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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 22, 1942
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National Cotton Week May 15-23 BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI National Cotton Week May 15-23 VOLUME XXXIX—NO. 58. Blytheville Daily Blytheville Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, MAY 22, 1942 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS m FOR LIFE TERM Will Not Be Tried For Officer's Slaying Unless Released Later The Weeping Women of Kerch Ben Hargrove, who was found guilty yesterday in Circuit Court of first degree murder in the slaying of his wife at the Beauty Bai March 23 and sentenced to life imprisonment, was taken to the state penitetniary this afternoon by Sherill Hale Jackson and Chief Deputy Sheriff John F. Reinmiller. Hargrove, who had pleaded not guilty to the murder, claiming temporary insanity, heard the verdict of the jury read yesterday morning shortly after 10:30 o'clock. The 12 men had reached their decision in about five additional minutes of deliberation after having the instructions of the court read to them for the second time. The case had been turned over to them at approximately 8:45 p. in. Wednesday, but after deliberating some two and a half hours they informed Circuit Judge Neil Killaugh that they had been unable Deputy Prosecuting: Attorney Graham Sudbury, in response to questions why the slate did not file first degree murder charges against Ben Hargrove in the killing of Policeman I>i<;k Potter March 23, pointed out today that, under the procedure laws of the state of Arkansas it was not possible to try the defendant for the slaying of Potter and of Mrs. Hargrove at the same time, A "hold over" warrant, said Mr. Sudbury, charging Hargrove with first degree murder in the killing of Potter will be placed with the wardeji of the state penitentiary, providing for the defendant's return here to face trial should he ever be released from serving his life sentence. Russians Near Objective At Kharkov, Moscow Says; Japs Lose 3 More Vessels The Kharkov Area As Reds Drive On These weeping women of the Russian city of Kerch seek out their dead, slain and left in a pile by the Germans, as Soviet soldiers who drove the Wehrmacht from the locality watch sympathetically. This original photo arrived in New York from Russia as the Nazis stepped up their offensive in Eastern Crimea and Russians reported gains near Kharkov. (NEA TELEPHOTO). Allies Mass Men In South Pacific To Strike Japs to agree, asked that the instructions be given to them again and that they be given about 1( more minutes. Judge Killough tolc them to Tecess until the V next 'morning, when the instructions would be ready for them. • it was unofficially reported here yesterday that, at one time, the •••ju'/y stood--11 -to -1 in favor of the death penalty. Hargrove was.being tried on the single charge of killing his wife. A -second charge of first degree murder in the slaying of Policeman Dick Potter in the same tragedy was withheld on motion of the state. Potter's name appeared in the cose only in instances where the circumstances of his slaying bore relation to that of Mrs. Hargrove. The defendant, according to his own admission, knew Potter only when he saw him. The contention of the state was that Hargrove killed the policeman so that he could get to his wife and carry out his plan to slay her. No announcement has been made by Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Fietz as to when the charge o first degree murder in the killing of Potter will be filed against the defendant. The charge is pending and. since there is no statute of limitations on a first degree murder charge, may be filed any time. Howard Mayes, defense attorney, announced yesterday that his client planned no appeal. In a brief interview last night. Hargrove, still taciturn, said, "I don't want to say anything but this. Sheriff Jackson, Deputy Sheriff John Reinmiller, and all of the other law officers in this case, have been mighty nice to me all the way through." Cotton Man Here Is Commissioned J. S. Shipyards Reply To U~Boat<3 By Sending 27 Ships Down Ways WASHINGTON, May 22. (UP) — American shil ' T ards in a nationwide celebratio-i of maritime Day gave their answer to submarine sinkings today by launching 27 ships, the largest mass launching since World War I. A Pacific coast shipyard opened the celebration by launching a ship one minute after midnight. Other launchings were scheduled to follow throughout the day. One yard was to have three launchings. Six yards planned to launch two ships each, and one launching each was scheduled for 12 yards. The Maritime Commission originally announced Maritime Day would be marked by 30 launchings, but speed-ups in production sent three of the vessels down the ways earlier this week. The need for ships is so great that three could not be held up for today's celebration. Maritime Day is the anniversary of the departure of the Savannah from Savannah, Ga.. on the first crossing of the Atlantic by a steamship. This year it finds the United States facing the most critical shipping problem in its history. The demands of a global war and the submarine raids off the American' coast make the need for shipping more urgent than in 1917-18. Four ships were delivered into AUCKLAND, New Zealand May 22. (UP)—New Zealand government leaders tonight reported a m a s s i n g of strength for an Allied "all out punch" "in the/Southwest Pacific,- following .the arrival of Vice Admiral Robert Lee Ghormley, ,U.' S.^ N. .to.,-..assume command of "the" U< S.-New Zealand naval forces. Ghormley, who "arrived yesterday with his staff toiset up his command under Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. commander-in-chief of the U. S. Pacific fleet said that "time is vital and I am here to fight a Barrymore Fights Against Illness HOLLYWOOD. May 22. (UP) —John Barrymorc, in a semi- coma, fought for his life today against a complexity of ailments. His physician, Dr. HIIRO M. Kcrsten. was not optimistic over his condition, lie said the. (10-year-old actor "is still a very sick man, and all we can do is hope for I he best." Although Barrymore had rallied, Kcrsten dis! not l»clieve lie had passed the crisis. The doctor said he lapsed frequently into a slate of semi-consciousness and sometimes could not recognize his daughter, Diana, and brother, Lionel, who have • spent most of their time at his bedside. "Lionel called tonight," Ktr- stcn said shortly before midnight. "Mr. Barrymorc •rceoerni/.- cd him and they spoke to each other briefly." Washington Blamed For Liner Fire "I have been assigned to duty in the South Pacific area and I am glad to be in New Zealand." he said. "The strategy of the United Nations fully appreciates the importance of New Zealand in the South Pacific and Australia in winning the war." New Zealand Army Chief Lieut. Gen. James Puttick said, "We are gaining men for an offensive against Japan and an all out punch will be required. "We do not look upon New Zealand and Australia as a place simply to be defended but as a rallying ground for the Democratic armed forces of the U. S. and the Pacific. New Zealand is so important that if New Zealanders left undone anything which should be done they would betray humanity," he said. A. R. Wetenkamp, head of Wetenkamp Cotton Company, has been commissioned in the Army Air Corps as a first lieutenant and will leave Monday for Miami Beach, where he is to attend Officers' Training School. After about six weeks training j there he is to be stationed at Santa Anna, Calif., with the West Coast Air Force Division for ground duties. Since Lieut. Wetenkamp came to Blytheville 14 years ago from Memphis, he has become well known in the cotton business both in Mississippi County and adjacent Southeast Missouri. Mrs. Wetenkamp will be with her mother. Mrs. E. M. Terry, until Lieut. Wetenkamp goes to his California post to which she will accompany him. ^Sjr^i"^^- 1 Report Of Rationing Board yards now are averaging delivery of two ships a day. This is the best production record for 25 years but still is only half the rate that must be reached to turn out the 2,300 vessels projeced for 1942-43. OL T" ohows I ires, Stock Prices A. T. and T 116 American Tobacco ........ 40 5-8 Ana Copper .............. 23 3-4 Beth Steel .............. 51 1-2 Chrysler ................ 57 7-8 Coca Cola ................ 71 Tubes On List; One Auto Local Rationing Boaid 47-N has issued 47 certificates for new tires, tubes, retreads, and one new automobile.- since May 13. Certificates for new tractor tires or tubes were given to Bert Ross, two tires and two tubes; Russ Crowell of Leachvilic, two tires; Neal Benson, Manila, one tire and one tube; Herbert Mailings of Yarbro. two tires; J. C. Ellis, one Jtire and one tube; and R. S Residents Near Blytheville Will Swell Fund For Navy Families Volunteer workers in nearby communities today v/ere reported making considerable progress toward raising the amounts of quotas assigned by Russell Phillips, chairman of the Navy Relief Fund campaign. At Leachville Lester Wright is chairman of the drive and he and his co-workers are seeking a total of S300 for the benefit of families of men in the U. S. Navy. Herman Alston at Manila i.s serving as chairman in that area where a total of $250 is expected to be subscribed. Other chairmen and the amounts f their quotas have been an- ounced by Mr. Phillips as follows: Leslie Moore. Lone Oak, SS5; C. G. Smith Jr.. Dogwood, $65; F- A. Rogers, Clear Lake. $75; and T. R. Ivy, Yarbro, $50 "There is little doubt that citizens this section will respond wholeheartedly to this worthy cause," Mr. Phillips said today. "The least we can do is back up our navy men by giving whatever we can to WASHINGTON, May 22. <UP>—A confidential report prepared for tho Senate Naval Affairs Committee it was learned today, asserts that "unreasonable time limitations., dictated in Washington" and placec upon the contractor converting UK- French liner Normandie into lh troopship Lafayette may have bcci responsible for the fire which gutte the ship in New York on Feb. 9. "It cannot be denied," the repor said, "that the haste imposed upo the contractor by the Bureau o Ships was an important factor i the loss of the Lafayette. "What is more important is th undisputed fact that this haste wa dictated in Washington by me who evidently had no conceptio of the work entailed in carryii out their orders and in total disregard of contrary advice from responsible and competent men on the scene." ; (The report is being studied by committee members and has not been acted upon. It was prepared by Committee Counsel James F. Dulligan who investigated the fire with the cooperation of the Navy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Late yesterday the Navy announced that the $60,000,000 vessel which capsized after thousands of tons of water had been poured into her hold, would be salvaged in operations that will last more than a year and cost several millions of l\vo Supply Ships Also Sent Down In Pacific, MacArlhur Reports MtiLBOUKNlC, May 22. (UP)—Allied naval forces, in their first action since the battle of the Coral Sea, have sunk a 7,100 ton 8-inch k r i Japanese cruiser and Uvo supply ships totaling 15,000 Ions, Gen, Douglas MacArthur announced lodny. Indicating that American submarines did Uu 1 job, MticArthm said UK? enemy ships, n cruiser ol the Kako class, with (>04 officers and men. u 9,000 ton cargo vesse and a 0,000 ton caruo vessel, were sunk "in an underwater action." MncArthur announced also thai- United States and Australian planes, flying through almost Impossible weather, hnd destroyed or damaged eight Japanese pianos In one of their mast ferocious raids n tho Japanese invasion base at ae, New Guinea. He revealed, too. that in their aid Wednesday on Kocpang, in Timor Island, the Allied planch lad destroyed three enemy planes id damaged three. Although no details were given of the Allied Naval success, it wiu> inderstood that a submarine hac •cturnecl to base after sinking the three enemy ships. Mile* 50 • KURSK OBOYAN• • SUM) •BOROMLYA • AKHTIRKA DECACHI* KHARKOV* •POLTAVA KRASNOGRAD* WlZYUM A headquarters spokesman refused to say whether the action had any connection with the Coral Sea battle of two weeks ngo or with a new enemy concentration of war and supply ships [or a major invasion offensive in the Australian area. Extensive Allied reconnaissance flights in the last two weeks, made despite unfavorable weather, have been concentrated on determining whether the Japanese, after their Coral Sea- defeat, were reassembling ships at' their Southwest Pacific buses for a new rendezvous at sea. The new actlpn brought to 23 the total of enemy ships sunk or damaged since the Coral Sea battle tarted May 4. Russians Claim Nazi Couiv- ter-Attacks Beaten Back, Enemy Cracking MOSCOW. May .22. (UP); The Red Army has broken' into a German-held town outside Kharkov after crushing a Nazi counter-attack an.d. now is nearing it's "immc: diatc goal" on the llth day of Marshal Semyon Timo- shenko's oflenslve, official advices said today. • Advices from the 100-miie front indicated that the Germans were beginning to crack as a result of their enormous losses • in men and materials. There also were indications that the Nazis were near the exhaustion point on tank reserves on the Kharkov, front. (The German High Command in it's communique today said that all Soviet attacks had been repulsed and that the German forces of Marshal Fedor Von Bock have "regained tho ^initiative" around Kharkov—the first time that the Germans have claimed the initiative.) •':'••;:•' .... . A Red Army communique at noon reported that Tlmoshenko's forces . . .. , .,. , were steadily tightening, their ring Fop photo show; location o Khar- ftrolmci Kharkov, overwhelming one kov. 'Russia's P tlsburen, in rcto- N ^ .^ ^ |nt after anothcr< Iu SL^TSTS^ srs ^r ^^^.^'^^^£s! > ± Gen. Electric ............ 24 1-2 j Harris, two tubes; D. B. Abbott, one General Motors 35 3-8 Mont. Ward 28 1-2 New York Central 7 Int. Harvester 44 dollars. II.S. JIP MR FLEET AVG Leader Says Air Ar- macle Of 2000 Could Wipe Out Enemy Force KUNMING, China. May 22. (UP) —Brig. Gen. Claire L. ChcnnaulL, leader of the American'volunteer group, said today that the United States could "wipe out" the Japanese air fleet if it would send 2000 planes to the Far East. He predicted that the United States probably would begin an air offensive against the Japanese within the next six months and he had no doubt that it would be successful. "If the United States will direct even a small percentage of iUs present airplane output to the Pai East, the Japanese will suffer f shortage of planes within six months, if they keep on losing a many planes as they have during the last six months." he said. ?Ic said he thought the Japanese were wasting time bombing and trying to capture Chinese bases o o .._ . ( ,, t _.. ...^_. from which American long range ielp°provkle funds for emergencies ' May. 119'/, 120^ Ii7 : ;'. 117 : !i 119V/ bombers can rain explosives and Livestock Hogs, 9500—9000 salable. Top, 1415. 180-250 Ibs., 1405-1415. 140-160 Ibs., 1300-1400. Bulk sow.s. 1335-1385. Cattle. 1050. SI. Steers. 1000-1500. Mixed Yearlings & Heifers, 1125 1250. SI. Heifers, 950-1400. Stockcr & Feeder Steers, 925 1350. Beef Cow.s. 000-1000. Canners & Gutters, 675-875. rest of European Russia/ took up the pursuit and drove into a town which the enemy had held, the communique said:- IHWAR BULLETINS •May" Z2. "71 broadcast recorded by United Press in New York)—A special communique said today that an Italian submarine has sunk a IT. S. battleship of the Maryland class off the Brazilian coast. The communique said "the Italian submarine Bar- harigo under the command of CJapt. Gross! attacked olT the Brazilian coast 100 miles west of the Island of Fernando a naval formation of U. S. warships heading south. "The .submarine penetrated through thr destroyer escort and fired a .salvo of torpedoes at u haUlr-ship of the Maryland class of 32.000 tons and the battleship sank in a short time." Medical - Men- Will Report For Physical .| Examinations MEXICO CITY, May '^',J. {UI»)_I»rcsidcnl Manuel Avihi Camacho today was reported preparing to declare :i nationwide slate of emergency as the first step toward an expected declaration of war on Germany, Italy and Japan. The newspaper La Prensa in an extra edition said that seizure of Axis property and internment of Axis nationals would lie ordered. La Prcsna said a second Mexican steamer had been sunk but no official confirmation of this report was immediately available, although earlier reports said the foreign office was investigating the report. Four more Blytheville physicians may soon be In. active service for their country, akmg/.with Dr. W. M. Owen of Armorel, who plans to enlist Monday. . Dr.-Hunter C. Sims, Dr. L. L. Hubener, Dr. Maja L. Skaller and . Dr. Lyle L. Hassell have been notified to report to Little Rpck. within a week for final physical' examinations. If thr>y pass these examinations,"'": expected to take four days time,' they will be given a 14-day furlough to wind up their affairs at home before being assigned tq posts. All those accepted will be given commissions. Already two local physicians lave been called into active service and another was rejected because of physical disability after having been called for examination. Lieut. T. K. Mahan is at Camp Orel, Calif., and Lieut. J. .E. Beasley is at the Naval Air Base, Atlanta. Ga. Dr. J. M. Walls, also called, has returned home after having failed to pass the physical examination. Dr. Owen, although not yet called, will enlist Monday at Little Rock if he passes the examination, he announced today. Chicago Wheat prev. open high low close close back home while they are serving j u i y . 121 1221; their country." I20 : !h 121% incendiaries on Japanese cities. Poppies Will "Bloom" On Blytheville Streets North American av. 10 Rotary Club Members Hear Aid Raid Talks A discussion of the Air Raid wardens and their duties as a part of the state-wide setup featured the luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club Thursday at Hotel Noble. j. W. Adams and C. G- Redman were speakers. Guests for the meeting were M. H. Ladd. of onesboro, and George Hubbard Jr.. junior Rotarian for this month. Republic Steel 14 Radio 27-8 Socony Vacuum 7 Studebaker 41-2 Standard of N. J 34 Texas Corp 321-2 Packard 2 U. S. Steel 45 1-4 It is a good plan to check automobile spark plugs once a month to keep thorn froo from carbon deposits. New Orleans Cotton prev. open high low close close Mar . 1381 1988 1975 1990b 1975b May . 1992 1999 1992 1999b 1984b July Oct Dec Jan 1916 1919 1905 1918 1907 1952 1962 1944 1960 1946 1968 1976 1957 1976 1964 I967b I977b 1964b tire and one tube. H. N. Swearengen received a ccr tificate for one new truck tire. receiving certificates foi passenger tire retreads include Joseph J. Ewing, two tires; Rov. lifford L. Thacker, two tires; W. N. Orr. two tires; and N. B. Young, four tires. Certificates for truck tire retreads were issued to B. J. Allen. wo tires: R, S. Harris, two; W. N. Johnson of Lear.hville. two; Doan and Lane Co., three; D. L. Goff of Dell, three; C- H. May. three; and S. E. Segraves of Lnxora, two. B. G. Gill of Dell, was given a certificate for one new automobile. Certificates for two obsolete tires were granted to the Rev. J. F. Hawkins. Wax is not only produced b> bees, but by birds, nniinnls, nnc many plants. July Chicago Corn •May open high low . 86 86 83••; 88 V* 88% 8G prev close close 83 r. 85 r :< JG% 88 Vi Red poppies, .symbolic of the blood shed by veterans of World War I. will be sold here tomorrow with the proceeds to be used both for veterans oi the first World War and for those wounded in the present war. An extensive campaign rta.s been mapped by the American Legion Auxiliary, which annually sponsors this patriotic drive. Both white and negro workers will be used throughout Blytheville's business sections and in some of the outlying sections. Mrs. Ed Cook, chairman, announced today that Mrs. G. R. Carter. Mrs. J. D. Smith. Billy Smith and Gail Eich will sell poppies at the First National Bank booth. The booth at Farmers Bank and Trust Company will be in charge of Mrs. J. E. Hassell Jr., and Mrs. Mike Meroney. Mrs. George Duclos and Mrs. Carl Matthews will sell poppies at City Hall. The Greyhound Bus Station booth will be in charge of Mrs. S. S. Sternberg and Mrs. Horace Walpole. Mrs. Neill Reed and Mrs. Bernard Gooch will sell tho emblems nt ttotrl Noblo. The Hotel Glencoc booth will be in charge of Mis. Johnny Nolcn and Mrs. Bryant Stewart. Mrs. Paul Green we 11 and Mrs. J. F. Lenti arc to be in charge of the Goff Hotel booth. Mrs. C. S. Baygett and Mrs. Marvin Lane will sell poppies at the Girl Scouts will sell the poppies on the streets of the business section throughout the day. Lunch will be served the workers at the American Legion Hut with Mrs. R. E. Blaylock and Mrs. Jesse Seeman in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Hassell is in charge of the negro division. Already. 500 poppies have been reserved by negroes lor sale. Teachers of the -schools at Blytheville und Armorel are to work in this division, assisted by a group of young people. Among these workers will bo George Hollis. C. D. Horn and wife, A. C. Horn. M. J. Shivers and wife. O. C. Shivers. R. W. Wylie and wife, Alena Wylie, and A. E. Lester. Headquarters for the campaign will be at the office of Neill Reed, state commander of the American Legion, where Mrs. Bryant Stewart, Mrs. Ed Cool: :iml Mrs. Marvin Kino nro to ho in charge. WASHINGTON. May 22. (UP)—President Roosevelt today set June 30 as tlic d:itc for registration of young men 18 and 1!) years of age in order to complete the nation's wartime canvass of manpower. This was the fifth registration order by the chief executive and will complete the registration of all men from the. ages of 18 to «i). The yoimc men of 1R and 19 are. not subject to .military service under the Selective Sen-ice Act. Negro Youth Held Following Shooting Clarence Perry. 15. nepro of nrar Osccola. was arrested this morning on charges of shooting John Lewis. 35. negro of near Os- crola. night after an argument which allegedly arose over the lattcr's wife. Lewis was shot ! with a single-barreled shotgun as ' he stood at the door of a neighbor's house. Tho shot entered his left arm and the left side of his chest. He was brought to the Blytheville Hospital, where he was said to be in a serious condition. Perry was arrested en the Fred Smith farm. 15 miles west of Osceola. at about 10 a. m. by Deputy Sheriffs Webb Grecr and Robert Noble. He is being held on charges of assault with intent to kill. Chicago Soybeans open hich low close T). cl. May. 1781* 178% 175% 175'.i 178^ Elizabeth Blythe No Longer In Race Miss Elizabeth Blythe today notified the Courier News that she has withdrawn n.s a candidate for Mississippi County Court clerk. She was opposing T. W. Potter of Osceola. who will seek re-election in the Democratic primary in August. "I do this for several reasons," Miss Blythe explained in a public statement, "principally, that my opponent- has served this county .in various capacities • long and well. He is an efficient officer, a good citizen, and I am informed in ill health at this time. Under these circumstances, I feel that he should be re-elected." New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct Dec Jan prev. open high low close close 1957 1971 1952 1970 1955 1965 1980 1963 1980 1965 W2 1919 1901 1918 1907 1930 1941 1922 1940 1927 1943 1956 1936 1955 1940 1959 1959 1944 V. S. WEATHER FORECAST BLYTHEVILLE—Scattered thundershowers this afternoon and to- inght. Little temperature change. ARKANSAS—Scattered Thundershowers this afternoon and to- inght. Tai.tlo temperature change.

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