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The Byline of Dependability VOLUME 44—NtlMBER 168 Star The Weather Arkansas: Scattered thundershowers in north and central portions this afternoon and in east portion early tonight, colder tonight and Saturday forenoon. Star of Hor>c, 1899; Press, 1977. Consolidated January 18, 1929. HOPE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 1943 (AP)—Means Associated Press (NEA)—Means Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n PRICE 5c COPY u.s ritish Edge Forward Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor ALEX. H. WASHBURN Can't Permit General Strike If John L. Lewis and his United Mine Workers dely President Roosevelt's order to return to work by 10 o'clock Saturday morning their action will amount to a general strike *'-and a general strike is outside the pule of law and order even in peace-time, let alone time of war. — © .Top Generals Called to U. S. lor Conference By KIRKE L. SIMPSON Washington, April 30 (/]•>— The ,Approacliiiig climax in the battle .'f Tunisia provides a significant background for the Washington visit of the two leading American military figures in the China-lndia- Burina war theater. Lent. Gen. .loseph W. Stilwell and Maj. Gen. '•'laire I,. Chcnnaiilt. They were called home, Secretary Slimsiin indicated, in line with War Department policy of "pcroid- ic visits" by high ranking officers long in the field. Asked if projects «*or renewed bombing of Toko or other Japanese cities had anything to do with their trip, he said: "Can you look me straight in the eye and expect me to answer P I ^, Conferences wilh SUmson, General George C. Marshall, chief of staff, and others probably includ ing President Roosevelt, • are scheduled for Stilwell and Chon- naull. Slilwell commands all American army forces in the 'Vhina •• India-- Burma •theater and also is chief of staff lo Ihc Chinese Generalissimo, Chiang Kai - Stick. Chcnnaull commands the American Hth air force in China. Despite official reticence as U ^he significance of the Slilwcll- Chennaull summons, Ihe global war situation presents some obvious features of importance to their commands. The campaign to clear Ihc French African hump of ^\xis forces is approaching complc- .ion. Once it is cleared, Allied use of the short - line Mcditcrrancai route from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean can be restored to ease Allied problems of transport to China and India. - There were indications at the time of the Roosevelt - Churchil conferences in Casablanca that aside from establishing attack 01 invasion bases against the "soft' southern flank of the Axis Euro *,)ean Fortress, success in the Af rican campaign was cxpeclcd lo butress strongly the Allied positioi in the China - India - Burma zone There is no probability that any official glimpse of Allied intcn .^Kins in Ihe coming months in the "L'hina-India-Burma theater will be forthcoming from Ihe Slilwell Chennault visit. There is, how ever, every reason lo regard il as related to plans for using the Med ilorranean route for Allied ship 'oing to Indian Ocean destinations Epidemic of German Measles in Areas Little Rock, April 30 l/l'j — What goes on within the limits of •lie factory or one mine may often ie a quarrel over a justified gricv- uice, a local matter, and, because I is local, soon settled and its ef- ccts kept largely local. But a general strike is one in which men hundreds of miles apart, inrnc of them working under satis- aclory conditions, walk out to help ilhors of their industry not so well ituatcd. This quickly becomes a far-flung struggle, engulfing not only the soft coal industry but possibly the illied business of steel. To set in «molion such sweeping events it is obvious there has been extensive planning, negotiations crossing a score of state lines, and ill poinleo toward the paralysis of coal-mining—one of the vital industries of war. It amounts to a conspiracy against the government, and the government will meet it probably in one of two ways: Either by proceeding against Lewis and his district mine chiefs and destroying the OPA Revises Meat Rationing Values Today —Washington Washington, April 30 dV>— The OPA today revised meat ration values, effective Sunday morning, lo switch many American appetites from round steak and center pork chops to oilier cuts, especially spareribs, brains, tongues and -pig knuckles. Some people will find more expensive steaks more attractive on a point comparison. Hound .steak (both beef and veal i and center pork chops each were raised a point to !) points per pound. I.oin por| { roasts, slices of boneless ham steak and beef flank steaks also went up from H lo !l points per pound. Round lip beef roasts and veal sirloin or chops went up from 7 to 8 and veal leg roasts stepped up from G to 7. Pork spareribs came down a point from -I to 3 points per pound, hocks and knuckles from 3 to 2. and most variel meal (brains, sweetbreads, etc. were reduced a point per pound each. An exception was liver which was unchanged at (i for beef and 8 for veal. Shank end ham, fresh or UMW union controls; or by pro-1 '^'dy-lo-eat, was cut a point, feeding against the miners indi-1 An oddity of the new schedule is vidually, through their local draft | 1hilt - in coupons, round steak becomes more expensive than porterhouse steak, although Ihc latter usually costs about 13 cents per pound more in cash. Persons having more cash than coupons may mnTcrs"will"stanT a'gainsl'the gov"- j cho1nsc I"-»'terhousc, T-bone, sirloin, eminent to the bitter end-a hard | cflub :md nb , st £ aks . !lt Ulpil ' conclusion lo believe of men who have sons and brothers in uniform and in danger, and lo whom undivided American support is owed at this moment. Lewis Believed Ready to Lei Miners Strike Washington, April 30 —(/I 1 )—.John Lclwcllen Lewis, Iowa - bor n dcs- centcnt of Welsh miners, today must make the biggest decision of a showdown - studded labor-leading career. For the question of whether Saturday v/ill see the nation's coal industry .still shoveling fuel into the fires of war production seems strictly up to the head of the nation's 550.000 United Mine Workers i n both the soft and hard coal fields. President Roosevelt yesterday told Lewis all strikes must stop by 10 a.m. Saturday or he will "use all the pwoer vested in me as president and as commandcr-in-chicf of the Army and Navy to protect the national interest." But the zero hour loomed even loarcr than that. Climaxing a quarrel over renewing a key wage boards, where deferments for essential civilian work have been granted by the thousands to coal nincrs. But all this assumes that the Japs Claim Strategic Pacific Bases By the Associated Press The Tokyo radio quoted Major General Nakao Yshagi, chief of the army press section of imperial headquarters, as announcing in a Nagoya speech today that Japan had completed establishment strategic bases in the Pacific, "thus paving Southwest tinning rale of 8 points per pound (except 10 inch rib which is 7> instead of round steal; at !). End pork chops remain at 7, lamb lion chops at !!, Iamb rib chops at 7, and ham butt roasts at 7. Widely - rumored reductions in luncheon meats, however, failed to materialize. And despite contrary forecasts, beef hamburger did not increase, remaining at 5 points per pound. The order was the first major change in Ihe scale of meat rations since beef, veal, lamb, mutton and pork wore put under rationing on March 1!9. Minor adjustments in sausage points were the only previous alterations. The new decree made a few changes in canned fish and cooking oils, but cheese and butter remained at 8 points per pound; lard. the way I margarine and shortening for contemplated new operations." i Salad and cooking oils, however, contract, nationwide shutdown impends al midnight — Lewis has said his mine workers "will not trespass" on company property thereafter. Unsanclioncd walkouts already have taken nearly one- sixth of the affected 450,000 soft oal miners off the job and the rest reportedly are read to follow the leader's work stoppage call. Contracts covering 100,000 anthracite workers also expire at midnight, and Thomas Kennedy, UMW secretary - treasurer, replying to a question whether failure to reach an agreement would mean a work stoppage by those said without amplification "the answer is obvious" Lewis silently sent the president's telegraphed ultimatum on to the striking union locals — and the unofficial echo from the coal fcilds was that the miners arc standing pat, leaving the decision up to their busny-browed union boss. Should the minors ignore the appeals from the president, the labor secretary, the War Labor Board and others and stop work at midnight, many courses' seemed open to Mr. Roosevelt — varying from military picket lines to martial law ;—but none of them could actually force the men back to the mines. However, on capitol hill the nation's lawmakers talked of passing a law which would send labor leaders to jail for calling wartime strikes affecting war production, as well as a measure authorizing government seizure of strikebound mines and plants. But all developments seemed due to await the president's deadline and Lewis' decision. Th deepening prc-deadlinc tension heard the name "dictator" .added to Lewis' long list of appcl- 'lalions which have varied from Messiah to mountebank during major labor developments. It came from Senator Connally (DToxas), author of the seizure bill, and recalled the stormy crises of the labor leader's career. Creator of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, and its first president, the stocky, beetle- browed Lewis stepped into the limelight long ago when he splii the union movement to organize millions of workers outside the ranks ot the American federation of labor. During the turbulent thirties he was labor's strong man — boll hailed and hated — and seemed the peak of his CIO power whei ho threw his support behind the Roosevelt campaign for reelectioi in 1936. But later he broke with the pres ident, bowing out of the CIO lead ership after opposing the thir .lerm, ,He sutascquQ.jjJ.lv..purled .wit! Philip Murray, his Jong - Urn friend and successor at the CIO helm •— and his United Mine Work ers followed him out of the CIO he had formed. Some said his star was fading but others termed the sprcadin; UMW organization the start of i third labor movement. And its unprecedented challcng of President Roosevelt's wartim- powers was seen in some courcc as Lewis' latest bid for power. These bases were listed as on Timor Island and to the north, on New Guinea and in the Solomons, all north and northeast of Australia. Australia, Yahagi said in t h e broadcast recorded in New York by the Associated Press, is anticipating new operations by I h e Japanese and "is now in an extremely nervous condition." were reduced from G to 5 points a pint (or pound i. Canned sea mussels, which formerly were in a general category requiring 7 points a pound, were cut to 1. Caviar and fish roe came down, loo, from 7 to 3 points on a pound basis. Th;' new point values will be applicable Sunday only lo red E and F coupons in the No. 'i ration book. The Army press chief asserted | A, 13, C and D stamps will expire the Japanese army had crushed . at midnight tonight (Friday). Blue enemy countcroffcnsivcs in all the- j I), E, and F coupons for processed a tors of the war and the defense j fruits and vegetables also expire tonight, and minor changes in the canned goods point values alsu area under control of the Japanese army now included a circular area within a radius ot 3,100 miles of I may be announced over the week- | The Stale health Department re 1; ported today that an outbreak < ||. German measles had reached cpi j!i domic proportions in sonic sec I' lions. I *' Stale Health Officer W. B. Gray\\ son expressed belief, however, that f the outbreak was on the decline. A ii lolal of ),<172 cases have been rc- !• purled this year compared to 54 ! fur the same period in Japan. Newly planned offensive operations, he said, would be carried out from bases within this gigantic circle. Referring to the situation along the Siberian - Manchukuoaii end. Another change was lo exempt scene of many in the past. Vahai Raymond Cole's Sentenced Shortened IJtlle Rock, April 30 —(fl'j-Gov- (V cTnor Adkins shortened the scn- ic-ncc of Raymond Cole, 52 - year- old Montgomery county farmer, from life to 30 years today. The commutation made him eligible for parole. Cole was convicted in Montgorn- ry circuit court Oct. 20, 1921, on a first degree murder charge in connection with the shotgun slaying of Mrs. Anna McKennon in u remote section of the county. The proclamation said clemency I'had been recommended by Circuit Judge Earl Witt, Sheriff John Johnson, Prosecutor Curlis Ridgway, Depul Prosecutor Max Witt and "a number of prominent citizens and count officials of Mont- <i 1» gomery county." 'twin the early diiys of English law the witnesses in a trial were the jurors—chosen because of their presumed knowledge of the case. frontier, clashes quolc'd as saing that peace prevailed for the present and disturbances had decrrcased greatly in number. Woodbine is a name applied in England to Ihe honneysnckle and in America to the Virginia creeper. Hemp was planted first in Kentucky a year before the Declar.i- Uon of Independence. I'ri'in rationing bouillon cubes and P'cal extracts or concentrates. Canned bulk sausage and canned Vienna sausage came down a . point. Permission was granted but- bitter j diers lo include in hamburger of round and skirls" as well as other scraps and discards. Commenting on Ihe unchanged status of sausage (except minor changes oij types containing less than 50 per cent meat), OPA said Ihc (iver-buiiiiance of sausage on the market was due to overproduction and not lo abnormally low public demand. A press statement, said any cut in sausage point values would merely encourage diversion u[ regular meat lo .sausage. South Arkansas School Band Clinic and Festival Opens Here 2 p.m. Today The annual South Arkansas Band Festival-Clinic being held in Hope this weekend was formally opened Friday al 2 o'clock at. Hope high school auditorium with all contesting bands playing concert numbers, j cn iiipk>U'd A marching contest at Hamiroi dance will be held Saturday niynt in the gymnasium. Saturday will be devoted to clinic bands with two bands playing ;.ll day. Arrangements for the Sunday afternoon concert have not been Stadium will 'follow the c P Thomas Lavin, High school band 5 o'clock. Honoring visiting band members. members of the Hope band will entertain with a dance for music- .•oncert ::t director, announced that the public is invited to attend all events. Registrations Friday morning included members from Nashville, El Dorado, Camdun, Pruscolt, ians only at the High school gym- North Little Rock, Texurkana, and uasium, Friday night. A second Stumps. More Rigid Methods for Price Control By OVID A. MARTIN Washington, April 30 — (/I 1 ) —New increases in the general level of prices received by farmers raised the question today of whether the government may have to invoke more rigid methods of price control if President Roosevelt's hold- Iho-linc order against inflation is followed. War food administration officials weighed a report of Ihc Bureau of Agricultural economics that farm product prices advance-:! nearly •> per cent, between mid M a r c h and mid - April and this increase was accompanied by a sharp rise- in the March farm income. Tcnlalivc figures compiled by the bureau indicated farmers ' received nearly $1,400,000,000 from commodities sold during March compared with about ¥;i82,(ino.- 000 in the same month last year, bringing the total income to about $4,000,000,000 for the first three months of Ihc year as against 83.000,000,000,000 in the corresponding quarter last year. Hitler and Laval Hold Conference By The Associated Press The Berlin radio announced today Adolf Hitler had conferred with Pierre Laval, French chief ol i government, at the fuehrer's headquarters. The broadcast, recorded by the Associated Press, said the conference took place in the presence of German Foreign Minister Joachim Von Ribbentrop and Italian Undersecretary of Slate Giuseppe Bus- lianinin and resulled in "complete understanding on questions pending between the Axis and France." The meeting follows conferences by Hitler with Premier Mussolini and leaders of Axis satellite nations from Norway on the north to Bulgaria on southeast. An Oldste*rTWorld Chattanooga, Tenn. (A'>— Attorney F. L. Dixon, 60, had only one regret when he joined the Tennessee State Guard. "There're two guys in here older than I am," he lamented, "and I was hoping to be the uldesl man i n the unit " GOP Ready to Back FDR in Coal Strike Reds Say Coming Month to Decide Outcome of War By EDDY GILMORE Moscow, April 30 —(/I 1 )— Soviet Russia's official government ncws- iapcr Izvcstia said today the com- ig month will sec the beginning 'f an intensive summer land cam- naign which may well decide the lulcomc of the war. "Not many days separate us rom big events," the newspaper isscrtcd editorially. "This May we re at the threshold of a decisive stage of our sacred war of libcra- ion." The pronouncement came as a violent air war mounted all along .he front. Izvcstia's editorial recalled the Washington, April 30 — (/I 1 ) — President Roosevelt was offered Republican support today for enactment of any "reasonable" legislation he may suggest to strengthen his hands in the soft coal crisis. With the president having staled he would invoke his full powers as commander in chief if work is not resumed in the mines by 10 a. m. Saturday, Senator Taft (R Ohio) lold reporters he, for one, might make her additional authority lo deal with the situation. The president ought lo say what, if any, legislation he wants," said Taft, who opposed immediate consideration yesterday of a bill by Senator Connall <l) Tcx.i authorizing the government lo seize plants or mines where production is interrupted by labor controversies. "1 don't think the army is going lo be able to operate these mines, if they arc taken over, and it. might be well to provide for additional penalties for labor leaders who call si ricks in a war industry," Ihc Ohio Senator continued. is He said he felt confident, public opinion would favor a law against Russian winter campaign had restored 480,000 square kilometers (185,328 square miles) to Russian control. The press generally sounded a prophetic note that tremendous events were in the making and a significant air of expectancy pervaded Moscow. (The German high command reported the R. u s s i n a s attacked strongly again yesterday on the eastern line of the Germans' Kuban defenses in the Caucasus, but were rcpluscd despite strong tank and artillery support. German pilots were credited with 67 Soviet planes. (Transoccan reported from Berlin the Russians opened the Kuban offensive Wednesday with the infantry divisions of 150,000 troops, strongly supported by tanks and planes, and that the Soviets had numerical superiority. At no point did the Russians gain, this propaganda agency added, German positions were declared favorable for defense and the Russians wrc said to have relativly good road communications. The report added that because of high losses of men and 20 tanks, "it seems unlikely Hint the Russians will continue offensive operations." (The German radio said last night the Russians had launched an offensive in the Kuban valley of the Caucasus but Russian com- muniques were silent on action in that area. The Russians generally have omitted mention of campaigns until they were under way for sometime. (The Germans hold a narrow bridgehead on the Black Sea coast and in the Taman Peninsula across Krch Strait from the Crimea.) The Germans were reported to be moving up reinforcements to munitions and supplies in all sectors, but Nazi train and truck communications were being struck heavy blows by the Red airmen, and in places where Russian artil- ley could lay down their shells the big guns were pounding the German concentrations, it was said. The destruction of 116 German planes in two days, west of Kras- nodar in the Kuban valley, gives some insight into the terrific air war. There also were numerous Slayer of Wealthy Woman Pays Penalty Ossinging, N. Y., April 30 (/P)— Eli Shpnbrun, 35, met death last night in the dark, square arms of Sing Sing's electrical chair carrying with him the memory ot a last letter from brunette Madeline Webb, his self - professed "undying love' and convicted partner in crime. He was followed into the death chamber by John Cullen, 45, the "forgotten man" in the case who had told prison officials there was "nobody" they should notify of his death. These two and Madeline, a Stillwater, Okla., girl, were conviclcd of the strangulation - murder 13 months ago of Mrs. Susan Flora Reich, a wealthy Polish refugee, in a New York City hotel. The Webb girl, who came lo New York originally lo make a name for herself in show business, was in her cell in nearby women's stale prison at Bedford Hills, N. Y., when the end came for the chalk - faced Shonbrun. She is serving a life sentence. Dutch Soldiers Urged to Fight Interment London, April 30 — (IP) — The Netherlands government in London appealed today to former members of the Dutch armed forces in the Netherlands to resist internment ordered by German occupation authorities. "Don't register," the men were told in a broadcast over radio Orange, "keep quiet. Disregard all orders and decrees. "This is the advice the Netherlands government gives you. Disregard summonses, Try to make yourselves unfindable." Officers and men alike, interned after Holland capitulated in May, 1940, to the Nazi war machine and later released on Adolj Hitler's orders, have been c o rri- manded to report at once for return ,to war prisoner camps, the Berlin radio announced last night. The order was issued by Gen- Friedrich Christiansen, com- mandcr ofGerman forces in Holland, who last May sent back to prison camps in Germany 2,000 Netherlands officers on charge; they had shown hostiltiy to Germany. The Berlin broadcast, explaining the newest decree, said "the German military commander of the Ncthlcrands pointed out that the strikes in war industries, "appropriate enforcement. powers." He would be perfectly willing, Tafl said, to vote for a measure which would permit the federal government to go into court and obtain an injunction to prevent a labor leader from calling a strike but did not feel like offering such an amendment to the Connally bill until the president's attitude was known. i "If we had such a luw as that." j he said, "then any labor leader who violated it could be put in jail." i The Connall bill, which the Sen- j ate decided to consider at its next ; session Monday, would authorize government seizure of plants or ' mines for practically any disturb- j ance of production but Connally < himself said he did not know Mr. j Roosevelt's attitude toward the . legislation. Action on the measure i was held up at the president's re- ' quest a year ago when the "no strick" agreement was affected between labor and industry. The State of Maine pionereed in laws regulating the liquor traffic. battles on other sectors of the front. Soviet fighter planes definitely hold superiority and arc giving the German air force a mauling such as it lias not had since the battle of Britain, it was declared. MO. — PAC. Memphis, April 30 — {IP}— Elmer Allison, Sr., Little Rock engineer for the Missouri Pacific railroad, died last night a few mnutcs after he boarded the cab of the "Sunshnc Special" for a run to Little Rock and Dallas. The GO - year - old trainman had been with the railway for 25 years. Suvivors include his widow, Mrs. Olive Allison, and a daughter, Mrs. M. I. Baker, both of Little Rock; and a son, Elmer, Jr., with the Navy at Norman, Okla. The body was sent to Little Rock early today. fuehrer, when ordering the release of Dutch war prisoners, had naturally expected that they would refrain from anti-German activities. "When it was seen that this was not always the case, officers were reinterned in 1942. This had beer intended as a warning. Since this warning was ignored by some pco pie, more drastic measures had to be taken. "Former war prisoners who fail Advance on Both Wings of Front in Tunisia Area —Africa By WILLIAM B. KING Allied Headquarters in North Africa, April 30 — (/P) —- A 11 i e d troops edged forward on both wings of the Tunisian front yesterday while Lieut. Gen. K. A. N. Anderson's First Army fought off powerful Nazi counterattack in the Medjex - El -,,Bab area to hold all but one. 'small section of its positions before the Tunis plain, it was announced today. The Second U. S. Army corps, pushing through Northern Tunisian mountains toward Tunis and Bi- zerto, made further local advances, the Allied (Communique said. French and United Stales detachments were reported in a dis- jatch filed from the field last night o have fought their way to with- n 20 air line miles of Bizertc, wip- ng out concealed German machine gun nests in a cross - coun- ry advanqe. The dispatch said these men were within three miles of Lake Achkcl, the western short of which ies 17 miles from Bizertc. Lake Achkel flows into Lake Bizerte which empties into the Mediterranean near the Axis - held naval- base. U. S. infantrymen are reported to have made substantial advances across the high ground north of Sidi N'Sir, itself 35 miles southwest of Bizerte, and compelled the Germans to d r a w back to Djebel Anntra to avoid being outflanked. Between these two fields of combat, the Americans made progress around the heavily fortifid Jfna position guarding the road to MXteur, Fields and roads about Green and bald hills there were found sown with hundreds of mines and booby traps. A military siokesman said the American forces launched an attack four miles cast of SidiN'Sir against German gun emplacements on hill 609 — Djebel Tahent — which dominates the valley extending 16 miles northeastward to the Maleur road junction, but met strong resistance and failed to reach the summit. Nazi troops counterattacked repeatedly against U. S' lines south of the hill, but all the thrusts were repelled. Gen. Sir Bernard Montgomery's Eighth Army mounted a local attack on the southern front and gained its objective, the communi- que announced, adding that "an enemy counterattack in this sec- lorachieved slight success." > German tanks and infantry struck heavily again at First Army lines in the Medjez - El - Bab sector, but the communique said that with the exception of one small gain by the enemy in the Medjerda river area, all attacks to report to the German authorities as well as people who hide war prisoners, are threatened with drastic penalties." From Dutch sources came word that hundords, perhaps even thousands, of Dutch veterans had "gone cycling" — disappeared — in anticipation of the decree. With them had gone many students fearing conscription for labor service, it was said. The Netherlands sources said that since (lie reinternment of the officers last year, anti - Nazi resistance had increased, with shooting of leading dutch Nazis, sabol- "were repulsed with heavy loss to the enemy and our forward positions were maintained." BY ROGER GREENE Associated Press War Editor American troops have scored "further local advances" on the push to Bizerte in northern Tunisia, Allied headquarters announced today, and the British first Army beat off a series of violent German counterattacks in the Medjez-El-Bab sector as the enemy foueht desperately to guard the open plain before Tunis. Simultaneously, Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery's British 8th age and widespread passive non- i Army, driving up the coastal re- cooperation. Flat-bottomed sailing yachts on middlewestern lakes are said attained speeds as high as miles per hour? to Proclamation WHEREAS, The week of May 2nd to May 8th has been designated as National Music Week; and, WHEREAS, Good music has always had a profound influence in the lives of all mankind; and, WHEREAS, It is fining that Music Week be observed in the City of Hope, Arkansas; NOW THEREFORE, I, Albert Graves, Mayor of the City of Hope, Arkansas, do hereby proclaim the week of May 2nd to May 8th Music Week in the City of Hope, Arkansas. WITNESS my hand and seal on this 29th day of April, 1943. AUERT GRAVES Mayor. gion along a 30 - mile front, gained its objective in a renewed surge against strong Axis mountain defenses. "An enemv counterattack in this sector achieved slight success," the Allied communique said. Other war headlines: Russia —- Moscow says "big events" in offing, Russains silent on German reports of major Soviet offensive in Caucasus; Nazis move up reinforcements in all sectors. Air war — RAF blasts German convoy off Dutch coast, three ships left in flames. Holland — Germans order internment of 400,000 Netherlands Army veterans in attempt to halt anti- Nazi activity, but wily Dutch "go bicycling" (disappear!. Southwest Pacific—Allied bombers pound Japanese-occupied Am- boina, former Dutch Indies Naval base: swarms of enemy Zero planes fail to halt raiders. Burma — Sharp fighting erupts on Arakan front. British repulse Japanese attacks. On the Tunsiian front, the Americans of Lieut.-Gen. George S. Patton. Jr., were reported locked in heavy fighting with the Germans on Bald Hill (Djebel Ajred), 16 ' miles west of Mateur, while the British 1st Army sought to break through the enemy's mountain de(Continued on Page Three)

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