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Blytheville, Arkansas
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J§ MAKE EVERY PAY DAY P BOND DAY WIN THE PAT-ROLL SAVINGS PLAN BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST M1SSOU1U VOLUME XXXIX—NO. 42. Blytheville Daily News Blytheville Courier MAKE EVERY FAY DAYl BOND Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, MAV Convoy Attacked PUBLIC 10 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS In Arctic Waters, Germans Declare Five Ships Shot From Under Him BERLIN, May 4. (German broadcast recorded by U.R at New York)—A high command communique today said German warships, submarines and airplanes had fought a severe battle with a strong Allied convoy in stonily Arctic sea.s, .sinking a British 10,000 ton cruiser and sufTering heavy damage to a German destroyer. The battle was fought despite storms and heavy seas and ice, the communique said, with results: A British heavy cruiser was hit twice by Nazi submarine torpedoes mm mm and sank. Several Allied destroyers were damaged in a running; battle. One German destroyer was badly damaged. Two Allied steamships, totaling 12,000 tons, were torpedoed by German destroyers and "in view of the heavy seas they must be reckoned as lost." An Allied munitions ship of 6500 tons and one large freighter were damaged by German airplanes. Another Allied steamship was torpedoed. " The battle was described only as occurring in the "Northern Arctic." SlffEB TO DIE Frank Nuniz leaves Norfolk, Va., rest station to go down to the sea again despite fact that subs have torpedoed five ships from under him. KIllED BI Three-Ycar-Old Daughter Of Joe Gentry Struck Near Hot Springs - OSCEOLA, AI*L, 'May;. 4,—What was intended as a happy vacation trip for the family of Joe Gentry, fanner living four "miles northwest of Osceola, turned into sorrow when their three-year-old daughter, Donna Rae Gentry, was killed almost instantly v.'heri struck down by .an automobile on Highway 7, wear Hot Springs. Garland county officers said the «ar was driven by W. C. Michaels, 67, carpenter of Arkadelphia, who was arrested but later released when the father of the child told Prosecuting Attorney Curtis Ridgeway that he did not wish to prosecute. Mr. Gentry, accompanied by his Wife and child, is said to have left their car and were inspecting ihe small dam anc. lake called Silver Lake when the child unknown to the parents, stepped into the path of the car-. Near the scene is a curve and Mr. Nichaels •said he did not see the child. He stopped his car. With him were J. W. Norman and Reuben Buck of Arkadelphia. Mr. and Mrs. Gentry took the child to the Wade Clinic in Hot Springs but she was dead when doctors examined her. Funeral services were held from the Luxora Methodist Church Sun- clay afternoon by the Rev. Donaghey Duran, pastor, with burial in the Bassess Cemetery. The Gentrys have two other children, Joe Jr., and a daughter. Swift Funeral Home had charge. Adkms Sets Date For Execution Of Ben Adams In Hold-Up Slaying Ben Adams, 46, of Tipton County, Tenn., has been sentenced to die in the electric chair June 5 for the killing in a liquor store holdup at Augusta of Arthur Bowie, May 17, 1941. Adams, whose questioning by Mississippi County law officers resulted in a confession of the crime, pleaded guilty at his trial in August, 1941, to a charge of homicide, but a jury found him guilty of first degree murder. Adams was convicted Aug. 25, 1941, and sentenced to die November Lynn U. Stambaugh, National Commander, Will Be Guest Of Local Group Lynn U. Stambaugh of Fargo, N. D.. national commander of the American Legion who will arrive in Blytheville sometime today to attend a party Riven in his honor by local ex-service men at Hotel Noble from 7 to 8 p. an., will address the general public at the Court House at 8:15 p. m. Commander Stambaugh will come directly from a visit to Little Rock, where he took part in the opening of the State Defense School, and will be accompanied by Neil! Reed, commander of the Arkansas Department of American Legion, and other officials. Mr. Stambaugh. an attorney in Fargo, was born at Abilene, Kan. He is a law graduate of the University of North Dakota and has been active in his profession since 1913. His legal career was interrupted by 22 months of service in the armed forces of the United States during the first World War, 13 months of this service being overseas. He was a private at Camp Dodge, la., in 1917, and was assigned to duty with the 338th Field Artillery. While serving overseas he received his commission as n second lieutenant of field artillerj in 1918 and was sent to the artillery school at Saumur, France. Upon his return to Fargo aftei the war, he resumed'his law practice and became active in the American Legion, joining the Gil bert C. Graf ton Post No. 2. He was vice-commander of this pos in 1930 and was elected post com- | mander in 1931. In 1934, he was elected commander of the Department of North Dakota and was for seven years a member of the American Legion Publishing and Publicity Commission. During 1940-41, he served as chairman of the National Rehabilitation Committee. The complete program for the commander's visit to Blytheville includes the party for ex-service men at Hotel Noble from 7 to 8 p. m., after which Mr! Stambaugh's speech will be heard at the Court House. The public is invited to hear this address. The national commander will be introduced by 29,-but an appeal to 'the. Arkansas Supreme Court stayed the execution until the tribunal affirmed the Woodruff Circuit Cour judgment in March. Governor Adkins set the execution date Saturday as a result of this ruling. Serving life sentences as accomplices of Adams are Arthur McRee. 29, of Memphis, and Calcolm Adkins, 26, of Oxford, Miss. Two 3 r oung women were with the men at the time of the murder, but testimony showed that it was Adams who actually fired the fatal shot. Berlin Admits New Attacks On Germany's Second City Early Today LONDON'. May 4. (UP) —Britain's ong range bomber planes, resum- ng their offensive without await- ig the return of good weather, created "new devastation areas in Hamburg, Germany's second city, greatest port and most-bombed target, early today. Berlin, admitting the raid but asserting that oniy"residential areas were attacked, said six British plane- had been shot down. 'Hamburg's .ship yards anil factories were bombed on the night of April 17. The Germans in their hate raids on ancient English .cathedral cities. pelccted Exeter for their target during the ngiht, and did heavy damage to homes U. S. Gradually Winning Battle Against Submarines In Atlantic; May Soon Take Offensive At Sea Salt Lake Death Trap Claims Another Airliner Casualties, though and shops, severe, were Post Commander . Rosco Graf ton, master 'of ceVemonies. Sylvester Appointed On Shrine Committee R. R. Sylvester of Blytheville has been named a member of the novice committee for the annual Spring ceremonial of Sahara Shrine temple to be held in Pine Bluff on May H. C. S. Lynch, potentate of the temple, has announced. S. W. Boardman of Pine Bluff, past potentate of the temple, is chairman of the committee. An unusually large class of novices is scheduled to be initiated at the ceremonial, Mr. buffet luncheon, Lynch says. A business session, Eastman Empowered To Control Vehicles parade, the initiation ceremonies, and a dance at night will offer a full program for Shriners, he says. the visiting WASHINGTON. May 4. (UP)—President RcosevElt today gave Defense Transportation Director Joseph B. Eastman authority to determine policies to control the use of all rubber-tired transportatian facilities, including passenger cars, buses, taxicabs and trucks. Eastman, interpreting the executive order that gave him added powers, said he believed enforcement of transportation control would be through some rationing plan such a.s of tires and gasoline under the Office of Price Administration. The order authorized him "to facilitate tho continuous adjust- in cut'of the nation and it's .transportation requirements to the available supply of transportation services relying upon rubber." Nation-wide gasoline rationing as . a rubber conservation measure has y benti under consideration by the Jnly administration. Petroleum Co-ordi- ' Oct - nator Harold L. Ickcs disclosed. Dcc- Jan. Sam H. Williams Entertains Employes Employes of the First National Bank were entertained at a steak supper at the Rustic Inn Thursday night by Sam H. Williams, president of tho bank. Eight were present for the informal supper. Although planned for the boys wno will leave soon for the service, it especially complimented Miss Maurine Branson and Spencer Alexander. Miss Branson Is to become the bride of Walter Herd Jr.. of Malvern in the early Summer and Mr. Alexander will wed Miss Mary: Elizabeth Borum Thursday. New Orleans Cotton Mar. New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Jan. Prev. Open Hich Low Close Close 1.095 20G5 1995 1997 1989 1921 1924 1918 1918 1918 1047 1970 1985 1954 1977 1990 1942 1968 1981 1942 1970 1982 1987 1942 1963 1977 1980 May. Chicago Soybeans open high low close p. cl. » 177-* 177ft 178Vi prev. open high low close close 2022 2028 2022 2018b 2009b 1917b 1913b 1951 1956 1997 2000 2008 2012 2012 2012 1945 1991 1946 1993 1942 1985 2003 2004b 1995b 2011 2006b 1997b Illness Proves Fatal T o Cotton Buyer; Services This Afternoon Ralph E. Adams, well-known cotton buyer of this section, died early this morning at Blytheville Hospital. He was 51. Ill for several weeks, he was removed to the hospital several days ago. In a critical condition for some time, several blood transfusions were given but he failed to rally and his death was not unexpected. Funeral services were held this afternoon, 2 o'clock, at Cobb Funeral Home by the Rev. James A. Overholser, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, and the body will be taken to Malvcrn, Ark., for burial there tomorrow. Mr. Adams was born in Malvern Dec. 16, 1890. He was educated in the public schools there and, upon graduation from high school, entered the University of Arkansas. While in college, he was active in student activities and played on the Razorback football team. After leaving the university, Mr. Adams became associated with his father in the grocery business. After the death of the latter, the son continued to operate the business finally selling out to become a cotton buyer. In this capacity, he worked for a number of years in Jonesboro, then moved to Blytheville where he has made his home for a number of years. At the time of his death Mr. Adams was associated with the Howard Cotton Company, a well known Canadian firm. Survivors include his wife, Mrs Esther Adams; a daughter, Miss Betty Adams; his mother, Mrs. Elvira Adams of North Little Rock; two sisters, Mrs. R. F. Norton of North Little Rock, and Mrs. George Cox of Malvern. Pallbearers were: Park Haichett, Joe Thompson of Lepanto, Arch Lindsey. Elmer Patten, Ernest Owen and Leay Prideaux, both of Little Rock. lighter than in the previous raid there April i>4. A unit of the American ambulance corps of Groat Britain was hit and a girl driver killed, Two members of the corps, founded and admin Lsttrixl by Americans, were wounded during the German mass raids on London a year ago and the total casualties among the 420 drivers is now three, remarkably low despite the fact that the drivers have worked through the worst raids en Britain. About 30 Gcman planes took part in the raid, and at least six of them were shot down by guns and night fighter planes. After a one-day lapse. British bomber and fighter command planes carried out offensive operations over northern France Sunday. The raiding fleet, a big one even for these days of mass British raids, bombed clocks at Dunkirk and the Abbeville Airdrome. Hurricane fighter, equipped with bomb racks, made a low level attack- on Abbeville and in addition to bombing and setting fire to airdrome buildings, machine gunned the field. Four German fighter planes were shot down by British Spitfire fighters; three British planes were lost in all operations. High Court Affirms Official's Sentence LITTLE ROCK, May 4. (UP)— The State Supreme*-Court today affirmed the five-year sentence iven Harold Rice, former Ashley County treasurer, on embezzlement charges. Rice, who already had started serving his sentence was short $8068 in his accounts as treasurer. He was serving as Circuit Court clerk at the time of his indictment. One of the grounds on which Rice appealed his sentence was that Luther Franklin, an unsuccessful candidate against him for the clerkship, served on the grand jury that returned the indictment counts. The tribunal affirmed a one- year sentence given Jim Higgins by a Pike County Circuit Court on charges of assault with intent to kill. Higgins was convicted of having stabbed Charley Gentry Marshall of Delight on July 3, 1941, in a restaurant following an argument over payment of a 55 cent food bill. Crashing into mountains of the Wabutch range within 7 miles of Suit Lake City, Utah, a United Airlines Mainliner was completely destroyed, its crew of three and 14 passengers killed. Top photo shows the members of the crew, left to right, Capl. Pilot_Don Brown, Stewardess Nevu Ctmtweli and Co-pilot Harold Miner; below, the tangled muss of mctu'l thut was once their ship. (NEA TELEPHOTOS). Two Enemy Transports Suffer Direct Hits As Americans Raid Rabaul Fred Manna's Grandmother Dies Sunday At Morrilton Mrs. L. B. and Fred Hanna left Blytheville this morning for Morrilton, where they GEN. MACARTHUR'SS HEADQUARTERS, Australia. May 4. (UP)—United States Army bombing planes, striking twice within a few hours at the dangerous Japanese invasion base at Rabnul in New Britain Island, have scored direct Off ice Is Contracted The U, S. Engineers of rice in Memphis today announced the award of a contract to the Memphis Construction Co.. in an amount Icrvs than $1,000,000, for tho construction of a temporary office building -ai the Army advanced Flying School here. No announcement has been made regard hi}; the dale when work will begin on tho project. The Mc-mphls ^office hus also re- hits on two transports and dam-Poised information to the effect- funeral services of will attertd Mrs. R. M". Brown, who was Mrs. Hanna's mother and Fred's grandmother. 'Mrs. Brown, 94, died suddenly at her Morrilton home early Sunday morning. Funeral services will be held this afternoon. Antarctica extends slightly out side the Antarctic Circle at several points. aged a third, Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced today. New American fighter planes, equipped with cannon, at the same time destroyed or damaged 10 enemy planes from the fleets which arc attacking Port Moresby, the United Nations advanced base in New Guinea. MacArthur reported that Allied Dlancs had attacked enemy shipping at Rabaul Harbor in a night raid Saturday night, and Sunday morning, and had .scored direct hits on at Icaat one transport. New United States fighter planes, in what MacArthur called a brilliant interception of 12 Japanese bombers and ei«ht fighters which attacked Port Moresby, .shot down three big bombers and a fighter. On Saturday they .shot down four and damaged two of a formation of 15 enemy Navy-O fighters. There are Tour birds wings are too .'.mail for that if is accepting bids for construction of railroad facilities at the training center here. The work consists of constructing approximately 8300 track-feet of standard gaugi. 1 railroad track. The bids "will be opened at LI a.m. May 11. R. R. Reynolds, 81, Dies Of Pneumonia flying: cas.soway, emu, kiwi, and ostrich. OSCEOLA, Ark. May 4.—Funeral sorviccs for II. R. Reynolds, 81. who died at, the Dyoss Hospital Saturday from pneumonia and chronic anemia, were hold from the Basse U, Cemetery Sunday afternoon. Mr, Reynolds, who was born ;md roared in Alabama, had farmed in t.hf Brytli<;villc and Marie sections for 17 years. Ho Ifavr.s two .sons, Robert, Reynolds of Blythovjlle. and Franklin Reynolds of Marie with whom he mrule his home. Travis Funeral had charge of arrangements. ES HIES HELD MBDfl Services Held At Osceola For Prominent Landowner and Gin Operator OSCEOLA, Ark., May 4.—Funeral services for Robert Taylor Segravcs, prominent landowner and gin operator of Osceola and Bur- dcttc who died suddenly from a heart attack sufTcrcd at his home here nl. 8:45 Friday night, were helri from O.sceola BnplJsl, Church nt 3:30 o'clock Sunday aftornQon with burial in Ermen Cemetery. Services were conducted by the Rev. Harold B. Tillman, pastor, assisted by the Rov. Ralph Doug- la.s, pnstor of Luxora Baptist Church. Mr. Scgraves, who was 54. had been in 111 health for over two years and with Mrs. Segravcs had returned only 10 days ago from Avon Park, Fla., where they spent each Winter. Their daughter, Mrs. C. E. Crablroc of Avon Park, accompanied them home in order to drive for her fal.her and had left for her home Thursday reaching as far ns Jacksonville, Fla., when the message of her father's death reached her. Mr. Ctfabtrcc joined her in Jacksonville for the return U. S. Naval Commander Says Situation Better; Cites Growing Strength LONDON, May 4. (UP) — Admiral William R. Stark, commanding U. S. naval forces in European waters, said today that the' submarine menace oft the American Atlantic coast was being beaten and expressed hope that the British and American navies soon would be able to strike offensively nt the AxLs on the principle of calculated risk. • "We can't win the war fighting defensively," Stark:' said. "Reckless arid 'unprepared action only loses'wars," he said. "The strategy of calculated' in which we .strike the enemy and strike him .hard'will'.produce xVic- tory." Cites Naval Production He .said that the IL S. had been producing two .merchant ships a day for the last month and.'that while 30 American • warships : were produced last year the coming-year would see 100 new American, naval units afloat. "And the following year will be even greater," he said. Stark'declined 'to define the lim- Ls of his new command of U. S. navnl units in European waters, but it was believed it would include" American vessels .operating in the Mediterranean as in the last war. •• ' . * Lauds Co-operation Praising Anglo-American naval co-operation, he said: "The Admiralty and the American naval command have been trading Information, including everything we know; and everythig we think we know, ; "Defeat ot the -submarine threat Is as vital to victory in this war us It was in the last." Then expressing optimism regarding the outlook,, he said thab though ship sJnlclngs had - increased during the s .last two- months, mostly ofT the Atlantic coast, the lass of tonnage in;, the last eight or 10 months showed a much better situation compared with previous period of similar length, .,,.'. reared in Dyorsburg, came to Mississippi years ago and became Registrations Begin Today For Sugar Rationing Books Chicago Whevt open high low prev. close close May. 12H.4 122'i 121',, 121% 121% July. 125 125V; 124% 125% 124% Chicago Corn May open high low Business Men Offered Physical Education Work Joe Dildy. Blytheville High School athletic coach who hopes to begin a civilian physical education program at Haley Field tonight at 6:30, announced today that the course could not be under- aken unless at least 30 members prev. are enrolled. All persons interested WASHINGTON, May 4. (UP)— Million of Americans begin registering today for their first raton books. Tlie books will be used in the sugar rationing program which starts tomorrow. They may be used later for other nroducts. Thus even those persoas who have no use for sugar are urged to register. Sugar sales have been .stopped for more than a week. They will be resumed at 12:01 AM., EWT., tomorrow for those who have the new ration books. The four day registration for consumers will be conducted in neighborhood schools. The entire family doesn't have to register. Although each member will be issued a ration book. Any adult member—a parson 18 years or over or any married persons of age—can sign up for fhe entire Hotel Noble Manager V/ill Leave For Army T'hi! Dross, manager of Hotel Nnblc lor nlmo-si a year, will leave Sunday for San Antonio, Texas, whrro he will be inducted into the Armv. the pound every two weeks rather than weekly. The only persons who will not. need the ration books are members of the armrci forces and individal.s confined to in.stit.ul.ionr>. Members of the fi.mily awny from !San Antonio whore he was connect- home, .such as children at school. J cri with a leading hotel. are to bo registered with their family unius a.s individuals tem- Reami in Meridian. Miss., where his iamily had long lived, Mr. Dims rame to BlyUieville from 86 July. 182% 182v» 1811* 181 : ;i 181 % July 86 >/, QOT' OO'/n 86 v close close in taking part in thi program are li Bali 80-^ unged to contact Mr. Dildy either 887*1 at his homo or at the school. porarily absent. Maids, gardeners. patrons of boardinc houses' and others not, related to the head of a. house must register for themselves. The CPA believes that the number of books distributed will not exceed 130.000.000 although 150,000,000 have been printed. Rationing was rnarie necessary because available supplies of sugar must be shared with the Allied Nations and becmsr shipping tonnage which ordinarily brought in supplies from Cuba and Puerto Rico now is being used to carry -strategic k> O.sceola. Born and Tenn,. ho County one of the county's most successful fanners and gin operators. In addition Lo his own holdings he operated the 3000-acre Hightower Plantation at Burdctte owned by former Gov. Frank O. Lowden of Illinois. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Eula H. Segraves; one son. S. E'. Scgraves of Luxora; a daughter. Mrs. C. B. Crabtree of Avon Park. Fla.; one brother and two sisters. G. B. Se- pravo.s and Mrs. A. E. Thornc of O.sceola, and Mrs. J. W. Cartwright of Memphis. His mother. Mrs. Shcrrod Segraves of Trenton, Tenn.. also survives. Pallbearers were C: B. Wood, C. Question Of Appointive Powers Of Mayor W. D. Byrd Holds Interest CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo., May 4.—Caruthersville citizens await with interest ; the regular May meeting of the city council tom'ght, the'first'since Mayor W. D. Byrd was elected to that post, defeating Dr. D. D. Pinion, incumbent for the past eight years. Usually, appointive posts of the city's administration are filled by the mayor at the regular May meeting, with ratification of the council. But in a surprise and unprecedented maneuver, Dr. Pinion and the council in : a delayed meeting last month, voted in an ordinance that would, if legally upheld, strip the mayor of all appointive powers, and make it mandatory for the council to fill appointive posts. In voting in the new ordinance, the council voted a four-four tie on the measure, and also a four- four tie to table the' proposal before the third reading^ In each instance, Dr. Pinion cast what he said was the untying and deciding vote. He voted against tabling the measure, and for creating the new ordinance. Legality of the new 'ordinance has aroused' considerable debate, it being pointed out that under Missouri statutes for third class cities, such as this, that in creation of ordinances for legislation of a city, that the ordinance must receive a majority vote of the councilman, and that therefore the mayor is F. Tompkins. Tom Colli.s. Robert ] not entitled to vote. Stock Prices Gillcspic, Frank Williams and Bruce Tvy. Those from out of town here for the funeral were Mrs. Dan Cotton. Tom Cotton, Mr. and Mrs. family and get a separate ration lores Somo sugar also is ncedcd book for each ir. ember. For the first eight weeks each person will be allowed eight ounces of sugar per week. Actual distribution, however, will be made by in the manufacture of munition. Violations of the rationing order are punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000 or imprisonment of not more than one year, or boih. A. T. anri T .............. Ainer. Tobacco .......... 381- Anaconda Copper ........ 247-8 Beth. Ktcrl ............... 545-8 Chry.slrr ................. 53 7-8 Cora Co!;i ............... 65 General Electric ......... 22 5-8 Gen. Motors ............. 32 3-4 Mont. Ward ............. 253-8 N. Y. Central ............ 71-4 Int. Harvester ............ 417-8 N. Am. Aviation ...... ... 107-8 Republic Steel ............ 151-2 Radio .................... 23-4 Sccony Vacuum .......... 67-8 Studebaker .............. 43-8 Standard of N. J ........ 32 5-8 Howard Hugo. Ann Claire Hugo and Dan Cotton from Dyersburg: Dr. Joe W. Wynne and Mr. and 3-4 j Mrs. Joe R. Enochs of Newbern. Tenn. Texas Corp. U. S. Stool 31 3-8 4fi !5-fJ Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS, 111,, May 4.— (UP)— Hogs: 15,000 Top. 14.25 180-250 IDs., 14.10-14.25 140-160 Ibs.. 12.90-13.75 Bulk sows, 13.25-13.85 Cattle: 3900 SI. steers. 10.25-15.50 Mixed ycarl., heifers, 11.00-12.75 SI. heifers, 9.50-14.25 Stocker, feeder steers, 9.25-13.50 Beef cow,s 8.75-9.75 Cannors and cullers, G.f)0-ft.50 In the past, the 15 or 20 city appointive posts have been filled by the council accepting the mayor's recommendations of individuals to these posts. Red Cross Directors Meet Tomorrow Night Board of directors, Chickasawba Chapter. American Red Cross., wilt meet tomorrow night at 7:30 o'clock at the office of Kendall Berry, Chairman. A business discussion for the next month's activities will take placo at this regular monthly meeting. U. S. WEATHER BLYTHEVILLE—Continued cool tonight, ARKANSAS—Little change tonight. temperaturq

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