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BLYTHEVILLETCOURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHS A- ST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI , VOLUME XXXIX—NO. 29. Blythevillc Daily News Blytheville Courier Blythevillc Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, APH1L J8, 1942 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS JAPAN RAIDED BY U. S. FLIERS, TOKYO SAYS Brenner May Become State Jaycee Head; Hershey To Arrive SlISPE m State Jaycee President Urges Fullest Participation in Civic Work "Philippine Dash" Fliers Decorated For Braver) Leadership training was stressed by W. T. "Whoopie" Stover, presi- dant of the Arkansas Junior Chamber of Commerce, who led yesterday afternoon's conference of the state chamber which is having its fifth annual convention here. The 'conference was immediately followed by a cocktail hour and a cabaret dance to conclude the activites of the second day of the convention. Training for leadership is an important item on the Jaycc: program and may be brought .about by encouraging participation [in. civic projects. Mr. Stover*, asked, ;that the various organizations affiliated with the Arkansas State Junior Chmber of Commerce work very hard this- year on projects that 'would aid in the war effort and at the same time'make pins to raise funds for other projects. Suggests Projects As suggestions for projects which should be sponsored by the Chambers, Mi'. Stover mentioned projects in agriculture, livestock, youth and George Herbert Brenner, of Hot Springs, is the sole candidate for the office of president of the Arkansas Junior Chamber of Commerce to succeed W. T. Stover, of Morrilton, and Robert A. Porter, president of the local organization, has been named as a candidate for vice president, it was reveak ficials. Other candidates for the office of vice president are Dr. James L. Irby of Rogers and Herbert H. Winchell of Morrilton. The one who receives the greatest number of votes will serve as first vice president, the runner-up will be second vice president, and the third candidate will fill the other office. Jack V. Clark, Texarkana, is a candidate for national director. Two Places Appointive The secretary and treasurer of the organization is appointed by the new president and must be from the same town as the presiding officer. Nominations may be made from the floor, but the above listed candidates will be recommended by the nominating committee. Members of the committee are Wilbur Smith of Texarkana, chairman, John Connaly of Hot Springs, Bill Ritter of Springdale, Jack P. Robinson, Blytheville, and L. G. Squires of Be fry vi lie. Voting: This Afternoon The officers will be elected immediately following the luncheon address of Col. Adelo Gibson of Japs Claim Cities Damaged By Flames; Washington Silent My United Press WPA Appropriation 0 1 Japan announced today that Allied planes, taking the $35,752 Announced To< "' iir ^° J a l )an f01 ' tn(i ^'^ time, had bombed Tokyo- the ' [world's third city, and the industrial and naval base cities r>f Yokohama, Nagoya. and Kobe. (Tokyo radio in a Chinese language broadcast recorded day By Rep. Gainings welfare, public health, safety 'Red Cross. He especially urged the organizations to cooperate with thier local committees in handling- the "Somewhere in Australia" Maj. Gen. Rush Lincoln, left, pins a Distinguished Service Cross on the blouse of Brig. Gen. Ralph Royce after the latter's return from air-blasting Japanese bases in tur-oll Philippines. Lt. Col. John H. Davies who also received the DSC watches over the general's -shoulder. (NEA RADIOPHOTO FROM AUSTRALIA). the U. S. Army, Washington, D. C., and will be installed at the annual convention banquet tonight Rnrlv Fnnnrl NPAT at 7 o'clock when Brig. Gen. Lewis U , / * U , *, Base Here Will Cost 9 Million B. Hershey, national the Selective Service director of Commission, sale of defense bonds and stamps and to work out, a^payroll allot-1 •"The.^address of General Herk ment plan -in tnau connection. One project adopted by-the state group yesterday was the sale of automobile stickers which will bear •the USJCC emblem, with the three dots and a dash for victory and other timely symbols. Encourages Scout Work In the discussion, the group paid particular attention to the Boy shey, who is expected to arrive this- afternoon, will climax the three-day convention which opened with a buffet supper Thursday night. Tonight's banquet will be followed by a dance in the Blue Room of the Hotel Noble. "On To Dallas Yesterday Believed Identified; Head Beaten The body of a negro, found floating in a slough near Joiner yesterday afternoon, may be that of Rufus Heath, 38, missing from Joiner for the past two weeks. Heath's parents and brother, who live at Wynne, are expected to "On to Dallas," was'the theme I arrive ^ the county penal farm of the conference this morning. Scouts which •characterized as the Jaycees' second line. He encouraged the chambers to interest themselves in Boy Scout troops, which are rapidly losing leaders to the Army, because these boys who receive Scout training will be more qualified as a citizen and will be "naturals" for the Jaycee organization. In this connection the Robinson Crusoe Day for scouts which the Osceola Junior Chamber of Commerce sponsors each year on a Mississippi River island was discussed. Talks of Problems Internal problems of the Junior Chamber of Commerce were dis- icussed by Jack V. Clark of Texar- Presidnt Stover! 1 " ^gard to the holding of the ! identify the body. ikana, former president of Texarkana Junior 'Chamber the of in Dallas group for- Commerce, who is a candidate for director of the USJCC. In addition to leading a discussion on the obligations which the Jaycees owe men in the armed forces and on the war efforts of the Jaycees, he outlined a membership plan. As membership in the organization continues to decrease as men are called into service, Mr. Clark, suggested that each person before he goes obtain another man to take his place in the organization. The gavel weildcd by President Stover at yesterdays session was presented to him by Walter Hussman, of Texarkana, immediate past president of the state chamber. The gravel, symbolic of "Tiny" Gardner, first, president, and a gift of William Shepherd, second president, will be appropriately engraved with the names of the four presidents who have served. national convention June 16-20, the state mulated plans for running an Arkansas State Jaycee special with a full strength voting delegation from all the clubs in the state to Dallas. Report, on the special was made by R. M.'Friday, president of Pine Bluff Junior Chamber of Commerce. Elma Shrout, of Cape Girardeau, national director from Missouri, who is a candidate for president of the Missouri Junior Chamber of Commerce, was introduced by •Prcsidant Stover and spoke briefly. •Mi-. Shrout with Mrs Shrout ar- lived last night for the convention. Following the adjournment o2 the moning conference, the Morrilton club invited the delegates to •see a technicolor picture taken at Tne Conway county fair last Fall. The Morrilton club is outstanding because of its work in livesstock which was depicted in the film. The club last year won the Col. Barton revolving trophy, state livestock award. this afternoon in an effort to Two boys shooting frogs- discovered the body at the slough crossing Highway 61. An investigation revealed indications that the negro was murdered by blows over the head before being thrown into the water. Coroner W. H. Stovall, who made an investigation along,with Sheriff Hale Jackson, Chief Deputy Sheriff John F. Reinmilier, and other officers had the body removed to the penal ments. farm, pending develop- Two Injured Here When Cars Collide I\ E. Fox and J. M, Taylor were injured and the Fox automobile badly damaged in a collision at Second and Ash (Streets last night. Mr. Fox. who received a back injury, is able to be up but is confined to his home. Mr. Taylor's arm was injured. An old model car struck the side of their machine which was badly crushed. Employment Office To Serve Engineers The Blytheville office of the Arkansas State Employment Service has taken over the employment service for Widmer Engineering Company, Rrchitect-engineers for the Army air base to be established here. All persons desiring employment as field men or on the clerical force of typists and stenographers must apply through the state employment bureau of which Herbert Whltehead is local manager, it was a announced by the St. Louis firm. The orfice is located at 118 South Second Street. Services Tomorrow For Maynard Infant Here Jon Allen Maynard, cight-month- old son of 'Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow OvT;aynard, died at Memphis Baptist Hospital at 6:15 o'clock thi> morning, after having been takei there late yesterday when he became seriously ill. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon, 3 —o'clock, at Cobb Funeral Home by the Rev. O. J. Chastain, pastor of First Baptist Church, with burial at 'Maple Grove Cemetery. Tre baby is also survived by a sister, Linda Kay. E A city-wide .slreiM, improvement project liu.s bu-jn made possible by a WPA appropriation of $35,752 announced, today at Washtng- ton by Rep. E. C. Gathlngs. President Roo.scvclt today signed the W'PA project application ftp- proving allotment, of that amount In federal funds for the street improvement project with expendl- [ turc oi the funds at the dlscreution of the state WPA adminlstutir. Much work along thi.s line hns been done here recently in WPA irojocts and this larger appropriation will make il. possible for general Improvement throughout tho ;ity, it was pointed out. It Ls believed because of tho low air base operations that West Walnut Street will bear the brunt of the traffic, which will make widening of the narrow Walnut Street even more sorely needed. For several years, efforts have been made to widen this street beginning at the Frisco Railroad and extending west, to Division Street, but nothing has been done up until this time, How the money will be spent will be announced by City Engineer E. J. Hen ton after the program 1 has been worked out with the state W,PA. Slayer Of Wife-And Officci Here Must Stand Tna For Murder Official announcement that the lew Army twin motored bomber school, to be established here, vould cost approximately $9000,000 was made yesterday at Washington. This was unofficially announced lere several weeks agb when news of the project was made public. At that time the official announcement by the War Department quoted the estimated cost at "more than $5,000,000." Designing of the ba.se is well underway, 'with the Widmer Engineering Company of St. Louis, architect-engineers for the project. It is believed that work will j Judge Neil Killottyh at the recent start on the actual construction within the next few weeks with the date of beginning operations . J3en J. Hargrove,^, who shot onr k'ilied a •police-officer, _D!ck"Hotter, and Mrs. Lillian Wilson Hargrove, his estnmgcdtfwife. March 23, has been declared sane, it was announced today at Little Rock by Dr. A. C. Kolb, .superintendent of the state hospital lor insane, where Hargrove was committed for observation. The sanity test was ordered by set for Sept. 1. The War Department also announced, through Rep. E. C. Gathings, that personnel of the base will include 283 officers, 375 cadets, 2426 enlisted men and 25 nurses. Chicago Corn May Julv open high 8G'/* 86V, 88^ 88% low 85% 88 ^ prcv. close close 85% 85-7« 88% 88 : )i Engineer Chief To Attend Meeting Col. Jarvis Bain, chief engineer of the U. S. Engineers' office in Memphis, is scheduled to attend the state convention Junior Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting here today at Hotel Noble. The Memphis Engineers office is in charge o"f the new Army air base to be established here. term of Criminal Division Circuit. Court here after Hargrove notified the court, through his attorney, that he was ready to stand trial. A special day of court v/as set for May 18 to hear the case' U' the defendant was found .sane. The double slaying took place at a local beauty shop when the police officer responded to a call after Hargrove hud threatened Mrs. Hargrove. A report of the sanity investigation will be forwarded to the court, it was announced. by CHS iu San Fnmeisco identified the planes as American. "American airplanes raided Tokyo for the first time," the radio said.) Tokyo asserted Hr.st that no damage had been done and then that (he damage wus slight, but admitted later that incendiary bombs had, caused fires at Nayoyu and Kobe, two of Japan's greatest-cities. Cliihu 9 Haiders Shot Down ft was asscj'tcc! that nine ot the planes which raided crowded, lire-Iearlul Tokyo with Us 7,000,000 people, had been shot down by Japanese interceptor planes. Tokyo in its first reports of the raid said that heavy damage was done to homes, .schools, hospitals and cultural institutions. It sought later to minlmi/c the damage and said that homes, a school and ti hospital were hit. Berlin reported Unit Tokyo had hud a seven-hour air raid alert. There were no details of damage to Yokohama, the great port ant noval busc 20 miles from the capital on Tokyo Bay. Tokyo said that two planes raided Nagoya, Japan's third city, on Owari Bay 235 miles from Tokyo on the south coast of Honshiu, the •miIn Island, with a population of more than 900,000. It said that the planes dropped bombs which failed to do damage. Single Plane Over Kobe Kobe, a city of some 800,000 on the south coast, 10 miles north or fthe great Industrial city of Osaka, was raided by a single plane which likewise dropped bombs and likewise did no damage—according to Tokyo. An important .shipbuilding and Industrial city, it has gained much importance since the 1923 earthquake, After the first statement that there had been no damage at Kobe and Nagoya. the ToKyo radio broadcast the following communique, recorded by the United Press at New York: "Osaka—Central defense headquarters announced at 3 p.m. (2 a.m. EWT): "Three enemy planes raided Nagoyu and Kobe. Only slight dam* age was caused. "At 2:30 p.m. two enemy planes raided Nagoya. Although they dropped bombs damage was slight. "One enemy aircraft raided Kobe around 2:30, dropping Incendla bombs,, but no serious damage was caused. Tokyo Streets Crowded, Sejprt* 3 .2 - ' Axis broadcasts which said that there were hundreds of* thou winds of pnrson.s in the streets of, Tokyo after the air raid alarm Hounded, thinking it was only a practice affair, indicated that the capital had been caught completely off guard. Apparently mystified as to the attack base ol the planes, Tokyo Merchant^ Must Give Total Of Gross Sales For Week Ending April 25 Sugar dealers will register at the Blytheville high school April 20-29 prior to beginning the sugar rationing program early in May. DC- ' nt onco bcgnn flshmg for c!ucs tails of the. local plans arc not yet completed, because the forms have not arrived. Tentative arrangements call for registration between 4 and 9 p.m., so that the school schedule will not be interrupted. Dealers will bo asked to fill out forms showing the amount of gross sales of all meats, groceries, fruits, vegetables and other goods, for the week ending April 25, along It first reported that six American Navy aviators of the Aircraft Carrier Yorktown were prisoners in Japan, but this was a misfire because it was known these fliers were captured many weeks ago in a Navy raid on the Marshall Islands. ' . Japs Say U. S. Aircraft Carrier Sunk Next Tokyo circulated "an unconfirmed rumor" that a United States aircraft carrier had been sunk today off the Japanese east coast. Washington did not bite. . ' -• '..' .". ... The War Department in Washington said it had no confirmation Stock Prices Livestock Hogs. 250. Top, 1390. 180-25Q !bs., 1305-1300. 140-160 Ibs., 1290-1325. Bulk sows, 1300-1325. Cattle. 1000. SI. Steers. 1100-1350. Mixed Yearlings & Heifers, 10501275. Beef cows. 875-950. Canncrs & Cutters, 050-850. A T & T 133 1-2 American Tobacco 35 Anaconda Copper 243-4 Bethlehem Stcrl 551-8 Chrysler 53 3-8 Coca Cola 63 General Electric 23 General Motors 33 5-8 Tnt Harvester 42 3-8 Montgomery Ward .. 24 1-8 N Y Central 71-4 North Am Aviation 11 1-8 Republic Steel 153-4 Radio 23-4 Socony Vacuum 71-4 Studebaker 45-8 Standard of N J 323-4 Texas Corp 31 1-2 Packard 21-8 U S Steel 47 1-4 with a report of the amount of tnal/ Ulorc nad bccn an air altack on Tokyo. The Navy Department sugar delivered to «nd accepted by the registering unit during the month of November, 1941, approximate weekly average, allowable Inventory, present inventory and other similar information. This means that dealers must keep detailed records of their business beginning Monday so that these reports may be properly filled out, it was announced. It is estimated that under the plan, cacli individual will be allowed three teaspoons of sugar daily. Judge Keck Decides Not To Make Race LITTLE ROCK, April 18. (UP) —Judge G. E. Keck of the second Judicial Circuit, today notified 'Secretary of State C. G. Hall that he would not be a candidate for renomination in the August primary. .Judge Keck gave ill health a.s the cause of his action. Coy Goodson Returns From Hawaii-Helped Qunncrs Fight Japs New Orleans Cotton ! Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Jan. Chicago Soybeans open high low May. July. 184 186'/i prev. close close 184 vi 193% 183% 183tt 187V. 186 U 186% 18614 [/. S. WEATHER FORECAST and somewhat cooler tonight: Fresh winds. f ARKANSAS— Thundershower and 'colder tonight. Fresh to strong winds. open high low 2021 2022 2021 1947 1955 1947 1965 1971 1962 1996 2004 1996 2006 2006 2005 2003 prcv. close close 2018 1951 1967 2001 2007 2008 2014 1946 1961 1996 2001 2002 New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Jan. open high 1994 2000 1945 1953 1960 1C68 1974 1985 1984 1984 low 1993 1944 1959 1974 prev. close close 1990 v 1982 2000 1951 1965 1981 1989 1991 1994 1945 1959 1975 1983 1985 Chicago Whevt prev open high low close close May. 119 a 4 120 !£ 119% 119% 119 July. 121% 122% 121% 121% 121 v'i American civilian workers aboard U. S. warships in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese struck Dec. 7 suddenly found themselves serving up ammunition to sweating gunners, according to one Blythevillc man who has returned home with vix r id memories of that fateful Sunday morning and his own participation in the battle that claimed 2800 lives. Coy Goodson. Blytheville electrician who arrived at Pearl Harbor only a week before the attack for Civil Service work with the Navy, was aboard a large battleship when he saw the first Japanese plane begin the bombing. 5 Months in Hawaii Home after five months in Hawaii, the 29-year-old electrician can now tell something about the attack because he was "in the middle" of the shooting, but he is adhering strictly to the request not to disclose information of value to the enemy. He declares that 'no one had time to be frightened when the attack occurred and that it resulted in making every body in Hawaii, loyal to this country, "fight- ^M.n. Vrtrt^ '* he declared, but he hastens to say j not, hern declared." hr said, that it will never occur again. | He added thnt another piano Fully confident that we will win ! dropped n bomb near the ship and the war, he paints a glowing pic- | immediately a third Japanese plane turc of quality of our forces and ! .swooped across the stern of Ins of Australians. Hawaiians and Filipinos which he has seen in action. Thrilling Experience The account of his participation runs like a movie although he i.s quite modest about the role he playeri. The electrician was working night shift on the flagship, which had been placed in dry dock for repairs and which may have .saved ing mad. "It was carelessness, alright," the boat as the usual docking place was one of the heaviest bombed. With only a short time left on his schedule, Mr. Goodson was \ Mr. own ship, dropped several bombs and began machine-running the boat. A general alarm was sounded and because the crew was short handed, the electrician fell in line and carried ammunition to an aircraft gun for over an hour until the Marines arrived from their barracks and took charge. The first attack intermittently continued until late Sunday afternoon and there was another Monday night with this boat getting its share of the .shelling. Stayed On Roat Goodson. who lived talking to a sailor while awaiting j private Hawaiian home in Hono- the next worker, when they saw j lulu, spent the entire time on the a single plane drop out of the j boat but was allowed to leave clouds. Mistaken For Maneuvers "We thought it was maneuvers and no one paid any attention to it until it dropped a bomb from which smoke came. That meant it was a real bomb but for a moment I still could not grasp the .situation because I know war had Tuesday morning. He is confident that only between 50 and 100 enemy planes participated in the attack and that the plan was to wipe out the Navy by shelling the ships, bombing the landing fields so that no planes could take off, and to capture the island. The I'rinUi.^tical plan failed only because of the bravery and quick thinking of the Defenders, according to the Blythevillc man who said nobody was careless after things got, .started. He is very proud that one of the small pocket submarines, washed upon the beach after having been struck, was captured and snid that it would be brought to the United States and shown to the nublic "when we win the war." No One Prepared In discussing the attack he added. "It was the mast surprising thine; th;U ever happened in Hawaii. No one was prepared. There was not a single air raid shelter on any of the islands and most of the airplanes were in hangars and so could not get into the air after the landing fields were bombed with great holes all over them." That was the first war in Hawaii's history, except for fighting among tribes, and the people were very bewildered, he said. He believes that Hawaiians are very loyal and will make excellent service men. (Continned on pa$;o .",) said it had received no official confirmation. Likewise Gen. Douglas MacArLhur's Southwest Pacific headquarters, In Australia said It had no confirmation. ? ARKANSAN AMONG PRISONERS TOKYO, April 18. (Japanese broadcast recorded by UP at San n-ancisco)—Radio Tokyo broadcast messages today from six American aviators imprisoned in Japan after they "were forced down in an attempted raid on Japanese positions." • The broadcast said the fliers were attached to the aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown, but did not tell when or where they were captured. (At Washington, Mrs.-,Royal C. Johnson, mother of one of the prisoners, Lieut. Harland T. Johnson, said her son was captured during the Navy's raid on Marshall Island Jan. 31). . The prisoners included Aviation Ordnance 3rd Class Joseph Donald Stahl, 19, Judsonia, Ark. ^ The broadcast gave no details of the capture. News of their im-. prisonment at the Zentsuji prison camp was given in messages to relatives in the United States released daily by Tokyo radio. The messages indicated they were crewmen of two Navy planes. Stahl wrote Mrs. E. P. Stahl at Judsonia as follows: "I am now a prisoner of war. I was captured. Am uninjured and well. I'll write to you just as soon as I am permitted to do so. So long." "GOOD NEWS" TO NAVY MAN'S MOTHER JUDSONIA, Ark., April 18. (UP) —"That's the best news I ever heard," Mrs. E. F. Stahl said today when the United Press informed her of a message from her son. The son. Aviation Ordnance Third Class Joseph Donald Stahl, 19. sent a message to his mother that he had bccn taken prisoner by the Japanese. "I'm glad to know he is alive and well," Mrs. Stahl said. "We had not heard from him since early in February. The letter was written Jan. 10. He was on the U.S.S. Yorktown. but the letter didn't say where he was at that time. I'm very happy." • ' Stahl enlisted at Little Rock on Oct. 6. 1940. He has a twin brother. Jack, and another brother, Gerald, at home. The Stahls have one other son in the Navy. He is Edward Stahl Jr. 22, stationed at Norfolk, Va. The father is a carpenter and is employed near Camp Robinson. j NO CONFIRMATION FROM WASHINGTON WASHINGTON. April 18. (UP)—Tile Army and Navy* had no confirmation today of official Tokyo radio reports that the Japanese capital had been bombed by "Allied" planes for the first time in the war. But unofficial sources, however, believed the United Nations, notably the United States, arc well-equipped to carry out such a raid eith* cr by sea or land based planes. They stressed that. 1. An American task force early in March raided Marcus Island, enemy base only 990 miles from Japan's biggest port, and that a similar force of aircraft carriers, cruisers and. protecting destroyers could. have slipped within striking distance of the island kingdom. 2. Tokyo would be within K e?.sy ange of giant bombers based OQ secret airfields along the China coast. A raid of this kind would require less daring than was displayed by Army airmen m last" week's 4,000-mile hop, skip and "bomb-hell-out-of-'em" attack on Japanese forces in the Philippines. /

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