The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 22, 1944 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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BLYTHEVILLE VOL.XLI—NO. 211 BJjrtheylU* Dally Ntwi Courier, ' Lieut. Col. H ward C. $telling Arrives Here to Take Command Of Blytheville Army Air Field Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader C. Stelling has. arrived i • ri""° -"•>•>•» vyi Blythoville Army Air Field re Placing Col. Kurt M. Landor,, recently assigned to an undisclosed station pending foreign service ' Transferred from Turner Field, Albany, Ga. where lie was director of training, Colonel Stelling also formerly served as commanding officer of Moody Field, Valdoshi ft, A senior pilot with muny ypnn -i <"»uai.i, ya. Civilian nxiinrfpn™ mm, *>„..,... !„ . ~ ilOMIMANTNKWSI.Ai.KR Of NOSAST ARKAN SAS AND civilian experience with coinmcrcln air'lines, Colonel Stelling formerly was a reserve officer in the Army Air Corps. A native of Georgia, he attended University of Georgia. Colonel Stelling and Colonel Landon were classmates in training at Kelly Field, Texas. Since Colonel Landon's transfer his position at the advanced twin- engine bomber school has been filled by Lieut. Col. Gene D. Ln'ngan, deputy for training and operations. In assuming command of Blytheville Army Air Field, Colonel Sidling becomes commanding officer of a Held having one of the best safetj records throughout the Eastern Flying Training Command since Colonel Landon arrived here Feb 2 1943. Mrs. Stelling, who plans to join Colonel Stelling within several weeks, is the former Miss Helen Wainwrlghl, two-time Olympic swimming champion. Cars, Trucks In Collision On Highway 67 Three cars and two trucks were involved in an accident several miles south of Blytheville about 7:45 o'clock yesterday morning in which several persons were shaken up but not seriously Injured. According to Mississippi County officers, A. A. Gunter who operates a farm near the scene of the mishap, was attempting to turn into his driveway from Highway 81. He put out his arm to warn other motorists that he' was turning off the highway. E. A. Mitchell of • Blytheville, driving a Dr. Pepper truck behind the Gunter truck, slowed down as did two other cars one driven by M. L. Pike oC Hayti! Mo., and the other by Miss Mary Lee Bailey of Caruthersville. Officers said that a Viking truck • driven by. George yaughaai at lemptedHo'pass the line'of vehicles' and because of poor visibility due to weather conditions, the driver did not immediately see Mr Gun ter's .machine. As. soon as he did however,--he attempted to return to the line of traffic but was so near the Caruthersville car that his truck plowed into the auto which resulted in collisions with the others, none of which was serious. .;.•'.; No ..arrests' were' made ill connection with itit aicid.enV! which wos. investigated, by Deputy." Sheriff Charlie i Lutes qf ;BiylhevjMe,] .: •', 3 Superforts Missing After Raid On Japan By United Press The 20th Air Force hns announced the box score for yesterday's Superfortress raids over Japan and occupied China, tlic raids which touched off the largest air battle the B-29s have yet waged Three of the B-20s failed to return. Two were shot down by Japanese fighters over Omura, tiie site of one of the Japanese homeland's greatest aircraft factories. And the third, 'says the communique, is reported missing under circumstances which lead to the presumption that it Is lost. All the bombers •returned safely from the raids over Shanghai and Nanking. In contrast, 61 enemy fighit.r planes were shot down or crippled Twenty of the Jap planes definitely were destroyed. That box score gives radio Tokyo another slap in the face. All day long, the Japanese broadcasts have boasted of shooting down 63 American Superforts, with only six planes lost -for their own side. The 20th Air Force communique says yesterday's B-29 losses are the first scored by enemy fighter planes since the 20th Bomber Command was inaugurated last June. Since then, the 'Superforts have flown on 17 raids. The new losses bring Ihe total of B-29s lost in all that lime to 19. The communique calls yesterday's air battle the largest In which the Superforts have yet been engogcd. Toks-o says some 70 or 80 B-29s flew in the raids. And for the first lime, the Japanese were goaded into hurling their thin reserve of fighter planes in strength against the mighty aerial battle-wagons, thus showing how great the damage to their heavy Industry lias been. • In the Philippines, the American 24th division Is engaged In wiping out the last patches of Japanese regiment trapped at Union. Front dispatches say the enemy defense lines appear to be near Hie cracking point. Bui about two miles below that pocket, Hie crack Japanese First Division is digging into a new set of trenches on the banks of the . Lcyle river. Chicago Wheat open high low Dec. , 16571 1G6?; 165*1 ICG'i 1657J May . 101 150 1495i 161K 18<>k ai'int*'.' Strikers Reject WLB Ultimatum Government Seizure Of Ohio Telephone Exchanges Likely WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (Up)— Representatives of striking Ohio telephone workers have rejected a War Labor Board demand that the strikers go back to work, unconditionally. A WLB official replied bluntly lhat the Board Intends to end thp strike, presumably by government seizure of the strike-bound ex- el ranges. Tlie Ohio Federation of Telephone Workers rejected an unconditional back to work order at a hearing in Washington this afternoon. A public member of the -Labor Board, Nathan Felnsinger, Ihen told officials of the independent union that their refusal thus becomes a fight against Ihe government of .the 'United States. And he. added: "No other union has succeeded when it undertook such a fight And the WLB will do everything Iri its power to see that this union does not win.'' That presumably means the Board will turn the case over to President Roosevelt and that government seizure of the Ohio Bell Telephone Company exchanges will' follow. . • Army officers are reported to be preparing to step in on a moment's notice. The union's rejection of -the La,- bor Board order came after .'the Board had.ruled that there can-be, no further company -union -negotiations on a strike settlement until the strikers are back on the •J°b- — - — President R,uG,4p«]- lock had asked if : tlie ' company could piopose a settlement/ Bui the Board stood by. Its policy '01 refusing to permit any negotiations while a strike, is in progress Pollock had charged that the Ohio Bell Telephone 'Company had cut off service to a large number of union officials. And he said beds had been moved into some of the exchanges. Pollock; charged . that this had :the, appearance^ of i-whal he called company determination to :wage "n fight to the finish. : The 'War Labor Board said its iq-negotiation order would go for xith sides,-.that if Ihe company lad cut off service to .union of- iiclals, the Board would order It to maintain the same conditions that existed when the strike started. Meanwhile, union officials say the strike situation is growing more serious "by the hour.". One union spokesman" warned .that just, for the asking, 125,000'members of the parent union, the National Federation of Telephone Workers would Tike. But two other strikes in the na,ion l are over. Some 5000 union truck drivers In Boston back at work after a nine-day wildcat walkout. In Gary, Ind.) striking crane operators are back on' the job in the world's largest steel plant. But in Seattle, a strike by more than 100 independent cab drivers hit the city's transportation, leaving only nine taxis available for service. ' ' Christmas Came for JheinSon Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Hoffman of Cheyenne, Wyo., examine a mountain of -in, „„,"","' \T7"""''"'*"' son Nubbins for h k Chr.tmas parly, heid a month in advance « C^^\ t ^^ ""Blit not live until December 25th. (NEA Telephol.o.) * Mrs. E. L. Dorris Of Half Moon Dies Here Today Mrs. Elfie Lee Dorris, wife of Homer Dorris, died this morning at Walls Hospilal. she was 32. Ill of a kidney aliment a short time, she was admitted to the hospital last night prior lo her death at 7 a. m. Born in Mena, Ark., she came here eight years ago. She and her family resided, on the James Terry farm at Half Moon. Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning, 10 o'clock, at Holt Funeral Home, by the Rev. F. W. Nash, pastor of Church of the Nazarene, with burial at Memorial Park Cemetery. Besides her husband, she is survived by three sons, Richard Lee, Sanford and Edgar Dorris; two daughters, Wanda and Ola Mae Dorris; her father. Jack Robinson of Big Creek, Miss., and two brolhers, Tom Robinson of Benton Harbor, Mich., and Odls Robinson of Newport, Ark. Manila Woman Dies Mrs. Augusta Wiastead, 34, n! . , , Manila, died Saturday at her home. She life , had lived nearly all of In the Manila vicinity, though she had spent two years in Memphis-. Surviving are her husband, Ellis Wlnstead; one brother, Charles Uay of Manila, one uncle mid two Crockett Rites To Be Thursday Prolonged Illness Is Fatal To Former Local Resident Mrs. Mary Frances Crockett, formerly of Biythevllle and late of Camlhersvllle, Mo., died' yesterday a : t a Cane Girardesui,. Mo., hospital ifter aii illness.of two months. .Wife of .George R. Crockett, who died - a year ago, Mr. and Mrs. Crockett came .to Blytheville from Southeast.Missouri, about 25 years ago. ;••- .. ':,'. Mrs. Crockett" was active in religious and civic affairs of tiie city, having, served :as n Sunday School teacher" and Woman's "ux- liary president of-First Presbyterian Church and was "a charter member of Chapter D, P E o Sisterhood. They lived bolli at Stccle and Caruthersville, Mo., before coming herc. : and later lived at Cape Gi- rardeaii before returning to Caruthersville to reside. , •Funeral services will be held tomorrow at Marshall, Mo. Mrs. Toin Rainey, who inndc her home at Caruthersville with Mrs: Crocket, will accompany the bodv along with their brother, a Mr Northern , of Kansas City, Mo. Since leaving Blytheville, Mrs. Crockett frequently visited here as guest of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Cntcs. New York Cotton Mar. . 21GS 2174 2163 2170 21C3 May . 2167 2175 2165 2172 2164 July . 2150 2156 2148' 2154 2147 Oct. . 2080 2089 2080 208-1 2076 Dec. . 2150 2168 2153 2165 2152 Postal Workers Here To Observe Nov. 30th " November 30 will be Thanksgiving for ihe Blytheville post-; office, as well as tlic rest of tiie city, 11 was announced: today with orders received by Post- uinsler Ross Stevens that -the postolficc could observe .the'hol- idays as proclaimed by. Governor Homer M. Adklns. •Rural mail carriers,' however, will observe the dale set-by President Roosevelt. - •'-..'.. The postofflee, like banks, newspaper offices and business firms, .will be open Thursday .of Mils' week.and | closed Thursday of next week.: ,-. ... .',;• Blythe.ville Armj-Air Field .will observe the date set by, the President; Instead of'the date set by""" Arkansas law,' which Is the Thursday of November; Arkansas Briefs FAYETTEVII,LB-Thc annual Northwest Arkansas Fox Hunt at Devil's Dcit near Wins-low will be held Friday nlgM. And fox hunters from several sialcs arc expected lo allcnd jthe hunl. A ting show will lie held Friday and Saturday—and a prize for Hie outstanding rtojr in the hunl and show will he awarded Saturday night. NORTH LITTLE UOCK—The North Mtllc Rock City Demo- cralic Committee has set Jan. 23 as (he dale for tlic North Little Rock preferential primary. The run-off election will be held Feb. 6. UTTI.E UOCK — Gunshot wounds received while hunting- near Tollec, I.onoke County, Thursday have resulted in the death of Corp. Joseph L. Millet of Little Kock. Corporal Millet was shot in Ihe side when a companion -Iripncd, discharging nis aufomalic shot gun. Mlllot was on furlrmgh from the Fourth Ferrying Command at Memphis. PINE BLUFF-Mrs. Hctlic Kac Schullz of Pine Bluff ilicci at a Pine Bluff hospital last riiflil of injuries receiver! earlier in llic day when struck by an automobile Mrs. SdiulU was a native of Indianapolis, Tnd., but moved lo Arkansas In 1908. She was 49 years old. COXWAY ~T| 1C 'Vaulkncr County Grand Jury, in a report lo Circuit Judge William J. Waggoner, sa )s cieciio,, irregularities occurred In that coun i y because of Ignorance nt election laws and Insufficient Inslrucllons. And Die jurors asked that Ihe election laws be published in C0l mly newspapers More future clec- lions, Negroes Pass $400 Mark In Bond Dr/Ve .Dr. B. E. Roberts, Negro physician serving us chairman of the local Negro war Fund Drive committee, today announced that $400.75. already had been raised by his group. . . . Of this amount, $259 in War Bonds were purchased-here- $100 worth at Armorcl; S30 at Number Nine and $11 at,. Hickman. At the last meeting of the committee held at the Negro USD Center, when plans were made for the campaign homo economics girls of Armore] Negro school nr- ">ngcd a social hou r under tllrcc- Arkansas Banks Plan To Offer Postwar Credit That banks of Arkansas must extend post-war credit for small business and returning service men WRS emphasized in at meeting of tiie executive council, Arkansas Bankers Association, yesterday in «,,,. C KOCk ' ntten(1 cd by Sum If, Williams, president of First Na- lionnl Brink. As chairman of Group 1, which embraces- banks of Northeast Arkansas counties, Mr. Williams attended the business session and luncheon at Hotel Marlon. Plans were formulated for the state group to carry out such Plans immediately' when pence comes. Chicago Rye open high low close Dec. . 109 103% 108% 109V. 10814 May . 107 101-i 10654 107->! 106TS Flames Destroy D. McLeod Home Most Of Furuhishings Also Lost As Fire Burns House Here - Tlie Damon McLeod house, Twentieth and Main, was.Destroyed by fire yesterday nflcrnopn, origin of which was imdclcrmlned. - • No one was. at home when the flumes were discovered shortly after 1 o'clock. Fire Chief Roy Head said, aflcr an investigation, that «»=.»{?-, could have originated from a coal heater in the llvliig rooin n defective Hue .or. defective wlrlnf ,The : house was Considered n total loss and all of tlic furniture was burned, except for a part of the living room furniture und piano Neighbors also saved some clothing taken from that part of tho house.whiclv caught fire last , One of the oldest houses'in [he West. End, erected when that was Clilckasawba and there ivns no flly- theville, it recently had bcci modernized. .- ' . Although no estimate Imd been placed on the loss today, It. was believed It would exceed 50000. Kutos Ly/e, 34, Of De//, Dies Yesterday Morning . Rufus ,Lylc, farmer, <lie ([ yesterday morning at his homo on Iho Rev. M, R. Griffin farm at Dell He was 34. His dcntli at 11 o'clock followed n oncf Illness. Born In Paducah, Ky., he had lived at Dell since-1030. He Is survived by hi s W |f Cj Mrs Qladys Lyle; three daughters, Mnry Jo Dorothy Sue and Shelby'Jean Lyle; his mother, Mrs. Ramsey Lyle of Paducah; Uvo brolhers, Louis and Leon Lyic of Pittsburgh Pa nnd two sisters, Miss Virginia and Miss Helen Lyle of Paducah. Funernl nrrnngcmcnls arc Incomplete pending arrival of relatives from Paducah but It Is expected services will be held tomorrow. Cobb Funeral Home is In charge. N.YTstodkT A T fcT 1637 . 8 Amcr Tobacco 05 3-1 Anaconda Copper . 27 k B Beth steel ...• G2 cl >rysler .'.'".'.' 89 M Coca Cola ; 137 Oen Electric 333.3 Gen Motors .,.."-!! G2 , — — • — . - . __ Sov/efs Renew Budapest Fight, Forge New Gains Before City; Reds Seek To Open Riga fort' • Unitfd 1'rfss troops »U|>noiicil by the Red I'lcol nro digging out llic Insl Cier- man resistance on Sunre Island In ii drive lo brcnk (he Ntv/.l block- ado on nlija harbor, Tliu last Soviet win- canmmiiinue focused on llio blllcr Snare island battle, tailoring acrmnn roporls of new ncllon In eastern Czcchailovn- Kin. Ono Uwllns|)okcsman.sald(ic\'-- M!! »', e i l & t " 0<1 Arm >' ("visions, loss b|y 100,000 moil, arc bidding to brcnk off (lie Clcrman salient c, lt - ")g inlo Russian lines In the ^ccii-ljuiigiirinii border area StulIiiY Pulley Hlnli-d An Intoi-cslln'i; cpminc'ninry by Marshal Stalin on Poland's future position In ciislcrn Uiiropo lias been Agency. 1 . i ' "J'u mi.! LHJL.IJ uy Iho official Soviet TUS.I soys Polnnd should seek vn i 1I ,° L onl yiJn tho cast but nl- *o In tlic tvcsl, specifically Brlluln, iinnco mid the United States. A dlspalctrirom Lublin snys Stall n made Ihls riatcmenl to Mny- ,»r Spichalskl of Warsaw, who «sl.' •eturiiqd f rom a conference With the Soviet premier. Stnlln also told the mayor Una i olniid Rhniild be a slroiiit, Independent doinocuitlc slate which lo- Bolnor with Russia should slnml Kiinrd over democracy, securllv nnd ncncQ. Tl, 0 premier added that 5 to"!' I'los must work to thvciil of war n , """ !. hi (his war was useful only - lo tlic Ocrnians. Expert from Moscow comes word thnt Marshal Voroshllov, one of n m In" member of [he council. Tlie changes -were'-published'by the Sorter press without explanation. Howcvci-, since Voroshllov hns iiol been abllve In dlrccllnn (he 6ovlol rnir effort, his removal inr-e- ly may Indicate his nclun] mlrior olc In military niHters. Voroshllov 'J n C|OS( > personal associate of wallii and accompanied him to the Tehran conference. ; in free Jiigoslrivin today, Marshal Iiio has granted amnesty to the Chetn k followers of General Mik- hallovllch providing they surrender before Jan. 1. However, Ihe . general pnrdon docs not Include Uslnshl Croats or persons guilty: of criminal .nets. It Is not clear If includes Mikhallo- Trnvclers from the Dnlknns report Umt Vienna Is In quarnnflno lodny after a mysterious .contagious disease killed thousands of refugees In that cltjv : Weather ARKANSAS: Partly cloudy 'this 2n i n , COI1< tonfght and Thursday. Slightly liiRhcr temperatures this aflcrncon. City Entertains Navy, Marine And Army Visitors Last Night Blylheville was host last night to sailors, Marines, WACs, aviation cadels, civilian pilots, and soldiers, but wlifie the downtown section was, doited with varied uniforms, there WB.S no trouble with la,w-en- forccment, it was announced today by Police Chief William Berrj-man. The chief-had to think fast, however, when a telephone call informed him lhat 70 Navy trucks would arrive In 10 minutes and wanted to know where to park for Ihe night. The trucks were parked on one side of the residential section on West Main, near Division, and In the area ailoted for the Civilian Housing- Area on South Division. ncscrvnlion had been made in advance at Hotel Noble for the 70 sailors and several officers win ipcnl the night here before taking the tracks on to their undisclosed destination. . Besides the sailors, the Marines canie to town from Walnut nidge for a basketball game at Blytheville Army Air Field. After IhOjgsme, they also visited down town for recreation before returning to their base. " Police on duly gave much information lo the numerous questions asked and lent assistance wore possible. - Blythoville .Is a ''hospitable" place apparently was the con- census ot all the visitors last night. Ihe . amnesty vltcli himself. Wife Presented Airman's Awards Mrs. Hcrschcl Carter Receives Air Medal With Two Clusters Her husband In n German prison camp and their thrcc-month-old soil In her nuns, Mrs. Hcrschcl II. Car- Icr wn.s presented the Air Medal with two Oak Lent clusters, In recognition of meritorious achievement,'; of Second Lieutenant Carter yesterday afternoon In a special ceremony. dipt. Norman Kavanaugh Bly- thevillc Army Air Field Adjutant, presented Hie awards at Mrs. "Carter's home with her parents, Judge and Mrs. Zal B. Harrison, Highway 61 South. After Mrs. Carlcr had received Ihe awards presented by the United Stales government, she pinned thnm on the dress of Hcrschel H. Carter Jr.. born a short time after his mother received word his father was a prisoner In Germany after hc previously had been llslcd as - 'sslng in action. Jculcnant Carlcr, formerly a member of Ihe Dell school faculty, was cited for his achievements, having completed 15 bombing missions over Europe before being shot down. Rejwrtcd missing in action since March 8, It was several months later that the German government announced lie was a prisoner of war in that country. Movie Treat Offered Bond Buyers At KHz A special motion picture party has been arranged for persons buy- Ing War Bonds In Ihe Sixth War Loan campaign with O. W.'MO- Cutchcn (o serve as host to all who purchase bonds at the Rllz Theater lobby. The "party" Is to be hold Tuesday night, 8 o'clock, whpn the show 'Greenwich Village 1 will !» shown ns the feature, "; •::•,"•' TODAY'S WAR ANALYSIS Reds Set For Another Great Winter Drive By JAMKH HARPER Unlled Pita 8t»lt Writer Russia Is about to hoist lii'e ^cur- Inlti on its final 'Offensive. • :• . Four days after Britain and Am- erlcn Invaded Europe, Uio.'Ued Army launched an ntlack on Finland. And two weeks litter, It sprc'iicl (lib drive over tho whnlo- front Now thnt the Allies-'In.Iho .west hnvo Ihrown tliclr campaign Into . liluh with a new iilx-ply assault, tho Soviets are miro to mutch It In tho cast, . At any rale, Ihu time | 8 ripe for n new Russian drive. Every-year slnco its win-, begun,- (hu rtuss!im» havo out loose with a giant winter olTeiifilvc nl IMa sensoii. In 1041, It started December lUli; In 1042 on' November-lOtli nrnl In 11)43 on Du- ccmbor lath. • . '....•• In their first winter offensive, tho ftusslans Itried the threat to Moscow, menaced by Gorman - armies only 30 miles away; In their second, thoy destroyed 112 Gnrm.m divisions, Including 22 alj stnlln- Biad, nnd recaptured..territory populated by 22 million people.Tn tliclr 7th Army Units Within Sight Of Rhine River ' >• kV f "nch Army 'Captures Mulhouse anil Drives "•' From New Position, . SUPREME ALLIED HEADQUAH- 'lERb Paris', Hoy 22' (UPJ-Anoth- or Allied army has'brokerf through acrmnn defenses on the southern'- end of the western front- * > i American J Seventh*-Army- trooper cracked the' Nazi Vo*g« line even while French Firs.t Army troops on' their right (lank captured the for-" tilled city of Misuse " t Ameilcan soldier^ under .Lleutcn-' ant-Genera!-AlexVder Pah' now ar'o drl\lng eastward through,the Sn- vcme Gap and already arc within-' sight of the Inline river and Oer- maiij beyond < V ,r Tho fast-breaking Seventh Army" drive is threatening to- trap'thous-' QllUS Of nAt'nlnna nn t*n.lii 1 t * IN ™i?, r |* r *«' I W, l «W betwceii Us columns and «,e French Hrst Armv, driving northward along the* Rhino valley in upper Ms& ^ One Seventh', Army column now ' l newly-llberat- iiuuaiini vorosnilov, one of Russia's »'"•-' "-"H'uireu territory pop- foreinosl milling pjciieria, wns ,i ra i>- !''" tc(l '^ a2 "'("ion I'eOple.Tii tliclr Detl from the Soviet defense conn- ;'* >! ""W fCoWplc-tcrt' the llbcra- cil unlay. Slmullancoilsly Qeneral of " ' n re o-fourths of Gominn- Biilnniiln, who had a' meteoric rise l . lol<1 "^"ssta nnd reached llio Uo- ln,lhls,..iwar, wns named -.a. iftw mn ",, \ ' . - ' ,-•> •;.. niplnbpr nf fhn ^nn.^rr "*' AnrlTin\v MIAIH^A c/tf'?x i.»~i.. i\.l(And now they're sot'-'Jd bejln liic'fr fourth, w}th armies already In Gcr- nmny mid only n'. do'oo-mlle-snunfd plot of aovlot-clnlmcd territory still In' Nnxl hnrids.'; ':••;' , II lied Armies , ' ' Russia hns nvallnWo for l-ha drlvo nn esllmalcd 10 minion men orcan- lM(I inlrt.ll great, armies along q 2450-inlle -front. By contrast, somd tlircc-to-four million Allied soldiers formed Inlo 10 armies arc fighting along ,tho ...western• ntid ' Italian fronts," which total 505 miles -Pacing tlioio.nusslnn armies nro 180 German divisions, many of them under strength.. According to n military, axiom", n defending force should Imvc-nt least, one division for livery ewy-era- cd BnnrcbQurg An6ther Is a doz- ™ ,"'"« 'q tho northeast, a third nbout the same ' distance to the iQUthcnsl, The Seventh Army ,noV V V. * ? r k" from lne Wg city of Stiasboiirg on the Khlne, drlv- Ing generally in' a sou^hdost&rly d> tl French Posh AJbtad for Gi-neral Lattro DC Tas- French First Army, a Brlt^ ^ «W I* now ; U push-' from ,MuUiouje, which lies ,, es , ,'o „ from the Swlss frontier and 2 mllci east of Bclfort A '"-ndquarters ' announcement W JlHhtlng still rages, in Bel for? but [hat • the fall of tfic citadel is Imminent " 4 The tliiown (u Germans have , counter-attack, ' ' - -•-"'•• v«m-°i'y»wtv yuuiuei>atcacK southeast of trio'city In an'effort o nlo off the French spearhead llinwtlng northward along the nhtne valley ' Birt 50 far, the Rrsf Army is folding fa-it ' Norlhttard on trie .Tfilrd Ami'y 5 front, nl| Oerinim resistance' lias 1 * ^!! f l "/ Mctz ' anl i'the firtress Myji officially,ll-icrt ai liberate?. Wnllo tils ^ tl^TTTlQns Were — He became famous ---.....a.ioiit France in the earl v days of the Nazi occupation by his opposition to Hitler , Moaslsnor Heinz apneared-on a imleony arid callp rt 'on the people to sing the Maricillnhe B\en as they w»?, tfie last Germans in town were surrendering H««t Off 'Coonfcr-AtUck * Other Third Army units have Ijroftn back a , Gprhian counterattack Inalde the Sinr basin and . ._.-.,-....„ u,,,^,.,,, Awi UVL .,y ..v. wun ujoivm ine oanr oasln and five miles of battle line. Tlmt means Dressed 6n past Mel? ,to ulthln ™ O . c r" mns .? rc :s>'ort 310 of tho F'"ht Wiles of the German front- fDO divisions Ihey should have.' Berlin says the Sovlcls are massing numbers of men opposite tho Polish inid.E'ast Prussian f'rpnla, nt the northern end of'the line. The Polish drive probably wllhbe nlmcd lit 17,000-squarc-mltc Silesia, which is Germany's second Ruhr vnlley The territory, which before tho war was divided up between Poland, Austria, Germany and Czechoslovakia, Is veined by some of the cnrtii's richest coal deposits.. From us soil comes Iron, zinc, ami lead Spotted over Its thickly-populated territory arc . metallurgical works, chemical plmits nnd armament factories. Wllh Allied armies In the west menacing the Ruhr nnd Snar basins, the loss ot this industry- rich land would be a jolting body blow lo Iho German war machine. Area Hciivlly I'ormlateil • Driving into East, Prussia, the Russians could conquer a land containing 27 per cent of Germany's Population. Tlic western frontier of East Prussia lies 'only 230 miles from Berlin,.and Is linked to it by two trunk railroads. In the south, the Russians are hammering at the stubborn gates of Budapest. Once that city falls, Iho way will be open for a Russian drive northwestward along Ihe broad flat corridor between the Alps and the Carpathians. Following this route the Soviets could roll through Vienna and on Jnto the Reich. Thus GermnrJy, after 1248 days of war on Russia, has seen all Its vast holdings slip through lls fingers The Nnzis once held 67 Russian cities of over 50,000. Now they hold "one. . They once controlled 580000 square miles of Russian land. Now tiiey hold 0,000 and the Soviets hold a growing block of German soil. No wonder there was an overtone of apprehension In a Berlin comrncnta- lor's voice recently when lift said: "The lull before the storm prevails over the entire eastern front." Livestock ST. LOUIS NATIONAL STOCKYARDS-! WFA)-Livestock: Hogs: 12,200, salable 9,000; top K15; J80- 270 Ibs. 14-14.15; 140-160 Its. 12.7513.05; good sows 13.75. Cattle: 5700, salable 5200; calves 2000 all salable, mixed yearlings and lelfers none, cows 7.50-U; canners and cutters 5.75-7.25; slaughter steers 0.50-11.25; slaughter heifers 1-16.75; slockcr and feeder steers 803.50," „.. fr., ul| JliUtA fty clulit miles of the German frontier ' ••Northward from (he Third Army front on the Cologne plain,, probably the, rnoH important sector "In the Hnetf the Germans are throw- ng nrtmerymcn and' engineers Into tho fighting as lnfan,trjmen in a desperate effort to block the First Army drive Tlie Americans under L-cncrnl Hodges no\y are over a mile past Hclstern 11 miles enst of Aachen Other First Army column's have du< a half-a-mlle Into tlie cltv of Eschwcller To the; north, General Simpson's American Ninth Army, the ncw- comci to .the frdrtt, !ms-« 0 n what may tuni out to be one of the most Important battles of the campaign Ninth Army soldiers have decisively defeated the most formidable German tank force'met sincq D-dav Tho Yanks Knocked out 67 &f the 100 German tanks In » four- day batlle northeast of AaCneli " Germans Use Rig Tanks Tile Germans threw In 42 of their giant "King Tiger" tanks which cnrrj seven-to-10-lnches of* armc-r and Improved 8S millimeter guas Simpson's tank losses were proportionate to those of the Germins But a staff officer says our replacement ability Is far higher than that of: the enemy. As a result of the victory, the Ninth Armj has pushed on to high grouiij overlooking Ihe Roer river, along ahlch thfr Germans are e\- peclcd to mike their next stand •, North ,of tho Ninth Army, British troops ha\e advanced to y,itn- in six miles northwest and four miles southwest of the border fortress of venlo in southeast Holland. The Second Army now is driving toward Wurra in Germany, 26 miles short of Dusseldorf, In the Ruhr A British news agency sa>s that se\cn women and one child recent- Iv were,hanged in Cologne after the shooting of a s(orm trooper, The agency, which picked up the information In Eschweiler, also sass t!ie Nazis machine-gunned crowds demonstrating for ptece in Cologne, killing 220 people c Anolhei Interesting report comes out of Germany todaj. The OWI quotes a German press dispatch as saying—and these arc 7 the exact words, translated literally: ' ",, "Flags and standards ^were hoisted, national anthems 'rescinded xnd arms v.erc preserved for a saluic and In memory of'Adolph Hitler" The occasion was supposed lo have been a recent "oath-taking ceremoneyi by 25000 Volksstrufn. draflees >t" Magdeburg, neat Bcr' lln, ' ' '*"

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