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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, June 2, 1942
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER * THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOLUME XXXIX—NO. 67. Blytheville Daily Newg Blytheville Herald Blytheville Courier Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 1942 RAF POURS BOMBS ON BIG KRUPP PLANT — - J _%" • '•'••' • Plans Have \7one Awry In Desert Fight CAIRO, Egypt, June 2. (UP)—Col. Gen. Erwin Rommel's plans for a major Axis offensive across the Libyan desert upon Tobruk and Egypt have "gone completely awry" in a fierce battle that still continues after the capture or destruction O f about 260 Axis tanks, a British communi- que said today. Although thrown back in the attempt to encircle To- bruk and wreck the British defense system, Rommel's fore" ~ •» cs have not yet been smashed and still may be able to regroup west of two gaps in the mine field line of British positions west of To- bruk. To prevent Rommel from mustering his strength for a new frontal assault eastward in the area of " the two gaps, Lieut. Gen. Neil IN mm Hard - Hitting "General Grants" Credited With W inning In Libya By United Press Anifvican medium . tanks with a knockout punch have saved the day for the British in Libya. The 28-ton American tanks- known as "General Grants"—are reported to be picking off German ianks with the ease of a marksman sat a shooting gallery. Fierce fighting still is underway. But British dispatches indicate that Rommel has lost about half of his advance force of 500 tanks, m a real setback. The Germans, however, claim they've destroyed or captured 451 British tanks and taken three<thousand prisoners- including one Brigadier General. London concedes that losses on both sides are heavy, but the British are in command of the battlefield. Antf it's felt that they may be able to salvage equipment and shift over to the offensive. London also .reveals that a large convoy "_ has foughtjtsXw.ay. .through to"' Russia, to"' bring "m~4mportant supplies. Tlie ships waged a five- day battle- against an armada of 100 Nazi planes, and, though some ships,. were lost, Nazi claims that 18 were sunk are called greatly exaggerated. The British hint the figure was only half a dozen 01 thereabouts. C I Talks Still In Confidential Stage; Lords Hear; Russia Included LONDON, June 2. (UP)—The House of Lords has been told that the United Nations—including Russia—already are conferring on plans for after the war. Speaking for the government Lord Cranborne said he was unable to make a general declaration because the discussions now are the confidential stage. But he emphasized that thc negotiations include Russia, which he said is playing a big part in winning the war and has an equally great part in winning the peace. Lord Cranborne spoke in reply to Labor leaders who earlier pleaded for /Immediate consultations on post-war problems. They say an early start on the negotiations is necessary to avoid confusion when the war ends. Lord Cranborne said that the British government is ready to consider with a very open mind all .suggestions made by the United States or other United Nations governments. Then he added that Britain, too. will be ready to put "Butch" O'Hare Joins Air Posse M. Richie's Eighth Imperial Army s ceaselessly hammering the enemy with tanks, artillery fire and bombers. Axis Reports Different CThe German and Italian High ommands contradict British versions of the battle and said strong British positions had been "encir- : cled and annihilated" and resistance broken at Ualeb, one of the two gaps through which Rommel's tanks withdrew. The Germans claimed the destruction or capture of 251 British tanks and the taking of 3000 prisoners, including a British brigadier general.) Advices from the desert battle front indicated that Rommel had lost approximately half of the 500 tanks he sent against the British positions, sweeping southeast around the British left flank at Bir Ha- cheim and up behind the British positions southwest of Tobruk. Rommel Foiled, Churchill Says (Prime Minister Winston Churchill told the British House of Commons that at a conservative estimate 260 Axis tanks had been destroyed or captured. There is not a shadow of a doubt, Churchill said, that Rommel's plans for an offensive have gone completely a\vry. He also disclosed that -Rommel's efforts to. : land forces on the Mediterranean coast west of Tobruk had been thwarted by the guns of the British fleet.) British military quarters said Rommel already has sufffered a In Phoenix, Arizona, the U. S. Navy's No. l air hero, Lt Comdr Edward-H. "Butch" O'Hare, (left) is "decorated" by Phoenix's champion cowboy sheriff, Lon Jordan, who is pinning on O'Hare a membership badge in Jordan's air posse. (NBA PHOTO). is by no means ended and that he may return to the attack at any time. Newcomer In Navy, But Wins Praise For Heroic Work CASTRIES, St. Lucia, British West Indies, June 2. (UP;—Harold Wade of Newton, Iowa, has been in the Navy only for four months. But his shipmates say he was one of the heroes in the torpedoing of the old destroyer Blakeley last week. Wade was on lookout duty in the crow's nest when the torpedo struck the Blakeley off Martinique. His face and body were cut badly and his shoulder was broken, but he slid down the brace and manned a gun. And when an order was issued to lower boats he went to work on the falls with his one good arm. The Blakeley's crew members told of several incidents Hlustrat- McNutt Says Farm Labor May Have To Be Drafted "For Next Year By United Press Tlie Federal Government is looking • around for three million new farm workers for next year. And it frankly states that it may be necessary to order men and women to work on farms just as it may become necessary to draft people for war industries. These facts were revealed in a magazine article today by Paul V. .McNutt. federal security administrator and chairman of the war manpower commission. McNutt writes that workers arc leaving the farms in great numbers for the army and the navy and to work in war industries. By next year, he says, it will be necessary to find about three million new agricultural workers to produce the food crop for our domestic needs, for our army and navy and roi some of our Allies. McNutt says the job of mobilizing the new group of farm workers will be handled largely by fchc United States employment service. Already, the employment service is completing plans'for handling its task on a local or regional basis. A great deal of consideration is being given to plans for recruiting women for work on farms. As soon as the plans are completed, Women will be told when and where they can register for agricultural jobs. McNutt says the war Dates Set For Fair And Contest The Mississippi County Fair am National Cotton Picking Cpntes will be conducted jointly this yea under the sponsorship of the Fai Association. The Fair will be hole Sept. 21-27 and Sept. 21 and' 2 will be the dates for the cottot picking contest. A seven-day entertainment pro gram including automobile races horse races, Renfro Valley Ban Dance, musical revues, a carni val, and shows of various kind has been arranged. B. G. West has been chosen a general chairman, and Albert Ma] lory of Memphis, has been name assistant general chairman of special committee to handle th cotton picking contest. Prizes will be awarded this yea on the same basis as in previou years, with $1000 being offered as first prize and another $1000 being divided into smaller prizes. The premium list for the Fail- will total approximately §3500 in cash prizes. Numerous ribbons and banners will be awarded also Printing of the catalog and prize list will .start soon with July l the date for first distribution. One U. S. Cargo Vessel "Sent Down WitK Loss of 39 Crew Members By United Press Axis U-boats lurking in American waters have sunk two more ships. One medium-sized American cur- jo vessel sank In the Gulf of Mex- CQ with the greatest single lo, of .'life since U-boats begun operating there. Only three men out of a crew of 42 were rescued. Two were Ashed out of the Gulf unconscious and .smeared with oil aftei seven days adrift under a broil- ,ng sun. I The second ship lost was n me- "lium British merchant vessel tor- >edoed in the Atlantic. The en Ire crew of GO landed safely u an east coast United States port ' Coast Forces Bolstered However, the Navy is bolstering its, forces along the southcns coast. A fighting naval officer bad from the Far East, Rear Admira William Glassford. took commune today of the Charleston, S. C Navy Yard and Fifth N a veil Dis trict. f Glassford commanded Americai naval forces in the southwest Pa cific during the battle for the East Indies. He succeeds Rear Admiral William Allen who is retiring. Only last week another combat veteran from "the Iceland area, Rear Admiral Laurence Kaufl'man, took charge of the Gulf defenses. The latest Gulf sinking —announced only today—actually occurred May 20. Two U-boats teamed up to torpedo the unsuspecting ship. Survivors report: "The ship folded up like an accordion." Men Were Asleep Many of the men were asleep when the torpedo hit. They, jumped into the oily water and man after 'man : was dragged under by the clinging, suffocating oil.', Two of the men rescued, Rolf Helland and John Traubal, were able to get on a raft. The doctor on the ship which picked them up washed their faces with kerosene for three hours before he could see their features. The 'third man saved was Joseph Shackelford of Severn. Va. He -was picked up and taken to Mexico. The crew of the Britisli ship torpedoed in the Atlantic fared much better. When the torpedo hit most of them were eating, and five minutes later Captain Angus Shaw and his men pulled away from the sinking, vessel in three lifeboats. Over 1000 British Planes Dump 3000 Tons of Bombs On Hitler's Arms Factory * * * * r • • * • . LONDON, June 2. (UP)—The RAP blasted the heart of Hitler's war machine—the; big Krupp armament works at the Ruhr city O f Essen—with 3000 tons of bombs from '030 giant bombers today in thc second of many promised devastation raids. "These two groat night bombing raids (Cologne and Essen) will mark the introduc- 1011 oi- a new phase of the British air offensive and this will markedly increase in scale when we arc joined as we soon shall be by the air force of the United States," . Prime ]\ mister Winston Churchill told the House oi! Commons in connection with plans to boost the number of nightly raiders to 2000 or even 4000 planes. • • ' "German citlc.s, Imrbors and con- * :: ' • Comparing Mass Bombings tors of war production will be subjected to an ordeal, Ihc lllce oi which hus never been experienced by any country in continuity, so- verity or magnitude," he added. The RAP lost 35 planes, a percentage of 3.373 In -Ihc Essen attack as compared to 2.03 per cent of the 1500 planes used. Saturday night jvhcn Cologne was smashed and many thousands of refugee forces from the Rftlnelund Industrial sector. But the estimated 250.000 workers in the Krupp plants which have •been raided 45 times since war started, merely felt the weight of; vast bomb loads which henceforth will be aimed against all of the Nazi war centers, the Air Ministry said. Not only did Cologne refugees arriving at Essen, 35 miles away, KO through their second night of terrific destruction, but home front forces still fighting fires at Cologne probably could heur the explosions and see the flames at the Krupp works during- the night. The steady, relentless pounding which the RAF envisages with American aid this Summer, .'was illustrated by the renewal of daylight raids tqdny when the Air Ministry said -that British fighters made a large .scale sweep over the Gravelincs-Hardclotc area of the French coast. The Increasing- tempo of the RAF attacks wns received with enthusiasm by the British public and newspapers which emphasized Berlin radio reports telling of frantic efforts to strengthen nlr raid precaution forces in the Reich. ing the force of the torpedo explo- | manpower commission expects to sion and the suddenness with which mobilize its new army of Indus- forward posals. some constructive pro- Chinese Will Gel More Lend-Lease WASHINGTON, June 2. (UP) — China has signed up with America and Britain for lend-lease aid now, and economic collaboration after the war. China's foreign minister. T. V. Soong, acted for his government and Secretary of State Cordell Hull signed for America. Thc document is the so-called master lend-lease agreement — similar to the one signed by the United States and Britain last February. It pledges the United States to continue aid to China and, in turn, provides for reciprocal aid by China in the United Nations war against thc Axis. The agreement also includes pro- 'May visions for reducing international' j u iy tariff, barriers and carrying out Oct the eight points of the Atlantic,Dec charter. jjan it struck. Charles Pagan, of Brooklyn, N. Y., was reading a book under the starboard gun when it hit. trial and agricuiturar workers on a voluntary basis. But if this voluntary system doesn't work, the commission may have to ask for "I cleared the oil from my eyes authorit y to order men and women to war on Iarnu and in factories. and found I had the book," said Fagan, "but the gun was gone." Lieut. Julius Owens, of Brunswick, Ga., was sitting at a desk in the forward cabin. A crew member said that after the blast Owens came crawling like a bloody Neptune out of the gaping, oil- drenched bow." Owens added: "i never found thc desk or thc chair in which I was sitting." Services Held Today For Bernice Downing Bernicc Downing, l - year - old daughter of Mrs. Imogene Milton Downing, died at her home near Number Nine Community late yesterday afternoon. Funeral services were held this afternoon at Number Nine Cemetery with Cobb Funeral Home in charge. She Is survived by her mother, and one brother, Harrison Downing. New Orleans Cotton jMar prev. Open high low close close 1957 1963 1924 1938 1963b 1960 I960 1955 1948b 1973b 1877 1884 1843 1857 1882 1925 ]935 1891 1907 1931 1939 1947 1907 1920b 1946 19440 1926b 1951 Simple Rites Held For John Barrymore HOLLYWOOD. June 2. (UP) — John Barrymore was buried today. It was a brief, simple ceremony, contrasting with his career .a.s the most spectacular member of the theater's royal family. Less than 70 relatives and close friends crowded the dim little chapel at Calvary Cemetery. But thousands of persons were gathered outside: Father John O'Donnell. of the Immaculate Heart Church, conducted the rites Chicago Wheat July. open high low v. H7K. prev. close close Sept. 1191s 120% 117% 118 '/i 119% The British Empire, before the Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS, 111.. June 2. (UP)—Hogs: 17,500: salable, 17,000; top. 14.10; 180 to 280 Ibs, 14.00 to 14.05; 140 to 160 Ibs. 12.90 to 13.65; sows 13.15 to 13.75 Cattle 3,750; calves 2.100; cattle salable 3,500; calves salable 2,000: IJODEME Stock Prices A- T. & T 1 15 !_ 2 Amer. Tobacco 43 3-4 Ana. Copper 23 3-4 Beth. Steel '. 50 1-2 Chrysler slaughter steers 10.25-15; slaughter standard of V heifers 9.75-14; mixed yearlings &' btandard of N heifers 13.60-; stacker and feeder steers 9.50 to 13.50. July Sept. Chicago Corn prev. open high tow close close 36 86*4 85 85 !fr. 86 Vi - 88^ 89Vi 87 87% 88% GO 1-8 Coca Cola 71 Gen. Electric 25 5-8 Gen. Motors 36 3-4 Mont. Ward ] 29 1 -2 N. Y. Central 7 i_g Int. Harvester 441-4 N. Am. Aviation 10 1-2 Republic Steel 137-8 Radio 27-8 Socony Vacuum 67-8 Studebaker 43-8 J 34 3-4 Texas Corp 331-4 Packard .2 T U. S. Steel 44 3-4 Chicago Soybeans Congress To Vote On F. D. R/s Request Against Axis Satellites WASHINGTON, June 2 I UP) — President Roosevelt has asked congress to declare war against three axis puppets— Bulgario, Hungary and Rumania. A clerk read the President's message to the House, which agreed to vote on the war declaration as the first order of business tomorrow. The Senate does not meet until Thursday, and apparently is taking it all in stride. Bulgaria, Hungary and Rumania declared war against the United States soon after Pearl Harbor And the man immediate affect of the new declaration will be a tightening up of restrictions on Balkan nationals in the United States. After Congress declares war, the 150,000 Hungarians. Rumanians and Bulgars in this country will be forbidden to posses firearms, short- wave radio sets, or cameras. On prev s thc Pacific Co "St, they will be con- COLOGNE isooruNt) JSOO TONS OF IOMII For purposes of comparison this map shows the relative bomb tonages dropped by the R.A.F. arid the "Luftwaffe" In their respective raids on British and German cities. These figures cover only the'great single night raids and none of tho many regular jabs made b'y each air force. (NBA TELEMAP). Charged With Slaying Of Blytheville Youth; Hearing Saturday Preliminary hearings for Parker Hopgood and Willis Ray Cross, 28, open high low close close July. 176!a 177% 174'X: 174 K 176'i Oct.. 172 172 7 ; 171% 171'.i 171 Oi Woman Who Survived "Justice" Of Nazis Relates Experiences By UnlU Press A large luxury liner of the prewar era steamed slowly into New York harbor yesterday. Busy tugs nudged the ship in to a berth at Jersey City, N. J. On the hull of. the vessel was painted in huge letters the word "Diplomat." This was thc ship which car-. ried American diplomats, newspapermen and ordinary citizens home from Nazi occupied Europe. Nine hundred nnd eight persons heaved a concerted sigh of relief as the Swedish liner Drottning- Holm slipped by the statue of Liberty. ""• i-nupin;, ut-'JUit: i/nt; f\e .. ., , , . . war. covered about one- fourth of I , Of a11 thc P eu P lc on board Ule he world's habitable surface. U. S FORECAST temperature change tonight. ARKANSAS— Little temperature change tonight. , ship no one was happier to set foot in America than Mrs. Etta Shiber, a 64-year old New Yorker. "I don't think Til ever leave home again," she declared as thc liner docked. Mrs. Shiber's experiences record a grim tale of life under Hitler's new order. Her story begins in Paris where she went to live five years ago. In B November, 1940, she arrested and dragged off to prison—charged with aiding the escape of British soldiers from occupied France. She had a trial—a brief one which barely observed the formalities of civilized Justice. She was sentenced to death. As Mrs. Shiber tells it: "I shall never forget the Judge'iv eyes. They were blue and as hard and cold as frozen steel."' But for some unexplained reason her sentence was commuted to three years, and she began to serve her term a year ago. Here are some of the things she say.s about her imprisonment: "The worst tiling was ^the fact I never was alone. I lived in one dress for months. The Winter was so cold the water froze solid in my cell, i could not have lived through another Winter." Imagine Mrs. Shiber's feelings when she was told on May 10th that the State Department in Washington had arranged for her exchange. fined lo their homes or places of business. There is no doubt that Congress will follow Mr. Roosevelt's request and declare war against the three Balkan countries. Iu his message to Congress, the President pointed out that they now are engaged in military activities against the United Nations. Hungarian and Rumanian legions have been active against Russia, while the Bulgars have heuped police Yugoslavia. When the three countries declared war against the United States last December. President Roosevelt said they were not acting of their own free will, but only under orders from Hitler. Senator George says the President's proposed declaration of war follows requests from both Russia and Great Britain. Democratic Senator Wheeler of Montana, the leading pre-war Isolationist, was asked about the proposed war declaration. Said Wheeler: "I shall vote for it." New York Cotton Mar May July Oct Dec Jan prev. Open high low close close 1936 1943 1902 1916 1941 1947 1954 1918 1927 1951 1879 1883 1843 1856 1884 1906 1912 1870 1884 1910 1920 192R 1884 ]^9D 1924 1900 1904 1898 1904 1929t who allegedly killed Robert Nail McNeill, 18, employee at the air base site here and son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. McNeill, after a fight between the latter and Cross Saturday night at Stcele, will be held there Saturday morning before Magistrate H. Valentine. Both Hopgood and Cross have been held in the Caruthersvllle jail without ball since a coroner's jury at an inquest held at Steele after the killing decided that McNeill had met his death as the result of a blow on thc head and a shot through thc temple and recommended that the two men be held without bail and charged with first degree murder. Hopgood is alleged to have struck the lytheville youth over the head .vlth an axe and Cross testified at thc inquest that he shot McNeill after a fight with him. Trlxie Campbell, of BlythevUIe, who ailegedely was identified as McNeill's companion at the time of thc flght and who. according to witnesses, participated in it. was taken to Steele yesterday where she is being held as a material witness. War Bulletins WASHINGTON, June Z. (UP) —If Hitler's agents are listening, please tell the Fuehrer that 100 new American fighting ships will join thc fleet before thc end of this year. Chairman Vinson, of the House Naval Affairs Committee, says these 100 vessels will be commissioned—which means put into actual service—at thc rate of one almost every other day. And Vinson announced that a new aircraft carrier building program would be submitted to Congress tomorrow, but he refused to go into details. Mexicans Now ^t War WitOxis MEXICO CITY, June 2.-;(UB)— Mexico is at war today—legally and officially afc- war only, 20 days * after the first Mexican ship' was sunk", by a ^U-boat. ;• President Avlla Camacho lias signed the fateful declaxation.- against the Axis. And for the sake of the record, it's retroactive ' to May 22. The last technical detail was taken care of with the 1 ' publication of the declaration. In/today's issue of the official Gazette'.'Along with the war declaration go special powers for Avila Camacho that virtually suspend civil' rights for the duration. Already Mexico has taken, steps to speed war production, andvbuild up the armed forces. And the. governments of the 21 American', republics have been informed of Mexico's action, In Washington, Mexico's declaration was received with expressions" of complete approval. For example, Chairman Connally of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said about Mexico: "We are proud that her arms are humanity." WASHINGTON, June 2 (UP) —President Quezon, of the Philippine Commonwealth, wants Congress to make sure thai the Philippines become independent after the war. Addressing the House of Representatives today, Quezon recalled that President Roosevelt had promised that Philippine independence would be established. And, said Quezon, this American promise lo let the Philippines be the master of their own destiny has enabled his people to keep faith in America despite death, ruin and destruction at the hands of the Japanese. C, G. Redman and J. W. Adams Will Instruct Classes EacK Tuesday Blytheville's first Air Raid Warden School will be held tonight at 8 o'clock at the music room at the {high school, stadium. The classes J will be taught by J. W. Adanis and i C. G. Redman, instructors for the Office of Civilian Defense, who have recently completed training qualifying them for this work 1 . Begining tonight and meeting every Tuesday night for eight weeks, men from five districts will spend two hours a night in the study of air defense methods.' Districts included in the Tuesday night school and their senior-warr deas are; No. 1 Robert Grimes; 'No. 2. George Stillwell; No. 3. H. R. Aiken; No. 7, Harvey Morris; Mo. 8. Paul Pryor. Beginning Thursday night and' meeting that same night for eight weeks, will be men from five other" districts. Districts included in the Thursday night school arid their leaders are; No. 4, J. F. Lenti; : No. 5. senior warden to be appointed; No. 6, O. P. Rainey: No. 9, K B. Woodson; and No. 10, O. W. Coopedge. The governor of North Carolina is the only one in the United States without legislative veto.

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