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•-'V TTV,J Hope Star The Weather Arkansas: Occasional showers and scattered thunderstorms today and in extreme east portion tonight; cooler tongiht. VOLUME 44—NUMBER 189 Star of Hope, 1899; Press, 1927. Consolidated January 18, 1929. HOPE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, MAY 25, 1943 (AP)—Means Associated Press (NEA)—Means Ncwspaptr Enterprise Ass'n PRICE 5c COPY Refugees South Italy Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor ALEX. H. WASHBURN In Shhhhhh . . . ! Doubtful News: We Grow Older thc larger cities you meet with increasing frequency local laws forbidding the blowing of automobile horns, and the playing of any kind of sidewalk music; but I didn't know until this morning's mail 'arrived that this is part of a national campaign. Japs Putting Up Suicide Stand on Attu Island —War in Pacific By Thc Associated P r css American troops were reported tightening thc pressure on trapped remnants of thc Japanscc garrison on Atlu island today, while U. S. finhlcr planes kept vigil lo beat off any new attacks by Japanese planes attempting lo aid their beleaguered ground forces. Fighting from rock-hewn caves and ridges, composing Ihc toughest barriers of natural defense, Ihc Japanese were clearly pulling up a suicide stand rather than surrender despite Ihc hopelessness of their position, but Ihc Navy announced that U. S. troops were closing in and that several enemy slrongpoinls had been lieiuidalcd. Five of 10 Japanese twin - cn- gined bombers were shol out of the skies over Atlu by six American fighler planes Sunday. Two U. S. planes were downed, but thc pilot • of one was rescued. At the southern end of the Pacific battle theater, Gen. Douglas MaeArlhur's h c a dquarlers announced that far - rangine U..Jv v Fly/nig Fortresses'and Liberators dropped more than Hi tons of bombs in an attack on thc key Japanese base nt Rabaul, New Brit- i ain. selling fires visible for 100 miles. Thc raiders struck in two waves, pounding Rabaul's three airdromes and seaplane base for 45 and 30 minutes. Other United Nations airmen bombed thc enemy base at Gas- matii. New Britain, for the 13lh day in a row, and also attacked Kocpiing on Japanese • occupied Timor Island, and Lac and Fin- schhafen, New Guinea. On the Burma front, RAF warplanes made three bombing attacks on Japanese troops south of Maungdaw, on Ihc Bay of Bengal coast, and strafed the enemy near Bulhedaung. No land fighting was reported. It stems from a Washington, D. C., group known as the National Noise Abatement Council. Thc council's newest pamphlet, 'Stop Needless Noise," says: "Thc Axis dictators know how noise undermines morale, depletes strength—and, of itself, sometimes even kills. The special Na/.i shock troops which made the first actual break I h r o u g h the main Maginot line . . . were rumbling, drumming, rattling fiends incarnate. Attached lo their steel helmets were giant firecrackers; in their hands and hung on their bells were tom-toms and other noisemaking devices. Before them, thc poilus fled in terror, leaving bridges unburnctl, arms unde- stroycd." All of which is a bit far-stretched as soldiers don't usually "scare It death." If the French had bcci rightly equipped with tanks an( airplanes Ihc German noise-maker would have been promptly sho down. But thc National Noise Abatcmcn Council is on firm ground when i advocates peace-time regulations Us reprint of Ihc New York ant noise code which was put throng 49,000 Idle, Closing 3 Big Rubber Plants By CARTER L. DAVIDSON Akron. O., May 25 — (If)— Three major rubber companies reported all production ceased today as the number of CIO employes idle in a protest against a War Labor Board wage decision rose to 40,000, despite a War Department demand for resumption of work. Several hundred pickets, forming a shoulder-to - shoulder ban-lido at three gales to Goodyear re Rubber Co.'s No. 1 plant, timed back workers employed on c first day shift. Crowds started gathering in front f the plant of Akron's oast side lore than an hour before the usual by Mayor LaGuardia is sound pub lie policy. Some of the things pro hibilcd in New York City arc: "To sound any horn or signal device on any vehicle, while stationary; or, if in motion, only as a danger signal after brakes arc being applied. "To operate any musical instrument with such volume as to disturb the quiet, comfort or n-c|H>sc of persons in -'any dwelling, hotel or other type of residence. "To use mechanical loud speakers or amplifiers on trucks, etc. . . ." Shhhhhhh. . . . American white women are. living 17 years longer than they did at the beginning of the century, reports a big life insurance company, and now have a life expectancy of 08.08 years—"within two years of me for change of shifts. Some nen were ejected forcibly as olh rs pushed them through the picket ne, but there was no violence. Only plant guards and supervis ry employes were permitted It liter, and three hours after the ickct line formed, the crowd hinnecl out. A Goodyear spokes nan said 13,000 CIO United Rub jer workers were idle at all it hints, excepting Goodyear Aircraf Corp., a subsidiary not affcclec :>y the work stoppage. About 14,00( •emaincd idle for the fourth day a the B. F. Goodrich Co. and 17,00 it the Firestone Tire Rubber Co The three concerns normally ai nasks, barrage balloons, life belt engaged in production of g; musks, barrage balloons, life bell airplane de-icers, tank treads, a ti-aircrafl guns, machine gi clips, civilian and combat tir and other war materials. Idleness became th c greatest the history of Akron's rubber i duslry a few hours after Jam cluslry a few hours after James Mitchell, indusrtial personnel rector of thc army service force appealed for resumption of produ lion! Mitchell's appeal was made in a telegram to Sherman H. Dalrym- plc, intcrnatoinal URW president, who was in Washington for conferences with the War Labor Board. Thp work stoppages — described by union leaders as spontaneous- started Saturday after thc WLB Lions to Meet at Clarksvillc in '44 El Dorado, May 25 —</Pj— Arkansas Lions clubs will hold their 1944 convention at Clarksville. The city was chosen without opposition at the concluding session of thc clubs' convention here yesterday. Lee Daniels, El Dorodado, was elected president of district 7-B, succeeding Dr. J. Harry Hayes, Little Rock, and Dr. Don mm, Clarksville, was named esidcnl of district 7-A, succeed- ng Sam Schwiegcr, Fayeltovillc. Adkins Would Aid States in : lood Loss Little Rock, May 25 (/)')— Gov•nor Adi;ins thinks the federal {ovcrnmcnt should help states rc- jair highway and bridges damaged floods, he told newsmen today. There ought to be some eon- deration in thc way of matching loncy for slates which have suffered severe losses to their high- vay systems," he declare. Adkins said there had been lajor damage at the Van Burci jriclgc near Fort Smith where Iho Arkansas river apparently ul a new channel, lie said Ihc laic might have to construct ; lew 1,700 - fool span there lo joii he cxisling bridge. Gov. Robert S. Kcrr of Okla Camp Robinson Water Pipeline Broken by Flood Little Rock, May 25 — (/P) — The under - river pipeline system supplying Camp Robinson with water gave way today under the pressure of the Arkansas river's flood. The camp's storage tank holding 2,000,000 gallons was left with about an average day's supply. The rupture was detected when essurc dropped at pumps that jush the water under the river. lives were closed immediately on join sides to prevent water in the ics from rushing into the swollen ream. Workers were unable to locate e break immediately and it was it known how soon it would be ound since much of the work ould have to be dbnc with boats. loma invited Adkins to join in personal appeal to Washington; au horitics. Kcrr said he would be i Washington Thursday and suggcs cd that Adkins join him or sciid representative. Adkins said he hat not decided. State Health Officer W. B.-Gra son advised the governor that 1 th health problem at Fort Smith wa well under control. We will follow through dow stream as the water recedes \vi all possbilc assistance," said. Grayso Lightning Kills 6 Persons in Arkansas Little Rock, May 25 — (/P) — Lightning killed six persons in Arkansas yesterday, including two men at one place near DeWItt and three Negroes in a cotton field near Altheimer. ... L. D. Bryant, 51, and Joseph D. Ester, 49, both ol near DeWilt, were working with shovels about 150 feet apart when a bolt struck between them, killing both in stantly. Jeff Mauschardl, 40, was killed near Monticcllo. Coroner Raymond Slcphcnson said the lightning struck some distance from him but the charge was carried along a wire fence. The Negroes — a woman, hei son and a small girl — were working on the key Altheimer. plantation ncai Allied Aircraft 'Sowing Bombs Like Wheat' ~o Transportation of Baltimore Hit by Walkout Baltimore, May 25 (/P). Cessation of work by AFL - affiliated transit workers who said they left, their jobs to attend a union mot- ing threw a further vurilc i today upon Baltimore's war - crowded transportation system, already taxed by a critical shortage of gas.- olinc for private ears and cab*. A Baltimore transit company spokesman estimated 80 per ecu of the concern's street cars, track less trolleys and buses still were opera ling. There was no picketing or disorder. The spokesman who skid Hi work stoppage by members of thc Amalgamated Association of Strec Kk-elrie Railway and Motor Coach Employes began about 4 a.m., es- lim.ilcd the number of absentees at "several hundred." A. H. Kccler, inlernatiuiuil union representative, asserted "there is no strike. There is just a meeting." Union officials said there were more than 1,000 men in Ihc union hall. The transit company spokesman said the street car lines most seriously affected were those serving the Bethlehem - Fail-field and Bethlehem Sparrows point shipyards. Union leaders said thai a conference had been scheduled for this afternoon with u representative of the War Labor Board and in the meantime mcl in another confcr- c'lice with Mayor Theodore R. Me- Kelding. The Amalgamated, which prcvi ously had boled authority to its executive board to call a slrike if the transit company refused to comply with orders of the Wai Labor and national labor relations, board to reinstate ten former em ployes and cease recognition of ui independent union of transit cm ployes, staged a one - day walkou last December. the Biblical three score and ten," to the company comments with satis- faclion. Nol so satisfactory from thc ladies' standpoint, however, arc the further developments in vital talislics as reported by thc com- lany. Their husbands and brothers Sained only 15.16 years, and the ncn's average life expectancy is 23 years shorter than the ladies'. Sociologist 1 o n g have com- Tienlcd upon thc probable change n American national tastes when ,hc combination of a longer life expectancy and a falling birth rate iroducccl a population much older on thc average than Americans were a generation ago. Sociologists forecast thc end of jax.z music, elaborate school systems, and all the other phenomena of a youth- minded country. That's what Ihc sociologists predicted a couple of years ago—but then thc war came along, and, as war always does, brought with it one of thc highest birth-rates in modern times. So you can throw away thc sociologists' gloomy predictions. We pared to three ccnls an hour its panel's recommendation of an eighl ccnl hourly wage increase. in-a newspaper advertisement thc unions attributed the walkout to a "lack of confidence in fairness and impartiality of WLB." the thc Democrats Are Trying to Get a Tax Bill By JACK BELL Washington, May 25 — l/l'i — A arc faced with thc paradox of country deteriorating into middle age in peace-time and being rejuvenated by war. Jack Dempsey's Trial for Divorce Begins While Plains, N. Y., May 25 — Pi— The trial of Jack Dempsey's livorce suit, ugainsl his wife, Han- lah Williams, Iho former "Chcer- ul Little Earful" of musical comedy, began in slate Supreme Court orlay with several witnesses tcs- ifying she was friendly with for- ,ner Lightweight Champion Lew Jenkins and Benny Woodall, onc- imc Jenkins trainer. Dempscy, now a lieutenant commander in the Coast Guard, has charged his wife intimacies and named the two men as co-respondents. Democratic determination to "g e t. a bill" cast some faint rays of hope today over thc muddled con- forrMiccs in which House and Senate members are striving to compose their differences on pay - as - you- go lax legislation. " Admittedly still deadlocked within their own ranks, some of the Democrats called for superhuman efforts to evolve a program acceptable to both Houses and to thc president. Onc of these, Senator Byrd (D- Va.) said he thought it would be "a bad thing" for thc country if the conferees gave up trying us some were reported to have sug- geslcd doing at a closed s c s- sion yesterday. "Pay - as - you - go tax legislation has aroused more interest in the country than any domestic legislation in thc last 10 years," Byrd declared. "Thc people want something done and thc question is nol going to be disposed of by being dropped. I think we can and will gel a bill." On thc other hand. Senator Walsh (D - Mass.), a supporter of the modified Ruml skip a year measure passed by the Senate, said the deadlock "looks hopeless" lo him. Byrd's viewpoint, however, was reported to be shared by Chairmen George (D - Ga.1 of the Senate Finance committee and Doughton (D - NCi of Ihe House Ways and Means committee. A revised compromise proposal which would abate the first $100 21 Arkansans Are Prisoners of Japanese Washington. May 2. p > -- (/P> —The Navy Department today announced the names of 952 members oC the Marine Corps held prisoner of war by thc Japanese, mostly in the Philippine islands. Of the total 59 were officers. The list included thc following 21 Corps members whose next of kin were listed under Arkansas addresses: Arkansas: Booker, Pfc. Henry II., father, William F. Booker. Louann. Carter, Pvt. Arthur Flyod; father, Joseph W. Carter, Green Forest. Chaslain, Pvt. Eldim Tobias; father, Thomas J. Chastain, Shcr- rill. Clement, Platoon Sgl. Robert A. uncle, C. L. Clement, Grapevine Collins, Cpl. Thomas F.ward father, Andrew B. Collins, O/.ark. Craigg, Pfc. Thomas Arthur, Jr.; parents. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Craig, Sr., Sulphur Springs. Crass, Pfc. Arthur J.; father, Mr. Karl R. Crass, Monticcllo. Dodd, Pfc. Doyle Harding; fath- Lilllc Rock, May 25 — (/P) —Rc- orling even more water than hcrc- iforc expected, the Little Rock vealhcr bureau today raised its rest predictions for thc Arkansas ivcr at Liltlc Rock and Pine Bluff. Both will get more water than i the disastrous flood of a fortnight igo, Meteorologist Walter C. Hickmon said. For Little Rock he fore cast 30 "or slightly higher" for Thursday, 1.2 feet above thc recent crest. Pnie Bluff will srjow 34 Friday, also 1.2 feet above thc las u'gh mark. At Dardanellc thc stage was 34.3, an overnight rise of 1.1 and .5 above the recent crest. U.S.Engineers said thc new pre- diclions did not change their cxpec- lalions as to whether levees would hold. Thc engineers said six dikes were intact "and a good guess is thai all will hold cxcepl one." The latter protects mostly farm land between here and Pine Bluff. E. L. Peerson, th* engineers flood coordinator, said, the' predict cd stage "shouldn't bother Pine Bluff much other than for thc usua seeps, and it should nol affcet thc Pine Bluff arsenal at all." Pircrson said the six intact levee; were: Faulkner county No. 1, Nortl ..itlle Rock, Fourchc island. Bau cum, Old River and Plum Bayou. The latter three form a continuous like 54 miles long. "The on c we've mt banking on too heavily is Fourchc island," Peerson declared. Government Asks Judgment Against AP New York, May 25 — (/P)— In anli- ;rusl procedure without precedent, the covcrnmenl today askd fed- oralurl for summary judgment Lull Remains Unbroken on Russian Front By EDDY GILMORE Moscow, May 25 —(/P)— Although sporadic artillery fire and scouting was reported along some sectors of the Russian front today, thc significant lull which has pr vailed generally remained unbroken and the air war continued to be the battle of the moment. Both the German and Sovie ground and air forces were hack ing away at transport and com munication facilities but. it wa obvious that the opposing armies were getting large quantities o out thc taking of testimony by witnesses in open court i trial. Thc motion was made in a civil suit pending before a special three' judge court. It seeks an injunction which would require the Associated Press to furnish its news and picture services to any newspaper willing to bear its propor- .ionale share of the cost of gathering news. mroparation for the summer campaign. The Red Army held slubbornly to newly won lines west of the Donets river near Lisichansk and northeast of Novorossisk in- the Kuban, but there have been DO major changes along the long front in days. Renewed reconnaissance indicated that the commanders on both sides had ordered constant scout- Counsel for the Associated Press lng aga i ns t the possibility of a sur- dcclined to comment on the gov- pr j sc major assault, but the chance —Africa By ROGER GREENE , ~t Associated P^ess War Editor ; Thousands of bomb - dazed refugees were reported fleeing north rom Southern Italy and from is-, ands in the Mediterranean today j as American warplanes, "sowing' bombs like wheat," heaped fresh destruction on Sardinia, Sicily,' Panterlleria and the Italian main-^; .and. Reports reaching Switzerland'* said an exodus was under way from many towns on thc toe of the Italian boot, with Rome already, recieving thousands attempting to~| escape Allied bombardment. A Rome broadcast admitted that,* "city districts proper" at Cagliarl,- Capital of Sardinia island, had| been abandoned as a result pf the^ violent Allied aerial offensive. With Allied planes stepping up, the fury of their assault on the_ invasion trail" into Southern Europe, Italy's Crown Prince Um- jerto was • quoted by the British, adio as warning Italians that they vere short of arms and must throw, all their "spiritual and physical strength" in the struggle. Premier Mussolini was said to have called Fascist party chiefs of the Rome district last night and given them new orders — presurnj ably dealing with measures to combat an Allied invasion. ,/ ernment's latest move but it was understood that thc government's contention that there were no material facts which remained tin- „ catching either off guard was considered remote in view of the short nights and long spring days (The Tuesday German commun , , . , , . „ ,,„!,, line -LUtJbUciy vjrc-unau «-un»i*iw" controverted would be vigorously ^ broa dcast from Berlin and nl* n llnrt rfniH Vl«F 1 n n A W I ^ _ . . -, -n challenged by the AP. It was also understood thai prob- r j^ orded by tne Associtaed Pres said strong German shock Woman Convicted of Slaying Youth Annapolis, Md. May '2!i —(/Pj—Attractive Helen Aileen Handle, convicted of manslaughter May 20 in the slaying of a 17-year-old high school boy whom she asserted called her "the vilest names," was sentenced today lo five years in prison. Thc 31-year-old brunette, still under indictment, on a charge of shooting her wealthy horseman husband in thc teg at. the climax of a day - long domestic quarrel, recievcd thc sentence quiclly. The husband, Ulmo S. Handle declined lo Icslify against his wife at Ihc trial for thc killing of young Allen Willcy. Mrs. Leonard Stinchcomb, Jr. chief prosecution witness, testifiec prepare and file answering affida-' vits in support of the AP's position. The normal procedure in antitrust cases is to take oral tesli- moncy of witnesses in open court with each party to the litigation offering documentary evidence in support of thc testimony. The move for a summary judgment, has been used in other types of civil actions. But, according to Justice Department officials, it never before was employed under the Sherman act. Such procedure vas possible under thc rules for ivil procedure in federal courts vhich were put inlo use in 1938, hey said. Twenty - five affidavits setting out information concerning the operations of the Associated Press ind its competitors were filed in support of thc motion. The government suit, charging that the AP is a monopoly, was iiled in federal district court here last August. 28. It asked the court to order thc Associated Press, world's largest news gathering organization, lo open its membership rolls to any newspaper willing to pay its proportionate share of the cost of gathering news. A special three - judge "expediting" court was appointed to handle the case Jan. 11 at the request of Attorney General Biddle ably .30 da.ys would be^requirecMo j ^ roop f ora ys were carried -out sue ~ —:-~ ~*t.j~ cess f u iiy on several sectors of th Russian front. (German planes heavily raided railway stations and industries behind the lines, it said, and it was claimed that 10 out of H Russian planes attempting to raid a German air base were shot down.) Mrs. Dempscy has filed counter- suit for divorce, but her allegations have nol been made public. Both seek custody of their two children, Joan, eight, and Barbara, six. Mrs. Dempscy frequently took on and put off a pair of dark glasses during the testimony. The former heavyweight champion, wearing his Coast Guard uniform, sat expressionless. The courtroom was sparsely filled. of everybody's taxes (Clearing 9,000,000 persons of all back taxes) and require payment of 25 per cent of the remainder of/ cither 1942 or 1943 taxes, whichever is lesser, was before the group today. The president is reported to have let it be known thus far that he would sign the House - approved bill, which would abale thc 6 per cent normal and 13 per cent first bracket surtax on 1942 incomes, but has gone no further. er, Alvin M. Dodd, Rccaa. Ellis, Tech. Sgl. Leon Malady; mother, Mrs. Eli/.abclh Ellis, Hut- Erwin, Pvt. Hoyle Mcclford; father, Forest E. Erwin, Bingcn. Fcrriss, Pfc. James Furr; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson E. Fcr- riss. Redficld. Fox. Pfc. George, Jr., mother, Mrs. Rose Fox (1024 South Booker) Little Rock. Hammock, Cpl. William Lester, Jr.; parents Mr. and Mrs. William L. Hammock, Sr., Dei-molt. Hamrick, Rut. John Forrest; father, Dee Forrest Hamrick, Harrison. Howard, Pvt. William Archie; parents, Mr. and Mrs. William G. Howard, (207 W. 7hl) N. Lillle Rock. Mann, First; LI. Ralph C., Jr., father, Ralph C. Mann, Sr., Judsonia. McKinncy. Hfc. Floyd M.; father Hade McKinncy. Jenny Lind. Rainwater, Pfc. Dennis Dalton. Jr.; father, D. D. Rainwater, Sr., Paris. Stanley, Pl'e. Abram Francis, Jr.; mother, Mrs. Dora W. Stanley Harrison. Tallant, Pfc. William Talbert; mother. Mrs. Augie Mac Tallant, (34 Owen) Eureka Springs. Weems. Pfc. Charles Monroe; mother. Mrs. Jessie Jones, (239J that during the quarrel last Jan 30 Randle lold his wife she wa "the Naval Academy prostitute' prior to their marriage. Young Willey reiterated thc epithet, testimony brought out. Thc shooting followed. Mrs. Randle sobbed to the jury that the rifle went off accidentally when her husband attempted to wrest it from her. Army Plays Trick On Carrier Pigeons Somewhere in Tennessee •—(/!') — Army units on maneuvers i n this rca depend on a strong sense of nother love in pigeons to hasten delivery of messages. LI. Rudolph ^ang of St. Paul, pigeon officer of i combat pigeon platoon, explained I this way: A pigeon egg is blown free of its volk. a healthy beetle is inserted and the egg taped up. A mother )igcon hears Hie beetle scratching and takes it to be a squab getting ready to break out of the shell. When she is taken from her nest. and given a message lo deliver, she docs it at top speed-sometimes approaching 70 miles an hour—so she can return to her nest, and the pseudo-squab. Spring), Eureka Springs. ROAD MAY BE CLOSED Lillle Rock. May 25 (/Pi—. State No. 10 west, of Little Rock probnbl> will be closed bv the flood some time today. t.he highway muni reported. depart- Allied Airmen Team to Blast Rabaul Allied Headquarters in Australia, May 25 — (/P) — Heavyweights of the Allied aerial force teamed up yesterday in a major blow at the strong Japanese base at Rabaul New Britain. Towering fires were kindled among parked aircraft by the 16 tons or more of explosives and incendiaries dropped by successive flights of Flying Fortresses and Liberators. Returning pilots said the. glare of the flames still could be seen 30 minutes later when they were 100 miles away. The communique mentioned no Allied losses. Rabaul, located on Blanche Bay at the northern tip of New Britain, has been described as Ihc mosl powerful Japanese stronghold, next to thc key naval base at Truk, in that sector of the Southwest Pacific. Daylight Raids on Nazi Cities Are Resumed London, May 25 — (/P) — A strong force of Allied warplanes headed eastward across the channel this morning to resume by daylight the Allied offensive which reached its peak Sunday night in a record - breaking RAF assault on Dortmund. The course followed by the riay- ight raiders indicated they woulc lit the French coast somewhere Detween Dipepe and Boulogne. RAF fighters were over North ern France on small - scale in truder patrols, during the night but the British heavy bomber were given a rest after thei 2,000 - ton altack on Dortmund (Berlin claimed today in a broad cast recorded by the Associate Press that 44 British bombers were shot down on that raid. The British announced 38 were lost. (The Germans also claimed ihat Nazi guns brought down seven mult i- engined British bombers and damaged another during the RAF attack yesterday on a German convoy off the Dutch coast.i About 25 German planes struck By DANIEL DE LUCE Allied Headquarters in North Africa, May 25 — (/P) — The Allies bludgeoned the Italian island of Sardinia with their big stick—their air power yesterday, sending more than 300 'American planes Jto attack nine important defense taj£B gets" on-theft stepping"-'s'tone ' tofj Italy. Bomb - pitted Pantelleria, the little .fortified island 45 m,iles off Cap Bon which was under almos continues attack much of Sunday and Sunday night was raided again Monday by American fighter, ombcrs in the steady air offen- ive against the Axis' southern ront. '.. Twelve enemy aircraft were de- : Iroyed in combat during these op; rations of the past 24 hours, and I was offically staled that an un-* eslimaled number of olhers were vrecked on the ground. (This brought the number of de» stroyed Axis aircraft in the last six days to at. least 329 as a re suit of operations by the Nnrthwes African, Cairo and Malta forces.) Waves of Flying Fortresses, Ma- 1 rauders, Mitchells, Lightnings andffi Warhawks roared over Sardinia where German troops were an- at a south coast town in a mid - afternoon raid which bold flat- Judge Disallows Little Rock, May 25 —WPi— Proposed annexation of about five square miles lo 1he city of Litlle Rock approved at a recent election was disallowed today by County Judge C. P. Newton. U. S. Fliers Blast Japs in Burma New Delhi, May 25 — (/Pi —United Stales planes flew straight into the teeth of thc new Monsoon yesterday to set Japanese barracks afire in Northern Burma and attack railways and other installations elsewhere there, a Tenth Air Force communique said today. Most results were obscured by Ihc foul weather, through which all American planes returned. tened workers' houses ajid buried an undetermined number in the ruins. It was one of the biggest daylight, forces the Nazis had used in some time. One raider was destroyed. Some of thc raiders swung over a neighboring town and turned their cannon upon large buildings. A dozen persons were known killed and several others, including children were unaccounted for. One bomb landed on a school playground but no children were there, there. Two other raiders were brought down by ground guns during an attack on the south coast, raising the number destroyed to Ihree. Continued on Page Four) New Jap Push Into Chinese Positions Chungking, May 25 — (IP) Japa nese troops have driven several wedges into Chinese positions 01 the Yangtze river below Ichan; in Western Hupeh province in ap offensive move which may be sgined to safeguard communi lions for a drive no the heart oJ China at Chungking, Chinese itary quarters said today. Fivn enemy divisions are engagi in thc offensive, it was estimated, and one column already is striking southwestward toward Wu- feng about 50 miles from the rni*| enemy river base ofjj Better Then Ever Milwaukee, Wis. — <#i— The Navj keeps them fit, as Lt. John Dre\\ proved recently. The former Mar quette University track ace, and i veteran of the ill-fated U.S.S. Lex ington, came home on furlough anc competetl with an alumni track team. He won seven events—both sprints, high hurdles, the high jump, broad jump and shotput! Ichang. Other enemy forces are Tying to blast the Chinese out p^ heir positions on the Yangtze twecn Ichang and Hankow. iThc Tokyo radio, in a broad$iz| cast recorded by the Associated^ • Press, said today that Japanese-forces captured thc headquarter of the Chinese 86th army at ChangJ yang, about 18 miles south o^ al Ichang, yesterday. Thc report w<- not confirmed by the Chinese.) Chinese military quarters ported large concentrations of emy reserves in the Ichang area^; apparently waiting for the oppor-f/ tun c moment to go into action in>p the difficult country which shields,, Chungking from the east. ilj; These quarters even considered itim possible the Japanese might at-JmJ tempt to force their way through; • the strongly fortified Yanotze rive?| gorges which stretch for 200 miles between Ichang Wanhsien for a drive up the toward Chungking. Even in peace-.wjj time, the swift rapids make navi-J gation on this stretch of the river* difficult. i I h

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