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MAKE EVERY PAY DAY! BOND DAY! .JOIN THE PAY-ROLL SAVINGS HAN: BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOLUME XXXIX—NO. 38. Blytheville Daily Newt Blythcville Courier B1AT11EV1LLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 1942 Rents In County To Be Stabilized; OPA Fixes Prices WASHINGTON, April 29. (UP) — The new overall price ceilings are designed to stabilise the cost of living at one and one-half per cent below the present level and keep it there for the duration cf the war, government officials said today. The drop will be accomplished through price ceilings placed on rents, services to goods, and millions of] article^ of food, clothing, household goods, and fuel and ice. Price Administrator Leon Henderson issued the price orders last night as the first step n President 'Roosevelt's design for war- living—a program that has no counterpart in American History. To Affect Everybody "The blunt fact is that every single person in the United States is going to be affected by this program," Mr. Roosevelt told the nation last night. Stabilization of the cost of living is designed to compensate for the pay raises which the President has asked Americans- to forego. "From this point on for the duration of the war, the ceiling will"''go no higher," Henderson said. 'But there is nothing in the order to prevent sellers from lowering their prices. However, the price stxuctue Is expected to be stabilized at the ceiling price 'Past experience has been that deiling prices become minumum prices. The order also allows different prices for the same item in di'fi ferent stores But the trend will be toward the same price. Competition To Adjust Difference "Competition may well iron out many of the different prices over a period of time," the office of price adminstration said. Of most vital interest to the VICTORY PRICE IS SINGLE COPIES OTg The city of Blytheville is included in a list of defense-rental areas designated today by Price Administrator Leon Henderson where rents must be stabilized in accordance with Federal recommendations as an essential part of the over-all freeze of prices from top to bottom of the national economy. Actually, the defense-area includes all of Mississippi County and owners of rental property here are being asked to stabilize rents on the basis of the levels of March 1, 1942. The price administrator formally designated 302 groups of communities in 46 states as "defense- rental areas," defined their boundaries, recommended a maximum rent ceiling for each, and recommended that evictions be restrained. Under the provisions of the Emergency Price Control Act, if rents are not stabilized within _ 60 days in accordance with the recommendations, the Office of Price Administration may apply maximum rent regulations to effectuate this important aspect of the war program. Bon'ds-to-Be average consumer was the order prohibiting the price of any commodity in given store to rise above the highest price charged by that store in March. Those ceilings become effective May 18. Exempted were such-food articles as fresh vegetables, fish and fruits, •which are seasonal in character. Thus, peas in the pod can increase in price; peas in a can can't. ''Wheat likewise, can increase in pace Milk products, such 7 "as' cheese, condensed and evaporated milk, and butter, were excluded, but not milk, cream or ice cream sold at Detail. Eggs and r _ poultry, flour, mutton, lamb, dried prunes and beans, .books, magazines, newspapers and motion pictures also were excluded. March Highs Maximum The price orders prescribed highest March levels ss the\maximums for wholesale and manufacturers' or producers' prices; but provided that they would go into effect on May 11. one week ahead of the retail prices. The regulations also prohibited rises in the prices of services such as shoe repairs, laundry and dry cleaning, and installation of 'such commodities as washing machines, stoves and other articles covered by the commodity price ceilings. The maximums are fixed at the highest prices charged during March but do not go into effect until July 1. Henderson* stressed that, to lower the quality of goods in ' order to "chisel" on a definite price level •would be a violation of the price ceilings. Dr. J. K. Galbraith, deputy OPA administrator, said a new store would have to base its prices on those charged by its nearest neighbor in the same competitive class. [He said there was no intention of preventing new business from starting. Buyers rroteclcd •The average buyer will be protected by a regulation providing that stores post conspicuously the ceiling prices of a selected list of so-called "cost-of-living" commodities which they may handle. The list contains about 170 commodities, with many derivatives. A store cannot display any article •unless its ceiling price is plainly marked. If the selling price is less the price tag will have two quotations—the ceiling and selling price. In the case of hundreds of thousands of unlisted commodities, the regulanons provide a buyer may ask and obtain the storekeep- Number of Areas Increased Today's action extends the number of defense-rental areas from 21 to 323. Total population in these areas is 86,000,000 persons. In four-fifths of the areas so far announced, Mr. Henderson's recommendations would freeze rents as of March 1, 1942, thus eliminating increases on the Spring moving and leasing dates. In 64 areas, the price administrator reported that defense activities had resulted in exorbitant increases in rent and recommended that rents be cut back to specified levels in effect on January 1, April 1, or July 1, 1941. Ten of the 21 areas previously designated were enlarged. "The control of rents is a war measure," Mr. Henderson said. "It is an important and essential part of the over-all ceiling on prices. American families spend five to six billion dollars a year for rent. Next to food, this is the largest single item in the family budget. Effective price control requires rent control. President Rallies U. S. Civilians To Program Of United Self-Denial WASHINGTON, April 29. (UP) —President Roosevelt summoned the civilian home-front legions today to united self-denial of comforts, money and convenience to win the war. Warning that victory would cost hard work, sorrow and blood, he said: "The price is not too high. If you doubt it, ask those millions who live today under the tyranny of Hitlerism." He addressed the nation and the world last night in a fireside, chat. White House intimates call it the first big gun of the cost of living battle here at home. It aimed at the pressut-e groups and the rank and file, at rich and [)oor. It sought to rally the nation [or cheerful and united assent to the proposition that the standard of living of each of us—and of all classes—must go down while we fight a total war. Denounces Traitors The faint of heart must not be permitted to check the war effort, the President said, nor the selfish, the perverters of fact, the self- styled experts and bogus patriots. He bitterly denounced the "handful of noisy traitors" in our midst who would yield to Hitler. First expressions of congressional judgment generally were favorable. But farm bloc forces are inclined to balk at any surrender of agricultural price advantages. Some advocates of labor curbs were disappointed, but there is evidence of weakening of congressional pressure for that kind of legislation. Mr. Roosevelt again said no American citizen should have a wartime net annual income of more than $25,000 after payment of taxes—all taxes. To the wage earner, he said: "You will have to forego higher wages for your. particular job for Four Men Also Seek Senatorial Post As Democratic Ticket Closes LITTLE ROCK, April 29. (UP)— The Democratic ticket lor Um August primary closed at noon today with two constitutional offices showing only one candidate each, while four candidates entered the race for governor and U. S. senator. Victory pigs help boom southern livestock production. North Carolina lad displays porker he will convert into war bonds once animal is sold. Mussolini Promises Purge 1 • +j As Unrest In Italy Grows; Emmanuel Might Try Coup MAY II Hirohito's Birthday Parade Cancelled For "Bad Weather" By United Prwts military review set for Cooperation Asked the duration of the war." He addressed the nation class by class. ''I appeal to every landlord and every, tenant to cooperate with each other and with their Government to guarantee the success of this program. By so doing they make an invaluable contribution to the war effort on the home front. Property owners in defense-rental areas will perform a patriotic duty in making accommodations available at a reasonable rental. They should offer for rent every available extra room at a fair price. "In some sections of the country, rents have gone beyond reasonable bounds, doubling and tripling in many individual cases. Thousands of tenants who could not pay these increases have been forced out of homes without knowing where to find shelter. These conditions have slowed the recruitment of war labor. "Elsewhere the upward rise in rents is just beginning. We must act swiftly and vigorously to halt this pressure for inflation. Adjustments Urged "Even in those areas where we have recommended that rents be stabilized as of March 1, 1942, there exist clear cases of excessive charges as of that date. It is our hope that in these areas prompt adjustments will be made so that the rent level for the community as a whole will be more equitable. Failing these adjustments, it is my duty under -the statute to reconsider the maximum rent date, and if the circumstances warrant take appropriate action to require reductions of excessive rents. Today's action in those areas which have been given a date of March 1, 1942 simply means that no further increases will be permitted." In size the rent-control areas vary from metropolitan New York, with a 1940 population of 8,706,000 to King George County, Virginia, with a population of 5,431. The areas include all but seven of the 199 cities with populations over 50.000, and every city except Miami, Fla., over 85,000 population. North Dakota and Idaho are the only states not represented. The whole of Puerto Rico was declared a defense-rental area. Would Freeze Rents Under the Federal program, max- Groups Singled Out Sen. Scott W, Lucas, D., III., a notable administration supporter, said the ; President had "very\ clearly 1 - singled; r out" : groups in op?* position to his-cost control program with a challenging appeal for their-'.support. The President pledged the United Nations to use force if necessary to prevent-Axis use of French territory "in any .part of the world." He scored the "internal traitors" who would i enslave France. He promised an American air offensive "soon" in Europe where our Flying Fortresses "will be fighting for the liberation of the darkened continent." There is good reason to believe, he continued, that Japan's southward advance 'in the Pacific has been stopped. He pledged that Australia, New Zealand and other territory will be the bases for offensive action and told how "several hundred thousand" American men with ships and guns are fighting now on a dozen fronts. Mentions Reverses Calling the roll of Far Eastern reverses, Mr. Roosevelt said that now the news from Burma was bad. Japan may cut the Burma road. "But I want to say to the gallant people of China," he continued, "that no matter what advances the Japanese may make, ways will be found to deliver airplanes and munitions of war to the armies of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek." He topped his promises of great American offensives to come with a salute to a great Soviet offensive already in being. "These Russian forces," Mr. Roosevelt said, "have destroyed and are destroying more armed power of our enemies—troops, planes, tanks and guns—than all the other United Nations put together." All of that was in the first part of his talk. He ended with three thrilling stories of fighting men as examples of real self sacrifice. In between was his explanation of what "total war" must mean to every American man, woman and child. They are on the home- front. Not all can fight nor even produce the weapons or materials Starnbaugh Will Speak Here May 4 Lynn U. Stambaugh of Fargo, N. D., national commander of the American Legion, will visit Blytheville May 4 to take part in a program sponsored by members of the Dud Cason Post in his honor. Mr. Stambaugh is making a national tour and will make Blytheville one of the few stops on his Arkansas itinerary. Present arrangements for the program include an informal party for the commander at the Noble Hotel from 7 to 8 p.m. This party will be for ex-service men. A band concert featuring, the High School 'Band wjll follow at 7:45 to x.8;_15 p.m. on the Court House- groimds. Then, the commander's speech will feature a program at the Court House at 8:15 p.m. Rosco Crafton will be master of ceremonies for the event. The schedule for the program is as follows: color guards advance colors; invocation by the Rev. S. B. Wilford, pastor of First Methodist Church; presentation of the department commander by Rosco Crafton; presentation of the national comman 1 dcr by Neill Reed; and retire colors and adjourn. Heads of committees in charge of the celebration include: color guards, Don Edwards and Ed Rice; public address-system, G. R. Carter; publicity, Harry W. Haines; band concert, C. A. Cunningham; street decoration, William Berryman; transportation and advance publicity, Neill- Rfied; luncheon, Rosco Crafton and R. B. Stout; hotel reservations, Rosco Crafton; Court House auditorium, J. MeL Brooks. All ex-service men must make their reservations for the • commander's party afc the Chamber of Commerce office not later than 5 p.m., May 1. The public is invited to hear Mr. Stambaugh's speech at the Court House, Legion leaders announced. The uncontested offices are those of lieutenant governor for which J. L. Shaver of Wynne filed, and secretary of state for which C. G. Hall will be renominated. <;, Gov. Homer M. Adkins, seeking reiiomlmition, will have throe oppo- penis In Fred Keller of Conway. Bill Neill and Vernon -Heath both of Little Rock. V.In the contest to succeed Sen. Lloyd Spencer of Hope, four men paid fese, including Rep. Clyde Ellis, Jack Holt, John McClelland and Rep. D. D. Terry. The office of 'state land commissioner drew five candidates in Claude Rankin of Murphreysboro; ?. D. Woodburn, Pnragouki; Ira j. Golden, Scarcy, and John H. Page ihd Farmer Taylor, both of Little lock. Guy E. Williams and Duvall i' Purkins of Warren filed for ut- 3*ney general and State Treasurer Sari Page will have opposition from 3. S...Keating of El Dorado. Considerable interest was shown in the congressional races, especially in the second, third and fifth districts. In ths second district Rep. Wilbur Mills will have O. B. Robblns of Heber Springs as opponent. Three men, including Virgil D. Willis, Harrison; Karl Grccnhaw and J. W. Fulbrlght of Payettevllle, seek the post being vacated by Ellis. In the fifth district, four men seek the post vacated by Terry. They arc Bob Bailey, Bob Forten- A today In Tokyo In honor of Emperor Hirohito's birthday was cancelled "on account of unfavorable weather," the Berlin radio said today on the basis of a Tokyo dispatch. There was no indication whether an air raid alarm or fear for the Mikado's life were contributing factors. Though the grout military review which was to have been held fit the parade grounds about two and a quarter miles west, of the- Mikado's palace was called off, the weather was good enough to hold a tank parade through the Tokyo streets. Berlin said that the Mikado received 41st birthday congratulations from royalties, high officials and members of the Imperial Headquarters Staff, and that celebrations were held at the government departments, schools, factories and offices. As part of the birthday program the Japanese bowed at 8 a.m. toward the Imperial palace in Tokyo and prayed silently that the Mikado would enjoy long life. . Adolf Hitler sent birthday greetings. In flowery words Japanese radios told how "against the grim horizon of war" the Japanese people held solemn ceremonies to fclicl- tala the emperor's birthday. Twister Hits Texas Town, Nine Killed er's ceiling price on articles in imum rents would be frozen for question. That regulation will pre- | each dwelling unit at whatever rent vail until Jmy 1. After that date, ^ was charged for that dwelling on a storekeepers will be required to have a written statement on the highest prices of all commodities or services whch he delivered or supplied in March. When the regulations go into effect on May 18, all retail, wholesale and manufacturing establishments are automatically licensed to do business. This automatic, blanket license will become more formal later, when written registration •will be required. Licensees who fail to heed warnings against overcharging may lose their licenses for periods as long as 12 months-^? during which time they would be prohibited from doing business. , There are other penalties, too,' tfor violations of price orders. Conviction for certain violations may bring a fine up to $5,000, one year's imprisonment, or both. lalULLN AR[fl Removed With Wheels From Trailers On Farms; Loss Approximately $30( OSCEOLA, Ark., April 29.—Tire thieves operating in the Osceola area Monday night obtained a rich haul when they took 16 truck-traile needed" foV^ne^linned" forces""^ wheels a^nd tires Jrom threejfarm- Roosevelt explained. Home Front Active "But there is one front and one battle where everyone in the United States—every man, woman and child—is in action," he continued, "and will be privileged to remain specified date. "The declaration of the first 21 defense rental areas in March and April," Mr. Henderson explained, "was a highly selective process directed primarily to those areas where an influx of defense workers and of families of military personnel had resulted in substantial and unjustified increases. "In today's action we clamp the lid on rents in more than two- thirds of the nation as part of the campaign to curb the rising cost of living. That is why we are going even into areas where rents so far have remained relatively steady. "The naming of the 323 areas for initial rent regulation does not mean that in the few remaining rise without check. We are contin- sections of the country rents may (Continued on page 8) ers on Highway 4.0 between Osceol; and Keiser. W. J. Lewis, largest dairyman in this section, lost four wheels and tires; eight were taken from th trailer of John Pickett while T. W Parnell also lost four. The valu in action throughout this war. i of the stolen property will approx That is the front right here at home, in our daily lives and in our daily tasks. "Here at home everyone will have the privilege of making whatever self-denial is necessary, not only to supply our fighting men. but to keep the economic structure of our country fortified and secure during the war and after the war. 'This will require the abandonment not only of luxuries but many other creature comforts." This appeal was a direct follow- up to Monday's message to Congress. That seven-point message asked for taxes to keep personal and corporate profits "reasonably" low, for ceilings on prices and rents, stabilization of wages and farm prices, greater purchases of war bonds, rationing of scarce essen- (Continue* on paje 2) Jerry, lays. Oscar Winn and Brooks IILLIES mm MacArthur's Fliers Blow Up Big Supply In Raid On Jap-Held Lae GEN. MacARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS, Australia, April 29. (UP)—United States and Australian" planes, raiding the Japanese oase at Lae on the Huon Gulf of New Guinea, destroyed a big enemy ammunition dump yesterday and fighter planes drove off a Japanese bomber-fighter fleet from Port Moresby, on the south New Guinea coast, Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced in a communi- que today. There were 22 planes in the Japanese fleet which raided Port Moresby, which they arc now persistently attacking after receiving reinforcements at their New Britain base of Rabaul. MacArthur said that in the Philippines the guns of Corregidor shot down two Japanese bombers out of a fleet which made a high altitude raid on the Manila Bay island fortress. There were eight Japanese bombers and 14-protecting Navy-O fighters in the formation which attacked Port Moresby, the com- munique .said. Unitnri States snrt Australian fighter planes rose swiftly to chal- Trondheim And Kiel Were! Last Night's RAF Bombing Objectives LONDON, April 'JO. (UP)—British planes heavily raided the German naval bases ut Kiel, on the Baltic, and Trondhclm, on the Norway const, In the seventh straight night of the longest and biggest round the clock offensive of the war, it was announced today. Scores if not hundreds of planes took part, while British guns and night fighter planes were shooting down at least five of a formation of about 20 German planes which raided ancient York in savage retaliation for British attacks on German war industry, port and naval bnse areas, In raiding Trondheim. the British planes attacked- for the sec- ond'-\-straigh (;•'• night:>'i - formidable" naval-base, at which the Tirpitz, believed to be the most powerful battleship In the world; the heavy cruiser Prlnx Eugen, and another 10,000 ton cruiser and swarms of destroyers and submarines arc lurking to mid the Allied supply line to Arctic, Russia. In attackinjf'kici, the Roynl Air Force giant bombers struck at a powerful base where at least one 26,000 ton battleship is believed to be under repair, and had hit again at one of Germany's vital western Baltic ports where men and supplies are being shipped to Russia. By Unitrt Trans The tornado season was on in full blast In the Southwest today. (Latest victim of crashing wincl'j was the 'Northwest Texas town of Crowell with a population of 2LOO. Shortly before 9 o'clock last night, accompanied by driving rain and hail, tnc wind roared In from the northeast, Thirty minutes later at least nine .persons, were dead, 175 injured, hundreds of smnll homes were wrecked and at least 40 buildings demolished. The tornado occurred less than 28 hours after another devastating wind had whipped through the defense boom town of Pryor, Okla,, several hundred miles northeast in Oklahoma, In that town the death loll skill was not definitely known, but Oklahoma Safety ; Commissioner Walter Johnson said i25 persons had. been kil led^R ''prob'abiy- would. bY Damage at iPryor was estimated at . two million and expected to mount. Damage nt Crowell as yet hus not been .estimated. Acute Internal Situation Is Acknowledged In Rome Radio Comments LONDON, April 29. (UP) —Premier Beriito Mussolini told Italy's district prefects today that a lack of discipline and fraud have created an acute internal situation and that "inexorable punishment" will be meted out to the guilty ones, the Rome radio" reported. Mussolini's statement hightlight- cd reports generally discounted in London that Italy 1 is fed up with" the war and that 'a crisis appeared" imminent. , May Ask II Dace To Quit .Reports, some of .which'originated in Switzerland, circulated to the effect that King Victor Emmanual has decided to assert himself and demand. Mussoilni'5\r«tighati6n as well tu> that ol Count Galeazzo • ;tano foreign minister and son-ln- iw of II Duce. Marshal Pietro Badogllo, Italy's rcatcst contemporary soldier who was "purged" by Mussolini after v he first big ' Italian defeat' in Africa, might become premier if hiking is able to bring about the coup, according" to unconfirmed cpdrte. _ ~* ' The Rome radio reported that Vtussollnl presided today' over a hooting of tna prefect* of .the :talian kingdom, and -gave a-de- .; -ailed explanation of l&hp^country'S' - nternal situation which la, ap other report* to .have reached an -acute point that 4 a^ purge ~ 5 of were driven off. imate S300. Eight wheels have been recovered from th* ditches lining Highway 40. by Deputy Sheriffs Webb Grecr and Roy Brinkley where the men hurriedly removed the tires from the wheels. All three of the owners live right along the highway and in thickly settled communities; Pickett farming the former W. W. Watson Jr. place; Parnell rents ths D. S. Laney farm five miles west of town, and Mr. Lewis owns the farm formerly owned by W. W. Watson Sr., now of Blytheville, which he bought and developed into a dairy farm. Two negroes were arrested Tuesday and placed in Osceola jail but one has since been released; the other is being held for further investigation. J. B. Bunn Of Osceola Announces List Of Those Who File In County J. B. Bunn of Osceola, secretary of the County Democratic Committee, today issued a list of the last minute'candidacies filed for places on the ballot for the Democratic primary in August. They include the following: Miss Elizabeth Blythe, city, for county clerk; Miss Ailcen Word of Osceola, for state representative- instead of B. Frank Williams, who will seek the post of senator; L. H. Autry of Burdcttc, for state senator; Surcy Mcars of Osceola, for surveyor; Austin Moore of Osceolsf, for coroner; Harry P. Dunavant of Keiser, and W. F. "Crip" Wells of near Manila, both for state representative. Lcachville Man Files As Candidate For Representative From County J. Leo Bcarden, of Leachville, •has authorized the Courier News to announce his candidacy for the office of representative of Mississippi County. Already serving Jn this position, he is socking a second term on hLs record made since he assumed this position. Mr. Bcarden is the only public official living in West Mississippi County, according to friends, who predict his reelection without opposition. He Is well known in this section having lived at Lcachvlilc for a number of years. There are four representatives to be elected in this county to serve in the state legislature. Fertile Farm Areas Wil Soon Be Under Water Ir South Arkansas (LITTLE . ROCK, April 20 (UP)— State farm officials feared today that flood waters covering much fertile .farm land in the Arkansas and Ouachlia River areas wll severely damage and retard the growth of cotton in those sections Farmers in the Camclen anc Little Rock areas will be especially hard hit. Ouachita County planters who lost heavily in floods two weeks ago had just started plow ing and planting again. In Pulaski County the potcntia loss also will be heavy although 50 per cent of the land expected to be flooded is still dry. Littl encouragement was offered b Weather Bureau officials today although predictions for the Cam rlcn area were lowered slightly Observers said the river woul reach 27 feet at Camdcn Saturda instead of the predicted 38 feet. Stock Prices high-ran icing ' Fwciat; iiuninent. _/^ rramfee» Paalthacnt Italy's present J "»WficulUe»t ..„_ described ^>y Musiolini,^ accord In g 1 ' to the ttome/fftllb: » He-promised tfia£ thVperpetratora would be published,. * ~ , Iiicreased r :popul*tion, the food requiremerite of the Italian armed forces, aid given, to-the populations of Axis-occupied countries, the cutting off 'of imports And transportation di^ioulties were other causes cited v by , Mussolini' to the prefects. New Orleans Cotton prev. open high low close close Mar. 1993 2000 1975 2000b lD87b May 1904 1910 1901 1910 1895b July 1933 1940 1917 1939 1927 Oct. 1969 1980 1955 1978 1965 Dec. 1979 1988 1964 1988b 1975b Jan. 1931 19921) 1977)) Pan-American Union Is Lions Club Topic A lecture on various phases of the Pan-American Union by Roland Roggcnbrnd, of the Wetenkamp Cot.ton Oompay, featured the weekly luncheon of the Lions Club at Hotel Noble yesterday. The speaker traced the origin, history, underlying tendencies, and purposes of the Pan-American Union. He pointed out the fact that, contrary to popular opinion thus union w;is not of recent origin. Actually, asserted the lecturer, the movement began about the time the South American countries first gained their freedom. It was then that the need for an increase in commercial relations, good will, and •understanding between the different American republics became apparent, he said. The Pan. -American Union of to- A. T. & T 104 7-8 American Tobacco 35 Anaconda Copper 24 Bethlehem Steel 55 Chrysler 53 1-4 Coca Cola 63 1-4 General Electric 22 3-8 General Motors 22 3-3 General Motors 33 Montgom. Ward 24 5-J N. Y. Central 7 1-4 Inter. Harvester 413-8 N. Amcr. Aviation 10 3-4 Republic Steel 15 5-8 Jap Mechanized Forces Pierce Rugged Defenses Toward Vital Route CHUNGKING^ April 29. (UP)— The battle of Burma surged toward a bloody, confused climax at China's back door today with Japanese mechanized forces ' edging through the rugged northern Shan States toward the vital Mandalay- Lashio railway despite stubborn Chinese resistance. There were conflicting reports on the northernmost point of the Japanese advance, but none .disputed the increasing gravity, of the allied position. Should the Japanese reach the Burma road terniinus .v*at Lashio or Hsipaw, 40 miles to the southwest, they would cut off the only important allied supply ' and communications artery to China: A Chinese headquarters com- munique said the. Japanese advance had - been halted about 75 miles south of Hsipaw, .apparently the objective of one enemy column forging north from Liolem. : Another report said an enemy spearhead was within . 45 miles of .the RauV way, presumably below Hsipaw or Lashio. (The German-controlled " Paris radio, heard in London, claimed one Japanese motorized column had readched Lashio and was within 62 miles of Mandalay.) Radio 2 7-8 Socony Vacuum 63-4 Studcbaker 4 3-8 Standard of N. J 31 7-8 Texas Corp 30 7-8 Packard 2 U. S. Steel 46 5-8 and is attempting to bring about complete harmony of viewpoints and telationships between the various American countries he pointed out. New York Cotton prev. open high low close close Mar. . 1969 1982 1959 1982 1967 May . 1910 1018 1893 1916 1896 July . 1931 1940 1916 1939 1924 Oct. . 1947 I960 1935 1959 1945 Dec. . 1958 1969 1946 1968 1955 Jan. . 1964 1874 1964 1974 1959 Chicago Soybeans prev. open high low close close May. 178% 179% 178& 178% July. 181-75- liS 1 /. 181% 182->? Hops, 10,500—10,000 salable. Top. 1400. 180-250 Ibs.. 1395-1400. 140-160 Ibs.. 1285-1350. Bulk sows... 1305-1375. Cattle, 3150. . . SI. steers, 1025-1550. Mixed yearlings & heifers, 11001300. , , . . SI. heifers. 950-1425. Stockcr & feeder steers, 925-1350. Beef cows. 875-975. Canners & cutters. .600-850. . U. S. WEATHER FORECAST BLYTHEVILLE—Widely scattered showers'and little change in temperature tonight ARKANSAS — Widely scattered showers and, little change in temperature tonight.

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