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MAKE EVRV PAY BOND DAY JOIN THE FAY-ROLL SAVINGS PLAN TOT DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI LER NEWS VOLUME XXXIX—NO. 39 * Blytheville Dally Neii Blytheville Courier'H9; : ' Blythevtlle Hertld Mississippi Valley BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 1942 Searchers Hunt Pryor TornadS Victims ;_•,-..• vv, ... _,, _. j ."•'" » Volunteer rescue workers search through the wreckage of a Pryor. Oklahoma home for possible survivors and victims of the tornado which caused a known death toll of 70 persons. (NBA TELEPHOTO). UNTIL * Charged With Slaying Of Former Secretary And Hiding Body In River ARKADELPHIA, Ark., April 30. (•UP)—The trial of Julian Kirby Jones NYA supervisor charged with ikilling his former secretary, Mary Dell Furlow, and dumping her body in the Ouachita River, recessed shortly after noon for lunch after 15 _ state witnesses had testified. The Clark County courtroom was packed and doors locked to prevent more spectators entering. Circuit Judge Dexter Bush presided. Defense Attorney. Steve Carrigan objected to introduction of photographs of the chain-bound body of Vithe girl being offered as evidence on grounds it would prejudice the jury and the court sustained his objection. , Dr..Lloyd Wilbur,..who..performed ; an autopsy on the bory;" testified that evidence showed that the girl ~iriet her death from a blow oh the head and with a blunt instrument 'and not from an operation as Jones had told authorities. Jones said_ he had accompanied, the girl to lonely Grindstone Ridge, eight miles north of Arkadelphia, where she performed an .abortion operation upon herself. He said she died within 15 minutes after exacting a promise from him he-would dispose of her body. Jones said he wrapped the body in log chains and tossed it from a 70-foot high, bridge over, the Oucahita River into 30 feet of water, .at. .->Calion r MO miles south of here, but that he acted only as a friend of the dead girl. Jones was arrested at Dumas where he was NYA supervisor two days after the girl disappeared, and five days later led authorities to the spot where the body was found. '. Government To Pay $115-$250 Per Acre For Air Base Tract Prices being paid by the Federal Government for the 2761 acres of farm land in the Gosnell community, site of the new Army Advanced Flying School, range from $115 to §250 per acre for land and improvements and owners must deduct from this amount approximately $10 per acre for drainage tax, it was unofficially disclosed here today. ' Gene E. Bradley Enlists In Army Gene E. Bradley, local attorney, has enlisted in the United States Army. Enlisting in the regular Army, he plans to try for promotion to the Officers' Training School. 'He will leave Blytheville about May 20 for Camp Robinson, but has iiot yet been assigned. Mrs. Bradley and daughter, Millicent Ann. will remain in Blytheville until his plans are more definite. An attorney here since early in 1934, Mr. Bradley came to Blytheville soon after having been admitted to the bar. He was graduated from Cumberland University. Lebanon, Tenn. THKE514 LIVES Kansas Tornado Wipes Out Two Entire Familiesy 13 Suffer Injuries OBERLINV''Kans., j April '30. (UP) —Fourteen persons were killed, including two entire families, and 13 were injured in a tornado which struck near here last night. The storm struck at 11:30 p.m., Central. War Time, crushing a farm house two miles south of Oberlin and blew itself out about a quarter, of a mile east of the Oberlin city limits. The city of Oberlin, located in the northwest section of Kansas, was not seriously damaged except for a few houses on the outskirts of town. . The injured were brought to the Methodist Church whers they were cared for until morning when they were taken to hospitals here and at McCook, Nebr. The tornado was localized and was not spread over a wide area. Escaped Convicts Still Are Missing Officers engaged in the search for Frank' Atkins, 25, and L. G McDonald, 28, negro convicts who escaped from the Mississippi County Penal Farm Tuesday morning, have been unable to find any trace of the two men. "It looks like they've succeeded in skipping the country,' Chief Deputy Sheriff John F. Reinmiller said this morning. Officers in other sections of the country are beins warned to look out for the fugitives. He's an Example to All Americans Blytheville Entries Will Compete In "Bee" ' Blytheville students have been selected to participate in the annual Mississippi County Spelling Bee sponsored at Oscecla by the Junior Chamber of Commerce of that city. It- will begin Saturday morning at 9:30 o'clock. Ilene P^ek of Junior high school, Charles McDaniel of Sudbury fifth grade and Dorothy Wright of Central sixth grade will represent Blytheville in the match. Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS, 111., April 30. (UP)—Hogs: 9500—9000 salable. Top. 13.90 180-250 Ibs.. 13.80-13.85 140-160 Ibs., 12.50-13.25 Bulk sows, 13.10-13.65 Cattle:, 2700 SI. steers. 10.25-15.50 _ Mixed yearl.. heifers 11.00-13.00 SI. heifers, 9.50-14.25 Stocker, feeder steers, 9.25-13.50 Beef cows, 9.00-10.00 Canners and cutters, 6.50-8.50 No date has been set for vacat- ng of the property by occupants, o far as could be learned here oday, but it is understood that all sroperty must be vacated within he near future as work is scheduled to begin on or before June 1. The wide difference in prices set by appraisers are understood to •epresent variance in" physical improvements to a great' extent. The $250 per acre paid for at east one small tract included a modern cottage .while some of the and which sold for $115 and $119 per acre^ had only ^a nominal amount-^of-buildingsy-3tr>is uader- stood. " ; " ' r ->, Because the Federal Government can not accept - >v any land with an improvement -tax against it, present owners must pay the drainage tax due from the present until retirement of drainage benefits. To derive the sum due, the amount already paid for drainage taxes is deducted from the original assessment. The "more than $9,000,000" project will also include four auxiliary landing fields within a 20-mile radius, which will be leased by the Government. BRITISH ELECT OF , Independent Candidates Win Commons Seats; Will Demand Action LONDQtf, April 30. (UP)—Demands for a .second European front in 1942 and closer co-operation with the Soviet Union arose today from two victorious candidates who defeated Prime Minister Winston Churchill's war government in by- elections for .seats in Commons. W. J. Brown, Independent, elected in the Rugby district, characterized his election as "a command for the opening of a .second front and victory this year." G. L. Rcakes, Independent, and former Labor party man, denied that his election was a defeat' our enemies now know that walla- 12,5S«> in the Wallasey district to 6548 for the government candidate. "It is a victory for Churchill, and our enemies now konw that Walla-/ sey wants a vigorous prosecution of the work with a fight to the finish," Reakes said. ,/ The results were a political sensation after ^a 'previous government by-election defeat, and Conservative party chieftains were concerned. Part of their concern came from the. fact that Labor pai;ty men are demanding augend of the political truce * with tfic government Conservative * party. In this connection, it probably was significant that ooth Rcakcs and Brown had been purged from the •Labor party because of their ex- temist activities which the Labor - itea described as disruptive of the political truce with the Conservatives.' Brown -was particularly vigorous in demanding closer co-operation with Russia. MAKE EVERY BOND DAY KH« THE PAYJOU. iKa* HJjjj SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS nese Capture Lashio, Severing Vital Allied Supply Line In Burma; RAF Raiders Damage Nazi War Plant / Air Accident In Australia Kills U. S. General, Reporter White Shirt Leader Ar~ rainged In Federal Court For Sedition Crittenden County Leads In Number of Competitors ;.i This County Third * Mississippi County ranks third in total enrollment in the Arkansas division of the Plant to Prosper Competition being sponsored by. the Memphis Commercial Appeal. According to tabulations released today by the Plant to Prosper Bureau, Crittenden leads with 3395, Jefferson is second with 750. and Mississippi County has an enrollment of 650. The deadline for county enrolments in the competition, of which the Courier News is co-sponsor, is set for tonight. Counties will not be given credit toward The Commercial Appeal Enrollment Trophy after this time. However, entries from individual farmers will bt received rip to June 1, as some individuals have not had sufficient opportunity to' enroll. Farmers may obtain enrollment blanks and record books from their county extension agents, Farm Security Administration, or by writing to The Commercial Appeal. itish Reveal Use Of Thou- I sands Of Planes In 8| Day Offensive '•&; £ . «™—«._-— •|LONDQN, April 30. (UP) •4-Brilish warplanca battered the big Gnome-Rhone Motor \Vorks outside Paris and renewed slashing 1 daylight attacks on Nazi targets in Europe today on the eighth day ot an aerial offensive in which un estimated 4000 RAP aircraft have participated. jAround 3000 fighter pluncs and '1000 bombers, including many American built aircraft, were 'esti- ni^ ted to have taken part so fur in mbst sustained big-scnlo RAF offensive of the war at a low cast of only about 100 airplanes, i Vichy dispatches said that German reports from . Paris told of 5Q killed and 150 wounded in lust night's moonlight attack on the 'Gnome-iRhone Works. •'The Goodrich Rubber Factory and the Gnome-Rhone Works, both being used by the Germans for 'war production, were heavily pounded for the second time us British bombers swept low over Paris in brilliant moonlight uiul dc- Jiancc of cntense anti-aircraft fire. Extensive damage and big fires were reported by the RAP pilots following the Paris attack. Air experts said Hhat the conn parativcly low loss of British pluncs was due to the fact that Germans had avoided air battles except under the most favorable conditions, although opposition by Nazi fighters is now being increased. The Germans have lost 37 fighters over Europe and 17 bombers over England in the eight day period. Then at dawn today, 'British warplanes resumed their hour--by- hpur\ raids, flying in large numbers oSrer the Dover Straits to Prance.' GEN. MlACARTilUU'S HEAD- QUART13R15, Australia, April HO. (UPJ— Gen. Douglas MucArthur' tinnouncod today that Brig. Gen. Harold (Hi. George, United States Army Air Corps, ' and Melville Jacoby, correspondent for Time and Life mugunines, hud been killed In un air accident. George, u native of New York, lived in Los Angeles. He went through the Philippines Campaign us MucArthur'5 air officer, and WASHINGTON, April HO (W) —Tin- Wur Department Ims posthumously nwunk-d the Dis- tiiiKuishvd Service Mk'dtil l» Brig. Gen. lluruld II. George, 48-year-olil air officer who was killed in an accident in Australia. Tin: uwurd was announced in it communique which suld thai Gen. Douglas MiicArthur had recomimnumkd Uu: award of the medal to Georpn for "exceptionally meritorious service to the Government in a position of great responsibility." csmui with MucArUiur to Australia. George was born In New York state in 1802. He served as Sergeant in Co. E, 3d Infantry New York National Guard, before the lust war and during the first few months of it, when, he became a first lieutenant In the Air force then called the aviation section ol the signal corps. After the war he entered the regular army, He held the Distinguished Service Cross for Heroism in action. Gen. MacArthur in announcing the accident, suld he regarded Gen. George ns one of the outstanding air officers of the world, Jacoby, he said, could have served us a model for a war correspondent tit the front. George distinguished himself in the 'Philippines und on his arrival In Australia ho .started 1 enthuslastl- un authority on pursuit hcucNjunrtcr.s, lie was noted especl- olly as an uuthorty 'on pursuit aviation, to whidi he h:ul devoted mast of his career. Jncoby wiis about 30, tall, blond, Koocl looking and popular with nil his fellow correspondents. He was tlio first known casualty among American war correspondents in the iPaciflc. war. He formerly was n United -Press Correspondent, serving at Shanghai und in Indo- Chlnai and he hud scrvod News Week and t,he National Broudcast- Ing company at Chungking, China, He met his wife, Annnlce Whlt- fleid, at Chungking. She, a .former Hollywood script writer, was work- Ing Tor the China Rcllcl' Committee. They married at Manila last, November. She visited tho Datan front several times. They came to Australia five wncks ago. Mrs. Jacoby, u tiny burncttc, i ccived condoiencen today from many fellow correspondents. She reprc- cnts Life and 'Liberty mugarinesi in Australia. CHATTANOOGA, Tcnn.. April 30. (UP)—George W. Christians, lead- }?r of the Crusader White Shirts who has been indicted on sedition charges, gets a hearing in Federal Court today on his plea for a reduction in his $10,000 bond. Christians made his plea yesterday after the sedition indictment, charging that he attempted to cause insubordination in the armed forces and to obstruct recruiting and enlistments, was returned by a Federal grand jury. "I consider myself a political prisoner rather than ac riminal and should get better treatment,' Christians said. He said he had lost 10 pounds in jail where he has been held Tor several weeks since the sedition charges were first fild by the Justice Department. Christians acted as his own attorney, stating that he had no lawyer "because of the peculiar circumstances surrounding the case.' Trial of Christians on the sedition indictment was set for May 13. Last Call Issued For China Relief The campaign for the China Relief Fund will end tonight, according to a statement made by a member of the committee today. All persons" who have still not contributed to this cause are urged to do so without further delay. As donations are still coming in, it will be several days before the results of the drive can be announced. ® "The spirit of this boy is an example to all Americans," Rep. John W. McCormack told Congress. John McGrath, 13, offered his services to the Army as a "mascot or something" and said he wasn't content "to sit at home and just buy defense bonds and ' stamos.?-.. Maximum Prices On Cotton Goods WASHINGTON, April 30. <UP)<Price Administrator Leon Henderson challenged the southern farm bloc today by setting maximum | prices of finished cotton goods and ' yarns on the; basis of March levels of spot cotton prices. March quotations on spot cotton at 10 southern terminal markets averages 20.37 cents a pound, 1.10 cents below the price set in the 1942 Price Control Act as the lowest Henderson could regulate. Chicago Corn prev. open high low close close May . 83% 84>,& 82% 83Vi 83% July . 8Gvi 87 85% 86 86% School District No. 1 Slated To Receive $884 Mississippi County School District No. 1 will receive $884 under provisions of the 1941 teachers salary, act, according to an announcement made today by the State Education Department in Little Rock. This payment represents part of a total of $43.211 which is being mailed by the department to school districts in 37 counties. This makes the third allotment that has been made from the salary fund, which was created from liquor and sales taxes. Stock Prices A. T. & T. 107 3-4 American Tobacco 37 Anaconda Copper 24 1-4 Bethlehem Steel 55 i-2 Chrysler 53 3-4 Engineers Protest Salaries The Jefferson City, Mo., Engineers Club adopted a ' rosoluton yesterday r criticising., ^'employment methods at the proposed Blythevillo Air Training Base and sent a copy of its protest to the. Truman Senate Investigating Committee, according to information received here today. The resolution passed by the club charged that engineers employed for work on the project were notified after 10 days employment that they would receive smaller salaries, than those promised them when they began work. The club further charged that many of the engineers have resigned from their jobs bul under federal regulations " are thereby ineligible for other defense employment for GO days." 'Neither A. J. Widmer, president of the Widmer Construction Co. nor K. H. Miridcndorf, 'director of the project, could be reached, for a statement late this morning. Coca Cola 0 General Electric 23 General Motors 32 3-4 Montgom. Ward 2f> N. Y. Central 73-8 Inter. Harvester 42 N. Am. Aviation 10 3-4 Republic Steel 15 1-2 Radio Socony Vacuum 7 Studebakcr 2 3-4 4.3-8 Standard of N. J 317-8 Texas Corp 311-4 Packard 2 U. S. Steel '...'.'.'.'. 4G 3-4 New York Cotton prev. open high low close close Mar . 1990 1990 1977 1979 1982 May . 1925 1928 ]<)08 1915 191G July . 1947 1953 1936 1938 1930 Oct . 1969 1974 1955 1956 1959 Dec . 1975 1933 1965 1967 1968 Jan . 1987 1987 1970 1970 1974 Miss Alene Word To Become County's First Woman Solon Mississippi County will have its first woman representative in state legislature with the last minute filing yesterday of Miss Alenc Word, of Osceola, for the office of representative to succeed B. Frank Williams of Osceola, who is seeking the post of senator. She is unopposed. An attorney for the past 10 years, Miss Word is the partner of C. E. Sullenger in whoso office sty started her career. While employed as a stenographer in that office she decided to study law and her employer offered to assist her. After studying for some time she.was admitted to the bar in 1932. Since that time she has continued to be associated with Mr. Sullenger. She specializes in civil practice. Born in Osceola, Miss Word is the daughter of Mrs. P. B. Word of that city. Following graduation from high school there she entered the law office. She is 34. Tin's is her second venture in politics. A number of years ago she was a candidate for the of floe of city attorney. When defeated she said "never again." but friends recently urged her to enter the race for representative and shortly before time for filing closed, she announced she would become a candidate. This will be the first year Mississippi County will have four representatives because of a recent Supreme Court ruling which gave the county an additional representative because of increased population. James G. Coston, also of Osceola, is a candidate for the office of representative now held by L. H. Autry nf Burdettc, who is seeking the post of stnator. Opposing Mr. Coston are Harry P. Dunavant of Keiser and W. F. "Crip" Wells of near Manila. J. Lee Bearden, of Leachville, is a candidate for a second term, and • W. J. Wunderlich, of Blytheville, is seeking the new post. He is nlso unopposed. Sergeant York Thai's right. Sergt. Hoi Us V. York of Medway, Me., cousin oC the World War I hero, handles a grease gun in the motor maintenance school at Ft. Warren, Wyo., quartermaster replacement center. Plan Spelling Bee At Osceola Saturday OSCEOLA, Ark., April 30.—Jim- mic Hale Carlisle, eighth graclo student, will represent Osceola High School In the Mississipp County Spoiling Bee to be held Saturday morning May 2, at 9:30 o'clock under the supervision of Mrs. Thomas R. Ivy. Between 35 and 40 winners from over Uic county will participate in the event sponsored by the Osccolft Junior Chamber of Commerce, E. L. Talliafcrro, president. Joe W. Rhoclc.s is in charge of local arrangements. The winner will go to Memphis to compete in the Mid-South Spelling Bee later in May. Chicago Soybeans open high low clasc p. cl. Mav. 170 179 1741* 174% 178% July. 182-; 183 17814 179% 182 % Rubber Czar As new U. S. co-ordinator for rubber, Arthur B. Newhall, $-year man and former B. F. Goodrich vice president, has broad powers to direct "use, control or production of natural and synthetic rubber.'^ - Second Heavy Allied Attack In 24 Hours On Jap Base In New Guinea GEN. MACAFITHUR'S HEADQUARTERS, Australia, April 30. (UP)—United States and Austra- linn bombing planes have destroyed or damaged .seriously 20 grounded Japanese war planes in their second heavy attack in 24 hours on the enemy base at Lac. on the north New Guinea coast, Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced today. Smaller but none the less punishing attacks were made on the great Japanese base at Kocpang, in Timor Island off the northwest Australian coast, arid Sumalakt in the Netherlands East Indies, MacArthur said in his communique. Japanese planes made three savage attacks yesterday on the Allied airdromes at Port Moresby, on the South New Guinea coast, but thanks to the steadily increasing effectiveness of American fighter planes and Allied guns, they did only trifling damage. The guns of Corregidor, island fortress in Manila Bay, silenced three Japanese batteries and destroyed a truck column in their continuing duel with Japanese guns, MacArthur said. He reported, however, that tho Japanese made a new landing from five troop transports at Parang, Mindanao Island. ' Australian Air Minister Arthur S. Drakeford, in a statement at Canberra today, revealed that United States Catalina bombing planes (Consolidated PBY-5s) were now operating. in the Australian zone. "They are doing a remarkable job," he said. They have been instrumental in striking heavy blows at the enemy advance, and delaying the threatened thrust at the mainland." The other two were believed .to have been damaged. Some quarters feared the British and Chinese soon would be forced to abandon organized defensive action In northern Burma nncl rely on guerrilla tactics. Kiwanis Club Members Hear Talk By Minister The Rev. O. J. Chastain, pastor of First Baptist Church, .was guest speaker at.the weekly luncheon meeting of Kiwanis Club yesterday at (Hotel Noble. \ '. . :.. Norman Ferguson, educational director of Fort Smith Baptist Church, who is here to assist with the annual Spring revival' which the Rev. Mr. Chastain is conducting led the group in singing isongs. He is a member of the Fort Smith Kwanis Club. May July Oct 'Dec Jan )ecisive Battle Rages After Jap Tanks And Planes Batter Defenders ' ,. . CHUNGKING, April 30. UP)—A Japanese mass of- 'ensive, led by tanks and air- Dane's and supported by icavy artillery bombardment, :aptured the key Burma com- . nunications town of Lashio on Wednesday, a Chinese • communique said-today. The communique said that the battle was continuing, however, in 'he vicinity of Lashio, 80 miles rom the China border,'and that both sides had suffered heavy cas- mltles In .the fighting. The cap- .urc of Laship cut off the Allied iripply. route to China and-threat- ' ' enod to encircle- 1 the Chinese and British forces on the central Burna front, but a military spokes- :muY said that the enemy spearheads were being counter-attacked ind might encircled because of their extended communication lines. ; Enemy Tanks Destroyed A dozen Japanese tanks were de- strayed in the Lashio battle. An authoritative statement issued here said that the battle demonstrated the need for concentration of British, American and Chinese fighting power in the Pacific theater and for recognition of the strength of the Japanese who advanced 150 miles in seven days. Lashio, where Allied war supplies for China were transferred from trains to trucks, was in flames.. The spokesman said he was unable to determine whether the fires were started' by' Chinese troops seeking to destroy supplies, by Japanese fifth columnists, or by Japanese aerial bombings. " Chinese Destroy Supptlen "It is known that the Chinese nre busy^bunihk: 'iuppliesv Iwhich they have not lia'd'-'tlme to re-*" move from Lashio,'' he said. "A •' portion of the Chinese supplies stored in the city were removed earlier." It was believed that outnum- berecl Chinese infantrymen were fighting furiously behind improvised barricades within Lashio'a limits, but little hope was held that the resistance could continue long. A Chinese headquarters communique admitted Jap- nnesc advanced forces had entered the southern suburbs yesterday. Although detalJs were lacking, another enemy column was driving on Hsipaw, about 40 miles southwest of Lashio on the railroad to Mandalay. This unit, the- said, already had reached Nnnmank, (or Nanlan) 25 miles southeast of Hsipaw. Allies Still Fight Allied resistance in northern Burma has not collapsed, but the enemy's arrival at Lashio. 'gravely ^imperiled the British-Chinese troops and added a new threat to " Mandalay, 140 miles southwest of Lashio. - • New evidence that American vol- untccr fliers are still hammering the Japanese came in a Central News Agency dispatch which ; said the AVG shot down 22 of 24 enemy Zero pursuit planes which attempted to raid an Allied airdrome at Loiwing on the China- Burma frontier Tuesday night. New Orleans Cotton prev. open high low close close 2013 2011 1996 199G 2000b. 1922 1911 1911 1910 1955 1936 1936 1939 1988 1993 1974 1974 1978 2002 2002 1986 1985b 1988b 1989b 1992b U. S. WEATHER FORECAST BLYTHEVILLE —Mild temperatures today and tonight. Showers and scattered .thunderstorms,-V tonight. Fresh winds tonight. ARKANSAS—Scattered showers, Little tcmi>eraturc! change tonight*

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