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BIMIEVILLE COURIER PfEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSI'AFKR Of NORTUEAHT AI?lf AWCIAH » MIA o. ,.,.,.,,„.„ ^"7. VOL. XL1—NO. 224 . j Dally Newt Blythevllle Herald BlythevUle courier Mississippi Valley Leader THE IMMtNANTj^ifcWBPAt-Elt OP NORTUEAOT ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTJIKVIJ.U.:, AKKANSAS, KKIDAV, m«;cKfiimcK s, 10-1-1 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS GtfiHAN WORKERS FLEE SAAR WARPLANTS Senate To Hold Public Hearings On Nominations Proposed Assistants Of Stettinius Must Face Questioning WASHINGTON, Dec. a (U.P.)— The Senate Foreign Relations Committee lias decided lo hold public hearings before deciding whether to confirm the four mm recently nominated as top assistants to Secretary of State Stetlinius. The hearings will begin on Tuesday and Stettinius will be the first witness. The Senate sent (lie President's- nominations back to committee be- ciuisc certain senators desired to question the three proposed assistant secretaries about their views of specific aspects of foreign policy. The tiiree are Archibald MacLtlsh, now. librarian of congress, William L. Clayton, Surplus War Property administrator, and Nelson Rockefeller, coordinator of Inter-American Affairs. The nomination of former ambassador to Japan, Joseph C. Grew, as Under-secretary of State is expected to draw little opposition. While the Senate is getting ready to quiz his proposed assistants, Stettinius lias conferred with John Foster Dulles. The New York lawyer was Foreign Advisor to Governor Dewey during, the recent presidential campaign. The nature of Dulles' visit was not revealed. America 'is busy producing its counterpart of the Nazi V-l buzz bomb.' The Army !ias allowed Willys-Overland Motors to reveal that jet-propelled robot.;bomb's.are coming "off the assembly line". A Toledo., ' ," •;'••>""•''•-. •;"• The American robots are in two sections. The wing spun is 17 feet and the streamlined fuselage is 27 feel long. It has a windmill timing device that throws the plane into a spin when it is over the target. .Tile robot has a range of about 'ISO miles: And without its bomb-charge the unit weighs 2500 pounds. The .weatherman says New England will get it.5 second nor-easter in a week late today. And winds will .be near hurricane force. The center of the .storm, with rising tide. 1 ; along. Caue Cod, is duff to hit boston about 8:30 tonight. *> Yarbro Officer Listed As Dead Lieut. Harold Lloyd Previously Reported Missing In Action Lieut. Edgar Harold Lloyd, 22, was killed in action Nov. 16 in France, the War Department yesterday af- lernoon notified his parents, Mr. nnd Mrs. E. B. Lloyd of Yarbro. Reported missing in action since Nov. 16, Lieutenant Lloyd was another of Ihe many officers and men lost during the fierce fighting oc- curing during this time ns the United States troops penetrated their wny into Germany. Serving under General Fatten, Lloyd was a member of Company E, 319th Infantry, 80th Division of the Third Army. Lieutenant Lloyd, who made an outstanding record in agricultural work al BIytheville High School and majored in agronomy at University of Arkansas, was prominent in campus activities there. In addition to his many extra curricula activities, which included serving as president of the student body, he was captain of his R.O.T.C. company in which he served throughout his college days prior to graduation in June, 1943. He was commissioned Nov. 9, 1043, after attending Officer Candidate School at Fort Bcnning, Ga., and was stationed at SMtnn, Kans., Yn- ma, Ariz., and Fort Dix, N. J., while in the states. Promoted to firat lieutenant sev- cral months ago, he last visited at home in April prior to going overseas in June. He also is survived by a sister, Mrs. Clyde Bunch of Ynrbro. County Men Wounded Tv.-o more Mississippi County men have been wounded in the European Theater of War, the War Department has announced. Pvt. William C. Mills, son of Mrs. Nona Mills of Blythevllle, and Pfc. Jewell F. Collins, husband .of Mrs. Mnvis Collins of Osceola, were among those officially reported. Chicago Wheat open high low close Dec. . 167',!.- I6T£ 10114 1(57^ 1GT/- Mily , IKJ'i I64!i 16311 16354 1C351 Fighting At the Rhine River s^Chw^U^ Foreigni^ .Confidence Vote Follows Bitter Churchill Talk Defends Intervention Policy; Challenges America's Attitude LONDON, Dec. fl (UP) — Prime Minister Churchill hiis won an easy vote of confidence 'from Commons In a test of his government's foreign in v.lvnt is behoved one of the fn.t ptclUies of Allied action at the Rhine Rhe,, ioldlm of the F.ench Fii's Ar Army fire on enemy positions on the French side of the river as Germans frantically try to flee ' er as ermans rantically try to flee Alsatian trap and cross into Germany. Directly across the .river is Switzerland, marked 'by Swiss flags. (Signal Corps Radiotc'lcphoto via NBA.) Government Will Revamp Plans For Big Housing Project Here; Conference Is Held Yesterday Rebel Convicts Being Punished Solitary Confinement Is Ordered By Biddle; Blake Plans Probe %; • ATLANTA, ;Dec. S~. (UP)—The 25 Atlanta federal prisoners who staged the-three-day prison revolt" were in solitary confinement' today ' on orders of the United.States' attorney general. But the alleged grievances which caused them to embark on the bold escapade are not forgotten. Morgan Blake, the newspaper columnist responsible for persuading the barricaded rebels lo surrender, slid lie :plans a more complete in- vcsligation of their grievances. > '• Soft-spoken Blake says he is very inlcrested in the prisoners' case. He added, however, jthat he does not wish to imply accusations of au- tlioritics' harsh inmates. -treatment of the On the contrary, he said, "I be- lievc that most of the prisoners worship Warden Sanford." During an exclusive interview, the prisoners' told the columnist they were subjected to poor nealth conditions, refused religious services, and, further that they were quartered with German saboteurs who vilified the United States in their presence and that they were unduly discriminated against. Publication of these grievances by Blake in the Journal yesterday was the condition by which they agreed to surrender. Asked to comment on swift measure., by Attorney General Francis Additional housing focilitles for Ihc City of Blythevllle have been assured ns a result of conferences between officials of the Housing Authority of the City of Blythc- ville, city officials and building representatives held yesterday with a representative of the National Housing Agency. ... The.Housing" Authority was advised \that the project started here in 1941 and which was frozen on Account-.,of \ r war.. demands would be.• rc-abtlvattit,-in .the tirlyVuKiro' and construction of this 'project made .possible.. The project which includes 80 units, will be located on South Division street where the Authority has -acquired title to several acres of land. The Housing Authority, headed by. R. E. Blaylock as chairman, announced it will push the project to completion .as rapidly as restrictions on labor and m.-Ucrial are relayed.:. ••• ' ; According: to /the NIIA representative, who , met with the Authority, It will- lake several weeks to re-yamp the plans and mnke the changes necessary to meet conditions which have ihanged somewhat since the project was frozen, but the Authority was assured the project would ^ be rc-acliviucd as promptly-as possible in order that Blythevllle would bo able to go ahead with this much-needed project. '. In addition to rc-nctivation of the housing project, the NHA will approve a request for authority to construct 100 dwelling units during 1945. Mayor E. R. Jackson, heads of the local building material companies, and the secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, who agreed on this number of new units for Se^-orS^ie^^ Sd^ ^TTf±T± punishment for all of the rebels, Blnke said that the men knew they would have to take that rap, and were promised no consideration except that they would not be beaten. He indicated that this Investigation to sec how true or false are the complaints given to him will start rigtit away and hinted that a development may be expected within the next day or two. The columnist discounted a belief expressed by Biddle that the revolt was a planned insurrection. Prison authorities belatedly revealed that virtually every word uttered by the felons during the siege had been picked up by an elaborate radio system. It had been secretly Installed in the segregation building at the time of its construction. The grim broadcast of tile big house drama was heard by. officials gathered in an assistant warden's office and transcribed. ; Federal Prison Director James \l Bennett also said it wns belieVccl thnt one of the gang's ring leaders con for this assignment. Two new members of the Housing Authority were announced. E. B. Woodson and B. G. Wcit will replace Floyd White and A. R. Wetcnkamp. Mr. Blaylock, G. G. Hubbard and J. Mell Brooks are the other three members of the notorious V. Flukcr, attorney and U. S. Branson, archi lect. Farmer's Body Found In Ditch At West Ridge • Millard Hotcomb, 38-year-old Jarmer .in West Ridge community, ,iyas found dead yesterday In n. Government Forecast . On Cotton Crop Higher WASHINGTON, Dec, B (U.P.) —The Agriculture Department predicted today that the 1044 cotton crop will totnl 12,359,000 bales, nn increase of 39,000 bales over the forecast n month ngo. The estimate wns made as of Dec. 1 and compared with a 1943 crop" of 11,427.000 bales. Super forts Warships Team Up For Heavy Raid On Iwo Island While Earthquake Rocks Japan vote cniue iifier policy. The 219-to-;) Churchill slaked Ills government's life on Us policy In Greece, Italy nnd Belgium. In' one of his mosl scathing .speeches, the prime minister stood by his guns on that policy, directly challenging ihc American position on counl Sforwi and calling Greek resistance forces nothing but "rebels and mutineers." Originally, today's debate was to deal with Greece alone,but Church- Ill broadened It to Include British policy throughout Europe. He explained (hat "this Iheiiie to some extent hns been opened up In the last sentence of the American release." That wns Ihe sentence In which WASHINGTON, Ucc. R. (UP)--A» man-made upheaval fell oil one of Japan's mosl powerful outer-buses' today while Iho enemy'? homeland sllll rocked from n Icnlllc i-iirlli- ciunkc. The U. S. Navy and Air l-'orcu teamed up lo deliver the lumlesl blow of llic Pnclllo wnr against Iwo Islands In the Volcano group, Just 760 miles from Japan proper. The air attack wns led by American U-2D Superfoiircsses based on Snlpan. U was u shorl haul for Iho Superforts. And llic big planes wcro loaded to Ihc cockpits for the op- crnlion. For nil how nnd 45 mln- ules, the B-29s swept over Iwo Is- Innil, dropping bombs In )0-lou strings. Liberators I'nve Way Jusl before Ihc Supcrforts .struck, Ameilcnn Liberator bombers, nc- compnnlcd by Lightning lighters; ripped up Iho Island nnd pnvcd the wny for the fjuperforts. Then fiom ollshoic, warsiilps of the American Heel Iwinbnrilcd the Island. • . One -of the principal tiirgcts wus the Jap iililleld on Iwo. Other objectives were ammunition, oil anil gasoline dumps, hangars', and rc- Secretary of State Stettinius said , ])„'[,. s |, 0])s llic American Immls-off policy In ,, e ,; vy c i otl(|s ohsc( , fc(| - :t , , taly appled to even greater extent ucls „,'„, , h|J B . 29s boli ^d l,y \In llbcrntcd countries of our Al- ' s i n "«">«." »J m Tn Sui>t">rt Itcglnifs Churchill made it clcnr that Britain will continue Its armed sup- ~7~ Missing On 9th Combat^ Lieut. Dick J. White Co-Pi lot On Bomber Lost Over Germdny Second Lieut. Dick J. While, copilot on a B-17, Is'.missing in action since Nov. 21, the War Department, has informed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd A. White. His plane shot down o\er Germany,, It 1.5 possible that-he'was taken prisoner; it was pointed out. On his ninth mission, the 21- year-olci officer lias been overseas since September. Receiving his wings arid commission April 15, at Douglas Army Air Field, Douglas, Ariz., he inst wns home shortly before going overseas. His training was received at Min- tcr Field, Bakersvillc, Calif., Ryan Field, Tucson, Aiin., Santa Ana Army Air Field, Santa Ana, Calif., and Douglas Field. Entering tlse Army two years ago he was n student at University of Arkansas' College of Business Administration prior to enlisting. Following graduation from Bly- thcville High School he entered U'c university at FayeUeville, where he became a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. His parents received a number of letters, photographs and clippings from him yesterday with the last letter dated Nov. 18. Of unus-unl interest, he wrote them of his eight previous missions over enemy territory. « .Member of a prominent Blytbc- ville family, he has a brother,'jnliu White, a student at Kcmpcr Military School, Boonville, Mo., who will Authority of which Jesse aylor is nrriv e home within a short time to attorney and U. S. nransrm nrrhi- spend Christmas with their nart ents. Chicago Rye open high low close Dec. . lll-X 112 108-Ti lOfHv III'. May . 110% UUf, 108% 108% 1IO-; r-art cf the Painiidrami -CBhue In '" l "° s »l""forlress-crewsion Sal- GrcVco and o P em er Period |m " ljcciulsc ll lms ' bcc » l 'i« '"sc BeWnn Eovcrm n-n? ul, ,d hat "'"'"' wlllch Bmh11 »»»>'»« of J«p P-nrliKn . ^ l >±,-" d m,,- i UN mM ^ ""Ve laken oil id hit nil Britain seeks from' liberated countries Is governments which will guarantee the necessary security for Britain's Hues of communication. The prime 'minister called Greek UettlsVs y ;ltg!ii!ng iiv Athens ,. -"inAH-- ncera lo the orders of the supreme commander of the Mediterranean under 1 ivhom . tin: guerrillas have undertaken to I serve." Lie also charged that left-wing elements In Belgium plotted 1° overthrow the government in November and that tile- British Intervened there under direct orders from General Elsctif hower. As for Italy, Churchill revealed that Count sCorza returned to his native country only after promising the United Stales he would not engage in politics against Marshal Bndogllo. Clmrelilil added bluntly, "We do not trust Ihc man. Nor would we put the slightest confidence In any government of which he wns the dominant member." Ballots To Dcclilo Foreign Minister Eden closed the debate for the government, declaring Him the Greek people, nnd all liberated peoples, must express their wishes through the ballot box and not through bombs. Lord Hnlafax, the British Ambassador to llic Unllca States, ellccl Churchill's speech as a clarification of British policy. He added It would be hard for anyone to be confused about the facts In Churchill's speech or to disagree with them. Halifax also claimed there Is a substantial understanding between his country and the United Stales. He made the stnlcmcnt after discussing the Anglo-American controversy with Secretary of Slate Stettiiiiiis. The moral of the controversy, says Halifax, Is that both nations should desire direct consultation on vital Issues In (lie future. i As for the two countries which caused Ihc controversy, Greece nn<| Italy, the Italian cabinet question may be almost settled, but civil war still rages In Greece. , An official spokesman for Premier Bonoml says a new coalition cabinet has been formed nnd members of four out of six parlies hnvc accepted Bonoml's appointments. But In Greece, attacks by Greeks on British troops arc Increasing. •iiineiit. All of them returned wlth- iml cnconnlcrlng'cllher dcrln! or nntl-nlrcrnft reslslnnce. Iwo Island hns 'been n,'i)ulsance to Die Siiperforlress'creivsion Sn|. Granted Parole By State Board Of Ihe 72 co'nvlcl,',- paroled by the Stale. Parole Board this week, five were seiili'iicr-d In Mk'ilsslppl County ..courts. Hurry Bailey, who begmi his len- ycur sentence un iv murder .charge, July .11, 10-12, wns nmoiig those paroled. Officers snld here loilny It wus understood he had been al Ills Holland, Mo., home on a furlough since Jan. 1, ,1813, nfler having been given n temporary release by adv. Humor M. Adklns. The parole gives him . release permanently If on "good bclinvlor". Others pnrolc'd front tills cow;ty were: OIK Simpson, seiilonce to' live years Imprisonment on a miir-I der c'htirgo In^c , In ioi;i; Reuben Duke, grand liiVceny, sentenced In 1D-11 for Ip yetirs; Freddie Cobb, s,cnlmico(l. in.April, 1041, for .seven years on a b«rgl.»rly and grniul Inrceny cllnr'go, and Ivory Cox, sentenced a y a hm-glnriy charge. , t wo yents on np Snlpan basps. U ))robnbly"«'iii"bc « nuisance no longer. ,° ••. Actually, Iho double, Navy iiiid nir assault on Iwo Island whs nintle today, far-Pacific Tlmol Hut that was. yesterday, by our'time.. . ' " .. N'aruVi!'HiirL?KltncltljMslcr, ,'•'i As for Hie earthquake and sub'se- mienl tidal wave thnt- rolled over Japan's central islands yeslerdny, pome observers .think It might hiwe been more destructive limn the 1023 Yokohama disaster. In that enrth- (limke nnd lldnl wave, more than 100,000 Japanese wcro killed. However, on the more sober side, an oxpert seismologist al Harvard University, Cambridge, Muss., says the chances nre very slim thnl-li had any great effect on Japan's war effort. The expert, Dr. L. Don Lccl,. says yesterday's quake was ically n blockbuster, but he pojtils out (he Jnjis have hnd many others nnd sllll ar6 holding togclher nt tlic scams. i He sums tip his opinion this wny:, "A flrat class n-29 raid would bent the quake any dny.". On the Asia mainland, Chungking' reports say the Chinese hnvc halted nl 1011.11 temporarily, the Japanese threat to Kwelyang, capital of Kwcl- chow province. A Chinese military spokesman sn ys 4,000 Jap troops who entered Kwelchow province huvc been routed. Chinese troops recaptured four towns In the province, and the Japs are falling back toward Kwangsi province. The Chinese spokesman, however, tempers his words with n warning that Ihc situation remains critical, and there Is for optimism. South i County Bond Drive Over The Top , South-, Mississippi . county hns gone over Ilia, top In Us Sixth Wai' Bond •;• .Drive; -: making the 'entire c.oimty :cxcce(l-lLi iiuoln.'. '/ , \ Wii.'i , " -<!«ol.» of $feO;6pO,- " tlierc 'hmt.'boen bonds totaling $70i,000 sold . up mull i today with coiimill- 'tcos still .working on snlo of "E" borid.?, Jt .wn$' announced by Rufiw Brnnch of Peiliin Point, general chairman, < . Norlh Mississippi County, with a quota of $800,000, lias mure llinn $1,000,000 worth to Its credit'. Loy Elcli is general chairman. Sale .if $1B,15 bonds will continue until this county's quoin Is pur- ' chased. Funeral Held Yesterday For William J. Logan WDIIam J. Logan, who died early yeslerdny' morning nt Blylhcvillc Hospital, wns burled ye.slerdny afternoon after efforts to locate relatives had failed. Tho 84-ycnr-old junii, who lived alone on Clark sired,.was removed to the hospital after neighbors learned he was ill.. Born in ..Pennsylvania, he hnd traveled throughout the United States nnd since coining here hntl done odd Jobs of carpentry. So far as could be learned, IID had no'relatives. The Rev. Bates Sturdy, paslor of Lnke Street . Methodist Church. New York Cotton . no room yet conducted funeral services nt Maple Grove Cemetery where Initial was made.* Cobb Funeral Home wns in Mnr. May July Oct. open high low close . 217fl 2184 2177 2170 2175 . 2177 2178 2113 2174 2117 . 2155 2I5G 2151 2152 21S5 207G 2078 2073 2013 2070 Dec. .. 21S-I 2173 21C2 2iCfi 21C3 Weather ARKANSAS: Fair this nftcrnoon nnd Snturdny. Not much change In temperature. Lowest temperatures tonight 29 to 32 in cast. H lottery racketeer from Atlanta.! His sentence finally commuted to life, tie is now serving a federal term for taking stolen securities across a slale line. Pf water. 1 A coroner's jury, empaneled by Coroner Austin Moore of O.iccola There was no evidence of foul Jlay, according to Coronor Moore, who said Ihc farmer wns believed lo have stumbled, during Ihe night, Into the dilch, filled with about three and a half feet of water. Several witnesses testified they had seen him the previous night. The body was found a.short distance from tho Three Way Inn on Little River not far distant from the Chaptnan-Dewcy place where the farmer had lived for n year. He. is'survived hy his wife and two .children., ,, Funeral'"'nmmgcincnUs were incomplete loclay/- • Livestock ST. LOUIS, Dec. 8 (U.P)—Hogs 10,600. salable 8,000; lop 1405. 180270 Ibs, 14-1405. 14-160 Ibs. 12.1513.50. Good sows 13.40. Catlle 2.200, salable 1,500. Calves 100. all salable. Mixed yearlings & heifers 10-12. Cows 7,50-11. Canners and cutters 5.25-7. Slaughter steers 0.25-17. Slaughter heifers n-!C. Slocker and feeder siocrs B-13.50. ; 'Uncle Billy' Daw's, Manila Patriarch, Dies MANILA, Ark., Dec. 8.— Funeral services were conducted nt 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon for William James "Uncic Billy" D.ivis. Manila's oldest resident. He would have been 9] years old Kcl>. 3. Born in 1854, the son of a Confederate officer ivlio served a.s special courier lo General Forrest nnd also under the immediate commands of Generals Lee nucl Bi'U- regnrd. "Uncle Blljy" left his native slalc of Tennessee wilh his father, Cnpt. John Simiiifilon Davis- during the reconstruction Period and moved to Osceola. Avk. After a short time there, Ihc family moved la Uorncrsvllle, Mo.. where "Uncle Billy" later entered Dunklln County politics. He served that area from 1880 to 100-1 as county judge, county tay,cfnor nnd county collector and for a number of years was deputy collector. He also wns In lime. business there for . . Before Ihe turn of the century "Uncle Bill 1 ' married Miss Mary Smyllic who gained national prom- Incncc as a composer of patriot old, and had been nn honorary songs and poems and was credited with writing the only known '•History of Duiiklin County—From 1845 to 1895". They hit a marital snag nnd Mrs. Davis later moved to California. She died there in 1934. "Uncle Billy" Davis paw his son, Vest Davis, graduate from the University of Missouri, winning a Rhodes Scholarship lo Oxford University in England. He entered school there in 1811 and was graduated in 1914. He relumed lo the States nnd began teaching English in Central High School In St. Louis, Vest Davis also attended Columbia University in New York mid the unlverslly of Arkansas. He mastered Greek, Latin and German. 'Uncle Billy", who moved to Manila about 20 years ngo. wns recognized as the oldest living member of the Odd Fellows Lodge. He was a member of Utopia Lodge No. 283 of Senalh, Mo, Ho joined this order when he wns 21 years , member for the past 25 years. He was also a long-time member-. o]f the Methodist Church, ceasing'' His r.ctivlllcs only when ill health fc'hji old age prevenled his church work. ; .. ; "Uncle Billy'' became 11! Sunday morning at ten o'clock nnd died two hours later. Besides Ills son, Vest Davis, he In survived by nn- olher son, Norman Davis, who served In World War I. Due lo physical disabilities received oversea:;, Norman Davis was unable lo attend (uncial services falher, "Uncle Billy" Is for his survived alto by l)ts wife, Mrs. Lcona Hall Davis of Manila whom he married 10 years ngo, and one brother, Solcn Davis, of Horncrsville, Mo. Funeral services were conducted at Ihe Manila Methodist Church with the Rev. O. M. Campbell, pas- lor, officiating. Burial .was' In the cemetery In HornerKVille/Mo., with members of the Odd Fellows Lodge paying final tribute.,. . . charge. Sergt. Bruce Wilson Wounded In Germany Scrgt. Bruce Wilson, 23, son of Mr. nnd Mrs. Carl Wilson, was slightly wounded in action in Germany, Nov. 24; the War Department has Informed his parents. In the Infantry and overseas only several months, Sergeant Wilson went Immediately Into action. It is believed he Is with General Patton's nrmy. Sergeant Wilson, who made his home wilh his parents three miles south of .Blylhcvillc prior lo entering the Army, enlisted two years ngo. N. 0. 'Cotton open high low close . 2181 2183 2113 2161 2180 2180 2180 217$ 2177 2179 Mar. May July .. 2155 2157 2154 2153 2155 pet 2081 2081 2077 2077 2081 Dec. .. 21(50 2162 2156 2157 2160 N. Y. 'Stocks AT&T IG6 5-8 Amcr Tobacco 67 Anaconda Copper 277-8 Beth Sleel Chrysler Coca Cola Gen Electric 64 3-S <12 1331-2 39 Ocn Motors 64 1-8 Montgomery Ward 53 1-4 N Y Cenlrnf 21 1-2 Inl Harvester- • SO Republic Steel .'...' ID 3-8 Socony Vacuum 13 7-8 Studebakcr. . 181-8 Standard of N J 55 1-3 Texas Corp 49 U S Steel 50 7-8 U. S. Offensive Threatens Rich Industrial Area American Third Army Rips Into Defenses Of Siegfried Line "PAIllS, Dec 8 ,<UI>) — Germany apparently Ij, pieirarlng to'write off one of the richest areas 'of Us homeland, the industrial Snni basin. ' \ Amciican Third Army troops, nl- Incklng Ihe fixed defines -of Hie Siegfried lino protecting (he region hfivc plUn B c<l one mile mid n hnlf mlo the field of dragon's tcelh tank ''"I" ""(I concrete emplacements. ! lllboK after pillbox 1ms fallen to Hie Ynnki, • • * Clermtm radio reports ' Indlenle lie tfni-woikors in the vast smelt» E plnnl.s, factories and mines of 110 Snnr nre abandoning them - ns llic bnltlerront moves Closer. oi)0 Qormnii coricsjiondent was quoted assaying Hint those war Industiles Were humming tt i(|i work until the very Insl minute. And he went OH 'now Sam hinders nre being compelled to Icnvo since, they are caught between the flro of the nd- vnnclng enemy nnd Umt from the west wall behind tliem"." Behind the forwnul lines, the .Germans n ie throwing everything In Hie mllllaiy book In tin effort to cclny the Ameilcnn drive, and cut. down Its pottci. At srimliuitein, where the Third Army established Us initial; anti biggest bildgchcnd across .the Snar river, Ihe Germans ate concentrating ., tciilflc nrtlllory fire Nearly 0000 lotimt'i of Nad shells wore Inured Into the town In five days But llie entile OMh American Division has crossed the Saar, and It now fighting on the rim of the Siegfried line -" 'Farther wutii,'other Ameilcnn troops have cinckcd Into,the west bank suburbs of Saarbiucken The city It-self, caultal of the Snai ic- glon, Is on the cast bank. But thu Yanki, have captuied the'suhurb of Fiirstonhauscn, only^three ana a liiilr mile's fWj.^And'SanrurtJcken has been undci Am,criciui artlllers .flro.for eight days and fires are rnglng Inside the city ' To the 'Southeast, othei Thlid Army (mils arc hnrd'ngnlnst the In thfr west tank section of tnarcguemlncs Elements or the 35th dlvlUoh Jumped off (lit, morning In an attempt to win n new bridgehead across the Saar at Uili point. But .there Is no lato report on their 'iilccess , The American Seventh Army which has Joined Hie Third In the battle of the Saar valley,,is beiu- mg down on the town of Rqhrbach, three mile 1 ; or more beyond the Snar. . , A tn the upper Rhine vnltc'y, oth'ci Seventh Auny troops ,have taken nnotjier string of villages to put them within four miles of Colmni, the center of the lasl Nazi pocket In Alsace. On tlio Roei liver front ouiositc lh< plains of Cologne, the Germans cljilin the American First nnd Ninth Armies arc legrouplng for a major smash toward Cologne and DiisseUlorf. Ninth Army patrols put out feeler stabs across 'the. Rocr near Rocrdorf and Plossdorf,; near the upper end of the line, but they drew heavy fire from 1 the 1 , enemy. In southeastern Europe, the German defense lines protecting Austria buckled, .under nfcsy ; blows by the Russians. .Moscow^:dispatches say that 40,000 German reinforcements are;being cut to pieces In a vain effort to stem the Red Army advances. . A .United. Press dispatch;': from Moscow says the German and Hungarian defenses seem on the verge of collapse everywhere. : ••••>•Osceola Farmer ' ••';':-" ''*-• "Dies yesterday Rites This Afternoon At RusseilviUe For Samuel J. Whiteside Samuel James Whiteside, farmer of Otceola, died yesterday at his home after, having been stricken with a heart attack two days prior to his death. He was 57. ' Funeral, services were .to be held thts afternoon at RusseUvlUe, with burial there. , ; ...... Going to: Osceola when he purchased a farm west • of there a year ago, he moved from Biscoe, Ark., but aiso had formerly lived p.t :Morrilton, Ark., and at Russellville, where reared, v • • He Is survived by'his wife, Mrs. Fannie, Whiteside; three • sons, Is. J. Whltoside Jiv of : Fort Worth, Texas., Robert W. Whiteside of Osceola aiid Joiui E. Whiteside with the Seabees in the Philippines; a dunghter, Mrs. William B. Roberts 6f WalnuUCreek,' Calif; a brother, Ed AVhltcslde of Osceola, and thieo'sisters, Mrs Joe McGraw and'Mrs Porter MoOraw, both of Rusicllvlllc, and Mrs. CoYa Tetter of Pottsvlllo, Ark. " Swift Funeral Home, was In charge. ''

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