of the foe is Japanese took over full adminis- j In a half milo square area nt Ki- trition of Indo-Chlna today after tano point, northernmost tin of ftcrnoon, with advancing i (n(n Anl |p O i 0 m the foothills 13 cutting the sharply re- ml , cs ca9t of jfj, n || a against sur- charging that French officers had tried secretly to join hands with j the Allies. the island. A communique today that the fourth marln reported ' dm " lnn prislngly light resistance. XYreck Cnve-Dcti'iiM- Line Successes of the Yanks east -)f Manila carried them past the first line of a maze of caves nnd t u n - nels known as the Shlmbu line. the most heavily-fortified defenses ·ncountcred on Luzon. Ksttmates of "several thousand" for its closing 30-day session. The senate adjourned until 11:30 i. m. Monday after a two-minute session attended by only 12 members, half the membership. A quorum was present in the house, which took longer In getting un' "" Reds Gel Grip in Siettin Suburb; Shell Port City By RICHARD KASISCIIKB LONDON, March 10--(/PI-- Russian forces apparently have won eomc streets In Altdamm, on the cast-bank suburb of Stettin, and may have gained a foothold on the west side of the DammBcher lake Just north of Berlin's Baltic port, Moscow dispatches reported today. Shell Wnr-«pa»lilng Spot Stettin Itself was under artillery fire for the first time, and the Russians also were lobbing shells Into the defenses of Dunzlg, where the war started In 1030. Altdamm Is 3'/ 2 miles east at Stettin on the east side of the Oder. Dammscher lake Is the lagoon-like water 2l/ 3 miles wide and ten miles long northeast of Stettin through which the Oder finds Its way to the sea. The Russians had won high ground In the region of Podcjuck and Flnkenwalde, bordering the Oder's mnrshy bonks, from which they could hurl shells into Stettin at will. Gain (Irounil at Kuostriu The German high command indicated that Marshal Zhukov's re- loth sldeH of Cut Deeper into Germany Beyond New Bridgehead By EDWARD KENNEDY SUPREME. HEADQUARTERS OF ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE in Paris, Sunday,.. March 11.. (AP) -American troops gained almost a mile in the Remagen bridgehead east of the Rhine yesterday while collapse of the German west bank bridgehead opposite Wese-1 and the mop- up of trapped pockets in the Eifel region dealt new blows to the apparently fast-ebbing German defense which may foreshadow an early end of the war in Europe. PUNh Beyond Ilhlno Footing The Yanks acro.13 the Rhine at Remagen made their advances-deepening: nnl lengthening thctr already powerful bridgehead -against the desperate opposition of enemy urmor and infantry rush' ed there in a frantic effort to prevent the U. S. first army forces from rolling up the entire German Rhine line from the rear. On the basis of Associated Press front dispatches from Remagen early today, the Americans aro punching Inland and along the river. The Germans, besot by battered communications and lowered morale, have not yet brought sufficient strength into the brldgo- hcad area to halt the attackerk. 412 up 130,151 The figures changes both in civilian populfi- represunt t h e uculrln was gaining ground In a slow grinding process aimed jit reducing that 16lh century Oder tion "and military population wilh- river fortress and ck-irlni: the in the continental United States. I (Continued on page J) A large excess of births over | _ deaths boosted tho total cpntincn- ll population from 1:11,069.275 to an estimated 132.503.271. although jctwecn five and six million men were sent overseas during the four years. lBt der way, adjourning at 1:05 p 13 until Monday at U. Republican members of the house and senate planned meantime to meet tomorrow with the Republican legislative advisory committee to discuss the party':! program In the coming 30 days. State GOP Chairman Phillip Hubbcll said the session would 31m [ at setting up a program to carry out the party's 1044 platform and zon. invaded Jan. 9, to around 1M.OOO. The forces of U. Gen. Tomiiyu- (Continued on page 6) The m o v e caused clashes : which had been held bnct for days throughout the colony. | on the right flank ma-le big snl'.s A ToksTi broadcast said the ; by 6 p. m. yesterday w i t h pnl.ols Jnpancuc'nrmy seize.! all key I n - j rraclv.nc the beach at Tm-hma stallations and facilities from "re- ; point, easternmost point of tn. Bistlng" French. ' : eight ^uarejnilc island. BLESSING OF NEW STATUE AT ST. ALMNO CHURCH INVOLVES MESILLA PARISHIONERS IN LAW SUIT * * * the HtnliH 1 was dcnd Japans the"e probably I c Rj ' plc dgc«. mi.slu'd tin- foe's rnsimltles on L»- I ; Set Quota for New Bonds Drive New Mexico's t]Uita for the seventh war Umn drive, May 14 to Juno 30, has been set at SU.OOO.- 000. Gale W. Carson, state chairman, Saturday advised Slate Vice Chairman K. Carter Wonmck and County Chairman (Invcy Haher, Lt»i»t, - , Accounting period for E. K '.« weekentl. detroit war production is j |, om |., ant i c notcji will extend "rom · of 90 13,000 Strikers Vote Return to Jobs Monday DETROIT, March 10 Ifll Barring f u r t h e r walkouts over the weekend, dclroit war production is l ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,, expected to approach normal for j A p r l l B t( , Ju |y 7. n period the first time In more than n fort-1 |layji night Monday with the return of Thl , q u o t n breakdown 13,000 s t r i k i n g employes to their [ 517.000,000 is E bonds, nln John at neve/1 Brlggs M a m i C a c l i i r - 1 Uon . ,,t|,,. r B1 .curille» to Individuals. Ing Co. plants. j four million; corporations, four Termination of tho Urlggs stop- j m u]|on. pages was voted last night at a , Nl ,. olln iy quola has been mass moclInK of United A n t o n i o - ' a | Km .|| Mr. Baker snid. bile Workers (CIO) local 212. KIWANIS 'GIRLS' DON GLAD RAGS f thi · mil JUSf^ unexpectedly, the focal pom of , peace for ^ anothn ^ ^ ^^ MM)1)n p a r k _ controversy thnt is more than j on Its "«·»». ,. ,, , im , ,,,,,,, neighboring towns. threatening the peace and caln, A , ho ghjh^ ^^J ^ ,,,,. Ur ,^ ,, , , and Mrs. slderaWc confusion still becloud, Maria F. Junala both ·'««'''»· Manpower Manager Stresses Curfew Only restaurants which before the federal midnight closing nil | ing became effective woro open be twecn midnight nnd 8 a. m. may , " . , , ,, ,, , , - , ,, » . i , - j i\f ITI P C I continue open a f t e r midnight a n d , j;y)/{ |//(7/'()KV VAl\I1lhS ; ihfln only to serve food, Ramon I i Bcrnal, Las Cruets office m a n - ' agcr of the U. S. manpower com- ^ ^ court of St. Albino parish nt Old Mcsilla. The difficulty centers in a newly delivered, unused and unblessed statue of the saint purchased through a recent puiim: «uuavii|j- tton and now the basin of a replevin suit that already hn.i moved to the point of physicftl custody of the ( stntuo changing from the church suharrlplli s e r a c co . ,he matter and Indications are the wcr, lead, r. n ·« -n are liter aim inuictiuiiim i i i v inv !«·.·· win hU to hear » lot of | plaintiff. In the law .ull.Browing ID MILLION IN N. M. LOANS WASHINGTON. March 10 UP' vy Mdiiii'vi' w * ' . -- -- i LoanB totaling $10.857.781 were | clltorlum The '"Kill*" . r 0 of them have ' been practicing diligently at their i parts during the past week for Victory Vanities, local talent mil- j ulral comedy being npnnniircd by j the Klwanls club Thursday and Kriday nights at Junior High au- f it and mad the first legal i made to 12.184 New Mexico f u m l l - 1 - . . - .... jj, 4 , ,,,nhc t h e . . The show la for the benefit of \l bund u n i f o r m AIMiartlrs nccin agreed that a | filing and conforming to 1 . . _ ./·««*,min f\n n*V* for pur- vCsmtinu*a on page 2) ( K H A l port*. » who U gr.lnK to he the prettiest and dnlullant yes, the "qlrlii" ire nil hoyn, ages, we suspect, running up to the oft-mentioned three, neore and ten, The show soeni.i to center nround u radio station. Charlie Ncff hint th« part of director nl the atatton and Weidon Button In receptlonlit. Others ilnK IcadlnR parts are John Kyer, (Continued on pag« 8) Cut EHcapn Route A dispatch from the U. S. ninth army front aald that a spearhead regiment of tho 35th Infantry division had cut off the last remaining escape route from the Wcsel pocket late last night. The Germans blew up the road and railroad bridges across tho Rhine at Weael Friday night. From tho Netherlands front came reports by reconnaissance pilots of extensive eastward movements of German troops north of the Wnal Rhine. This may indicate that In the face of heavy reverses and possible naval attacks on the Dutch const, the Germans have decided to abandon fill of Holland south of the Zuider Zee. Such a withdrawal would mean the fibandonmcnt by the enemy of Holland's main citlcfl of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Uie Hague and Utrecht. iizlt* Mans for (Jouiitor-blow The buildup of the first army's wedge uver-sproading highlands the river from Remagen continued overnight with hundreds of tons of supplies hurried acrotw the; shell-threatened Ludendort't' bridge along with thousands more .roops. Orman convoys, desperately jsliifi headlights in night travel, converged, on the bridgehead, and ajor. perhaps decisive, buttle mpcnded. But the i n i t i a l German countcr- ..^hcs had failed, and so massive was U. S. power rolling over the bridge t h a t a front correspondent dcclareil "the Germans already huvc lust the race." Two Anulrft Link Force* The third army's fourth armored division seized Ruobenach, on a miitn roud two miles northwest -if toterini; Cobtenz.a city of 80,000 population. Further norlhwe.it the third and first armies had linked at the Rhine, and were tightening a trap mi 20,000 or more Nazis, the survivors of five or .six divisions, holed up In the Etfel mountains northwest of Coblenz. Bonn, city of 101,000 on the Rhine. 14 miles southeast of Cologne, was tn first army hands. 1 KtxIUTA Nil*! Vockrt | On the north flank. British. i Canadian, and American troops ! chewed the German pocket at Wr- i «el on the Rhine down to a width of five miles nnd depth of three, ' rapturing Veen and three other I tmvns Germans fought desperately | in stubborn withdrawn! back up- im bridges "till usable ^t Wesel. Allied urmlfft now held the whole llhlnn bnnk for ISO miles from just north of Coblenz into Holland, save for the Wesel bend. The Germans stepped up artillery ftr« trying to knock out the Uidendorff bridge, .iflzcd a f«w .,,!.,,,«,,- i^rnr** the Germans

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