The Byline of Dependobi/ify Hope 8 VOLUME 44—NUMBER 156 Star of Hope, 1899; Press, 1927. Consolidated January 18, 1929. Star The Weather Arkansas: Scattered showers; warmer in east and south, little temperature change in northwest portion tonight. HOPE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 1943 (AP)—Means Associated Press (NEA)—Means Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n PRICE 5c COPY British Take Key Position flv Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor ALEX. H. WASHBURN Dangerous Situation in Labor Country Comes First The scramble for war-time profits, first by Organized I abor and then by Agriculture, has now reached the late in- flings of a futile and bitter gajne. Labor Allies Pound Jap & fConvoy, 3 Ships m Off Wewak 1. By VERN HAUGLAND . ( Allied Headquarters in Australia, Apul 10 — (/T) — Flying Fortresses feypt up an attack on a Japanese fenvoy of three warships and six niei chant vessels at Wewak, New Guinea, striving to add lo t h e heavy blows dealt three mcrchaiil- 4 men al the outset, j, y Thc convoy, spoiled at dusk i nursday approaching the Wewak haibor with a light cruiser among the escort, was swooped upon at mast neighl by the Fortresses. Roaring down in wave spaced 15 minutes to a half hour aparl the lenders quickly started an 8,000 ion cargo ship lo sinking by the Stem, caused another of equal tonnage to list and forced a third of 5,000 tons to be beached. "We are continuing the attack," r |nid today's noon communique. A destroyer and a gunboat were t among the bombers' largels. The Japanese have resorted lo Wewak recently for the landing of Vbupplics destined for overland dc- "I'jvery lo their Allied - menaced B- at Lac; .some 325 miles south- pteaslward along New Guinea's north "'coast. The complete destruction of (i 22 - ship convoy in the Bismarck Jbca apparently convinced them it 'vah loo cosily lo try lo reinforce /4)"C and nearby Salamaua directly by sen. ' There was a lull in Japan's re- ,'surgcnt aerial offensive but the Al- ',lics air attacks continued. Fortresses bombed Lakuani airdrome al ,»j?dbaul, New Britain, 500 miles lo ',4nc norlhcasl of the Allied New 'Guinea base of I'ort Moresby. Ita- buul also a big Japanese shipping b.iM?, lias .several airdromes rind, along wilh Kavicng, New Ireland, utilized for heavy concentrations enemy planes. New Britain's iMnula airdrome also was attacked by Fortresses whose bombs Stalled fire and explosions. Swarms of a - 20 attack planes dipped low over Japanese troop po- J)tions in Ihe Buigap creek area Of MUDO, New Guinea, maknig 11 runs 1) bomb and slrafe the enemy. A .single Fortress dropped bombs on grounded plane at Ihe Lao air- diome. ffcA Hudson patrol bomber raided •fiipanesc installations on Trangan island in the Aroe group; another Sti tick ..t coastal shipping off Jam- dena island in the Tanimbars; and a third strafed the Japanese - occti- "ecl village of Ossu on Timor. In a recapitulation of air a n d ground losses in the New Guinea 1 fjghting up lo April 1, a spokesman i |pi General Douglas MacArlhu|' es- ijjnalcd today the Americans' and 'Australians suffered 10,531 cas- jl'/jullies, among which were 4,554 "* Rjllerl or missing and 5,977 wound• pd, many of the latter since re! R0\ creel. On the other side of the ledger he placed Japanese casualties, at 38,000 of which almost all >>|eie dlled. United Slales casual- jfles, m-.iiiy of them air men, includ- l £$ 2,175 killed or missing in action jtopd 2.144 wounded. Australian fig- i *U.fe s .vcre broken up into 2,379 J 1 ^jkjlled or missing and 3,833 wound- i ^e(j The Japanese .landed in north- i4Q|i»l New Guinea in January, 1942. ' ;y|ckes Recommands •;|Crude Oil Increase is now on the second go- round of asking wage increases lo meel Ihe rising cost of living. Agriculture, rebuffed on its own request for an increase by veto of Ihe Bankhcad bill, will come right back and enforce its demands if Labor wins out this lime. The labor question was brought to a showdown yesterday when the A. F. of L., following refusal of the War Labor Board to grant the full increase asked by workers al Universal Alias Cement company (U. S. Steel subsidiary), announced that the union regarded Ihe no- slrikc pact with the government terminated. Workers at Atlas Cement are already on strike. So long as we arc a constitutional republic—and God spare us the day when we shall be anything else! — there will always be Ihis kind of public wrangling. Bui war makes il a dangerous game. The absurdity of making continuous demands for wage increases back in civilian life at a time when millions of Americans are in uniform at soldiers' pay (a big percentage of them from the ranks of union labor itself) has long been apparent. And I don'l know lhal Ihis indictment has ever been boiler expressed than by a union writer speaking his mind to his fellow unionists in their own magazine. John C. Corl, writing in the Commonwealth, is quoted by Ihe April issue of Ihe International Teamster (A. F. of LJ, here on my desk, as saying: . "One strike leader protested thai they were fighling for a principle, nol for Ihe 50 cents a month (referring to a strike within the ranks of John L. Lewis' coal miners). "A noble sentiment, brother, but what about the principle of elementary patriotism? "What about Ihc principle of ;i decent regard for the public welfare or the future security of your .fellow workers? "Actually, labor's strike record since Pearl -Harbor has been very good .taken on the whole. At least 99 per cent of the workers, 99 per ccnl of Ihe labor leaders have been working hard lo keep production rolling. "It is tragic and maddening that all must suffer for Ihe sins of a few, but for thai very reason il is way pasl lime that our labor big shots got around to doing a job, publicly and openly, on the next bunch of zanies who try lo play Hitler's game, with or without a principle. "Another angle: Reports from the Army camps reveal that the soldiers are getting plenty hot about the things they hear from the home fronl . . . "And Uie boys on New Guinea and Guadacanal can't be expected lo like that story aboul Ihc delayed convoys. It is the easiest thing in the world to imagine an army of men returning home afler Ihe war, bil- ler against cverylliing lhal trade unions stand for, perfect material for a fascist putsch." •K -K + The Star takes this opportunity to express condolences in the bereavement of Ed McCorkle, former owner of The Star and son of its founder. Mrs. McCorkle was a life-lime associale of her hus band in Ihe newspaper and printing world, a good friend of Ihis writer—and her death is a shock lo our city. Washington. April 1C fplroleuni Administrator Ickes U. S. Planes Blast Japs in Solomons Washington, April 16 — (A 1 } — | American bombers battering Japanese positions in the Central Solomon islands Thurday delroyed recommended a general crude i building believe price increase averaging 35 | generating' statio believed to be a power iging 35 j general ing slalion and sank an 80- the House I foot vessel, Ihe Navy announced to day. In the Norlh Pacific, meanwhile, heavy raids o Kiska island continued. A communique said ration April 7, but an OPA official lhal tllL ' encm >' buse thel ' e wa « 5^4 ; c:.-. ,-j *u..4' ..rt •. t _• _i i. p) its a barrel, lie told lall Business committee today. recommendation was sent 'Ihc Office of Prcie Adminis- gtified that after its receipt he Price Administrator Premiss wn he thought it was "a pretty time" for such an increase. JUJroA'ii also appeared before the iniUee, but did not testify on s' recommendation. He d i d, 'ever, tell the committee it was "obligation" of his agency to •ease the price of crude oil if aclion was necessary for suc- 1 proeculion of the war. eida is the only sizable.' port irnen, strategic realm in Soutu- rubia. O attacked eight times Wednesday and hits were scored in Ihe camp area, damaging and airplane runway and revetments built to protect aircraft on the ground. Guards Increased LiLtlle Rock, April 16 —(/ft— Capl. E. E. Montgomery, personnel and properly officer of Ihe Slale Military Department, said today that enlisted personnel of four State Guard unils had been inincreasi'd to enable them to function more adequately. British Rout Enemy Boats in Channel London April 16 —(/P)— British light coastal forces and naval aircraft hit a half dozen enemy boa Is in a channel clash off Ihc casl coast of England early yesterday, the admiralty announced today. The large force of motor torpedo boats was spotted by aircraft md engaged by the destroyer West- ministcr and Ihe sloop Widgeon. The Westminister sol two E- boals afire and one blew up. The others fled behind a smoke screen through which the flash of an explosion was observed, the admiralty said. Hits o n four other E-boats were observed. Aircraft took up the pursuit and reported two near misses, reported Iwo near misses . Neither, the destroyer nor sloop sustained damage or casually, Ihc iidmiralty said. Eight Accused of Sabotage in Baltimore Baltimore. April 16 Wj —The arrests of eight men formerly cm- ployed as welders al Iwo Baltimore shipyards, on charges of sabotaging ships by doing faulty welding, were announced today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The arrest, of Ihc eighth, on a similar charge of performing faulty work on a tanker under construction at the Bethlehem Slecl Coni- pany'j Sparrows Point yard, w a s disclosed when six men were brought before a U. S. commissioner for arraignment. He was identified as James B. Dixon, 25, of Baltimore, a unlive of Portsmouth, Va. All six entered pleas of innocent. U. S. Commissioner James K. Cullcn ordered the men held under $5,000 bond each pending, further hearing April 22. Two of the eight men were ar- reslcd oulside Baltimore. Hoover said the men "have ad- milted performing faulty welding in order to finish their work in a hurry and earn more money." He added lhal there was no evidence of "any Axis direction or s y m- palhics on the part of the welders." A n j I h e r Bethlehem - F a i r- ficld welder arrested on a similar charge several weeks ago, was convicted of sabotage yesterday in Baltimore's federal court. He was George Arnold Stccle, 20, formerly of Franklin Firnace, Ohio. Sentence wiis deferred unlil Apil 19. Hoover listed these defendants lo be arraigned loday: Herman Schcrer, 26, a unlive of New York; Raymond Ashby Burkholder, 28, a native of Buchanan, Va.; Hiram Thomas Via, Jr., 22, born at Basic City, Va.; Farrcll Houston Smith, 29, born at Calaw- ba, N. C.; Leonard Lucas, 23, of Lancaster, S. C., who will be arraigned at Ballimore; Hurley Bras- Uis Miller, 22, arrested at Lexington, N. C.; and Wilfred James Gossman, 24, arrested at Zanesville, Ohio. WhitteiTYork to Operate 2 Stores Here Whillen-York Furniture company has purchased Ihc slock of King Kash Furniture slorc from Allen Lindscy and will operate botli stores at the present locations on Division and Second strecls, W. D. Whillcn of Malvern announced here today. There will be no change in management, and King Kash policies will be continued under Ihe new ownership, Mr. Whillen said. T. C. Gamble is manager of tlje King Kash slore in Second street; and R. W. Davis is manager of the Whitlen-York store on Division street. In selling his stock to Whitlen- York Mr. Lindsey look occasion loday to thank the citizens of Hope for their patronage of King Kash. Mr. Whitlen operates the Whitten Furniture store al Malvern. Basil York, his Hope partner, is on leave of absence as a flying instructor for the Army at Pine Bluff. War Bond Drive Hits $70,025 Friday C. C. Sprngins, chairman of the Hernpstead counly v, ar uond drive reported today thai $70.025 had been subscribed so far in the county. The county quola is $254,000 making a difference of some $183,975 yel lo be subscribed. Several counties in the slale already have completed Iheir entire quolas. - •—~Mp»-9«ip» — The U. S. Marine Band was organized in Philadelphia in 1798. Reds Hurling Air Power Against German Cities Europe By EDDY GILMORE Moscow. April 10 — f/P) — The Red Army is throwing a mounting forced into (he bombing of German military objectvies and cities, the latest feat of Russian fliers being announced as a raid on a German airdrome on Ihc Lcningra fronl .vhcrc 13 Gernan planes were destoyed on the ground. The noon communique told of Ihc exploits of a band of Russian fliers who bombed and strafed the German airfield, selling fires lo buildings in Ihe area as well. The raid came on Ihe heels of a Russian long - range attack on Kocnigsbcrg the third bombing of thai Easl Prussia city, and an assault on Danzig, the first one this year. Stories of the raids were given wide display in the Soviel press along with accounts of the Allied bombings from the west. (The German communique broadcast oy Ihe Berlin radio and recorded by the Associaled Press asserted the German airforce de- troyed 60 Rusian planes yestcr-' day with the loss of only two German craft. Il said lhal in land fighting Russian attacks in the Kuban area had been dispersed svilh aeavy losses lo Ihe Soviel coasl sank a Russia,, coaslal ship il was declared. In land fighting, Soviet troops struggled ahead in the Kuban area of the Caucasus, capturing another German stronghold and dominating the position in Ihc face of fierce counterattacks by large numbers of German reserves. Another sharp Nazi altack. the Donels river line north of Chu- guy also was turned, back in the Russian said. The Danzigraid was made on the port's warehouses, ship building yards, chemical plants and machine lool factories a well as other indistrial objectives, il was announced, Izvcslia, the government newspaper, said the Soviet bombers made their way through bad weathar and heavy clouds to reach the city but that visibility w a s better over the river Vistula nncl heavy anti-aircrufl fire mel Ihc firsl planes. Floyd Hamilton Found in Cave on Alcafraz San Francisco, April 16 —I/I') — Floyd G. Hamilton, 30, southwest dosparado who tried with three other prisoners to escape from Al- calarx penitentiary this week, was found today hiding in a cave on the prison island. Hamilton was the last of the quartet to be accounted for. One of the four was killed. The other inrcc have been captured. Warden James A. Johnston announced that Hamilton had been found in the cave, the convict said he never got far out into the waters of the bay because he knew he couldn't make the swim to safety. He said he was sick, sore, wet and hungry. Mrs. McCorkle Dies at Home Early Today Mrs. Hoi-tense Greene McCorkle, wife of Ed McCorkle and member of an old American family, died at her home here early loday. She was the daughter of the late Judge W. M. Greene former prosecuting attorney of the 8lh and 'Jin districts and was a desendcnl of General Nathanial Greene who fought in the Revolutionary war. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mary Draylon of New York City, five brothers, Charles Lake of St. Louis, Mo., Joe B. Greene of Hope, W. G. Greene of El Monte, Calif., James T. of Greeneville, S. C. and John H. Greene of Little Rock. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, pending arrival of her daughter. First Strike Faces FDR Since Inflation Order -Washington Annual Senior Outing at Country Club The Hope High School senior class, observing wartime restrictions on travel, celebrated the annual senior day outing at the Hope country club today. The group met downtown early this morning and went to the club in automobiles. The County Club affords excellent, amusement facilities and students can enjoy fishing, boating, golfing and dancing in the big club house. Lone Grave on Rat Island Greets Fliers on Return Trip By EUGENE BURNS Over Ral Island, Alaska, on a Liberator, April 7 —(Delayed)—(/l'i — We're looking for a lone grave on Rat Island on our return from dropping three Ions of explosives on Kiska. A downdraft dips our bomber over Ihe island's southern end and so we see across, directly under us, the only upright stick on the island. The lashed four - fuol driftwood cross, 1 Wiis told, slood on ii mound of sea - polished lone. Under that, wrapped in two U. S. blankets, is a fighter pilot's body. I look back. "What's that flicker."' The navigator replies: "Musi be Spider's tag twisting in the sun." The identification 4ag, wired tu the rude marker, reads: "John W. Livesay, P, F'orl Worth, Texas, O." (P is for religion — protestnnt — and O is for blood lypc.) Thr I grave faces the Norlh Pacific whose storms are worse to bailie than Japanese. It is wilh- I in s-iiilu of Kiska where Spider ' strafed and bombed. At 11:15 a. m. March 15, Lieut. Lyle A. Beam, 23, of Secor, III., led Spider's lasl flight On h i s wing \vas Lieut. Frank C. Shearin, Jr., V.3, of Wilson, N. C. Behind Spider was his besl f 1 y i n % friend, ' Lieul John K. Gedde. 22. | of Altadena, Calif., who had "flown his wing on 20 raids." Young Geddes said: "We were slral'ing Norlh Head (Kiska's most strongly defended positioni at 10 feel, 330 miles an hour. 1 saw his right engine torch into tlame and yelled: 'Feather your right prop, Spider.' we followed nim out, 25 miles. "Sp'der pushed her within 300 feel of R.-il Island when he went down. Belween Ihe 15 - fool surf rips, 1 saw him clear the sinking plane, lose his raft lo the waves and then struggle for shore in the freezing water. Circling, 1 saw Spider knocked down twice. "Flint (Knute W. Flint, 22. of Minneapolis) came up in his Catu- lina patrol plane. He flew over low. A wave hit his hull and jerked out his antennae while ke kept milling around for 45 minutes. Watching Spider's struggles, hopiim, quecz- ing for him, hating lo leave. . ." Lieut. Flint said: "If only his motor had conked oul earlier, away from the surf. The \viives wore too much for my ship. Finally I decided lo land lo the lee of Rat Island. "As soon as 1 landed. Engineer Fine (Sgt. Louis Fine of west Los I Angeles, Calif.) Dr. Moffitl (Maj. Oscar P. Moffitl. Jr., of High Point, N. C.) and Pilot Wilson (Lieut. James W. Wilson of Winona, Miss, i got ashore with emergency gear. "Th .MI I flew back to Livesay. He j was pulling up a terrific batlle. He was 25 feel from shore with his shoulders out. 1 thought he would win. Then 1 flew back, giving di| reelions to my crew." [ Maj. Moffitl said: "The going was tough with soggy moss knee high. Our flying boots A'crc full ot ice water. We had 800 foot riclycs to cross. But we hurried, knowing thai a man can freeze lo death quickly when wet. Fine found Livesay face down, five feet from shore. His Mac West was inflated, his wet, unopened parachute slill on. 1 suppose Ihe chemically inflated life jacket prevented hi.-; unloosening the parachute. Wot, it weighed fiO pounds. "Fine got him out, put on chemical healing pads and gave him first aid. There was no bruised spot on his oody. "When 1 caught up. 1 injected stimulants and wrapped him in blankets. At the same lime we kept an eye out for Jap float planes. Twenty - five minutes later, at 2:30 p. m., rigor mortis set into his right shoulder. "We did not have strength left to carry nim buck the three and a half miles. So \vt> cut tundra and hollowed a bed with hunting knives. We redressed him in his fleece - lini'd flying clothes and made a shroud with two blankets. Then, to.ssin.i4 up beach rocks hand to hand, we- made a mound. "While we were doing this a destroyer approached, ill was senl by the task force commander.) 'Thai done, we hacked a cross out of rounded driftwood and put his dog tag' on it. We finished without talking, and stood quiel an then somoono said: " 'Well, what are we wailing for'.' Let's gel yoing.' " Washington, April 16 f/P) — The administration was confronted loday with Ihc firsl strike growing oul of President Roosevell's hold- the line order against inflation. As labor protests against Ihc order mounted, employes of the Universal Atlas Cement C o m p a n y, Universal, Pa., who were the firsl to feel its effects, went on strike. AFL members ol Ihe War Labor Board denounced Ihe order as a "flagrant violation" of the no- strike - no lockoul agreemenl and said the adminislralion will lose Ihe workers' confidence. CIO lenders added nolhing publicly .o President Philip Murray's letler of Iwo days ago bul privale- ly conveyed Iheir views lo Sla- bilizalion Director James F. Byrnes and the WLB, more than I 150 protesting telegrams were delivered to Ihe board, more lhan half of them from CIO U n i I c d Automobile Workers local unions. The Universal Atlas employes are represented by the CIO Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers. Hub of the controversy is the WLB's loss of power to approve pay increases for correction of "inequalities." Murray's letler lo affiliates called this a serious omission and urged cases of injuslice be called to Byrnes' attention. In ihe Universal Atlas Cement case, the WLB unanimously cut a referee's recommendation of a 5 1-2 ccnl hourly raise lo 2 cenls and said il was powerless to allow the other 3 1-2 cent to adjust "inequalities." ' AFL members of the board, in a special concurring opinion in that case, emphasized Iheir vole was dictated by the terms of the order but said any interpretation thai they agreed with the principles of the order was erroneous. "The fact is," they said, "that we believe the order is neither sound in construction nor workable in practice. To the contrary, we believe that a literal interpretation and application of the order will work manifest injustices upon American labor and industry and be detrimental to the war effort." The board still may grant increases consistent with Ihe Little Sleel Formula and lo eliminate substandard wages. The Litllc Slecl Formula permits only a total average increase of 15 per cent over ihe pay levels of any group of workers on Jan. 1, 1941. Prior to the president hold - Ihe - line order of April 8, however, Ihe WLB could exceed Ihe Lillle Sleel formula, if necessary, lo equalize wages within an industry or area whenever it found manifesl injtisl- ices exislcd. Now lhal power is reserved to Byrnes. The WLB had a backlong of 17,000 voluntary wage increase applications when the ex- ccutivc order was announced. Approximately two third of.them were submitted under the category of "inequalities" and il has been estimated that about 10,000 of them were reasonably certain of approval. "II is only natural," said Ihe AFL opinion, "that the workers of the country will lose confidence in an administration which penalizes them for the delays of the W a r Labor Board which was created by Ihe administration. "The workers who have suffered for many months past because of unavoidable delays in the sellle- ment of their cases by the WLB will be all the more embittered now if the administralion applies the executive order of April 8. 1943, wilhoul making any exception for pending cases." Allied Bombers Go Over Channel Today By EDWARD D. BALL London, April 10 — (fp) A great force of four - cngined Allied bombers flew high over a southeast coasl town with fighter escort shortly afternoon today and returned more than two hours laler during a day of almost continuous air activity over the French channel coasl. The sky above France was criss crossed with vapor trail from Dunk?rque to Boulogne indicating the fighters were mixing in a gen- er;il melee. Man RAF fighter squadrons •shuttled across the channel in the Folkestone area, engaging the enemy six niiles high on the other side. Temperatures soared to summer levels in the narrow strail of Dover, making this hottest day of the year ideal for aerial onslaught. One German fighter was reported in first fragmentary reports from lUithoritaUvc quarters. Youths to Patrol Northwest Forests Seattle, April 15 —(/P)— A teen age army being mobilized to 1 ; guard the expansive Washinglon Oregon Forest fronl from Ihe ravages of fire this summer. Rccruiled in high schools, the boys 16 and older, will fill in during the manpower shortage and leave Ihe lumberjacks free lo carry on wilh their vital war production work, excapt in cases of extreme fire emergency. The youths will work in conjunction with regular lookouls an.l i angers. The Washington Foresl Fire Association said federal, stale and private agencies would pool their efforts in the five protection campaign. Wartime has added sabotage and possible air raids as fire threals in addilion lo Ihc usual causes — logging, lighling and human carelessness. Confession of Negro Enters Train Murder 1 Albany, Ore., April 16 — (/P) — After a bitter argumnct in the absence of Ihc jury, Los Angeles police statements quoting Robert E. Lee Folkes, Negro dining car cook, as admitting he slew Martha Virginia James were admitted in evidence today in the ' lower 13' murder trial. In the face of strong opposition by Defense Attorney Leroy Lomax, who charged the admissions were oblaind after Ihe Negro had been given liquor and afler use of "third degree" methods by Los Angeles police, Circuit Judge L. G. Lewelling ruled the stalemenls were admissible. "Within the meaning of the law and in the light of evidence, these purported admissions appeared to have been made voluntarily,-.• and. for that reason should be admit-' ted," he said. Los Angeles officers said Ihey transcribed the stalemenls — all admilledly unsigned — from Folkes, second cook of a Southern Pacific Limited train, several days afler Mrs. James, Norfolk, Va., bride of a navy ensign, was slain in berth lower 13 of sleeping car D before dawn Jan. 23 as the train sped south through Oregon. Folkes was arrested in Los Angeles as the '.rain ended it run. Lowelh'ng dismissed the jury while Prosecutor Harlow Wcinrich and Defense Attorney Lcroy Lomax presented their arguments. Before the jury was dismissed, Harry M. Hughes, Negro sleeping car porter, teslified lhal Marine Private Harold Wilson, a key slale witness, said afler Ihe slaying he had seen a while man flee from Mrs. James 1 berth. "He (Wilson) said he was a while man," Hughes replied lo a defense question. "He said he could tell he (Ihe fugilive) was a white man when ne turned around lo look back as he was then under Ihe lighl in Ihe elbow of Ihe car." Wilson, who occupied upper 13, prveiously testified he was unable lo determine whether Ihe man he saw running from Ihe berth was a white man or a Negro. Wilson maintained he never staled to anyone mat Ihe man was while. Hughes also teslified he saw Shaw aboul 15 or 20 minutes after the slaying eating a muffin which Folkes had just laken from Ihe oven. "I used lo be n cook," Hughes said. "And I know il lakes from 10 to 18 minutes lo bake muffins." The defense maintains Folkes was in the dining car galley at the time Mrs. James was slain. New Ouachita Road Tax Said Invalid Lilllc Rock, April 16 — (/)') —Attorney General Guy E. William held today thai Ouachita counly voters had nol properly approved Ihc three mill county road tax al lasl November's general eleclion and the levy could not be collected this year and next. The opinion went to Deputy Prosecutor J. Bruce Streel, Camden. Slreel said Ihe Ouachita counly judge had notified the sheriff he should refuse to accept ] counly laxes unless Ihe three mill road levy was tendered. The deputy prosecutor said general :;leclon ballols were printed withoul Ihe queslion of levying Ihe road lax. Five of Ihe 1,568 voters approved the tax inwrits in votes and on this authority the quorum court levied the tax. Williams said Ihe supreme courl had held in an identical case that a majority of the qualified electors in a county must vote the tax before it could be lievied. "It is my opinion that the sheriff would be chargeable upon his official bond for wilful failure lo collect the remaining taxes." Ihe opinion said. Point Overlooks Plain Just 25 Miles From Tunis —Africa By WES GALLAGHER Allied Headquarters in North Africa, April 16 — f/P) — First, Army infantrymen drove to within 15 miles of the key road junction of Tebourba yesterday in some of the fiercest fighting of the Tunisian campaign, it was announced today. In a series of local attacks east of Medjez - El - Bab, the A 11 i e d mountain line advanced to points between 25 and 80 miles from Tunis. Tebourba, once held by t h e Allies in the eastward push last fall, lies 18 miles airline west of the Axis - held capital. Allied bombers and fighters continued their assaults upon Axis air fields in Tunisia, although the weather was bad, and it was announced that RAF Wellingtons struck effectively Wednesday night at enemy airdromes in Southern Sardinia. Only patrol activity was reported on the Enfidaville line front, where Gen. Sir Brenard Montgomery's Eighth army is again massing strength for a climatic push to the north. The First Army, led by Lieut. Gen K. A. N. Anderson by a series of infantry attacks in the mountains, gained the highest ground in Northern Tunisia, over looking the plain ot Tunis. The Germans, in two savage counterattacks yesterday, temporarily regained the 2,000 - foot Djebel Ang, eight miles northwest of Medjez - El - Bab, but British infantry launched a counter assault of their own and not only retook the peak but ground beyond it as well/ . „ &' >,•«% ' ":••':.."' „>, (Axis communique broadcasts recorded by the Associated Press said heavy artillery duelling and bitter local fighting marked the Tunisian front. A transocean dispatch broadcast from Berlin declared Allied attacks in the hills were repelled and a large number of British troops were captured while Nazi counterattacks "attained scheduled objectives." (Transocean added the supply of Axis forces in Tunisia involves difficulite, but it said that on the whole they "are receiving what they need" — including reinforcements moved across th Mediterranean by both sea and air.) French forces who captured the Djebel Seesouf, 30 miles west of Eniidaville, held their ground against counterattacks and c a p- tured 50 more prisoners. It was apparent from the desperate resistance to even small Allied thrusts that Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and Col. Gen. Jurgen Von Arnim intended to try to hold Uieir present line. Two British brigades, almost entirely on a pack transport basis launched the first attack which took the Djebel Ang at midnight Tuesday. Wheeled vehicles were left behind'. "The major credit for the attack must be given to the infantry who, after five months of continuous eon- tact with the enemy, put on a great show over very difficult country," an official statement said, Villa Cidro, El Mas and Demi- momannu airdromes were listed among the Sardinian targets for two - ion blockbusters of the Wellington bombers and the communi- que said large fires were started at Decimomannu. German transport was given no rest on Tunisian highways even at night. Fighter planes shot up motor truck above Enfidaville, itself 50 miles south of Tunis, and along •the Tunis - Hammamct road by moonlight. Mitchell bombers set a gasoline dump allame in a raid on the landing grounds at Ste. Marie Du Zit and Wellingtons followed up with an attack on the air field at Korba. During the day Kittyhawks and Warhawks bombed and shot up Axis supply columns in the Enfi- daville area. There was a slump in aerial fighting, over Tunisia, but two Messerschmitt 109s were shot down during the day and night activity. No Allied plane were lost. The coastal air force bombed and nachine - gunned at 1,500 ton motor vessel off the north coast of Sicily. Allied night fighters attacked several small ships off Hamma met and wharf buildings and trucks near the town. Malla based planes again attacked railway and highway lines in Sicily and destroyed two Junkers «8s off that island. An RAF communique issued in Valletta reported that Axis coast installations in Tunisia were bombed again this morning. The inland highlands of Yemen, in Arabia, have produced coffee Mahomet's lime.
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