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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 28, 1942
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gs MAKE EVERY PAY l)AYi BOND DAY JOIN THE PAY-ROLL SAVINGS PUN BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI MAUEVBYfj BONI) **,« mflou tew* PI*! VOLUME xxxix—NO. 37. Blytheville Daily News Blythevlllc Herald Blytheville Courier Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTUKV1LLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, APUII, 28, 1942 JAPS THREATEN CHINA'S SINGLE COPIESJflVE OTTO r^ 70 Perots Die As Tornado Hits Oklahoma Town PRYOR, Okla, April 28. (UP)—Rescue workers dug into wrecked buildings in the war boom town of Pry or today, searching for victims of a tornado that killed at least 70 persons. They expected to find still more bodies in an area ol r two square miles, which had not yet been searched. The business district ol r the town was leveled by the storm, which struck during the evening rush hour yester- ~*day while 3,000 construction workers employed at the Oklahoma Ordnance Plant were on the streets. 3000 Persons Homeless The Red Cross reported early today that 70 bodies had been recovered and that at least 300 persons were injured, many critically. Three thousand were reported Bomber Crash In Kansas City "Minute Men" Continue Efforts To Obtain 10 Per Cent Salary Pledges "Minute Men" throughout Mississippi County today continued their determined drive to sell War [Savings Bonds to all wage-earning citizens of this sector. Emphasizing the fact that the raising of money for the prosecution of the national war program is absolutely necessary to the success of the American effort, these men are contacting all income-earning people in their campaign to assist the Government in acquiring the finances needed. Early reports from the committee in charge of the drive indicate that the general public is more than ready to meet the emergency. Mr. C. W. AfTlick, chairman of the group, has announced that one of the planning to local merchants is start reducing his stock so that he can put more money in War Bonds. In another instance, a negro earning only $8 a week pledged $1 of his weekly wages to the purchase of bonds "The amounts" Involved;, In thes two cases differ,"' Mr. Afflick pointed out, "but the spirit of fai play and devotion to duty is on and the same. Both men have .gone the limit. One is no less patriotic than the other. That brand of patriotism will win this •war." homeless. Doctors and nurses were summoned from nearby towns in northeastern Oklahoma to aid in treating the injured. Truckloads f food and supplies were sent into he area and Red Cross disastei vorkers were called from St. Louis nd Oklahoma City to aid in pro- iding help for the victims. The tornado swept through Pryor shortly after the change of hifts at the $80,000,000 ordnance plant, but it skirted the plant. Gives Warning State Highway Patrolman Ceci vishburn, who was driving toward the town, sped through with' his siren screaming and called to pedestrians: But many looked at him in bewilderment -as flying bricks and timbers fell around them. Some of the residential areas escaped damage, but buildings in the business district collapsed in mounds of brick and wood. Housing facilities in the town already have been overtaxed because of the influx of construction workers employed at the ordnance plant and damage to residences aggravated the shortage. The population of Pryor, now about -5,000, has almost doubled since construction of the plant be- Chinese Pour Into Burma As Japs Make Vital Drive; "Flying Tigers" Take Toll Tins twin-engined B-25D Bomber which crashed near the edge of the Kansas City Airport took the lives of all five of its crew. This shot of the burning wreckage was made just 5 minutes after the crush (NBA TELEPHOTO). Total Effort" To Be Asked In Roosevelt's Radio Talk gan. Train Is Wrecked A shuttle train operating between the plant and the nearby town of Vinita had just pulled into town. The locomotive and 12 cars were brushed off the track, and dozens of passengers were killed or injured. Telegraph and telephone lines were broken, cutting communica- WASHINGTON, April 28. (UP)—President Roosevelt in his address tonight will stress to American people the, need for "total effort" in the waging of "total war", the White House said today. The President will speak to the nation from 9 to 9:30 p. m. Eastern War Time, on all radio networks. He will explain in detail the seven point program to hold down living costs which he submitted yesterday to * Congress. Secretary Stephen T. Early said he will especially "invite attention to the fact that each of the seven points is dependent on the other if the whole program is : made to work." -- • ....-,.-..,. Farm Bloc Opposition There was general approval Two Negroes Escape From County Farm KUNMING, China, April 28. (By telephone to C'luiiiK'king)—American "flying tipr" pilots today shot down at least II of a fleet of ahont 50 Japancscv planes that wmlied their northern Burma base and set irejo the strategic town of Lashio. The battle from which the American liers emerged without a single loss was 'oiiKht neat- Lnshlo upon which * — •itrony Japanese forces, paced by <quadrons of bombers and llght- M-.S. arc driving in an ellort to cut the Allied supply route'to China. ^ The planes were blast- Ing and setting lire to .scores of towns and villages and terrorizing native populations in their widespread attacks. A communique of the American Volunteer Group which has been battling superior Japanese air forces over Burma .sulcl that the bombing of the AVG base occurred tliis morning', but caused neither damage nor casualties. A fleet of 27 Japanese bombers, escorted by numerous fighter planes, carried out the assault. tion between cities. Pryor and nearby Injured were taken to two Pryor hospitals where overworked doctors handled emergency cases under the light of flashlights and oil lanterns. Their power sup- Fav-mpn: TnviVrlTn Send plies had been cufc ofL rdimClS 111VllcU 1U ijciiui -pj ie \v~hittaker Orpl Money To Courier NeWS For China Relief was converted Orphanage also an emergency Solicitors for contribtions to the China Relief drive will not call upon resdents or rural communities it was learned here today. However, anyone living outside of the city- limits is earnestly requested to either mail or send his donation to the office of the Courier News as soon as possible. The goal for thus territory is S1COO, and the committee in charge of the movement is emphasizing the fact that still more money is needed if the goal is to be reached. All contributions to the China Relief Fund will go toward reliev- ng suffering in war-torn China. Medical supplies, food, and other essentials will be bought with the money. in British Bombers Give German Industrial Areas No Chance To Rest hospital and forty of the injured were taken to Vinita. Army officers stationed at the ordnance plant set up a clearing house for identification of the dead and injured. Immediately after the storm, injured were lying in streets and receiving first aid on street corners. An army officer estimated 3,000 'employes of the plant were on the streets when the tornado struck. •LONDON", April 28, (UP)—British bombing and fighting planes raced over the Dover Strait in swarms today to attack occupied France after a raid by scores if not hundreds of long range bombing planes on Cologne, German Rhineland war industry center. Taking advantage of a bright "bomber's moon," the great four- motored British bombers, on their sixth straight night of their Spring offensive, made their 105th raid on battered Cologne. Many Planes Participate It was madi known that the raid was in force. In the last raid, March 5, more than 300 iant planes hurled hundreds of tons of bombs on Cologne's war actories. Bombers, swarms of fighters, and Hurricane fighters ncwiy fitted with bomb racks hurtled over the Dover strait in the, half light of Senate Postpones Labor Legislation WASHINGTON. April 23. (UP) — The Senate today indefinitely postponed consideration of labor legislation despite the protest of Sen. Harry F. Byrd. Dem., Va.,' that failure to act now means the end of pending proposals. The postponement was brought about when Sni. Tom Connally, Dem.. Tex., formally withdrew a motion to take up his long-delayed measure drafted at the time of last year's coal strike, to extend the Government power to seize strikebound plants and mines and to freeze management-labor relations in such plants. Connally explained that he felt President Roosevelt needed unity in the war effort. Farm Lands Around Arkadelphia May Be Inundated For Second Time « Conviction Of Negro Affirmed By High Court The Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed yesterday the Mississippi County Circuit Court's conviction of Tommie Phillips, negro, on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to one year by the lower court when his automobile struck and killed Jewel Faulkenberry on State Highway 40 near Osceola. 'LITTLE ROCK, April 28, (UP)— In revised flood warnings, the U S. Weather Bureau today announced that the Or.achita River wil rise 12 feet above flood stage at Camden and nine feet above the 17-foot level at Arkadelphia flooding thousands of acres of farm land for the second time in two weeks. (Meterologists said heavy rain storms during the past three day. and indications of continued showers would send the Ouachita higher than first feared. Dange to areas on the Arkansas and .smaller rivers in the state is sligh although the Arkansas, reported falling today, can be expected to again within a week. The Ouachita will reach a crest of 26 feet at Arkadelphia tomorrow and 38 feet at Camden Saturday where flood stage is 26 feet. Congress of points of the program calling for general price fixing which will be announced tonight, but much opposition was developing to the farm price revision and new tax provision. The farm bloc lire- pared to fight what they termed the President's effort to "depress' 1 agricultural prices and claimed the support of the potent silver bloc. Early said he expected the chief executive to couple his explanation of the broad economic program with a pledge "to use every power at his command to see that the whole program does work." All-Out Effort He said the tone of the address would be "total war," explaining why total efforts on all fronts, at home and abroad, must be made. j Mr. Roosevelt also will stress the "far flung activities of our military forces and the production armies behind the fighting fronts.' In connection with the far-reaching price freezing order to be announced by Price Administrator Leon Henderson, Early said the President will point out the "essential economies that arc nec3ssary and on the fact that this is no City, county, mid state tire scouring the countryside for Frank Atkins and L. G. McDmiiild, negro prisoners nt the Mississippi County Prison Farm, who knocked guard J. Bledsoe temporarily unconscious early this morning and escaped. According lo evidence unearthed by investigating oflicers, preparations for the escape probably began Saturday when Atkins sawed through one of the bars of his cell when he was permitted to fi&ids" on a- plea of illness Tliis morning, the two men pushed aside the sawed bar, inchci along on their stomachs to Bledsoc who was scaled in a chair reading and overpowered him. Tn trying to ind the guard's mm, the two con Group Visits Arkansas State Today To Enlist More Student Fliers Mlied Fliers Bag Seven Raiders As Enemy Attacks North Australia vtcLs made sufficient noise Lo alarm the other guards, but sue cccdccl in making their break be fore help could arrive. Atkins was paroled from a fed eral penitentiary, and was scrv ing a term at the County Farn for a petty larceny convictloi While in the BIythevillc jail await ing trial on this charge, he trie to escape by sawing through on of the cell bars, but was caught, before he could make his break. He is a constant offender, with a long prison record. McDonald, a former employee of the Hotel Noble, was .serving a sentence for operating a car without the owner's permission. Investigating officers have no clue as to the possible whereabouts of the two men/ but arc keeping a constant surveillance over their favorite hangouts. JONftSBORO, April 2B.—Arrlvu onluht of a board of Hying officer at Arkansas State College marlox .he Arkansas debut of the Unlte< Stairs army air forces reserve en listmcnt program In which college student*; nmy-^ign-.up.for air truiu- ing'und cotnpl6tc\their coliege/cdu-, cation before entering service. 7 Lieut. Col. Robert B. Davenport, director of training at the Army Flying School at Enid, Okla. r senior officer of the bonrrl, will explain the pliin to students here and to air force faculty advisors expected here from other colleges in : the eastern half of Arkansas. The advisors have been designated by Lieut. Gen. H. H. Arnold, commander of the, air forces. The board will go to the University .of Arkansas ( at_ Fayettevillc Thursday. GEN. MAC ARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS, Australia, April 28. (UP)—United States and Allied Ighter.s shot down at least seven rnkllnf.f Japanese pintles over Darwin yesterday to bring' their two- day bag to 18, Gen. Douglas MacArthur said today In a communique. In raids of their own, Riant United States bombing planes destroyed a .Japanese transport lit the Bismarck Islands and raidcc port Installations at the base of the enemy In the Solomon Islands, between Australia and the new American buses, m Free Prenc! New Caledonia. ^^ * Darwin IK Attacked Seventeen heavy Japanese bomb crs protected by nine crnek Navy-O fighters attacked Darwin airdrome Three bombers and four fighter were smashed by the blazing ma chine guns and cannon of Amer Stock Prices A. T. & T. 102 3-4 dawn to continue the 24 hour day British offensive. United Press dispatches from Stockholm revealed, on the basis of reports direct from Berlin, that in four nights of pulverizing raids British planes -.had left Rostock, great "Baltic port and seat of the Heinkel plane works, a city of smouldering ruins, and said thai after tens of thousands had wandered homeless about its ruined streets for days the Germans were time for purchasing non-essentials." Little Rock Boy Is Feared Drowned LITTLE ROCK, April 28. (UP) — Searchers working in boats dragged Fourchc Creek in southern Little Rock today in an effort to find the body of nine-year-old Jimmic Caldwell. Police were advised by the youth's Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS, 111., April 2B. (UP)—HORS: 15,000—M,000 salable. Top. 14.15 180-250 Ibs., 14.10-14.If) 140-100 Ibs., 12.00-13.75 Bulk sows. 13.00-13.75 Cattle: 4200 SI. steers. 10.25-15.50 Mixed yearl.. heil'ers, 11.00-13.00 SI. heifers, 9.50-14.25 Stocker, feeder steers, 9.25-13.50 Beef cows, 8.75-0.25 Canners and cutters, 6.00-8.50 Amer. Tobacco 35 Anaconda Copper 23 1-8 Bethlehem Steel 53 3-4 Chrysler 51 1-2 General Electric 211-2 General Motors 32 3-8 Mont. Ward 24 N. Y. Central 7 Inter. Harvester 411-4 N. Am. Aviation 10 1-L Republic Steel 15 Radio 23-4 Socony Vacuum 63-4 Studcbiikcr 41-4 Standard of N. J 31 3-8 Texas Corp 30 Packard .' 2 U. S. Steel 45 1-4 CHUNGKING, April 28. (UP)—Chinese reinforcements are pouring into Burma and highways are being destroyed near Lashio in an attempt to prevent Japanese from cutting the Allied supply routes to China, a spokesman said today. The spokesman admitted the Japanese wore drawing perilously close to the Burma Mandalay railway was threatened by tbc enemy drive, which, by-passed Mandalay to the east. Five full Japanese divisions supported by an undetermined number of tanks, armored cars and, ombing planes are storming the' outhern edge of the upper Burma lateau, the spokesman said. "Chinese reinforcements are ontlnulng to pour into Burma from Yunnan Province in an urgent at- ' empt to rescue the Lashio-Man- t\lay railway," the spokesman said '.', The last Chinese communique re- ortlng a 93-mile enemy advance north from tLbilem placed . the> viairi Japanese forces within C7 miles of tLnshlon but it was /feared he enemy now was "considerably closer. ; (London, observers believed the Japanese^ drive may seal, the fate of Burma .wlthlu the next'few- lays. They pointed out that Japa- capture of, the Lashlo-Man- clalay railroad ..would cut. off the last reasonably good .rbu^e of escape for the main British-Chinese forces hi eastern arid central Burma.) The spokesman also • ..reported that Chinese forces had evacuated Yennr-ryaung/•"last. .Tuesday jilter holdii^ -. that/ oil town for "three days. The Ch inese > drove dowiv -t rom the north ;to;*ecjpture^ Ywiangyang and libera'te'.'-aeyei'al thousand trap-;, ped British^ troops. can fighter.. The day before, the Allied avia ,ors had shot down 11 out of 3 enemy bombers and fighters whin attempted to attack Darwin, Tc out of l,he 11 were bagged of a single American squadron. Today Lieut. George E. Kiscr, 2 Somerset, Ky., shot bombers and Lieut. Morse, 22, Augusta, Mo., downed Zero. It was another of the many in stances of perfect United States Army . s Air Corps teamwork, which has outsmarted the Japanese again and again In the Australian theater. AUnckcfl From Hear Kiscr, Intent only on attack, was downing his bombers when Morse saw a Zero rncing In on Kiser's tail, hoping for an easy sneak victory on the Pearl Harbor pattern. Morse darted at the Japanese craft, opened his guns at close range, and sent it plunging to death. In their own raids, the Allied planes struck hard nt Kavieng and Falsl, two Japanese bases which have been -little in the news for weeks. • . Kavieng Is on the northwest tip )f New Ireland Island in the Bis- narcks, 175 miles northwest of Rabaul. It is a relay base from the New Orleans Cotton now evacuating almost the entire mother. Mrs. J. A. Caldwell, that population. Trains, Trucks Used Special trains and fleets of trucks were imprassed to effect the evacuation , the dispatches said. They revealed also that German authorities had admitted that looting had broken out in Rostock before the evacuation was started, and that shipping there had been "interrupted."' German sources were quoted as admitting also that British planes had dropped leaflets over Stralsund. 4.0 miles east of Rostock, warning townspeople that the Royal Air Force was going to bomb he had be;n missing since micl- afternoon yesterday. Boys in the neighborhood told searchers that Jimmie had been .seen playing near Swaggsrty Creek which has been swollen to twice normal size by heavy rains. Flood waters in the district were receding today. Cooler Infant Dies Funeral services for Kenneth Roy Wilson. 2 monthhs old, wcro conducted near Cooler. Mo., yesterday afternoon by the Rev. John C. Ezcll. pa.stor of the Cooler Meth- Chicago Whevt May. July. open lii^h 119'- 120'i, 12111 12'J'. low prcv. close clo.s? 118 '4 119 120 : M 121'.! M;ir May July Oci Doc Jan open 1990 1903 1925 10f>5 197G high 1007 1906 1936 1974 1085 prcv. low close close 19H;> 198Tb 199 2 b I995b 1308 1927 1932 19f>5 19G9 1975b 1980 19771) 1982b 1893 1924, I960 1973 N r w York State was the scene of V2. of the military engagements fought during the Revolutionary War. T*$? Japanese Checkers? it on its next visit to the Baltic i OC jj. s t church. Kenneth was born Joins Naval Reserve Edwin Victory Ivy of this city was enlisted in Class V-7 of the U. S. Naval Reserve at the Navy Recruiting Office at Little Rock yesterday. shores. This indicated that the British were conforming to a carefully charted pattern in which first they had devastated Luebeck, Westernmost of Germany's great Baltic ports next to Kiel, then had ruined Rostock, 60 guiles to the east, and now intended to proceed on to Stralsund, the next port in line, along the coast, to impede the flow of German men and materials to the 'Russian front. Chicago Soybeans open high low clo. p.clo. May. 179 Vj 180*1 178V, 178V, 180 M July. 18214 183% 181V* 181% 182 Vi Feb. 5 and died yesterday. He is survive:! by his parents, Mr and; Mrs. Ambrose Wilson; "two sLsters. Peggy Jovcc and Billio Joe; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jrrnigon and Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Wilson. Chicago Corn May July open high . 84 r 'A 85% • 87% 87% low close pr.clo. 83% 84 8G'.2 867* 84V- 87 New York Cotton Mar May July Oct Dec Jan prev. open high low close close 1971 1979 1962 1967 1974 1902 1907 1891 1896 1912 1923 1935 1921 1924 1932 1.944 1955 1938 1945 1950 1959 1966 1950 1955 1962 1962 1963 1959 1959 19<Xi Japanese-mandated Caroline Isl- inds. Faisl, a tiny island off the south end of Bougainville, in the Solomons, is one of the enemy's new relay points for long range seaplanes which arc trying vainly to penetrate a U. S. Army Air Corps fighter screen to reconnoiter and photograph the American defenses in New Caledonia. It lies about 1300 miles north of Noumea, chief town of New Caledonia. Succeeds Dr. Gean S. Atkinson; Other Officers and Delegates Named >Ark. April 28.^-Grovec Snyder, was elected as: president of the Manila Lions \Club for the next year to succeed Dr. Gean S. Atkinson ? who has served in this capacity for the last year. Other officers elected were: first vice president,••'W. W. Fowler; second vice president Lewis Townsend: third vice president, Ira D. Shedd; tail twister, Melvln Downing; Lion tamer, Alvin Tipton. One-year director, C. W. Tipton; three-year director, Bob Joe David. William Borowsky who has served almost contlnously as Secretary and treasurer since the club's organization 11 years ago, was elected to this position for, another term. Lion's delegates appointed to attend the state convention in Harrison May 3 and 4 are Grover Snyder, Jimmie Hunt, and Ira D. Shcdd. Alternates are Alvin Tipton, E. C. Flceman, and Lewis Townsend. 600 Railroad Men Needed To Fill Jobs Japanese aliens interned at Fort Meade, Md. r play a game that . looks as if it would last out the war. , LITTLE ROCK—There arc job openings for 600 railroad men on varloas railroads west of the Mississippi River. D. Palmer Patterson, director of the United States Employment Service for Arkansan. hns just received a request for recruitment of 300 road freight brakcmcn and 300 switchmen. Applicants must be between 21 and 45 years of age and must pass a rigid 1-A physical examination. <U least one years experience is preferred but applicants will be cm- ployed if they have completed student training; all applicants must know the book of rules. Those who arc not already members of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainrn€n must join that organization before being hired. The rate of pay is $7.82 per day. Applicants must arrange for own transportation to Kansas City, Missouri, but transportation will be furnished by the railroads from that point to the job. The jobs will be for duration of six months or longer. All qualified persons who are interested should contact the nearest local office of the United States Employment Service, Delegates Return From 1.0.0JF Meet STEELE, Mo., April 28.—James L. Cassidy and Roy Glover returned yesterday from Mountain View, Mo., where they attended the annual meeting of the I. O. O. F. Association. Mr. Glover is vice president of the association and Mr. Cas&idy was sent as a delegate from this district. They were accompanied by the Friendship Jug Band which is composed of four young boys who have attracted considerable attention in this vicinity. Work Slowdowns Irk Legion MONTEREY; Cal. (UP)—Members of the local American Legion post opened a state-wide campaign seeking legislative action against persons who impeded industrial efforts in wartime. The group passed a resolution asking that any wilful action in slowing war production be deemed treason. During 1939, Michigan had a tuberculosis death rate of 38.3 per 100,000 of its population. U.S. WEATHER FORECAST BLYTHEVILLE—Local thunder, showers and continued warm tonight. •'\ ARKANSAS — Scattered showers. Little temperature, change tonighW. \

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