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jg MAKE EVERY PAY PBONDDAY t JOil THE PAY-SOIL SAVINGS PLAN' £ VOLUME XXXIX—NO. 43. BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Blytheville Daily New» Blytheville Courier j§ MAKE EVERY PAY ififfj m BOND DAY S JOIN THE PAY-ROLL SA<f!»fiS PLAMi Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader KLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, MAY 5, 1942 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS BRITISH GRAB ISLAND U. S. Must Work To Win Quickly, Stambaugh Says Lion President . "We caift bo content with ultimate victory—we must win as quickly as possible", Lynn U. Stambaugh, national commander of the American Legion, told a group of several hundred visitors including Legionnaires from nearby towns in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri at the court house here last night. The distinguished guest of the Dud Cason post visited Blytheville while making a flying trip through Arkansas * N his national tour and came here ast night from Little Rock with <Jeill Reed, commander of the Aransas department. Emphasizing that every moment ost through indifference on the Dart of individuals will mean a ligher cost for victory, both in noney and in the lives of Amerian boys and men. Commander Stambaugh told his listeners that: "We can't refuse to put into he war effort everything we have and forget everything else. Would Avoid Unnecessary Loss "We can stay half at peace and lalf at war. We can stumble and blunder and possibly win some sort of victory eventually,,but that is not what we want," he continued. "We must have victory for our armies at the earliest possible moment if we arc to avert a needless toll from the ranks that are made up of your sons and mine." Commander Stambaugh spoke as a fighting man. He was an artilleryman in Prance. His clear, forceful words were well chosen and held the respectful attention Nazi Town Of Stuttgart Feels Effects Of Last Night's RAF Attack LONDON, May 5. (UP)—Royal Air Force bombers, whose offensive has been devastating enemy industrial and military installations from Norway to Italy since April 11, struck "in strong force" at targets in southern Germany particularly the night. in Stuttgart, during Stuttgart is an important machine, textile, rubber and chemical manufacturing center of some 450,000 population in southern Germany. It has been raided by the British seven times since the war began, the last time on Oct. 1 1941. To raid it, the British had to make a round trip of at least 750 miles. The plants of such German wai industries as Bosch, leading German specialists in electrical equipment; Daimler Benz, manufacturers of airplane engines, heavj , trucks, tanks and tank engines and of the Hirth concern, manu . facturrvs cV .aircraft equipment, are at "Stu of his audience throughout the address. He warned that this country should never again commit the error of adopting a policy of isolation. "We should have learned that ' First reports of—the.c.rai'ds came from the German radio, which acknowledged that only one "British plane was shot down. The term "in strong force" usually means that scores if not hundreds of planes took part. As usual, the Germans claimed the British attacked "residences." The Germans, in reprisal, sharply attacked the southeast coast of England last night, and a British communique reported some casualties and damage. One German plane was destroyed off the southeast coast. Three German planes were destroyed over airdromes in northern France, which the British attacked early last night. Watchers on the channel saw large formations flying over and soon heard loud explosions on the French coast. Fighters and bombers had shuttled across the channel in daylight yesterday to attack enemy t positions in occupied France. The RAF also attacked enemy shipping off the Netherlands yesterday and those were the operations, presumably, that cost the coastal command two bombers. Seven other British planes were lost yesterday, but the British destroyed seven planes in their sweeps over France, particularly, Le Havre. Japs Open Back Door Of China CHUNGKING, May 5. HJP> — Powerful Japanese mechanized units forced open the brick door to China today, climaxing a three months drive through Burma by crossing the Chinese frontier into Yannan Povince. A Chinese military spokesman announced shortly after 3 p.m. that enemy spearheads had cross the border near the town of Wanting on the Burma Road about 30 miles abovo captured La.sh.io. Although some enemy troops have penetrated as far as two miles into Chinese territory the spokesman said the town of Wanting and Wanting Bridge separating China and Burma still were in Chinese hands. It is L1G miles over the winding Burma Road from the Lashio rail-, head to Wanting. From the border it Ls only 300 air line miles to the German Captured In the picture shown above is HOarman Taylor, who was installed oday as president of the Lions 3lub succeeding Farmer England. Other new officers are: Chester Burma •Boa*d\s"""northcnr""tcrminU5 laldwell. first vice president; Harry Brooks, second vice president; L. E. Old, Lion tamer; and Murray Smart, secretary and treasurer. MacArthur's Flying Fortresses Leave Wreckage At Rabaul and Lae IB DOTH Trapped In Wrecked Cab of Truck Near Pine Bluff; Companion Escapes CUMMINGS Ark., May 5. PRISON FARM. (UP)—Cecil Cartwright, 27. of Booneville, a trusty convict, was fatally burned when trapped in the flaming 1 cab of a truck in which he was riding after it had been sideswiped and wrecked by a passing car near Pine Bluff last night. Another convict. Jess Lawson. 47. Crittenden County, riding with him. suffered burns about the hands and legs while trying to rescue Cartwright. The men were alcne in the truck. They were returning to the prison farm after there is only one way to maintain peace, and that is for some natioi or-combination of nations to enforce world peace," . he said. "We must make up our minds after winning this, war to tell, foreign natipjy: ^Y/.e ?.re J-ired •• of pulling their ; -fchestnuts out of the fire and dictate an 'American peace.'" Great Fighting: Force The only way to do this Is for the United States to build the greatest fighting force in history and use it when necessary. "There's only one nation we can trust to enforce peace, and that's us!" were the commander's words. America is now starting from scratch because of the loss of our strategic outposts, he pointed out in contrasting the difference between our situation in World War I when we sent an expeditionary force to France, trained and equipped troops behind the lines of a comparatively small front, armed them with French artillery and supplied them across one ocean under Allied control. The picture is different today, he continued. We must raise, train and equip a vastly bigger army and transport troops to all parts of the world across great stretches of unfriendly ocean largely-with our own resources. Valley Forge of 1942 "We are at the Valley Forge of this war," he remarked, recalling a recent visit to the historic Valley Forge shrine which he found a source of inspiration and hope. Commander Stambaugh was optimistic, however, in referring to his observations of the progress of the nation's war effort. He said the wrinkles are being ironed out and plants are beginning to produce in a heartening manner. "I've seen America doing what only America is capable of doing." He called on individuals throughout the land to forget jealousies and disputes, to forget "business as usual" and to bend every effort toward winning the war quickly. He likened the war to a giant poker game in which all participants had shoved every chip to the center of the table and where no participant could afford to lose. "Our enemies are putting in everything they have and the only way we can match them is to put all our resources up." he said. The American Legion's national executive committee recently decided against holding the national convention at New Orleans because it was feared th<\t. excessive crowds in that important port-would hinder the Government's vital activities there by affecting transportation facilities and other necessities, Commander Stambaugh told the group here. He said no announce- GEN. MACARTHUR'S HEAD- QUA&TERS, Australia, April 5. (UP)—Two of Japan's biggest invasion bases have been strewn with blazing wreckage by United States Flying Fortresses, Catalina-Consolidated medium bombers and fighter planes in one of their most ferocious attacks, Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced today. Early reports '••'- from advanced American bases indicated that up to 30 Japanese planes were destroyed or damaged. Supply dumps were blown up, big fires were left eating their way through airdrome installations and runways and troops were bombed and machine gunned. Rabaul, in New Britain Island the most important Japanese base in the Australian zone, and Lae in New Guinea were the targets. Brig. Gen. Martin F. Scanlon 52, of Scranton, Pa., veteran of two wars with the United States Army Air Corps, led the raid on Rabau in a Flying Fortress. A United Press dispatch fron the advanced ttose from whicl Scanlon's Flying Fortresses and Catalinas took off said he and hi? men fought through the wors weather since the Allied aerial offensive started. New cannon-firing fighter plane made the raid on Lae. In his communique, No. 15 issuec from his Southwest Pacific genera headquarters, MacArthur announced that United States fighter plane had damaged four Japanese bomb ers and one ,Navy-0 fighter of a formation of nine heavy bombers and 10 Zeros which tried to attack the Allied base at Port Moresby, New Guinea. So promptly did American and Australian interceptor planes rise, the enemy fleet did not even reach the airdrome. MacArthur described the raid as without effect. In their Rabaul raid, American bombers officially claimed three enemy planes blown to pieces by direct hits. An airdrome area on which 20 planes were dispersed was plastered with bombs. Not a single United States plane vas lost in the attacks on Rabaul and Lae and in the defense of Port Moresby. at Kunming and about 675 miles to the Free China capital of Chungking. The spokesman said the Chinese were "holding up" in the Wanting area and expressed doubt that the Japanese would attempt a deep penetration into Yunnan Province. The next enemy move, he said, likely would be a drive on Bhamo, 1.10 miles north of Mandalay in n attempt to isolate the Chinese rom the remaining British forces. The Chinese already have begun a campaign of guerrilla warfare n the Burma front, the spokesman disclosed. .Some observers intrepetcd his to mean Lhat organized re- Stance in certain sectors would be abandoned for guerrilla tactics at which the Chinese have become •ulept during their clashes with the Japanese 'on the Nanking, Chang- sha and other fronts. MADAGASCAR Picked Commando Troops Land On Strategic Island To Forestall Axis Move * * * *• * * * * * LONDON, Muy 5. (UP)—Picked British Commandos, supported by air and naval forces, smashed through Vichy French resistance and landed on the strategic French sland of Madagascar today. Operations si ill "arc proceeding" the British announced. A French hall cry was reported captured and the German' radio said a French submarine and a dispatch boat were sunk in severe lighting for the big Suarez Diego naval jase. Acting in agreement with the U. S., tho British forces, including South Africans, )egan occupation of the bin Indian *- - • . island utter UuM-Yeneh gov- - • Undersecretary Oi War m Texas Peter Krug, German pilot, who escaped from a Canadian Internment camp, after his capture in a smal Sau Antonio, Texas, hotel. whose baggage held a .32 calibin pistol, shells, an improvised knife and the braided straps of a German army lieutenant, was rccog nixed by the hotel proprietor frou an FBI bulletin. <NEA TELE PHOTO). I RIFT ELIGIBLES Senator Taft Offers Measure Affecting Registrants With Dependents WASHINGTON", May 5. (UP) — Sen. Robert A. Taft, R., Ohio, today introduced legislation providing that men with dependents would be inducted into the army in classes based on their family status. The measure would not affect the present iSelective Service de- fermnts for occupational or physical reasons. Explaining 1 the bill to the Senate. Taft said that local Selective Service boards have created confusion by establishing different regulations ments. for dependent defer- • carrying a crew of 40 laborers" from the prison to work on a bridge near Pine Bluff. Officials said the private auto that struck the truck did not stop. Quota Exceeded Here In China Relief Campaign The committee in charge of the China Relief drive has announced that the final results of the drive show the quota for this vicinity has been exceeded by over $100. A total of $1156 has been contributed to the fund for the relief of the war-stricken people of China. The assigned quota, was $1000. ment had been made concerning the location of the 1942 convention but it certainly would not be held in any city burdened with war activities. Convention "Streamlined" This year's convention will be "streamlined," he added, saying that there will be no parades, competition by musical groups and other features which have marked the convention ;n the past. "We are down to serious business this year,'! he told the audience. Commander Stambaugh explained that he had visited Blytheville because he wanted to see this section of ^the stato where "tho (Continued on page 2) "There is hirdly a man today under 45 who is able to make any 1 plans for the future," he said. His measure v/ould establish the following order of dependency classes to be called: 1. Men under 35 who are unmarried and childless or who were married after Sept. 16. 1940, the date of the Selective Service Act. 2. Men between 35 and 45 who are unmarried and childless or married since Dec. 20. 1941. when the draft was extended to include men above 35. 3. Married men under 35 without children. 4. Married men over 35 without children. 5. Men under 28 married prior to the draft witli children. 6. Men between 28 and 35 mar- tied before the draft with children. Smith and Driver Appointed Delegates LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 5.<1JP) -Gov. Homer M. Adkins, has appointed five delegates to represent Arkansas at the annual convention of the National Rivers and Harbors Congress to be held in Chicago May 29 and 30. They are: J. L. Shaver, Wynne: C. G. Smith, Blytheville Graham Burke, Helena: W. J. Driver. Osceola, and Noel Burke, Marianna. 7. Men over married before Engineers Office In Memphis May Soon Let ^Con^ tract On Fields Here J • : It h'as been officially announced by the U. S. Engineers Office in Memphis that bids have been received for the grading of the Twin Ingine Training School and the three Auxiliary Air Fields here. No statement has been made as to vhether or not the bidding has been closed. This is the first time that offi- ;ial information has been released to the effect that the Auxiliary Air Fields would be three in number instead of four, as has been rumored. The site of the fields lias not been disclosed, though it has been understood for some time that they would probably be located in Arkansas and nearby Southeast Missouri. Nothing has been said officially about work on the two proposed bombing ranges or about theii probable location. However, the amount of work that must be done on this project is not extensive. The contracts which arc being let"for work on the School and the Auxiliary Fields consists of: 100.000 to 200,000 cubic yards of grading 800 to 1000 acres of seeding and sodding; work on the Auxiliary Fields, breaking and grading foi run-off drainage, preparation o soil for seeding and sodding approximately 640 acres in each field This work, according to report, i. to be completed in about 15 days ernor general reportedly hud rejected tin ultimatum. Dispatches of the ofTlclal German news agency from Vichy .said was "In full swing" und that the outcome could not yet bo determined but the British foreign office spokesman described Vichy resistance as "light." The people have been reported 95 per cent pro-Allied. Standing; Order to Fijjhl The resistance by French forces at Madagascar was on standing orders of the Vichy government of Marshal Henri Philippe Petaln and instructions by Admiral Francois Darlan as commander of armed forces for all French colonies to oppose any attack. These orders were reaffirmed officially at Vichy following tho recent government changes. The spokesman said the occupation of Madagascar was designed to remove a grave throat to the Allied supply line to the Far East in view of the possibility that the Vichy French government of Pierre Laval would turn the Island o vet- to the Japanese. The United States, backing up he British move, was reported to iave delivered a note to Petaln it Vichy today, repeating its warn- ng that any warlike net by France against the British would )c regarded as against all of the United Nations. U. S. Warships Reported (Axis- brodcastn since • last fiat-, urclay have 'reported U". S. warships, Including the Washington Use Of Stickers Urged In War Bond Drive Here Livestock Hogs, 15.700—14,500 salable. Top. 1410. 180-250 Ibs.. 1400-1405. 140-160 Ibs.. 1275-1360. Bulk sows, 1325-1375. Cattle, 2700. SI. steers. 1000-1525. Mixed yearlings, heifers, 11001250. Si. Heifers, 950-1400 Stocker & Feeder Steers, 9251350. Beef Cows, 875-975. Canners & Cutters, 650-850. There are 72,721 4-H clubs in the United Stal.cs. Dec. 20, 1941, with children. Taft said that under his plan each class would have to be exhausted before the next could be called. He added that the measure would have to be accompanied by increases in soldiers pay and by allowances for their dependents Such bills are now pending. Canadian Dams To Boost Southern Duck Suppl) NEW ORLEANS (UP)— A Cana dian engineer promises southern hunters duck galore next year because of a few well-placed dams in his home territory. Thomas C. Main, an engineer for the Canadian National Railways, now doing some work for a sport-s- mon's club called Ducks Unlimited. estimates that 22.000,000 ducks die annually on brerding grounds when lakes and marshes dry up before they have learned to fly. A few dams, he says, will save millions of this 70 per cent of ducks hatched in Canada during the summer. which are lost tefore they start winging southward. Officials in charge of the Wa and North Carolina, In the Inian Ocean, but there was .no indication they added In the Madagascar operations, The Free French forces were not . mentioned cither.) An Axis broadcast quoting a Japanese spokesman at Tokyo said the Japanese regarded the Madagascar operation as "a direct attack on Vichy but that the military value of the occupation is dubious because the Japanese fleet commands the Indian Ocean." Official details of the fighting ns the British landed on Courier Bay on the north end of the Island under cover of naval and air craft were lacking but the plan wns to move 10 miles across the isthmus to Diego Suarcz, one of the most valuable naval bases m UTC world. The German dispatches from Vichy snid British airplanes In force flew over the Island and the naval base and that warships supported the landing. Undersecretary of War Robert A. Lovett, center, arid/Maj, Gen. Eugena Reybold, left, chief of U. S. Engineers, recently inspected facilities at Consolidated Aircraft Corporation's new plant that produced the plant's first B-24 long-range bomber 100 days ahead of schedule. Pictured with the distinguished guests is A. M. Hal!, Consolidated's division manager of the plant. The inspection tour took place somewhere in Texas. (NBA PHOTO). HE-SMI Caruthersville to Stage Parade Wednesday Opening Pledge Campaign CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo., May 5. —A uulriuo program has been mapped out for the "I Pledge „ . . . . ... .... , America" campaign to be staged Bond, drive m this vicinity have , Wednesday, with Bob Mchrlc, announced that a number of per- chni , ch , c cr*nc iirttrrt Kr»r\» i»rv_/-"i mm cc-n*-T V\r«_ o • i sons have re-canvassed because of their failure to post the blue sticker given them at the time of the first canvass. To prevent a repitition of this, the committee in charge of the sale reminds the public that a sticker will be given to each person called upon. If that sticker is posted in a. window or some prominent place, other canvassers will know that a visit has already been made to that particular individual. Chicago Corn prcv. open high low close close May . 85% 85"^ 85& 85:« 85^ July . 80% 881- 88'k 88',£ 88'% Stock Prices A. T. & T 112 Amer. Tobacco 391-4 Ana. Copper 24 3-4 Beth. Steel 55 1-4 Chrysler 54 7-8 Coca Cola 64 5-8 General Electric 22 7-8 Gen. Motors 33 1-8 Mont. Ward 25 7-8 N. Y. Central 73-8 Int. Harvester 42 1-8 N. Am. Aviation 11 Republic Steel 15 3-8 Radio 2 3-4 Socony Vacuum 7 Studebaker 41-2 Standard of N. J 32 7-8 Texas Corp 31 1-2 U. S. Steel 46 3-4 opens the campaign at 9 o'clock, under direction of R. C. Mulliniks, featuring the high school band, home guard, scout troops, city officials, Legion, service club groups, and other groups, including school children. Colored residents are also to stage a parade, headed by the colored high school band. Following the parade, pledge signup headquarters will be established in the mid-part of the business section, «nncl workers and employer? of individual blocks will march block by block to the sign-up headquarters. Block captains have been named for the various business blocks, and these will lead the individual parades to the headquarters building. Reginald Hitchcock will serve as bugler in sounding "assembly" and "retreat" for the block-by-block parade groups. The old wildcat fire whistle at Dillman Industries plant will be sounded each time 100 pledges are signed. Pledge sign-up headquarters will be in charge of Mrs Grace Shade, assisted by "Office Civilian Defense and Legion Auxiliary workers. Wav>is or an open sea once rolled over what now are the highest peaks of the Rocky mountains. Garment Factory Here May Soon Begin Work On Orders For Government Tho local Ricc-Stix garment factory is expected to begin work at nn early date on government contracts although no official an- lounccmcnt has yet been made. Working on a full-time capacity since it began operations four and i half years ago, the factory new has 380 employes after having opened with a relatively small crew. Payroll of the factory is now approximately $6000 weekly, according to Jack Thro, manager, who said tho payroll of apout $25,000 monthly is expected to be maintained. Mr. Thro, who hns hondcd the organization since the factory was opened. Ls optimistic about . the chances for obtaining novornment contracts which might increase the personnel of tho business. Of the 330 oi the payroll, arc women. Chicago Wheat prev open high low close close May. 121% 121% 120% 121% 121% Timoshenko, Brilliant Red General, Opens New Drive On Long Front LONDON, May 5. (UP)—Arr cd forces, of. Gen. Semyon Ti shcnko. supported by hard-rl Cossack cavalry, today report opened an offensive against Germans from Taganrog to K The Russians were taking initiative--along the entire front from the Arctic to the Black Sea, reports from front line correspondents said, but .the principal blows were being struck-by Timoshenko's men. , He reportedly was aiming his* hardest blows at strategic points around Kursk, Kharkov and Tag- anrog along a line a line 280 miles in length. Yesterday -his airmen dropped leaflets behind the German lines, telling the people of the Ukraine that the Red Army was coming to liberate them. Forest Preserves Under Strict War Regulations .SEATTLE (UP) ~- Strict w.irf.imt. regulations have boon imposed on fores), lands of Washington and Oregon. High hazard regions nnd some municipal watersheds will be closed entirely to public fntry. Power plnnt sites, ixnver dams, conduits, transmission lines, old barns, and snaps nmi timber operating areas j will ;>e closed except by permit. j Other national forest lands will I be open en registration. j Railroads. highways. resorts,! summer homes and the like will j remain open without extraordinary restrictions. Mar. May July Oct. Dec. prev. open high low close close 1998 2001 1996 1997 1997 1917 1922 1914 1920 1918 1943 1947 1942 1945 1912 1970 1975 1969 1972 1970 1984 1987 1981 1984 193:i 1937 New Orleans Cotton Mar. May July Oct. About 6000 French prisoners arc confined in French Guiana. Chicago Soybeans prev. open high low close close May. 178V. 179% 178% 179% 177% July. 124'i 124vi 124 124% 124% July. 182',^ 181?; I83vi Jan. prcv. open high low close close 2021 2022 2018 2017b 2018b 1923 1925 1920 1920 1917b 1948 1949 1945 1945 194£ 1991 1996 1991 1991 19D3 2004 2008 2003 2003 20045 2005b 200Gb U. S. WEATHER FORECAST BLYTHEVrLLB-^Somewhat higher temperatures today and toni5ht. ARKANSAS—Warmer tonight. Showers late tonight in the northwest.

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