The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 6, 1942 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, May 6, 1942
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MAKE EVERY PAY DAY! BOND DAY THE PAY-ROLL SAY1H8S FLAK .VOLUME XXXIX—NO. 44. BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI MAKE EVERY PAY DAY) BOND DAY Blytheville Daily News Blytheville Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader KI-YTHKVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 11M2 CORIIGIDOR FALLS AFTER JAPS LAND Japs Advance Along Burma Road AT 11 OF TIKI MRS' » Airdrome of American Fliers Apparently Objective As Japs Press North CHUNGKING, China, May 6. (UP)—Japanese forces were reported advancing in fierce fighting along the Burma Road in Yunnan Province in southern China today, apparently in the direction of the Poashan airdrome of the American Volunteer Group. Reports from the Burma frontier front were meager and the situation was obscure at the border town of Wanting, but reinforced Japanese mechanized units were reported to- have stormed Chinese defenses in that sector. Dispatches said that the enemy column which reached Chyukhok on the Burma side" of the border opposite Wanting had been further reinforced before attacking the Chinese. Although the outcome of the battle was not specifically described, it was said that the Japanese had advanced later northeastward into Yunnan despite "the most furious Chinese resistance." Poashan, used by the A.V.G., but often bombed by the" Japanese, is about 100 miles up the Burma Road enroute to Kunming. In Shanghai guerrillas bombed the Japanese naval headquarters, an important bank and the electric power plant. The railroad to Changsha northeast of Shanghai also was dynamited. Chinese military quarters recently estimated that as many as 400,000 Japanese troops had been removed from occupied eastern Cliina -and sent to, : other theaters of war including' 1 the • Netherlands Slaying of Negro To Be Investigated LITTLE ROCK, May G. (UP) —U. S. District Attorney Sam i Rorc.v today announced that U. S. Attorney General Francis Middle had ordered a grand jury investigation oi the fatal ^hooting of Sergt. Thomas I*. Foster, negro soldier, by Little Kock Patrolman A. J. Hay during: a near rot on March 2Z. In Washington, Biddlc said he acted at the request of the War Department which had asked that prompt action be taken "in view of the necessity that soldiers, white or black, be afforded protection, when on pass in a civilian community. The grand jury investigation is exacted to begin about June 1. ' ' East Indies, Burma. New Guinea and MEE BILLOT F Committee Nominates Candidates For Club Election Here Next Week Kavanaugh Francis and James Nebhut head the two slates of officers presented by the nominating committee of the Junior Chamber of Commerce at Monday night's meeting at the Hotel Noble. The election will be held at the next meeting. The slates are as follows: president—Kavanaugh Francis, James Nebhut; vice president^-A. E. Hickmon and Hermon Carlton; secretary—Elbert Huffman and John Burnett: treasurer—Charles Brogdon. Bill Young. Other names may be added to the ballot if a petition signed by five members is sent to the nominating committee five days before the election. Also at the next meeting the board of directors and delegates to the national convention will be named. Five directors will be selected from the following eight candidates: Renkert Wetenkamp. Louis Davis. Howard Burton, Max Logan, B. B. Goodman, Bancroft Terry. L. S. Benish, and J. Farris McCalia. Plans were discussed for sending a delegation to Dallas for the national convention the week of June 16. Several members from here may go. The club will buy official Arkansas Jayccc jackets for all local in embers who attend the convention. Letters from distinguished visitors to the Arkansas convention held here last month were read, and plans for helping to furnish day rooms at Camp Robinson were discussed. In addition to the 27 members present there was one visitor. Ed Davi.s. who was recently inducted into the Air Corps at Sikeston, a former member. Rouse Harp, of Barksdale Field, La., and a new member, Marvin Nunn Jr. Levee Work Contracts To BeLet Bids for approximately $1,700,COO of levee improvement work on the St. Francis and Mississippi Rivers were opened at the U. S. Engineers Office near West Mem- phs, yesterday but the successful bids will not be announced until sometime today, according to Col Jarvis Bain, district engineer. Work on the levees will be in the vicinities of Charleston, Mo.; Bird's Point, Mo.; Butler, Ark.; Wilson' Tunica, Miss.; and Lakes Charles La. Among the contractors bidding on the projects were: Driver Construction Co. of Memphis; William Crumpecker and Son of Morehouse Mo.; C. J. List Construction Co of Kansas City, Mo.; Hughe; Construction Co. of Paris, Tex., CVDell and Riney Construction Co of Kirkwood, Mb.;. West' 1 -.Memphis Constructor! Co., ' Jackson/'Miss. Ungrateful Soldier Repays Benefactor By Stealing Car "Sharper than a serpent's tooth, is base ingratitude," is a statement made by William Shakespeare several centuries ago r but A. M. Laster of Oak Park, 111., probably thinks there's nothing untimely about the remark. Recently, Mr. Laster was driving his car, a '39 DeSoto coupe, along a highway when he noticed a young fellow dressed in a soldier's uniform thumbing a ride just outside Effingham, III. Mr. Laster, a patriotic citizen, thought he'd help the army along and picked the man Second Carhop Contest Draws.Huge Throng L O'O U. S.-Sritish Aid Helping Russians MOSCOW, May 6. {Ul')—A strong; Red ;irmy offensive, hacked by it jjtciulily Increasing flow of United Stutcx mid Brit- bii slid, is Inking a hcuvy (oil of tl><: hastily mobilized German reinruivfim'nts all along the 1800-mile Kusslun front, official Soviet ucoounts taid 10- day. (iermtut workers ufe being taken f i o in factories and heinir thrown into the fighting without military training txv eanse of the liirge enemy lossi'S, the official Tass News Agency said. The government newspaper Iv.vcstia said that the. offensive now underway will .steadily he- ., come stronger and will curry out Stalin's May Day order to the lied Army to defeat Germany in 1042. Wainwright's Men Are Overwhelmed; 6500 Taken Captive GENERAL MacARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS, Australia, May (>. (UP)— Corregidor and its three sister fortresses, America's last islet bastions guarding the entrance of Manila Ray, with garrisons of upwards of 6500 American troops, sailors and army nurses, surrendered to the Japanese today. The regular garrisons numbering more than 3000 had been increased by 3500 naval men and marines who had been exticuated to Corregidor from *—— :.: • - • _^ llataan. This loin I had boon re-! dueod by an unknown number of casualties. Firing ceased on Correyldor and Llic islands of Cabatlo, El Frallc, and Carabao this morning after Japanese shock troops stormed the north beach of Correi^idor, cross- Ing the Boca Chlco channel from Batann Peninsula In Invasion barges. Defenders Worn Out Pemiscot Jail Break Reported Law officers here have been asked to assist Pemlscot County officers in apprehending Jesse Willie Fletcher, 22, who escaped from the Cimithensvlllc }nll cnrly this morning. Convicted of tampering with an automobile, Fletcher had been sentenced to serve two years In the penitentiary and was being hold at Caruthcrsvllle until arrangements could be made for his transfer, Pemiscot County authorities Indicated today that Fletcher tore a piece of pipe from .a shower and used It to dig an opening at the corner of a window in the jail. He forced himself through an opening only six and a r half inches in dl- ameUr • to make his escape,- then dropped from the second stoVy of the building tq the : ground below. The escape, \ it was reported, took place about 9:30 'last night, but was not discovered Imtil this morning. Six other prisoners, who could have made their escape, refused to do so find remained In Jail. The little garrison, tired and at the end of its resources, eould not withstand tho attack which was bucked up by tcrrillc bombardment from dive bombers and heavy guns, and Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwrlght asked for the Japanese terms of capitulation. An army spokesman emphasized thut resistance continued In northern Luzon, Mindanao, Cebu and other Islands. Gen. Douglas TOMES MucArthur announced the end In a special com- munique at 4:15 ]). m. today, 1:15 a. rn. central war time. "Gen. Jonathan M. WainwrlRht has surrendered Corrogidor and the other fortified Islands In Manila harbor," the announcement said. I,usl Attack 27 Days Thousands of spectators throng the seawall at Galveston, Texas to watch the selection of the second carhop queen. AtMeft is Ruth Allen, Galveston, winner of a $25 defense bond as the weightiest contestant and at right, W. D. McMillan, president of the Galveston Beach Association, presents Miss Joy Walls of Houston with $100 in. cash, a $25 defense bond and a trophy as she was selected the 1942 winner. (NEA PHOTOS). up. The soldier told him that he was going to Louisiana and Mr. Laster offered to take him a good part of the way. Along the road, the two men stopped several times for food, with .Mr. Laster footing the bill each time. It seems that the young fellow was stone broke. They arrived in Blytheville late Sunday night. The soldier, having no money with which to rent a room, apparently was faced with the prospect of spending the night in someone's barn or on a park bench, but again Mr. Laster proved his generosity. Kc took the boy to his own room with him. Early Monday • morning, while the older man slept, the soldier quietly arose, stole the former's keps, stepped in his benefactor's car, -and headed for parts unknown. A sadder but wiser Mr. Laster called the local police as soon as he awoke and discovered his loss. The call went out all over the country asking all law officers to be on the lookout for the missing car and, by no means least, the ungrateful soldier. Yesterday, officers here were notified that the car had been found abandoned in Poplar Bluff, Mo., but the thief was still missing. So, as- the situation now stands, one highly ungrateful young man is being sought by numerous law officers and by one highly indig- nanfi former benefactor. Vichy French Forces Resist Fiercely, However, As Commandos Push On VICHY. Prance, May G. (UP)— British forces have driven into Diego Suarez, great French base in Madagascar, and Vichy forces are fighting them fiercely in the Fugitive Says German Youths Will Try To Carry On Hilterism CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo., May 6.—Oscar Stern, escaped prisoner from Czechoslovakia and refugee from a Hitler torture dungeon, told a large crowd here Sunday night at the Baptist Church that "The Allies will win the war, but when it is over, Hitler, will not die. So long as there lives any of modern-clay German youth, who had been taught since cradlchood to think, act and live for Hitler and the Nazi party, Hitler will live." Born and reared in Czechoslovakia, the son of orthodox Jewish parents, the squat, thick-set refugee first came to America at streets of the town, .official advices i the age of 15 to visit an aunt from Madagascar said today. and uncle. Attracted by the Salva- Strong forces of French and na- jtion Army and its teachings, he tive Malagasie (Madagascar) troops Recruiter Shows Films 0 f Marine Activities Moving pictures of the activities of marines were shown at the high school yesterday afternoon by Staff Sergt. A. C. Friedl, who left today after three days of recruiting activities here. The three reels were "World's Fair Marines," "From Ships of the Air. 1 ' and "The Marines Have Landed." Monday night, the same pictures were shown to the audience following the wrestling match nt tho Legion arena. Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS. 111., May 6. (UP)—Hogs: 10.700—9,500 salable. Top, 14.10 180-250 IDS., 13.90-14.05 140-160 Ibs., 12.65-13.50 Bulk sows. 13.25-13.80 Cattle: 2350 SI. steers, 10.00-15.25 Mixed year!., heifers 11.00-12.75 SI. heifers. 9.50-14.00 Stocker, feeder steers, 9.25-13.50 Beef cows, 9.00-9.75 Canners and cutters, 6.50-8.75 Chicago Soybeans open high low close p. cl. May. I79 1 /j 182 179v, igi-y, 179-* July. 183'A 185 Vi 183'/i 185 183% are resisting a British drive on the nearby Antsirane naval base, on Diego Suarez bay, the advices -said. British Commandos, parachutists and regulars had taken possession of the entire Ambrc peninsula tip from Courier Bay on the west coast, where they landed yesterday, to Diego Suarez on the east. Governor Leon Annet wirelessed the government today: "French-Malagasie resistance had lost none of its strength." He had promised to resist to the last. Britain moved more ships info Courier Bay during the night, and the British now had a force of at, least 12 ships, including cruisers. destroyers and four transports, it was asserted. In addition they had one or more aircraft carriers out at sea. beyond the range of coastal guns. Explain Certificates For Rationing Sugar Local sugar registration officials are emphasizing the fact that certificates No. 1. 2, 3, and 4 entitle each holder to buy one pound of sugar instead of a half-pound. These certificates are each issued for a period of two weeks and allow for one-half pound of sugar per week. However, the sugar must be bought by the pound, according to the regulations governing use of the certificates. oined a Protcslant church. Served With Austrians He served with Austrian forces against Russia in the first world >var, and when it was ended he married a genHle and settled in Jermany, ultimately becoming the head of an insurance firm. In 1938 when Hitler began his persecution of the Jewish race, Mr. Stern and his wife were asked to sever their membcship with the Baptist Church in their home town, for fear Hitler would persecute the cntin; church membership to "get even" for Stern being a member. On a strain one day on a business trip. Stern told 'a joko about Hitler and Herman Goering, and was overheard by an undercover Gestapo agent. Arriving at his destination, ho was arrested and within four hours, wns found guilty and sentenced to n year. Imprisoned in an umirrground torture dungeon, Stern saw hundreds of prisoners tortured and finally dragged out to be -shot. After sevon months, suffering constantly from nervous exhaustion, stern suffered a stroke and v:as taken above generation been drilled Lo think, act and live for Hitler, that children often "inform" on their own parcnUs, knowing when they did so that their parents would be punished, imprisoned, or killed. 7"hc older people of Germany, Mr. Stern said, did not want this war and constantly hope for Hitler's death, and the end of hi.s brutal reign. To substantiate this statement, Mr. Stern pointed to the many "purges" ordered by Hitler in Germany, and adjacent countries over which he is ruler. The people boiiv; purged arc elderly people opposed to Hitler and Nazism, and who had finally been ferreted out by the Gestapo and killed to keep thorn from spreading additional discontent and unrest. ground for Sunday, he hospitalization. One managed to min«Ic Attends Convention There had been a bla/lng climax of 27 clays and nights In which the little garrison of American and Filipino defenders, including army nurses, stood up unflinchingly' to an unceasing attack by> dive bombing planes and big guns. The Japanese now control Manila - Bay and resistance in the Philippines except for isolated .UnlUi.sOn small j.slund^ ^nd, guerrilla bands.:wos over. The end came .when Japanese shock troops stormed the north shore of the Island under cover of big guns and planes and effected a landing. No details were Immediately available for with the fall of Corregidor formal communications ended, and the little knots of brave men, Americans nnd Filipinos who fought on the Islands,' were completely Isolated except for such messages as they might be able to Big Enemy Guns Destroyed Machine Gun Nesjs Before Jap Swarms Came WASHINGTON, May 6. (UP)-A heavy artillery attack on Corregidor beach defenses successfully blasted away barbed wire .entanglements and machine gun nests preceding the Japanese landing on the island fortress, the War Department disclosed today. ,A commu- nique said that the • Japanese stormed the fortress in a large number of steel .barges which they used to crosjs. the 'short"water routo from the tip of Bataan Peninsula. Tiie war bulletin also disclosed that chemyvjeihforccmehts landed in the vicinity of. Malabarig on the wcslern end .of Mindanao • Island was moving in steel barges up the Pulangl River in -Mindanao. In the last few days before Corregidor capitulated, the War Department was informed In a message from Lieut. Gen. Jonathan M f Watnwrlght that casual- tics among the defending troops were heavy and damage to mill- . tary installations was severe. : f/ct to Australia field radios. by their weak B. A. Lynrh. president of the Farmers Bank and Trust Co., left Sunday for Tint, Springs, where he is attending a mooting of the Arkansas division of the American Bankers' Association. Mr. Lynch is a past president of this organization. with visitors who came to tho hospital, and effected his escape. Says Youth to Carry On Mr. Stern said it would be a generation after the war is over before Hitlerism and Nazism are dead. So .strongly have German boys and girls of the present Willie Lee Williams, Dyess Boy, A Casualty Willie Leo Williams, son of Clyde Williams of Dyess, was killed in action sometime during the first four months of the war, according to an announcement issued yesterday by the U. S. Navy Department. How Young Williams met his death, and where, was not revealed in the announcement. U.S.S. Marblehead Travels 13,000 Miles; Buckets Kept Her Afloat WASHINGTON. May 6. (UP)— The American light cruiser Marblehead which In the Navy's words was "bombed to Hell" in the battle of the Dutch East Indies, has limped into an cast coast port for repairs after a three month journey home that covered 13,000 miles, it was announced today. The Marblehead, the Navy Department said, steamed half way around the world to return, home after .sustaining tremendous damage in .Japanese air attacks Feb. 4 in the vicinity of Balikpapan, Borneo. Her epic trip back to the U. S. refuted the repeated enemy claims of her sinking and testified to the courace and skill of the captain and crew that kept their ship going "even though water at times poured like n torrent through her sides." At the time of the attack the 555- foot cruiser was operating with four American destroyers; i the American cruiser Houston which later was lost, three Dutch light cruisers and three Dutch destroyers. They were attacked by a flight of at least 54 Japanese planes opcr- atinp; in formations of nine. Tine Marblehead received (two direct hits and was badly damaged under water by a near miss. Sho was rocked by explosions, swept by fire and nearly flooded. Her steering gear was completely disabled. The bombing caused the death of 15 men and the wounding of 20 more and forced the Marblehead and her escorting destroyers to return to the south coast of Java with the cruiser stesring by her engines. Water poured into her in such volume that her pumping equipment had to be supplemented by a bucket brigade which managed to avert a swamping while emergency repairs were made. Lion Members Hear Program of Music A program sponsored by the music committee of the Woman's Club entertained members of the Lions Club at their weekly meeting at Hotel Noble yesterday. Artists who presented the program were Mrs. James A. Chwrholscr, vocalist. Mrs. Bill Hcndrix, pianist and Mrs. Rives Allen, violinist. Their presentation was a feature of the annual Music Week observance here. Lion President Karman Taylor who succeeds Farmer England headed the group of new officers Installed at yesterday's meeting. Others Installed were Chester Cald- wcll, first vice president; Harry Brooks, second vice president; L. E. Old, Lion tamer, and Murray Smart, secretary and treasurer. Guests included Norman Ferguson, Fort Smith; Dr. G. S. Atkinson, formerly of Manila, and Robert A. Lcflar of Fayctteville. ing operatio*nV fl Japahestr* including* 9.4 "inch guns emplaceck In many new positions became ex- < cecdingly severe. There was little ' rest from artillery and air bombardment, Walnwright;reported artillery fire was more/ devastating than the aerial assault. The " communique ' pointed out that the artillery and. air attacks were a continuation of operations against the forts which began soon after Bataan's capitulatlojtt on April 9. These attacks increased in severity as the Japanese 1 " moved heavy batteries up the slopes of Mount Marvclis in Bataan from which they eould fire down Into the fortress. Wainwright's report on operations in Mindanao also revealed that the enemy was exerting heavy pressure on American troops near Digos on that island. ' Stock Prices A. T. & T Ill 1-4 American Tobacco 38 1-2 Ana. Cqpper 245-8 Beth. Steel 55 1-4 Chrysler 55 1-4 Coca Cola 641-2 General Electric 23 Gen. Motors 33 1-4 Mont. Ward 25 7-8 N. Y. Central 71-4 Int. Harvester 413-8 N. Am. Aviation 10 7-8 Republic Steel 151-4 New York Cotton Mar May July Oct Dec Jan prev. open high low close close ,1999 200 1994 1056 1997 1917 1920 1915 1917 1920 1944 1947 1939 1943 1945 1972 1974 1979 1970 1972 1983 1986 1979 1987 lOi'57 IOW5 1931 1984 1980 1989 Radio 2 3-4 Sccony Vacuum 7 Studcbakcr 4 3-8 Standard of N. J 32 7-8 Texas Corp 317-8 U. S. Steel 46 5-8 New Orleans Cotton prev. open high low close close Mar . 2010 2022 2018 2020b 2017b May July Oct Dec Jan 1920 1922 1047 1948 1993 1996 1920 1920 1942 1947 1990 1993 1920 1945 1991 2005 2008 2002 2004b 2003 2005 2008b 2005b Dakar, Oran and Bizerte Scanned for, Signs Of Pro-Axis Attempt WASHINGTON, May G. CUP)'—i The United States today is watching closely the French Afrcan ports of Dakar, Oran and Bizerte for signs of a possible attempt- at a pro-Axis coup. The 'United States is in a position to obtain quick information of such a move or any move by the Axis o make use of the French fleet which has been inactive since the fall of France. President Roosevelt made it clear at his press conference yesterday that American intelligence is fully aware of the movement of French ships. Whether he seizure of Madagascar by the British would lead to war between France and the United States appeared to depend on what use is made of the French fleet. If it is brought into action against the British, American involvement probably would follow immediately because of the close teamwork of the British ' and American navies., If the Pro-German leaders at Vichy attempt to plunge their war- weary nation inlo active hostlities against the United Nations by such action, the United States most certainly would occupy the French Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Chicago Whe<*t open high low close p. cl. May. 12116 122 12Hi 121 1 .^ 121% July. 124% 125% 124% 124% 124% May July Chicago Corn open high low close p. cl. 85% 88% 86% 85% 86% 85% \is 89 Vi 88 !6 U. S. WEATHER FORECAST BLYTHEVILLE — Showers alia thunderstorms this afternoon. Considerably cooler tonight. ARKANSAS—Rain and thunder, storms this afternoon and in tho east portion tonight. Conisderably cooler tonight

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