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Saturday, PitertAe* H Fi>frihiimi*rt*irTt-¥ii»rtMt^ "i" : ~ - • j :. . . _• ... ^M ^-- ^a. • • , ^ risfmas Brings Memories, Thoughts of Men at '>, ^^^^^ ' - • • ^^Hl^^^ ' _^^_^____^__^^^^^^^^^^ JJMM ,^ > «, M » M Aa^^jt^>»a«iJa»im»»^M'''™* l "'"'* l ''*'^ M ^^^ — ^ Of the News by Mackenzie Editorial Comment Written Today and Moved by Telegraph or Cable. Classified Ad* mutt be In office day before publication. All Want Ads cash in advance. Not taken over the Phone. On* time— 2c word, minimum 30t Three times — JVi« *»'*> minimum 50e Six tlrh»«— it wetdi minimum lit One month— lit word, mlnmlum $2.70 ore for continuous insertions only THE MOR\ YOU TELL THE QUICKER YOU SELL." For Sale <• By DE WITT MACKENZIE ^,A»toclated Press War Analyst ^Come evening your correspond- ,ent is going to disappear for a few days from this column but before leaving I want to hand on to .you Christmas message from an • old friend of mine—some thoughts which may help to make this a better yuletide. .:I had been thinking along the line of what the season really could mean to us with war pressing so grimly on every side, when I received a letter from Tom Keene in answer to my thoughts.' Tom is 'editor of the Elkhart (Indiana) Daily Truth—one of those kindly, home-spun folk who count their friends by legion. His communication, as you shall see was addressed to "Dear Santa," and it was only after he had concluded it that he appended this little note to me by way of explanation: "Dear Mac: Perhaps in my old age I -grow sentimental. But my •son is pilot of a torpedo bomber >'and my son-in-law is a lieutenant of infantry in England. So forgive it, please, and accept my sincere good wishes, with the season's greetings. As ever, Tom". ' And here is Tom's letter • '.'Dear Santa: v "It would be unseemly if I should ask you this Christmas time to bring merriment into the homes of all my friends, for none of us can be wholly free from the cares, the anxieties and the sobering influences, of war. -"Rather, I wish you would pour into their hearts the fragrance o: boughs that bend beneath their tinseled weight, and the warmth that beckons from glowing win dows, row on row. ^ "Make it a bit easier for all of us to bear the heavy "burden of sep aration and bring about an earl; restoration of the comradeship, ai fection and deep sense of security of the family circle, once complete 1 "Keep safely aloft the youn eagles whose strong wings carr "• them swiftly above the murk o stormy seas,, or, bear them int flaming battle high over lands •where enemy forces prowl and 'sprawn their evil •• blood. , v "Protect them from harm and strengthen the sinews of our cour- a'geous men who wearily stand guard tonight hi foxholes far ; afield and make staunch and secure our gallant ships that, sail ; th'e 'seven seas. .-"Deliver from anguish and free from pain all those whose heads . are pillowed on the beds of. the wounded, and give them peace and repose, and gentle dreams. *-"Make us to cherish the rich traditions of a people to forever on the march for Freedom, and bring us a renewal of faith in the righteousness of our common cause. ''"Give us the understanding thai What other men and women have eqdured down through the centuries we, too can endure and make strong our gouls for the sacrifice atth must bethe price of Victory »'And above all, sir, make us in all, things worthy of one another, wKerever we may be, and whatever our task, so that there may be-true rejoicing when the hour of happy reunion is at hand. Tom H, Keene," -COAL~ HAs"""SIDEUNES" Coal has more colors than the rainbow, is abundant in curative medicines, contains more fibers than all the Japanese silkworms, • and is potentially more productive of rubber than the Par East. QUANTITY OF CUT OVER TIM- ber suitable to cut into fine wood. Will deal to someone cheap. On highway. J. V. Moore. 17-3tp. SEE US BEFORE YOU BUY, sell or trade furniture. The best place in town to buy furniture. Ideal Furniture Store. 27-lmpd. THREE YEAR OLD SADDLE filly "Natural". Fine kid pony, half sister to the winner of Hope Horseshow. Tom J. Wardlow,' Gosnells Clothing Store. 14-6tp WOOD FOR SALE. PHONE 221. 14-6tc GOOD MILCH COW WITH YOUNG calf. See Mrs. Etta Campbell, Emmet, Ark. north on Boyd Chapel road. 15-6tp NE LOT OF GALVANISED TUBS and one lot of ribbon cane syrup from Louisiana. See Tom Carrel or phone 164. 16-3tc .QUIPMENT, BRAKE RELINING machine. Flat top office desk and chair. Battery charger, starter drag and tester, piston ring gauge, coil and condenser tester, armature tester. 24 pound counter scales. Volt meter. Anti-freee tester Vise (4 inch jaw) 550 X 17 pre-war inner tubes. Certificate necessary. F. H. Jones, 1510 S. Main. Phone 573-J. 16-3tc FAT TURKEYS WEIGHING FROM 11 to 27 pounds. Priced $6 and up. Jim Jones or Sid Jones. 511 Laurel St. 18-6tp. Southern Democrats Bring Into Open Question Which Has Been Problem Since Civil War-Race ©- GOOD PAPERSHELL PECANS. 25 and 30c per Ib. 404 S. Elm. Phone 459. 18-6tp. ALTO SAXAPHONE, PRACTIC- ally new, including $15 case. Make a lovely Christmas gift. Price $125. Phone 689. 18-3tp. ELECTRIC TRAIN with track and Phone 587-W. COMPLETE transformer. 18-3tc. Forty years ago, Dec. 17, 1903, on the wind-swept dunes of Kitty Hawk, N. C., man's age-old dream of flight in a heavier-than- air machine came true when Wilbur Wright, prone on the lower wing of what amounted to a motorized kite, took off and flew 852 feet in 59 seconds. Actually it was not the first flight of the Dayton, O., brothers, but it was the long- est and proved the practicality of their contraption. The historic flight is pictured at top, above, with brother Orville watching. Photos below symbolize the development of the airplane in the short span of two-score years— as a mighty factor in winning the war for the United Nations; as a swift carrier of men and materials to tne earth's far corners, with the promise of globe-girdling aerial voyages for Mr. and Mrs. America after the war; the Navy's great flying boat Mars, implicit with promise of regular peace-time trans-Atlantic passenger service; and a preview of the helicopter—hailed by its enthusi- f asts as the family "flivver" of the future. By JAMES MARLOW and George Zlelke Washington, Dec. 17 — (fP) — Southern Democrats have broken into the open in Congress the question which has burned steadily in the South since Civil War days: Race. There are about 13 million Negroes in Ihis country- Three quarters of them live in the South, where only a comparative handful of them vote. Poverty and illiteracy among the Soulhern Negroes is great. Poll-tax requirements or various lesls keep them away from the ballot box. Poll taxes keep poor whites away too. Negro labor in the South is cheap — or it was until war made manpower scarce and Ihercfore valuable — which helped keep living cosls lower there than elsewhere for whites and blacks. Begausc those living costs were lower, white help was cheaper in the South, too. But an economic change gradually has been coming over the section. It has ceased to be almost en- lirely an agricultural country. Now t is a growing industrial area, and t seems likely to follow in lhat direction after the war. As more industries move in, the big labor organizations are a cinch lo fol- ow lo organize the workers. That organization in the years ahead — if the labor groups retain their strength — undoubtedly will take in field and factory, white man and black. As the illiterate, unorganized Negro becomes organized, as his wages go up, his demands will grow. Those demands will intensify the racial problem for the south. Senator (Cotton) Ed Smith of South Carolina arose in Ihe Senate Dec. 9 and said: "I have one platform on which I shall liye and die — my loyalty to the constitution, my loyalty to state's rights, and my loyally to white supremacy. Here under the can be brought lo bear on us, al- ,cmpt is made to compel us to take .he Negro on an equullly, to cot with him, lo sleep with him." Whal Smith specifically men- Uoned as irking him were attempts in Congress in recent years to put Ihrough an anli-lynchlng bill and a bill to eliminate poll laxes as a pro-requisite to voting. Southerners — and Smith was talking about this — say that pas sage of the anil-poll tax measure now pending would be unconslitu tional by being an invasion o slales' righls to fix their own vot ing laws. President Roosevelt had created a committee on Fair Employment Practice (CFEP) to prevent racial discrimination in war jobs. On Monday 16 Southern railroad and terminal companies cluntly challenged the conslilutional authority of the CFEP to issue directives to Real Estate for Sale ONE OF THE BEST IMPROVED stock and dairy farms in Hempstead County, on highway, one- half mile from city. One large ten-room house, modern, water, lights and gas. All fenced. Two large stock and hay barns, large dairy barn with sheds for thirty head of cattle, one concrete milking house, two tenant houses. All in cultivation and pastures, with a good team and tools, plows to work the land. An ideal country SPORTS ROUNDUP -By Hugh S. FnUertra, Jr Associated Press Sports Columnist home. See Hope, Ark. Floyd Porterfield, 17-2tc. For Rent WORKING COUPLE OR TWO settled ladies to share home. Call 660. 7-tf BEDROOM WITH ADJOINING bath, Private entrance. Near business district. 423 North Elm. 16-3tp Wonted BABY PERSIAN KITTEN. CALL By HUGH FULLERTON, JR. New York, Dec. 18 — (/P)— The Dodgers won't get the use of the West Point field house for then- spring training activities until 5:45 p. m. on week days — which ought to be ideal preparation for playing night games — still it has Deacon Branch Rickey a bit worried because he figures the only ball player sure to stay out of trouble is one who is too tired to go looking for it — Lester Patrick, whose last competitive hockey effort was when he downed the Goalie's pads in that famous 1928 Stanley Cup playoff, put on his skates again this week to give a few lessons to Roger Leger, who has a lot to learn about playing defense . . . Two of the three men Chalky Wright has signed to fight in Panama are young Al Brown and young Finnegan , . . Sort of a May and December proposition. basketball team beat City College in the Garden, Robert (Injun Joe) Nipp celebrated his 18th birthday by looking up a draft board and by taking an X-ray examination that disclosed a slight fracture in one foot . . . Just to give the : kid a treat, Coach Hank Iba decided to send him into the game in the last three seconds ... As he started for the floor, Nipp asked: "Which is my man, coach?" — Iba just gasped. "Boy, we're playing a zone defense tonight; there are three seconds to go; just report and then stand still on the court." Congress Is Getting Ready for Christmas Washington, Dec. 17 — (/P)—Satefy back in this country after a rdtmd of war conferences abroad, Presi dent Roosevelt loday found con gross getting ready to take Christmas vacation. Whether a joint session will be held first to hear Mr. RooscCell report on his momentous meetings in Cairo and Teheran probably will be decided at talks he is expected to have soon with congressional leaders. It the legislators decide to .. home next week for a 10- day rest, as present plans call for, they probably will leave a half dozen conlrovcrsial issues hanging fire uhlll after the first of the year. The president was in consUnt contact wilh the While House adr- mg his absence and presumably was kept fully informed of develop- mcnls?" In addllion to rapid wireless messages, it became known, he exchanged information and doc umcnts with his aides here Cb'y airplane couriers, who shuttlec across the Atlantic every two days and sometimes oftencr. The chief executive military au-l Ihorities said, was never more than four days' flying lime from Wa-ih- ington. The most distant pointVhe; is known here to have touched at was Teheran, where he and Prime Minister Churchill conferred with Marshal Stalin. On top of the report Mr. Roose velt is expected lo make to On gross on the Allied war council's, the chief executive is faced with the task of preparing his annual] budget message. He also may rc-l port on the state of the union soon ; attcr the end of the holidays. *j With congressional attendance] already melting away, leaden Star fHB WEATHER Arkansas: Pair this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday; Cooler this afternoon, somewhat colder tonight in north, 26 to 30 in south portion. 6f Hope, 1899; Press, 1927, Consolidated January 18, 1929. HOPE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1943 (AP)—Means Assoeidted Press (NEA)—Means Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n PRICE 5c COPY Retreat at Kherson -® Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor ALEX. H. WASHBURN Docs the South Feed Itself? driving force of 'all the power that I for equality for the Negro. 991-R, 19-3tp. RIDE FOR TWO LADIES' TO Lone Star plant on swing shift. Phone 750-W. 16-3tp GOOD USED BABY HIGH CHAIR. . Call Mrs. George Dodds. 16-3tp L«gol Notice Notice CHRISTMAS GIFTS ON DISPLAY and on hand at my home. All kinds of Fuller brushes. 902 South Fulton, Phone 138. Mrs. Leon Bundy. 23 -tt OF SALE Notice is hereby given that the undersigned mortgagee in a mortgage executed by James Coy Me- Daniel to «ie United. States on the 2ftth" day of March, 1943 and duly filed in the office of the Recorder fa and for Hernpstead County, Arkansas; the said James Coy Mc- p'aniel having waived all rights of appraisement, sale and redemption under the laws of the State of Arkansas; pursuant to the powers granted under the terms of the aforementioned mortgage, and by the laws of the State of Arkansas, will on the 21st day of December, 1943 between the hours of 9 o'clock in the forenoon and 5 o'clock in the afternoon of saJd date, at Button Sale Barn, in the County of Hempstead State of Arkansas, offer for sale to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property, tp-wit: 1 International cultivator; 1 Avery turning plow; 1 John Deere middle buster; 1 double shovel; 1 jEtopth Gee WWz; 4 Cotton hoef; 1 old Ga. Stock; 1 Jersey cow , with horns, M on right hip; 1 Jersey -cow, split in right crop of tefl ear; 1 Jersey cow, M on hip. fpW rigfat ear; 1 heifer calf; 1 •sorrell mare, 9 years old; 1 bay mare 12 years old; 1 horse colt, f mo old; 1 high wheel wag™. and spring seat; 2 sets this the 16th CHRISTMAS SPECIAL FOR 30 days only! Mattresses remade. Sheeting 3.95. Striped tick, 5.95. Free delivery. Phone 152. Hope Mattress Co. 24-lmp GIVE MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPT- ions for Christmas. Not rationed yet. New or renewal subscriptions on any magazine. See Chas. Reynerson at City Hall. 30-tmc CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! HAVE your mattress remade. Cobb's Mattress Shop, Phone 445-J. 712 West 4th, 13-6tp Wonted to Rent Today's Guest Star Alex Shults, Seattle (Wash.) Times: "One thing about playing professional baseball, its travel broadens one ... That is, if looking out a Pullman car window in between drawing three cards to a pair in a penny ante game can be considered educational." One-Minute Sports Page Although they didn't give it much publicity, Big Six conference officials decided last week that wartime competition by military and naval trainees wouldn't count against them after the war . . . Thus a boy could play a couple of football seasons as a trainee and .hen be eligible for the full three years as a civilian . . . Freshmen entering after last March 1, including civilians, will get four years of varsity eligibility . . . Dan Ferris still is lookng for most of those 250 000 voluntees to help the A A.U. development program . . . Charley (Cabey) Lews, who fought in one of the Garden prelims last night, is one of nine fighting brothers from Cuba, all of whom are called "Cabey" . . . Washington By JACK STINNETT Washington —W e 11, anyway, they're not "floating eggshells." After months of hoots and hails for the aircraft carrier, military experts, eyes on the budding Pacific nounced we were starting construction of three super-carriers. Opponents pointed out that we had lost four of our seven pre-war careers, and called them "foating eggshells" so vulnerable to attack that ;hey never could prove effective But all the time the navy men were developing a new technique, building task forces around carriers, with perhaps a battleship 15 or 20 other fighting ships protect ing a couple of flat-tops. Early in November a task force struck Rabaul. Carrier based dive bombers, torpedo planes and fighters knocked out six cruisers (Japan was supposed to have had less than three times that number in its entire navy when war started), two light cruisers and two destroyers. A week later in another raid on Rabaul, one light cruiser and two destroyers were sunk and 11 other destroyers damaged. In both instances, land-based bombers from General MacArthur's forces on New Guinea, followed up the raids or joined in, but correspondents at MacArthur's headquarters described both as primarily "Navy shows." In Ihese two raids, 114 Jap need be island-hopping from one tiny atoll to the next. Task forces, with a striking range of more than 200 miles from the flat-tops (compared to the 20-mile-range of battleship guns) can strike deep into enemy seas, without bothering with the "stepping stones." Don't be surprised if some day soon Truk, Japan's greatest base in the South Pacific, more than 80 miles north of Rabaul, pops into the headlines as Ihe object of carrier bombings. campaign, are convinced the crafl carrier has arrived In the last 60 days in the cific, the ilat-tops deallh ihe Pa- Japs some of the most damaging olows they've felt. Last summer, car- rier-basei planes blasted, far- flung Mavciir Island. A little later they "nuetraJized" the strong base the Nips h:ive rebuilt on Wake Island, and 61 enemy pl?nes were destroyed to our loss of 13. Carrier critics still held out, declaring that these "surprise" successes proved nothing. In some circles here, there was hooting when Secretary of the Navy Knox an- TWO OR THREE ROOMS, UN- furnished. Phone 28-W-4. 16-6tp planes were shot down with a U.S. .oss of less than one-seventh that number. In the first, the Nip air forces couldn't even find our task force. In the second, they did, bu' not one single ship was damaged in a fight that cost the attackers more than 60 planes. At Makin and Tarawa it prob ably was the bombing from car riers which made the bloody sue cesses on those flat coral isles pos sible. The narrow margin of victory on Tarawa may well have been the result of that preliminary soft ening. At any rate, little is being sai against aircraft carriers in Wash ington these days. And it appear now that our strategy no longe Hollywood By ROBBIN COONS Hollywood — The most exciting movie I've seen in months deals with test tubes and crystallizing jowls, has many sequences laid in dingy chemical laboratory, and as a lot of dialogue based on the aulsating question ,of a couple of >estiferous elements that won't go away and leave a third, mysterious and unknown, by itself. The movie is "Madame Curie" and concerns, of course, the story of radium and its discoverers, 3 ierre and Marie Curei. WaTter 3 idgeon (bearded) and Greer Garson enact the roles under Mervyn LeRoy's direction. If you're lured into the theater only memories of "Mrs. Miniver," and are a 'little uncertain of the dramatic potentalities in a great scientific quest, there's an extra surprise in store for you. "Madame Curie" has a great love story, humor, tenderness, suspense and adventure of the finest sort. What the script has done, and smartly, is to emphasize the human story —, of the Polish girl, brilliant in scientific studies at Paris's Sorbonne, who dreamed of ccase discriminatory practices affecting employment of Negroes. The railroads' action indicated they were ready to carry their fight to the Supreme Court. And Tuesday Rep. Rankin of Mississippi got up on the House floor to accuse the CFEP membership of being a "bunch of radicals bringing about dissension and disunity In lime of war .hampering our transportation system and threatening the country with race riots all over the nation." He said he hoped the president would "clean out" the committee. The racial problem in the South was emphasized ' last March by Governor Sam Jones of Louisiana. Calling himself a "liberal," he said in a magazine article that President Roosevelt was "magnificently ignorant" of the South. Jones, soon| nav e decided the promise of start-l ing a vacation next mid - wcekl might bring the legislators back! the | January 4 more willing to get dowr to cases on these controvcrvlh matters: Food subsidies — apparent!; scheduled for temporary conlinu ance until a showdown can b' reached in January on the far bloc's demand for their elimtoa tion. • Higher taxes—probably to b left open until early in January Social security—signs pointing tc enactment before the recess o: legislation freezing social sccur^tj payroll levies at their present 1 of 1 per cent on employers am employes. A velo might leave this as a holiday hangover, loo. Railroad pay—Committee ma report out senate-approved ure to put intone effect 8 cents hour increase for non - operatlhi clerks and other workers, but tto term as governor, in finishing his added: Although Southerners armed services have an understanding and affection for the Negro they would renounce any idea lhat they are fighting this war Court Reverses Hale Tax Act, Cities other to "do their, best," and repeat the pledge in writing on his tomb stone. Maybe the Russians look time out, with the Nazis 50 miles away, lo hear Ihe repeat solemn guerrilla oalhs, bul it sounds more Hollywood than Russian. And so much of "The North Star" seems just that —pretentious, overly long Hollywood. Sports Mirror By The Associated Press Today A Year Ago — Beau Jack J-UUtiY /I JLCUl X*5U -WWWH wnv." ...... l . -4 1 «4-ll stops Tippy Larkin in third round House is likely to let it cool until to gain recognition as lightweight champion in New York. Three Years Ago —Survey shows total of $408,528,711 wagered on horses in 17 states. Five Years Ago — Harold "Jug" McSpaden wins $10,000 Miami Open with 275. at 276. Henry Picard runerup Deaths Last Night By The Associated Press George N. Peek San Diego, Calif. George N. Peek, 70, administrator of the agricultural adjustment in 1933 and former president of the Mtline (111.) Plow Company. He was a native of Polo, 111. Henry Levi Ward Lincoln, Neb. — Henry Levi Ward, 80, nationally kijown naturalist and former director of the Milwaukee public museum. He was a native of York, N. Y. January. Service vote—Senate - apprdvec bill retaining slate control of a.b-1 sentee voting by uniformed ] sonnel likely to go over in House with stiff administration fight or it later. Mustering out pay—temporarilj bogged down in both houses, buj the lightening might strike i time. Everybody is for it, amount is the big question Besides these major issues, con\ gress will have plenty of work do when it comes back after it first recess since last summer. Although some proposals h; been made for the legislators tc take a longer rest. Democratic Leader Barkley (Ky) said thai early enactment of the new revenue bill is so vocal lhat the prospective vacation will have to be ended ( January 4. Women Monopolize School Elections ,, . A Southern Industrial Council Report - The question in our headline today is the title of a DahipHlet just issued by the Southern States Industrial Council, fcjlashville, 3, Tenn. The council's director of research, Thurman /ensing, points out that— "The United States, as a — ® nation, is most fortunate in that it can probably be more nearly self-sustaining than any nation of the world. In turn, of those regions within the United States which could most nearly be self-sustaining, it can not be gainsaid that the South, due to its climate and soils, should rank first." But, Mr. Sensing's report continues, the South is short of being self-sufficient in the following farm production: 20 million bushels of oats—or an increase of 10 per cent over present production. 53 million bushels of wheat—or 34 per cent. 50 million bushels of corn—or 7 per cent. 10 million bushels of Irish potatoes—or 15 per cent. 56 million pounds of onions. 12 million pounds of butter—or 5 per cent. 05 million dozen eggs. 200 million pounds of live hogs (the amount the South has to import annually from other sections of the U.S., although it sells those oilier sections 102 million pounds of sheep arid goats, and 777 million pounds of cattle, annually). * * •* So much for the Industrial Council's report. Some of our shortcomings may be charged up to human inertia—sim- Little Rock, Dec. 20 (IF)— The Supreme Court today reversed a ^.decision of Pulasld county chan- «cry court that cities and counties, under the 1943 Hale act, were entitled to receive $252,210 in sales tax revenues for the period from 'June 10 to July 1 of this year. '•' 'The high court agreed that the .act became effective June 10 but /ttid that sales tax collections re)ported by the state revenue com- .mlssloner June 15 actually were paid in during the month of May. ' In a majority opinion ' prepared 'by,;Chief Justice Griffin Smith, the kdbunal held the cities and coun- "res could participate only in funds paid'by taxpayers after the date of the.,bill's effectiveness. The case was remanded to the lower court with directions to enter a decree i Jjl line with the opinion. C(Pulaski Chancellor Frank H: Dodge had ruled that the law, passed without an emergency clause, became effective June 10, hiriety days after it was signed by Fall of Airstrip on New Britain Appears Near By MORRIE LANDSBERG Associated Press War Editor Capture of a bombed-out Japanese airstrip on the invasion front of New Britain appeared imminent today as U. S. Sixth Army troops made new gains on the besieged island with the support of artillery fire and Allied planes which ruled the skies above the American bridgehead. Allied headquarters announced that American forces were approaching the Arawe airfield, offering the prospect of an eventual three-way aerial squeeze against the fortress of Rabaul and other enemy positions along its weakened anchor-base in the Southwest Pacific. The field, rendered unserviceable by pro-invasion raids, is six miles east of the tip of Cape Merkus peninsula on the southwest coast of New Britain. Earlier, the Americans turned on medium artillery fire lo capture Umtingalu settlement for a total gain of about three niles since the landings lasi Wednesday. ' On other fighting fronts, the AL ;es continued to hold the offensive. Australian soldiers mopped up enemy remnants in a sector of the riuon peninsula of New Guinea across the Vitiaz strait from New Britain. Americans started a new push in the Solomons. And the Chi lose captured several more villages in the battle-torn Rice Bowl Clark's Aimy in B-2S Mitchells Carry 75 mm Cannon 2-Mile Gain on Cassino Road Market Report Unanswered Question After receiving a letter from FIVE OR SIX-ROOM HOUSE Prefer Ward 1 or 2. Employed in city. Reasonably permanent. No small children. Reference. Call Hope Star. 2-tfdh. THREE OR FOUR ROOM FURN- ished apartment for permanent family. Contact Hope Star. 30-tf Gabe Paul, former Cincinnati road secretary of the Cincinnati Reds, postmarked Camp Blanding, Fla., Secretary Eddie Brannick of the Giants demanded: "Who said the government wouldn't let baseball aen go to Florida?" Just A Stand-in . , The day the Oklahoma Aggies POULTRY AND PRODUCE < Chicago, Dec. 18 — (/P)— Butter receipts 140,609. N EW~~YOR K "COTTON New York, Dec. 19 —(/P)— Mill price fixing against textile contracts coupled with New Orleans buying and weekend covering dominated the cotton market. Lightness of hedge offerings contributed to steadiness. Temporary liquidation pressure in early trading depressed prices as much as 40 cents day of ° y Unite States By W••••' FOUR OR FIVE ROOM UNFURN- ished house. Permanent residence. Contact Ray Woodall at Telephone Business Office. 13-6tp Services Offered ALL TYPES OF HOME AND building repairs. Specialize in reroofing. Estimates free. A. M Rettig, pbone 221. 29-Jmp Futures closed bale higher. 5 to 25cents a or Strayed -low 18.83 — last BAY HORSE MULE, THREE year old, weight 900 Ibs. Last seen in direction of Falcon, Thursday night. Reward J. M. Overton, Rosston, Rt. 3. 15-6tp RIP-RAP MALE BIRD DOG. FIVE year old. Black and white spotted. While face. Lost on Rosston road. Reward. 670 Taxi, Homer May. 17-6tp Mch high 19.60 — low 19.47 — last 19.59-60 up 5 May high 19.37 — low 19.25 — last 19.35-37 up 5 Jly high 19.15 — low 19.01 — last 19.10-14 up 1 Oct (new> high 18.95 18.93 up 3 Middling spot 20.45N up 7 N-nominal. ST. LOUIS LIVESTOCK National Stockyards, 111., Dec. 18 (If)— Hogs, l,000;salable supply includes 6,000 held over from Friday: indicated sales loday 0,000; weekend holdover eslirnated al 'I,000; mostly steady with cleanup deals 170 Ibs 10-25 lower; sows sleady to 15 lower; bulk good and choice 200-270 Ibs 13.70, Ihe top; odd lots 280-300 Ibs 12.90-13.25 few 170-190 Ibs 12.50-13.35; 140-160 Ibs 11.00; 12.25; lighter weights ranging down to 7.00; bulk good sows 12.00 market from Friday to Friday 180 Ibs up steady; lighter weights steady to 10 higher sows 15-25 lower. Cattle, 100; calves, 50; compared wilh last Friday, steers, mixed yearlings, heifers, cows and veal- ers 25 higher; bulls steady; bulks for week: slaughter steers 12.2514.75; heifers and mixed yearlings 10.00-13.50; common and medium beef cows 9.000.75; eannars and cutters 6.50-8.75; trading in replace- catching "a star oa her fingertips," and of the already noted scientist Curie who, working wilh this girl, discovered himself unable to face her return to Poland and therefore, in an amusing scene, proposed marriage as a sort of partnership for science. Not a routine boy-meets-girl romance, but then the routing boy and girl don't go through the tribulations, hardships, and endless discouragements these two conquered in their nearly four years of search for the maraculous element. And as for love scenes —Pidgeon delivers a corker, all by himself, in the scene at the jewelry store where he buys earrings for his wife. Turning to matters less pleasant here's what is obviously a minority report on "The North Star," Samuel Goldwyn's big explosive picture about Russian villages and Nazi invaders. Many have found in it virtues lo rave about, as a "best" and a "first" and so on. Maybe they weren't worn down, as some of us were, by more than half an hour of scenes portraying idyllic village life, with folk dancing and such, before the action gets under way with the invasion. Things pick up then, of course, and there's some powerful stuff- George Clarke Cox New York — George Clarke Cox, 78, investment counselor and writer and speaker on economic subjects. He was born in Columbus, O. A Liberty ship has been named for Mason L. Weems, early biographer of George Washington and Memphis, Tenn. —(/P)—T 1 — men are undisouted Southwestern now that the boys arij in the armed services. •The co-eds captures 11 of the V\ offices when the four classes or ganized. Guy Bates was elects president of the freshman class be the lone male honored. collodions over eight million dollars reported for the period. The decree also awarded attorneys' fees to Little Rock City Attorney Cooper Jacoway and to Leffel Gen^V who had filed the test suit in behalf of the city of Little Rock. The state appealed arguing that the Hale act had not intended to give cities and counties any tax revenues appropriated to other funds under a 1941 act, .which it | Amended, until close of the 1942-43 \ fiscal year — July 1. j The Hale acl allocated cities and ; counties portions of revenues fort merly allocated entirely to the wcl- 1 fare, charitable institution, and l4,)nfederate pension funds. "It is our view lhal the acl went •jinto effect June 10 and that cities (and counties are entitled to share .Jin this distribution to the exent of f J36 per cent of all revenues in ex- 3 iaiss of 8 million dollars and not '.'... J5>yp,'.$9,200,000, provided monies $S 1 arising from a tax levied for one ~' (purpose- are not used for any other .n.V^nncn " y^Q high COUl't Said. act 396 (the 1941 mea- citics and counties were not of funds arising from 'sales lax. As amended in 1943 ;lhe new fund was made to share, ;but since the apportionments could ipnly be from monies arising from ja tax levied for Ihe benefit of ties and counties and since act (Ihe Hale acl) was not in ef- of Central China. Japanese air attacks on Sixth Army positions at Arawe dimin- reputed originator tree story. of the cherry Legal Notice ment cattle negligible. Sheep, none compared Friday last week, lambs and ewes steady to 25 higher; yearlings 25-50 lower; top wooled lambs for week 15.00; bulk good and choice wooled 14.0014,75; medium and goo d!2. 50-13. 75; common throwouls 10.00-10.50; good and choice clipped lambs 13.75-14.25; good and choice wooled the villagers burning their homes as the Nuzis come, the atrocities (Villager Ann Harding's leg and arm broken to make her talk, Russian children being held to save Nazi by the guerrillas. Village doctor wounded), the horse opera rescue Erich Vo* Storheim before he shoots him. Stirring speech? Maybe that's it. Maybe the picture has too many yearlings 12.00-12.75; culls down lo speeches, blueprinting emotion, 300; medium and good wooled stating the visually stated - •£ ewes 5.50-6.1)0; few choice up to when two brothers, wvci then | g.pO, father's dead body, • * " • NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that the undersigned mortgagee in a mort-j gage executed by J. T. Applegate to the United States on the 27th day of April, 1943 and duly filed in the office of the Recorder in and for Hempslead County, Arkansas; the said J. T. Applegate having waived all rights of appraisement, sale and redemption under the laws of the State of Arkansas; pursuant to the powers granted under the terms of the aforementioned mortgage, and by the laws of the State of Arkansas, will on the 21st day of December, 1943, between the hours of 9 o'clock in the forenoon and 5 o'clock in the afternoon of said date, at Sutton Sale Barn, in the County of Hernpstead, State of Arkansas, offer for sale to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property, to-wit: 1 brown Jersey cow, Muley, 500 Ibs. 6; 1 bull calf; 1 sorrel .mare, named Sorrell, 880 Ibs., 13; 1 sor- rell colt with glaze face, named Big One; 1 black horse colt, named Bo, 600 Ibs., 4; 1 black Jersey cow, Beauty, 600 Ibs., 9; 1 sorrell mare, named Little One, 800 Ibs., 9; 1 old turning plow; 2 Ga. Stock; 1 wagon. Witness my hand this the 16th day of December, 1943. United States of America, By W- I County NOTICE For Taxi Service — CALL 679 — (Careful Drivers) IRVING T. URREY Owner and Manager (Continued on Page Two) IN STOCK--Radiant Heaters Automatic Water Heaters Automatic Water Systems Harry W. Shiver Plumbing - Heating ' Glass Tops for " Desks, Tables, Dressers Make Christmas Qjfts Tltf Are Appreciated Bring Your Hernpstead Lumber C Q Keeping Up With * Ration Coupons Processed and Canned Foods: November 1—First day for green stamps A, B and C in Ration Book 4. November 20 — Last day for blue stamps X, Y and Z in Ration Book 2. December 20—Last day for green stamps A, B and C in Ration Book 4, Meat, Cheese, Butter and Fats; November 21 — First day for brown stamp L in Book 3. • November 28 — First day for fstamp M in Book 3. , December 4 — Last for for Si-own stamps G, H, J and K in 3ook 3. ••pecember 5 — First day for Irown stamp N in Book 3. S;pecember 12 — First day for J»own staffip P i" Book 3. ^December 19 — First day for %vn stamp Q in Book 3. "January 1—Last day for brown gjmps L, M, N, P and, Q in Is 3. ply planting and raising what was planted and raised by the previous generation, regardless of changing conditions / and .adverse., markets. CertaJnly,'jhere::d ; oesn ! fcaeern. to. be much' common sense in the agricultural South having to buy dairy products, eggs, oats and onions. But our shortage of Irish potatoes might be attributed to the fact that while this crop does all right in the South it doesn't keep well during the mild Dixie winter. This raises a technical problem which is beyond solution by many producers Perhaps the processors can solve it with the new dehydration system after the war And another technical problem is raised in an examination of our shortages in hogs and corn. These products are absolutely interdependent. And corn does not do well in the Cotlon Belt—therefore hogs are short, too. It is a lamentable but true fact that the blackest land in Arkansas, equal or superior to the best corn land in Illinois, produces a "top" of only 35 bushels of corn to the acre, while the Illinois equivalent is 70 bushels and upward. What wo have to reckon wilh is the fact that corn is a shallow- rooted plant which fades quickly in a Southern summer. Researchers have worked for years to develop a a discovery, or the invention of an drouth-resistant corn—and on such alternate feed, depends the ultimate expansion of the Southern pork crop. Meanwhile, we must admit that every section has drawbacks with respect to certain crops, and our corn handicap is no excuse for failure to produce the other food crops which our great agricultural country goes outside its boundaries to buy. The Southern States Industrial Council is only reiterating an old truth: That in a nation which is self-sufficient the South owes it lo itself to be self-sufficient in whatever the land can grow successfully. Concessions to Railmen Are Considered By JOSEPH A. LOFTUS Washington Dec. 20 — (IP)— Concessions lo railroad workers in ome for other lhan additional flat ncrease in basic weges are under onsideration as possible measures o avert a threatened nationwide ail strike beginning De9em- !!• 30. A mediation conference which began around President Roose- 'elt's desk yesterday, then moved to the White House cabinet room, ished, but Allied planes kept the steady assault against up the enemy on New Britain as well as in Ihe Marshall islands and' the Solomons.. In one .; sweep, ^80 fighters, flew from South Pacific'.bases To attack the Rabaul harboV; ,. Lt. Gen. Robert C, Richardson, Jr., military governor of/ Hawaii and commander of army/forces in the Central Pacific, relaxed Honolulu curfew and dimout regulations with the statement, "recent military happenings in the Pacific have strengthened our positions here." On the other hand, the Berlin radio quoted the Osaka newspaper, Mainichi, as saying "Japanese quarters do not deny the seriousness of the situation" brought by American invasion of New Britain. Rabaul, it added, "must be held under all circumstances." The Tokyo radio declared that 300 Japanese troops and 1500 civilians in naval service "died hero- ember 1 - First day for stamp No. 29 in Ration 4. Good for five pounds. "Jfevsmber 21-Last day for No. in A Ration Book, good e gallons. B and C - are good for two gallons ically to the last man" in American conquest of Makin and Tarawa in the Gilberts, although American announcements indicated some prisoners were taken. Japanese losses included Ihe Gilberts commander, Rear Admiral Kenji Shibazaki. Admiral Lord Louis Mountbat- len, Allied commander in chief in Soulheast Asia, acted to weld a more offeclive air weapon wilh the merger of the RAF and U. S. Air Force in his sector. The new single air force will be commanded by Air Chief Marshall Sir Richard Peirsc, with Major General George Stralemeyer as his American deputy , Congress to Adjourn Until After Xmas By HOWARD FLIEGER Washington, Dec. 20 (/P)— The 78th Congress, torn by bitter battles over mostly home front problems all year, relaxed loday with all major issues on the shelf for the Yule season. House and Senate will quit tomorrow for the holidays. Returning January 10, the members will be confronted again by these issues bearing on the most widely-discussed subject of the past month — inflation: 1—The proposal to outlaw food subsidies (No. 1 White House weapon against inflation). 2—A proposed raise in pay for 1,100,000 railroad workers (denounced by the administration's top stabilization officials.) 3—A 35-cent increase in the price of crude oil (rejected as inflationary by Stailization Directoi Fred M. Vinson and by the Office By JOSEPH DYNAN Allied Headquarters, Algiers, Dec.' 20 (IP)— Lt. Gen. Mark W. lark's Fifth Army, which • cap- ured the heavily fortified village f San Pietro after three days of urious fighting has hammered out lews gains toward San Vittore, next strong defense on the road to Cassino, and in the mountains to he northeast has registered gains up to two miles, Allied headquar- :ers announced today. Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery's Eighth Army, supported by :anks, overran an enemy position n the sector along the Adriatic coast, inflicting severe losses, while advancing about a mile far- Iher inland and capturing the village of Consalvi, six miles from Orsogna. Montgomery's a r I i 11 crymen knocked out five German Mark IV tanks, bringing to 43 the total of German tanks destroyed since the start of the Sangro river battle. Of these at least 30 were Mark IV's, the largest the Germans have employed in Italy. Fifty German parachutists were captured from a group recently transferred from the central mountainous terrain to bolster the eastern defenses. Fifth Army troops north of Venafro in the Italian peninsula's hilly backbone were blasting their way through the difficult terrain and forcing enemy forces to give ground in what a military Commentator characterized as a "hurried departure." The advancing Allies found many enemy dead unburied in the mountain passes where intense American artillery fire had sprayed them with steel. ' . . French troops in'the central',sec- tbr were "said to be putting up a spirited fight ' for one mountain pass,-., 3" Heavy losses suffered by the Ger- mands' 90th Light Armored Division, for the second time threatened that unit with extinction. A spokesman said reports from the Eighth Army front with extinction. A spokesman said reports from the Eighth Army front showed this division had losl about half its in fantry strength. Two battalions of the division's 361st regiment had been consolidated, it was said, and 2,400 infantrymen from the division's two infantry regiments had been killed wounded or taken prisoner. This division was a part of Marshall Erwin Rommel's Africa Corps until it was wiped out by the Eighth i U.S. Bombers Strike Germany From West Army. It was reconstituted in Corsica and transferred to the main land. adjourned nearly five hours later without a "final agreement," but the conferees planned further discussions beginning tomorrow morning. A variety of concessions for yie operating brotherhoods were suggested and are under study, but apparently none of these has crystallized to the point where —" agreement may be expected (Continued, on Page any 1m- of Price Administration,) A last-minute compromise put off a showdown on the food sub sidy program Saturday. The Senate and House decided to delay u»til Feb. 17 the final decision on a House-approved bill which would prohibit government-paid food subsidies as a means of keeping retail prices down. Subsidy advocates and opponents (Continued on Page TV9) M'Clellan Cites Ways to Help Unemployment New ' Orleans, Dec. 20 (IP) — United Stales Senator John L. McClellan (D-Ark) believes that postwar flood control projects may lelp solve the pending unemployment problem and attract industry o the southwest, aside from insur- ng the safety of the people who ive in that region. McClellan said here last night that construction of dams across he Arkansas and White rivers, big arteries of the Mississippi would afford sites for hydro-electric plants which "could give us the cheap power we need." 'Our problem in the southwest," :1E SAID, "is to process our natural resources. Cheaper power will stimulate industrial development after the war boom has died out." McClellan, who arrived here with Major General Eugene Raybold,chief of the United States army engineers, to attend a meeting tomorrow of the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association, has authored a bill which would provide for the Arkansas and White river dams. He said he believed "Congress should not only authorize the proposed flood control work, but also should set up a policy under which the dams will be constructed and operated." BAPTIST PASTOR RESIGNS North Little Rock, Dec. 20 W8 announcing he planned to accept the pastorate of the First Baplist church at Camden, the Rev. T. L. Harris submitted his 'resignation yesterday to the First Baptisl church here where he has been pastor 19 years. The resignation is effective January 15. The U. S. Marines have formed a bagpipe band in Londonderry, Ireland, composed of pipes bugles and drums. London, Dec. 20 (IP) —American heavy bombers struck from the west at much-battered Northwest Germany in daylighl today in a quick follow up to yesterday's Mediterranean-based Allied heavy bomber assaults on Innsbruck and Augsburg, 20 miles northwest of Munich on the Brenner Pass route. The big American planes were escorted by fleet fighters again in their renewed onslaught on their avorite recent targets — Hitler's J-boat nests and the shipbuilding orts; of the North Sea. Specific argents were not named immedi ately. Yesterday's first blow in the one wo punch at German industry rom the west and south was made hrough fierce fighter opposition The Germans threw up more: than 00 planes in a futile attempt to halt the Liberator and Flying For ress formations winging in from he south. Thirty-seven of the attackers we're*: shot down , in flames and 22 other's probably were destroyed, to, M,e,diterranean r based. Allied -planes during the day's operations. Some of the missing Allied fliers '• were believed to have landed in friendly territory. The Innsbruck railway yards were subjected to a great and accurate bombardment," said the Allied communique from Algiers. In addition lo the blows at Innsbruck, which lies just north of the Brenner, and at Augsburg, Mediterranean-based planes pounded rail comumnications at Foligno, Peru- oia and Arezzp in Central Italy, the Terni railway junction, and harbors and shipping in the Adriatic and off Italy's Svest coast — including Civitavecchia, northwest of Rome, Pasman island in the Adriatic and the Yugoslav port of Split. ' Other targets,hit by the massed formations of Allied bombers and fighters streaming across the channel from British bases today were believed to have been on the French coast, since one group of medium bombers streaked back across the channel in less than half an hour. The sound of aircraft passing over the straits and the southeast coast became almost continuous as the day wore on, indicating the aerial war had been stepped up into high gear again since the last Striking power unparalleled in the history of air war has been attained by the installation of a .75' millimeter cannon in a North American B-25 Mitchell bomber. The largest gun ever mounted in an airplane, the cannon has been used successfully in, the Southwest «*,'.;Pacific and probably other theaters, according to the.War Department.. •\ Upper.photo 'shows the.'B-25iin-flight;-lower, a'-closi5:Up''of:the'-carin6n- ; -. *nd two .50-calibre guns in"the bomber's nose.': J V . ' : Pro-Allied Bolivia Government Overthrown Today by Group Which Opposes U.S. Policies heavy raids Thursday and Thursday night. as louna yesieruay , . few miles from his Gestapo Body of Missing Farmer Is Found Malvern, Dec. 20 — (/P) — The death of Con Efird, 73-year-old Hot Spring county farmer, was due to natural causes, a coroner's report said today. Efird, missing from his home nee Nov. 27, v in the woods a home. The Arkadelphia company of the state guard participated in the search for the missing man. Ex-Italian Premier Reported Arrested London, Dec. 20 UP—M A Swiss radio report said that Victor Emanuel Orlando, former Italian Premier, had been arrested by the Nazis Orlando had represented Italy at the Versailles conference, at the close of the last war. Carry Out United Nations' Theme Three Nazis, Russian Spy Are Hanged By EDDY GILMORE Moscow, Dec. 20 (/P) — The bodies of three German soldiers and a Russian who confessed he helped them commit atrocities against the Russian people swung today from the public gallows in the icy wind of Kharkov's main square. The three were hanged at 11 a. m. yesterday, a day following their convictions by a military tribunal of the Fourth Ukrainian front in the first war criminal trial. A crowd of 40,000 saw the con-, demned men strung up, and since that time hundreds have flocked into the city from faraway sections of Kharkov province to see visible proof that the verdict was carried out. The men hanged were Wilhelm Langheld, a Gestapo caplain; Hans Ritz, vice-commander of a storm troop company; Richard Ratzlaw, Gestapo auxiliary police corporal ( and Mikhail Bulanov, a Russian i who served as a chauffeur for the Langheld, Ratzlaw and Bulanov died within three minutes while Ritz twitched on the gallows five minutes. (The German radio ignored the trials, with their testimony and admisions of maxx execution of Russian civilians). Today an editorial in Pravda, Communist parly organ, warned Germany that Hitler and his henchmen await the same fate. "All of them, from the sergeant bandit to the general bandit will pay for their deeds in full," declared the editorial, which re- veiwed with approval the action of the military tribunal. The question of whether a war criminal is the person who gives | subject of subsequent the order or the one who actually • .._... carries it out received one answer Aiken, S. . at the Kharkov trials. All the four C. — (IP) —The United men convicted pleaded guilty, but By JULIO NALDEZ I La Paz, Bolivia, Dec, 20 (IP)— The pro-Allied Bolivian government of President Enrique Penaranda was overthrown today in a coup d'etat by leaders of the Nationalist Revolutionary Movement, an organization described as strongly opposed to the policies of the United States. President Penaranda, Gen. Miquel Candia, Bolivia's minister of war, Gen. Antenor Ichazo, chief .of staff, Minister of Government Pedro Arc Zilvetti and other leaders of the Penaranda government were reported lo have been arrested. The Nationalist organization which engineered the successful coup is made up of elements of the Volivian army and youth organizations. Nationalist leaders succeeded in overthrowing the Penaranda government after a bun battle broke out at 3 a. in. in which machine guns and rifles were heard. Victor Paz Estenssoro, a former finance minister arrested in 1941 in collection with an allegedly attempted Nazi putch in Bolivia, appealed to the population to assist in "consolidating" the revolution. Paz Estenssoro was reported to have set himself up in the president's palace. The former cabinet minister's arrest in 1942 grew out of what the Penaranda government charged was a plot by Ernst Wendler, German minister lo Bolivia, to provide a communication channel to Germany, supplied with information from Bolivia army officers who favored a totalitarian form of government. Wendler was ordered expelled from the country. A revolutionary spokesman declared one of the party's demands would be a Bolivian outlet to the sea, a demand he said Penaranda had opposed. Apparently he referred to coastal territory Chile took from Bolivia 50 years ago by force of arms. A Bolivian sea outlet has been the diplomatic exchanges with Chile but that country has been unwilling to cede more than a free port. Nations theme was dominant when the Varras brothers, natives of Greece, gave a dinner for Aiken Army air base officers. The menu included: Victory cocktails, Greek style spaghetti with Albanian mountain sauce, Stalingrad Campania beef tenderloin en casserole a la Stalin, Turkish dolma (stuffed) tomatoes. Eisenhower Ciceliano sauce, De- Aleutian ice cream, demitasse a la Selassie, and Churchill cigars, Roosevelt cigarets. each said he only was carrying out orders. Definition of "war criminal" is one of the problems facing the United Nalions Commission in Lordon for investigating war crimes. The British parliament has debated the subject. Before they were put to death, all the prisoners were allowed a last word, dispatches to Moscow newspapers said. (Continued on Page TWQ) Churchill Passes Crisis of Illness London Dec. 20—(UP)—A brief official bulletin said today that Prime Minister Winston Churchill was "making satisfactory progress" in his fight against pneumonia. It was indicated that he had successfully weathered the crisis and was on Ihe way to recovery. Southern Anchor Folds; Reds Near Lativian Border —Europe By JUDSON Q'QUINN - London, Dec. 20 (/PJ.The Red I Army has smashed the southern anchor of Adolf Hitler's Russian front, forcing the Germans to retreat from their Kherson Midge- ,, ,3 head at the lower extremity of the *>*, Dnieper river, the Berlin' Tadio > '* acknowledged today, while to the north -powerful Soviet units, pour-*,, I ing through collapsed Nazi t defen- t\ ses in the Nevel sector in a new f winter offensive, surged to within 57 miles of tthe Latvian border. The loss of the Kherson bridge- *'' head left the Germans without'a good defense prospect short of the Bug river, 30 miles to. the rear on the way to Odessa. Announcing the withdrawal, the German broadcast said the crossing of the Dnieper was achieved "without any loss, despite a heavy ice drift." The big Russian drive in the north, now-in its sixth day, has already overrun 500 villages and hamlets, and Russian tanks, Cavalry and white robed ski troops and smashing forward toward Po- lotsk, key. rail junction near the old Polish and Latvian frontiers. Berlin estimated 250,000 Russian- troops were engaged in this offensive. The Russians drove up to the mouth of the Dnieper early in November during the height of their offensive which walled off the northern outlets from the" Crimea, and at one time claimed to be holding; the entire eastern bank of the Dnieper. The Germans, however, asserted they still held a bridgehead on the eastern bank; across from the town ( of Kherson;' which;: Is-: on, the, westfj, ; side of the sfream; The Germans . also -hold a bridgehead farther up •> the stream.' The Germans also hold a bridgehead farther up the stream near Nikopol; .'-.• The Germans said the Russians also were attacking near Nikopol where they asserted 69 Soviet tanks were destroyed, and southwest of Dnepropetrovsk within the river bend. Russian attacks aimed at a breakthrough south and northwest of Nevel were said to have "failed in grim fighting." The Russians were said to be using, strong tank and infantry forces after intense artillery preparation, DeQueen Flier Drops 300,000 Lbs. of Bombs Alexandria, La., Dec. 20 (IP) — Capt, Wilfred Smith, a native of DeQueen, Ark., figures .he's dropped around 300,000 pounds of bombs on the Axis and now he's teaching rookie bombardiers at the Alexandria army air base how it's done. , Smith, who served 14 months overseas and came home with the Air Medal and nine Oak Leaf Clusters, was a member of America's first heavy bombardment group to arrive in both England and Africa. He said yesterday that no matter how many missions he made "I still got tense when the next one came along. It was sort of the same feeling I used to have before starting a football game," "Once you get into the air," he said, "the tightness leaves you and the job ahead seems to sort of take over your brain." He still carries a couple of pieces of enemy ack-ack in his right arm, solid souvenirs of a raid over Palermo, "too close to a nerve to be removed immediately." Smith and his navigator were hit with two minutes to go before reaching their target. "The next two minutes," he recalled, "were the busiest 1 ever spent. I had to operate the bombsight with my left hand to get the bombs away. We were attacked by fighters and I manned a gun. When we finally got away I was able to balance my arm and go to the aid of the navigator." Smith graduated from the University of Arkansas and ther moved to Shreveport, La., to work for Ihe Standard and Carter Oil companies. His father, James Smith, lives in Opelousas, La. W 1 Auto Stolen Twke Norfolk, Va. — (if)— An automobile was stolen a second time while the original thief was being chased down and captured. The second thief had to abandon it after hitting a fire hydrant but he was faster than the first and escaped.

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