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1 I Served by the No. 1 News Organization — Tho Associated Press Hope Star The Weather Arkansas: Warmer in northwest and extreme north portion, little- temperature change elsewhere tonight. 44— NUMBER 141 Star ol Hope, 1899; Pros?, 1927. Consolidated January IB, 1929. HOPE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 1943 (AP)—Means Associated Press (NEA)—Means Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n PRICE 5c COPY ritish Push Beyond Gabes Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor -ALEX. H. WASHBURN- Arkansas' Absurd Cigarette Tax Commissioner Has Thankless Task State Revenue Commissioner M .B. McLeod made a cour- jfageous effort last week-end to expose the bootlegging of cig- irettes into Arkansas from either tax-free or low-tax areas— courageous as the man may be his effort is doomed to failure. Charging thai tobacco'concerns ~® in non-cigarclle-laxing Missouri are circularizing Arkansas citizens on how to boat our stale's 5-ccnl cigarette levy, Mr. McLeod said: "Many citizens are indignant ;il this apparent effort of an oul-of-slate concern to take such an unfair advantage of Arkansas merchants, and lo deprive our educational institutions of the tax. "More than 75 per cent of Ihe cigarette tax revenue goes lo Ihc common school and equalizing funds. The remainder is divided among stale-supported colleges and the University of Arkansas." Mr. McLeod warned thai il is ; violation of stale law for anyone to have unstamped cigarctles in his possession in Arkansas, and he said offenders will be piosccutcd. This newspaper has been pointing out the bootlegging of cigarettes, and urging the seizure of cili/cns coming out of the post- office with unstamped cigarettes, for years—but without effect. We have urged all lhal—and more. We have urged that our stale's absurd 5-ccnl lax per package of cigarettes be reduced lo some reasonable figure, not over 2 or 3 cents at Ihc outside. For in Iho mailer of cigarettes Arkansas is jusl one market among •II! fiercely-competitive markets, and everything we do in taxation should be determined by what is [Unification of French Result of Conference Algiers. March 30 (/Pi— As a result of conferences between Gen. >| r cnri Giraud and Gen. Georges i iViitroux, it was reported today, a RSpiogram for unification of the - *j Trench forces now arrayed against " "a Ihc Axis probably will be eomplel- led within the next 10 days. Gen. Charles de Gaullo. Fighting! rcnch leader for whom Catroux 'is acting as liaison officer. Ihen •''is expected to come to Algiers "•himself to give his approval to the program. Sources close to Catroux said frisl night thai he and Giruad al- 'icady had reached agreement on numerous phases of plans for uniting tho French Empire overseas in a solid front against tho Axis. According to one source, a tcn- fialive plan discussed by Giraud jv.nd Catrous would place the latter at the head of Ihe revamped ' French government overseas while rj.Gir.iud. who now is French civil ^ and military commander in chief North Africa, would become Possibility of Deadlock on Tax Pay Plan —Washington By FRANCIS M. LE MAY Washington, March 30 — (/I 1 )— SpcaKor Sam Rayburn predicted today that the House would reject, the Rum I skip-a-ycar tax plan while, as it ncarcd a vote, Minority Leader Joseph W. Martin said "we're confident" the proposal will succeed. Hiiyburn expressed his opinion in response to a question at his first press conference since debate began on the now bitterly contested contoverrsy on how best to get taxpayers on a pay-as-you-go basis ) Martin's statement followed an hour-long strategy meeting he held with the Republican steering committee. Rayburn declined to predict whether President Roosevelt would veto the Runil plan if it should reach him bearing the approval of the House and Senate. Rep. Dies (Tex.) told the House Saturday he was certain of such a veto The speaker made it clear thai lie believed the House should act now on the question of taxes, rath- Today's War Map or letting stalemate practical—what will bring the larg- forces. How do Gaullo would fit inlo Ihis plan was not altogether clear, although it was said he probably would bo recognized by Giraud as Ihe leader of French interests in Continental France — a post which would assume paramount importance in event, of Allied landings on the European continent. Once an accord between Giraud .ind rlcGmillc is reached, il is beloved that a thorough housecleaning will be in order to rid tho French North-African administration of all lukewarm officeholders and replace them with men staunchly pro-Allied in their sympathies. Many of the replacements, \ i. was assumed, would be do Gaul- lists. In this connection, it was announced yesterday that Giraud had appointed Lon Muscatclli as prefect of Algiers lo replace Emman- •cl Temple, who was named inspector general of the. Algiers administration. Muscalclli Wiis one of those who assisted the landing uf Allied troop" in Algeria and was under brief ar rosl during the investigation into TIC assassinalion of Admiral Jean Darlan, who was regarded by one French clement a pro-Vichy. II also Wiis reported yesterday that Gen. Jean Mario Bergercl, former dcpul in command of civ- Miiin affair in French North Africa, had re-ached Kakar to lake command of the air force in Frenci" West Afrciii, replacing General Gaina, who will command the French air force in Tunisia. • Borgcrct, former secretary of Ivvialion in the Vichy government, Iwas one of those lo whom Ihe |Fighling French had objecled most strongly and his resignation was Irogarded a a conceioi lo them. His now assignment indicates he is completely out of the poli- never have been enacted in the firsl place. U is so far oul of line with our neighboring stales lhat bootlegging is a iiajor industry of long standing— md our revenue from tho cigarette ax has been disappointing. It doesn't do any good lo la Ik dcadloik result in sending it back to the Ways and Means committee for further study. "I don't think Congress can be put. in the position of not acting on it after tho committee has boon studying this m a t t c r for two months." he said, adding. We've got to function. That applies lo Republicans as well as democrats." Jusl back from Texas, where he went lo attend the funeral of his brother, Rayburn said ho fell lhal ho had boon "in a good posilion lo view this thing." from 1,300 miles away from Washington. "I think," he said. thai Ihe "average citizen thinks lhat Ihc Ruml plan is a little too much." Asked directly w h o t h o r ho thought lhal the commlilee's plan, which provides no tax abatement, would be adopted, the speaker replied: "I don't nnow what kind of amendments will bo offered." fKlHCH ATTACK F/.'/?y'-jAXIS-HCt.DA»tA KAIHOUAN rONDOUK (NEA Tolcmop) Today's telemap shows three American drives toward the Tunisian coast; British advance through Mareth line and close to Gabes; French drive to Donz. More posed. than 20 have been pro- ucal picture in North Africa. Allied Shipping Exceeding Losses 'London, March 30 — (/P) — A. Alexander, firsl lord of the ad- liralty, said at the guild hall f|oday lhal new shipping tonnage produced by the Allies in the last ijght months exceeded losses by ki good deal more than 2,000,000 Oils." '. Calling the U - boat "the most leadly menace uf all." Alexander laid the Axis had a "very large nymber" of submarines at sea de- nite attacks on the enemy's build- |g yards and operational bases. [S."In tho lasl six months there has been a single day in one of more attacks has been delivered on U - boats" the Royal Navy, he said, adding fgt "very heavy losses" were be- inl'licted on Ihe underseas els. ^"Although admilling thai Allied '"sscs had been "'--" ibout the worth-while purposes for which the tax is levied, or fair play 'or Ihc Arkansas merchants who :iro being damaged by bootleg competition—because tax collecting is a business, not a charitable appeal. Us foundation must be sound and its enforcement absolute. The record of our 5-ccnl cigarette tax shows thiil il is unenforceable. What, we ought lo do is cul Ihe tax down to a practical figure . . . in line wilh our neighbor slalcs . . . and then enforce Ihc law against a bootleg trade which by lhal lime would have diminished to a point whore enforcement would be possible. MacArthur's Airmen Strike Enemy Bases Allied Headquarters in Australia, March 30 (/!'»—General Douglas MacArlhur's bombers ranged out again ycslorday to punish Japanese positions in New Guinea and New Britain and to strike at enemy concentrations on Australia's northwestern flank. Fires visible for 15 miles wore started in a low - level bombing and strafing allack on Tool, in j broad abatement feature of_ the Iho Kai islands, and the villages of La.iggoer and Wabsck a' s ° were machincgunncd, headquarters siiid today. In Now Britain, airdromes at Gasmala and Cape Gloucester Washington, March 30 —-(/I'l—The possibility of an absolute deadlock grew ..stronger in the House loday as the lawmakers made ready to vole 'm pay-as-you-go income tax legislation. At the end of an acrimonious four day debate, the chamber was split inlo Ihree apparently unyielding factions: 1. Ruml plan advocates, principally Republicans, who favor by passing a full lax year. 2. Supporters of tho Ways am! Moans committee tax collection plan that provides no lax abatement, moslly Democrats. 3. A bi-Parlisan blue unwilling to supporl cither of lliosc proposals but seeking a compromise canceling a parl of one tax year. While proponents of both the Ruml plan and the committee bill claimed enough voles for victory, une prominent Democrat privately expressed tho opinion that the three-way division mighl stalemate all efforts to gain a majority behind any definite proposal, and the whole current payment lax problem might be tossed back to the Ways and Means committee,-Ihcrc Brazilians Held in Spy Plot Against U. S. Rio DC Janeiro, March 30 —IIP) — An Axis spy plot against the United States involving a captain of artillery in the Brazilain army and other Brazilian nationals, as well as present and former Axis diplomats, was disclosed yesterday with publication of a full police report of charges submitted lo the Tribunal of National Sccurit. The Tribunal of National Secur- it is the Brazilian court that tires cases involving sabotage, espionage and other offenses against the nation's security. Its task will be lo study the police report and determine what action should be taken. Interception by U. S. authorities of a message by clandestine raclic from Brazil to Germany revcalcc! the attempt of the Blazilian off! cer, Capl. Tullio Regis Do Na.sci meiito to secure official pcnnissioi to visit American war plants anc to study fire control apparatus 01 American Naval vessels, the re porl indicated. A request to Berlin for $3,000 by Albrecht Gustav Engcls—later ar- RAF Loses 33 Planes in Berlin Attack London, March 30 — (IP) — The 1AF attacked Berlin and w a r limits in Ihc Ruhr valley lasl light wilh a loss of 33 bombers, the air ministry announced loday. Sweeping over Ihc Nazi capital "or the second time in three the British fliers inflicted Weather Slows Reds in March to Smolensk —Europe By EDDY GIUMORE Moscow, March 30 —f/P)—Slog- ging ahead in bad weather and through swampy country, the Red Army is continuing lo move lo ward Smolensk, while south of Bcly, the Soviet midday commun- ique said today three more villages have fallen into Russian hands. A strong enemy section was at- lackod in the Bcly sector yesterday and a wedge driven inlo the Gorman defenses, wilh one dclach- mcnt swinging around the posilion lo aid in exterminating a large part of Ihe garrison and then helping lo slave off a German counterattack, the bulletin declared. (The German high command. Idling of an action not mentioned by the Russians, said "our gal- lanlly fighting infantry again held Us" own" south of Lake Ladoga in the Leningrad area gainsl "solrm- ing Russian masses." The fighting wiis described as close and grim. Russian attacks southwest of Vaz- ma ..ind in the Caucasus also were declared repulsed, with 27 tanks destroyed in the Vaoma zone. The broadcasl communique was recorded in London. (Since Feb. 23, Ihe communique said, Ihe Russians had lost 61,460 in dead, 2,978 prisoners and 293 lanks in Ihe ,Staraya Russa scclor southeast of Leningrad.) While the main force of Ihc Russians northeast of Smolensk consolidates its newlywpn poinls, scouts have gone oul oh reconnoilering missions, it was said. In Ihc lalest fightnig, ataoul 300 Germans were killed, Ihc commun- ique said, and the Russians cap- lured two guns, a mortar battery and an ammunition dump. Heavy losses were reported delt a German rapid fire rifle unit lhal attempted to storm Soviet positions on the Northern Donets river, with the Germans forced back lo their original positions. The action was described officially as "in the area of the middle reaches of Uic Northern Doncls river." Those bailies currently arc not mi a largo scale, it. was reported, Junction of 8th Army, American Forces at Hand —Africa London. March 30 — (/Pi— Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced today thai Allied van guards passed through Gabes this morning In.pursuit of Marshal i Rommel's fleeing Tunisian army. The prime minister warned, however, against underrating "the task which confronts the whole Allied forces in Tunisia." "But," he said, "wo have every reason to be satisfied with Ihc progress already made by our superior forces and superior and res- olule commanders." Churchill made his announcement in the House of Commons and disclosed also lhal El Hamma, 20 miles west of Gabes, had been occupied lasl nighl. II was Ihc flanking objcclivo which helped break Ihc back of Ihc Marelh Line. "According to Ihe lalcsl infor- malion," he said, "we occupied El Hamma lasl nighl. Our vanguards passed through Gabes this morning. "New Zealand troops are those who have already passed through Gabes. They arc actually in con- lacl with Ihe enemy." Churchill lold Commons lhal "since I informed Ihe House last week of Ihe check sustained on the Mareth front, Ihc situation has turned very much in our favor. "General Montgomery's decision lo throw his weight on to the turning movement instead of persisting in a frontal attack has been crowned with success. "Another severe defeat has been By DANIEL DE LUCE Allied Headquarters in North Af- •ica, March 20—f/P)—A junction be- ,ween the British Eighlh Army and .he American forces of Leiut. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., appeared mminent today as the Brilish slormed through Gabes and El Hamma in pursuit of the fleeing African Corps. Occupation of Gabes and El Hamma on opposile sides of the Gabes bottleneck between the sea and the Salt Lakes was announced by an Allied headquarters com- munique today, and the Second New Zealand Marshal Erwin Rommel along the coastal road toward Sfax, 70 miles to the north. The German armory withdrew from Gabes under a terrific Allied air bombardment, as well as pun- ishmenl from Ihe sea delivered by salvos of shells from Allied warships. (Announcing Ihe passage of New Zealand Iroops through Gabes this morning, Prime Minisler Churchill lold Ihe House of Commons in London loday lhat the vanguards were still in contacl wilh the retreating enemy forces norlh of Gabes. (Disclosing that the New Zealanders were the same force which outflanked the Mareth Line by taking El Hamma, about 20 miles west of Gabes, the Churchill announcement indicated lhat the Gabes gap already was closed to retreat for any Axis forces trapped in Ihe 15- by 20-mile sack south lo the Mar- Telh line. , (German "panzer divisions iti particular are remarkably mauled and enfeebled," Churchill . an- lieavy damage and lost 31 bombers, while another twelve were mussing from tho sweep over Ihe Ruhr, the communique said. It w.is Ihe sixtieth raid of Ihc war on Berlin. Saturday night the RAF unloaded 000 Ions of bombs in tho grcalesl raid of Ihc war on the Nazi capital, during w h i c h nine bombers were lost. It was Ihc seventh air attack on Berlin Ihis year. Bochum, an important i r o n, stool and coal center in Ihe Ruhr only 10 miles oasl of Essen, also w;is among Ihc targets hit. Lasl night's kisses wove the high- csl tho RAF has suffered in a sing\s to languish and perhaps die. Rep. Luce (R-Conn.), leader of Republican group opposing the were bombed, and in Now Guinea the harbor at Madang. Ihc town and shore inslallalions at. Lae, plan Mdvanced by Bcardslcy Ruml, Now York banker, suggcseld such a recommittal if tho House can not agree on a system that visits no inequities as between classes and treats taxpayers "like patriotic adults, instead of spoiled and whining infants." Voting which is bound lo echo in land Ihe coasl between Finschhaf- | future political campaigns begins " ' today but final disposition of the and an- on and Madang were strafed b o m bed a communique nounccd. Japanese bombers meanwhile, struck once more at Oro Ba, be- luw Buna. Six bombers caused various proposals may not come until Wednesday or Thursday. Unless a stalemate develops, any bill that emerges is cxpeclcd to provide for a 20 per cent \\-ithhold- slight damage but no casualties in <• j n g levy against the taxable per- reslod as one uf the chief figures in German espionage in Brazil — for Nascimcnto's cxpcnssc on a trip to the Unilod Slates, for which Nascimonto had already asked permission of American authorities at Rio, revealed the heart of Die plot, the report said. Existence of an organized system for sending military information from Brazil to Argentina—at peace wilh the Axis — which involved al leasl two other Brazilians in Ihe transmission of invisible - ink messages, was also revealed in the report. The report made frequent mention of the former Gorman ambassador, Kurt Purcfer and his principal aidos as espionage agents both before and after Brazil's rupture of relations wilh the Axis on Jan. 29, 1942, and also mentioned Hainz Ehlerl, a former member of tho German diplomatic staff in Brazil, who remained as an attache lo the Spanish embassy, and whose i (s continued presence the report described as "highly inconvenient." Mosl of Ihe Brazilians involved, night's raid since Sept. 16 - 17, 19-12, when 39 bombers failed to return from widespread raids on the Ruhr. It, was the second costliest attack on Berlin. Twenty two aircraft woro reported missing from Iho Jan. 17 - 11! raid. Observers concluded that lasl night's assault either was made by ii much larger force uf bombers than usual or that the defenses of tho city had boon strengthened greatly. The biggest loss over suffered by the RAF in a sinylo night was 52 bombers in the 1,000 - bomber raid on Bremen and other targets on the night, uf June 25 - 26, 1942. Twenty-three were missing from the Essen raid on March 12 - 13 when tho Krupp works were damaged heavily. The Royal Canadian Air force announced lhat its giant Halifaxcs and Wellingtons joined the RAF in the great two - pronood offensive lasl night against Berlin and objectives in the Ruhr and that 10 of ics wore among the 33 lost bv British forces. bill they start usually with the Germans sporadically attacking the Soviet troops who still arc entrenched in their positions. There were as ycl no indications the Russians had given up the footholds Ihey still have in some places on Ihc western bank of the Doncls. "In another sector (of Ihc Doncls front) artillery fire dispersed ;i large concentration of enemy infantry, silenced two mortar batteries and destroyed an enemy self- propelled gun," the communique announced. The midday war bullclin declared thai 14 German pianos had been shot oul of the air throe of ^ -' |( J Axis forces Ihey hcve so long pursued. . . " Memphis Man Held for Earle Bank Robbery Earle, March 30 (/I 1 )—A young Mempnis electrician was held in the Critlcnden county jail loday in connection with Ihe $2.500 rubbery of the Earle Banking Co., and serious wounding of a woman cashier and Negro porter of Ihc institution. Sheriff Cecil Goodwin said Ihe cashier, Mrs. Mary French Fullwood, 30, had idenlificd Ihc arrested man as the robber. He said charges of robbery and assault wilh "intent lo kill would be filed against him. The prisoner denied knowledge of the robbery when he was ar rested and removed from a Memphis-bound bus shortly after the hold-up yesterday afternoon. Good- proportion of Ihe Ilalian 20lh and 21st Ilalian Army Corps left behind had not been determined. (A Brilish broadcast recorded in New York by Ihe Federal Com- municalions Commission said Rom- lei had eslablishcd new hcadquar- ers at El Djcm, 40 miles norlh of fa x.1 The occupation of Gabes, about 0 miles north of the smashed Ma- clh Line, was announced as Amer- can infantry and armor of Gen. alton smashed against, the last nounlainous wall between El Guear and the coasl and the road rom Gafsa. There still was a distance .of ibout 40 miles between Ihe Amor- cans and the British, however, as he African Corps slrovc despor- ilely lo stem Ihe onrush of Ihe British. half-hour night raid, it was said. I Uons of all wages and salaries, ef- | the report said, were former "both serious and he said "Nazi claims arc ys inflated" and in the next months the Allied fleet of es- .t shi|v' built on both side? of Atlantic would increase rap- British Also Active New Delhi. March 30 —M'.i—RAF bombers and fighters made two attacks on Japanese - held villages on the Mau peninsula in Western Burma yesterday, while other bomber squadrons swept to the norlh to strike objectives in the- Katha area on the upper Irrawad and British fighters damaged at least three Japanese planes in a dogfighl over Cox's Bazaar, on Ihe Arakan coasl, a Brilish com- munique announced today. In a nighl raid on the Japanese airfield at Hcho, Wellington bombers observed their explosives burst- >ing on the runway and in dispersal areas, il was announced. No Brilish planes wore mir.sing either from the bombing expeditions or in lhu Uy^-fii'hl. fectivo July 1. Some members seeking to avoid a deadlock were suggesting that Iho House might pass a simple withholding levy, and send the bill over iu tho Senate for settlement uf the lax abatement issue. Rep. Disney (D-Oklai said of the Sum! skip a year plnn. lhal "Ihe little fellows" back home would resent being abated a tax liability of $8.GO while, ho asserted, Bjarclsloy Ruml himself was being relieved of a liabilily of approximately $800,000. Rep. Jenkins (DOhioi said 90 per cent of the American people wanted the Ruml plan. The U. S. Uureau of Census I-L-IJUI-IS Ihe average family in lhi;j country L -l.J. members of the Fascist "integral- isl"' party, outlawed since 1938. and included: Erardo Margela Mela Mourao, FSA in Aqreernent on Form Difficulty Lillle Rock. March 30 — Iff- The Farm Security Administration them on Ihe Smolensk front and 11 in the western Caucasus, where a German scouting force was reported smashed by artillery and mortar fire. There were some indications that the Ihiiw this year will not be as biid, generally, as lasl because of Iho milder winter, wilh much less snow Mian usual. Evangelist Held on Charge of Rape Lake City, March 2!) — </l'j — Despite his insistent denial of the charge, Traveling Evangelist Joe A. Ellis, 40, was hold in jail loday pending circuit court action on a charge he raped the 20 - year-old wife of a fellow milliter. Juslice of Ihc Peace J. F. Timms ordered Ellis hold after the complaining witness told her story at a preliminary hearing here yesterday. Tho voung woman testified that Ellis assaulted her in her homo while her husband was in Jonesboro delivering a radio broadcasl. The following day she said Ellis, against her wishes, bought her a dress and her baby a pair of shoes, and took her and her husband with him lo Missouri for an evangelical meeting. She said it was several days before she hud cun . ency and 38 cents in change were found on the man and more than $1,500 in bills was found in a lunch sack wher tho bus was searched. Mrs. Fullwood was reported in ; critical condition at a Memphis hospital, suffering from a blov over her right oar and cuts on the head and neck. The elderly Negrr porter, Tom Woodford, suffered blow on Iho head and stab wounds in the chest. Goodwin said the robber, amid only with a penknife and heavj screwdriver e n I c r e d the bant shortly after noon. Mrs. Fullwooi was ochind Ihe toller's cage an Woodford was washing windows The Negro reported hearing Mrs Fullwood scream twice and then heard the man call to him that she had fainted. Ho said when lie wont in investigate, the man "hit mo on tho head wilh something, jumped on top of me and slabbed mo twice." The robber then dragged Mrs. Fullwood inlo a vault and flod out the back dour of the bank. Plenty of Sugar on Hand for Canners Washington, March 30 (A') — Arkansas housewives were assured by the OPA through Snator Mc- Clcllan iD - Ark.i today Ihey could one o the beaTers ofsecret ml-sl i reported loday that it had "worked "» °P»~ 1 fini ii« H i i'fici ill ir»*s with Mrs Mav *-*• LUC ft LUCK.. sages to Buenos Aires and a writ-'"" 1 >V» ' _ ul ,'"-",.. " . '. ....;• ...? ' Thotwo me an opportunity to tell her husband j yet all the sugar Ihey needed for or for Ihe then pro - Nazi news- | Bloodworth. who had received no- paper Gazela de Noticias. ! ' ic <-' to move Irom the larm she has Benaide Ancireu, a woman writ- ' been occupying al the I< SAs or fur the same paper, described ! Campbell farms projccl near 1 runs an "apparently unwilling" in- i niann. termcdiary for the messages. Dr. Oswaldo Rifcl Franca, who The 'wo men are ministers of the canning immediately. Allied Headquarters in North Africa, March 30 (/I 1 ) —Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery's British Eighlh Army has occupied Gabes and El Hamma in a swifl pursuit of Marshal Erwin Rommel's Africa Corps, iin Allied headquarters com- munique announced loday. The advance was made in spile uf strong rearguard resistance, the comirunique said, and prisoners taken by the onrushing Allies were said now lo number 8,000. In the norlh, meanwhile, the Uril- ish Firsl Army of Lieut. Ucn. K. A. N Anderson scored a further advance from Ihe Djcbcl A b i o e area southwest of Bizertc. More than seven hundred prisoners were captured in that sector despite strong German opposition in the difficult mountainous country. American columns of Lieut. Gen. George S. Fatten, Jr, nudging eastward from the mountain passes ciist of Gafsa toward Rommel's flank also made progress after turning back some local counterattacks. The Americans captured 200 more prisoners, the communi- que said. The whole operation was proceeding under a spread of Allied fgihtcrs and bombers w h i c h bombed Rommel's fleeing trans- j port and lines of communication north of Gabes and farther lo the norlh between the ports of Sfax and Sousse, Ihe communique said. Gjbcs, a city of 20,000 population, mostly native, was taken in a swift march bv New Zealandcrs after the crumbling of the Mareth line and despite extensive m i n e fields and booby traps strewn in their party by the retreating Germans. Shortly before their entry Allied naval forces bombard- One God church, Deputy Wcs Mooncyhan said. Sheriff also allegedly delivered messages. Mrs. Bluodworlh and five other families received eviction notices recently. The FSA said il was nc- 679 Taxi Company Sold to L R. Urrey McClellan said OPA had instruct- e d the port heavily from the sea. ed its Dallas regional office to lease the sugar and that a order covering the entire general sugar Camillo Mcndcs PimenaU." a' ! foliating lo work out difficulties The 679 Taxi company has been lawyer, accused uf receiving 60,000 with sumo of the others. U did not purchased by L. R. Urrey from 1 iew lease of Ihc five laril fall. ! Loo Complun. Mr. Urrey announced Argentine pesos (about $18,0001 and $35,000 of U. S. mono from En,";el for espionage, plus 400,000 Crui'.eil'(."- f!?:!0.000> for organizing a Briuilian company headed by More than 2,000,000 seals annually navigate 3,nnn miles from the southern California coasl to the tlcrui • Sta. ^ 1 today. "1 will strive to give tho I same prompt and courteous service thul the public has enjoyed in the pas't, and will appreciate continued patrojw;',c." Mr. Urrey suid. t ralion'iiR program would be issued in the near future. The Senator said he insisted on immediate action to avoid a recurrence of "the great loss of farm products lasl year as a result of the failure lo provide for adequate sugar supplies in time." The only in «M railroad on Fifty enemy vehicles wore reported destroyed and nearly 300 damaged by lighter bombers from the western desert which had waited out bad waeathcr and Ihen blasted Rommel's line of retreat between Ouclrcf, norlh of Gabes, and Sfax. This was one of the heaviest attacks of the campaign. Hca.-y and medium bombers also joined the attack after the letup in dust oturins and in attack lusting the island 1 about u'i !v>m- uf Crete is less Hum three miles in j 00 miles amon len-Ui. ' umiiL.. set fires visible for the retreating col-

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