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TlIR nOMTKA «rp Udtifnrn rxt^ n . ^^"^^ *^™ ^B' VOL. XLI-NO. 205 "- -—' «^—• ^^tai^W «^fci ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOUH . ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, YANKS SEIZE THREE MORE TODAY'S WAR ANALYSIS Loss Of Bases In China Real Blow To Allies By JAMES HARPER United Press Staff Writer Japan Is trying to make up for Its defeat at sea by a victory on land, and it is succeeding. U. S. victories in the Pacific have largely overshadowed tlie fact that America has suffered a decisive setback at the hands of tlic Japs. The 14th Air Force has lost Its cluster of bases around Lluchow, the last important airfield group in eastern China. The Liuehow bases, costing millions of American dollars, were blown up when the Japs established airdromes only Ihrce minutes flying time away. The 14th's only holdings in eastern China now are small b/.scs at Kweiyang, 250 miles north- cart of Liuohow, and Nnnn'ng, IjO miles to the southeast. And Jap columns are rolling unchecked toward both of them. Scries of Reverses The defeat at Lluchow is one in a long and disheartening series. The 14th abandoned its base at Henyang Aug. 9lh, at Lungling Sept. 8lh, at Kweilin Sept. 17lh, at Poaching laie in September and at Tanchuk Ocl 1st. The Liuchow fields lie only 200 miles from tlie China coast. Planes based there were within range of Canton, Hong Kong, Indo-China and Jap strongholds to the north. But tho 14lh now has been forced hack on its Kunming bases, over 400 miles deeper in China. Planes Hying from there will find it difficult, if not impossible, to atlack coasial shipping. This will be a serious loss to the Allies. In the 12 months ending July 1, the 14th sank nearly half-a- million tons of enemy shipping. In one September week alone It sent 28,000 tons to the bottom. The I4ih lias consitantly nudged Jap shipping out to sea, where it was easier prey for American submarines. But an even worse result of the Jap victory will be this: The Chi- nese.-r.rmy, v;=nl:cned -by 2,800,000 "Casualties r in seven years of war now is. virtually denied air support Thus, Japan will have, a far easier time clearing a 'Shanghai-lo-Singapore land route.-•- •• - Land Supply Route Early in 4 Hie war, Japan saw that its weak^llnk was its merchant marine. When the enemy began to lose one-and-onc-half tons of merchant shipping for every ton built he slarted to do something about it.- Late .In May, the-Japs drove south from Hupeh province, and early in June they began to push a spearhead north from Canton Their obvious aim is to clear a cross- China corridor through which sup- Commander Transferred I'oputy for training and operations' now is in -command until Colonel Landon'5 successor arrives. ;'. • Colonel Landon, a 1930 graduate of the United States Military Academy, came to Blytheville Army Air Field from Albany, Ga., where lie was director of training at Turner Field. - —>™ U4 tmuuKii wnicn sun H ? commani1 here has been plies may move from India to Ma i'™. iuccessrul with the air base's laya and Burma. This land route l ™ nln ° P r °gram and safety rec- is Tokyo's only hope of maintain having won recognition = - - - ' '""tain ,hroughout the Eastern Flying Training Command. , Accidents have been extremely Late Bulletins.,, ATLANTA, Nov. 15 r- AnionuulJiMl 'Training Swtety »ri- announccs • that thrte additional Army Air l-'orccs primary llyl'ng schools |n Georgia and Alabama have been nutlHci! by the War l)ri>:ir(mriit lhat they wlll< be dhTonllnwil nlmiil Dec. 28lh;t •_. 'Jhc schools to tic illscontlniKil ai'i Ihiir-Arro-Tci'li, Albany, fin. H;ijiiiinul - Itlcrmrilsou Aviation Company, Doughis, (!»., iiml Southern Airways, Inc., Dccii- tm', Al-:. WASHINGTON, Nov. 15. (UP)— Rear Admiral Joseph J. Clark, of Jacksonville, Ha., Is among three rear admirals awarded the DIs- linguislicd Service Cross by President Itoosevcll, The Navy 'announced today that Clark'was cll : cd for exceptionally meritorious service as cuinnmnilcr of-a carrier (ask j;ri>up in operations against the .laiunt'se from'April through June.- , Colonel Landon Leaves BAAF —>wi>wi t-uiiKwie f-curcrj UMMl — • To Begin New War Assignment J, S, Warringfoll Dies Here Today Col. Kurt M. Landon, commanding officer of Blylheville Army Air Field since Feb. 2, 1043, has been transferred to another stalion prior lo foreign service. News of his leaving the advanced twin-engine bomber school here was released today for this afler- noon's -publication by Lieut." Chester E. Prothei-ce, public relations officer, . altli.-nigh news of his .transfer was'given to,.all men at the field early Saturday afternoon. •vHis-mewi assignment was- not •«!-• ficially .announced,';'but ' it "was known -generally lhat within a short time'he will bb a part of the large Army 'Air.' Forces servin» overseas. Colonel Landon already has gone lo another station. Lieut. Col. ocne D. Langan ' - ing n supply .link with i( s troops in Southeast Asia. The Japs have toppled Kweilin and driven 70 miles beyond to capture Liucliow. They now are pushing over the 140 miles route from Liuchow to Nanning. From there, they probably will try to advance 220 miles to Langson, just over the border of French Indo-China. Could Supply Shanghai From Langson, a network of jungle roads connects with Singapore and Burma. Once this route is clear, the Jap may ship supplies from tlie home islands 500 miles across the protected East China Sea to Shanghai. Then they may truck them south through China into Indo-China, Malaya and Burma. This will eliminate their sea supply route, whitxi will welcome ,cvcn more vulnerable once big American air bases arc established in the Philippines. 'Hie Japs are consolidating tills, route at a time when the lifting moonsoon rains open the way for an Allied amphibious attack on force already lias attacked the Nicobars, Indian Ocean Islands lying only 4CO miles from the Malay peninsula and 500 from the Burma port of Rangoon. Two top British commanders, air chief marshal Sir, Tra'fford Leigh-Mallory and General Sir Oliver Lecse, have been shifted rrom Europe to Southeast Asia—perhaps to blue print an invasion. But the'Japs, by opening a land route to the threatened area, would enormously strengthen their hand. Thus, the loss of a single air base may toss a monkey wrench into ber of casualties, despite the in- out tensive program carried „,.,, „, training both aviation cadets and civilian pilots for Air Transport Command service. Veteran of 12 years experience In Hie Army .Air Forces, Colonel Landon Is a command pilot with more than , 3000 hours at the-controls of military:-aircraft. He received his pilot's training fit Brooks Field and Texas, following his Kelly Wcsl Field, Point at "*•"" v.*Ln;iiiti} niai] to live wnilp f iare with only a very small hum- is In foreign service ,.-,. , rvrnryville, Mo., where he was born News of his. orders was given to section commanders by Col. Harry R McGuire, post' executive officer shortly, before-the Saturday afternoon review -and they immediately relayed the information lo iheir men. Tlic weekly 'review was his llnal appearance before personnel of tlie air base'. Although. Colonel Landon already has gone, Mrs'. Landon and her mother, Mrs. Oenevieve Halda, will be at their home, 1300 West Holly until Saturday. ' Mrs. Lancon, the former Miss Millicent Halda of Dallas, has been especially active in Red Cross work among wives of the service men here. She and her molher will go to Brownsville, Texas, where they plan to live while Colonel Landon STFU Protests Prisoner Labor Tenant Farmers Union Charges Compresses Turned Down Offer UTILE ROCK, NOV. 15 (UP) — The Southern Tenant Fanners Union, holding Its eleventh annual convention at Little Rock, is protesting the use of prisoners or war m the cotton compresses and col- ton mills of Arkansas. .The union has adopted a resolu- ••" »...uu iimmiiuiuiis in',™ ml « " reU1S its mclll! "!rs to picfecl cither Burma o^ Sa a^n Allied , d T^S nSn™'? 1 ^ task force alrrartv bn^ n n,^nrt i" fcllls " S1 "E Praoncr of war labor. Union President H. L, Mitchell of Memphis says lie notified the iWar Manpower Commission before it authorized the use of prisoners In the compresses that the union could the meshed gears cific strategy. of Allied Pa- Co//eges To Accept » Veterans Each Week LITTLE ROCK, Nov. 1 (UP) — Tlic Association of Arkansas College Presidents, meeting in conjunction with the Arkansas Education Association, says eligible returning veterans inay enter Arkansas colleges and universities any Monday mornins of the college year rather than wail until the beginning of a semestor. The association says provisions have been made for students taking advantage of educations} opportunities made possible 'by the GI Bill of RighU. Ability and previous training will be considered in assigning the veterans lo classes. I union workers asked higher wages Mian those to be paid the prison- The union's action came on the ncels of an announcement that some 700 German and Italian war prisoners will go to work In.cotton compresses and warehouses over the stale this week. The convention" also adopted a resolution scoring the adoption of Amendment Number 3, the measure out awing the closed shop and maintenance of union work contracts In Arkansas. The unions executive council recommended the organization of a national rarm labor union to concentrate on organizing tractor drivers and rarm machine workers. The convention will continue through Friday. Lieut. Jacobs Credited With Two Jap Planes Lieut. Fred P. Jacobs Jr., or Grider .helped clear the Philippine skies by being one of the Navy ihcrs who raked over every Jap air base on Luzon Island in strikes Nov. G and 7, with a preliminary total of 639 Nipponese planes destroyed or damaged, plus 151 probably destroyed, a <lelayC(i account revealed. The attack was from aboard V. S. carrier llngship olf Luzon. . Lieutenant Jacobs was credited the "Hell's seven aces. s e officially with shooting down two Jap planes. The fighter squadron of which he Is executive otticcr is known as Angels" and now lias . •Son of Col. Fred P. Jacobs, Army retired, and Mrs. Jacobs. LIcu- tciwnt Jacobs was reared at Grider where his parents now divide 'heir lime between Memphis and their plantation home. He was graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 19-10. He Is n ne phew 'of the World Waf I ace, McGavock Grldor or Gridc'r, whose personal dairy was published is a book, "War Birds." New York Cotton Mar. . 21W 2178 2173 2186 2172 May . 2178 2130 2176 21S8 2.72 July . 2163 2170 2150 21G9 2157 Ocl. . 20QO 2095 2085 2093 2084 Dor;. , 2108 2177 2105 2177" 21SO Tlie Mississippi Counly Penal T'nrm has a bumper crop this )-ear lo again make money for the county'.'; coffers, but like other farm.? in tills section, labor Is a problem soldiers, who entered Manila Man Injured In Airplane Accident M. William Turner of Manila s injured in an airplane crash bimday when an Army transport Plane crashed.against the side of a mountain 30 miles west of the -* •• -"•"Air Transport Command base at In ll ''s EC Harmon Held, Newfoundland, It tl'cw. was announced yesterday. German ou , u , v .», »,^ n,^,^, Army officials announced that 'he Army to fight for (lie "glory: 1 nine persons were killed and nine of their fatherland, now arc pick- omers injured. ng cotton at the county penal 'arm, west of Luxora, alongside the 35 prisoners there to work out lines or sentences for misdemean* or cases after having been convicted in lower courts. Oi the 010 acres on the farm; j)»ratcd by County Judge Roland Green, 2CO acres are fn cotton. With more than 200 bales of cotton already picked, and only 135 Chicago Wheat Dec. open high low 164VS 1C6 164 close pr.cl. 165% 164'/, . . May . 158',4^160-S 15854 160-S 150 Chicago Rye C. . lOBN IfMii 108V, lOflV. Iftfllt y . 100;S 107;4 106 W 107-S 107 NKIV. YORK, Nov. .15. (IIP) — Tlic 'London radio reports that (lie French have nude their flrsl reverse Icml-lease payments. London says a French steel nilll is umklne girders and beams for Allied use when the Iliillie • is lirldjicil. Oilier French reverse lease-lend payments so far^ Include repairs on tank engines anil ncu- aulo (ires. Cologne Revolt To Bring Peace Reported Today Gestapo Takes Over, Hanging 31 Persons, Travelers Declare lly United I'IB.S.') .Tljlngs are far from quid lodnv In ColoRiie. Germany,' not mimi' miles ahead of the First Army, travelers rcnchlnu Bwltorlnml [ ro "> Germany say pan of Ihc imputation of Cologne rccenlly crime out openly agalnsl Germany continuing ih c . wnt% . -The Gestapo Is said (o hnve struck,, , BW| f«y. hanging 31 vmms yesterday alone." The Swiss din-', patches,say,[ho entire nhlnHaml Is " » state or tension, with the transport system In "chaos" - mid workers getting out or hand. Informed sources In MiuIrM say Gestapo Chief Illmmler apparently has seized complete control of the Nazi party trom HUlcr, Tlie , fcuhrer • Is said to be p.iclni,- Hie • Moors of his Bcichlesgaden retreat like a mad lion'.'. ranting Dial I Germany will win ihc war yet. Nun- Spanish diplomatic source.';' In Mnd- i rid-.bclleyc Hint Hitler's, mind is gone and his nerves shot us n result or the crisis in Hie war M' Arthur Gets Reinforcements For Showdown Battle On Leyte, Japanese Broadcast Annbunces By Unllfd himl.ffilling ,; pini of the island. lrooi>H Heart Attack Claims Former Gosnell Man; Services Tomorrow John S. Warrington, long a:farmer In this secllon, died this morning, 3 o'clock, at his home, 1307 "West Maln^Hc was 68. . ^ Stricken with a'-hcart'iittack''Mon- day,-.his' condition had : been critical since that lime. : ''.' ' '' Born In Osceola, wlicrc'reared, he farmed there and.l'atpr in the Immediate vicinity of Blytheville, having recently'moved-'into'town from Gosnell community. , ' Funeral services :wili.be' held to- lorrow afternoon, 2:30'o'clock, .it Cobb-Funeral Home , by the Rev, Bates Sturdy, pastor of Lake Street Methodist Church. Burial will be at Ehnwood Cemetery. He is survived by hi- wile, Mrs. Johnnie Warrington; two sons, Corp, Robert E. Warrington with -the Army in France, and Sarri H. Warrington of Blytheville, and two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Carter and Betty Jane Wnrrlngton of Blytheville. ODT Spokesman Opposes Plan To Move Game WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UP) — Hopes for the transfer of the Army-Navy game to Philadelphia or Ivew drop York have taken with an Office of Defense sharp Transportation spokesman going on record In opposition to the move. The spokesman says that the ODT would vigorously oppose any such move as it would be disastrous to the transportation coaier- valioii program. This ODT statement takes on added significance In view of the fact that presidential secretary Stephen Early said earlier today that the President would confer with. ODT Director Monroe Johnson before reaching a decision on HID transfer of the game. The defense transportation spokesman says his agency held the same position two years ago when the national transportation system was in a less critical stale and Ilial he sees no reason why the position should be changed. The home of John and Priscilla Alden still stands In Duxbury, Mass. Near It is a monument to Cspt. Miles Blandish. a : pt 0\ily. ailcmpl of Illtler'silirc say.s HImmlcr knew about the atlack before it happened. According lo this version, HImmlcr substituted Hll- icr's,,dquble. n man named Bcrgcr for the feuhrcr and 'ihc conspirators nclually believed liiey had killed the right man until "hours Idler. HImmlcr Is said lo hayc let Ihe plot go through so he couM cntch nil Ihej |)l(|llers and scare -Hitler .tolo'j haliiliii'g hlrnf jiowei?^-,; •••->' • '.'Biit 'the 'Qermnns, dcsiilYe their home front turmoil, are reported to bo going right ahead with iilans for new sccrei weapons. Zuricli i-e- ports attributed lo Gerihnn sources say the nppenraifcc of V-3, tlie next secret weapon, may lie expected within n few weeks. H Is described ns rrradto-conlrollcd 15-ton missile w|tlv r a range or GOO mllos. 'Hils .Information, II was emphasized, comes from German sources. However, London sllll Is hnvln<4 plenty or trouble with Germany's old V-l -secret weapon. Al Iciul IB persons were killed lasl night when Ihc Nazis fired salvo attcr salvo of flying bombs agalnsl Southern England and Ihc metropolitan area of London. Soviets Batter Budapest Gates Many Germans Slain By Cossacks Trying To Swim The Danube MOSCOW, Nov. 15 (UP)—The "''Slims,nrc trying onco „,„,.,, t . lake Budapest by «toi in. S( "' lcl - l-''ooi)s hnvc. rammed their " l[ly lo tte southern suburbs o( " lc Hunt-nrlnn cnpltul. Moscow l)c- llcv( -' s H"o city's dayt,- are numbered ' rhc N " 2 ' ''"fcmlci-s of l!,,da,csi Infantryman From Ekron \ Among Missing Pvt. Alfred G. Afihabrnnncr, 20, of Ekron Community, Is missing In action, the War Department has notified his parents, Mr. aiiu Mrs. A. C. Ashabranncr. Missing since Ocl. 30, Private Ashabranncr Is with the Infantry In France after having been overseas since August. Landing in Italy, he later was moved to France. His service began Feb. 8, Ifl-M, when he left his farm home. Horn at Ekron, he grew up there, where he assisted his father in farming when not ' atlcndlng school at Ekron or Dell. Inlcrestcd In nl.v father's cotton crop, even though In the midst of heavy fighting, Private Aslmbrnn- r.er's last letter home, written Oct. 22, asked aboul the cotton mid how much crop had been gathered. He wrote also "It will be Impossible to write very ollcn In the future. But don't worry about me, I am sure you will understand." Tlie oWest son. Private Asha-. branner has two brothers, Charles Jr., and Cecil D.irrell Ashabranncr, and three sisters, Geneva Recce. Helen Brown and Hazel Rlggs. Miwrmj.Uio port of Onnoc on (lie west fjeoiistl of Loyto. 'Climcrnl MacArtliur reveals that our 2lth Infantry Division has slart- ed to push down the-west sldo of tho highway aboul 20 miles nbove Ornioc, Front dispatches say American troops on the east flank nro less than 11 miles from' o'rtnou. 'ihcMi troops arc driving wpslward lo link up .wIlh.Llio Mtii Division and Imp the Japanese lo the north. But It s a hard fight and It thrcaiciib lo become even harder, Tor private rc- ... i received In Chungking fiohi sources Inside Jiiimn imy .Inpniicse Premier.Kolsa considers the Ijn'Ulc or tho Plililppliics Japan's lust cliauce to oljlalii Komethilig bcllei than: uncoiKlltlonnl surrcndor.. 'ilicso private reports say the 'Japanese -government Is preparing Influential people .In Japan (or eventual defeat,. but -slrosslnir that re- slslnnco In the,' Philippines must be Rndlo Tokyo reflects a 'Similar sentiment hi announcing that all rcsldcnU of Manila between itt and 50 would ibo forced-to flnht when ""•- iiccess'lty arises." also ,-^.. JU „,„„ ..Bays Allied plnhcs raided "Mnknssnr on Celebes Ulamirin the ; Dutch East Indies : Tucsilny. liionilne. .-:••. • ,' "The Japancsd Tadloialso hns nn- Jiounccd Him the relief ship iirlng- 111^2,000 tons of iupiillcs froiii Rus- War Prisoners Help Harvest Bumper Crop At County Farm per cent of the crop gathered, it Is estimated that approximately 350 bales will be the season's total. Corn, oats, CO acres of soybeans nnd garden make up the remainder of the land In cultivation. Hogs, too, arc a "crop" at the farm, providing much or the meal used to feed the prisoners and aged indlgents there. The rarm provides most of Ihe food for the prisoners and the county home for aged, nearby on the same property. There aie no white women In the home at present and only four white aged men. There are nine Negro men and Iwo Npgro women. They are not roqulrr-;! lo work on the farm. - +* --v ...», IIUKVJI unn nlLIL the colorful liUMiitn .Cossucks ma- chlne-Biumlng enemy troops trying to jiivlni the Danube rlycr to escape lo tho west. .DNB, the official German news aiicnoy, annonnces tho' evacuation, of the mil center of Jn.wbereny, .11 miles en.sl of Budapest.. -Loss of this transporlalion city Is expected to scmusly weaken- the Gcmmn cnstetti defenses or Budapest In neighboring Romania', • Husshuj HOWS agency T,I.,S: rcpo.,», « 1B ^ lUTO tons i •Bwlan. press dispatches sa^y Ro r :h™>ort.s '"' ° f - t "° Jfl S )RnMO maiilan government nicmbci'of the) ' ' : ' liail four years have been ordered arrested. ' ' In Linden today, Ihe Brllish liovormncnt refused to Intervene in tho Iranian-Soviet oil controversy. New Stratosphere Plane •• Tomorrow's Luxury Liner By Unllcil Press ' ' ' America's passenger, plane of!lo-; morrow, a giant transport that.will circle the globe through Iho 1 Uralospherc, Is a reallly today. • i Such a plane has • been biillt, tested, nnd found not wanting. The huge machine was produced at Iho Boeing factory in Seattle. ' . .• ; Tim plane, known ns Hie Slrai.')- crulser, carries 100 passengers,', flics 1 at top speed of 400 miles an hour, ' has a cruising range of 3600 ^Public Shown Postwar Home Improvements miles. Tlie plane U a double-deck transport, and to patterned /iftfcr tiii: Unions B-29 Superfortress. But the fuselage measure.? 110 feet which Is 12 reel longer than the Superfortress. When peace conies, the Strato- crnlser will be transformed Into n leal luxury airliner. Tho accom- modallorui at the plane will Include n cocktail lounge and observation nnd (lining 103 1-2 65 l-< 26 3-4 61 1-2 87 1-2 39 CO 3-4 51 1-2 18 3-4 77 1-4 • 9 3-4 17 3-4 10 N. Y. Stocks A T ft T Amer Tobacco Annconila Copper ... Belli Steel Chrysler Gen Electric Gen Motors Montgomery Ward ., N Y Central Isit Harvester North Am Aviation ... Republic Steel Radio v Socony Vacuum 13 Sludcbaker Standard of N J .' 53 1-2 Texas Corp 4n Packard 5 3.3 U S Steel 58 1-4 N. 0. Cotton Mar. . 2170 May . 2.82 July . 21«4 Oct. . 20M Dec. . 2170 2IB1 2193 2172 2100 2170 2179 2180 2159 2088 2170 2169 2192 2171 2090 2178 2176 -2178 2158 2087 2167 Livestock ST. LOUIS, Nov. 1 (UPi-^Hogs 10,800; salable 0,000; top 14.35; 180270 Ibs. 14.25-14.30; 140-160 Ibs. 12,75-13.75; good sows 13.85. Caltle 6,100; salable 6,000'; calves 2,500 all salable; mixed yearlings and heifers 10.50-14; cows 7.50-11; cannei'S and cutters 5-7; slaughter steers 0.23-17.50; slaughter •' heifers . 8-1(5.75; jstockcr 7.50-13.25. nn<l feeder steers ' ,, CHfOAOO, Nov, 15 (UP)- There will be no place.Ilko home In.posl- war America. Al any.rate, thats wnat Ihe Dow Chemical Company of .Midland, Mfchl says. The eoni- pniiy. Ims an exhibit showing the postwar home, at the Nntlonnl Exposition In Chicago. The answer to {«.«;future call of the hearthstone s'plastics ahd mngncsllmi, accord- Ing to tlie exhibit. TOe company lids several Interesting new plastics. There's elhocel transparent,' ev6n when It's Iwo Jiclics thick. There'll be no riffling through Imlboxes to find that old green one with the feather hereafter. You'll be able to see through the boxes. • The postwar house itself may be mode of plastics. Thn'. will be rather expensive after Ihe war. hut In Iho long run, It may save money because, for one reason, termites can't get a toehold on the new materials. Then loo. there's no need lo pnlnl a plnstlc. 'Ilrcd housewives will be happiest or nil over the magnesium products in tomorrow's world. Magnesium, a great part of whtcli nosv Is made from sea water, Is about one-half as heavy ns tlie lightest ftccl. And In Ihe peacetime future, vacuum cleaners, Irons and othci hefty household articles will lose weight, because they'll be made of magnesium Instead of steel. But tlie Doiv Company is looking nut for the mnn of the house as well as his wife. Tho chemists have developed a so-called "selective" weed-killer that's little short of an alchemist's dream. It'll kill the weeds and leave the gross as green as ever. Marvin Bird To Head Education Association LITTLE UOCK, Nov. 15 (U.P.)— Delegates to the Arkansns Education Asraclalion's 76th annual convention at Little Rock have elected Marvin Bird of Earlc as president of the a«oclntlon. Bird, who served as vice president nnd legislative committee chairman during the past year, was elected without opposition. He will succeed tho present president, J. E. O'Dnnlel of Waldo, Dec. 1 Vlrgle Coloman of Van Buren was elected vice president and Airs. Bess Towiuend of North Little Rock was le-t-lectcd recording secretary. And Charles Allen of Little Rock was re-elected treasurer. P. V. Blankenshlp of Huntsville was chosen to represent District Number Three on the executive committee and Miss Emily Penton of Little Rock will represent District Number Five on Ihe commit-1 tfe,. ' ' .•..-•.- Palfon's TrooK, Battle Through Bitter Weather Nazis Moy Not Defend Remaining Four Forts Guarding Vital City T SUPREME ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Nov 15 (UP)-Thei Aineilian Third Army has finished over half the job of capturing the nine German forts encircling Ihe stronghold of Metz ,The sco iq now Is nve down and I four lu go »] Three more forts toppled today', roil N1angc, north of Metz, sur- icndoicd unconditionally to the 05th* L D\\ Won, and Forth Hubert and Jus-"l s>, west of Metz, also fell to the 05th f Othci Third Army units under! General Patton also have tight-*! ened the uoosa around Melz Tlie f Fifth Dh Won, tutting through tlie Lily's southern suburbs, has cap- f tuiecl the town of Poltre, Uo mllei, southeast of'the city pioper, That unit now Is cutting toward the out- skills of Manny, only one mile south. Storms Lash Troops * Ilaltllni! through high winds, r'ain, sleet and snow, the Americans have narrowed the lost escape corridor cm,t of Met? to «ven miles nut the Third Army may be spared Iho bloody task of storming the last four fortfi Front reports Indicate Hat the Germans may be planning to abandon _ Metz altogether The ; Gcinian Tia,ns-ocean news agency. , riprlmns paving Jhe wa> for the abandonment of Metz, says thp evac- I Uitloii of dvlllaa-i began several ca\i HBO j if Nowhere has the Tlilrd Aimy eri- ci t htercd more thai, moderate it.- I Distance The Oerman^seem to be conniving their Manpower by*wlth- dmwlng nU'aloitg\the,lIne,to'ir. defense zone more lo their llkliu^i i perhaps the east bank of the Rhine I United Press War Correspondent'! Robert Richards, now with the ThlrS f Army, sSyfl flatly, ^ •" 'finish' to the great battle of Metz " To the south, the American \sev-I onth Army is steadily • swinging northeastward toward jSarrebourg gateway to the Saar volley Troops I vmder General Patch h'aye paced off gains up to a mile and a half on a ID-mlie 'front \ British Posh Ahead , > On tho opposite wlpg of the 27$-1 mile western front, the British Second Army's new offensive in Hol-1 land has collapsed the enemy s first I lino of defense west of Venlo The I British now are pushing on tonardl the Second and last defense line Sastl of the German border At one point I they 10 only seven miles from the] United Press War Corresponde: Richard McMillan has palnled a] graphic picture of that new'oflen- sl\e As he tells the story, the battle flared up In a cold twilight yesterday More than 400 big guns opened up on the German paratroopers trying to hold lines east of the Noorerl and Wesson canals, the last defense outside the German border " I Flame throwers put.a wall of fire \ acrcss .thoie canals, giving- cover to I liifimtryrrton scrambling across the! crimson-tinted waters' in assault boats The,'assault, troops plunged I out of milrtdy trenches and slithered toward the assault .boats. "Many missed their footing and: tumbled Into the Icy waters. But they swam I on across beside the boats:'" v I Once across, trie "'troops "quickly I dug In. And today: they' hold at ieasl four, uridgeheads'oh Ihe bppo-f site shore. As- MacMlllan: watched yesterday, dusk settled' over 'the scene to cloak the surging battle °" «>c opposite, side of the Canals:! But the nlghlwas splashed with! the flame from cannon, Hiring.'In r af 15-mile arc. The horizon was col pred with the spurting fire of name- i throwers and the glow of burning farm houses ' Another United Fress correspon , dent with Ihe Second Army, Ronald Clark sajs all first objectives in fhel olfenslve fta\e been reached Enemv! positions west of the Maas, he says f were found to be weaker than had at first been supposed Library Group Elects ROCK, Nov 15 (TIP) Mrs Allie Beth Martin assistant! Arkansas State Librarian, has been I elected president of the Arkansas! Library j. Association vrrs Martin f was elecfo at the closing session °;. S n(! groups annual metdne at Little ROA last nlghT * • Other officers elecled ftere Mte i Lucille Lucas of Clarksville, rice president, Miss Mary Dowdl* of I uttle Rock, treasurer." and Miss I Georgia clark of Fajettcvllle, sec- ret&ry i Weather-; < :: t ARKANSAS Pair this afternoon . tonight ind Thursday Cooler tonight. ' i

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