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MAKE EVERT PAT DAT BOND DAY THE MV40U SAVUMS fW BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHKABT ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI MAKE EVERT PAT BONPDAY TMEMY-aoLLurais VOLUME XXXIX—NO. 47. BlythevUle Daily Newg Blythevtlle Her.ald Blytheville Courier Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, MAY 0, 1942 U. S. FLEET, AIRMEN SMASH JAP ARMADA —— . . , , . _ _ * , * * + • • • • • • Chinese Fighters Recapture Town; Bottle Jap Force Through the Dawn's Early Light Win Promotions In Specialized Training In Service Of Nation CARUTHERSVILLE. May 9 — Friends and relatives have received word from Pemiscot service men, many of them on foreign shores, and a number of them gaining CHUNGKING, May 9. (UP—Chinese forces have recaptured the town of May- myo on the Burma front and bottled up another Japanese column that is "facing annihilation," a communique said tonight. The communique said that another 500 Japanese trapped on the Burma Road northeast of Chefang were "still beleaguered" by Chinese troops who had also wiped oct 1000 enemy soldiers in fighting the Japanese thrust into China. The recapture of Maymyo which the Japanese occupied a week ago had encircled a Japanese unit that promotions in specialized duties. Roy W. Harper, former County Democratic Central Committee chairman, is with the ground force of the air corps somewhere in Australia. Lieut. Lyman Amburgey, son of County Agent and Mrs. M. D. Amburgey of this city, is with an artillery unit in Australia. "Lieut. Rayburn Wilks, son of Mrs. Virgic Wilks, is with the forces in Australia. Among the promotions are the following: George H. Downing, with 140th Infantry Medical Corps, son of C. J. Downing of this city, from corporal to staff sergeant. He is stationed in California, -j James Cot-ham, also stationed in California, the son of Arthur Gotham of this city, promoted to first sergeant. Alfred Tilman Jr.. son of Mr arid Mrs. Alfred Tilman Sr.. of this city, has received rating as aircraft mechanic, and is station,^d in Maryland. ;! £^Joe Cullum, son of Mr. and Mrs. j ttra Cullunv and George Moody, of i *iyler community, both U. S. Ma- T^nes. have returned to their base i'jfti San Diego after visits, with rel- ' ratives here. They just recently u( : i-etumed from. duty in Iceland. ~ Jim Edwards, son; of • Mr. anc ..Mrs. John Edwards, has completed Vpart of his air force training at a western air base, and is now taking advanced training, having been .^promoted to sergeant., fe Earl Long, storekeeper,, third ^class, Navy, the son of Mrs. Earl rLong of this city, is stationed at Cudaay Field, Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas. - Dennis Cain, quartermaster corps, Vithe son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cain of near thus city, has been transferred from Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., to the west coast. Jimmic Kent, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Kent of this city, has •'•been promoted to first lieutenant "at Lowery Field, Colorado. John Kyle, in Hawaii when the ..Japs struck Pearl Harbor, is now 'taking advanced diesel training in .^Massachusetts. A brother. Felix i-.'kyle, is at Great Lakes Naval Training Station, while another .-brother, Leonard Kyle, is stationed : >bn the West Coast with the navy. •] Adolph Unterreiner, former wire -chief for the local telephone exchange, is in New Jersey taking advanced training in the communi- ;cations' department of the U. S. :^Army signal corps. He was one of three out of 500 applicants whose grades were sufficient enough to make him eligible for the specialized training. Dustin Moad Ls in Washington, n member of the U. S. Signal Corps. . -. Buddy Wilson, son of Mr. arid •Mrs. L. H. Wilson, has completed part of his training as a bombardier, and is now on active flying patrol duty on the west coast. Mrs. Florence Lewis Dies This Morning . Mrs. Florence Lewis, wife of O ••W. Lewis, died this morning at 7:30 o'clock at the family residence : about a mile east of the city. ' Mrs. Lewis, who was 60, had been ' ill for some time. Funeral services will be at 4:30 o'clock tomorrow at Cobb Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. O. J. Chas, tain, pastor of First Baptist Church. :< will officiate. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery. She is survived only by her husband. moved westward from Lashio to that sector, the communique said Chinese troops advanced northwestward to recapture Maymyo Wednesday, it said. WAR • BULLETINS Invasion Fleet Repulsed After Taking Big Losses; Australia Tension GENERAL MacARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS, Australia, May 9. (UP) -r-United, States naval and air forces have, repulsed with heavy Josses, at comparatively light cost, a Japanese invasion fleet in the greatest sea battle of the war, Gen. Douglas MacArt announced today. "The great naval and air battle ofV the northeast coast of Australia has tern ceased . . . the enemy has been repulsed. On r attacks will continue," MacArthur one terse dramatic communique. "The enemy version of the battling off the northeast coast of Australia' is entirely fictional . . . our losses compared to those of the Japanese were relatively light," he said in a second communique, issued several hours later. First * eye-witness reports from * the battle scene told how United States Navy dive bombers and torpedo planes shrieked clown on the Japanese fleet Into un Inferno of antiaircraft lire to blow one aircraft carrier to pieces and sot u second aflame from stem to stern. Major Defeat For Enemy News Of Great U. S. Victory Greeted Joyfully In Capital MOSCOW, May 9. (UP) — Russian army units, carrying out local attacks in various sectors, have killed 1770 Germans in a two month period, the Tass News Agency reported today. In the laiger operations one unit killed 700 German officers and men in two days of fightinff and in another sector 400 were killed when the Russians repulsed their counter attack. BERLIN, May 9. (German broadcast recorded by UP in .New York)—The .German^.Luft- waffe early today bombed Norwich, England, with explosives and incendiaries in retaliation for the "terror bombing" of Rostock, a German communique said today. The raid on Rostock and the resort town of Warne- mundc resulted in the loss of 18 planes for the British with the anti-aircraft batteries sharing in the success. United States destroyer plows through early morning haze on Atlanti&^patrol in striking picture madt near the Grand Banks oft Newfoundland. (U. S. Navy photo from NEA.) By their victory, United States naval nnri aerial forces.with Allied support, hud thrown back a bid to invade Australia and had given the Japanese their first big-scale naval defeat In their short history ns a world power. Sinking or damaging »t least r enemy vessels, Including one and jrobnbly two aircraft carriers, two Linstead Gains Seat In Commons Big Baltic Port Area Battered As British Continue Air Offensive LONDON, May 9- (UP) — Belgian sources said today that 56 German soldiers on leave were killed and 43 wounded in a train collision near the Belgian town of Amines, probably due to sabotage. NEW YORK, May 9. (UP) — The Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, a subsidiary of the U. S. Steel Corporation, agreed today "under the compulsion of war" to obey a War Labor Board directive that it grant the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers, CIO, a ''maintenance of membership clause." LONDON.- May. .9. (UP)—The Royal Air-Force 're'tui'ne'd early today to the area of Rostock, Germany's., great Baltic port,, and rained an estimated -250 tons of high explosives and many hun- dreds'of fire bombs on-important objectives. Warnemunde, eight miles above Rostock on the Warnc River, was the chief target and the RAF was aiming at the terminus of a train ferry to Denmark used bj the Germans for convoying troops and supplies to Norway, the U-boat training base and an importan aircraft factory. It was the fourth German Baltic town smashed since the RAF opened its "second front" early last month. The others were Rostock. Luebeck and Kiel. Besides making it most difficult for the Germans to supply their "spring offensive" forces in Russia and anti-invasion forces in Norway, the attack on Warnemunde also assisted the Battle of the Atlantic by blasting a submarine training base. It apparently was one of the heaviest single attacks the RAF LONDON, May 9. (UP)—H. N. -iinstead, the Government candl- late, won a smashing victory today n a bitterly fought House of Commons by-election, after three recent Government defeats for Commons seats. Epithets were hurled freely' in the campaign, in which Linstead conservative, won by 8788 votes against 2939 for Capt. Bernard Acworth, independent. Churchill, intervening directly ir the campaign, had called Acwortl a defeatist and Acworth retorbec with' "lie." Liberals' and laboi'ites associated with the national Government joined in vigorous campaigning for Linstead. Acworth, a retired naval captain. Rationing Body Approves Application For New Car, Tires, Tubes The local Tire Rationing Board has Issued a,total of 40 certificates during the fir.sL week of May, i was announced lodsiy. These certificates include approved upplica tions for one now passenger auto mobile and lor various passengRi truck and tractor tires and tubes. Certificates iss-.icd include, W. P. . . , ,, , „, , ... • , ,,, A Sharp, two new truck tires; .A. S. demanded that Churchill give up ^ ^ his joint post as prime minister and minister of defense. Churchill in an open letter, asserted that Acworth recently demanded " a negotiated peace with Japan in order that all Allied strength could be concentrated against Germany. icuvy cruisers, two cruisers Postoffice At Bassett Is Robbed A thief broke into the Bassett had made and its destructive po-1 Postoffice sometime last night and tentialities could be judged by the >st0 ] e f our packages valued at ap- ward, two; Huffman Bros. Lumber Co.. one; new tractor tire certificates were issued to Worth D. Godwin of Armorel, one tire and one tube; Wesley O. House, city, one tire; J. M. Stevens of Dell, one tire and one tube; H. H. Hardesty of Blythcville, one tire; IR. L. Bowling of Armorel, one tire |and one tube; and G E. Gillen- watcr of Armorel, one tube. Certificates for retread cd tires were given to the Blythcville STOCKHOLM, Sweden, May 9. (UP)—Usually reliable advices from Berlin said today that Field Marshal Hermann Goerjngr, Nazi No. 2, was in France conferring; with Pierre Lava] and Marshal Henri Philippe retain. Pemiscot Officer Dies NEW ORLEANS, May J). (UP) —Axis submarines, striking in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time, have sunk a medium sized merchantman and a small fr"eighter, the Eighth Naval District announced today. There was no loss of life but two men on the merchant ship were injured by shrapnel and two men on the smaller vessel were cut by glass. The submarine attacks occurred on May 6. The merchant ship which carried a crew of 41 and six passengers was torpedoed and shelled. The freighter with a crew of 46 was set afire by 120 rounds from the U-boat's deck gun and sank. fact that the Germans had used only 125 tons of bombs to level Coventry. The Germans were so proud of-their destruction at Coventry' that they coined the word "Coventrize" to describe a complete bombing destruction. Evidently the RAF considered that its four nights of hammering on Rostock itself, beginning April 23, had been sufficient. It had been reported that the 800 tons of bombs the British dropped had reduced Rostock which has large airplane factories, to rubble and killed 4.000 persons. proximately $25, according to word received here today. The intruder apparently entered the post office by breaking a window-out of the • According to a report received over the short wave radio at Deputy Sheriff John Reinmiller's of: ficc today. Tom Ward. Pemiscot ; County law officer, died at his r •home sometime last night. Fur* tlier details of the officer's death were not available. U. S. WEATHER FORECAST BLYTHF.VILLE—Slightly Warm- LONDON. May 9. (UP)—The Berlin radio, commenting on the Battle of the Coral Sea, said today that the "smashing Japanese victory" had severed the life line from America to Australia. (An Allied communique said that the Japanese fleet in the Coral Sea had been repulsed.) It will prove soon of great consequence in the Indian Ocean and on the Indian mainland, the German broadcast said, in relation to the possibility of a Japanese invasion of India. "The backbone of the Allied navies in the Pacific and Indian Ocean have been broken by the Japanese Navy," the broadcast said. First Practice Blackout At Huttig Is Successful HUTTIG. Ark. (UP)—The first practice blackout in Union county has been held in. this saw mill town and immediate vicinity with complete cooperation. . About 40 wardens and many fire watchers patrolled the blackout area and reported that during the Bcheduled 20-minutc blackout period there were no lights visible in Huttig or in any direction for a mile around. Thieves Can't Handle War Bonds And Stamp MAGNOLIA, Ark., (UP)—Joe Hignight can give another good reason why we should buy war bonds and stamps other 'than the patriotic one—thieves won't toucl them. Hignight is manager of the loca Sterling store, which was robbed of approximately $1,300 and a coin collection valued at $300. But. the burglars carefully laid aside $1615 worth of war bonds and stamps. obby door. Law officers were investigating he robbery today and. so far, have een unable to find any clue as to he thief's identity. Water Co., three; Jesse Webb, four; O. W. DavLs, four; R. S. Harris, two; Moses King, three; and Brown and Vas;;ar Truck Co. of Manila, six. Certificates for obsolete tires were granted to Carlton Smith, two tires and two tubes; and William A. Martin, two tires. Miss Annabel Bryant, county nurse, was issued certificates for one tire and one tube. The Arkansas State Police Department was grunted a certificate for one pascnger automobile. 9,000 ton Kcaplanc tender, two destroyers and four gunboats, thcj had definitely repulsed the Jap anc.se In a blazing five day buttl of the Coral Sea. After reporting . L|ic cessation of the battle, and promising that Allied attacks would continue, MacArthur said tonight In his com- munique No. 22 from his general headquarters: "The enemy version of the 'battling off the northeast coast of Australia is entirely fictional nnd has no semblance of a true com- munique of fact. "It must be regarded in the ll«ht of propaganda -rather than of a military report. "Japanese claims of damage inflicted on our," naval lorccK arc fantastic. ^ : :v ""'' "Our losses compared with those of the Japanese were relatively light. ' "The only reason they are not published'nt present is because it would reveal valuable information." Tokyo Makes Claims Japan had claimed the sinking of two American aircraft carriers, an American battleship and two destroyers, the destruction of 89 Allied planes, and the damaging of a British battleship, an Australian cruiser and an unidentified cruiser. * It had admitted the loss of n small Japanese aircraft currier, converted from an oil tanker," and 31 planes. But it was known definitely that it least 13 enemy warships had By WALTER LOGAN ! United Tress Stuff Correspondent WASHINGTON. May ». (UP)— 'I he capital was jubilant today over the news that a Japanese fleet had been repulsed by Allied forces off Australia with heavy losses. Communiques from the Navy Department and Gen. Douglas MacArthur's headquarters and unofficial reports from London and Allied bnsc.s In Australia on the struggle that ragccl since Monday ovci thousands of miles of the Coral Sea seemed to substantiate that the Japanese navy hud suffered the greatest setback of its history. The news was received hero wit! unrestrained joy and was the topit of virtually all conversation. Allied losses In the battle wen said to have been "comparativelj light." The Navy cautioned UK public not to put credence in Jap ancsc claims that three Americai ships—the carrier Saratoga, a car rler of the Yorlctown class and battleship of the California clasf md been sunk. . , The Nilvy's communique la«t night cported what had already been cportcd by Gen. MacArthur'a head-. juarters. ... .'.'" If any American, veesels . wore sunk In the engagement, their loss mny be announced soprt. If ships were damaged, no announcement would be made until they-are in port or have been repaired. ' An announcement could make them easy prey for Japanese submarines. By the ,. same token, it can be assumed 'that there are enough American sub marines in the Coral Sen to finish any crippled Japanese ships unlucky enough :to sail their way. Subs are used in: nearly every buttle of this-sort io ;deal with cripples and atraggkrs. ' . .; The battle leaves Uie number of Japanese ships sunk, probably sunk nnd damaged by U. S. forces at 238. The United States has lost 1 a'total of 37 war vessels' from" all causes sines the Reuben James ,was torpedoed lust October. ' - u Soldiers Arrive To Guard Material An advance unit of 13 sold ion* from Maxwell,Field at Montgomery, Aift,, under Sergt. Rodney W. McCulston. hrive arrived here to guard material and supplies received at the Ari Might School here. The men will be quartered at the Armory during the time that they fire stationed here. Persons having maga/ines or books which they have read arc urged to send them to the Armory Tokyo Claims, However, Sunk Craft Was A Converted Oil Tanker By United Press Japan admitted the loss of a "small sized" aircraft carrier nnd 31 battle planes today in the Battle of the Coral Sea. An imperial headquarters com- munique issued at Tokyo claimed the carrier was "a converted oil tanker." The communique alleged that, in addition to claims of yesterday, an unidentified Allied cruiser had been sunk or damaged, far from their nearest haven, and final reports were .still to come from the United States warships and planes pursuing the repulsed enemy fleet, * (The Australian radio, heard by the United Press in London, said: "There is no doubt that the Japanese invasion fleet concentrated in northern Australian waters has been smashed and that the remnants are on the run.") Allies Rest Easier Tension at general headquarters relaxed, and It was felt that the Allies had won at least the first round in a battle of great magnitude and enormous potentialities. Well informed quarters reported that the first report of American osscs was likely to come from the Navy Department at Washington n a definitive communique. Jubilant Australians said Mac- Memphis Engineers Office Announces List Of Successful Bidders Appnrent low bidders for five United States Engineers' levee improvement contracts for projects on the Mississippi and St. Francis Rivers in a total of seven representing a combined expenditure of $1.700.000 were Announced ye.strr- day ( by Col. Jarvis Bain, district. engineer with headquarters in Memphis. The .successful bidders apparently included: for work at. Charleston, Mo., Driver Contracting Co. and Sharp of Memphis and been damaged, a destroyer .sunk w - nnd 89 Allied planes shot down, j Driver, Ark.. $120,387: to the same It was alleged that the cruiser firms for work at Birds Point, Mo., was damaged "by a head-on crash $121.258; for worK at Nodcna, Ark., ,-er today and tonight. V,: ARKANSRAS—Slightly "i-tonight. Warmer The motto of the Royal Canadian Air Force is "Per Ardua ad Astra," or "through effort of the stnrs." 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The joy here was reflected in New Zealand, whose leaders believed that it too might have been saved from Japanese invasion anc joined in callirrg the action of the American naval and air forces and their allies magnificent. The United States and Alliec forces had staved off an invasioi of Australia. Fire Damages Theater STEELE. Mo., May 9.—A fire which was believed to have caught in the film room and balcony of Slcele Theatre Sunday night much damage to the theatre. Implement Dealer Here To Head County Drive L. G. Nash, manager of the Delta mplcment Co., has been appointed hairman of the Mississippi County Salvage Community by Gov. Homer M. Adkins, according to Information received here today. In the letter nforming Mr. Nash of the appointment, the governor pointed out that America is suffering from a very definite shortage of scrap iron, scrap metal of various kinds, rags, burlap, etc. The need for obtaining as much as possible of the materials in this category makes it necessai v to charge salvage committees with the responsibility of collecting and conserving everything of value in this line. Mr. Nash was informed that the exact nature of his duties would be explained to him in the very near future so that he could get his committee organized and ready to operate as quickly as possible. Appointment Confirmed The appointment to the office of jxxstmaster of Jett.ie Douglas Hodges of LeachvilJe, has been confirmed by the U. S. Senate, according to information recently received from More Steele^Must Go To Shipyards In Order To Get Maximum Output NEWPORT NEWS, Va., May 9. (UPO—Officials of jthe Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company and Navy Department representativei said today that shortages of materials were holding up the production'of. .ships. Rear Admiral Qrma'nd; L. Cox, Navwl supervisor of shipbuilding .at the yard, said flatly that the delay was due to a shortage of steel. "We've got efficiency here, at Newport News," he said. "This shipyard has never had enough material on hand to fabricate more than half the hulls it could turn out. But there has been'a shortage of machinery for ships, too. It would the C. J. List Construction Co. of Kansas City, $187,264; for work at Wilson, the Driver Contracting Co. of Memphis and Driver, Ark., $174.881; for work at Lake Charles Miss., the West Memphis Construction Co., $163.170. Work on the projects contracted for .is t obegin immediately. Apparent low bidders on additional contracts at Butler, Ark. and Tunica, Miss, are uncertain and will not be announced until further computations have been made. In factory paint shops, 1,000,000 gallons of water are used to purify the air, for workers painting 'one single pursuit, ship. the did and the show was closed for repairs all this week but is now opened for business. The water caused a great deal of the damage. Washinton. Stock Prices Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS. III. May 9. < UP (—Hops: 800—400 salable. Top. 13^90 180-250 Ibs.. 13.90 140-160 Ibs.. 12.60-13.40 Bulk sows. 13.25-13.75 Cattle: 250 SI. steers, 11.00-13.75 Mixed yearl., heifers, 11.00-13.00 Stocker, feeder steers, 11.00-12.40 Beeef cows, 8.15-10.00 Canners and cutters, fi.50-R.75 A T and T American Tobacco 110 39 1-4 Ana. Copper 24 Beth. Steel 54 3-8 Chrysler '56 1-2 Coca Cola 64 1-4 Gen Electric 23 5-8 Gen. Motors 34 1-4 Mont. Ward 26 7-8 New York Centr.il 71-4 Int. Harvester 43 1-8 N. Am. Aviation U Republic Steel 16 1-2 Radio 27-8 Socony Vacuum 71-8 Studebaker .. 45-8 Stand, of N. J. 34 Texas Corp 83 3-4 Packard 21-8 IT, S. fit eel 40 7-S hulls lying around with no machinery." '•'"'" = Cites Shortages To show how shortages were affecting the* shipyard, Admiral Cox cited the fact that the night shift •was one-third as large as the day shift, while the graveyard .shift was a little more than one-half as large as the night shift. He added, however,.,that the situation was improving somewhat, and that tfie^yard's payroll was twice what it was two years ago. Newspapermen visiting the yard under the sponsorship of the , National Association of Manufacturers saw numbers of warships under construction. It was recalled that before the Japanese struck at Pearl Harbor it had been announced that the yard was building seven new- type aircraft • carriers, including Essex, laid down on April 28, 1941. Bonhomme Richard, Intrepid, K^arsage, Franklin, Hancock and, Randolph. Hearing Recalled It moreover "was" recalled that a congressional hearing disclosed in December that two more aircraft carriers had been authorized. The Newport News yard also is building the cruisers Binninghain, Mobile. Biloxi and Vicksburg. The latest capital ship it launched was the battleship Indiana, of 35.000 tons and armed with nine 16-inch guns. Officials said labor was no problem. Rtcruits from farms and small towns of Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia are constantly being trained in the yard and men who built ships in the last war and retired to farms during peace have returned. "We blow Uie whistles and they come down out of the hills," R, P. Scott, assistant superintendent of the steel hulls division,'said."They earn twice as much as they got at home and there are twice as many of them as there were in the last war," . . .