The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 21, 1942 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 21, 1942
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEA ST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI • VOLUME XXXIX—NO. 3l. Blytheville Daily News Blytheville Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader 'BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS. TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 1942 Some Of Dignitaries Who Attended Jayeee Convention Here Draws On Lifetime Of Missionary Service For Talk To Lions Club . LEACHV1LLE, Ark., April 21.— Members of the Lcachville Lions Club had one of the most outstanding programs in history at their meeting Thursday when the Rev. Marie Oliver Semmes S. J., of Jamaica, was the speaker. A Catholic priest in that country, the Rev. Father Semmes is the guest of his sister, Mrs. Electra Semmes Perrin of Osceola, and other relatives while on an extended rest leave. The Rev. Father Semmes' was introduced by C. L. Smith, who was born and reared in Jamaica. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were host and hostess to the Rev. Father Semmes for the day. Tells of Pacific Islands A world traveler, the Rev. Father Semmes told of being at Pearl Karbor, the Philippines and other places most interesting at this time because of the war. '. But the gist of his address concerned the islands of Mindanao, Luzon and Formosa and how he has labored to give comfort to the poor in" these Islands. He discussed his idea to establish ferries from Key West, Fla., to Jamaica and for construction of beach facilities in Jamaica to induce more tourists to the island, which is beautiful but not developed as are many less attractive places where tourists flock. This Catholic priest had long lived in Mississippi. County before he entered the priesthood. Born in Helena, Ark., 74 years ago, he spent his boyhood in Osceola where he moved with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Semmes, when very young. His Father Prominent Lawyer His father, a prominent attorney and also widely known for his extensive private library, was for many years the law partner of Capt. Hiram McVeigh, grandfather of •••Mpnsignor Thomas F. Smith, professor at St. John's Seminary. The -Rev. Father Semmes has spent most of his life's work in More Innocent Frenchmert Face Nazi Firing Squads; Vichy May Be Aiding Japs To members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce who arranged the program for the three-day state convention here last Thursday, Friday and Saturday goes the credit for assembling perhaps the largest group of outstanding figures ever gathered here lor such a program. Several of the dignitaries are shown in the above picture, taken lor the Courier News immediately following the convention banquet, at Hotel Noble Saturday night. They are, left to right: Brig. Gen. Lewis B. Hershcy, director of Selective Servic|; Col. T. 11. Bnrton, El Dorado oil man who was awarded the C. E. Palmer Citizenship Trophy; Mrs. Hershey; W. T. Stover of Morrilton, retiring .state president; Brig. Gen. E. L. Compere, of Little Rock, Arkansas director of Selective Service, and Congressman D. D. Terry of Little Rook. Other distinguished convention gucr,ts included Gov. Homer M. Adkins. —Courier News jiholo Slayer Of Wife And Officer Returned To Jail After Being Found Sane foreign missions. When naming a few of the .islands where he has-been- assigned, "he" spoke 'of "trie""Philippines,""Luzon; Mindanao, Formosa and the West Indies. Ben J. Hargrove, adjudged sane by physicians at the Arkansas State Hospital for Nervous Diseases where he was taken after committing a double .slaying March 23, was returned to the county jail here last night. Sheriff Hale Jackson went to Little Rock yesterday afternoon for Hargrove, who was released after two weeks examination. He will face trial on two murder charges at a special term of Criminal Circuit Court" May 18, to be presided over by Judge Neil Kil- j lough, of Wynne. Louis Roberson, 48, Takes Poison Rather Than Endure Divorce Three ounces of carbolic acid caused the death of Louis J. Roberson, 48, who committed suicide yetscrday afternoon by drinking the poison at the Liberty Cafe on West Ash Street, of which his estranged wile was manager. He died at Blytheville Hospital at '1:10 o'clock, 25 minutes after he gulped the poison when his wife ran for help Nipponese Get 60,000 Tons Of Vichy Freighters, Free French Hear LONDON, April 21. (UP) — Free French diplomatic sources said today they hud confirmed that the Vich.v government had turned over to .Japan 00,000 tons of merchant shipping in French Indo-China for use against the United States and Allied Nations. They said the arrangement hud been completed live or six ago, at about the- time French supplies were goiMtf to German forces in Libya, adjoining French Tunisia in North Africa, for use against the British. (The United States state department last night made known thixL it hud sent u strongly worded protest to Vichy concerning; ro- ports that the French had put several merchantmen at Japan's disposal in Indo-China. (.In commenting, state department ollicials vsaid they had no knowledge of London reports that 50,000 tons of ships had been turned over to Japan. Latest Lon- WAR BULLETINS Firo-fcarfulJapaii had a new scries of nir ruul alarms today. Berlin, Hiidio reporting 21 dispatch of the, official news agency said tlie dread alarm hud IMMIU sounded in various arvus of western uiui central Japan lliis utternoon, Tokyo time, and the all cleur had been sounded In central Japan ni 5 (4 a.m. KWT). This meant presumably that in western Japan, where thc Japanese uavy has its strongest buses, thc alurm still continued. Ilcrlln did not say whether any hostile planes had appeared over Japan today. All Registrations Should B-> don rcporla put thc flBUrc ttt °°'Made Before May i Officials Announce after he had threatened to take his life. Mrs. and N\ W. Kyle. With the deadline for enroling in the 1942 Plant To Prosper and Live-At-Home Competitions only a 000.) It was stated tlmt. the reported transfer of Vichy merchant ships in French- Indo China was maneuvered before Pierre Laval took oil ice. Allied leaders were openly anxious over the possibility that in some way Germany might get It was early in the 20th century j When arraigned at a recent term during the formative years of the Philippine Government that he was stationed both on Luzon and Mindanao. Of this period, he spoke of personal acquaintances with Gen. Tasker Bliss, governor on Mindanao, and his predecessor, General Wood. He was also there during the time Gen. Luke E. Wright, of Memphis, served for two years as governor general of the Philippines, with whom he was closely associated. of court, Hargrove announced through his attorney that he would enter a plea of ' not guilty in the slaying of Dick Potter, police officer, and Mrs. Lillian Wilson. Hargrove, his estranged wife. The '.slaying took place at a local beauty shop when the police officer was investigating a report that Hargrove was threatening his wife, a customer there. Harrison To Seek Circuit Judgeship Zal B. Harrison, local attorney and former Mississippi County judge and prosecuting attorney, has liled his corrupt practices pledge as a candidate for Circuit Court judge of the First District, to succeed Judge G. E. Keck, who recently announced plans for retirement at the end of his current term. Wife Of Wreck Victim Becomes Mother Today Joe Byron Holley Breaks Arm In Fall From Pony A son was born to Mrs. Charles Ellett Cobb Jr.. and the late Mr. Cobb of Osceola, at 12:45 o'clock this afternoon at Walls Hospital. Condition of the' mother an.* baby was described as "very satisfactory" in the early afternoon. j Funeral services for Mr. Cobb/ fatally injured in a Highway 61 accident yesterday morning, will be held this afternoon. Mrs. Cobb was visiting her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Alexander, while awaiting the birth of the baby, when the tragedy oc- , cumci at Evadale. Joe Byron Holley, five-year-old j Tney a i so have a daughter, Jan- Jack Wells Is Charged In Accident Jack Wells, Blytheville trucker, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the highway death of Charles Ellett Cobb Jr.. 23. of Osceola. which occurred yesterday .morning at Evadale, 30 miles south of Blytheville. Held to Circuit Court, lie was released on a $250 bond. Sheriff Kale Jackson announced that an investigation revealed the Blytheville truck was traveling on the left side of Highway 61 when it crashed head-on into the baking company truck, driven by Mr. Cobb. Officers said tire marks on the pavement were evident, for 72 steps to show where the truck skidded in attempting to stop. Mr. Weils said he was attempting to pass another car when the County, who would like to share in thc large cash prizes, should before CIIUNGKING, April 21. {UP) —Chinese forces under Lieut, (leu. Joseph \V. Stiiwcll are holding the western Burma oil town of YenanKyunng, 130 miles southwest of Mandiilay after liberating; 7000 trapped British troops, and killing more than 500 Japanese, a Chinese .military spokesman said today. Driving KoutU the Chinese launched a strong counter attack Sunday afternoon and "rescued" the encircled llrltish who had been caught, in a Japanese trap seven miles north of YenaiiKyuans, the spokesman said. son of Mr. and Mrs. Byron Holley of Holland, Mo., broke his left arm yesterday afternoon when he fell from his pony. Removed to Walls Hospital here, he was able to return home after having the bone set. ctte, age four. Thc old single action Springfield rifle is being replaced in the Marine Corps by the new semi-automatic Garand rifle. Parade Here Today Will Honor Negro Draftees Going To Army accident occurred. Lincoln "Bo" Fairley, 1G, of Osceola, who wa.s riding with Mr. Cobb. is improved today after having been badly shocked by the accident. Thirty stitches were taken to close cuts on his face. He is now at the home of his parents. Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Fairley. Funeral services for Mr. Cobb will be held this afternoon, 4 o'clock, at the First Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Fletcher Spruce, pastor, will officiate, with burial at Elmwood Cemetery. Cobb Funeral Home is in charge. enter the cafe a.s Mr. Roberson flung thc emptied bottle on the counter. Drank It All "Yes,,I drank it, all," he stud in answer to Mi', Kyle's question, before he lapsed into unconsciousness. Coroner W. H. Stovall who made an investigation, announced an inquest was not necessary. Mrs. Roberson said, in an interview today, ihal her husband came to thc cafe a few minutes before drinking thc potion and told her he was going to' commit suicide. When he showed her the carbolic acid, purchased a few minutes before at a local drug store, siio begged him not to drink its contents. I kept begging he kept saying he was going 10, so I ran next door for help" she explained. Mrs. Roberson said she and her husband had been separated lor two and a half months and had agreed upon terms for the divorce but had not filed any action. She said her husband had never week away, farmers of- Mississippi | hold of Lhc Prench flcclt They suggested also that, Gcr- might use its attempt to officials have announced. to man the ships, threatening rc- Thc Contest, sponsored by The prisal.s of the Gestapo type Courier News and Thc Commercial against families of navy men who Appeal is of greater importance | refused, and more timely than ever this year because it fits so perfectly into thc Government's Food For | Freedom program. It has been officially indorsed by Secretary of I Agriculture Claude Wlckard and' many other agricultural leaders. S:!850 In .Prizes Cash prizes totaling $3850 will be paid to farmers of the four states who do the best job this I ^fl Ly Registrants Fill year in living at home, conserving ^ fT ,', . ^ . , their soil, diversifying their crops and improving their farm and home management. • . . Out' I heir Occupational Questionnaires NL1W DELHI, April 21. (UD —Gen. Sir Archibald Wnvcll told the Indian people in a broadcast today that tho time is "not far distant" when Allied sea power will drive the Japanese from the Indian Ctaean and the Bay of Bengal. He said that Allied land and "ir forces which include U. S. planes sire growing steadily for India's defense but warned that the Japanese might attempt a landing somewhcrv along the Indian const. WASHINGTON, April 21'(UP) —The Navy announced today that a medium sized Panamanian merchant ship had been torpedoed off /the Atlantic Coast and that survivors had been landed at East Coast ports. Nazis Shoot 30 Yesterday In Reprisal For Derailing Of Troop Train VICHY, Apirjf.21. (UP)— German military authorities have executed 20 m o r e French postages at. St. Nazaire in • reprisal for recent British Commando raids on the important submarine base there, it was made known today. . / NCWK of the executions was received here shortly after Chief of Government Pierre Laval left suddenly for Paris at 5 a. m. to con- act the Germans-on his collabo- •ation program. • Thirty hostages had been shot \t Rouen yesterday in .revenge for -he derailing of a German troop train in which 44 German soldiers were-killed. .The hostages, completely innocent of the bombing, were taken from a concentration camp at which Free French sympathizers and alleged "Communists" were held. (London reported that the Germans intended to shoot 80 more innocent French patriots Thurs- ' day unless those responsible for ; the train wreck were, arrested. Thirty five hostages had been, snob y' at Calais last week and thus the total of new killings in.a German repression campaign was. brought to 85 with 8Q,more facing death.) Laval left two hours before Ad- niral of the- Fleet Jean 'Francois Darlan gave h|$, first, order.of the ay to the powerful French fleet /hich he still controls;, as com- " landcr-in-chief of the armed for- es responsible, 1 hot to Laval, but 0 Marshal Henri Philippe Fetaln. It was believed that Laval .on , his return from Paris would .make 1 public statement on his foreign wllcy with special reference to <~ '• French-American relations in view of the - United y ^States :^war'- with^ ;<? Japan, and, ; ttie, Artls nations ,AvIth.;T J: which Laval jri a'"'declaration'-; of " s .^ policy yeste'rday aligned himself < and his regime. : - ; In addition to these awards, The Commercial Appeal will present! Registrants filling out their draft more than a dozen trophies and and occupational questionnaires approximately 400 Certificates of! may have thc free assistance of Honor to county winners nt the ninth annual MiciSouth Farm Forum and Plant To Prosper and Livc-At-Home rallies in Memphis in December. Invitations to the forum and rally will be given to all county winners in both divisions. For All Karmcrs before threatened to take his life. As in the past, there arc divisions CJ Plans have been completed for the second "going away" party for selectees leaving North Mississippi County, to be staged late this atternoon [or the 20 negro selectees to leave tomorrow for final physical examination before induction into the Army. The Dud Cason Past, American Legion, which sponsored the recent event when 118 white selectees left, will also sponsor this parade and fish fry. Business houses are asked to J •After thc parade, the selectees will be given a fish fry at the armory. The public is being asked to observe national regulations when the flag passes during the parade. Sciences To Go Names of thc selectees going tomorrow arc: Abraham Jones James Clarence Thomas. Joe Rucker Clayton, James Bryant. Emerson Buchanan. Blevin Riley. j Samuel Redmond. Welton Lofton, Jell Cain. John Howard, Frank St. Clair and Mancel Hunt, all of Blytheviiie: Elven P^ailey and Willie Hopkins of Deli; Augusta .Noland, Joe Joyner and Henry Clay Corbin of Luxora; Willie Valentine of Manila; Charles Herman Dixon of Roseland; Odel Wooden of Armorel. close at 5:30 o'clock this afternoon and to display their flags during the parade, which will leave the armory at that time.- School Band to March -Led by the school band, the group will march from the Armory, where the parade is to form at 5 o'clock, west on Ash street to 1 mander Rosco Crafton urged mem Fifth Street, where it will turn to ' ber.s of the legion and the Chick- to Timothy Wright Alleged Slayer In Plantation Crap Game Argument An argument over a nickel in a crap game resulted in the death of George Goodman, 21, negro, who was shot by Timothy Wright, 25. negro, about 12:30 o'clock this morning at, the home of another negro. Richard Carter Sr., on thc Clear Lake Plantation. Wright, who fled immediately following the shooting, had not been apprehended at 1:15 o'clock this afternoon although county and city officers sought him throughout the night and morning. There were several witnesses to the shooting. All of the negroes were emplo3*ed by the Clear Lake Arrangements Incomplete Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending the arrival of a brother, ,-Ed. Roberson of Corning, who is expected to come h_cre this afternoon. Born in Laud erd ale County, Tenn., Mr. Roberson lived at Corning where he and his wife, the former Miss Leonic Jean, were married IS years ago. They moved to Mississippi County 14 years ago and have been in Blytheville for r-iore than a year. Mr. Roberson, at the time of his death, wa.s employed at the Vick Martin saw mill west of Calumet. He is also survived by one daughter. Bernice, and three sons, Louis Edward, Herbert and Ross Rober- on. Mrs. Roberson and the children live on Park Street. iHanna Funcr<?l Home is in •Main Street and march east Franklin Street when it will turn back to Ash Street and to the armory. Following the band will be the colors of the Oud Cason Post. American Legion. World Wai- veterans, the selectees leaving tomorrow, Mem'oers of the Chick^ asaw Home Guard in khaki uniform, and the negro Boy Scouts. In an appeal today. Post Com- r Mnmnnf ] PY ftppf] nnrif-r Rrvsrn r.raftnn urooH rnr-m- ! v/ V" tf »tttflW/Cf JUJt/U' Attends Meeting asaw Home Guard to do their part by participating in the parade and a-sked the public to again assemble in the business section for the event. "We must show our appreciation to those who are going to fight for hargc. Chicago Corn open high low clo. p.clo. May July 85 ; 86"-; 35 ;i 89',:: 88% 86!-: 89 Vi 85' Big Buyer A meeting of the Arkansas American Legion Policy Committee, held in Little Rock Sunday, was attended by State Commander Neill Reed and Floyd White, a member of the committee. in both contests for all classes of farmers. In the Plant To Prosper Contest there are divisions for tenants and sharecroppers and landowners who operate their farms with or without the aid of tenants, wage or day labor families. In addition, there is the Home Improvement Division open "only to tenants and sharecroppers. Home Improvement, pri/e.s arc awarded to families who make the mo.sL improvements in the home with their own hands. Divisions in the Livc-At- Home Competition for negro farm families are thc same as for Plant To Prosper. The grand sweepstakes prize in the JMant To Prosper Contest is $500, and will be awarded to thc most outstanding farmer in thc four states. A tenant sweepstakes prize of $250 will be awarded to the best tenant in the content. State prizes will be $100 for first. $75 for second and $50 for third place in each division of the program. Thc homo improvement sweepstakes prizr will be $100 with state prises oi $25 offered to state winners. iJvc-At-Homo Prizes In the Livc-At-Home Competition the sweepstakes pri/,c will be $250 and there will be "a $100 tenant sweepstakes prize. State prizes arc $50 for first. $25 for second, $15 for third and $10 for fourth in each division. Farmers desiring to participate in the competition this year arc urged to obtain thrir enrollment cards from tho Extension Service or the FSA as soon o,s possible in order to get an early start in keeping the year's farm record. attoreys through a program started today by the Blylhevillc Bar Association. There will be two local attorneys on duty in Llic Circuit Court room of the court house here from 9 until 12 noon and from 1 until 4 p.m., each day, until all questionnaires arc filled out. All registrants in need 'of advice in Lhc filing of these reports may have free services only by going to the court house as J. D. Widner Enlists J. D. Wldncr, elder son of Mr and Mrs. Jess Widner, lias enlisted In thc Naval Reserve and is now stationed at San Diego, Calif. A member of the 1941 graduating class, Mr. Wldncr later attendee Draughon's Business College. Prior to his enlistment, he was associatoc with Loy Elch Chevrolet Company New Orleans Cotton Mnr J;uiy Oct none will be filled out by attorneys -^ cc at their usual offices, it was an- prev open high low close close 2016 2016 2007 2007 20H 1944 1944 ,1936 1039 194 1061 1961 1952 1954 19G4 199G J997 1987 1989 200 2001 2002 1096 1D96 200 2003 1D97 200 Stock Prices American Tobacco .:..,. ..36 1-2 Anaconda Copper .... 24 5-8 Bethlehem Steel 56 3-8 Chrysler . 54 Coca Cola ..........!.... 64 General Electric 221-2 General Motors 34 3-8 Inter. Harvester ...;, 42; Montgomery Ward 253-8 N. Y. Central 7 1- N. Am. Aviation 111-4 Republic -Steel .'. 16 Radio .......:..: 23-4 Socony Vacuum . .... 71-8 Studcbakcr : 45-8 Standard of N. J 32 7-8 Texas Corp 313-4 Packard . 21-4 U. S. Steel • 47 5-8 nouncccl. W. Leon Smith, president, called the special meeting yesterday when this action wa.s taken as a patriotic gesture to assist those being called into active service. us and it is hoped that even j They were accompanied by C. A. more than the number who saw Cunningham, .who visited friends, the first parade will witness this | and Philip Reed and John White fnirsU; of Maj.-Gen. Alexander Bclaycv heads Soviet's newly formed purchasing commission in the United States. He's pictured in Wnshington. __*- il. S. Forces Withdraw On Western Side Of Island After Bitter Fight WASHINGTON. April 21. fUP) 1 New York Cotton prev. open high low close close 1992 1993 1982 1088 1996 1941 1943 1033 1940 1943 1959 1959 1949 1955 1960 L974 1075 1965 1970 1977 1984 198G 1980 1982 1973 1977 1984 1984 1979 1979 Chicago Soybeans prev. open high low close close May. 184 M 185^ 184 Vi 185 184 li July. 187'/i 188 187«/, 188 187 U. S. WEATHER FORECAST BLYTHEVILLE— Continued cool today and tonight. AUANSAS —.'Little temperature change tonight. Chinese Citizens Here Start Fund to Aid Needy Countrymen The campaign to obtain $1000 for n gift to the United- Chinese . . -Heavy Japanese attacks forced * but thc our troops to withdraw from two | n i,. aarftf u 00 n cfar^ri with Livestock positions on thc •western side of tho island of Panay in the Philippines after they had inflicted heavy losses on the enemy, thc War Department announced today. The communique said, however, that, our outnumbered forces were continuing their resistance against tho Dive bombers which yesterday raided Corrpgidor Fortress for thc first limn since the siege began April 9 turned their fury on Forts Hughes and Drum, also in Manila Bay. Most of their bombs dropped harmlessly into thc water without causing cither damage or casualties. Japanese heavy artillery fire EAST ST LOUIS. 111., April 21.1 from P O; ^ ion - s on Bataan Pcnin- (UP)-Hcgs: H.OOO-13,OQO salable. - sl ' Ia anri Cav l tc ag . a ! as !' tne Manil: } Top. 14.15 180-250 ibs.. 13.95-14.15 140-160 Ibs.. 12.65-13.50 Bulk sows. 13.00-13.50 . Cattle: 4300 SI. steers, 10.00-15.00 Mixed ycarl.. heifers, 9.00-14.00 SI. heifers. 9.75-13.75 Stockcr, feeder steers, 8.75-13.00 Beef cows, 8.75-9.50 Cnnnrrs raid rut tors, fi.00-8.50 Bay forts diminished somewhat late yesterday. Despite the fact that the Japanese have put big nine-inch guns into action thc damage inflicted was described as "not great." Chicago Whe^t open high low clo. p.clo. May. 119V& 120% 119% 120% 119% fund has already been with July. 12 121-ri .123 121 K Chinese residents of Blytheville contributing thc first money. Mack Suey Yec. Jim Lum and John Lum were thc Chinese who each contributed $10, along with Ben H. Levy, who gave $5, and the Ashworth Chemical Company, which sent SI. These gifts totaling $36 were brought lo the Courier News by a Blytheville Chinese citizen who wanted to cooperate in every possible way in obtaining funds to aid his fellow countrymen in China. Rural Contributor Thc only other contribution rc- crivcd was sent in by T. R. Randolph. Route 2, Blytheville, who wanted to do his bit toward helping the less fortunate. Mr. Levy, who gave his contribution with that of the Chinese, made his contribution for his only son, Ensign Ben H. Levy Jr., recently evacuated from Cavite and at Cebu when lost heard of .but which has since fallen. "If others would be as generous we would have no trouble in obtaining the quota," Harry W. Haines. general chairman, sain today in discussing the campaign. James Hill Jr. announced that a committee of L. S. Benish. C. V. Sebaugh, J. V. Gates. Max Meyers, Bernard Gooch, "Dixie Crawford, Russell Phillips, Russell Campbell, Sam C. Owen. R. L. Grimes, Kendall Berry and Bernard Allen would canvass west of the Frisco railroad in an effort to soon obtain their quota. To Canvas East District At the same time, TJ. S. Branson s committee of Frank Whitworth, Paul Pryor, W. A. Afflick. Horace Walpole, James Terry, Louis Applebaum. R. F. Kirshner, John C. McHaney. J. G. Barnes, Murray Smart, Morris Zellner, Harvey Morris and John Caudill will canvass the cast district. E. D. -Ferguson is naming his committees today to canvass thc outlying business firms and upon his " return from a business trip of two days, he will finish up the district. Other contributions should be sent to the Courier News. This money is a part of the $7,000,000 being raised as a gilt to stricken China from the United States and which will be used for medicines and other necessities so badly needed in the vrar-torn areas and which cannot be purchased with the lease-lend funds.

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