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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MIH8OUR1 VOL. XLI—NO. 220 BlythevJJle Daily New§ Blythevllle Courier Blythevllle Herald . Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, AHKANSAS, MONDAY, DRCICMHEU 4, 194-1 U. S. Submarines Sink 20 Vessels Flying Jap Flag Undersea Craft Boost Toll In Pacific War; Chiang Names Soong WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (U.P.)— Twenty more Japanese ships have been sent to the bottom of the Pacific by .sharp-torpedoing American submarines. The Navy announced today that American subs hnvc sunk a Japanese light cruiser, a destroyer am! 18 enemy merchant vessels. Tlie onmtmmiqiic said the merchant vessels included 13 cargo Mrips, four cargo transports and a tanker. Today's bag brings the total of Japanese vessels hit during this war to 1030. Of these, 874 were lAink, at least 73 probably sunk and 119 damaged. Incidentally today's sinkings follow closely the announcement of 27 enemy vessels sunk by Americar subs on Nov. 25, indicating a continued higher average of sinkings V. S. Flyers Sink Ounboat Simultaneously, news conies lioir Chungking today that Americar Airmen also have scored new successes against Japanese sea- strength. Commanding Genera Wedemeyer says 14th Air Force planes sank a Japanese gunboat ii Ihe Yangtze river Saturday and destroyed an enemy freighter yes terday off Hong Kong. As for China's precarious military situation, Chiang-Kai-shek to clay called upon his country tc rally against the oncoming Jap an esc. The generalissimo warned Ilia the Japanese inside Kweichot Province, barely 200 miles lion Chungking, must be complete! annihilated. Earlier, the generalissimo name' Foreign Minister Soong, the brothe of Madame Chiang-Kai-shek, acting president of the executive Yuan, a post which Chiang had held himself. Sbakcup Important Chungking observers regard the appointment of Soong as the most important in the recent govern• ment overhaul. He is expected to take over many of Chiang's administrative duties, leaving the generalisrimo free to concentrate on military matters. Soong replaces . Vice President Rung, brother-in- law of Madame Chiang-Kai-shek. Kung.-Is understood to ha^e , re- Howevcr.^.some observersTuelieve Soong's .appointment may have come too late, pointing out-'lhat the next 60 days 1 are regarded as the most critical of the war for China. Another Chungking dispatch says i Donald Nelson, President Roosevelt's personal representative, has left i China after aiding in the establishment of a new Chinese War Production Board. Howard Coonley and more than a dozen American experts remained in China to work with the board. Flag Will Fly Here SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Above is the War Food Administration's" Achievement-" A" flag which will be presented here tomorrow to officials of-Ihc Blytheville Canning Company, signifying the contribution of the local plant to Ihe nation's "food for Freedom" program. Additional stars will be given in subse- seajons for maintenance of the record. ' • • • : • • • 'A' Award Will Be Presented At Canning Factory Tomorrow With all plans completed for the ceremonies tomorrow, at which Blytheville Canning Company will be presented the "A" Achievement award for its liigh - production of canned food during last year, only the weather is holding up the final detail of the program. ' : If weather conditions !perriiit,.the program will be presented outdoors at the canning factory, during which time the beautiful-blue and green achievement nag will be raised and the Blytheville Army'Air Field band will play, to.add color .to the rnili- ary ceremonies. '. '^. In case of inclement weather, the entire program will, be'held, in a warehouse, to be converted into readiness 'for' the occasion. '. •' . The prpgrnm wiiL'bc.higlilighlcd oy presence of'.rBrig.'Geii.;'\yilhiot A. Danlelson; commanding; general, Farmer Fatally Stricken Today Services Tomorrow For Bill Robertson, Lone Oak Resident Bill Robertson, farmer for many years, died this morning, G:05 o'clock, at Blytheville Hospital. He pot, principal speaker. Other speakers will include Carl H In ton, district representative of the War Food Administration office in Little Rock; Frank C. .Douglas president of Blytlievllle Chambei of Commerce 10 years ago when the canning factory wiis established and who is to be master of ceremonies; E.-R. Lancashire, vice president o: the company, and Raleigh Sylvester, manager, who will accept the 80,"A 1 : pins lo be awarded men am women employes: • '.- The program, to begin at 1 o'clock is,,'scheduled to last, only. 30 minutes with the public invited, it was announced. : - Blytheville Canning'Company' Is the'first., cannery'in .a'district Including V12.'states to ' receive their award -which Is equivalent to the In Athens Riot Martial Law Declared ;: As 2 Rival Factions v Battle In Capital HOME, Dec. -I. (UP)—Strife bor- dcilng on civil wav tins llarcd up again In Athens, the capital of liberated Greece, and the birthplace of democratic government. It is announced officially in Rome Mint British trcoiis have surrounded and disarmed 300 left-wing Greek troops who hail entered Athens In defiance of orders from Ihc British commander, Lieut. Gen. Jlonald Scoble. And though martial law has been declared, left-wing elements , have marched on the center of the' city' after seining many police stations In the Greek capital. ' Cabinet Memlrcrs Flee ' Rival left-wing factions have fired on each oilier in one of the main squares of the city. Anil a United Press dispatch from the city says Premier Pnpandieou and other cabinet members have lied the govcru- neiit'offlcs for refuge In a city hotel. Industry and transportation nrc aid to be paralyzed in Athens after lie opposition groups called n gen- i ral strike. The whole Greek trouble, a pos- iible preview of what will happen In jthcr countries as they are llber- iled, started when guerrilla forces •cfused to dcmoblll/.e and turn in heir weapons. The opposition to the government ilso claims the Greeks should be allowed lo choose their own lenders. The premier counters with claims that the people are behind him. And he hns'the British on his side. But It is generally believed In Athens that only by forming a new government can Greece avoid civil war. London Critical The use of British force in the Greek crisis has brought forth sharp criticism In London. Both conservative and left-wing publications are directing bitter attacks on the British government. Snys the staid London Times "British participation in the Greek riots in Athens serves to associate Britain with Fascist action." It also has been revealed official!) that American forces bombed til German West Wall From Holland To Switzerland Arkansas Briefs Kl. IXWADO-B. M. I>utlon of I'l Dorado has been appointed aclhut dim-ton o( coiisrrvillon anil production If the Arkansas Oil and Gnu Commission. Commission i-lKUrnian O. 0. Ilallry s;iys Mutton's appolntjiifnl bei .1111 1- effective Dee. 1. He succeeds Alcu M. Crowd!, who re- 1.1'rri.E ROCK — SupcrvLwr I'nink Clancy of Ihc Automobile LliTiisc Division of (he Arkansin Kevcnuc Department says auto license sales for 1945 arr very .slow. Clancy says sates arc Rome $200.00(1 under salrs at (his time lasl year. Yarbro Officer .ost In France Lieut. Harold Lloyd Is Reported Missing On Western Front Yugoslav capital of mistake last April. Belgrade b; Memphis Army .Services: Forces De- -Army-(Javy ."A", award..; _ was 58. Admitted to the hospital for treatment recently, he was able to return home but was readmitted yesterday when his condition became critical. In apparent good health, he participated in a deer hunt during the past mouth. Atlanta Papers Walkout Of Pointers Causes Emergency Publication Plans ' ATLANTA, Dec. 4 . (U.P.)—Ap- proximately .160 members ;'of ithe Atlanta Typographical Uiiio'n :arc involved in a walkout at' two of Atlanta's daily newspapers. But despite the .failure of .printers to report for work, the Evening Journal plans to publish an emergency four-page " edition printed from engraved plate. The morning paper, the Constitution, says that it will announce emergency publication plans later in the day. A spokesman for the newspapers says that the printer. 1 ; have presented no demands on the management and quit without warning The printers' contract is in the process of negotiation. R. T. Pavlovsky, union president, says it is Incorrect to classify the work stoppage as a strike. He says the union is now in continuous session to discuss their contract and that all member are needed at the meeting. Pavlovsky says the printers' contract with the two pa- Born at Chickasawba. now a part pel . s C5 . pired Sci)t 30 and lhal of Blytheville. he had lived m noth!ng ric f inilc toward reaching a this section all his life and had farmed at Lone Oak community a number of years. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon. 3 o'clock, atcobb Funeral Home, by the Rev. Bates Sturdy, pastor of Lake Street Methodist Church, with burial at Elmwood Cemetery. •He is survived b his wife, Mrs. Annie Robertson; a daughter, Mrs. Ola Crump; a son, Calvin Robertson; a brother, Douglas Robertson: two half brothers, George Robertson and George Smiley; a sister, Mrs. Sara Mosley, and seven grand children, all ol Blythcville. State Auditor's Wife Dies At Little Rock LITTLE ROCK, Dec. 4 (OP) — Mrs. Esther Carmel Humphrey, wife of Arkansas State Auditor J. Oscar Humphrey, died nl her Little Rock home Sunday morning, Mrs. Humphrey, 46 years of age, had been seriously ill since last July. Mrs. Humphrey was the daughter of R. B: Friday of Horatio. She married Humphrey in November, 1917. The two taught school together and she later assisted him during his eight years as Sevler County treasurer. Survivors include a son, p, Nolan Humphrey, her father, four brothers, two sisters, a daughter-in-law and a grand-daughter. Funeral services and burial will lie at Little Uock Tuesday after- new agreement lias been worked out. The Journal's emergency edition will be prepared on typewriters instead of regular newspaper type. It will then be photographed for F.n engraving. Spokesmen say the first edition will carry a statement regarding the work stoppage. -:as.fr Rites:Held . Here "faddy For W.:T. Chance, 35 W. T. chancCj former Blythevllle csidehtj".. who : committed suicide Saturday in Memphis, was buried icre this' afternoon. . '. The Bey. Oscar L. .Hays, pastor of Church of Christ, - conducted fun- era) services at -Maple Grove Cemetery. ••-.'• "•..'•, •.-.'. .The 35-yca'r-old. mechanic was foury dead in his car in front of his rooming: house. : . Memphis police' listed the death ns a suicide after, it .was discovered the : interior of the automobile had been converted into a gas chamber by fitting a rubber hose to the exhaust pipe.. He had previously declared his Intentions to end his life, Memphis police said. His mother, Mrs. Jinimie Chance, lived here a number of years before going to- Cape 1 Girardeau; Mo,, to make her home with a daughter. Mrs. Lyrtia Heath, also formerly of Blytheville. He also is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bciilah Chance; a seven-year- old son, Bobby Chalice, and three other sisters, Mrs. Lucile Heath Cape Girardeau, Mrs. Lela Baker ol Luxorn and Mrs. Earline Bell of Halladay, Tenn. All of these relatives attendee the funeral here. Cobb Funeral Home and Thomas Brothers were in ( Lieut. Edgar Harold Lloyd, out- liuirilng student at University o kansas duiinfj his college days s missing In action since Nov. Id li 'ranee, the War Department Sntur lay Informed his parents, Mr, nn< r.S. I'j. J>. IjlOyO 01 YflrbrO, I " . tl • -, , Member of Company E, 3IOlh fn- l '™ l ' Ully " Bnmsl TODAY'S WAR ANALYSIS Chiang May Face Critical Test of Power lly DAVID United Pits* Sl»ff Writer China has been down ninny limes n her seven yciir.s war with Jnpim, jut she's never boon but. However, loilny, Olilnn Is uioio roues' than she has evet been. The spectacular American naval vlclo- les over Japan which were followed by tho Philippines luvason, com- : ilclely overshadowed In our'minds, .'ic ijrcatcst Japanese land victory ever scored.by the enemy. While the Amercan Navy sinking Japanese- ships, tho eso ariny was scuttling n trchicutloun chunk of China, its entire cast coast. And it has not ended there. The Japanese now are racing westward across southeastern China. They have smashed all Hip forward Ain- erlcnn air bases from which Oeu- crnl Chcnnault's, 14th Air Force hns pounded enemy buses in China and slashed at ills constnl shipping. Kunming Imperiled Now, the Japanese arc thrcalcu- was' Full-Scale Assault Upon Ruhr And Rhineland Being Prepared; Patton Opens Defenses of Soar I'AKIK, Dec. <l (U.I'.)— T|ic " bn'lllu of .Germany's main Siegfried Line in under,why on the western front from the border of llolliiwl lo the frontier of Switzerland. The British, who Imve herded the last'Nazis behind the Mouse river at Venlo, and the American Ninth, which has driven them behind the Uocr, are preparing for the full- scale smash against the enemy's thick wall protecting'the Ruhr and Khincland. To !he south, General Pulton's Third Army already has punctured the Siegfried defenses of the Saar \vith a drive 'across the river at Saarlautcrn. And it is now pouring-reinforcements in lo qxploit the opening wedge, Fire Destroys Railway Shops At Harrison HARRISON. Ark.,' Dec.. 4 (U.P.)— An early morning fire has destroyed the Missouri and Arkansas Hatl- way machine shops at Harrison The announcement says' belweei 1200 and 2000 civilians, were kille< because of the tragic eVror. The Fly Ing Fortresses were' bound 1 ,. for ali^ CTEft' factories ncni'fthe city.'" 1 "'* On the Russian battlefronts, how ever; even the Germans have ad . ____________ ....... ,,,..„,.- imtted-in a roundabout way the dent of Alpha Gamma Ilbo-fra- anlry, UOlh Division, he Is with 3eiicrnl Palton's Third Army pcue- mting Into Germany. Overseas since June, he was sta 1 - tloncd at Port Dix, N. J,, Yuiiin, Ariz., and Snllna, Kans., after receiving his commission Nov. 9, 1943, it Fort Bennlng, Ga., where he attended Officer Candidate School, He was promoted to first lieutenant several months ago. Graduatcd-ln June, 1943 from University of Arkansas, Fayettcvllle, ho was Inducted Into the Army in April, but allowed to'complete his college course. '• Attaining r onp of. ors. possible' at university, lie was president of Associated Students, made up of the student body; presl- Ing to destroy Chcnnaull'.s bend- with an estimated damage of $ilO- tlimrlers,, Kunming. Their forces arc 000 now little more than 300 miles cast. TI, C fire, believed to Have storied of KuiimliiB. and pushing- ahead ,,-„,„ ,| cfc( , Uvc wh .j ll|(i W(ls dL ,. c) no re- cl , c( | nt 3 t] ,| g mor,,),,^ It toDk flrbiiien inoro than four hours to sistnnce. —,. '« Ul I II I lc '" l Allies arc doing all right. The Red Artny has driven right up to Lake Balaton, the invasion springboard into Austria, only 5p niles lo the west. The Nazi DNB lews agency says major Russian tank forces have penetrated io the tcrnlty; vice president of Blue Key; member of Alpha Zcta fraternity, of Scabbard and Blade, perching Rifles and the Inter-Fraternity Council. He majored in. agronomy. Born; at Yarbro. he attended school there and was graduated In 1939 northeastern rim of the lake Itself:i; from Blylhcvlllc High School where lie served as president of Future Farmers of America. He was a member of the stale dairy Judging team of the FFA in 1937 and during his high school career also was a member of a team winning a national award. ; I Member of a well known Ynrbro ho Is brother of Mrs. Clyde Mortuary of Mcmpht Weather rain ARKANSAS: Cloudy with tonight and in west and noM\ portions this afternoon. Slightly warmer this afternoon and tonight. Tuesday, occasional rain. Fresh to occasional strong winds. Minimum temperature here last night was 30 degrees. New York Cotton open hleh low close pr.cl. Mar. . 2175 2119 217-i 2175 2174 May . 2175 2178 2172 July . 2156 2156 2154 Oct. . Dec. . 2080 2162 2082 2169 2080 2162 2172 2172 2155 2153 2081 2077 2162 21C4 N. 0. Cotton oucn high low close pr.cl. Mar. . 2177 2181 2177 2178 2171 May . 2177 2179 2176 2176 2176 July . 2158 2158 2156 2155 2155 Oct. . 2084 2084 2084 2082 2081 Dec. . 2162 2163 2157 2I5G 2I5G Heart Ailment Proves Fatal to Osceola Man William Rabon Allen of Osceola die<j suddenly yesterday afternoon at tils home there. He was 68. Stricken with a heart attack as he sat in a chair after bringing a scuttle of coal into the house, lie died almost instantly. Funeral services were to be held this , afternoon, 3 o'clock, at the Osceola Christian church by the Rev. R, s. Baird, pastor, with burial at Violet Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be members of the Osceola Masonic lodge. Born In West Tennessee, Cadet To Remain On Duly In U.S. Under Army Policy Sole Surviving Son Will Not See Action Aviation Cadet Harris M. Hunt, sole surviving son 'of Mr. and Mrs. Ney Hunt, has been ordered retained permanently In the United; States, the War Department today announced. The Hunt family has already lost two sons in the country's service. Lieut. Willis D. Hunt died Oct. 13, 1942, in line of duty near Rbicon, N. M.. and Lieut. James N. Hunt was killed Feb. 8, 19J4, in action In Italy. Tiic War Department's action was In accordance with the policy recently adopted by the Army, whereby the sole surviving son of family which lias lost two or mo sons In defense of their country I shall be retained In or returned to I the continental United States foi permanent duty. Aviation Cadet Hunt, 19, was inducted into the armed service! Sept. 22, 1943, at Little Rock, Ho has returned lo Uvaldc, Texas to resume his training In the Annj Air Forces after having spent hrcc weeks leave here. i the -American embassy at Cluinu- ' king lias warned American imUonnls I at Ctuingking to evacuate to escape capture. '•••.!.;.•• Kunming, Incidentally, Is more iiiporlant than being headquarters of the 14th Air Force. It Is astride' ho upper Burma .Road to Cluing king: American-and Chinese forces n northern .Burmas'have all but Inked tho new' Lido Road with tho upper Burma Road in'ah cllort lo reopen' the supply route to Oliung- But lifss of Kunming would destroy ; a_ll', the gains .In 'np'iLliern Burrnarwbri''at the "cost of funny HVOK. 'China's military .situation' has been deteriorating at a- stcpped-up pace eyfer slndo the recall-of Lloui. Oen.'jp'seplrW; Stilwell.'tlip Amerl can commander of Allied forces iu China. His recall, as yoti kno^, stemmed from the opposing .views between Stllwcll and dcnc.ralasblmo Chiang Kai-shek which finally precipitated In Chiang's request for Stllwcll's removal. Now, Russia hns Injected a strong criticism, blaming the Chiang government directly for'..China's prc- bring the blaze iuuler control.. The destroyed building contained all nachlncry and tools for repairing nrs and. engines. A nearby found- )ouso tt'n. 1 * not dimingcd. ' , General 'Manager J. 11; .Tuckci nys tho railway has priorities tor •eplndng' the destroyed equipment Kit adds'Mhat U will take some lino for the new equipment lo )*• lelivcred, -Three freight 1 engines ill the ilv)|i r'.for repairs were badl. ilimiiifjcd. riicainent. The Soviet newspaper Ir.- vestla, the official .organ of .the Kremllh, ' Ii4s •denounced ihat it s feac ' " and c W ll " Iatlon - N. Y. Stocks A T & T ............... Anicr Tobacco ............ ___ Anaconda Copper ......... 27 1-2 Beth Steel i It claims that Chungking's re jfusalto cooperate with the Chinese .Communists is directly responsible | for the. recent Japanese successes 16G 3-fl In China.. , ' 6C 5-8 Following the recall of General 27 1-2 Stllwcll; Chiang reshuffled his cabl- 63 5-8 net. But Inveslln contends'this rc- CJirysler 83 7-8,shuffle Is meaningless and will rc- ca Cola !33 1-2 Isule in no more effective prosccu- •n Electric • 39 1-8 ! tlon of the war. Coc; Gei Gcu Motors Montgomery Ward 02 1-2 52 3-4 Chiang's dislike and distrust of the Chinese Communists Is well- ^,, Y , < r cnlra . 1 .............. 19 3-4 [known ami deep rooted. When ho 87-8 Int Harvester North Am Avinllon Republic Steel ............ 19 Studcbakcr ............... 18 1-8 Standard of N J .......... 54 3-4 Texas Corp ............... 48 3-D Packard ................. 53-8 U S Steel ............... 58 5-B . 78 1-4 | became president of China In been a.resident of Osceola 43 years. Long superintendent of the Sunday School of the Christian church, he was a deacon In the church at time of his death. A leader in the Masonic lodge, he was a past master of the organization. At the time oj his death he was connected with D. M. Moore Distributing Company. He Is survived by his wife, Mrs Minnie Allen; a brother, George Allen, and a sister, Miss Eddie Allen of Booneville, Ark. Swlfi Funeral Home was It charge. . . . - , ,-j'il,i:r Officer Is Wounded Lieut. Charles E. Gllmorc, formerly of Osccoia, was seriously Injured in action recently In the European theater of operations. He now Is recuperating in the United Stales Army hospital in England. His mother Is Mrs. Myrtle L. Gilmorc of Osceola. Blytheville Conceded 'Chance' Shoe Manufacturing Plant Announcement at Little Rock that Blytheville and Harrison had the 'best chances" of obtaining a new shoc'ffinufactuilng plant seeking to cntef Arkansas was regarded today ns "a guess" but this city, along with at least four others, is making an 3ffort lo have the company cslab- ish a factory here, the Courier News learned. Although no definite action has been taken, it Is known that the president of this St. Louis shoe concern is to visit In Arkonsas within 10 days and that he Is expected to come to Blytheville, This company, which expects lo employ from 600 to 800 persons, plans to begin operations almost immediately when a location Is secured, it was said. A requirement of any city seeking the plant is that a building, approximately 10,000 square feet in size, must be available now. Such a building Is available in Blythcville, it was learned, giving this city an excellent chance to obtain the factory, It was pointed out by those interested in the project. In addition to Blytheville and Harrison, Jonesboro, Paragould and Little Rock are inviting the company to establish its factory in those places, it was learned. It was pointed out that If the factory should decide to locale in Blythcville that Its payroll would be the largest of any industrial business here. This Is but one of several manufacturing concerns seeking to establish plants In Arkansas, in planning for post-war business, with the Brown Shoe Company of St, louis to open a factory at Pocahontas and a New England clock company to establish a factory In Lit tie Rock. tcmber, 1043, Chiang declared that the Chinese Communist problem wsa purely political. But since that time, it has af- fetlcd Ihc military effort. Many ol Chiang's troops have been held out of the Japanese war front lo sit around watching the Communists. Chiang calls them peace security forces. Communists Strong The Communists have somewhere around one million troops with at least half of them armed. In addition, they have another force of about two million Partisans. Chiang contends thut in 1037. the Communists agreed to dissolve the Soviet organization, and disband their army by incorporating it Into the national army. His suspicions presumably arise from the fact that they have not done so. Chiang's army never has numbered over five million troops, and there is considerable question as to how ninny of them arc well armed. For years, Chiang lias fought the war with geography, giving up space In vast quantities to force the Japs to exhaust themselves. It has become Hie Chiang psychology not to fight the Japs with men, but 'with ground. ; ' This ix>llcy of never standing for a battle, even when the ground to be given up is vital, is believed to be one of the major causes of tho schism between Chiang anil Stll- well, whose burning passion Is to lick the Japs In a fight. 'ihc withdrawal of Stllwcll has given Chiang n free hand to prove LarcenySiispect To Face Charge Accused By Brother In Theft Of $480 At Rooming House Edward; Orebnhlll, 33-year-old Blytheville resident, lias been returned from Sheffield, Ala., to face a charge of grand larceny In con- nectton with theft of $480 from his brother, Art Grcenhlll of near Oosncll, It WHB announced today by the sheriff's office. Arrested Thursday in Sheffield by officers there at request of Mississippi County officers, he was returned hero last night by Deputy SherlU Dave Young of Osceola, His brother told Deputy Sheriff Charlie Lutes that Edward Greenhill robbed him of the money two weeks ago while the two men allegedly were at a local rooming house. He is said to have Immediately left Blytheville after having picket cotton here this Fall. In the county Jail, he Is expected to be given n preliminary hearing Immediately. Cor Occupants Injured; Motorist Is Fined $50 A Highway 61 accident ncn « n n o, , „ l-eng arrested driving while under tho Intlucncc of liquor. He was fined $50 In Municipal Court today following his arrest by Deputy Sheriff Charlie Lutes following the accident which occurred at 9:30 o'clock. The defendant, driving alone, was unhurt but several Negroes In the car struck received bruises Mid cuts. v These ore the.important fronts, Jtal.because,upon the battles now nginfj, depends the. decision as to whether the ; rlcli Ruhr, and Saar allcy.i hold out through the winter mdcr Nazi control. - - : Hut by .'far...the. most' dramatic itory of the,western front; today : ionics from the American Seventh Army battle lino along'(lib upper rthlnc. ' ' . -'. -, A front'report from the Stra-s-,- Wii'B sector'tells how 300. German :oi(licrs, believed to Include one Na- I general.and .some-Gestapo offl- '.. cers, were obliterated became they efuscd to surrender.. - '. ' _ liei'endci'c Stubborn Tho/aornmns were holed up In'.aj concrete bunkec inside Fort Nut-, near Strasbourg. The'^Americans held the entire fort except for Hint bunker. The German position : . was even more Hiuirhbpcless, yet' those 300. fanatics, these .300 disciples' of'Hitler,', refused ; to glve'up. So American engineers 1 rigged up a captured German Iractor and landed It with 7000 pounds of TNT niid attached a time-fuse. Then lhc> sent it uiecnlnt, Into the con crulc -walls" of the ' German-held blinker. It was like a dircct»hlt bj a two and in half; ton blockbuster. A ter- VIIlc hole was blown'into the ^bunker Plaints mftdcxi iitllar-more than - \m\ feet inter the air <•* r •• And as the'-front dispatch -says, Its hard to see how many of the Oeunans could hnvc survived such nn [explosion < But novivio get back.to the main liatllc sectors In the Saar, the river defense.before, tho Siegfried line ictwork of. pillboxes and strong )olnl.s. already; has been breached by the American Third Arm> General Patton's men grabbed the Saarlaulern bridge over thcrSaar Intact, although. It liad becn.wlr.cd and mlri«i for destruction; Credit 'or the (Sapture goes to the 3791U Infantry regiment of the 95th Division under 'Lieutenant' Colonel Tobias Phllbin, of Baltimore, Md. His group'crossed the 'river-In assault boats, and overcame the bridge defenders by surprise, before they could set off the mines. The Americans are.now {'battling. 1 lo capture Ihc eastern bank pir- tlort of Snarlautern under,a murderous cross-fire of American artillery from the west .bank, and German artillery, firing. from the Siegfried line emplacements.. ~-. " Simpson at Roer River ..'. H. On the Ninth Army front, across from the plains of Cologne, General Simpson's men arc hauled up along a 20-mile stretch on the .west bank of the Roer, building up power for the impending drive to smash across the river barrier, onto the plains and head-on into the thick Siegfried line defenses of the Ruhr valley. . Farther north, Ihc British Second Army in southeast Holland has smashed toward the. Ruhr with a break-through to the Metlse river in the western suburbs of Vcnlo nfMim ,n,,,r,.<. Jluit a half lnilc from German soil. », r ,i h ™ s column is' aimed straight for ;on McCullough t | 10 Ruhr Industrial citadel of Duis* C ^^.?_?I bllr e. 25 miles to the east. Meanwhile, the American First Livestock ST. LOUIS NATIONAL STOCKYARDS— (WFA),-Livestock: Hogs 17,000 salable 16,000; top 13.85; 180270 Ibs. 13.75-13.85; 140-160 Ibs. 12.5013,25; good cows 13.35. Cattle 8,700 salable 1.500; calves 3,500 all salablo; mixed yearlings & heifers none; cows 7.50-10.75; canners and cutters 5.25-7; slaughter steers 9,50-17.25; slaughter heifers 8-16.25; stockcrs and feeder steers 8-13.50. Bond Sales Boosted War Bonds totaling $£000 were , ,£o!d yesterday afternoon at ; thc he can defeat the Japs his way. [War Bond auction rally sponsored The lest of his iwwer to survive by the Dud Cason post, American may be coining soon. Chicago Wheat open high low close pr.cl. Legion, at the arena. Chicago Rye open high low close pr.cl Dec. . 166K 167 168 167 166& Dec. . 109 110-% 108% I10S 108>i I May . 162'!s 1G3>; 162-li 16311 162%. May . IMS 110 108:4 109:4 109K Army, just (south of tlic Ninth, is still crashing Its way through some of the outer defenses before the Siegfried Uric. They've started widening their bridgehead across the tilde river, a tributary of the Roer, in an enveloping move around the stronghpld of Duren. But the Germans are fighting back with heavy artillery and mortars and the First Army's progress is slow—and painful. In the air, 1200 American heavy bombers with a 1000 plane fighter escort, pounded a whole series of Nazi Industrial targets In western Germany by daylight. They hit railyards and other targets at Kassel and Mainz and many other places. British heavies joined • In with nu offensive against Nazi transporlatUm centers in the Ruhr. Byrd To Head Committee LITTLE ROCK, Dec. : 4. • (UP)— Lieut. Gov. J. U Shaver, of Wynne says he has appointed veteran State Senator Clyde E. Byrd of El Dorado chairman of the Senate Effl- j clcncy Committee of the 1945 Sen-, ale. . ' -,'.';• Olhcr members of the committee, • which will be In charge of the operations of the state Senate, are Senators Roy Mtlum of Harrison, Weems-Tussell of Pordycc, W.iW. Rancy of Pine Bluff, and W. K. Old- • ham'of Lonoke. _ TJ'.

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