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National Cotton Week May 15-23 BLYTHEVILLEICOURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI National Cotton Week May 15-23 VOLUME XXXIX—NO. 57. Blythcville Daily News Blyt,heville Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader m,YTHKVll,Lli), ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, MAY 21, 1042 HARGROVE GUILTY, GETS LIFE SENTENCE 7 Soviets Inside Defenses Of Kharkov Air Raid Duds Defenders Of Key City Unable To Stop Timo- shenko's Offensive MOSCOW, May 21. (UP) — The Red A r m y has overwhelmed the main German fortifications of Kharkov and is battling in the inner ring of defenses around the besieged industrial city, the army organ, Red Star, reported today in a front line dispatch. The Germans still fought hard to halt Marshal Semyon Timo- shenko's offensive, sending reserves of men and tanks into point blank Russian artillery anc machine gun fire, but were saic to be unable to stem the Soviets Russian artillery and anti-tank guns were described as "mowing clown" German tanks that charged in groups of 15 and 20 in suicidal assaults designed to diver the Russian fire. German Maneuvers Fail The Nazi tanks attempting "Panzer pincer" attacks on the center of the Russian positions sought to draw ofl the Soviet fire and enable flanking attacks, but failed in their purpose, Red Star said. The Red Star reported that at many points around the city the Russians have broken the backbone of the Nazi big tank assaults, although a big tank battle was said to be under, way in one sector with the issue still undecided. The Germans' large tank losses were said by Red Star to have forced the enemy high command to turn to 'the -use ;bf infantry, supported by 10 to 15 tanks and squadrons of planes in its unsuc- cesful counter-attacks. In most sections the Germans were attacking with units ranging from one battalion to a regiment of infantry, made up largely of shock troops and fresh reserves including youths of 18 and 19. Battle in Open Fields After overcoming the main defenses of Kharkov, it was reported the Russian forces were battling in open fields and unfortified villages outside Kharkov, overpowering Nazi strong points in knifing and encircling hedgehog attacks. Red Star rejwrted that fresh German reserves were attempting counter attacks at various points along the 100-mile curving front around Kharkov on the 10th day of Timoshenko's Spring offensive. Fighting on other sectors of the Russian front appeared to have diminished, but there were indirect reports that the Soviets were pounding at the Germans on the Sea of Azov front in the South Ukraine. The Germans said they ] "*• A I~V|~1 1~"| • I I 1 I I H irst ALl Bride In Ireland John H. Morris, head of the air raid warden service in New York City, models new uniform for air raid, zone, commander. Tells House Of Lords Hitler Acts To Save His Starving People LONDON, May 21. (UP)—The Duke of Bedford, who tried to institute peace negotiations with Germany two years ago, defended Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime before the House of Lords today during a debate on post-war policy and the proposed treatment of German people after the war. The 54-year-old 12th duke of Bedford made his statements in approval of Hitler while defending a "justice for the German people" speech made by Herbert Morrison, minister for home security, at Drought Forces Cut In Rations; No. 2 Nazi Promises Long War LONDON. May 21. (UP)—Hermann Goering in a singular pep- talk to the German people last night disclosed that drought threatened the already inadequate German crops, announced "temporary" reductions in food ra- ;ions and promised workers longer lours and a long war. Speaking at a ceremony, nationally broadcast, at which medals were awarded to armament workers, the No. 2 Nazi who is Adolf Hitler's official heir announced the slice in food rations and said: "Nature has really treated us unkindly. Last year we hoped for record crops. Then rains came and the harvest was reduced. "Longing For Rains" "Now, however much we enjoy the warm sun we arc longing for rain falls to bring what the farmer needs." Then he told the workers: "You must fulfill the Fuehrer's demands even if they necessitate longer working hours." Reports from Germany, including those brought out by correspondents released from internment, had long made it plain that the hours of German armament workers, especially, had been extended to such extremes that the danger point had been reached. Listeners to Goering's radio speech in this country noted that it was received with coldness by the thousands of armament workers who heard .it:. No Applause Heard Frequently Goering paused for applause, and was forced to resume amid dead silence. Goering told Germans that the war was a terrible one. "Repeat to yourselves: "This war has to be stuck out, no matter low long it lasts,' he urged. "Re- ect with proud contempt all enemy propaganda. Do not believe stories being told. Observe the war laws that had to be passed, not in order to .vex you or make ,ife harder for you but because they were necessary to save the erman nation." GoeringL went even further than nad other Nazis in describing the terrors of the Winter campaign' Jury Gives Verdict Against Wife Slayer HI IT'S SOURCE Under Withholding Plan Individual Would Start Paying In Advance had repulsed Russian attacks on I Blackpool on May 5. the northwest front south of Lake Ilmen. killed 600 on the Leningrad front and sunk three enemy transports in the Barents Sea. Fighting continued on the Kerch front in the Eastern Crimea, the It was upon Morrison's controversial speech that the debate centered. "Hitler has seen the children of his countr y.slarving and I suggest front m me eastern wmiua, LIU: thal if you harf sharcd his ex- Russian communique said. jpcrience you would at least begin Mother Of W. W. Shaver Dies In Denver, Tenn. Miss Thehna Smith, Belfast, Ireland, has the distinction of bcini; tin- first bride of the AEF in Ireland. She was married to Pvt. Herbert, Cooke of Cleveland, Ohio on April i;i, in Belfast. PvL Cookc is on duty in Ireland and his bride is shown holding his .service hat :t.s .she waiUs for him in Belfast. i.NEA TEUSI'HOTO). Senator Connally At Naval Base ' J Mrs. J. M. Shaver, 88, mother of W. W. Shaver and Miss Lillian Shaver, of this city, died at her home in Denver. Tenn., this morning. She had been ill for several months. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Mr. and Mrs. Shaver and daughter. Margaret, Miss Shaver and George Meredith left this afternoon for Denver. Other survivors are another son. j. E. Shaver of Jonesboro. and three other daughters, Mrs. George Meredith, Mrs. Rose Goodrich and Miss Blanche Shaver, of Denver. pcrience you would at least bcgi to undrestand why he is ruthles 1 when protecting his country from a repetition of that starvation by reason of the blockade," the duke said. "Don't forget that when our nations safety or victory is at stake we are perfectly prepared to kill the French.." he added. He blamed Russia for the outbreak of the first World War in 1914. in Russia. Recites Hardships "There was no question of giving up our front line because behind us there was only a heap of ruins,'' he said. "One bad" report followed another. There were Russians in our rear in the north, in the center, in the south. Guerrillas blew up railroads, ambushed our supplies. Our troops nearly froze to death. Railroad tracks broke from the cold. Our engines could not run For whole days the front line was without ammunition, food 01 clothing "Motor engines broke down. Our tanks stuck in the snow." But great as the sufferings of the common soldier. Goering said. Adolf Hitler had suffered too— mentally. Ending an 80-minute harangue. Goering called down the blessings of God on Hitler. "It is unthinkable," he said, "that providence has raised this man from such obscure beginnings only to push Germany back into the abyss." WASHINGTON, May 21. (UP) — The Treasury today formally recommended that part of individual income tiixcs be collected in advance by withholding 10 per cent of an individual's estimated taxable Income at the .source. 'For u single person. 10 per cent ol' all their income in excess of Slil a week would be withheld under the Treasury plan. The 10 per cent withholding tax would be applied to a married man without children on all ol his income over $20 a week. An nd- dltioiml exemption of $8,50 a week would bet granted for each child or additional dependent. 11 Congress raises his pay to $50 a month and docs not grant .special exemptions for men In the armed forces a private would have -JO cent;; of his salary withheld each month. j Treasury Tax Expert Randolph Paul presented the Treasury's withholding plan to the" House Ways and Means Committee which is completing it's draft ol the 1942 venue bill. The Committee tiki jt net Immediately on the rcconi- ondation. The Committee already is voted to double and In some ISPS triple the Individual tax i incomes received this year. In- toacl of the individual paying n:.se heavy tapccs in full in 1043 le Treasury would begin collecting ut of them when the now bill enacted, probably late this Sum- icr or early'T'alk The taxpayer men n time would be nlshing his payment of taxes n 1941 income. KCMI Hargrove, 26, was found guilty this morning of first degree murder in the slaying, of his. wife at the Beauty Bar March 28 and was sentenced to life imprisonment, he jury's verdict was reached shortly after 10:30 o'clock this morning, loss than live minutes after they had received their instructions for the second time after deliberating two and a hall' hours hist night without reaching a decision. The ease went; to the jury at approximately 8:45 o'clock last night and deliberated until shortly before midnight without being able to reach n decision. Apparently, the ~ 1 " members had difficulty in under- fl ^ M ^^ MH ^ H ^ H ^ HMMHnHHI | standing their Instructions and ust before recessing late last light, asked Judge Neil Killough o clarify certain points. Judge Killough told them he vould repeat the instructions in till this morning and'recessed the-. ury for the night. Defendant Collapses Hargrove/who was charged only with the killing of his wife and lot with that of Policeman Dick Potter, who was slain in the same. tragedy, accepted the verdict with- only a slight trace of nervousness. However, when his mother came to his side, he embraced her and, both wept unrestrainedly. As ..he walked from tha court room in the company of ".several officers, he collapsed and had to be half-car^' rled down the steps to the second floor. •• m WAR BULLETINS WASHINGTON, May 21 (UP) —Secretary of Navy Frank Kno.v reported today to President Roosevelt that the Navy would be ;vl»le to salvage Uie 'former French luxury liner Nunimmlie which burned and capsl/ed at it's New York pier. Stock Prices ULIEO PLUS Japanese Bases Northwes Of Australia Hit B> Allied Bombers MOSCOW, Muy 21. (UP) — A new Russian offensive inside the Arctic Circle lias advanced U miles against Gurmun- rinnlsh forces ami inflicted :tOOO casualties on the enemy, the ftcd Star said Unlay. The main Gcnnsm-Finnish communication lines w.re said to be under Soviet artillery fire. CHUNGKING, May 21. (Ul») —Japanese plane - supported mccliani/cd units slowly dosed :i pincer on Allied uir and supply bases in eastern China today, but usually well-informed Foreign Kourttes doubted that these operations signalized H.II all-out offensive to crush free China. The-.Japanese campaign in Chekianjr and other eastern provinces, they maintained, is uiitt'-' cd exclusively* »l occupying: bases from which United Nations bombers could strike at Japan, or land after bombing Japan from the cast. Senator Tom H. Connally, chairman of the Senate Foreign Rclatioi Committee, is shown the U .S. Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Tcxa. by Commander R. D. Lyon, USN, Commandant ol the training statio The ranking Texas Democrat was among members of the Naval .si committee of the Truman committee which is investigating defense activities throughout the country. (U. S. NAVY PHOTO FROM NEA). Australian Ants, Camouflage Artists A. T. & T. .. Anirr. Tobacco Ana. Copper . Beth. Steel ... Chrysler 117 1-8 40 3-4 23 1-4 52 58 1-8 Coca Cola 71 Gen. Electric 24 3-8 General Motors 35 Mont, Ward 28 3-4 New York Central Int. Harvester .. N. Amer. Aviation Republic Steel .. Radio . Socony Vacuum . Sludebaker Standard of N. J. Texas Corp Packard 7 l-{ 44 1-2 10 14 3 6 7-8 4 1-2 34 1-2 32 5-8 2 1-8 Child Dies At Manila; Rites Held Yesterday Duey Eugene Hunt. 1, son of Pvt. and Mrs. Jack Hunt of Manila, died at the home of his grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Dunavan, also of Manila, Tuesday morning. Pvt. Hunt, who is stationed at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, arrived home in time for the funeral services yesterday morning at the Dunavan home. Burial was in the Manila, cemetery. Mrs. Earl Wilson of Meridian, Miss., a -sister of Pvt. Hunt, arrived in time to be with her brother at the funeral. She will return to her home Friday. Pvt. Hunt will also leave Friday to return to Jefferson Barracks. Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS, 111.. May 21. (UP)—Hogs: 950&—9000 salable. Top, 14.10 180-250 IDS., 14.05-14.10 ' 140-160 Ibs., 12.95-13.75 Bulk sows, 13.35-13.85 Cattle: 2550 SI. .steers. 10.00-15.00 Mixed yearl., heifers, 12.25-13.35 SI. heifers, 9.50-14.00 Stocker, feeder steers, 9.25-13.50 Beef cows. 9.00-10.00 Canners and cutters, 6.75-8.75 U. S. Steel 45 Chicago Corn prev. open high low close close May July 85 -Y* RR 1.'. 85" 8514 85%b 85% 887* 88 88 »4 8814 Elect Dr. Fred Child To State Dental Board New Orleans Cotton Mar May July Oct Dec Jan Dr. Child, local dentist, was elected a member of the state board of dental examiners, at the three- day state meeting of the Dental Association in Little Rock this week. .He and Dr. H. A. Taylor, also of here, returned last ni£nt. from the meeting. prev. open high low close close 1995 1997 1970 1975b 2000b 2006 2006 1984 1984b 2011 1926 1930 1900 1907 1928 1967 1972 1935 1946 1971 1977 1982 1955 1964 1983b 1975b 19641) 1985b V. S. WEATHER FORECAST TU/VTHEVILLfc—Slightly warmer today. Moderately cooler tonight. ARKANSAS—Slightly warmer tonight except little change in the extreme east portion. MELBOURNE, Australia, May 21. 'UP)—American and Australian planes resumed their aerial offensive, after a one day lapse due to bad weather, with heavy attacks on the two chien Japanese invasion bases in the area northwest of Australia, Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced today. The Allied planes attacked the Japanese airdrome at Koepang, in the Netherlands half of Timor Island, and shipping and a seaplane base at Dili, in the Portuguese half. Two grounded Japanese planes wore destroyed at Kocpang, the airdrome runways were damaged and bi<j fires were started among buildings. Allied fighter planes spoiled another Japanese raid on Port Moresby. New Guinea, by prompt interception and damaged four of the 12 Japanese Navy-O fighter planes participating. Koopang. 350 miles northwest of Australia, has been a favorite target for MacArthur'.s planes. Dili, the chief town in the Portuguese part of Timor, at the northeastern end of the island, had not been attacked since MacArthur assumed his Southwest Pacific command, but Australian planes had attacked it in March. Mi's. Josie Hanks Dies In Bragg City Mrs. Josie Hanks, 79, died at her home in Bragg City last night. She had been a resident in that community for 39 years. Funeral services were held at 3 o'clock this afternoon at the Pentecost Church in Bragg City. The Rev. Uwcll Droul was in charge of the services. Burial was in the cemetery at Kennctt. Survivors include two .sons, Oakland and Andrew Hanks, both of Bragg City; and three sisters, Mrs. Kay Dcpricst and Mrs. Byron Hanks of Bragg City; and Mrs. Mtlly Randall of Illinois. Blytheville Boy Graduates From Father Flanagan's Famous School Sought to Prove Intent With Circuit Judge Neil Killough presiding, the state had sought tr> prove that Hargrove, estranged from his wife, had entered the Beauty shop on the .night of March tt with the intention of killing icr. They alleged'that he was carrying a gun and that Mrs. Hargrove, becoming frightened for her life, sent an operator of the shop, to call the police. Potter entered the shop a few : moments later in response to the call and, upon learning of the nature of the trouble, attempted to arrest. Hargrove but was killed by several" bullc^lrpntctopvlattie'r's/.grun^ The^ f: . asserted the;' prosecutiOTi,; the de- "~ fendant took tjh'et'.Y of fleer's gun.'- walkecr bijck to the booth where his wife was, and killed her. Officer Irvin Jones, who had accompanied •. Potter to the shop but remained outside in the squad car until the shooting started, came in at this ;•„ time and Hargrove shot himself twice before the policeman could slop him. The defense had asserted that Hargrove went to the shop with' no intention of harming his wife but that he was laboring under considerable .mental stress because of his maritol difficultifts and was carrying a gun because he planned to kill himself. Mr. Mayes claimed that the defendant did not threaten his wife while he was in the shop and did not know until Potter confronted him that he was'being placed under ' arrest. When this happened, however, the .defense said, Hargrove became so mentally disturbed 'he did not remember anything that happened from the time when Potter attempted to arrest him until he regained consciousness in the hospital after his suicide attempt, ; ' . To Jury Last Night Hargrove's fate was placed in the hands of the jury shortly before 9 o'clock last night after Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Fietz concluded the State's plea by asking the 12 men to find the defendant guilty of first degree murder and to sentence him to death. In his speech to the jury, Mr. Fietz attacked the insanity plea of Plan Conservation Of Skilled Workers FiOYS TOWN. Nebr. fSpccial) — Among the 1942 graduates from the Boys Town eighth grade and high school arc two Arkansas boys. They arc Ben Martin. 18. Blytheville. Ark., who will graduate from high school, and Charles Rosedale, 14. El Dorado. Ark., who will receive hLs eighth grade diploma. Commencement exercises at Father Flanagan's famous Boys Town will be held May 31. with Nebraska's Gov. Dwight Griswold among the Defendant under observation for special guests of honor. several weeks. Dr. Morrow had testi- the defense and laid special emphasis on evidence purporting to prove premeditation and deliberation on the part of the defendant in the slaying. In attempting to prove that Hargrove was sane when he fired the shots that ended his wife's life, Mr. Fietz referred the jury to the testimony of Dr. James K. Morrow, staff physician at the. State Hospital at Little Rock who had the Hcnry Monsky. prominent Omaha attorney and International President of B'nai B'rith and Courtcnay Savage, of Chicago, noted p lnv ~ Australia camouflages 500-pound American soldier somewhere in Australia f "njounages Duu-pounu bombs among ant hills which tower 10 to 12 feet, (1 assea 07 Army censor.) WASHINGTON, May 21. (UP) — The War Manpower Commission today directed the Selective Service .system to consult with the commission's agents before drafting any individuals who is "skilled in a critical war occupation." Commission Chairman Paul V. McNutt announced the move a.s "one of eight immediate steps to promote the fullest utilization of the manpower of this nation." Officials -said the directive did not mean blanket deferment of .skilled workers, but they indicated that, the Manpower Commission's 4500 field officers which arc operated by U. S. Employment Service would request deferment of virtually every irreplacable war worker. McNutt also urged "that all employers recruit their new workers through the employment service and that all persons desiring war work register with the employment, service." fied earlier in the aftrnoon that his examination showed Hargrove to be "without psychosis:' When asked on cross examination his wrishl. and writer, will be the op i n i on as o t. whether or not the , ,. 'defendant was temporarily insane when he shot Potter.and his wife, the doctor replied ? tnat, "In my opinion, he was not." Cites Other Testimony The States attorney also called the attention of the jury to testimony of Mrs. E. M. Holt and Mrs/Max Parks, operators at the commencement speakers. ' The eighth grade and high school graduating classes of Boys Town arc the largest in the history of Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. E. J. Flanagan, founder and director, announced loday. One hundred boys will re- , ccive their grade school and high|imony of Mrs. *>. M. school diplomas this year, Father Flanagan revealed. In the two graduating classes there are boys who have come to Boys Town from 25 different states. Father Flanagan founded Boys Town 25 years ago in the interest of homeless boys, regardless of race, creed or color. Beauty Bar. who has asserted earlier that the defendant was normal and conduct when Chicago Soybeans prev. open high low close close May 17Ma 179% 177% 178 179 tt July. 182M- 103 179 '•}'* 180% 182% :in he entered the shop. In attempting to prove that the slaying of Mrs. Hargrove was performed with premeditation and deliberation, Mr. Fietz reminded the jury that two defense witnesses, T. I. Seay and Nuell Maxwell, had both asserted that they were standing across the street from the shop while the shooting was going on, that the door was not open, and (Continued on page 8)

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