The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 13, 1942 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, May 13, 1942
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS f 11IE DOMINA NT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOLUME XXXIX—NO. 50. HITLER'S Blythcville Dally New§ Blythcville Herald Blylhevllle Courier Mississippi Valley leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, MAY l:j, 19/12 SPRING West Virginia Mine Explosion Takes 56 Lives First Step Toward Meeting Army Requirements For Milk Supply Under existing conditions, Blytheville's milk supply will not meet requirements of the army, and unless sanitary conditions of dairies serving this area are immediately improved military officials may ban the use of milk from local sources by the personnel of the Twin Engine Bomber Training School here, Dr. E. R. Price of Kansas City, Mo., assistant milk specialist of the United States Public Health Service, told members of the city council at then- regular monthly meeting last night. Members of the council heard Dr. Price, L. H. Woodward of Little Rock, director of milk sanitation for the State Health Department, and Dr. Kirk T. Mosley of Blythevillo. county health unit director, ,discuss the city's milk supply before the aldermen who voted to adopt the Standard Milk Ordinance approved by the U. S Public Health Service. The ordinance was offered by Loy Welch and passed without a dissenting vote. It carried the emergency clause, making it effective immediately. Asks Cooperation Mr. Woodward said that the full cooperation of all dairymen in this area will be necessary if the milk supply is to -receive approval of his department, which he said would be necessary if the milk is to be consumed by the air .school personnel. He .-pointed.• cyjjt ..that military authorities will'''first ^ask his department for information on the local milk supply "and we will not recommend it unless it is brought up to standard." Before passing the ordinance, members of the council and Mayor E. R. Jackson asked Dr. Mosley to assume responsibility for filing information of violations, to which the latter agreed. "We do not wish to work hardships on any dairy operators and will not make any milk grades until all have had ample time to make recommended improvements," he told the council. He expressed the belief that all dairymen in this area will cooperate in meeting requirements. Jones Appointed On the recommendation of Mayor Jackson, members of the council voted to appoint Alderman E. R. Jones to the Board of Commissioners for Paving Districts 2 and 3 to fill the vacancy caused by the recent death of Dan G. Stout. "I believe one council member should serve on each improvement district for which the city is responsible," he declared. After some discussion, the coun = oilmen voted to hike the monthly salary of A. G Hall, city auditor, from $25 to $37.50. Alderman John C. McHaney presented the motion. It will become effective July i. In discussing the salary boost. Mayor Jackson told the group he would prefer to wait until the city's revenue shows a further increase before taking on any more obligations, although admitting that the higher salary was not unreasonable. Mr. Hall spoke briefly, telling the officials that he was in no hurry for the raise, but felt that the amount was justified by the amount of work connected with the office. Peddling: Prohibited An ordinance offered by Alderman Rupert Crafton prohibits peddling on downtown streets and replaces a previous ordinance which City Attorney Percy Wright described as "unconstitutional." There were no dissenting votes. Another ordinance adopted authorized the Blytheville Water Company to install fire plugs at certain corners in the newly developed residential .section on* West Walnut street. This measure was merely a formal authorization for work which has already been done. City Clerk Frank Whitworth told the council that he had received notice that the city will not be issued priority rating for purchase of a $4000 street sweeping machine which the council recently voted to buy. Most of these machines now in the hands of manufacturers have been assigned to war projects, it was pointed out. V. S. WEATHER FORECAST BLYTHEVILLE — Rather warm and windy with local showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight, becoming cooler by morning. ARKANSAS—Scattered thundershowers in the east portion this afternoon or tonight. Cooler in the west tonight. MORGANTOWN, W. Vsu, May 13. (UP)—Rescue crews today reached the bodies of 35 men in the Christopher Coal Company's Mine No. 3, raising to 56 the death toll of an explosion which ripped through the mine late yesterday. . The finding of the bodies confirmed fears of mine officials and rescue workers that none of the men near the scene of the blast had escaped alive, although rescue crews had tunneled desperately through the debris, working in the hope that some of the miners had survived. Previously the bodies of 21 others had been reached. The victims were found several miles inside the mine where the explosion occurred at the change of shifts yesterday. The remainder of the 123 man day shift escaped. The mine, a drift working, is located five miles from here. Believed caused by a "gas pocket," the blast ripped through sections of the mine with devastating force, bringing down tons of rock, coal and dirt to form a barricade behind which victims were trapped. Those not killed by the blast were believed to have suffocated before rescuers could reach them The Mediterranean: Questions Ring This Sea Of Belligerency -^———— • ^-'' «/ I OCCUPIED FRANCE / ' SOVIET RUSSIA ) French Fleet BOSM jf British Fleet Batti Atlantic Ocean Wi// Spo/'n /o/n war so Nazis can attack Gibraltar? {YUGOSLAVIA Wi// Turkey be forced to fight by German thrust at Near East and Gil? Will France re-enter wor, using these bases for fleet attacks on British in western Mediterranean, or possibly on Free French-held Syria? Mediterranean Sea PALESTINE*"* bombed Ma/fa? •4«Possible Ngxi Thrusts "Possible French Thrusts Will war on the sands stay a stalemate? DWINDLE Battle Costing • , --^/. • • •• • * Nazis Heavily, Russians Claim \ The shifting tempo of the war in Europe, Asia and Africa prompts these questions as to future action in and surrounding the uncertain Mediterranean Sea. Japanese Lines Supplying North Burma Cut by Chinese Construction Of Air Base Has Started Extensive grading and leveling operations are being carried on al the site of the air field here, it was learned today. Official quarters have not announced the name of the construction-company.-which received the bid for the job, but work has apparently been in progress for several days. The entire 2700-acre reservation from PemLscot County Bayou to Gosncll School Road has been closed to the public and no one is being admitted except on official business. Although it has not been revealed how many workers and machines are being used in the present project, it is understood that a comparatively large unit of men and machines are active. sue IUY USE Kansas Pastor Will Assume Duties Here Sunday At Lutheran Church The Rev. Robert Biel, who has been supplying as assistant pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Louis, has accepted the pas- orate of Pilgrim Lutheran Church to succeed the Rev. H. J. Kleindienst, who resigned several months ago. Ordination and installation services for the new pastor will be Judge Grants Defense Use of Depositions From Indiana Hospital A possibility that Ben Hargrove, slayer of his estranged wife and Policeman 'Dick Potter in a sensational shooting'"affray at a local beauty shop recently, will plead temporary insanity when arraigned in Circuit Court on murder charges here Monday was seen today when Judge G. E. Keck issued an order on the application of Howard Mays, Hargrove's counsel, allowing the defense to take the deposition of the medical superintendent of Madison State Hospital at North Madison, Ind., to use in behalf of the defendant. The judge directed that, because of the lateness of the application, the deposition could be taken and filed in Circuit Court here not later than May 18, when the Hargrove case is scheduled to be tried. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Graham Sudbury and Mr. Mays will go to North Madison sometime the latter part of the week to take the deposition. It is understood that the deposition will be made in reference to records of the hospital concerning admission there of an uncle of the defendant. Hargrove, recently placed under observance at, the State Hospital for Nervous Diseases at Little Rock, was declared sane by authorities there. Will Allow Sugar For Canning Fruit .— .,,w ,,,, awi wii, uu- A special allowance of five pounds conducted Sunday afternoon at 3 , sugar Wl11 be allottecl to persons - • - desiring to can fruits this year. o'clock by the Rev. E. T. Lange. one of the associate pastors of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church. The Rev. Mr. Biei comes here from St. Louis although his home is in Lina. Kans. He attended St. John's College, Winfield, Kans.. for six years and was graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in June 1941. After attending seminary for two years, he taught school in Westfield. Texas for a year before returning for his final seminary training. For the present, he is making his home, at 505 Walnut Street. The R«v. J. Es-slinger of St. Louis, who supplied here for several weeks until a permanent successor to the Rev. Mr. Kleindienst wa.s chosen, returned to St. Louis Tuesday. The Rev. Mr. Kleindienst is now pastor of the church at Lexington, Mo. announced the Mississippi County Rationing Board today. When this sugar Is needed, the board advises that application should be made by bringing the War Ration Book 1 for each member of the family to. the rationing group. All persons having an excess of sugar on hand are urged to go to the Ration Board office for a permit to use five pounds of their sugar per person for canning. Persons planning, to can fruit arc requested riot to make application for sugar for this purpose until it is needed and the fruit is available. Price Specialist To Visit Jonesboro A price specialist from Washington will be in jonesboro May 15. at 7:30 p.m. to discuss price ceilings and to aaswer all questions pertaining to the new price regulation laws, according to an announcement made today by Mississippi County Rationing Board No 47-N. This will give local wholesalers and retailers an opportunity to become better acquainted with price problems and laws. CHUNGKING. China, May 13. (UP)—A war communique said tonight that Chinese fighting in Central Burma had cut the Jap- anesa communication lines supplying the main North Burma fronts in the Lashio and Myitkyina sectors. The Japanese lines leading from Mandalay to Lashio and from Bhamo to the important northern Burma town of Myitkyina at the end of the railroad and about 50 miles from the Chinese border were severed, the communique said. Chairman df Local Campaign Reveals Details of Expansion Program Details of USO expansion in it:; second year which have made necessary the $32,000,000 budget for which the USO War Fund Campaign is asking America's support, were made public yesterday by The Japanese previously had re-' D - s - Lancy of Or.ccoln chairman ccivcd reinforcements over these routes and were reported preparing for another, frontal assault .on the. - " This esUmfllc of the funds need- Chinese positions on the banks of the Salween River where they suffered heavy losses. (A Rome radio broadcast today claimed that Japanese troops from Burma had penetrated Indian territory from the north and were driving a "deep wedge" between India and China.) The communique said that the Japanese advancing northward from Thailand occupied Hawngluk on. May 8 and pressed on toward Kongko where they were engaged by Chinese forces. Fighting is still in progress in that sector, it said. A column advancing from Loilem toward Kongkum on the Salween River is still being engaged by the Chinese. Former Doctor Here In Military Service First Lieut. Thomas K. Mahan will soon be stationed temporarily ab Fort Ord. Calif., according to word received here today by relatives of the former local physician who entered military service a of the USO campaign in Mississippi County. ago. Now at the Presidio in San ed," Mr. Lancy .stated, "js based on" a careful study of the known costs of the USO clubs and other service units now in operation and the additional units that will be needed because of increased personnel in our Amy and Navy. Operation of the greatly Increased number of services in our offshore bases as well as here within the continental United States makds the increase in this year's goal '-'necessary." Mrs. Laney stated the expectation that USO Clubhouses and other unit services within the United States, now numbering C20, wilt reach a total of 9<10 before the end of May, 1913. In addition U) the 40 units now planned for our men overseas, he said, "there will certainly he need for further increased services/' 'Mobile field unit.s serving troops on detached dutv away from clubhouse areas are expected to increase from the present 34 to at "least 49. The 39 troops-in-transit lounges in railway and bus terminals are expected to number 100 before June, 1943. Performances given by USO- Camp Shows, Inc., to the soldiers, sailors and Marines at '225 military' posts will probably exceed fi.OOn Praivisco, Lieut. Mahan will probably be joined at Fort Ord by Mrs. Mahan and his infant son, Thomas K. Mahan Jr., as soon as he is transferred there. If he is eventually assigned to foreign duty, Mrs. Mahan and the baby will return to Blytheville. Before accepting military service, the physician was associated with Dr. I. R. Johnson in the Johnson and Mahan Clinic here. New York Cotton Martha Lou Wilson Suffers Dog Bite Martha Lou Wilson, 2, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Wilson of Dell, was bitten by a dog while playing in the yard of her home yesterday. The girl received several lacerations on her face but it was believed that the animal wa.s not bid. The child was taken to Walls Hospital where she received treatment. New Orleans Cotton Mar. May July Specialists will also visit Little ! Oct. Rock May 18 and F.1 Dorndo May I Dec. 19. ' I Jan. prev. open high low close close 2020 2021 2015 2021 2019b 1926 1920 1923b 1924 1950 1943 1948 1947 1920 1941 1995 1998 1988 1994 1995 2006 2008 2000 2006 2006 2008b ........ 2008b 2008b Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Jan. prev. open high low close close 1998 2002 1991 1920 1927 1919 1947 1948 1939 1974 1975 1966 1984 1987 1978 2000 1999 1921 1917 1947 1945 1975 1972 1984 1983 1987 1989 1987 1989 1987 There arc now 2G professional companies touring the country and providing free entertainment in the post theaters. "This large expansion of all USO services to keep pace with the growth of our Army and our two- ocean Navy," Mrs. Lancy declared "will require a minimum of $32.000,000 in the coming year This calculation of funds' needed has been reviewed and endorsed by the Federal Government authorities in Washington." Chicago Corn May July open 87 90 hi'jh low rloso p cl 87' 90 ' 8fi=y, 89% 87 Vi 90 90 Chicago Soybeans open hi?h low close p. r.l. May. 183'i: 183 : :-i 182 7 ^ 183% 185Vi July. 187 187'.i 186 186% 188 M WAR BULLETINS V1CIIY, Muy IS. (Ill")—Gcr- inuny was reported tonight, to have demanded thai Trance refuse to surrender 140,000 tons of merchant ships now ;it Martinique reKimlless of any U. S. proposals that may lie nr.irtr. Tliu report whiftli lucked any ofViciiil confirmation said that Adolf Hitler , had notified the Vichy i;oTcriunent to the elTeet that the French must .scuttle the ships if necessary Jo prevent their falling into the hands of the Allies. A number of French ships now ut ]Y1artiiiii|uc urc understood to he tankers. Tlir French ftir- cnifl carrier Beam and two cruisers as well as more than 100 weathcrheatcn Amcriean- tnade pllincs also are at Martinique. MUUIOUIINE, A u straliii, May 13. (UP) — Netherlands Knsl Indies government sources today said that it was he lie vert Dutch guerrilla units were still operating in Java and that civilian passive and active resistance continues. Routed Jap Warships Reassemble At Island Bases For New Attempt MELBOURNE, May (UP)— A Invasion fleet Is reassembling at Island buses northeast of Australia, awaiting heavy navul reinforcements for u new offensive, dispatches from Allied advanced buses indicated today. Warships nnd transports were reported at these buses. The main striking force had been suittcrai by the Amcrlean-Au.strnlinn naval victory in the Coral Sea but It was believed to be virtually intact, insofar as key units wont, It wns only awaiting reinforcements to strike a now blow which WASHINGTON, May 13. (IIP)—The Navy announced today that a medium .sized merchant vessel bad heen torpedoed and sunk off the west roast of Africa and that survivors had been landed al an eastern port. many believed would tflve Australia, find the United States and Allied forces their supreme test. Activities of Japanese ships, reported by American uncl Australian reconnaissance planes, nnd of the Japanese nir force based at Rubaul in the Bismarck Islands and Lac on the noil.h New Guinea coast indicated that enemy reinforcements were arriving steadily. For the first time since the battle of the Com! Sea started Muy 4, bad weather Interrupted- the offensive activity ol' Gen. Douylus MacArthur'w air force yesterday. MOSCOW, May 13. (UP) -Soviet troops, supported by American and British tanks, were reported today to b# inflicting steadily mounting losses on Adolf Hitler's "Spring* reserve" of troops and planes on the fifth day of the battle of the Kerch Peninsula. • ; ' Today's Soviet High Command communique reported that "nothing" of significance" had occurred over- other ndvises reaching Moscow from the Crimea indicated that the Red Army is trading blow for blow and held the Nazis to almost no gulns, ': , : ; Nazi Division* Suffer The High Command's communi- que made no specific mention of. the Kerch struggle at the gateway to the Caucasus oil fields, but told of the annihilation of parts of Hitler's "Spring divisions" in fierce fighting in an unidentified sector. The Leningrad radio reported" that heavy fighting had broken out again in the. marshlands around the former Czarlst capital nearly 2000 miles north of the Crimean battle front/and that .the ''Soviets are advancing despite German resistance." ••'•.'• On the Kalinin front, 700 Germans were reported killed and urge quantities,of booty taken in Russian attack, today's commun- que reported. Russian guerrillas operating In the German rear near' Leningrad and Kaliuin were said o have killed more.than 900 nuns in the last two months. Prisoners, Bfoteriah taken The communique said that in one icctor of the southern.- Irprit per- , laps to the west of ; Kcrch: and ,hc Kerch Straits, Russian troops* -aptured a -German -^defense zone. .CAIRO, May IS. (UP) — British fighter planes *shot down 15 planes at sea and probably destroyed others in a halllc yesterday off the North African coast, an RAF communique reported today. Thn 15 German planes which plunged into the sea included IX .Tnnkers and two Messersch- milt fichlcrs while "other air- rraft of the enemy formation probably \wcre destroyed," it was staled. The attacking Rrilish squadron lost only one plane. The, wording of the com- munique indicated that a large fleet of German planes had been intcrcceplcd perhaps while escorting a convoy of Axis supply ships cnroute to A frica. Farmer Injured Dan WarrinRton, Route 1 farmer, city, suffered severe lacerations and multiple fractures yesterday when his foot caught in the wheel of a tractor. He wa.s taken to Blytheville Hospital for treatment. Thr people of Prance contributed S700.000 toward the cost of the Statue of Liberty. Child Bride Accused In Husband's Death MORRISTOWN. Tcnn.. May 13. P> — Fourteen-year-old Mat tie Pearl Morgan and her father wrrc being arraigned today on a charge of murdering Mattic Pearl's husband, Daymen W. Manning, 35. There was a prcat deal about the strange tragedy which had overtaken the mountain family, that authorities didn't know. They did know, however, that Manning was shot in the Morgan home last Saturday and accused his child bride before he died. Mattie Pearl said, yes, she shot him but she wouldn't say more. She talked to her father just before she fired the shot and he disposed of the pistol later. Therefore, he was charged as an accessory. She and her father w«re brought down out of the hills yesterday and put in the county jail here. In keeping with the tradition of, the mountain people while they are being "lawcd," hp said nothing. Manning wa.s a house painter, who, according to bis neighbors in the community of Lowland School, five miles from here, worked "pretty regular." He married Mattie Pearl three months ago. The neighbors didn't know if her father, Frank Morgan, a farmer, approved or even knew in advance. The neighbors .said Mattie Pearl did a good job "keeping house." All seemed well, until last week, when there was a quarrel of an unknown nature. Mattie Pearl and her husband went to her parents' home Friday niqht. The rest, of the story was (old by Manning in his dying moments. At brrakfr-st Saturday morning, his bride and her mother refused to eat. Morpan and Manning ate heartily and while they ate Mattic Pearl wont to her room. Finished breakfast, her father went to her room. A few minutes later, she walked out. a pistol in hand, and shot nor husband. Then Morgan threw the pistol in a well. Mattie Pearl was said to have told the neighbors that Manning had threatened her. Mattic Pearl looked very trim in a faded gingham when -she arrived at the jail house and ushered into a cell. There, she "just sat and stared." Farm Appropriation For 1943 Far Below Administration Budget WASHINGTON, May 13. (UP) — The Senate Appropriation:-; Committee today approved a $M0.383,- 959 farm appropriations bill for 1943 which for the first time in at least, a decade was below the administration's bucigcl, estimates. In addition to the funds directly appropriated, the committee voted to permit the Ftcconsructlon Fin- anx;c Corporation to make $185,000,000 available for agricultural activities. Sen. Richard B. Russell, Den., Ga., pointed out that this was $8r>,000,000 above the House total for loans but still $55,000,000 below the budget requests. The Committee restored a scries of cuts that, the House had made in loans and appropriations for the Farm Security Administration and the Farm Tenant Act. but it declined to accept, an administration request for $H,000,000 which Russell .said would have been usect to "move, fanners from Kansas to Arkansas." Manila Infant Dies Baby Bishop of Manila died shortly after her birth yesterday. She wa.s buried yesterday afternoon at the Manila Cemetery. She is survived by her father and mother, Bishop. Mr. and Mrs. Marion Chicago Wheat prev open high low close close May. 12l?i 121-Ti 121VS 121% 121% July. 124% 124% 123% 124 VI 124% Why We'll Win mimerbiur quantities, or weapons: munition of all types.; y : Military dispatches reaching Mos- •ow said squadrons of Nazis dive jombers were droning ahead of Hitler's''-'"Spring reserves" at various points along the 2000 mile front, attempting to blast open paths for infantry drives. At one point these fresh German reserves, possessing a numerical sueriority of four to one, wers said to have met disaster at the hands of the Red Army forces'after driving Russians back 100 to 200 yards. The latest official Red Army reports of the fighting on the Kerch Peninsula said'the Riissians had stubbornly fought the German assault throughout yesterday. No Communication With Philippines MELBOURNE, Australia, May 13. (UP)—All communications with the Philippines have now been severed, a spokesman at Gen. Douglas MacArthur's general headquarters said, today. , The spokesman WHS replying to Christy Malhewson, Jr., son of the immortal baseball pitcher, returns to Army Air Corps as acting captain after hard struggle involving loss of his wife and a leg in air crash, months in a hospital and a rejection by the Army. mdae no mention of the Philippines since the fall of Corregidor. Severance of communications had. been expected here, however, even thoiiRh guerrilla resistance to the Japanese in the interior fastnesses of Philippine Islands continues. Corregidor had the last powerful radio transmitter, and forces remaining in the field had only small, weak wireless sets unlikely to contact Australia except by chance. Stock Prices A T & T 110 3-4 American Tobacco 39 Anaconda Copper 24 Bethlehem, Steel 52 3-8 Chrysler 56 General Electric 23 1-2 General Motors 331-4 Montgomery Ward .... 265-8 New York Central 71-4 Tnt Harvester 41 5-8 North Am Aviation 103-8 Republic Ste?l 14 Radio 2 3-4 Socony Vacuum 67-8 Studebaker 41-4 Standard of N J 33 1-2 Texas Corp 32 1-2 Packard 2 U S Steel 45 3-4 Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS, HI., May 13. • UP)—Hogs: 11,000—10.000 salable. Top. 13.90 180-250 Ibs., 13.80-13.85 140-160 Ibs., 12.65-13.40 Bulk sows. 13.10-13.65 Carye: 2600 SI. steers, 10.00-1555 Mixed yearl., heifers 11.00-12.50 SI. heifers, 9.50-14.00 Stocker, feeder steers, 9.25-13.50 Beef cows, 8.25-10.00 Canncrs and cutters, 6.50-8.75 '

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