The Miami News from Miami, Florida on October 19, 1944 · 1
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II THE WEATHER Miami: Diminishing winds Thursday afternoon and evening with occasional rain. Partly cloudy through Friday. Winds off Miami Beach fresh to strong southwest and west. Air temperature at 2 p. m. 82. U. S. weather table on page 3C. 1 Fleet Aiding invasion Allies Silent On Story ' Of Bold Island Attack NEW YORK, Oct. 19. ( TP ) American expeditionary 'forces are invading the Philippines, striking at the very center of the vulnerable eastern flank of the arcbjpelago, Tokyo radio reported 'lhursday uomel news aftency saia flatly that United States forces have beeun their "re-invasion f the Philippines," supported by powerful units of the Pacific fleet and China-based aircraft. Sea forces, Domei said, included "the naval fleet under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur." An official Japanese communique said "the enemy fleet" accompanied transports into spacious Leyte gulf Tuesday (Manila time) and for the last two days naval guns and carrier aircraft have been bombarding shore defenses., Landing Reported "Part of the enemy forces seem to have landed on Suluan island at the entrance to the gulf, Domei said. Domei asserted Vice Adm. Marc A. Mitscher's powerful task force 58 the carrier arm of the Pacific fleet was not participating in the invasion because of asserted losses off Formosa. These have been denied by Adm. Chester W. JCimitz. Since the Formosa battle, Domei broadcast, "the enemy as organized a new large task force, grouping together the Fifth fleet under Vice Adm. Raymond Spruanca, which did not participate in the air battle off Taiwan (Formosa), and the naval fleet under command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, as well as other naval forces in the Pacific, excluding task force 58. "Confronting Enemy" "Our army and navy forces in this sector, Domei added, "are confronting the enemy forces with undaunted resolu tion.' These broadcasts, recorded by the Federal Communica tions Commission, were the only reports that MacArthur had taken the most crucial step to fulfill his pledge, made two-and-a-half years ago. to return to the Philippines. While there was no confir mation that the Philippine in vasion was at last under way, the combined Pacific sea forces of Adm. Chester W. Ni miU and land-based air strength of General MacArthur have been paving the way for reconquest of the territory in 10 days of unprecedented raids on western Pacific islands for 1.000 miles either side of the Philippines These thunderous attacks which have cost the Japanese close to 1.000-planes and hun dreds of ships still are continu ing, Manila radio reported. It told of 270 carrier planes striking in four waves Thursday morning at Manila and stratc Tur rl 1-A; l.VAMON WIRE BREAKS UPSET RADIO, JEWS SERVICE Since early Thursday after-; noon Miami has been virtually Isolated from national news source because telephone and telegraph wires are down in the path of the hurricane across North Florida. All four Miami radio stations, WIOD. WQAM. WKAT and WFTL, reported that although at intervals they were getting some national programs here, reception was o garbled it could not be re-broadcast from local studies. One station manager said he feared Miami stations may be forced for several days to fall back on local news and entertainment to supplant national programs if the hurricane tears down many more wires as it sweeps across the state. Western Union officials said they were accepting private telegrams only as subject to long delay in transmission. Priority messages go first over "a small group of wires" still available. Telephone company officials said there was no way to predict how extensive the storm wire damage would be, nor how long service would be interrupted. Also because of line difficulties in the wake of the storm, The Miami Daily News Thursday afternoon was without its usual supply of Associated VOL XLIX. NO. 309. Reported Car Jack Held As Bludgeon State Investigator Leon Shaf fer and Sgt. J. L. Deas of the Miami police department Thursday identified a small, red auto jack as the instrument used to puncture the skull of Mrs. Pauline Siegel of Palm Island who was still in a critical condition at St Francis hospital. The jack was found in the front seat of the water-logged coupe belonging to the woman's husband, Harry Siegel, Miami attorney, who Wednes day drove the car mto Bis-cayne bay and drowned, before it was established that Mrs. Siegel had been bludgeoned. Shaffer reported that a microscopic examination of the jack by the police identification bureau showed strands of human hair, matching that of Mrs. Siegel, clinging to the tool. VM Mrs. Siegel was suffering from a skull puncture de- j scribed as a "hole above the left ear which appeared to have been made by a round, blunt instrument." . Her condition, meanwhile, was so serious that she has not yet been told of her husband's death, police said. Detectives Jack Taylor and W. C. Wills of the Miami Beach police department who, with Leon Shaffer of the district attorney's office, are investigating the Siegel case, attributed Mrs. Siegel's silence to the pos- (Turn to fate 7-A; SIKOEL) Sleeping Tablets Held Death Cause Mrs. Elizabeth Blaii chard Gilmore, 42, of 8989 Byron ave., Surfside. died as the result of an overdose of sleeping tablets taken Thursday morning at a downtown hotel, according to a police report. Mrs. Gilmore and her husband, Donald A. Gilmerc, an f-mployee at the Miami Air Df;prtt, had taken a room, in the hotel for the night as a haven from the expected hurricane. The hotel manager said that Mrs. Gilmore appeared nervous about the storm. She was found at 11:55 a. m. Thursday by a maid who came to clean the room. The body was released to Ahem funeral home. Press, United Press and Inter national News Service dis- patchen and Associated Preas Wircphoto. Dade Bond Sales Fall Below Goal War bond sales In Dade county for the first 15 days of October totalled only $986, 460. whereas quota for the pe riod was $1,0.18,475, it was an nounced Thursday by Claude Hemphill of the war savings committee. WAR AT A GLANCE Oct 19, 1944 The Koad To Berlin WfRlern Front 302 mllM Kiitlnn I'rnnt 310 miles Italian Front 660 mllei PACIFIC Tokyo claims Americans have invaded Philippines, striking Leyte gulf and landing on Suluan island. W ESTERN FRONT Allies gpt set for big push that may bring final, decision; rains slow present opera tions. KASTKKN FKONTGermans fall bark along East Prus sian border as Red army steamroller gathers force. MIAMI PHONE 3-1 191 m Refugee Centers In Use During Hurricane at Key West Afo ' I t t i 1 , " ' , j ' . 1 -1 - . -Ifetllla. Va The Key West postoffice converted into a dormitory for persons evacuated from housing projects and other inundated k -K"4- ?zzmz- - . - ( - m - KEY MIAMI'S OWN WHIRLIGIG News Behind Th News REJECTED REFUGEES Groups of . refugees, in . the northwest section of the city were much a n g e r e d late Wednesday when they applied to one establishment for refuge during the night and were rejected. What made them most angry was the fact that the building which refused them was a gambling establishment. INVESTIGATION Within the past few weeks two men designated as "experts" have been added to the payroll of the Greater Miami port authority. . Their salaries have not been definitely announced, although it was reported they are to be paid in the neighbor hood of $500 a month. Whirly predicts that the port author try members will make an in vcstlgation. Inasmuch as there are no stipulated funds in the authority's budget by which these two men can be paid. PREPARED? A Flagler st btore, Whirly observed, went to a great deal of trouble on Wednesday to secure its shutters with string. Doubt is raised as to whether In all se rlousness the storekeeper thought the string hurricane- resistant or whether he lore- saw the possible necessity of reporting to his insurance company, should damage be done, that he had taken the precaution to "shutter down. Ex-Governor Cox To Speak Tonight On CBS Network Former Governor James M. Cox of Ohio will address the nation tonight from 10:30 to 11 o'clock, Miami time, over a coast-to-coast Columbia network. The speech may be heard locally over WQAM. Governor Cox was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1920 when he carried President Wilson's banner for the League of Nations. It is expected that he will draw a parallel as between conditions- then and now. Governor Cox will speak from his home In Dayton, Ohio. Quentin Reynolds will Introduce him from New York. MIAMI 30, FLA., Is WESTERS EXAMINE- li i n f l war : t ill1 1 I i t n I f iirallSijiuK lil 'tit tMillilimi i iMmmmum lullllii dMBii K. :v::: I NO MARKET PRICES OR RACE RESULTS DUE TO STORM NORTH OF MIAMI Due to wire trouble north of Miami as a result of the hurricane's movement, the Associated Press was unable to carry today's market quotations or race results. ' ',: TJIU BY CHRISTMAS' BRIDE SEEH in WEST LONDON, Oct, 19. ( JP ) British Tommies and American armor rocked Venlo on the Maas (Meuse) from the Holland salient Thursday in what appeared to bo the preliminaries to an offensive aimed at breaking organized German resistance before Christmas. West- of Antwerp In Holland I Canadian forces were less than 1 two miles from the German guns at Breskens commanding the sea entrance to the port from the pocket south of the St-helde. In Aachen, U. S. First army troops, again smashing German tank and infantry coun- tcrthrusts n ortheastof the Seigfried line city, held about half, the wrecked city and smashed on into the northwestern quarter, where fight trs and fighter bombers pin pointed strongpolnta ahead of the Bazooka and grenade squads. Coincident with Berlin's report of a savage Russian on slaught against East Prussia' defenses, the German radio declared that the British offen sive in east Holland, "in support of the American attack on Aachen, nas increased in violence." The timing raised the possibility of a grand strategy plan to beat the Nazis by smashing simultaneously at East Prussia, heart , of German militarism, while wrecking the Rhine-Ruhr valley, the center of German industry. A war correspondent with the British Second army said Lt Gen. Miles C. Dempsey's troops, striking swiftly after taking Venray, had advanced about three and a half miles south toward the railroad town of Amerika. An American ar- Tura Pare 7-As GERMANY) Richard Bennett Dying .LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19. (INS Richard Bennett, 72, noted stage star and father of Constance, Joan and Barbara Bennett,1 was at death's door at the Good Samaritan hospital Thursday. DAILY NEWS THURSDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 19, 1944 u u .is u HURRICANE the Germans back toward Schools Remain Closed Today, Reopen Friday Miami children will receive a one-day "vacation" from school as a result of hurricane preparedness, according to Dade County School Superintendent James . T. Wilson, who announced that schools would remain closed Thursday but would re-open Friday. It will require a day'a time, the superintendent declared, to turn the school buildings from shelters back Into their normal use. No classes will be held Thursday at the University of Miami,' according to university officials. The meeting of junior and senior high school teachers planned for 4 p. m. Thursday in the Central school building has been postponed. Tornado Lifts House, 75 Trees At Wauchula WAUCHULA, Fla., Oct. 19. (JP) While coastal cities of Florida prepared for a hurri cane Thursday a tornado struck near here. The "twister" uprooted 75 large trees in one spot, lifted a large farm house from Its foundation and unroofed a filling station. Telephone lines in the area were blown down, but no lives were lost and no one was injured. areas. The navy also provided refuge for thousands, as did USO centers. Cots were supplied by the Red Cross. . Dally News photos by Butler. DAMAGE Nazis Admit Prussian Loss LONDON, Oct. 19. (JP) Russian forces have penetrated well into East Prussia,' ; while the German , border town of Eydtkuhnen has been evacuated, the, 'Berlin radio said Thursday. VThe deepest! Russian penetration" was .in the Eydtkuhnen area, 37 'miles east of Insterburg and the Red army has passed this town, Berlin said. .The German communique acknowledged loss of the town hut instated that a breakthrough had been averted," Meanwhile, the first Hungarian army, with 10 full divisions, was reported marching on Budapest In a drive to liberate the capital from ' the Nazis after the majority of Hungary's armed forces deserted from German control. Nazis Rush Aid At the same time, the Germans were said to have sent five divisions from the Reich to the Budapest area, In an attempt to stabilise the. Hungarian position.V The Nazis were reported to be fearful that the new Soviet offensive through the Balkans may carry to Budapest by Saturday. , : Moscow announced early Thursday that Col. Gen. Ivan D. Tetrov's Fourth Ukranlan command, pouring through gaps left in enemy defenses by Hungary military collapse, had dealt stunning blows to German positions in the rich Danubian basin. The high command disclosed that Russian troops had captured seven important Carpathian passes in advances ranging from1 12 to 31 miles along a 170-mile front. Gain In Belgrade Front dispatches said the mop-up of Belgrade was progressing steadily, with Germans fighting and dying like wild animals in blazing hillside buildings from which they could not escape. Bulgarian troops sprear-headed an, all-Slavic drive across the width , of Serbia which has now reached Kur-sumlija, 40 air miles west of Nis, and only 130 miles from the Adriatic sea. THREE SECTIONS Floods Recede In Key West By MILT SOSIX (Miami Daily Mews (Staff Writer) KEY WEST, Oct. 19. Recov ering from a severe buffeting by a tropical hurricane which caused considerable damage but no loss of life. Key West uas digging, sweeping and wringing itself out Thursday afternoon.; At 4 a. m. Police Capt. Ray Atwell had estimated, after a survey, that, one-third of Key West, including two large housing projects, was under water. By noon the water had re ceded somewhat, but much of the area was still flooded.' Most of the flying field at Boca' Chica was under water and a tattered canvas-covered hangar made a dry island in a huge lake. Mayor Willard Albury of Key West Issued an emergency order directing all persons to be off the streets at 8 p. m. Thursday as the streets will be dark because there is no electric current. He ordered all taverns and similar places to close at 6 p. m. Six navy vessels were aground at Key West but the navy reported all hands saved. Aground were three patrol (Turn to Page S-A; KEY VtKST) School Heads Slate Meeting Proposed extensive legisla five program for public schools of Florida will be discussed at a meeting of the Dade County Principals' club Thursday at 7 p. m. in the Miami Woman's club, Miss Mabel E. Tucker, president, ' annou-nced Thurs day. Guests .of honor scheduled to attend the meeting are Colin English, state superintendent of public Instruction; Edwin B. Browning, president of the Florida Education association; James S. Rickards, executive secretary of the Florida Education association; Hal N. Black and Sidney H. Ellison, directors of the Florida Edu cation association; Mrs. Walter H, Beckham, president of the Florida Parent-Teacher ; asso ciation; Mrs. C. B. Tutan, pre' ident of the Dade County Parent Teachers association; Miss Birdie McAllister, president, Classroom Teachers associa tion, and the trustees from the 10 special tax school districts The business portion of the meeting will be preceded by dinner after which Miss Tuck er will preside. DAILY NEWS INDEX Anne Mergen Cartoon 12-A Amusements 7-C Births 4-B Boating-Fishing 3-B Classified 5, 6, 7-B Comics 6-C Crossword Puzzle 6-C Deaths 4-B Dorothy Thompson 12-A Editorials 12-A Frank Colby 13-A Horoscope l-C Leonard Lyons 13-A Marquis Childs 12-A Movie Time Table . 7-C People and Things 14-A Ration Calendar 13-A Radio 6-C Sports 2, 3-B Trends of the Times 12-A Where to Dine 10-A Women's pages 1, 2-C FIVE CENTS torm Heading For.Hatferas- Little Damage Reported By Cities From Blow (Editor's Note: Telephone contact with The As-sociated Press bureau in Atlanta finally was re-fsfa&-lished at 3:45' p. in. Thursday for a few moments and the following dispatch was read to The Miami Daily News:) JACKSONVILLE, Oct. 19. CP) Hurricane damage to Florida's citrus crop in the hurricane which curved across the state Thursday, was placed in the vicinity of $20,000,000. George Wiggins, secretary-treasurer of an Or lando company, estimated crop of 40 to 70 percent 15 to 20 percent. Little property damage in the path of the storm from Sarasota-St. Petersburg to Jacksonville. ' The hurricane curved lantic coast late Thursday and headed towards Cape Hatteras. The storm struck its hardest blow at Cuba after starting in the Caribbean. - A 35-mile an hour wind broke shop windows over the d o w n t o w n Jacksonville and ripped awnings. All Duval county schools were closed and some 20,000 shipyard workers remained at home as the St Johns River Shipbuilding Co. and the Gibbs Gas Engine Co. suspended operations. Senior Meteorologist Walter J, Bennett said full effect of the hurricane would be felt by mid-afternoon. He estimated that the winds would range up to 70 miles an hdur. Tampa and St. Petersburg apparently escaped the fate of Havana, Cuba, where the hurricane Wednesday caused a dozen deaths, injuries to between 300 and 400 persons, and widespread property damage. Two Havana-Miami freight schooners, the Bacardi II and the Christina, snapped their moorings in Havana harbor at the height of the hurricane and went down under mountainous waves. A Cuban naval 83-foot subchaser and a Peruvian subchaser also were sunk In Havana bay. The weather, bureau's advi sory read: "Hoist hurricane warnings for winds of 60 miles per hour to 80 from Daytona Beach, Fla., to Hatteras. The severe hurricane is moving more rap idly, 18 to 20 miles per hour TWO DEAD IN MIAMI AS RESULT OF STORM ' Full Page of Hurricane Pictures on Page l-B Others on Inside Pages Kf JOHN WATTS (Miami Dally News Htafl writer) Two deaths attributable to the 65-mile-an-hour wind which swept the Greater Miami area on the fringe of the devastating tropical hurricane were recorded Thursday as weather bureau officials an nounced that all danger to The dead: Ronnie Tobias Alausjans. 6L of 47 SE Sixth st night watchman for the Atlantic Marine Boatyard. Maugans was electrocuted at 6:13 a. m. Thursday on SK Seventh st. when a 23,000-volt electric wire fell on him as he was walking home from work. An enlisted man at Miami Naval Air Station. Opa Lock, whose identity was being withheld until next of kin are notified. The sailor was riding h motorcycle on LeJeune road at 9:50 p. m. Wednesday when the storm extinguished his lights and he crashed into the main gate of the air station. Sailor Finds Body Maugan's body was found at 6:41 a. m. by a sailor, F.- A. Juskiewiez, of 850 S. Miami ave. Fire department e m e r g ency squad crews were called to the scene but Maugans was pronounced dead by Dr.' E. P. Hol-ley, who responded to the caU from Jackson Memorial hospital.' , Welcome news that the navy tug which rescued 21 members of the navy lightship at the entrance to northwest passage, near Key West, and which for awhile was feared lost, had been contacted by radio and all aboard were safe, was flashed to navy headquarters here by Lt. Leslie Hart, aide to the commandant of the naval operating base at Key West. The afishing boat. Ginger, which had been reported mlss- BLUE STREAK damage to the grapefruit and to the orange crop at was reported from cities across Florida to the At and will pass into the Atlantic near Jacksonville this afternoon and continue rapil movement up the coast to Hatteras. Hurricane alert ex tended northward from Hat teras to the Virginia Capes. The hurricane entered th state r in the Tampa-St. Pe tersburg area. Dunnellon reported gusts up to 80 miles per hour. Orlando reported winds of SO miles per hour in gusts. - There were 90-mi'e gusts at St. Petersburg where trees were blown down and street car transportation crippled. Hundreds fled the gulf beaches and took shelter inland. St, Augustine reported torrential rains, with streets flooded waist deep. Tampa was in the center of the hurricane at 6 a. tu when the characteristic lull was noted. Hurricane winds followed briefly, then began a period of gales which lasted for several hours. Trees were uprooted in the city's most exclusive residential district. Davis Island, and plate glass windows and store fronts in the downtown section smashed. At 1:17 p. m. coast guard officials in Miami announced that a sunken vessel is blocking the entrance to Havana harbor and no vessel would be permitted to enter or leave the harbor until it is removed. this area now had passed. Ing in the keys with five persons aboard, was located Thursday by a searching vessel sent out by the Captain of the Port and was described t be "returning to Miami under its own power, according to coast guard officials. All aboard were reported safe. (ale Flags Down Wenthci bureau officials in Miami Thursday at 11 a. m. ordered down the dread red. black-centered flags warning that a hurricane or "full gale" Is approaching and substituted a single red pennant signalising northeast winds, coincident with the announcement that all dinger to the lower Florid coast from high winds had ended. The red pennant, the weather bureau said, was hoisted to warn small craft to remain in port because of danger from the choppy condition of waters in this area caused by the high winds. The forecast read: Miami and vicinity: Diminishing winds Thursday afternoon and night. Partly cloudy to cloudy through Friday with occasional light rain Thursday afternoon. Damage to the Greater Miami area from ' winds which reached 6S miles an hour In gusts was light. The heaviest winds were recorded in the early hours of Thursday morning, at about the time the hur-(Torn fas -Ai HlBRlCt 8 M 3 if a It 4 ii A 1 :i ft ri i ?! 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