Sweetwater Reporter (Sweetwater, Tex.), Vol. 47, No. 174, Ed. 1 Monday, July 31, 1944 Page: 2 of 6
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, defense belt in Northern
" '8 greatest
18 range is 50
at Hs narrowest
point. Many of its bald peaks
toiler six-thousand feet into the
'tdcy. On the Allied side, the
show their gulm-
faoe;i Sheer beetle-browed
cliffs lromn over the country-
side. On the far side, the range
shelve* gently into the greed
plains of Lombard.
The Gothic line also is known
as the Pisa-Rimini line. The pill-
box studded mountain range
swings east from Pisa, skirts
Florence, then dips sharply to
Rimini on the Adriatic. It is 110
miles by air between the anchor
points of the line, which slices
across the narrowest neck of the
The Arno river is an outstand-
ing factor on the approaches to
the western half of the Gothic
line. Since Roman times this
160-mile river has been a land-
mark in Italian military history.
The Nazi fortifications stretch
along a region that has seen
much of the glory and tragedy of
Italy. In 221 B. C., Hannibal in-
vaded Italy through Spain and
France. The ponderous crump of
his elephants echoed down
through the mountain trails of
the Alps and the Appennines.
Fourteen years later Hanniball's
forces were driven from Italy.
Then Atilla swept down from the
north. But Roman conquerors de-
feated the Germanic horde. They
built great thoroughfares high in
the Appennines — roads which
During much of this time, the
tribes of Gaul had been camp-
ing in the north—permitting the
Romans to revel in their past
glories. But in 476 the tribal
chieftains decided to put an end
to Roman rule. The Gauls swept
down through the Appennines to
conquer Rome. The powerful
days of the mighty Roman em-
pire were over.
The cities which today form
part of thr> Gothic line, reached
their heignt of glory in the Mid-
dle Ages. It was from the glor-
ious Gothic architecture of those
days that the Nazi defense belt
received its name. The cities for-
med independent states and
fought each other for supremacy.
In the 13th century Florence sub-
dued Pisa to reign supreme in
the region of the Etruscan Ap-
During those years of con tin
*Ua 1 'war f at# v£\>£ry
and hamlet was
NEW YORK (UP) — The Nat-
ional Broadcasting Company
quotes the Berlin radio as
saying the tower of Pisa has
been destroyed by Allied artil-
Houses were built in clusters
high on the bleak mountains or
amftng pieasani vine-covered
Then came the rennaissance.
Florence was the center of artis-
tic creation. In the mountains
We're rather proud of our
stock of Auto part* ;md ac-
You may save considerable
time and worry by starting
at Harp's when in need of
Frances Farmer May
Yet Get Lead Role
In Enchanted Forest
Farmer still may be able to take
the dramatic role in the film
Producer Jack Schwarz an-
nounced that he will hold the
lead in the movie for her and
will delay production for a
mon:;h so that she can rest be-
fore going to work. If she is still
in need of rest then, Schwar/.
said he would give Miss Farmer
the leading role in his next pro-
The actress was released from
a mental hospital three weeks
ago as cured. Yesterday, she
was held briefly in Antioeh, Cal-
ifornia, jail as a penniless, hitch-
hiking vagrant. However, she
was released and went with her
father to Yerington, Nevada.
Church Group Has
Kid Party On Lawn
Yoking 'people of the First
Presbyterian church and their
guests were entertained at a
"kid party" .July 27 on the
Kid games were played by
members who came in costumes
Refreshments were served to
Billie Joyce Harber, Patsy Mer-
cer, Mildred Louise Conley, Mar-
garet Gillette, William Henry
Milburn, T. R. Bailey, jr., L. G.
Pate. Whitty Whittington, Ben-
jamin McDonald, Cpl. Roy West-
berg. Ebb Kelly, Porter Brooks,
Rev. and Mrs. Clifford Williams
and son, Robert.
Trent Revival Will
Continue To Aug. 6
TRENT. (Spl.)—A. R. Law-
rence of Loraine is doing the
preaching in the protracted meet-
ing that began here Friday ev-
ening at the Church of Christ.
The meeting will continue
through August 6th.
Evangelist Lawrence is well
known in this section of the
state. In addition to a number
of years residence in Abilene,
he has lived in Kermit and other
West Texas towns.
The services, both morning
anri evening, are held in the tab-
ernacle which adjoins the church
The congregational singing is
under the direction of J. G.
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' 'onxmimu Iron New York
Congressman Hamilton Fish—
who was rebuked by Governor
Dewey for a recent statement
mentioning the Jews—won the
French Crol de Guerre while
fighting in the first World War.
Yet, In 1939, when he visited
Berlin, Fish said he believed
Germany's claims were just. In
Paris, he told newsmen:
"I favor liquidation of the
Versailles treaty in the east."
He added that he also favor-
ed arbitration. of the European
The years later, he said, "I did
everything I could to keep Am-
erica out of war unless attack-
ed. Once we were attacked, I
voted for war, and have sup-
ported all war measures since."
Hamilton Fish is a descendant
of a family that has been in
political life for several genera-
tions. His father was speaker
of the New York State assembly.
His grandfather was governor
of New York state. And his
great-grandfather was one of
Alexander Hamilton's best fri-
Born December 7th, 1888, at
Garrison, New York, Fish was
reared in the shadow of West
Point. Six feet two, he still
has the athletic build that made
him a popular captain of Har-
vard's football team. Though ra-
ther indifferent to his dress, he
has a handsome face, with a
square jaw, high forehead, and
A fellow congressman once
called his inaccuracies as great
as his height. Another caustic
wit termed him the "common
scold" of congress.
His violent attacks—and some-
times over-dramatized forays—
against Communism gained him
friends as well as rebukes. His
isolationist activities before
World War II multiplied his
Yet he wrote from France in
"I am pleased to hear that
America has shaken off its
shackles and destroyed the mag-
gots of pacifism which lulled it
into a fancied security."
Two years later, when Fish
went to congress representing
New York's 26th congressional
district, he introduced bills for
the monument to the unknown
soldier. He fathered another bill
to make Armistice Day a legal
holiday, and made long eloquent
speeches in favor of the soldiers'
bonus. He helped organize the
American Legion, and helped
write the preamble of the Le-
Later, he called America's en-
trance into World War one, the
most unparalleled case of gen-
erosity in the history of the
This complex reasoning once
was dramatized in the house.
Fish was interrupted by a fgl-
eongressman while making color-
ful, simile-crowded speech. The
congressman said he had list-
ened to Fish for 15 or 20 min-
utes. And would the gentleman
kindly say which side of the
question he was on.
Another time critics attack- (
ed him when he called for a 25-
thousand dollar appropriation
to investigate Communistic ac-
tivities in the United States.
Dramatically, Fish staged a raid
on a Baltimore warehouse with
i the aid of federal men.
In Hoover's day, Fish visited
I the White House so often, Mrs. j
Hoover once thought of setting j
aside a room for him.
On one of the Hoover visits, I
Fish came out of a two-minute !
conference with the president I
and gave newsmen a 1500 word |
report on what he had told the j
chief executive. The subjects gov- j
ered everything from the Nica- j
raguan situation to army-navy (
One wit commented that ev- j
en Floyd Gibbons couldn't man-'
age 1500 words in two minutes, j
In 1935, Fish said, "I am not
ambitious. Ten years ago, I was
very ambitious. Hut I have been
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Death whirred on leaden wings down this French road near St
crouching dash tor cover _ as they cross against the hail of bullets.
ican tank destroyed by enemy fire,
Lo, and Yank infarttrjfttten ' make a
In right foreground is Ameri-
Man Dodges 5 Shots;
DALLAS. (UP)—Jesse Eslita
Olivera of Dallas doesn't kill eas-
Saturday night, an assailant
fired five shots at him. Olivera
dodged them all, then took out
after the attacker. He chased
the would-be assassin to the lat-
ter's home, then stood guard un-
til police arrived.
Chinese along the Burma Road
relish bees as a delicacy.
Ten Cent Cup Of
Coffee Giving Way
To Five Cent Cup
WASHINGTON. (UP) — The
ten-cent cup of coffee is giving
way to the fivo-cent cup.
A . new Office of Price Ad-
ministration regulation says';hat
no lestaurant may charge more
than a nickel for a cup of ooffeo
—with cream and sugar—unless
it charged more during the week
of October 4th to 10th, 1942'
The ruling went into effect to-
HOLLYWOOD (UP) — Six-
teen-year-old Ann Blytfoe is one
step nearer stardom today.
A superior court judge has ap-
proved her new Universal con-
tract at a salary of $275 a week.
Her mother promised that 15 per
cent of her salary would be in-
vested in war bonds.
Miss Blythe made her first
dramatic appearance in a radio
play in New York when she was
five years old.
FORT KNOX, Ky. (Spl ), A
picked group of technicians from
armored units all over the coun-
try was enrolled today In the
Armored School for a course In
tank mechanics. These men will
be trained for the Important task
of keeping the Army's tanks in
Among the new students are:
Pvt. James H. Crain, son of Mrs.
Merle Crain, Star Route.
The Armored School, comman-
ded by Brig. Gen. P. M. Robinett,
is one of the world's largest
technical institutions. It turns
out aech year many thousands of
specialists for service with the
hard-hitting armored divisions
and separate tank battalions.
The Tank Department gives
students a detailed knowledge of
engine, power train, suspension
system and other elements of
the complex tank mechanism. Tn
addition to trouble-shooting and
repair, much emphasis is placed
upon preventive maintenance.
The men have an opportunity to
study engines in action in a half-
million-dollar live - enginge-test
building where they work on
both Diesels and gasoline en-
gines actually operating under
TO HEAR PROBATE
A probate case is set Tuesday
morning in county court in the
change of administrators in the
estate of Mary Compton. Mrs.
Compton is widow of M. L.
Compton, Maryneal rancher.
The suit will be heard before
County Judge Delas Reeves.
War Industrie*" v
Supply Big Orders
War industries have ^tmeded
up recently to supply 'Yne In-
creasing demands of the broad- %
Manpower shortages contin-
ues to be felt in mahy sections,
even though a few lines have
been tapered off and men Releas-
Steel mills slowed down more
than a full percentage point
during the week, impeded by
hot weather and by manpower
problems. They operate^' just
under 96 per cent of capacity.'
Steel came into the news jn™
several way's this week, iis tne
big" com pan lies reported thejr
earnings for the secrtWi^iauarter
and the first half of the1 vfcrr.
CONCLUDE MEETING :L'1 4
CHICAGO. (UP) — MethoHist
bishops, ministers and lay lead-
ers concluded their week-long
meetings in Chicago today with
election of officers to' five-
church commissions. -4
The Reverend John Kenney
of Fresno, California, was elect-
ed chairman of the commission
on central conferences. Bishop
Titus Lowe of Indianapolis was
named head of the commission •
on inter-denominational relations
of the church. Bishop Ivan Lee
Holt of St. Louis was elected
president of the Ecumenical Me-
V- : p
First outdoor demonstration of
television was given on Julv 12,
! in Washington many years now.
and the valleys the people strove j i have seen that it is a 16-hour
for self-expression. There were
few towns without. lovely
churches and glowing paintings.
Today instead of art, the
sounds of battle are heard from
Pisa to Rimini. The Allies are
approaching ihe Gothic line.
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Fraky & Reeves
Sit Oak street
Nim Phones %
a day job."
With political events shaping
as they are. Millionaire Fish may
not continue his 16-hour day. His
political enemies hope he will
be defeated in Tuesday's pri-
mary. Governor Dewey openly
says he will not endorse his re-
Grayson County Man
Killed By Lighting
SHERMAN, Tex. (UP)—Light-
ning is blamed for the death of
a Grayson county farmer — Joe
Knox was fishing in a tank
near his home Saturday when
the bolt struck him.
Get Grayvita Vitamins
Yjf, Bjori# the nation over hive reported
GRAYVITA Vitamin* WORK, and thattheir
F*r teir it retumin* to it* natural color.
"RAVVITA Vitamin.contain the tame amount
of "antl (ray hair vitamin" (flu* 460 Int. unit*
'. GRAYVITA vitamina are non-fatten-
Inf, can't hai
aupply *1 SO; 1
lii-vy Hrow. Phone «4fl
Checking Air Force Officers
in Link Trainers
spirit that won
AN AIR FORCE OFFICER came in for his routine checkup and
f \ was surprised to find a Wac in charge of the Link Trainer.
"Why, that's no work for a woman!" he said.
"I've been trained for it, sir," the Wac answered with a
smile. "And if I can't do it, I don't belong in this man's Army."
-This Wac spirit isn't just one of brag or pride in the Corps.
It's a spirit of confidence.
For the WAC hasn't been given jobs, it has won the right to
do them. When the WAC was first organized, there were only
four jobs the Army thought women could handle.
But the WAC rolled up its sleeves and showed the Army
what women can do.
Job by job, they demonstrated their aptitude, their earnest-
ness, and courage.
And the four jobs grew into 239. Today, wherever you find a
Wac on the job, you find a job well done. G.I. Joe says it. The
Colonel says it.
And the General says, "I wish we had a million more Wacs!"
Standing combat orders
to bomber crews
for ga/fant service
WOMBNS ARMY CORPS
* FOR FULL INFORMATION about the Women'« Army Corp,, go to yarn
nearest V. S. Army Recruiting Station. Or mail the coupon below.
Please answer 4yc*
no" to each of the
Are you between
20 and 50?
Have you any children
Have you had at
least 2 years o(
ARMY RECRUITING STATION
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Sweetwater Reporter (Sweetwater, Tex.), Vol. 47, No. 174, Ed. 1 Monday, July 31, 1944, newspaper, July 31, 1944; Sweetwater, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth282921/m1/2/: accessed October 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Sweetwater/Nolan County City-County Library.