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The Byline of Dependability MM_._j_M , Hope ^^^••^^ ^^^^^ ^^(^flBBBto flMHB The Weather Arkansas: Colder tonight; light local frosts in north portion. /OLUME 44—NUMBER 153 Star ol Mope, 1899; Press, 19?7." Consolidate! January 18, 1929. HOPE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 1943 (AP)—Means Asiocialod Press (NEA)—Moons Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n PRICE 5c COPY Net Tightened About Axis Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor ALEX. H. WASHBURN War Bonds: The 'Spread' Counts 1 1 Victory Garden Note | County Chairman C. C. Spragins had 30 local men to breakfast in Hotel Barlow this morning at 7:30 o'clock planning the canvass for the Second War Loan. $254.000 Abandonment ol Crop Insurance Plan, FSA Urged Washington, April 13 — (/Pi — Abolition of IhCjFarm Security Administration, abandonment of the crop insurance program and discontinuance ol parity payments on the 1!)43 and 1944 crops were recom- , mended today by the House Appropriation committee in sending a $707,040.84} Agriculture Department supply bill to Ihe floor. The funds recommended for the department's operation for Ihe f i s» cat year starting next July 1 were $20.939,259 more than current year appropriations and $240.093,047 below budget estimates. Included in Ihc total was $193,023,000 for pari-' ty payments for the 1942 rop year which were authorized in last « year's appropriation but for which no funds were made available at the lime. In recommending abolition of the new deal sponsored FSA. created in 1937 and one of Ihe fuvorile lar- j gels of congressional criticism for .several years, the committee suggested that its function be transferred to the Farm Credit Administration, which was given the assignment of carrying on many FSA programs already under way, * The committee said it had "taken full cognziancc of the criticism which has been leveled al Ihe Farm Security Adminislralion over a period of years" and recalled its own criticism of Ihe agency lasl ^ year for "lending excessive amounts to individual borrowers, for indulging of certain of its em- ployes and for its experiments in collective farming, which seemed to rc.-irmblc Ihe collcclivist prac- .. tices followed in Russia." Hetnpslcad's quota is . . . 13 billions for Ihe nation. Col. Keith F. Adamson was pres enl for Ihe Southwestern Proving Ground; and Ihe Arkansas War Savings Staff was represented by its deputy chief, C. K. Wilkerson. Mr. Wilkerson gave the local group some straight facts from the Treasury: Ot Ihe 13-billion issue, 5 billions will be taken by the banks o'/i billions by business organizations such as insurance 'companies—and the remaining a'/i billions by plain Mr. John Citizen. Bui Ihc common people's 2Vj billion is really Ihe most important of all. Mr. Wilkerson said: "II isn'l merely Ihc lotal amount of bonds sold thai counts, but the '.spread the percentage of all Ihc people who have actually bought Wai- Bonds. For when Ihe war is over the man who lias a backlog of Wai- Bonds will be a dependable and trustworthy citizen. And the man who has no War Bonds may very likely become a public charge on the rest of us." Mr. Wilkerson said thai Arkansas went over its War Bond quota last years, thanks lo Ihe heavy subscriptions of farmers generally. He urged prompt and thorough action in Hcmpsload county, reminding thai Hempslead lacked only $10,000 of meeting its 19-12 quota, and trailed the 1943 first- quarter quota by $7,000. -K -K -K I see where a Memphis woman ndverlisccl her Viclory Garden for sale, alleging as Ihe reason that she was moving out. Or could it be that Ihc weeds and cut-worms were moving in? Fingerprint Focal Point in Murder Case Americans Responding to War Drive Kansas Cily. April 13 — (/h —A single fingerprint, imbedded in a V blood spot 01, Ihe window sill of the bedroom where 24 - year old Leila Adele Welsh's mutilated body was found, became the focal point around which George W. Welsh, Jr.'s first degree murder . trial revolved today. Gorman Raney. former police investigator, testified a fingerprint he found lop of the sill was similar lo Ihe right index finger of the 28 - year - old brother, accused of the slaying. *' His testimony sent state and defense attorneys into a huddle in the chamber of Trial Judge Albert A. Ridge. The defense objected lo testimony thai Ihc original print •showed 30 points of identification -.with Welsh's indxe finger on the ground Raney's testimony was nut supported by any photograph or document. Raney had testified, also, that the lifted print, photographed and documented, showed 14 points for "' similarity to the brother's print. Rees Turpin, a defense attorney, raised an objection lo Raney's testimony on the ground that part of Ihe finger print evidence had been destroyed, thus depriving the de- vfcnse of its full rights in examination. After a 2 - minute conference Judge Ridge intruded Ihe attorneys to proceed with direct examination of Raney on oilier phases of his testimony while he sludeid 'the legal question as to what . lengths the slate could gu un the identification of the fingerprint in question. Raney's testimony was the second link welded in its case againt -, Welsh. Yesterday Joseph Louis Al- porl, a second hand dealer, from the witness stand identified the brother as the one tu whom he- had sold a buteher knife found beneath the window of the slain girl. Miss Welsh s bulterecl a n d ' slashed body was found in her bedroom uv hi r molher the morning of March 9, 1941. Both he and Welsh were grandchildren and heirs of a prominent Kansas City real estate dealer. By GEORGE CULLEN Wasnington, April 13 — (/P) — America is responding with a flood of dollars, Ihc Treasury reported today, to the greatest appeal for funds in history — the government's $13,000,000 Second War Loan campaign. The drvic! was opened officially lasl night by Secretary Morgen- lliau, but even before the secretary addressed a rally at Carnegie Hall in New York reports began pouring into the Tresaury indicating a tremendous early response. "This is the people's war — All of the people oughl lo have a part in financing il," Morgenlhau told the New York rally in urging full parlicipalion by everyone. Slrcsing Ihe Treasury's urgenl need for funds, Ihe sccrelury warned thai heavier fiiumcail sacrifices will be required of Ihc people lo me;it the growing demands of the war. "Ten pel 1 cenl is no 1 o n g e r enough," he said. "We are asking everyone lo buy extra bonds this month, even workers who are now participating in the payroll savings plan." Coincident with opening of Ihc three week campaign, Iho Treasury disclosed tentative plans to raise a tolal of .$70,000,000,000 Ibis year — plans which will strike heavily at individual pocketbooks. Ruml Backers Seek New Vole on Tax Plan —Washington • By FRANCIS M. LE MAY Washington. April 13 — (/!') — Repuolicans resorted to blockbuster tactics today in an effort to blast a pay - as you - go tax bill -nit of the Ways and Means committee and get another vote on the Kunil.'in income lax year. Martin* of Massachusetts, brushed I aside a propoal by Speaker Rayburn (D Tex.) that Democrat and Republicans join in support a 20 per cent withholding levy without any tax abatement, and prepared to circulate a discharge petition to force current lax payment legislation to the floor. If the Republicans can get I h e signatures of 218 members I h e House will vole again on Ihe Rurnl plan. The skip - a - year lax proposition was defeated 215 to 19B two weeks ago, the Democrats lining against it. Coincident with the Republican activity, a sizeable bloc .of Democrats launched a new move lo deliver to the floor a compromise measure thai would cancel a large part, but not all. of 19-12 laxes. Martin indicated he would direct the discharge peliton at bringing from the committee the proposal by Reps. Robertson (D - Va.) and Forand (D RI.) to abate Ihc 0 per cent normal and 13 per cenl first bracket surlax on Ihc 1942 income of all taxpayers. The Democratic bloc likewise sought to put this bill on the floor for a vole. The Republicans, however, maneuvered to bring il out under an open rule that would allow the Ruml plan lo be presented as a substitute. The "compromise" Dernorats wanted a rule barring amendments, contending the Ruml plan had been beaten once a n d now the House should have a clear cut vole on Ihe partial abatement bill. Under the Robertson - Forand bill, Ihc 1942 lax obligations would be erased completely for about 90 per cent of the taxpayers, and reduced substantially for others. Virtually all of the 44,000,000 income taxpayers then would convert to a pay-as-you go system. Both the Robertson Forand plan and .he Kuml proposal, as modified in a bill by Rep. Carlson (R- Kiis.l, embrace the 20 per cent withholding levy against the taxable portions ot pay envelopes and salary cheeks. Two More Arkanscms Are Jap Prisoners Wa.hinKl.on, April 13 —(/I'j—Two Arkansans wore named today in a list made public by the War Dc- piirlmcnl of <!34 United Stales soldiers held prisoners of the Japanese in an unstated camp. They were: Capt. Livington P. Nooll, husband of Mrs. L. P. Nocll, Newport. Pvt. Robert S. Jones, son of Lewis Joncfe', route 1, Me Crory Limit to Size of U. S. Army Is Threatened Delaware's .slate peach blossom. Slight Gain Shown St. Louis, April 13 —</l'i— Dement store sales in the eighth federal district increased only 3 pel- cross- | Cl , n t. in March a compared with the same month last year, principally because of a business decline of 0 per cenl in St. Louis. The federal reserve bunk, in un- noneing Ihe figures today, reported Ihe increases for other cities in the district: Menphis, 6 per cent; Little.Ruck, 23; Springfield, Mo.. 10: Furl Smith. Ark., 21,'and 3 per cenl uf a group including El Dorado and Pine Bluff, Ark., Benton Tragedy Bc-Miun, April 13 — (.'I'l — A collision between an automobile and a truck during a blind rainstorm near here -Sunday night claimed a second life today when Harvey Neuth- ercoll, 11, of near Benton, died today in a Little Rock hospital. The boy's mother, Mrs. Harry Neulhercotl, 45, was killed instunl- ly when the cm- in which they were riding collided with a truck on a flower is the curve a mile west of here. The boy .siiffprpd a brain injury. Adkins, Bailey Aiding Stripper Well Operator El Dorado, April 13 — l/l'i — Gov. Homer Adkins and Chairman O. C. Bailey of the Stale Oil and G a s Cominsision arc interceding with Ihe Patrnan Small Business committee in behalf of the stripper well operators ot South Arkansas. Adkins today airmailed a slale- ment to Rep. Wright Palman (D- Tex. i, Ihe committee chairman, saying cost of production exceeded the posted price for crude in Arkansas' IS so-called stripper field and urging an increase of al least 50 cents a barrel. Bailey sent a similar letter to Palman yesterday and said Ihe entire Arkansas commission joined in the statement. The average price of crude in Arkansas is 79 cenl a barrel, and Bailey said lliis was so low ihul abandonments of wells I were increasing, some produc- By WILLIAM F. ARBOGAST Washington, April 13 —-(/I'l—An- nouncement by War Manpower Chariman Paul V. McNutl that the end of 1943 will sec most able- bodied fathers under 38 in the armed forces brought threats on Capitol Hill today of legislation to limit the size of the army. Chairman May (D-Ky) of- Ihe House Military Commitlcc said he would urge speedy Senate approval of legislation passed yesterday by the House lo give deferment pri-.-ilics to men with children and iddcd that he would demand a con- j grcssional review of manpower j plans if "they don't stop fooling around down a I Ihc Manpower Commission." "Just where the Manpower Commission plans to put all Ihe men Ihey apparently figure on drafting between now and Ihe end of Ihis year is more than I can figure,'. 1 May said. "The last figures we goU from the War Department itself, were oascd on an army of 7,500,000 men." While he was nol prepared lo say tie would move immediately to control the size on Ihc armed forces the Kcntuckian added", "something along that line will be forthcoming unless they can show the need for all these men they seem lo be determined to draft.'!, McNutl's statement thai "simple" arithmetic" would require the in- dtition of all fathers except those with occupational or farm deferments and a comparatively few "hardship cases," was made in connection with announcement of new draft regulations. Briefly, the new regulations abolished the 3 - U classification, heretofore ncld by fathers engaged in essential occupations; "froze" inlo class 3 - A all fathers with dependents born prior lo Scpl. 15. away all dependency deferment for childless, married men. McNutl added that when wholesale • drafting of fathers begins 'some changes arc indicated" in the allcltmcnts and allowances paid to families. May said he did not believe Congress would boosl Ihe allowances «md allotment and would stick to the policy that bona fide families should nol be broken up until absolutely necessary, regardless of financial provisions. Rep. Kilday (D - Tex.) aid thai in view of Ihc one - sided vote by which the House approved his bill — 143 to 7 — he expects it to win Senate approval. As passed by the House it retained a committee amendment prohibiting Ihe induction of men by occupational groups, an amendment designed to nullify a WMC order thai men in prescribed nonessential occupations would be in- dueled, regardless of dependency, unless they transferred lo essential work. Says Japs Again Massing for New Offensive Thrust Allied Headquarters in Australia. April 13 — I/I") — News of a smashing Allied victory in the skies over Port Moresby, New Guinea, was coupled today with an official warning that the Japanese h a v e massed 200.000 first - line troops at bases above Australia and thai a new enemy bid lo regain the initiative in Ihc Southwest Pacific may be expected at any moment. The victory over Porl Moresby, in which 37 of 100 Japanese air raid- crs were reported knocked out of action,, brought to 70 Ihe number of enemy planes accounted for in the lasl Uvo days, and General MacArlhur's headquarters said these losses had apparently blunted a large scale air offensive and "dislocated Ihe immediate plans" of Ihc Japanese. Thai (he Japanese arc still a force io be reckoned with, however, was emphasized by Gen. Sir Thomas Blarney, commander of Allied ground forces in this theater, who told a press conference that the enemy is making a tremendous effort to regain .parity and then naslo/y of Ihc air. "The Japanese are concentrating their aggressive attentions — already developed to a strength of 200.000 first - line troops and a powerful air force — along the island arc northward of Australia for the purpose of returning to an offensive interrupted by successive Allied successes in the Coral Sea, the Solomon, New Guinea and the Bismarck sea," Blarney said. "The result of this struggle in the next few weeks have the greatest importance for us. (A Japanese communique broadcast, by Bc-.-lin claimed a transport steamer was sunk at Port Moresby, that 28 planes were destroyed iloft^ and .more than 10 .aground... Severla' 'military establishments and 20 troops barracks were declared destroyed. The Japanese said they lost five planes, all in suicide dives into targets. (The same communique reporting on the attack on Oro Bay April 11 said three transports and a destroyer were sunk and a number of smaller warship damaged. There the Japanese claimed to have tlcstoryed 21 Allied pursuit, planes at the cost fo six, several of which "dived into enemy targets.") Blarney declared thai "Ihc profound shock" of Ihe losses recently suffered by Hie Japanese in the Bismarck sea and in other related action had tought llicm they cannot move large forces wilhoul gaining air control. Of ihc enemy raiders reported knocked out ovei Port Moresby yesterday, Allied fighters svcrc credited with 10 bombers and 10 fighters while ami - aircraft batteries claimed two planes definitely shot, down and six "probables." Allied airmen also shul clown or bably damaged 15 other Japanese aircraft elsewhere in Ihe Southwest Pacific yesterday,sank an enemy subm.irine off New Britain, damage at least two cargo ships and blasted air bases in wide sweeping raid. In a half - hour runnnig battle over Wcwak, midway on the north- oast coast of New Guinea, a single Today's War Map BIZERTE % McdjcxclBabf? fSOUK EL t . v; iHammamct::; TUNISIA \ El Djcmft LA HINCHA4P MKW AKMY IKlNCtl /IK/MS.I MdHIHAKMY Allies Move Far Beyond Sousse and Kairouan —Africa (NEA Telemap! Today's war map shows the British sweeping past Sousse as Americans and French clean up the interior of Axis positions. British First Army gaining. The present Axis defense line is also pictured. ers were being forced out of business, secondary recovery was Widow of Murdered Man Freed made "financially impossible." prospecting for new fields was at a standstill and wage increases were out of the question. "Over 80 per cent of the operators of oil properties in this slate are independent operators, for the most part men living and working on their properties," Bailey declared. As against the 79 - cenl Arkansas average. Adkins pointed out that the U. S. Tariff Commission in a i report issued lasl December the production cost in Arkansas' Smaekuver Ik-ld al more than !J4 cent a barrel. "This condition does not exist, just in the Smackover field," he declared. The governor pointed out that about 35 per cent of Arkansas' production came from stripper fields. In these fields, the 2.534 wells provide emploment for 1,400 men receiving approximately $210.OOU u monih. Adkins asserted. He said these operations accounted for mure than $183.000 of slate re\enin.- Ussl year us gro:-s production l-ixes and $168,000 as ad valo- Allied heavy bomber battled twelve j "Be and deaths. Red Aviation Pounding Nazi Soldiers By EDDY GILMORE Moscow, April 13 — (/P)— Soviet aviation kept up its pounding of German supply columns today, but along Ihe muddy, slishy front there was '.10 major - scale action by cither side. In the Kuban area in thcCauca- sus, the German air force was more active and here its units appeared lo be trying, lo smash at Russian columns who constantly arc pushing the Nazis toward the sea. (The Soviet radio monitor in London recorded a Mocow radio broadcast reporting that Russian fliers and anti - aircraft batteries had shot down 25 German planes attempting to raid Krasnodar, a rail junction in the western Caucasus. Five Russian planes were losl, il was said.* On the Volkhov front, southeast of Leningrad, the scries of attacks by Ihc Germans has been fully stopped by Soviet troops who mauled these sharp thrusts with strc- nth. The increased activity of the German air force included a raid on Russian - held Kursk, 120 miles north of Kharkov, whore the Germans losl nine planes to the Russians' two. A dispatch said Ihc majority of German bomber were dispersed before reaching Ihc cily bul that some broke through and dropped bombs causing some dam- Continued on Page Four) Mount, Clemens, Mich., April 13 —(/I'i—Mrs. Armanda Rose Duranl. 44, charged with first degree murder in connection with Ihe death of her husband, Chrles Durant, 413, al Calico Rock, Ark., was free today after Arkansas authorities failed to appear in court yesterday to seek her extradition. Circuit .ledge Neil F Held freer! her -in a writ of habeas corpus. Sgt. Edward Wisch of th Michigan slate police told the court that J. A. Rodman, sheriff of I/ani listed I County, Ark., who came here to investigate the Durant case suid | he lacked sufficient evdienee lu return Mrs. Durant to Arkansas. A .log scratching in the earth of the Duranls' former home at Calico Rock, unearthed Duranl's body April 4. Mrs. Durant's daughter, Mary, 21, is also sought on a murder warrant. At Mountain Home, Ark., Prosecutor Ernie Wright said he did not know whether murder charges against. Mrs. Durant would be dropped. He said he had not yet heard from Sheriff Rodman and county Judge W. K. Billingslcy who had come here to invest the case. intercepting Japancs fighters and brought down seven with only "negligible damage" to itself, the Allied communique said. Yesterday's heavy attack by (he Japanese on Porl Moresby followed by 24 hours a raid by 45 fighters and bombers on Oro Bay. where Allied airmen knocked out 24 enemy planes. The repulse of Ihe Port Moresby raid, described officially as "a complete defeat" for the Japanese, was accomplished al the lost of relatively light Allied losses, Allied headquarters said. Even while the Japanese tacked at Moresby an Allied force of Flying Fortresses blasted the enemy base at Rahaul. New Britan and started fires which the return| ing flier* said were visible for 50 miles. Long range artillery poke out along the front in some of the heaviest duelling of the war lo dale. Especially heavy was the shelling south of Lake Union in Ihe Slaraya Russa scclor, south of Bcly and on the Volktty front. In the fighting west of Rostov that has been in progress for about two weeks Soviet artillery — one of Ihe Russians besl fighting arms —destroyed scores of Nazi giai positions, dugouts, and blockouls. | The same kind of heavy shelling . sporadically was breaking oul in i various sectors of Ihe eastern | at- I front, about the approaches to Smo- lensk. Omaha Airport Feared Ruined by Floodwaters Omaha, April 13 (IP) —Armj engineers today abandoned hope o saving Omaha's $4,000,000 airpor and Carter Lake, la., from com plelc inundation by Missouri rive flood waters as the angry stream poured through two broken dikes into the 10 - mile square stricken area on the northeastern outskirts of Omaha. The river reached its crest at. 2 a. m. at 22.40 feet, remaining al that level until 7 a. m. It then started receding slowly at Ihe rale of aboul one - tenth of a foot an hour. From four to six feet of water expected to cover the airport within the next 48 hours. Two thirds of the field stood in several feet of water this morning, said Airport Manager William R. Milner. From two directions through widening gaps in the broken dikes, the swollen river spilled inlo the airport, and Carter Lake. Red Cross and other rescue workers late lasl night lo evacuate the lasl of approximately LOOO families living in the main stricken area. Other scores of families had been removed earlier from north and asl Omaha as Ihe crcsl moved downstream. Meanwhile, from Council Bluffs, la., across the river from Omaha, to Hamburg, la., 50 miles downstream from here, federal and stale troops, civilians and boy scouts worked to strengthen the dikes and in some cases make precautionary evacuation. Mrs. Carter Dies at Home in Monroe, La. Action Still Deferred in Parr Killing Case Junesbe.ru, April 13 — </! J i —The case of Fred Mathes, accused of killing J. E. Pan, insurance executive and political advisor of Senator Hatlie W. Caraway, was culled today in circuit court but action was deferred until mid - afternoon or Inter. Eugene Sloan of Joncsboro, defense lawyer told Acting Judge Walter Killough he was merely helping Wils Davis of Memphis in the defense and that Davis was occupied in chancery court al Osceola. Sloan asked that no action be , taken until he could consult Davis late i Killough told him tu do this as soon ] as possible. Italians Admits Loss of Cruiser Saturday ' London April 13 l/l'i The i Italian high command confirmed j today me loss of a cruiser by the Italian navy, presumably that sunk ; by the United States army air j force in its bombing of the Italian naval base at La Maddalena, North i Sardinia, Saturday. i Both the Trieste and Gorizia. 10,- j 000 - ton cruisers, were struck by ! the Flying Fortress fleet of Muj. Gen. James H. Doolittle and later reconnaissance showed that the Tries! had sunk and thai Ihe Groi- j zia was su badly damaged he J would be out of Ihc war for weeks. The Italians said also that in | recent weeks the Italian navy had | lost three torpedo boats and two j submarines. I Mrs. T. J. Carter, well known former Hope and Fulton resident, died at her home in Monroe, La., at G o'clock this morning. She lived at Fulton for many years, moved lo Hope about 1922. and for the last 10 years had lived in Monroe. The funeral service will be held in Hope, at First Methodist church, at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, the pastor, the Rev. Robert B. Moore, officiating. Mrs. Carter is survived by five children: Thomas J. Carter, Jr., Gordon Carter. Miss Nina Carter. Robert D. Carter, all of Monroe: and James Edward Curler, of the U. S. Navy. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. G. H. Hall, of Carrulhers- ville, Mo. Blevins Class Play to Be Held April 16 By DANIEL DE LUCE Allied Headquarters in North Africa, April 13 — (fP) — A 1 1 i e d forces pushed the enemy inlo a steadily contracting area in the nothern tip oC Tunisia, gaining new ground north of Sousse and Kairouan, on Ihe southern side of the Axis box, and in the Medjc/, El - Bab scclor on the northwest. Allied headquarters announced today. (The Algiers radio, in a broadcast recorded in London, said that the British Eighth Army had reached Enfid'avillc, 27 miles north of Sousse and 50 miles south of Tunis, and that nearly the whole f the Italian Vitloria division had een caplured. (London military quarters estimated that Mai'shal Erwin R o m- nel was withdrawing into his Tulis - Bizertc defenses, an area bout 100 miles long by 40 miles •vide, '-with on'.y about 210,000 nen, 150,000 of Ihem Germans.) Gen. Sir Bernard L. Mont- iomcry's seasoned Eighth Army patrols engaged rearguard of the African Corps on the coastal road setween Lake Kelbia and the sea as Rommel maintained his withdrawal through the Enfidaville line under a constant pressure. (This would indicate that the M o n t- ;omery advance was from five to 15 miles north of Sousse.) British First Army troops were- late reported 15 mile north of Kairouan and preing on rapidly. While French troops mopped up Ihe Djebel Ousselat on the west flank and continued to advance northward along the Grand Dorsal range, the British First Army in. the 'Medjez - El Bab area, 35 •miles-southwest* of-Ttrnluf'e^tur additoinal hill vantage points. (The Vichy radio, German - controlled, said that Rommel had been reinforced by air in the last few days with both men and weapons. (The Italian communique, broadcast by the Rome radio and recorded by the Associated Press, acknowledged that 60 dead and 124 injured were left in Allied raids on Italy an Italian islands.) In the air, Allied fliers continued to pound enemy bases and a i r- dromes, scoring hits yesterday oil dock and shpiping al Bizerte; on a tanker and barge at Trapani, in Sicily; and on an enemy airfield at St. Marie Du Zit, it was announced. The Sic Marie Du Zit airfield first was atlacked Sunady night and many fires were loft burning after direcl hils on Ihe buildings, it was said. "Attacks on Ihis target and on another enemy airfield in Tunisia were continued yesterday by formations of B - 25 Mitchells and A- 20 Bostons," the communique saidr "Bombs burst among aircraft on the ground and more fire were starlcd." Ste. Marie Du Zi! is 40 miles northwest of Sousse and 30 miles southeast of Tunis. It is nine miles cast of Zaghouan. , Flying Forlrcses carried the atlack to Bizcrlc, and other Axis Mediterranean supply ports. A "very large fire" was caused by the destruction of the lank in Trapani narbor, il was said. Escorting P - 38 Lightnings shot down four enemy aircraft during the bombings. Fighter planes on patrol over the forward fighting areas shot down one enemy plane and the coaslal patrols shot down, two more off the Algerian coast, headquarters said. "Further reports of opcratoins on April 10 show thai five mure enemy aircraft was destroyed, making a total of 03 on that day," the communique added. Two Allied planes are missing as a result of yesterday's aerial foray, it was stated. In 1942. there were 359, (J94 persons on V. S. federal pension rolls The Senior Class of Blevins High School will present their play, "Murdered Alive", Friday night, April 1C, at 8:00 o'clock in the high school gymnasium. Admis 1 - j sion will be 10 and 25 cents. Auxiliary Police to Meet on Wednesday The Hempslead County Auxiliary Police will hold their regular monthly meeting Wednesday night, April 14. al the American Legion hall ut 7:45 o'clock, according to Corbin Foster, secretary-treasurer. Saved by Promise Hot Springs. April 13 (/ft — Hot Springs tuxicub owners, under criticism because of fast driving, have promised the county rationing board lo put mechanical governors on all cabs lo hold speed to 35 miles an hour. Rationing board Chairman Warren Wilson told the laxi men if this didn't get result.*, "other means will be employed." By that he said he meant a lightening up 911 tire ration.

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