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WonJd-Wlde News Coverage Given Impartially by Associated Press Hope Star The Weather Slightly warmer Monday night. VOLUME 43 — NUMBER 94 Star of Hope, 1899; Press, 1927. Consolidated January 18, 1929. HOPE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1942 fAP)—Means Associated Press (NEA)—Means Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n PRICE 5c Jap Thrust on Bat an Fails Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor ALEX. H. WASHBURN • Housing — Hope Still Doesn't Have It Lessons From the Rest of the Country George Wittenberg, Little Rock architect, is scheduled to -jpeak before the Hope City council at 7:30 o'clock Tuesday night on the program of the U. S. Housing Authority. Local real estate men and other respresentatives of private capital invested in housing have been invited to attend. Perhaps there will be full discussion and some definite action, this time, on a housing cnsis that has made Hope the most crowded city in the state. This newspaper is no believer in state socialism. We don't relish the thought of government taking over the business of building, selling and renting the housing facilities of the nation. But government's role as a relief agent intervening to "cover" an emergency which private business 6 Billions Added By Senate to .Huge Navy Bill Largest Measure of Kind in History , Approved Late Monday WASHINGTON — (/P)— A ?26,495,265,474 naval appropriations, largest measure of its kind ever to win approval of a legislative body, was passed by the senate Monday and returned to the house for action on amendments. Increased by more than 6 billions the measure provides 8 millions for new airplanes and a like amount for Vhips in addition to 7 billions for far flung operations of the present fleet. The funds would be made available to boost plane production to the Navy quoth of 18,000 -of the 60,000 planes for which Roosevelt has called for This-j^aV/ ' - - •••*• ........ . Opening Gun WASHINGTON-(/P)— Senator Overton, (D. La.) lold the senate Monday the fleet action against the Japanese Biases on Marshal and Gilberts was only the "opening gun of the American navy in the batlle which we are now engaged." Urging speedy approval of a 126,495,265,474 naval approprialions bill Overton asserted the Navy had proved U was on the alert by the smashing of Japanese installations. The Louisiana senator, floor manager for the bill, said the senate appropriations committee had added more than 4 billion dollars to the approval figures for avia- "This, he said, "will provide for construction of an additional planes in the nexl two years." 23,354 The bill .Overman said, would make funds available for the construction If 382 surface combat ships lo sup- plcmenl the 344 the Navy now has and would go a long way towards bringing the Navy to a strength necessary for the task before it. "Before the conflict is over it is not ,'mpossible that our garrisons will be nil over the world fighting on every continent except our own, I trust," he declared. Knox said the Navy was having trouble in getting 24-hour production on armaments because manufacturers y>uld induce only about 10 per cent of employes lo work Ihe early morning "dogwatch" shifts. cither can't or won't "cover," is no new one. Your correspondent is just back from a tour of 18 states, mid some of the key cities of the nation. And anyone who has seen the sign "U. S. Housing Authority" on hundreds of acres of new homes in a dozen cities remains utterly cold to the plea that nothing be done about government housing construction in Hope because it might interfere with a dollar or two of private enterprise. The business people of our city know that any surplus housing we may have had vanished during the 1929-33 panic. On the eve of the start of construction of the Southwestern Proving Ground a chamber of commerce survey showed a considerable number of vacant rooms, but only a handful of houses and apartments. In all the 13 years this writer has owned The Star we have never had a representative offering of furnished apartments in the classified advertising column. And this fact would have told any experienced business man we were heading into a serious housing shortage in the years to come. Hope grew 25 per cent in popula- tion'from 1930 to 1940, and the housing shortage had already arrived. On top of thai we had the Proving Ground emergency—and now we have an influx of people based on an oil boom, which is something mucl more permanent lo build to than the Proving Ground was. No one can seriously contend there has been any housing construction here on a scale even conservatively justified by the increase in local population and trade. It is going to take some severe kick to put us up from a small town lo fair-sized cily. Perhaps a U. S. Housing Administration project of considerable size would be the blow thai helped us up the way. This article may be getting us out on a long and precarious limb. But that's where we are. Our theory is that private capital still isn't able to assume the initial risk. But if the government starts things off private capital will come on the scene to "take over"—which is as it should be. Taxi Collides With Wagon Late Saturday A Jack's Newsstand taxi collided with a wagon about 2 miles southwest of Hope on the Spring Hill road Saturday night, slightly injuring several 4,'gro occupants of the wagon. The taxi was considerable damaged but the driver was not hurt. Stale police investigated the accident. Housing Crisis to Be Discussed by Hope Council Aldermen, Real Estate Men to Hear George Wittenberg Tuesday U. S. Housing Authority help for this city will be discussed lit the next regular meeting of Hope city council, at 7:30 o'clock Tuesday night in the city hnll. George Wittenberg, well known Little Rock architect, will appear before the council to outline construction of demountable houses and other aids available under the Housing Authority. Mayor Albert Graves said the real estate men and other interested local citizens arc invited to attend Tuesday's meeting and participate in the discussion. Mr. Wittenberg is understood to be appearing here under a request from the U. S. Housing Authority for all Little Rock architects to explain the federal terms to the various cities of the state. Federal housing has been under discussion in Hope ever since the Southwestern Proving Ground construction began last July. The Proving Ground is virtually completed, and its temporary residents are now leaving the city—but the population is still congested, and housing remains at a premium, due to the influx of oil men, here for the Barnsdall development 13 miles south of the city. The mayor indicated all angles of the federal housing offer would be gone into at Tuesday night's meeting, and that the city wished to hear from local real estate men as well as Mr. Wittenberg. SI 2,000 Loss When Guernsey School Burns Main Building of System Completely Destroyed Early Monday The main building of the Guernsey school (District 20-B), 5 miles west of Hope, burned to the ground early Monday morning and the loss was placed by school officials at $12,000. Trucks from the Hope Fire Department rushed to the school but the blaze had razed the large frame structure before they arrived. A separate building housing a large auditorium was not damaged. Firemen said the blaze apparently caught from a stove in the principal's office and quickly spread over the building. Fortunately the fire occured a few minutes before the student body, the school has an enrollment of 240, met for classes. County Examiner E. E. Austin and the principal of the Guernsey school, said Monday that the building, partially covered by insurance, would be rebuilt as soon as possible. Meanwhile the official indicated the auditorium would be rearranged so classes could be held while construction work is going on. The local fire department announced also that one negro house was destroyed and another considerably damaged by fire -here late Saturday night. Both houses were on South Hazel street. British Prepare for Siege of Singapore •© Ehe Eiffel tower in Paris contains ! 7,000 tons of iron. Oil and Gas Filings I don't see any difference between the government's barging into private home construction, in this emergency, and the government's barging into railroad transportation years ago, granting huge gifts of government land to gel carriers going in lhal early day when the future probably scared just as many people as it does today. By WILLIS THORNTON The Fact of War Erases Theories A few years ago there was a wide Hempstcad County January 31, 1942 Prepared by Jcwellc Bardett Quitclaim Deed, dated 1- -42, book, page, 37 acres. Hcmpslead County Leve Dist. No. 1 lo J. R. Williams. Pt. WVa NWVi Sec. 27, T. 13 S., R. 26 W. lying inside of Levee disl. Warranty Deed, dated, book, page, 2 acres. J. E. Anderson, et ux to Ned O. Turner. Pt. NW/4 SE'/i Sec. 25, T. 14 S., R. 25 W. Warranty Deed, dated 1-17-42, book I 171, page 188, 120 acres. E. L. Rogers to Emma Kissinger. WVa NE'/i Sec. 20; SWVi SEVi Sec. 17, T. 11 S., R. 23 W. Warranty Deed, dated 1-31-42, book 171, page 189. Gordon Nichols to Alice Nichols. SW'/i SE'A Sec. 29, T. 13 S., R. 24 W. Quitclaim Deed, dated 11-21-1917, book 171, page 190, 50 acres. S. M. Brandebury to St. Lukes Missionary Baptist Church. Pt. NE'/i NE'/i Sec. 18, T. 13 S., R. 25 W. Warranty Deed, dated 1-29-42, book 171, page 191. Sam McElvcne, et ux to P. G. Wilburn. Lots One (1) and two (2) Block One (1), Oaklawn Add. No. 3, Hope, Ark. O. & G. Lease, dated 9-8-41, filed for record February 2, 1942, book, page, 10 acres (5 years), L. C. Sommcr- ville, el ux to E. L. Spillcrs Production Co., Inc. SE'/i NE'/i SE'/i Sec. 27, T. 13 S. R. 25 W. Royalty Deed, dated 1-24-42, book, page, 115'/i acres (2/920 Int.), Thomas Forly-lhree slates and the District of ilumbia require two plates on every automobile, while in five slates U is necessary lo have only one plale. * aul Cranium Crackers Men of Conquest * Hiller and Napoleon have, been likened because of their parallel drives and retreats in Moscow, although Hitler failed to reach Moscow, while Napoleon did. Do you recall these items about these two men of conquest? /<| 1. Hitler's birthday is April 20. How old will he be? When was he first named chancellor of Germany? 2. How old was Napoleon when he became Emperor of France; Awhcn he died? 3. Is Schiklgruber Hitler's real name? What was Napoleon's last name? 4. What three islands played important parts in Napoleon's life and where are Ihcy? ,-jfl 5. How long after his relreat from Moscow was Napoleon defeated at Waterloo? s on Couiic. Page, difference of opinion in the United S'Uitcs about the Philippines. Many people believed the United States about the Philippines. Many people believed the United States should withdraw and let them take their chances with Japan. Like so many of the opinions we held a few short months ago, such a belief has now gone up in smoke—Ihe smoke of bor.ibs over Manila. 11 would have been one Ihing to withdraw of our own free will a few years ago. It is quite another ihin.;_ to be kicked out by the Japanese. It would have been one thing for an independent Philippine slate to fall to Japanese aggression. It is quite another for a Philippine Commonwealth under direct United States protection to fall victim of a ruthless aggressor. Whether it is possible to hold the islands against the present attack is a military question, and the answei is being rapidly hammered out on the swaying batlle lines norlh anc south of Manila. But this thing is certain: if the worst happens, and the' Philippines are lost, the honor of the United Slates is pledged lo regaining them, cos what it may. For 40 years the United States has stood on its pledge tha some day Ihe Philippines should be free and independent. It is not going to back down now. Our relationship to the Philippine* is unique in colonial history. We die not seek them. They came to us as a sort of byproduct of lhe Spanish War. When the shooting was over (Continued on page three) & G. Murphy from Wong Hinz. SE SE, v Sec. 35, T. 14, R. 23; NE NE W NW Sec. 2, T. 15, R. 23; E NE; E SW NE, Sec. 3, T. 15, R. 23. Royalty Deed to lands in Section 2 and 3, T. 15, R. 23. J. Warren Murphy from Wong Hinz. O. & G. Lease lo lands in Sec. 22 and 27. Arkansas Fuel Oil Company from Ira Boyd Humphreys, recorded 1-1542. T. 12, R. 20. O. £ G. Lease, recorded 1-27-42. R. L. Shaddock from C. C. Harvey and wife. Lands in Sec. 36, T. 11, R. 20. O. & G, Lease, recorded 1-30-42. W. M. Rainact from Mrs. Jeanetla Hamilton. NW NW Sec. 34; SW SW, SE SE, Sec. 28; NE NE Sec. 33, T. 14, R. 22. O. & G. Lease, recorded 1-29-42, H. W. Klein from Grove Land anci Timber Co. Lands in Sec. 19 and 30 T. 13, R. 20. Assignment O. & G. Lease, recorded 1-30,42. G. C. Tisdale from Mrs Willie B. Franks ct vir. E SW Sec. 19 T. 14, R. 22. Assignmenl O. & G. Lease, recorded 1-29-42. Hunt Oil Company from O. W. Taylor et ux. N NW SW; SE NW SW Sec. 9, T. 14, R. 22. O. & G. Lease, recorded 1-29-42 Big West Drilling Company from Thomas C. McRao, excutor. Fractional E NW Sec. 25, T. 13, R. 21. M. Green, et ux to Randolph Murphy. Pt. S',-i SE'/i; NE'/i SE'/i Sec. 33 T. 14 S., R. 24 W. O. & G. Lease, dated 1-28-42, book page, 445 acres, 10 years. Gallic Hatfield, et al to Gene Goff. EVi SE'/i Sec. 23, T. 13 S'., R. 25 W.; NW'/i; N'/i NE'/i; SW'/i NE'/i; NW'/i SE'/ 4 ; NE'/i SW'/i Sec. 4, T. 14 S., R. 25 W. Warranty Deed, dated 1-20-42, book, page, 40 acres, J. W. Burke, ct ux lo H. M. Stephens. SW'/i NE'/i Sec. 9, T.'IO S., R. 24 W. Warranty Deed, dated 1-29-42, book, page, 334.27 acres. E. M. Osborn, et ux lo Lloyd Spencer. An undivided one hlaf interest in the following: EVa SEVi: Pt. SEVi NE'/i; S'ec. 12; NVi NE'/i Sec. 13 all in T. 12 S., R. 24 W.; S'/2 SWVi; Pt. NW',4 WVi; Pt. NE'/j SW'/i; Pt. SwVi NWVi all in Sec. 7, T. 12 S., R. 23 W. Quitclaim Deed, dated 11-7-41, book page, 205 acres. John H. Thomas, et al to Archie Hardwick heirs. NE'/i SE'/i Sec. 15, T. 11 S., R. 25 W.; N',2 SW'/i; Pt. N'/i SW/4 SE'/i; SVi NE',i all in Sec. 15, T. 11 S., R. 25 W. Warranty Deed, dated 2-2-42, book, page, 199 acres, Willie Harwick, et ai to U. S. A. Pt. NE'/i SE'/i Sec. 15, T. 11 S., R. 25 W.; NVa SW Sec. 15, T. 11 S., R. 25 W.; Pt. NVi SW'.i SEVi; SV'a NE'/j Sec. 15, T. 11 S., R. 25 W. Lafayette County Jan. 30, III 12 Prepared by Mrs. Eunice Tripled Lcwisvillc, Arkansas INDO-CHINA PHILIPPINES r CELEBES ^r£Z . : v j ;>"rJ : B'AL IK. ALLIED BASES JAP DRIVES Says U.S. in Good Shape Morgenthau Asserts Conditions Better Than First War WASHINGTON -(/P)- A $1,112,926,899 appropriation bill to finance the treasury and postoffice departments for 1943 went to congress Monday with assurances from Secretary Morgenthau thai the nation's affairs were in better shape than in the first world War and free from danger signals. "Right now," he said before a house appropriations committee, "I think the way slock values, bank slocks and commodilies is amazing—lhal it, the litlle fluclualion Ihere has been." "I hope il will continue thai way," he added, "I Ihink with all safeguard and breaks that we are adding the silualion and it looks much more hopeful than in World Waione." His leslimony and lhal of olher officials was made public by the committee in sending to the house the bill covering the expenses of the two departments. Rep. Ludlow (D.-Ind.) asked Mor- genthau during the hearing on the bill, whether he saw any danger signals concerning the nation's soverign- ty. "No," he replied and explained that with the new price control law and the system of allocation and priorities on materials "we are hopeful thai real inflalion will be prevented. ,,, , . ,. NEA Service Tclepholo Black arrows indicate Japanese drives that have brought them to the Rates of Singapore and to points in Borneo and the Celebes Island group. British forces have retreated from Malayan mainland mid arc" taking up positions on the island fortress for beginning of a great siege. Nevada County Prepared by Helen Hesterly Saturday, Jan. 31, ]'J42 O. & G. Lease, recorded 1-26-42. W. A. G. Woodward from T. F. Mnody el ux. NW SE, Sec.30, T. 14, R. 20. Royalty Deed, recorded 1-31-42. O. Royalty Deed: 1/114 Int., dated 1-2442, filed 1-30-42. H. L. Lester and wife, and L. H. Edwards and wife to Edmund Cargill. SEVi of NE'/i of Sec. 8, and NVz of NEVi of SE'/i of Sec. 8, all in Twp: 15 S., Rge. 23 West. Mineral Deed: 1/16 Int., dated 1-5-42, filed 1-30-42. L. W. Whitlinglon and wife to J. E. Cargill. SEVi of SW'/4 of Sec. 14, Twp 15 S., Rgc. 24 West. O. & G. Lease: 10 year term, claled 1-21-42, filed 1-30-42. W. W. Allen and wife to A. L. Coffee. SE'/i of SE'/i of Sec. S, Twp. 19 S., Rge 23 West. Royalty Deed: 4/616.56 Int., (4 royalty acres), dated 1-27-42, filed 1-30-42. A. O. Smith and wife to Jarrel B. Jackson. EVa of the NW Frl. 14 of Sec. 5, Twp. 15 S., Rge 24 West, 77.07 acres. Royalty Deed: 20. 968.88ths Int., book P-7, page 589, dated 1-26,42, recorded 1-30-42. Gene Goff and wife to Sells Petroleum Inc. S'/a of SWVi and NW'i of SW J /4 of Sec. 6, Twp. 15 S., Rge. 24 West. Royalty Deed: 1,'800 Int., book P-7, page 590, dated 12-29-41, recorded 'l- 30-42. R. S. Randolph and wife to D. A. Ross. SEVi of NW% and SWU of Sec. 11, Twp. 15 S., Rge 24 West. Royalty Deed: 3. 2240 Int., book P-7, page 591, dated 12-29-41, recorded 130-42. R. S. Randolph and wife to D. A. Ross. SWVi of NE'/4 and SE>4 of Sec. 11; and N!z of NEVi of Sec. 14; all in Twp. 15 S.. Rge 24 West. Royalty Deed: 3,324 Int., (5 royalty acres), P-7, page 592, dated 1-19-42, recorded 1-30-42. Oce S. Griffin unr (Continued on Page Three) Last Day to Get City Tags Motorists Warned to Buy Plates, Advoid Penalty City Treasurer Charles Reynerson warned motorists that Monday was the last day in which to purchase cily automobile tags without paying a penalty. The treasurer's office will remain open until 8:30 Monday night. A one dollar penalty will go into effect Tuesday on each license and after February 10 Ihe penally will be -2.50. The feel for each plate is $2.50. Mr. Reynerson said that approximately 600 tags had been sold so far this year. Between 300 and 400 arc expected to be sold. A. A. Moore, 85 Dies Sunday Hempstead Farmer to Be Buried at Memphis A. A. Moore, 85, Hempstead county farmer, died at his home here about 10 o'clock Sunday night. He had lived here since 1912. He is survived by one son, Herman Moore of Hope, three daughters, Effie and Lillian Moore, both of Hope and Mrs. James H. McGinnis of Memphis. The body will be taken to Memphis for burial. FBI School to Be Held Here Quarterly Conference for Police Training Announced Fred Hallford, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Invesliga- lion, Little Rock, Arkansas, announced Monday that an FBI Quartet ly Conference for Police would be held at Hope, Ark., on March 4, 1942 beginning al 1:30 p. m. These Quarterly Police Conferences were inaugurated during the summer of 1940 at the insistence of Mr. John Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI and are in keeping wilh Ihe FBI Law Enforcemenl Officers Mobilization Plan for National Defense. According to Mr. Hallford, these conferences with law enforcement officials are held qurnterly throughout the United Slates. The law enforcement bodies of the land constitute the first line of defense in the preservation of our internal security. In September, 1939, the FBI was designated as Ihe coordinat ing agency in handling invesligali m pertaining to Espionage, Sabotage, anc subversive activily. The police of thr country have greatly assisted i.ho FB in successfully carrying out this responsibility. One of the main purposes of the FBI Quarterly Police Conferences is to discuss problems of interest to the police in regard to internal security mailers in order lhal all informalion in regard lo subversive activity and related mailers might be correlated on a national basis. Mr. Hallford staled lhal loday, more than ever, there is a great need for a calm appraisal of facts in regard to allegations of subversive activily on the part of persons residing within our borders, and such investigations should be left lo duly constituted law enforcement with the FBI as the coordinating agency. Private action on the part of well meaning citizens is dangerous and tends to create hysteria and unfounded rumors in the community, and leads to vigilante methods of law enforcement which is not in accord with our democratic way of life. The cooperation of law enforcement throughout the United Stales with the FBI during this emergency has been wholehearted. The FBI seeks lo pass on to all law enforcement agencies the late.st techniques and methods in handling investigations. It is through these quarterly conferences wilh police that the pooling of effort on the part of law enforcement can be successfully accomplished, and it is through the discussion of problems of mutual interest al Ihe conferences lhat Ihe firsl line of home defense Signs Point to New Thrust Goering Reported Try to Ease Fall Back By the Associated.. Press New signs of an Axis Mediterranean campaign, much more serious than the present counter offensive in eastern Libya appeared Monday. Coinciding with the British retreat from Bengasi and . Italian reports of intensified air assaults on Malta, Berlin let it be known by radio that Herman Wilhelm Goering has been in Italy since last Tuesday, conferring with Premier Mussolini and inspecting German airforce units in Scicily. Unbroken Russian advances against the Germans on the major fronl and conlinuing Brilish retreat from Germans and Italians on a secondary front lightened Ihe score Monday in Ihe European-African war. African successes of Ihe Axis, however, were far shrol of the German misfortunes in Russia. British Imperials retreating in North Africa found the attackers fighting a defensive engagement 100 miles northeast of Bengasi. The British Middle East command said Axis forcas were pressing on east of Barce in considerable strength. The announcement implied thai Barce, 60 miles northeast of Bengasi, was lost. The British said the 7th Indian Infantry Brigade, having escapted a trap at Bengasi, had fought their way to bases in Eastern Libya. An Italian communique, aside from (jptomistic reports on the Libyan campaign, reported thai. German planes carried out several new raids on the British airdromes at Malta, British base in mid-Mediterranean, destroy- (Continued on Page Three) Cotton By the Associated Press NEW ORLEANS March May July Oct Dec Jan 18.08 18.26 18.40 18.61 18.66 18.70 NEW YORK March May July Oct. Dec Jan. Middling Spot 19.58. 18.07 18.25 18.35 18.37 18.-11 18.44 ing numcrious planes on the ground. Auto Stickers Still on Sale Motorists Are Advised to Purchase Them at Once Robert Wilson, Hope postmaster, announced Monday that the federal automobile stickers are still on sale here for S2.09 and advised those who have failed to purchase them to do so at once. The tax went into effect February 1—Sunday—but the ruling says thai a tax falling due on Sunday is deferred until Monday. The stickers will continue to be sold throughout February for the regular price of $2.09. If a motorist is arrested for not having a stamp he is subjecl to a fine of $25 and 30 days in jail. Failure to display the stamp might also bring a fine Enemy Drive at Corregidor Proves Costly U.S. Fleet May May Try to Ease Pressure on Singapore, Indies By the Associated Press Another Japanese smash —which Tokyo heralded as probably a climatic drive in the baltle of the Philippines —has ended in costly failure although the enemy used his best troops and new tactics against General Douglas MacArthur's men, Ihe War Dcpart- mcnl communique said Monday. This was the Uiird triumph recorded by American forces in the Pacific in the last two days. The Japanese had reported heavy gun fire along the east coasl of Balan, apparently signaling a general offensive. Hence American successes may J rank with Ihe deslruclion of an invasion flotilla aimed at Corregidor and slashing sea and air attacks on six Japanese air and naval bases in the Pacific, announced Sunday. Two Japanese divisions were hurled simultaneously against the American- Philippine lines,on the east and west side of the Peninsula, a communique said. On the west—the south China seashore the Japanese were driven back, and destroyed, captured or drown., On the east facing Manila Bay artillery fire broke a mass frontal attack, the communique said. Glad to Surrender General MacArthur said picked troops known as Tatori made Ihe attack with courage which won his praise but, he said, "at the end they were glad to surrender." . , The naval blow on a broad flank of the Japanese hop-skip-jump offensive raised- the probability of <avfulli \fledged American assault on the enemy's venerable island mandate** in ' time to ease the siege of Singapore and check the pressure on the Dutch East Indies and Australia. Warships and planes of Ihe Pacific fleet, according to a Washington announcement, have turned a storm of torpedoes and bombs and shells onto six Japanese air and naval bases in Marshall and Gilbert islands in a surprise foray that destroyed or damaged many auxiliary vessels of the enemy's fleet along with numerous planes and ground installalions. The announcement came on the second day of the siege of Singapore and about the time Japan, perhaps in the first feeler thrust into Johore strait, sent three small boats against the British base fortress. They were promptly caught in a hail of fire and one was sunk, the Brilish announced. Island Foothold Blasted Singapore guns also blasted Japanese forces moving into Johore Bahru across the straight from the island. In London a British military commentator said it was entirely possible thai Singapore's big coasl defense guns—up lo 18-inch calibre—lurned on Japan's mainland concentrations. It has been said frequently that the island defenses were designed with the idea of repulsing attacks only by sea with the heaviest guns all fixed pointing away from the mainland. The London commentator emphasized thai Singapore's defenses were constructed in a search for impregnability so designed to curtail any attack and thai certain consideration and possibility of an attack from the mainland was considered. How much the U. S. Pacific fleet must stepup the flank atlack lo ease Ihe pressure on Singapore, Indies and Australia was a major question and all signs of an attempl was probable. In the Netherlands East Indies it was concluded from unconfirmed reports that the Japanese occupied Pon- lianak, main city of the west coast of Dutch Borneo—a claim already made by the Japanese. There was little news from other Dutch bailie zones. U. S. Ask to Approve Big Loan to China WASHINGTON —(.-Pi- President 1 Roosevelt has asked congress to I approve a 500 million dollar loan for China. The White House disclosed that Mr. Roosevelt had sent a loiter to Speaker Rayburn requesting that con- gre^ional approval on the loan. C. R. Milburn Joins U.S. Naval Reserve C. R. Milburn, local representative of the Metropolitan Life Insurance company of New York, has resigned his position and enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve. Mr. Milburn will report to New Orleans, February 12 to receive his appointment as Chief Petty Officer U. S. N. R. Mr. Milburn was formerly principal of the Hope Junior-Senior High School. Since 1934 he has been connected with the Metropolitan Life Insurance company with district headquarters at Pine Bluff. Car Stolen Saturday Is Found Wrecked An automobile owned by Harley Jamison wa:- stolen near the Archer Motor company Saturday night and recovered wrecked a short time later al Eighth and Hazel street. Police- announced the thief escaped. (I

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