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IN TWO PARTS lime, ALL THE NEWS ALL THE TIME largest Home Delivered Circulation Largest Advertising Volume PART I - GENERAL NEWS Times Office: 202 West First Street -Los Angeles 53, Cal. Times Telephone Number MAdisen 2345 LIBERTY UNDER THE LAW TRUE INDUSTRIAL FREEDOM VOL LXIII CC THURSDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 28, 1944 DAILY, FIVE CENTS fUl im 2000 mm Aimee Semple McPherson Dies Suddenly in Oakland Famed Evangelist Believed Victim of Heart Attack Illustrated on Page 3, Part I Aimee- Semple McPherson died yesterday. The evangelist passed away In Oakland on one of her typical "magic carpet" crusades of whirlwind activity. She was found, in bed by her eon Rolf, who said that, al though unconscious, she was breathing heavily when he en tered her room in the Leaming ton Hotel at 10:30 a.m. Two doctors and an Oakland Fire Department inhalator squad worked In vain to revive her. She was pronounced dead at 11:15 a.m. Although death was believed to have been caused by a heart attack, an autopsy, at first scheduled for 6 p.m. yesterday, will be performed at 9:30 a.m. today by Dr. E. F. Schmerl, Oakland autopsy surgeon. The postponement was requested by Rolf, to enable Attorney Joseph Fainer, who handled Mrs. McPhersoh'a legal affairs, to be present. Sleeping Capsules Found The autopsy was ordered after a bottle containing about 20 sleeping capsules was found in her handbag. The bottle was bout half full and there were several capsules scattered on the floor beside her bed. Rolf said that Mrs. McPherson, who would have been 54 on Oct 9, had been having difficulty in sleeping and that she was "keyed up" after speaking before a throng of 10,000 Tuesday night. She had been taking sedatives to insure rest, Rolf .said. Dr. Norman Leet and Dr. B. M. Palmer, who were called when Rolf was unable to arouse his mother, expressed belief that death had been caused by a heart attack, but added that perhaps Mrs. McPherson had taken too many sleeping tablets. Doctor Denies Prescription Although the name of-the Los "Angeles physician who has attended Mrs. McPherson for the .last four years, Dr. Wilburn Smith, was reported to be on a prescription attached to the bottle of sleeping capsules, he emphatically denied last night that he had prescribed the sedative. "It's a mystery to me how my name was on that bottle," Dr. Smith declared. Dr. Smith said that he last saw the evangelist two months ago and at that time her heart and blood pressure were nor-maL Dr. Smith said that while the evangelist was dying in Oakland yesterday morning he received a telephone call from Oakland but was operating at ' the time and could not answer. Race Knn With Death J After failing to get him. Dr. Smith said that the party in Oak- land called another Los Angeles doctor whom Mrs. McPher- . son also had consulted recently. This ,physician. Dr. Smith said, recommended Dr. Palmer in Oakland. Inasmuch as Dr. Palmer was one of the two physicians who were finally called to the evangelist's bedside, it is believed that long-distance telephone lines between here and Oakland ran a race with death and lost. Besides her son, Mrs. McPherson was accompanied on the trip to Oakland by Miss Angela Sid, Tarn to Page 6, Column 1 IN THE TIMES' TODAY RADIO. Page 18. Part II. COMICS. Page 7. Part II. WOMEN'S ACTIVITIES. Pages 5 and 6, Part II. RATION POINTERS. Page 6, Part II. PUZZLE. Page 7, Part II. MOTIOK PICTURES AND THEATERS. Pages 8 and S. Part II. BrRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGE NOTICES. Page 16. Part 11. PICTORIAL PAGE. Page 3, Part I. FINANCIAL. Burgess hearts ABA. Securities follow mixed course. Oil news. Page 10, Part I. ' THE SOUTHLAND. Wells to end wster hazard in North Hollywood. Burba nk and Van Nuys. Page 3, Part II. SPORTS. . Newhouser shuts out A'S to give Tigers one-game lead in flag rare as Browns beaten. Pag 10, Fart IL f' -f . 1-J- ' jJi - ij n r- , - - J hi J&rJ'Jy. V .:.v. I I v I V . . f , , w ,i f- ' ' ' - - - J r;i j - t r"T AY' 1 , n j Times photo PASSES Aimee Semple McPherson, world-famous reli-gious leader, who died yesterday in Oakland. Dewey Repeats Pledge of Full yHouse Cleaning' BY WARREJf B. FRAXCIS EN ROUTE THROUGH OHIO, Sept. 27. Gov. Thomas E. Dewey neared his Albany home tonight, finishing the last leg of his 21- State opening campaign tour, confirmed by a majority of the correspondents aboard his special train in his belief that he has gained support by the coast-to-coast trip. ' The poll of the newspapermen, made following Dewey's Oklahoma City speech, disclosed that 23. of 48 correspondents believe the Governor gained strength in the exchange with the Presi dent. Fifteen dissented and 10 called it a "draw." First Impromptu Talk Reviewing the entire trip, 37 expressed a belief Dewey improved his chances, five said he lost ground, and six believed he failed to gain. Guesses a3 to Republican chances ranged from REGISTER TODAY OR LOSE VOTE! Today is the last day citizens can register to vote in the November Presidential election. Those who did not register for or vote in 1942 primary or general elections and have not registered since, or have moved since their last registration, must register now or be ineligible to vote in November. Registration clerks are stationed in the Times lobby, most public buildings and at many other points. THE CITY. Aimee Semple McPherson dies suddenly In Oakland. Page 1, Part L Draft of fumes ordinance defining czar's powers submitted. Page 1, Part II. Patrick H. O'Neil. capitalist and oil developer, dies. Page 1, Part II. Paciflc Coast shippers celebrate Victory Fleet Day. Page 1, Part II. Protestor led oiT Pasadena campus in Nisei protest. Page 1, Part II. Screen Office Employees Union calls protest meeting on political levy. Page 2, Part II. REMEMBER THIS Glass globe publicity also magnifies the size of the goldfish. , Times Staff Correspondent 60 per cent for President Roosevelt to 58 per cent for the Governor. In contrast to yesterday's grueling passage through Oklahoma and Missouri, there was a minimum of political activity on the special train as it rolled eastward today through Indiana and Ohio. Dewey . made his first impromptu talk early in the afternoon at Muncie, Ind., where he repeated promises of a Washington "house cleaning, and won applause from 3000 persons by listing Secretary Ickes, Secretary Perkins, Harry Hopkins, the officeholders from the big city Democratic machines, and followers of Earl Browder as high on his purge list. He reiterated his promise at Belle-fontaine, O. "Your new President williev-er attempt to divide one part of the country from the other for political purposes," he said at Bellefontaine. "We' -will restore faith in the government and give a government that has faith in the people. We shall restore integrity to the government. Praises Bricker "We don't want to go back to the dreary days when the W.P.A. directed our standards of living, but want to go forward to jobs and opportunity." Dewey linked his name with that of Gov. John W, Bricker, his running mate, at Bellefontaine, praising Bricker's "fine, clean, upstanding first-class ad-Turn to Page 12, Column 1 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 1944 THE WEST. Slain youth's nightly visit to accused woman explained. Page 9, Part I.. GENERAL EASTERN. Dewey, speeding homeward, repeats his pledge to "clean house." Page I, Part I. Big Three peace talks at Dumbarton Oaks will end today. Page 9, Part L WASHINGTON. P.A.C. linked with revamped Communist party at hearing of House group. Page 1, Part 1. Byrnes favors keeping wage, price and rationing controls until Japan's defeat. Page 7, Part I. Treasury sets Nov. 20 to begin Sixth War Loan drive. Page 11, Part I. THE WAR. Pages 1. 2, 4 and 5, Part L Inquiry Links P.A.C. With Communists Radicals Directed Primaries Here, Dies Subcommittee Told WASHINGTON, Sept. 27. (UJE!) Chief Investigator Rob ert E. Stripling of the House committee on un-American activities charged today that the C.I.O. National Political Action Committee is not a labor group but "part of the revamped blueprint of the Communist party to take over and destroy the American system of government by taking over a major political party." Testifying before a subcommittee named by Chairman Martin Dies (D.) Tex., to investigate political activities of the C.I.O. and its Political Action Committee, headed by Sidney Ilillman, Stripling said: "In doing this the P.A.C. is receiving the active assistance of aH the fronts and organizations which rally around J.he Communist movement. "It also is receiving the active assistance of a number of officials and employees of the Federal government and the bill is being paid by the members of the C.I.O. who are misled by certain Communist inspired leaders." Communist Tiea Cited Stripling said telegrams and long-distance call slips subpenaed after the California primaries from the P.A.C. office of Region 13 in Los Angeles "will show that the individuals who are directing Political Action Committee activities in Region 13 are persons of well-known Communist ties and affiliations." He brought in the name of Helen Gahagan Douglas, actress wife of the film actor Melvyn Douglas and Democratic nominee for Congress in the 14th District, by submitting a telegram she purportedly sent at P.A.C. expense to Sen. Claude Pepper (D.) Fla. Stripling charged that on June 14 the C.I.O.-P.A.C. wa3 changed to the National Citizen Political Turn to Page 12, Column 4 Nelson Confers With President WASHINGTON, Sept 27. (VP) War Production Chief Donald M. Nelson conferred at length with President Roosevelt today about hi3 recently completed mission to China but said they did not discuss his future. "We had r very delightful luncheon talking over the China situation since that was my assignment," Nelson said, adding he expects to make another report to the President soon. - "Are you going back over to the War Production Board?" a reporter asked. "I've been so interested in this Chinese matter that I have not thought about that," Nelson replied. Soldier Gifts Jam Army Postoffice NEW YORK, Sept. 27. (JF Fifty-eight freight cars loaded with Christmas packages for fighting men in Europe have accumulated at Long Island City for lack of labor to clear the shipments through the Army embarkation postoffice, the War Manpower Commission announced today. With at least 30 other carloads reported en route, the commission appealed for 3000 full-time or part-time workers to help break the bottleneck. More Robots Hit . in London Area LONDON, Sept. 27. (tfV-Fly-J mg Domos strucK ix)naon ana sections of Southern England early today, causing casualties and damage, an Air Ministry and Home Security Ministry communique announced tonight. Red Army Enters Hungary; Drives 28 Miles Nearer Riga First Stage of Push Into Prussia Opens LONDON, Sept. 28 (Thursday.) (HE) Russian troops advanced as much as 28 miles yesterday in their drive to seize the. Latvian capital of Riga while the Hungarian high command admitted that Red army forces had invaded Hungary proper and captured the town of Mako, only 14 miles from Szeged, second city of Adolf Hitler's last big Balkan satellite. While the disorganized Nazi troops retreated from the Baltic states and relinquished more than 200 towns and settlements to onrushing Soviet troops closing on Riga, Berlin indicated that the Red army had opened the first stage of a gigantic drive aimed at the German soil of East Prussia. Pass Entrance Taken - Red army forces also reached the Czechoslovak border at two more points and captured the entrance to the 3200-foot Rostok Pass leading across the wooded Carpathian Mountains into Slovakia, where Czec Partisans were battling German and Hungarian troops. Tightening an arc northeast, east and southeast of Riga, while Soviet forces only seven Magazine Says Russia Intends to Fight Japan BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Time magazine, in its Oct. 2 issue reaching newsstands today (Thursday,) makes this unamplified statement; "From an authoritative source. Time learned last week that as soon as Germany is defeated Russia will declare war on Japan." Time editors would give no hint of the source. miles south of the city pounded its rujns with artillery fire and aerial bombardment, three Soviet armies in Eastern Latvia rapidly were closing in on the capital. Narrowing their front to 65 miles between the Gulf of Rig and the Dvina River, the Russians pressed the German rear guards into a 1600-square-mile triangle as they surged toward the city, crossing swamps, lakes and icy rivers in their westward drive. Coastal Town Taken Advancing down the east coast of the Gulf of Riga to join with forces that struck west to the sea from Limbazi, Soviet troops cleared a further 28 miles of the shore line and captured the coastal town and railroad station of Skulte, 22 miles north-northeast of Riga. Meanwhile, Red army forces hurled back the Nazis from their fortifications along the northern bank of the Dvina and, advancing 10 miles, took the station of Kaibala, 30 miles southeast of Turn to Page 2, Column 6 FILIPINO GIRL WAVES SARONG AT ANGELENO FLYER ADVANCED SOUTHWEST PACIFIC FIGHTER FIELD, Sept. 27. (JP) The 13th A.A.F. fighter planes which accompany bombers on Davao raids brjng tidings from the Filipinos. Capt. Robert Shimp of 1445 Redondo Blvd., Los Angeles, who used to play the piano for Gus Arnheim and Jimmy Greer, and now is flying a P-38 for the 13th, swears he saw Filipino maid "whip off her sarong and wave it at me." Another flyer reported that during a low run over a Davao street he saw a native woman hold her baby "in one hand and her shirt in the other and wave them both." ALBANIA INVADED BY ALLIED FORGE Fight Rages Along 400-Mile Zone as Troops Land to Unite With Russ Army in Balkans ROME, Sept. 27. (TIE) Allied forces have invaded Albania and the Adriatic islands of Yugoslavia on a wide front, it was announced today, in what is believed the opening blow of a gigantic pincers drive against Hitler's crumbling Balkan empire in co-ordination with the Red army to the north. Air and seaborne troops of the newly formed land forces of the Adriatic, in the eighth major invasion of the European war, made the first big penetration of the Balkans by the western Allies and Berlin said fighting was in progress along a 400-mile front on the Albanian and Yugoslav coasts. (A broadcast from Rome by C.B.S. Correspondent Winston Burdett said: "We are past the j raid stage and the landings in Albania undoubtedly will be followed by others at various points around the Balkan Peninsula. That long awaited event an Allied campaign in the Balkans is beginning to take shape this week.") Nazi Garrison Destroyed Although headquarters drew a curtain of secrecy around the operation which a naval communique said started 11 days ago it appeared the main blow was directed against tiny Albania, which Italy seized April 7, 1939. Headquarters announced that the German garrison at Himara, in Southwestern 'Albania just above the Greek island of Corfu, already had been destroyed and the Nazis had to abandon the Albanian coastal road and send supplies to other coastal garrisons by small ships through the Allied-dominated Adriatic. At Himara the Allies stood only 200 miles southwest of the Japs to Fiqht Two Years After Nazis, dx iAJKAAiA ji. m..us, WASHINGTON, Sept. 27. Warning that it will take an "absolute minimum" of from one and a half to two years after the collapse of Germany to win the war against Japan was given today in a joint report by , the Navy, War and State departments and the Foreign Economic Administration on the status of the Pacific war. The survey even predicted that the end of the war in Europe may "favor the Japanese rather than the Allies." "It might well heighten Japan's determination and fighting spirit," said the report, which was issued through the Office of War Information. Japanese Morale High Morale in Japan is high; the man power barrel with 4,000,-000 men in the army, 2,000,000 available but not yet called, and another 1,500,000 between 17 and 20 not yet subject to thf draft is still well filled, and thp nrn. ductive capacity of Japan can De increased in almost everv category of war equipment anil military supplies, it was found. TU n ; v-. : i ; , . t T The possibility of new Jap raids on the American West Coast is "not eliminated," the report cautioned. The Japanese fleet is still powerful and, despite the high ratio of Jap planes destroyed to our losses, Two Generals Die Overseas WASHINGTON, Sept. 27. (JP) The War Department renortpd tonight the deaths from illness of two Army generals overseas. Brig. Gen. Walter G. Layman, 56, died of heart attack at Cheltenham, Eng., while serving as commandant of the American school center and Brig. Gen. Thomas E. Roderick, 51, died Sept. 21 in the North African theater. Gen. Roderick was a native of Navarre, O. Gen. Layman was born at Parkersburg, W.Va. ROMANIA . -Ploeiti ova s,v, :. . w . . w in lii A - - .LDAL MAT I A , UPt Wlrtphoto IN ALBANIA- Block arrow indicates Allied . airborne landing In Albania and white arrows show potential Russian drives into Yugoslavia. Red army in Bulgaria and were in position to knife 145 miles eastward to the Aegean coast of Greece and lop off an estimated five German divisions of perhaps 50,000 men in Greece. Although a naval bulletin said Turn to Page 5, Column 4 O.W.I. Says Times Staff Correspondent officials believe th'at 'the Japa nese are currently able to pro duce planes as rapidly as we de stroy them." Jap Power Now Massed Where the Japs were forced to supply planes over a wide area of the Pacific a year ago, they now can "mass their .air power in a narrowing theater of action," according to Secretary of the Navy Forrestal. Furthermore, Japan has been conserving her air power and her planes, of all types, "now nave greater lire power, arma ment, range, speed and load caDacitv " Aircraft of the United States isavy "do not any longer have so big a technical advantage over enemv Dianes." forrestal commented. On the bright side of the ledger, the rerort cited United Statps production of planes at 8000 per Turn to Page 4, Column THE WORLD'S j k An CDAklXC TVMl rlVwIN I 3 WESTERN FRONT British survivoFS of Arnhem pocket escape across lower Rhine after heroic eight-day stand; tommies farther south drive to Meuse River on wide front; Americans open bombardment on Metz fortress. Page 1. EASTERN FRONT Red army scores 28-mile advance in Latvia, nearing Riga; Soviet units reportedly drive into Hungary. Page 1. BALKANS Allied air and seaborne forces invade Albania and Adriatic islands on wide front. Page 1. ITALY Americans north of Florence battle to regain lost mountain positions. Page 5. PACIFIC American marines and G.I.'s hack deeper into last Japanese position on Northern Peleliu. Page 4. Q 100 Kalamata STUTUTt MUM t Germans Slain by 'Red Devils' Put at 12,000 SUPREME HEADQUAR TERS, ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, Sept. 28 (Thursday.) () The men of Arnhem less than 2000 out of an original force of S00O have come back to the comrades south of the Neder Rhine with a story of valof to take its place Reside Britain's Dunkerque and Coventry. Though the price was steep, headquarters refused to give this heroic, incredible stand of eight days and nights by the British 1st Airborne Division, the "Red Devils," the harsh label of defeat. Instead, staff officers pointed to the 12,000 to 15,000 estimated German dead heaped around the little foothold which the Red Devils had held against incessant bombardment and armored at. tack. They declared the almost superhuman holding had helped in the development of a new powerful eastward thrust now taking Ehape along the length of the Maas (MeuseK River a few miles from the Dutch-German frontier. Field dispatches bolstered this theory, saying the once-precarious corridor extending up through Holland now was firmly held, rapidly being expanded and that German forces were falling back across the Maas to take up positions a few miles in front of the Siegfried Line. New Assault on Fort A violent new assault on the main fort .guarding Metz also was launched in Northeastern France by the U.S. 3rd Army and was successful in its initial stages, it was reported. There was ample evidence that the besieged Red Devils had tied down vastly superior German forces, perhaps preventing a gigantic "Arnhem" for large elements of Lt. Gen. Sir Miles C. Dempsey's British 2nd Army in the corridor from Eindhoven to Nijmegen. If they had not been occupied in the bloody battle with the unflinching tommies on the north bank of the Neder Rhine, the German troops around Arnhem might have joined with large Nazi forces west of the corridor to divide and conquer. The British skytroopers made this impossible and a dispatch from Associated Press Correspondent Robert C Wilson, with the Allies in Holland, said the corridor now appeared sufficiently protected to keep the estimated 100.000 Germane hetween it and the sea from breaking aciu&s 10 me Keicn. The only exit for this Nazi force, he said, now is the Ions' wav srnnnH north of Arnhem. . Some Swim Rhine A senior British staff nffinw said between 1700 and 1800 of me trapped airborne troops at Arnhem succeeded in escaping after the order tn withriranr ha been given by Field Marshal Sir Dtrnara l,. Montgomery. Some swam the mnrirlv Vw Rhine, a quarter of a mile wide. Others were carried across in tiny assault boats and some rowed. At least 1200 wnnnrlarl' left behind. How many of the . remainder of the original force were killed and how manv woro captured was not known. ine official blackout on the Turn to Page 2, Column 4 British Pilot Downs 38th Nazi Plane LONDON. Sent.. 27 (JFt vi Commander Johnny Johnson, Britain's leadins fie-htpr nilnt shot down his 38th German air. craft today as the Canadian fighter wing he commands destroyed 14 enemy planes and damaged six in runnine' hattio along the Rhine east of the Al lied salient in Holland.

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