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The Byline of Dependability Hope Star THE WEATHER Arkansas: Scattered thunder' showers and cooler in the northwest portion this afternoon; thundershowers and cooler tonight except in the extreme southeast portion. . 4 'VOLUME 44—NUMBER 208 Star ol Hope, 1899; Press, 1927. Consolidated January 18, 1929. HOPE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 1943 (AP)—Means Associated Press (NEA)—Means Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n PRICE 5c COf>Y| Japs Fear Allied Offensiv Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor ALEX. H. WASHBURN Carolina Demos Refuse to Aid National Party Columbia, S. C., June 16 (IT) Winchester Smith of Barnwell county, chairman of the Sta'e Democratic Executive committee, said today a report that South Carolina had refused to contribute to the support of the 1944 National Democratic campaign was "wholly untrue." Smith said in "the first plad"! I hav e n't written any letter to the National Executive committee in regard to financial support for the campaign,'' and secondly it was "untrue" that a meeting of the Democratic Executive commit;, tee had bee n held. Worse Than War Around the Town Job accidents from July 1940 to January 1943—30 months covering both the defense program era and the first year of actual warfare—had the following results in American factories, the Office of War Information reports: :—© Killed 40,500 workers. Cost 258,000 an eye, finger, hand, arm or leg. Laid up 5 million 300 thousand for an average of three weeks each. Lost 110 million days of work. Contrasted with this, OWI reports that American casualties in the first 18 months of war were only: 12,123 dead. 15,0-1!) wounded. 40,435 missing. 10,628 prisoners of war (grand total of all these, 78,235). So the industrial accident is more deadly, more costly, than the enemy's arms. Let us all take care. * * * One of our Hope High School WLB Decision on Coal Dispute Expected Today -Washington Soldiers Give King George Cheerful Welcome on His Arriyal in North Africa Spartanburg, S. C. June 1C —(/P) The Sparlanburg Herald said today the South Carolina Democratic Executive committee ljad,,.unanir_ ' '"iWb'uslj r "refused' a request' of the National Executive committee for financial support in the 1944 national Dclnocratic campaign. Disagreement of the state committee with the national policies of the party was the basis for refusal to contribute to the 1944 party war chest, the Herald said. The newspaper, saying it was quoting slate commitleemen but not naming them, said the chief reason for the reported dissension was the resentment of the South Carolina group at what it called apparent efforts of the national committee "to woo the Negro vote at the expense of southern feelings." The commiltcemcn, the Herald said, at a meeting in Columbia two weeks ago, instructed State Chairman Winchester Smith of Barnwell county to write (he National committee of their refusal to comply with the request for a contribution to national party funds. The letter was mailed cither yesterday or today, the Herald said. The state committee based its refusal on two'grounds, the Herald said it was informed. They were represented to be: (1) That the unit's treasury was in no position to contribute funds to the national campaign, and (2) that even if it were, the committee would still refuse a contribution because it did not "see eye to eye with the National committee on matters of policy." Washington, June 10 —(/I 1 )— Democratic National committee officials would not comment today on the reported refusal of the South Carolina Democratic executive committee to contribute to the 1944 national party campaign. Junior boys is faced with what is known ,in the parlance o f dramatics, as "a situation." His older brother got oft to the Army yesterday. The brother had a car. It was understood that'when he went to the Army the car would go to the youngster. Happy Days—! But wait ... When the kid brother took over the car yesterday he took over the gasoline ration book that went with it—and found that his soldier brother, while thinking about approaching military duly, used up all the No. G coupons except one. Now the kid brother has an automobile—and four gallons of gas to riin it until July 21! A dirty trick? I don't think so. Put yourself in the older brother's place, about LO abandon the freedom of civilian life for Army orders. The kid brother has plenty of time to gel other coupons—but the Army doesn't wait. Washington, June 16 (n>) —A War Labor Board (WLB) decision is expected late today or tomorrow awarding a definite sum of money to soft coal miners for underground travel time. Board members were authoritatively reported leaning to this kind of decision, ,r a I h c r than throwing out the whole portal-to- porlal issue and let litigation or strife take its course. The United Mine W o r k e r s' policy committee has called a meeting for this afternoon to review the entire siutalion. UMW President John L. Lewis probably will hold the committee in Washington pending a WLB decision at least, and possibly until the end of the week when the extension period ordered after the recent work stoppage expires. Although no definite sum has been dcbagcd by the board, it is expected the award will be substantially less than the $1.30 a day which Central Pennsylvania producers and the United Mine Workers had agreed to in principle but failed to reduce to mutually acceptable language in writing. There was no certainly, cither, that the broad would reach a final vole today. Competent sources said a major- By RELMAN MORIN . Representing the combined United States Press Allied Headquarters in North Africa, June 16 (/!')— King George VI of England has been in Norlh Africa since last Salurday, visiting the scenes of the Allies' greatest victory and talking with the soldiers and sailors who won it. The news was held an efficial secret until today. His inspection tour, crowded into a few days, took the monarch into a number of different British and American military establishments, aboard warships, through convla- lesccnt camps — even to a stretch of beach where more than 3,000 troops were having a Sunday swim. That was an unforgettable moment. The men caught sight of the king standing on the veranda of a small villa for officers, and instantly came racing down Ihc beach from all dircclions, resembling nothing so. much as a horde of semi-nude natives on the warpath. The word reached even those in the water; There were no stopwatches to lime Ihem, but un doubledly every swimming record from 100 yards up to a half- mile was broken in the rush. Quickly the veranda was a solic mass of tanned, dripping men Suddenly the excited hum of con vorsation hushed. The British troops began singing "God Save The King" as though at a signa State Highway Flood Damage Is $1,100,000 Little Rock, June 16 — (/P) — state highways alone sustained estimated $1,100,000 damage from the May floods in the Arkansas and White river valleys. Highway Director W. W. Mitchell reported to the Public Roads Administration. Mitchell said the heaviest loss was dt the Van Burcn-Forl Smith bridge where $300,000 will be ru- quried to build a span over a new high water channel and $110,000 is being spent on a 1,600 foot temporary trestle. Capt. E. B. Ward, adjutant of the Eighth Service Command's fourth district, said 00,000 man days and $022,697.80 would be rc- I' quired to repair county roads damaged by the flood. He based his estimates no rcqucsTs from the i counties for Army aid. • -*r-t -«r- FRED THOMSEN PROMOTED Fayetteville, June 16 — (/P) — former Razorback grid coach d C. Thomson, serving with Army Air Forces in China, has promoted from captain to his wile was notified " U. S. Planes Hit Japs in Solomons Washington, June 16 —(/PI--United Stales planes attacked Japanese positions in the central and norih- wcslern Solomon islands Sunday nd Monday, the Navy reported to- ay, and enemy fliers countered A'iih an attack on Guadalcanal arly Tuesday. No estimates of damage inflicted by the American attacks was jivcn, but a communique said no lersonncl or material damage had jeen rcporcd lyre as a result of he Japanese assault. A Navy communqiuc said: "South Pacific: (All dales arc cast longitude) "1. During the evenings of June Ki and 14, Flying Fortress and Liberator heavy bombers, attacked Japanese installations at Kahil and on Shorlland Island in tbe Buin area. "2.On the evening of June 14, Army Mitchell medium bombers escorted by Navy Corsair fighters bombed the runway and anti- aircraft positions of the airfield at Vila, Kolombangara Island. "3. On June 15, in the early morning, Japanese planes dropped bombs on Guadalcanal Island. No personnel or material damage has been reported." Kahili is a Japanese airbasc near Buin, which is a port on the southeastern end of Bougainville island. Bougainville is the northwestern island of flic Solomons chain. Shortland island lies a few miles off Buin. Vila, on Kolombangara island is in the Central Solomons only about 100 miles northwest of the American airbasc in the Russells, immediately north of Guadalcanal. ity now feels that the board should too completely absolve the coal operators of liability for payment of travel time, eventhough such a decision might lead the way for lawsuits by individual miners seeking back pay under the fair labor standards act. The issue is whether travel time is working time and, if so, is the payment already included in present rates. If it is not, should" the operators' liability begin after the mines 85 hour basic work week, which includes only the actual working time, or should it begin after the statutory 40 - hour week, and should the compensation by at straight time rates, time and a half, or some other rate? The Central Pennsylvania producers advised the WLB yesterday their negotiations with the miners collapsed over the question of a permanent or a temporary settlement of the portal to portal issue. Charles O'Neill, president of the eronn told WLB Chairman William H. Davis that the operators intended the $1.30 a clay to be a final settlement but that the union refused to indemnify the operators against law suits or a rc- from an invisible leader. The moment the anthem enclec the king turned and came. dowi the steps onto the beach itscll that wasn't part of the schedule and it caught his aides so by surprise that he almost got away from them. The king walked down into the center of the crowd and stood there talking with those nearest him. Then they sang "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow." There were many French civilians-present. They cried "Vive le Loi!" Two old Frenchmen looked t each other and one said: "It's een a long time since I have said liosc words." (Ralph Howard, NBC reporter in forth Africa, broadcast that the ting arrived in North Africa last aturday by air and that he "was avorably impressed with the re- Mew and exhibition of Commando actics staged in his honor by the Fifth American Army." (After the exhibition, Howard Said, the king visited an American military cemetery at Oran, over- ooking the Mediterranean, and paid his respects to American soldiers who had fallen in battle.) The king made the trip in a service plane flown by his personal pilot, Edward Hedlcy Fcildcn, captain of the King's flight, who has flown him many hundreds of thousands of miles. The journey began in great secrecy on Saturday, when the, King, left Windsor Castle by car and drove to the airport. Making his second visit to an active war theater outside the Unit- Fortresses Keep Pounding Bases in Italy, Sicily —Africa Allied Headquarters in North Africa, June 10 —(/P)—Large forces of Flying Fortresses, escorted by Lightnings, attacked Axis airfields at Bocca Di Falco. and Castclvet- rano yesterday after night attacks by British Wellington bombers on other Sicilian objectives, headquarters said today. At the same lime, Mitchells and Marauders escorted by Lightnings and warhawks made "strong attacks" during the day on two otber S/icilian airfields — at Sciacca and Borizzo — while Lightnings shot up targets at Marsala. Airfields in Sicily also worn the targets of the Wellingtons as the Allies turned the heat on after a two day rest. The war bulletin said bombs were seen to burst in dispersal Stiles to Succeed Commander Upton Hot Springs, June 16 — (/P)— Arkansas Department, Veterans of foreign Wars, elected Robert Stiles, North Little Rock, commander to succeed Emory E, Upton, Fort Smith. •; Other offcicrs elected at the annual convention yesterday included John R. Shackleford, El Dorado, senior vice commander. The VFW Auxiliary named Mrs. Maggie Durbin, Little Rock, president. Other Auxiliary officers included Mrs. Gabbie Shannon, El Dorado, junior vice president, and Mrs. Billie Menasco, El Dorado, chaplain. Nip Parliament Is Warned by Premier Tojo —War in Pacific By The A s sociated press Japan's Premier Hideki- Toj areas, on runways and racks and many fires on bar- resulted from the Flying Fortress attacks on Bocca Di Falco and Castel- velrano. \ Eleven oiiuiij aircraft were ed Kingdom, the monarch was accompanied on the hccrecy-shroud- (Conlinued on Page Three) destroyed in combat yesterday and five the night before. Seven Allied planes 'were missing. German broadcasts and the Italian communi'iuc, as recorded by the Associated Press, declared Axis planes attacked Allied ship ping and IStiding craft in and near the harbor of captured Pantelleria yesterday. (A DNB rsport from Berlin saic two large laiid'n^ boats w,ero sunl newal of the issue beyond April 1, 1944. Lewis declined to comment. Widescalb Air Operations Over Europe London, June 16—(/P)—The British-announced RAF bombers ranged the continent 'from . Den mark to France last liight as the renewed Allied aerial offensive continued through its fifth successive night, and the Germans indicated some of the raiders were near Berlin. A DNB broadcast recorded by the Associated Press said the Reich capital had an alert lasting more than half an hour, but declared "there were no particular events, no damage and no casual- tics reported." RAF bombers ripped at enemy airfields, railway communications and water transport. British sources said Berlin's Ration Calendar Ration Book No. 1 Coffee—Stamp No. 24, good for one pound, expires June 30. Sugar—Stamp No. 13, good for five pounds, expires August 15. For canning, Stamps 15 and 16 good for five pounds each. Shoes—Stamp No. 18 good for one pair through Oct. 31. Ration Book No. 2 Blue Stamps G, H and J, for canned and processed vegetables and fruits, expire June 7. Stamps K, L and M, good through July 7. Red Stamps J and K good through June 30. Red Stamp L becomes valid June 6, good through June 30, Gasoline Stamps No. 6 of A-books good for four gallons each ,uptU July 22, Accused Negro Beat to Death by Four Men Marianna, Flu., June 10 —(/P)— Cellos Harrison, 31-year-old Negro charged with killing a white man, was taken from the Jackson county jail early today by four masked men and apparently clubbed to death. Harrison's body was found at daylight on a road five miles south of Marianna. Deputy Sheriff A. J. McMullcn said Harrison had been killed by blows on his hpad, and added "We didn't find any bullet holes in liis Uody." Night jailer Tom Belsor said four men appeared at the jail soon after midnight and told him llicy had a drunk man they wanted ockcd up. When Belscr opened the ail door, one of the men, all of A'honi were masked, held a pistol on him, while the others took Harrson from his cell. Lieut. Reid Clifton of the state highway patrol headquarters in Tallahassee a n d four highway Datrolmcn were sent here upon instructions from Governor Spcs- iard Holland's office to help local officers. Several persons gathered about the jail during the early morning, but there was no further disturbansc. Harrison once was convicted fur the 1940 killing of Johnnie Mayo, filling staTion operator, in a robbery attempt. His conviction was alert probably was the result of British reconnaissance flights in which some bombs may have been dropped. The Berlin radio said Allied bombers also wore over North Germany last night and "isolated bombs c a LV s a d insignificant damage." A'n official announcement reported Whirlwinds had bombed an airdrome near Dunkcrque, shot up a tug and barges on the Brusges- ghcnt canal, strafed barges in the Lys canal and mcahinegunned a freight train in the same area A German Focke - Wulf fighter which attempted to intercept the raiders was reported damaged. A Lone Mosquito bombers, meanwhile, stabbed 500 miles acros;; the North Sea to Denmark and shot down an enemy bomber as it was about to take off from an airdrome near Aalborg. Boston bombers were reported to have attacked a factory and train at a loading platform near Nantes in northern France and Bcaufightcrs damaged three locomotives in Brittany. A Typhoon was reported to have been bombed and cannoned a torpedo boat off Os- tcncl. British heavy bombers, which have been out in force over Germany the last four nights, apparently were given a rest. A few German night raiders, meanwhile, word reported to have attacked coastal districts in southeast England. A communique said they caused few casualties and little damage. SEEK LONGER SCHEDULE Little Rock, June 16 — (A'i— Southwestern Greyhound Lines, Inc., today filed with the State Corpora- Elmer Davis Draws Sharp Criticism Washington, June 16 (/P) — A storm of congressional criticism swirled today around Elmer Davis chief of the Office of War Information (OWI), accused by one legislator of seeking to be a "propaganda minister." Another lawmaker , said Davis ought to be investigated. The country, not the first aimed at Davis since he relinquished a radio broadcasting job to take the OWI helm, arose over a speech in Boston in which Davis said Washington News coverage was inadequate. Senator Bridges (R-NH) told the Senate yesterday Davis was "trying to silence the press to cover the sins of mal-administration on the part of the New Deal in the war effort." He said the newspaper reporters in Washington were to be "commended, not criticized, for their outslanding effort. . . Their in Pantelleria harbor by Germai bombers and that a destroyed anc several other landing craft were damaged. Tlie DNB report addd that "according to latest reports ' three of sevo'i Transports reported yesterday as damaged at Pantelleria actually were sunk. (Rome declared Axis torpedo planes attacked a convoy along the Algerian coast, sinking one affirmed by the Supreme Court, and then, on a rehearing by the court, it was reversed on the ground a confession was not properly admissable as evidence. The indictment against Harrison then was not pressed by Circuit Court, and Harrison was released. A new indictment was returned by the Jackson county grand jury a few weeks ago, and Harrison was b,eui| fceld W jail await- tion Commission a lengthened time schedule for its run between Little Ruck and El Dorado. The company explained it was unable to meet the old schedule under the 35 mile-per-hour speed limit. The change becomes effective July 1. masterful accomplishment of a difficult task." Bridges said Davis was objecting, perhaps, because "they have covered some news about Washington which docs not look to well outside of Washington." Davis, addressing the American Newspaper Guild, declared capital newsmen were overlooking the big story of the war production — while paying attention to inlerde- partmcnt bickerings. To this Brides retoortcd: "No where can be found a more loyal group of American citizens than the men and women who today report the news of this nation for the great wire services and the many newspapers. . . Mr. Davis finds recourse in seeking to smear Washington correspondents and the press in general. He seeks to make this country believe the unbiased news report from Washington to faulty administration on the home front, of OPA, of foodstuffs, of rationing, arc so much bunk. Well, I know it isn't bunk. We all know it is the truth. . . Reported by talented and able men and women." Bridges said OWI has "prevented industry from telling the full story of production, just as it has prevented the truth from being told in Washington when the people had the right to know the truth." He said "OWI, its policies and its personnel should be thoroughly investigated." Rep. Short (R-Mo.) ' told the House meanwhile it seemed to him "Davis now conceives his real title be that of American propaganda minister." He suggested Davis retire' from government office, adding the press had "discovered steamer of 15,000 tons and damaging another of 5,000 tons. (The Italian communique spoke of German planes attacking Allied landing craft "near" Pantelleria, but did not locate the attacks in None of these enemy claims was confirmed by the Allies. (Rome said localities near Palermo and in the provinces of Trapani and Agrigento were attacked with bombs and machineguns yesterday, causing "limited damage" and some casualties. (The Italian report asserted 23 planes were shot down over Sicily, many of them being "multi - en- gined." (II Popolo Di Roma was quoted in a Rome broadcast as saying Naples dead from air raids now totaled 2,300. Casualties were put at 10,0005. The headquarters communique today said that Monday a Navy party from a destroyer landed on Pampione island and found it to be uninhabited. This had been announced by spokesmen previously. At the other end of the Mediterranean British long - range fighters continued their offensive sweeps against enemy shipping in the Aegean yesterday, two sailing vessels being damaged by many cannon hits, a Cairo announcement Yanks Boast 6-1 Ratio in Planes Lost Washington, June 16 —(/P)— The Axis is losing six planes for every American four - engined bomber hot down over Europe, the War department says, and this sing of ntensified air combat placed new emphasis today on Prime Minister Churchill's remark that bomb- ng Germany out of the war was well worth trying. The stepped - up tempo of the Eighlh U. S. Air Force, operating out of England, prompted the de- partmcnt yesterday to the unusual —an announcement of its accomplishments in recent weeks. It was the first statement of this kind issued by the War Department since the United States entered the global conflict. The statement disclosed: 1—That U. S. Air Forces had made 18 heavy bombardment mis sipns agajnst. target^within. Gflr. many itself, 11 of 'trferh since last May 14. 2— U. S. planes based in England flew 1,600 sorties (a sortie is a flgiht by one plane) with four- engincd bombers, in daylight precision attacks on industrial centers, naval bases and war plants. 3— The American forces lost 106 planes in this all - out cam- warned the Japanese Parliament today the war situation was be ing "increasingly tense" and clared there were mounting sjgns] a British-American offensive ony/< large scale was near. Speaking as the Chinese an pressed their victorious drive J< the upper .Yangtze river front ai ; . Allied warplanes heaped newjde struction on Japanese invasion] forces in the south seas, Tojo^declared: T*« "The imperial forces are meet ing them (the Allies) whereve. they come. Our foices are not only| nflicting terrible, blows on them jut also arc developing new methS ds to defeat them." U J\ But, he added, "the war situa r j ion has become increasingly, and battles which repeatedly rtace are more grim and terrific^ Tojo declared the Mikado's a'r cs were carrying out "grail! scale" operations in China, alonjS .he Burmese-Indian frontier and- paign but shot down 571 German craft, many of them ..no doubt fighters, probably destroyed 18 more, and damaged 231 in combat. The War Department 1 is t e d these milestones in the career of the U. S. Air Command under Major General Ira C. Eaker: Jan. 27 — Attacks on Germany proper for the first time; hits on docks and naval base installations at Wilhelmshaven. Feb. 4— Heavy damage to submarine base at Emden. The sizes of American olives range from small ones ,weighing HQ to the pound, to tjhe largest jeer propaganda emanating from 1he OWI which went far beyond the field of war information." In defense of Davis, Majority Leader McCormack (D • Mass.) said propaganda had become a necessary part of war. There are approximately 1,200.- - ' ~Stasis,.. 3 Arkansas Boys Aboard Missing Sub Washington, June 16 (/P)Three Arkansans were among the eight, officers and 04 men aboard the U. S'. Submarine Argonaut which the Navy announced "accepted destruction rather than surrender" in action against a Japanese oon- voy. They were: Percy James Olds, Hope, whose mother, Mrs. Ethel Olds, resides at Nashville, Ark. Gerald Mann Rollins, son of 11. D. Rollins. Rt. 2, England. Roy Windfrcd Williams, son of Mrs. Emma Francis Williams, Rt. 1, Rgolla. The mil (if the Argonaut, largest submersible in the Navy, as overdue and presumed lost, was announced Feb. 21. The Navy revealed circumstances uf her end in making public identical letters of commendation to the ship's company for a successful attack against an enemy destroyer on her last patrol. An army reconnaissance plane reported the action in which the Argonaut intercepted a Japanese convoy near Rabaul, New Britain. The sub torpedoed an escort vessel and was depth , charged, shelled .and. destroyed ip a severe Feb. 26— Hits on entire target area of Wilhelmshaven. March 4— Direct hits on rail yards at Hamm. March 18— Severe damage to seven of 15 U - boat huls on slips at Vegesack, only two escaping some sort of injury; powerhouse almost completely destroyed. March 22 —Destruction of quays, docks and supply building at Wil- helmhaven. April 17— Damage to Focke- Wulf factory — out put of the plant may have been completely stopped for a period. May 14-19 —Damage widespread at Kiel, the great naval base; floating dock and workshop damaged seriously, direct hit on one U-boat and damage to seven others. Hitcs on main railway and general disruption of communications. May 15-21 — Hits on railways at Emden; barracks destroyed at Helgoland with one lighter dosvn at the stern and 15 craters on the airfield. May 19 — Shipyards struck four submarine ships damaged, at Flen- sbrug, damage to gas works and warehouses. May 21 —Bombs burst on docks and construction yards at Wilhelmshaven. June 11 — Hits on dock area, again at Wilhelmshaven. Lhc Pacific. Japan, he said, would ex'er'l^ every effort to help India "exp® and eliminate Anglo - Saxon inj> fluenccs." t -,<"$£ The Tokyo broadcast said Em|| peror Hirohito was piesent at >thej. opening session of the diet andj that the galleries weic filled?'ar^ Tojo delivered his address — firs; before the House of peers and before -the. j lower . chamber. '<- The'-go^'erhment.later irrl eight major bills — among them! a 620,000,000 yen supplementary^ budget for the Army and Navyp*a request for 420,000,000 yen to subj sidize food production, and a pro-; posal for a 21,860,000,000 yen bondj issue to provide funds chiefly f '"' military purposes. k >K The yen has a nominal value t about 23 cents, although accurate conversion into American currenc * is impossible because it is no long er quoted on the foreign exchange Measures also were introduces to give the government greate control over business and industry^ In the Southwest Pacific, G Douglas MacArthur's hcadquartSSS disclosed Allied troops had thrust to an area 90 miles northwest o^ the Japanese base at Lae, New Guinea, while in the skies a flight of 19 U. S. Liberators dropped »23 more tons of explosives on the en* emy stronghold at RabauL New Britain. Striking the fourth time in . sp; days, the big American bombers} set fires visible 60 miles after ; af two-hour attack on the Lakunai ajrjj drome at Rabaul. All returned! safely to base. . Cv/3 The disclosure that Allied troops had swung up to the northwest 'qt ffij Lae was made in a communique ' reporting 27 Japanese bomberSjeff corled by 30 fighters attacked ;tbj Bcna Bena area, inland from '$13 c<5ast and well above the Japjij nesc bases at Lae and Salarnaue on the Huon peninsula. -^ On the China front, dispatch.^ said Generalissimo Chiang T '- : Shek's Armies, relentlessly follpyf. ing up their victory on the upp'ei Yangtze river, had slashed communications to the key J^pa 1 nose base at Yochow and preparing to move against th, stronghold itself. In Burma, Al 1 i e d warpla.n<{ raked Japanese troops, comraun cations and other targets from $ Arakan front to Mandalay, boml ing the enemy's Bengal stronghold at Akyab and four otti er cases. Snack Shop Is Robbed of $71.97 Rose's Snack Shop, East Third Street, was broken into and robbed of $71.97 sometime early this morning, the Hope Police Department reported today. The robbery took place after 1 a. m., closing time. The robber gained entrance to the building through a window, searched until he found a box containing most of the money. A small part of the loot was taken from a cash register. No arrests have been made. Police are investigating. •Vyazma, important Russian military city, owes its importance to jtf strategic ^location rather tj?,an tp Russians Cut Off Germans Near Orel Moscow, June 16 — (A>) — Til Red Army has cut off a chunk strongly fortified German defense northwest of Mtscnsk to the nor' of Orel in some of the most viole local fighting in recent weeks, line dispatches said today. The Russian communique tdoay said the Germans counts attacked strongly yesterday in effort to retake four populate^ places captured by the Russi&jjj in the local offensive, but weri forced to withdraw at sundoiys when the Russians beat off tfaej attempts for the second day. ,] (The Russian midday communj ique. recorded in London by $hf Soviet Monitor, said R u s s i §1 planes raided a German tank , centration near Sevsk in the sector and registered direct on a number of Die machines $ shot down four German planes. (The German comniunqique, corded in, London from broadcasts. Declared severs! te OreJ

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