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VOL. XL I—NO. 227 BLTTHEVmLE COURIER NEWS •^^~~~^^—^^ IPfJ^imE^AK^^ •^^^^^r__ HLYTHBVILLM, ARKANSAS. TUKSDAY. n,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,7 ~~~~ YANKS NEAR DUREN ON SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Many Jap Civilians Removed From Tokyo Bombings WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (U.P.)-Tokyo i.s bracing il- scll lor an ordeal of bombs and fire. The Japs, according to then- own reports, have ordered the evacuation of all non-essential civilians from their capital city The reason i.s plain. The Japs expect a' series of full^..!^" i l.. ral(is °? tho >'- Ci »' il "l from American B-29 to follow the current epidemic of reconnaissance and nuisance flights. Tokyo dispatches relayed through Berlin snv 20000 persons, mostly the aged or decrepit, children and expect °nt nro hers,, were being removed from Tokvo Iml " v cxpccldnt The Japs;also say they're tearing dOH'ri'sonie buildings in the city to create fire breaks to impede the spread of flames kindled by American bombs. Tokyo is a teeming city of some seven million population' crowded into Closely packed quarters. It's obvious that they want to avoid panic. , Woifccrs To Ilcinain However, there's no indication that the Japs intend to abandon the city which is so densely puked with vital war industries, German - relnyed reports from Tokyo says that workers In armament plants, industry, transport and journalism may be evacuated only by special permission, anil that air defense personnel are exempted from the evacuation orders. So are utility workers, doctors and chemists. The announcement of Tokyo's evacuation comes on the heels of Jap reports of another rash of B-29 reconnaissance and fire raids on Tokyo. The enemy domestic radio said three flights were made this morning, and that several planes dropped incendiaries at night, Tokyo time, starting some fires. ' AKempI "FIreproofing" Incidentally, jsp propaganda broadcasts Indicate they're putting .grin* :Vt/>re-on,,«'hat ih'ey ;4ii ."fireproof" apartment'houses f6r"tlicu v industrial workers. According to the broadcasts, these so-called fireproof buildings are built' with bamboo ceilings and floors treated with whitewash. Bamboo burns like tinder. The ivhitcn-ash would retard tlic flames, but that's n ion" way from fireproofing. But the Japs are right Tokyo today. TODAY'S WAR ANALYSIS Japs Struggle For Lifeline To The South Bj DAVID WEEKS United Press Staff Writer The Japs are trying to win back m China they're losing in about one thing. Thev say there are no heavy beams to fall on tiie occupants when (he bombs start crashing. NO beams, just bombs. • There is also some .speculation, incidentally, [hat with the evacuation of Tokyo, the Japs may move tncir emperor to a safer-hideaway possibly in Manchuria. Hirohito's palace is right in the heart of Tokyo, and within a half mile radius around it are some of the"choicest military targets in the city. They include the Japanese war office die naval ministry and other government oifices. No Ilunihs For I'al;lcc Thus far, American bombers have held to strict orders not to hit the palace. Instead, they've concentrated on Tokyo's military installations on ihe fringe of the city. Turning to the Philippines", the Japs have dropped a hint that American forces have invaded n new island above Leytc. The Domei news agency claims Japanese planes on Sunday attacked our forces on the west coast of Biliran island, north of Lcyte. So far, there has been no official Allied announcement of any American landing on Biliran. On Leytc, nese forces on surviving Japa- the west coast are being herded into an ever-tightening death trap north of their lost port of Ormoc. Another strong pocket or enemy troops already has been wi];cd out south of Ormoe. On the Asia mainland, Chinese troops who drove the Japs out of the Philippines, the lifeline of their stolen empire. American liberation of the Phil- i|>l)ino5 threatens to destroy the Japanese shipping lanes through the South China Sea. So they're trying to substitute a 4000-mile inland rail line in China. The Japs never were interested' in this rail line while their sea lanes could operate. Primarily because ships could carry more raw materials from the. fabulous Indies and Malaya, and "more water material fo the Japanese' tarmies in Burma. Now the Japs arc desper- Ete. , -Six, months -ago, the '.Japs saw their control of the South ; China Sea,.; clipping. And they started preparing for it. They began their drive down the rail line linking Pekin to Canton, a stretch of 1200 miles. With brandies spewing out from both ends of this line the lailroad actually runs for about 4000 miles, all the way from Korea to Manchuria, to Singapore at the tip of Malaya, and across Burma. Kail Network Incomplete The Jims have succeeded In clearing this overland route splitting China in two, cutting the. coastal provinces off : from the interior. They still have 'a. stretch of' about 300 miles of track-laying to complete 'inside Indo-Chiria, in order to finish the rail network along the const. Hail transit into Burma already has been built under atrocious conditions by British and Australian prisoners of war. But the Japs could not rest, after clearing the land route. They had to protect it. American bases of the 14th Air Force were too close lor comfort. Bombs from planes can play havoc with a rail line. So the Japs pushed inland against Kweicbow Province. The Americare; lost several advance air bases in southeast China.. Among them were a couple of 20th Air Force bases from whicli B-29 Superfort- resses had raided the Japanese homeland. The others were 14th Air Force bases from whicli Liberators and Flying Fortresses pounded Formosa and struck at Jap- one.se coastal shipping. The loss Ministers Hit License Sales By Magistrates Baptist Group Urges End Or Practice In Mississippi County Announcement Unit hundreds of couples married In Mississippi county during the past several years may not hold valid marrlnge licenses because they obtained (hem from justices ol pence performing the; ceremony Ims created wide tnlcrcsl. This has resulted ii\ opinion by local nttortieys that n justice o'r pence can not be deputized for purpose of Issuing the license If ceremony Is performed by the same person. The Mississippi County Baptist Association has Issued n resolution condemning the practice and asking T. W. Potter, county court clerk, to desist from this practice in the Blythcvllle and Osceola offices. That such n practice can be stopped easily and immediately, without any "red tape", by a similar procedure used at Marion in Cr'lttep.- den County, lias been revealed. A survey made In Arkansas, following rendering of opinion by the attorney general's office, has revealed a soaring divorce rate partially attributed to prcviilencc of hasty marriages. With these results of the opinion, rendered by Oscar E. Ellis, assistant attorney gencrnl, local opponents of the practice were awaiting developments. Mr. Potter, who announced he believed the practice legal and did not plan to stop giving signed blank ceola, could not be reached for further comment. Local attorneys, who long have condemned the practice, say it is illegal to 'deputize a justice of the peace as a deputy county court clerk, if he also Is to perform the marriage ceremony, and sny they have rulings to fonek them up. : .' Copies of fthe resolution of the \Vorkers' Council of the Mississippi County' Baptist Association were mailed to Mr: Potter and to newspapers of the county. TO COLOGNE Taking No Chances Nir/i prisoners nre searched and relieved of all knives, In the Saaicl loiijg area In Fnuice. Stgtml Corps Hr.dloleicphol'o via NBA.) Tribunal Rules In Check Case Lower Court Decision In McCoflum-Graber Suit Is Overruled ,. - -. - - LITTLE ROCK. Dec. 12,-Tlio Al- licenses to a justice of \KO.K in Os- iansas Supreme Court Monday held the Mississippi Circuit Court erred in Instructing lhat Prank .McCollum. Pascola. Mo., store owner, could not recover $238, - representing „ chock: which he, cashed and which was later stolen from him by nn unknown party and again cashed in Dlyihcvillc Meyer Grnucr, and declared the case should have j^ecn settled by p.'Jury.' ;.»•. > ivftCollirjn filed action to'.recover ngalnst Graber. Records 'showcel McColliim c.islied the check romance of last 3 Of en marriages by the person iss,,in B the'from McColun'ssto and a wck license had been called Illegal, the later cashed by Grabet h" his tore resolution continued, "Since lhat at Blylhcvlllc Therclicc)' 10, practice is definitely illegal and will indorseme tot ' than -- that of Grnbcr said he dition^ «nd since the practice tends ^IcVf the'c^ck' I^luied' to ninkc marriages a 'financial rac- he wt ' ' ' comcmieii kef Instead of a divine ordinance he ca involve serious trouble In the future Mrs. Pepplc .and Gi [or persons married under such con- could not Idcntly ihi of God, in due con therefore, after n lengthy tcctcd."'Thc""towcr L court affirmed discussion of the matter, the fol- his contention nmiineei lowing motion was mude anil unanl- Pointing out' that theft of the Ginnings Sti/l Ahead Of Last Year's Figure Despite unfavorable ration picking weather durliu; much of November, more cotton had been picked in Mlksisslppl County, prior lo Dec. 1 Hum up to the same time lust year, the official rcpurt uf the cotton statistician disclosed. Then: hmi been 112,25;t hulcs of ration ginned prior to Dec. 1 ns compared with 13G.MI) bales ginned to the same dnlo'tn 11143, nc- cording to Chester Danchower of Luxora, Much of the bumper crop re- mnlns in the Acid became of wciithcr conditions and lack of labor. Corn Shipments To State Fewer Only Shelled Corn Permitted Because Of Infestation mously carried check from McColhun was uncon- of the Superfortress base was balanced by the American invasion of Saipan bland in the Marianas, where new bases for the big bombers were carved out. But the loss province, and now arc l°f bases foi pursuing them through P rovi " ce ' IMVC captured a rail town drajn on the striking power against "That the committee write reso- troVcrt I he Sup c r Cm, ,„,„ lulions to the County Court Clerk, the burden was on S aber o p^o'e Blld thnt. Slloll rosollllimic 1*, ruth- 1— ... . '""<-' «> pr(HC and that such resolutions be pub- ho was the Arkansas Baptist,-recommending and requesting thnt the County Clerk adhere to the ruling of the attorney general." a holder in due course. The resolution committee was the Rev. G. W. Boyd of Leachville, the Rev. W.' H. Horn of Manila, the Rev. M. E. Wiles of Blylheville, and the Rev. Ernest Bray of Lcnchville. Practices, similar to those of Mississippi County have been abandoned at Marion, another "Horder" town, according to James Cecil Hale, attorney there who becomes prosecuting attorney of this district Jan. first. After Marion had gained much unfavorable publicity because of practices there, its citizens decided something should be done about the matter, it was said. Issuance of licenses, except from 8 n.m. to 5 p.m., and from (he office of the County Court Clerk, was stopped and no more blank licenses left the office. Applicants who appear too young must show rcgis- -•-i- jr tllc shorter-range l«h tratlon cards and women show them through Kwangsi J Air Force planes was a serious certificates, it was said. bhlli 25 miles from the Kweichow bo der. And tile Japs, according to Ihc reports from Chungking, arc still in retreat. Loses Driver's License After Car Hits Building Lawrence Hassell. taxi owner, was fined MOO and his driver's license revoked indefinitely in Municipal Court today when he forfeited bond on a charge of driving while under the influence of liquor. Charges grew out of an accident early Saturday in which lie was driver of his c.ir which crashed through the display windows of Raymond Smith's store at Filth and Main streets. The defendant paid for damages to the building and stock, it was announced. Postofficc To Be Open On Saturday Afternoons The Blytiievillepostofficewlll remain open each Saturday afternoon until Christmas to facilitale handling of extra business, It has been announced by Postmaslcr Ross S( evens. H Is Ihc custom for windows of (he postoffice to be clased on Saturday afternoon. the Japs in China and along the It became more acute as the penetrated' Kweichow Prov- and began their drive on coas 3n\K ince Kunming, headquarters of the 14th Air Force. Last week, however, the tide began to turn. The Jas>s were thrown out of Kweichow by a Chinese force. But the situation remains critical, and Japan's desperate need for protecting her' rail line through China, indicates that she will not give up. -Taps Will Try Again The Japs arc playing for high stakes. And one setback is not likely to make them abandon the attempt, Kunming actually would be a double prize for the enemy. It not only is the headquarters of the Hth Air Force, but is astride the upper Burma road. Thus by seizing Kunming, lha Japs would accomplish two objectives. They would break up the 14th Air Force organization and eliminate the threat against their rail line. Moreover, they would choke off the last possibility of forging a land supply route from India lo Chung- king lo strengthen Chinese resistance. China's best hope of checking another Japanese drive Inlo Kweichow, lies more wilh the weather and geographic.!] conditions there, than Miss Elizabeth Blythc, deputy in charge of the office here, said thai, she stopped Ihe practice of issuing blank licenses to a juslice of peace about a month ago after she learned ol the criticism. Mrs. Annatel Bryant Fill was given blank licenses by Miss Blythc mony had not proved this fact. '"flic case should have been submitted to the jury," the opinion said. Associate Justices Holt and Robins dissented. Services For Infant Will Be Held Tomorrow The son of Major and Mrs. George P. Hale was dead nt birth this morning at Mlythcvillc Army Air Field hospital. Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning nt Maple Gruve Cemetery with Cobb Funeral Home in charge. Condition of the mother was satisfactory today noon. Major and Mrs. Hale make tliiir home at 024 West Main. Given Medical Discharge After 3 Years In Army Russell T. Krnlz, son ol Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Krutz, has received an honorable discharge from the Army after three years of service, during which time he served at camp Robinson, Ark., and Camp Cliiihnrnc. Ui., as a member of the engineering corps. Mr. and Mrs. Krutz and their Very little corn is Arkansas through the pr lion ncur Blythcvllic, Negro Released On $1500 Bond Porter Facing Charge In Poolroom Stabbing Resulting In Death Charged wllh minder in Informn- Utm nii!,| yesterday following dcalh of Niilf M. Moore, W. mi Wll- liums. M-ycnr-old Neuro who alleii- cdly stubbed him fatally, was released under bond of.$1600. Preliminary hearing In Municipal Court has. been.tentatively ^ct for Thursday.- It was n'miounced by Drive By First Army .. jf H '° Wly ' Gonna ny. TJio First Army provided the most spectn driven lq wiUiin river nliont 20 miles fiWColowle^''° n< l>uren Is n large city, ihe i...-|; n ,i :'- b the First Army hns encountered since the victory at Auchcn. nurcn must be luknn before the I'lr.sl can hope to Miuish across tho Hoer mill onto the torturous pining of Cologne. General Hodges' Irooiw have pushed up lo the llocr river on n broad front after toppling mine suvcn outpost villages clustered tround Duren. And dl.s-|iiitcltc'3 from the front frequently n lilt loo opllnilsllc say .enemy resistance Is crumbling on | the western aide—the American side 1 of Ihe ftour, hut not across tho stream, Deputy bury. Prosecutor Graham fiud- .I'hsl,role:iscd.i:ndcr'$75 bond on, a elmrge (if assault \yllh" a dcHdly weapon, Hi,. Negro iviis agitiii mk- en. Into custody nflcr Mr. 'Moore died Sunday night at > Memphis finpUst Hospital following iho iillcg- ed slabbing Friday night, nt Ucc- I'cntlnn Ulllard Hall, -,' - Tlic aUereallon occurred while; Mr. Moore was "plnylni; pool, .climaxing nn exchange of words, Mr. Moore is alleged to have struck tho Negro nith u clie stick, i.pon which Well - Across .the Roer lie three strong defensu systems nuardimr Coloimo • ne of Ihe Heidi's most vital »rse- iials. The defenses Include /Ig/ai! trenches— World War I style— mn- {inn emplacements,' mines chlno , barbed wire and cement pillboxes The Ami'rlciin Ninth Army nl- rendy Is ubrenst of the Hiicr alonu i) front of 10 miles or more north of Duron, mid ] S continuing to build up strength for the coming iiliempl lo cross the river. In the Saiir Im.sln today Gencrnl Pulton's armies have scored Important nahis in '.some sections but arc flKhtlng wc-snw battles In others. . The Third Army aiming nt the central grUcwn.y to the IUilnclnii'1 has crossed the Ulics river and captured n city, Just one mile from imst-of captured Snrrcgiiemincs. And Third rtrtny guns already nre shelling two indtislrial centers ciist of Sii»rbriicken. . Heavy 'Coiinteraitiiclis 'However, Itie Germans counter- Stettinius Asks . Speedy Approval Urges Senate Group • To Confirm All Six ; Top Nominations WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (UP) — Secretary .of State Steltlnlus has told UIQ Senate 'thai he Wants lo liet i,, w ..,rk on the vast problems of (he ivnr and the pence, and he asked. Ihc Upper House to make Uih possibly by promptly confirm- Hif! the six 'lop stnlc Department nominees: Slettlnlus was the first, vvifnnvs lo appear tills morning before the Semite Foreign Relations committee, the group which Is holding an Inquiry Into the qualifications of the six ccmdidntps. •••' ; ! ' lie left no doubt as lo his feel- inxs'un the Issue. Reading : a prepared slntcmenl. sUttlnlus took up' tho six nominees, man by mnn. He made It deal Uiiit he rcgmds en,ch of the \ six ns Ideally 1 suited for theli new jobj, tho ' icMci o 'slay in the Uppei H<-itst/ \\fis hrld- i l»li up l)is o«n work, the oierhnyl- ' hig of the Department 'and pln,is for piittlrig the'post 1 wai machinery into .motion. lillncked heavily at Dlllln K eti, and ',„,,,. noriHiirr ume L-mi .>,t,.i i....i .... , • i I|V "M At the end of Sfe^liiiuV statc- fighting was still contlnul t committee Chairman Tom :..on,l,,g. ncrco op.xBltlon'uMj C ° 11 """ J ' ° f T ° XilS P0llcti lho (lured up In the •suburbs of Saur- laliUirn, On up thu almost the recent quarantine against corn, but It is expected that i corn will he shelled at point of the Negro is snld to have pulled out his knife and to .have stabbed'.the i Seventh Army cnino cniny white mnn in (lie left shoulder" abreast with a drlvo through Magli •nil stii-1 Nnt |,(,|| CVCC , seriously injured'at not L|llc forllttaitlons. The Scvoiilh ciim of Hie time, both men were aircsled " ow is l2 ml1 ™ c >^ at Snuregue- - cur un charges of nssnult with a deadly mlllc ' i more weapon nlKl released under bond. • , n)a , J1 >'shipment within ncar future lo forestall any shortage. With Mississippi also banning ear corn, In an effort to avert In- leslatlon of the corn borer in lhat .stnle, employes of the station' at the Missouri stutc line aro telling all drivers of corn trucks of the quarantine there. A leller from li. P. Colmcr, chief inspector at the Mississippi sute Plant Hoard. Slate College, Ml.ss.. is shown which reads. "We would r.ppreciatc advising truck drivers thai the Mississippi Plant Hoard i.s putrullng highways to prevent shipment of car corn Into Mississippi and thnt violators of (lie riiiarnntlnc will lie prosecuted." H Is expected that Tennessee B.ISO will toon Iran car corn, it was announced. The rw-n Iwrer disease has bmi found in Missouri, Illinois, Kcn- lueky ntid Iowa recently. A survey will be made In Mississippi County, beginning lomor-' row. lo determine if the infestation has reached this section. I Mr. Moore died of n brain hcinor- rhaifo from a I^IOH- on his temple, which may Imve been caused' by 'n. knife. It was said. His condition became critical only a few hours before his death when wits • removed to the Memphis he British Send Reinforcements Into Greece ATHENS, Dec. 12. (UI')— British rclnfbrccinciit.s have nrrivc ( ( In' Athens and so have Britain's two ace trouble-shooters, .Marshal sir. Harold Alexander mid Resident Minister Harold MncMlllnn. Ilia reinforcements and the troti- hle.slmolers arrived at n lime when the British po.slUon is getting progressively worse. r ,' n ', c Brl ! lsh commander In Greece, 0 '" 0 ,'!,' 11 c ™ rcx1 n ? n " ld s< = ol ' lc . This corn disease Is found only parts of Athens previously clenrcii "... *; ciir ".'"!. s ? "• ls "° L lrnns - of KLAS forces." British and Greek "" ....... ! government forces have been forced h milled in shelled corn. It is believed thai com growers lo 5 ' lcl<l a dozen or more city blocks, will begin shelling of corn when ""I 1 am "al Scobie says Leftist Tennessee places a quarantine in *? l^^J" P'^'InR all routes out that state because much of the Council Meets Tonight The City Council will have a meeting tonight at the City Hall, It has been announced by Prank Whltworlh, clly clerk. Only routine business is scheduled lo come before the city Icad- Chicago Wheat open hfgfi low close pr.cl. Dec. . 169% 168-}', 169% 168-y, , May . 164)S 1S5% 16451 165',5 164 IS sltion. 'Hicre is an old Chinese proverb which says "in Kweichow, fine wca> tlier never lasts three consecutive days, and level ground never runs three feet." The whole province is in the jaws of mountain ranges, one of which Is named, very appropriately, Loushnn with the strength of Chinese oppo- which 'menus "annoying A T & T Ainer Tobacco . .. Anaconda Copper . Beth Steel Chrysler Gen Electric Gen Motors Montgomery Ward N Y Central . ... Int Harvester . ... North Am Aviation Republic Steel . . Radio ... 1GG 1-2 .. cv i-1 ... 281-4 .. 63 7-8 .. 99 3-4 ... 33 1-2 .. 0:l 7-8 ... Sit ... 21 1-8 ... 81 3-4 ... 8 7-8 ,,. 1!' 1-8 __ 10 1-2 Socony Vacuum 13 5-8 Studebaker IS S-4 Standard of N J ^ *•* Texas Corp 481-3 Packard 5 1-4 U S Steel 59 3-1 Chicago Rye mountain." open liigli low closo pr.cl. Dec. . l|2 ; !i 113 lllii 1121i 112 May . llO'.i 11)11 110-}; llll.i llO'.s Dranc Adams, seven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. 'w. Adams, broke hLs leg Saturday while playing foolbull in a neighborhood game. Removed to Walls Hospital, he will be able lo return to his home next door this afternoon but his leg will be In a cast from MX to eight weeks. The main bone In the rlghl leg was broken between the knee ami the ankle. Manila Marine Wounded Henry Y. Rowe, son of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Rowc of Manila, has been wounded in action, Ihe Navy Dcnartmcnt has announced. Present whereabouts ot the Marino cnrparn) wns not announced. Captured Flier Praises Service Of Red Cross "The Red Cross is doing a great lob over here. Anything [ can (jo to help In work or donations I cef- lainly will do when I get back to the United States" wrote Sergt. li. L. Halsell Jr. in n letter received yesterday by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Halsell of Promised Land. In th!.s Uie first letter received from their son since he was reported missing nearly a year ago after an air raid over occupied Europe, Sergeant llalsell assured his family of his well being and told them not to worry about him. The leller, daleti July 8, was written from a prisoner of war camp In Germany, and 1 follows a post card received last month. Sergeant Halsell's wife is in Denver, Colo., wilh her parents. niul four miles from Ucr- For all this, there is u price. Security reasons forbid the disclosure .of exact tosses, nut United Press Correspondent Virgil t'luklcy says one Infantry assault officer reported that casualties In his regiment In the preceding fortnight were heavier than anytime since O-Day, for example. However, the NnzK are losing too, at a time when Iheir manpower, especially trained soldiers at Uici test fighting ngcs, is nt an nll-llm<> low. The nlr war over western Europe wns on In full fdrcc again loday. More Iban 1250 American lienvy bombers escorled by SCO fighters hit at Ihc Important synthetic oil plniU nt Mcrsclmrg as well as mil yards In three other German cllles. German reports Indicate that planes Hew up from Italy today lo hit at the Reich. As for the German part In the air war, the Luftwaffe went into ac- meinbeij) for questions Only one member, Senator Joseph Guffey of Pennsylvania, replied. Guffey wanted to knowiwhcthcr atettlnius, as_ lend-lcasc -administrator, hud i-pccifled lhat Great Britain should use no leml-lensi mnterlnl iignlnst our allies. And lie • asked point blank; "Arc the British now using lend-Iensc' against' our Etlilopiiin ullles?" Stettinius said ' nothing. But Chairman Connally hastily forced Guffey to withdraw his question by Implying lhal he believed the f[iiestl.on to be Improper, in view of the current war situation. Chairman Connolly- bier had to call off what he ' termed "backstairs' 1 gossip" about Prime Minister Churchill in connection wilh the Greek crisis. A committee member hnd begun quizzing nominee James- Dunn about whether he thought Churchill was "forcing Ihe American slnle to play second fiddle In this Greek Unrig.'' The was brought to nn end Dunn promised to tell in when closed session all he knows of Ihe Greek crisis. Another Senate Investigation was halted this morning so that the lion over Ihc Fifth Army front hi mcmbers coultl lu ' ctl to Stcttinlus' Italy loday in Ihe greatest strength ? I"™" 1 before the Foreign Af- KU ' fairs Committe in days. ttee. But, before It dls- Orouinl iictton In Italy slill Is con-' hnndc<1 ' lllc Mllllflr y Affairs Corn- lined lo patrol actions In all set- millcc beard Ihe retired president of the Aetna Life Insurance Company. William Mooney, testify in liehalt of Robert Hurley, the nominee for the Surplus Properly Board. And Mooney says he knows of no one In the country who could fit the job better. lors. Turning lo the cnslcrn front, Ihe great battle for Budapest is raging at while heat this afternoon. Russian troops riding tanks broke into outskirts of the Hungarian capital loday mid tackled tile Germans In bitter hand to hand fighting, Moscow broadcasts beamed to Germany claims the fall of Budapest is near. And the broadcast added that Soviet tioops In southwestern Hungary have broken through a 185-mile wide gap and are pouring towards Austria, and Gcrmrmy beyond. New York Cotton Mar. open high , 2192 '2103 May .. 2184 218S low close pr.cl. 2189 2133 2187 2182 2184 2117 July .. 2155 2156 2153 2153 2151 Oct. .. 2015 Dec. .. 2117 2075 2182 2067 2067 217G 2180 2155 2174 N. 0. Cotton open high low close pr.cl. Mar. .. 2191 2192 218D 2192 2188 2183 2181 2183 2186 2180 215T 2158 215G 2156 2153 2076 2076 2072 2072 2076 2170 2171 2159 2172 21G6 May July Oct. Dec. A eslorian is a member of n re- Late Bulletins WITH THE U. S. THIRD '.\U- MY, nee. 12 (UP)—Third Army troops invaded Germany at a nciv point loday, nossing Ihe lilies river and capturing: Ihc Reich town of H.ibktrchen, three miles norlhc.isl of Sjrregucmincs. NEW YOHK,.pec. 12 (UP) -f Ten baseball leaders, five each* from Ihe N'aliona! and American' Leagues, today were named members of the commllicc empowered lo draw up a new major league agreement under winch the next commissioner of bawball will operate. Hiking's His Dish CAMP HOWZE, Tex. (U.P.)— Corp. Bill Mlhalo is,- probably the only man In the Army who whistles while lie 1 works. Hikes are just his speed., since lie holds the Midwest Sullivan Memorial Trop v for walking- and the . nathi championships for (he 25,000 l a{tu ~:0,000 melcr strides The song Die , llgious sect deriving .Its name from | corporal whistles as he hikes Is "I Nestorlus, patriarch of Conslantin- Walk Abne.'' ople tno',v Istanbul).•.' . true. f ' Which doubtless 'is

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