The Lethbridge Herald from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada on March 8, 1944 · Page 1
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Wednesday, March 8, 1944
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WeatKer FINAL EDITION rOKKCAIT-FADU MUD 16 PAGES T FTHRRTDGE. ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 1944 "."" . livinurllCailaral PimI!'71..1 A 2,. .700 (7.5. Bombers Smash Berlin With 360,000 Bombs Over 2,000 Planes Battle Nazis Over Capital By GLADWIN HILL prpss Staff Writer) LONDON, March 8 Srrnne forces of United States heavy bombers-pos-sibly numbering 1,100 sei huge fires in Berlin today on the American air force s fourth visit to the German iQi -within six days. More than 10,000 explosive bombs blasted the city. More than 350,000 incendiary bombs set the fires. From these officially announced figures, the Press Association estimated that possibly 1,100 heavy bombers made the trip, escorted by as many fighters, making a total of over 2,000 planes. First reports from the fighters showed they had shot down at least 30 r..rmin nlanes. Dni btoud of about 50 bombers attacked targets at the southwestern edge ui Berlin while others braved a great flak barrage over me heart of Hitler's capital. Light clouds which covered the bombers most of the way to Berlin opened up over the city to disclose the targets. HIT BAIL YARDS The daylight raiders set out ft few hours after powerful R.A.F-.-B.C.A.F. forces hit German-used railway yards at Lemans. 110 miles southwest of. Paris. . The night force, whirh Included bombers from all squadrons in the R.C.A.F. bomber group, suiierea no losses aespitc a anti-aircraft barrage and some night fighters. Pliers saw a great explosion that lit up the sky, and one crew saw a big building blown to pieces. U.S. medium bombers flew into Holland today, striking unspecified HI IPMPQF TlTl-RIT- A pretty Eurmese nurse, a member BURMtbL l lu-m 1 . of iftn lied Burmese medicai unit. feeds a tasty bit of food to Captain John Colling, of fean Francisco, during a jungle picnic somewhere in Burma. The nurse was one ol a group enjoying a much-needed vacation from duties. Abramowicz Will Hang Axe Slaver of Veronica Zahorejko to Die May 25 Peter Abramowicz, 49, of Lethbridge and Coleman, was sentenced to be hanged at Lethbridge May 25 when he was found guilty of murder by a supreme court jury at Macleod Tuesday afternoon. Execution may be carried out at the provincial jail in Lethbridge. Mr. Justice T. M. Tweedie Imposed the sentence on Abramowicz before a packed court at 5:30 p.m. Abramowicz was found guilty by the jury of the murder Jan. 26, in Coleman, of Veronica Zahorejko, 35, of Lethbridge and The trial, which lasted a day and half, concluded at noon Tues-av The remainder of the after- nnn was snpnt In summing up the evidence, the charging of the jury by Mr. Justice Tweedie and the find ing 01 uie veiuu-i-. jj out for two hours before returning with an unquaiinea veraict u guilty. HUSnea i;ouri noura (Vrnm Our Own Correspondent) MACLEOD, March 8 Retiring at the court house here at 3:30 o'clock THEY FOUGHT TO THE END NAPLES. March 8. W) Two battalions of American Rangers, 900 strong, infiltrated four miles through enemy lines in tne eariy days of the Anzio beachhead operation, nearly reached Cisterna and there fought to tne Diner end when surrounded by superior German forces, it was dis closed today. The night and day action cc-Mirred Jan. 30. Only a few strag glers managed to filter back into Allied lines where they told their story Federal CoalZhukov Aims PolicyAskedAtLwowCity Gordon Taylor Says Indus try Damnably bungled Delegation to Ottawa The Left Hand . . . Corner . . . The Fighting Jews-Fighting Musicians Great Smelt Mystery The Japs Are Dirty Fighters. OME of the hardships of life V in a small B.C. town were enumerated in the B.C. Leg islature by Tom King (Coalition, Columbia). Mr. King, recalling the days when Golden obtained its electric Dower from a mill operating near the town, said that for a considerable time, there was no electricity during the day. Then the mill manager's wife bought a washing machine and the town got power Monday mornings. A little later the manager's wife procured an iron and the power was extended to Tuesday mornings. v v v v THE FIGHTING JEWS (From the Nelson, B.C., News) There are 1,500,000 Jews on active service with the armies of the United Nations, according study made public by "Trend of Events," a news letter published in New York. These represent 14 per cent, of all Jews in Allied countries. More than 100,000 of them have been either killed, wounded 01 caritured. These figures do not in clude Jewish guerrillas operating in Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Greece and other European countries. The hot gospeller was becoming excited. "We have got the Devil in chains at last!" he cried. Then, after a pause: "Don't flatter your selves; he can still reach you peo ple in the front pew, and even you young fellows at the back of the gallery." Came a voice from the gallery "Well, the blighter might as well be loose!" v v v v ORCHESTRA DID A.R.P. DUTY (R. A. Davies in a Moscow Despatch to Toronto Saturday Night.) In Leningrad I met Karl Elias- bcrg. the conductor 01 tne ijentn- grad Symphony. His story is an epic of heroism of a new kind. Listen to him: Duels Rage On Italian Fronts IN ade duels raged for the second straight night m shell-torn Cassino on the main 5th Army front, headquarters announced today, and observers have spotted movements behind the German lines soutn 01 nome, puiuiy "" ing a regrouping for a fourth all-out push against the Allied beaenneaa. j New Zealand siege guns hammered at a German-ua ,.o5i 0faHnn oKnut a milp south of Cassino while Am erican troops west of Uisterna on tne oeacnneaa euscu in a fierce machine-gun and mortar duel with the Nazis, u wo 7QC Viano-P in positions. The Germans made a concerted but futile effort to infiltrate British positions near Carroceto, on the Kome siae 01 tne Deacnneiu. TO HANG HERE Peter Abramowicz will be hanged at the Provincial Jail in Lethbridge on May 25, the first execution since 1931, when there was a triple hanging. - At that -time- Mike - Radko, Bertram A. Jones and Fred Baldwin were hanged at the jail, the date being June 10. Radko and Jones were convicted of the murder of George Midwinter, a Calgary taxi driver, and Baldwin was riven the death sentence for the murder of his sweetheart, Beatrice Law of Calgary. As far as can be learned from the jail records the first hanging occurred on June 19, 1912, when Frederick Carlson, found guilty and sentenced at Red Deer, was execeuted for the murder of Norman Merritt. The provincial jail was opened in 1911. More Money For Industry Some M.P.'s Criticize Pro posed Industrial Bank Not Big Enough OTTAWA, March g (CP.) Members of four parties in the commons last night said that the proposed industrial develop-msnt bank, with resources of 100,000,000, fails short of what will be required in the financing of industry in the post-war P Spcakin; on second reading of the bill to set up the bank. New Democracy Leader Black-more said that as now proposed the institution would be unequal to its responsibilities. But it could have a paid-up capital of $250,000,000 instead of $25,000,000, the money being rrpat.A bv the Bank of Canada. Ths bank then could be expand ed" to the point where it would be able to lend all the money necessary in any part of Canada. It could be used to "bring the banks into line, and control interest rates. DECENTRALIZE INDUSTRY Mr. Blackmore ana ion. k. a. Hanson (P.C.-York-Sunbury) a.rrefid the bank might be used to decentralize industry through its financing authority. But Mr. iian- son said he believed that with 8 continued high national income private means of financing wouia be adequate. M. J. coldwell, C.C.F. leader, said thP bill setting up the bank fell short of what it should be at this time. The proposed institution largely destroyed the argument in favor of "so-called free enterprise" and went some distance ki removing the "risks for which the public is sup- EDMONTON, March t.W The Alberta Legislature Tues day unanimously approvea resolution demanding that the Dominion Government formulate and announce a national coal policy and an amendment urging that a committee representative of the Government, miners and mine operators go to Ottawa to urge on Dominion authorities the necessitiy of taking appropriate action immediately. The resolution was moved by t.ap r.nrrinn Tavlor (S.C., Drum- heller , who declared there isn't another Industry in the" world today that has been "so flagrantly insulted and so damnably bungled as the Canadian coai Dusineaa . The amendment was moved by J. Morrison Lab., Edson), and seconded by Elmer Roper (.CCS'.. Ed- After a full-dress discussion 01 neary two hours, Premier a., Manning declared vie pruu-jpu. u the resolution was in accord with the attitude of the Social Credit administration, and the Government is prepared to carry out the principles. TROUBLE BREWING If the Federal Government allows existing conditions in Alberta coal-flplds to continue, "theirs is the responsibility for the trouble that is brewing," Mr. layior uucu. it n niik-R (R.C.. Plncher Creek). sprr.nriinsr the resolution, declared more than u.uw.wu io: 1 have been imported from the United States since the start of the war. and added that if this money was spent building oil plants in Alberta "we could by this time have a pipeline to eastern Canada". Mr. Morrison said "it Is easy for Red Army Roll Down Odessa Railway Toward Lwow, Important Industrial City 70 Miles Away in Poland Enemy Tries Counter-Attacks (By Eddy Gilmore, Associated Press Staff Writer) a insrnw March ft (A.P.) Marshal Gregory K. iVl Zhukov's 1st Ukrainian army fought today against some of the worst ground conditions of the Russian-Lrer- man conflict and what a Red Star front-line reporter caned the "growing resistance of the enemy." But still the Red army rolled on, seizing a firm hold on the Odessa-Warsaw railway and moving to within 70 miles of the important industrial and rail city of Lwow. - "The landscape is becoming exceedingly more 'complicated,5' reported Capt. Andrei Belaiev, the Red Star correspondent. He said there were many small lakes, which have overflowed large areas of the countryside, as well as numerous streams and small forests. In this battle of mud, Belaiev reported, the Russians resorted to the use of long lines of sledges hitched behind tanks. Tommy-gunners were piled into the sledges and tanks, which cut through the muddy Ukrainian fields to reach the roads behind the enemy unes. neia oispaicnes FEDERAL COAL (Continued oa Page Three.) British Air Production FOUL WEATHER Discussing the German movements behind the lines, headquarters said the Nazis "appear to be on the watch for any opening in our forward positions." Foul weather continued to ham per the ground fighting and the communique declared that "heavy snow in the mountains and deep mud in the valleys have made all movements difficult." Allied planes flew about 1,300 sorties yesterday, with heavy bombers blasting the Toulon naval base in southern France and medium bombers striking at rail yards in DUELS RAGE (Continued on Page Three) Tuesday afternoon, the jury in the Abramowicz axe murder case, filed back into the hushed court room at exactly 5:25 to render their verdict through their foreman, K. Munro of Pincher CreeK. ms mrusiup Justice Tweedie took his seat im- - mediately. The veraict was w; the jury find the accused guilty as charged." His lordship then told the accused to stand up and addressed him as follows: "Tne jury nas iuuu you guilty, have you anything to say before sentence is passed upon you?" The accused, Peter Abramowicz, through the interpreter, stated he had nothing to say. His lordship then pronounced tne iateiui wuius. The Day In Parliament Squeeze Play On Japanese NEW DELHI, March 8 (CP.) Japanese forces in Burma have been hit on two widely-separated fronts by British troops in the west and Americans and Chinese in the north, announcements indicated today. British forces in the west beat off two Japanese raids on their main front west of the Mayu range, Allied headquarters announced. Severe casualties were inflicted on the enemy and the British troop staged a successful raid south of Maungdaw. The communique said enemy opposition increased in the Kaladan valley "and our West African troops have made adjustments in their positions." In the north, United States troops fanned out from captured Walaw-bum, 10 iiles behind the Japanese lines, to trap 2,000 of the enemy caught between the Americans and the Chinese troops steadily advancing from the north. The communinue indicated the Americans were hammering uie Japanese against the Chinese anvil in continuing fighting. It said a road block had been estaonsnea two miles west of Walawbura and all enemy vehicles attempting to escape southward to join the main body of Japanese near Mogaung and Mylt-kyina were being methodically destroyed. Enprnv Dositions and communica tions were among the targets of said the Germans have congregated large forces of infantry and tank units, seewng n noio their communication Unes in the Ukraine. This is understandable." Bed Star said, "because of the lack of roads and the fields are practically impassable for tne troops." On top 01 tne warmest winter at many years, a. sudden spring inaw turned the rolling steppe country of the Ukraine into thousands of square miles of heavy, sticky mud.. It is too early to say wnecner bk German counter-attacks are from the established line where tha Nazis intend to hold, or from taa remnants of the beaten divisions which have been regrouped anil which are seeking to regain control of the Odessa-Warsaw railway, which is a life-line to Held Marshal Fritz Von Manns tein's troops in tile Black Sea area, in the lov er tip of Ukraine and in Moldavia. Zhukov's progress lS-SHJi-steady. dispatches said, and with his communications firmly established, he is believed strong enough to press home his offensive towards Lwow and Rumania. LONDON, March 8. (CP.) Britain manufactured 90,000 aircraft mainly of combat types from the start of the war to the end of 1913. Production Minister Oliver Lyttleton announced today in the house of commons. Dnr naval construction has more than replaced losses so that by the raids by Allied fighters and dive-end of 1943 in most types of vessels i bombers Sunday and Monday. our strength is greater man au uie beginning of the war," he said. Baby's Cry Rouses Family As Home Burns WINNIPEG. March 8 UJ Fbur- teen-months-old Douglas Bucknell saved his parents and nine broth ers and sisters irom serious injuries Tuesday night when fire destroyed their home 1 LANDS PLANE HANGING ON TAIL 1,,,. 1 hom i nmhahiv thp onlv Dilot who ever landed a Spit fire while hanging on the tail, and lived to tell about it. He is P.O. James Abbotts of Owen Sound, Ont., now a prisoner of war in Germany. When he bailed out of his spinning plane, he found Wmself dangling behind with the chute cords tangled inside the cockpit. It was his weight on the tail-planes which brought the machine out of its dive and it landed in occupied territory. The pilot was only slightly Injuied. Ask Removal Of Sugar Tax EDMONTON, March 8. (?. The Dominion government will be asked by the Alberta legislative assembly to remove the one-cent-per-pound excise tax now levied on sugar beet production, and to bring about immediately "a substantial increase in the production of sugar in Alberta," according to terms of a resolution passed unanimously by the legislature Tuesday. The resolution was carried unanimously. Ph-mieht into the house by R. S. T,pe fS.C. Taber) and seconded by J. H. Walker, (Independent party leader Irom Warner) tne resolution states a serious shortage of sugar exists in Canada, which works a oravft hardshln on all citizens, and particularly upon iarm iamuii, and that sugar is being brought into the country today by ship. It calls for the increase in Alberta sugar production, "in order that the fear of shortage of this essential food commodity may oe aoonsnea. COULD PRODUCE MUKK Alberta could produce more sugar than she is allowed to produce, Mr. (By The Canadian Press) Today: The house of commons stands ad journed until Thursday, with only committee meetings today. The senate will sit. Yesterday: The house heard members of four parties say the proposed industrial development bank with resources of $100,000,000 falls short of what will be required to finance industry in the post-war period: heard M. J. Coldwell, C.C.F. leader, say his erouo believed in national owner ship and control of the entire bank ing and financial system to meet the needs of the present post-war periods. In the senate. Senator J. W. de B. Farris (L, British Columbia), said that John Bracken, Progressive ConservaUve national leader, in "conducting an active political cam-naien divorced from any parliamen tary duties" was "subversive of parliamentary government." (Mr. Bracken has not yet oeen eiectea to the commons.) Upstairs alone when the blaze started, the child let out a terrified scream. Walter BucknelL the father, fearing the child had fallen, ran ud stairs to discover the whole sec ond floor in flames. He picked up LONDON, March 8 05 A Conservative. Earl Winter-ton, aired In the house of commons Tuesday ms grievance aeainst female croon- 1 BBC programs lor tne He save these other output figures for the same period: Eighty-three thousand tanks, armored cars and carriers, more than 1,000,000 wheeled vehicles of unarmored types, more than 115,000 guns of calibres larger fftan 22-, millimetre, and nearly 5,250,000; machine-guns and rifles. AMMUNITION SOARS He said that just over iour-fUUis of current aircraft production is made up of bombers, fighters and naval reconnaissance Dlanes. the balance being transports, trainers 0ne ot uie caiwoiuiU6 w and target aircralt. Proximity of Britain to German bomber bases obviously prevented the publication of complete statis-Ucs, he said, but added that it certainly could do no harm to make public "a few actual figures to illustrate the magnitude of the war production 01 this country. To the figures he gave craft and gun production, he added 150,000,000 rounds of gun ammuni- A A A A A 1 ( ! Uie child and let the family out a t the DacK door to saiety. Plane Kills Four RIVERSIDE, Calif.. March S CP) Four persons were killed in the I crash of a fighter plane into the Dost hospital at Camp Haan rues- : forces. The member lor ;day, coroner aen r. wmte rcputu- Horsham and Worthing said ed. He said the names of the dead, "thev resemble no known j two attendants in the hospital X- American accent and remind I ray room and two patients, wouia mohHoMvi enrkatoo." 1 had been notified. The planes pilot parachuted to safety. Low Says Ottawa Aided Quebec's Liquor Quota EDMONTON, March 8. KB 1 Charge that the Dominion govern-! ment lixeo tne oase year hj givc the greatest advantage to Quebec" and that "some of the eastern provinces were tipped off" of the war-time alcoholic beverage order of 1942, was voiced in the Alterta legislature Tuesday by Provincial Treasurer Solon Low. Closinc the budget debate, Mr. Low referred to the liquor-ration question and said "I can only say that the Dominion government created gross inequalities as between the amounts allowed to the various provinces under their warl'me order by the way in which f.iey went about it." Referring to Alberta's monthly ration which is 13 ounces of liquor, 12 pints of beer and one 26-ounce bottle of wine, Mr. Low said that "because of the earlier estabiisn- i ment of war industries in the east- NEWS BULLETINS INDICATE LOSS IN U.S. RAID ON BERLIN BELOW RECORD LONDON. March 8. (CJP.)-Early reports of returning crews indicated Wednesday s raid by 1.100 American bombers and LQ fighters on Berlin was accompanied by a lower loss than the record of 68 bombers lost on Monday, while abeut the same number et Nazi nlanes, 116, were shot down. RUSSIANS CAPTURE CHERNI OSTROV, ON ODESSA LINE LONDON, March 8,-iC.P.) The Russian Ukrainian drive has captured Chcrni Ostrov and 100 other communities and extended the Red armVs hold on the Odessa-Lwow railway to 30 miles. AIR RAID" WARNING SOUNDS IN LONDON, NO DETAILS LONDON, March 8. (CP.) An air raid warning sounded in London Wednesday night, the first in several nights, but there were no details issued. NAZIS USE TANKS AGAINST ITALIAN STRIKERS LONDON, March 8.-C.P.)-Tbe Ban radio, operated by the BadogUo government, said Wednesday night that "German tanks went into action Wednesday against strikers in Milan and other 1",. , rthern Italv." The Germans had set this morning as a deadline for ending the strikes, threatening to send in army units. nrovinces the consumption of liquor there had reached about the peak in what the federal government chose as the base year, upon which the quotas were calculated. J JAJf guus SERIOUSLY ILL IN FINLAND berte, we had not reached 'by 19421 anything like the population, in- dostry and Income that came in: 1943." While this Is true, he added. 'T feel fairly certain that some of the eastern provinces were tipped off that the order was coming and they therefore bought heavily from distillery stocks in anticipation. . . I am informed that individuals In Ontario and Quebec bought cases at a time even after the Dominion's order was announced. . . 401,000 PERMITS "Alberta was never tipped off. and it can be shown beyond any STOCKHOLM. March 8,-A.P.)-Jan Slbebiw, Finttiws w; famous composer, is seriously ill at hb heme outside Hnu Sibelius, who is IS. was said to have a heavy cold and to be running a high temperature. pc, govt roi.B RUSSIANS REJECT OFFER ""LONDON. March 8.-(AJP.) -Russian rejection of a.?"" promise offer for a temporary setUement .f the dispute was conveyed Wednesday night by Britain to the Pels government in London. ROME RADIO REPORTS NEW ALLIED AID . ,,, - -j. LONDON. March S--(CXPJ-The German-controlled R ,h lonisht that Allied planes bombed Rome 1 This radio station made a similar announcemi rtav's bombing in the Rome area, but subsequent Al .... ii varfe in the vicinity. ANOTHER RAID ON JAP PABAMUSHIRO BASE WASHINGTON. March .-AJ.) -United States vy . . . .1 . ti iituiM the Jan a? ParamS. - N E W SPAPErA 1 G H i V E . NewspaperHRCHIVE

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