The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 26, 1944 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 26, 1944
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NKWSl'Al'KK OP NORTHEAUT ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLI—NO. 238 Blythevillo Daily News Blythevllle Herald Blythevllle Courier Mississippi Valley Leader OFFENSIVE BhYTHKVIU,K, ARKANSAS, TU1CSDAY, DKUKM WCU 20, HM-l WNG1.K COPIES FIVE CENTS. Churchi!! In Athens; ig Holiday Toll 315 Persons Killed Since Friday Night; Traffic Claims 189 Throughout Ihc nation, people fingered empty pockets today after a record-smashing Christmas spending spree, but the holiday weekend was also costly in another wav— costly in lives. A survey ' by the United Press shows that the holiday toll has reached 315. Of the total. 189 deaths were taken in traffic accidents since midnight Friday. The heaviest death toll was in California where 3D people died, 31 in traffic accidents. New York fol- iowed with 30. The weather man has little post- ATJfENS,'Dec. 20 (U.I 1 .)—The question of win- a Ion of dynamite wa.s planted in a .sower near the. Great'Hrilain Hotel in Athens, is as much a mystery as who put it there. British authorities in Greece, according to Ihe London radio, have been unable to establish an connection between the dynamite-planting and the surprise arrival of British Prime Minister Churchill in Athens. It seems to be pretty well established, however that the explosives were planted by experts, after Churchill's arrival was announced. Although the Great Britain Hotel is the headquarters of British General Scobie, and the Greek government there's no official indication that Prime Minister L/liurcnill wa.s there. As to who placed llic ilynumite * In the sewer tunnel, little is definitely known. Some sources believe 'A "I « T I the would-be saboteurs crawled ArPmOntf I Sl/A through the tunnel from the area of riVl»IU VI 11J i QllC Athens held by the left-wing ELAS ' —•«•» forces. The dynamite was packed in boxes tli'al bore German markings It was expertly placed with electric detonators, and it was protected by carefully-placed barbed wire entanglements. There are any number of possibilities, including one Hint the dynamite was planted by Centum agents. Some sources claim that German saboteurs arc in the ELAS forces. Still, it could have been planted by enemies of the BLAB, trying to put them in a bad light! The sewers are regularly patroled by British forces. The prime minister, along with British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, went to Athens 'with the avowed purpose of trying to arrange a settlement of the Greek civil war. Churchill's fust act was lo request a conference among all the political factions in Greece including the left-wing ELAS. A British, news dispatch just re• ceived iirLbndon from Athens, says n car carrying a white nag left, the government headquarters to pick up the ELAS delegates and bring them to the conference. The British radio, however, snys it is emphasized that it's a Greek conference. And that British participation will be limited to n speech by Churchill.. In fact, Ihe BBC says after Cluircliill speaks, the British' delegation will withdraw ami leave the Greeks to try to reach a,solution among themselves. .Today, ;.fighting continued between ELAS forces and the British and Greek government forces. The British have taken a firmer hold of the dock areas of Piraeus. But in northwest Greece, the ELAS forces arc applying heavy pressure against the right-wing EDES. The latter already have given up half the territory they held before the numerically superior ELAS units attacked them last week. Paper Salvage Is Scheduled Here Tomorrow All those Christmns wrappings nnd other accumulation of paper can be used for a good cause by giving them to the paper collection tomorrow. Scrap paper will be collected throughout BIytheville with the bundles to be tied ami placed on curbing: by 7:30 o'clock in the morning, it was announced by L. G. Nash. In charge of the campaign to secure more scrap paper ' Yanks Fight Winter as Well as Germans Nazi Gamble Costing Men And Equipment lly DAVID WKKKS . The Clenurms tans throwing good weapons nnd men nfler bud lii liiclr dcspcrale effort 'to hold Iho Western front Allies on the defensive.' Nn?.l General Von Rundstedt and Troops of the U. S. First Army, which bore the hnint of Iho i <™<>sh, are. lighting winlcr as well as Ihe dcspernlc foe. Pholo above shows me.Tof liiefl'th 'Regiment' ?i_5lX!£i^ 1 ™^^ cold p rsinac .-cheer,- Glib-zero wave is sweeping eastward and the Weather Bureau warns that temperatures of zero to 10 below can be expected tomorrow inorniii" in New England, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Midwesterncrs are huddling under heavy wraps ns the tner- irometer hovers around the zero mark. In Rockford, 111., the temperature dipped as low as- 22 below zero, the lowest temperature recorded -so .far.. t . : But the weather man promises some relief lo the midwest. The temperature is expected to rise to aboui 20 above zero toino'rrow in midwcslcm states as the cold wave moves to the eastern seaboard. Roberts Funeral Held Here Today Victim Of Accident Ar Army Camp Buried With Military Honors Requiem high innss was sung this morning nt the mlltnry funeral of Tech. Sergl. James G. Roberts. 2fi, fnlnlly shot wliile instructing on the firing range Thursday afternoon at Camp Cao\pbell,-Ky. Rites were held at the Church of the Immaculate Conception with the Rev. J. J. Thompson, pastor, saying tlie mass at 9 o'clock, assisted by the Rev. J. p. McDonald and the Rev. Frederick Kiinmett, in Blylhcvilie. In the future. pancr will he collected each fourth Wednesday, it was announced. In an appeal made loday, Mr. Nash asked those on the home front to assist in this vital cause because of the need for salvaged paper. Group Opposes Rites Held For Baby Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon for William Vick Crook, son of Lieut, and Mrs. William Vick Crook, who died Tiiurs- tJay shortly after birth at Blylhe- ville Army Air Field Hospital. Rites were mnduclcd by the Rev. Ij. G. Miller, pastor of New Liberty Baptist Church, at Cobb Funeral Home with burial at Elmwood Cemetery. Lieutenant Crook, who is stationed ?.t Camp Chaffcc. Fort Smith, nrrived Saturday lo be with Mre. Crook whose condition was reported satisfactory. Joint Management Of Deaf, Blind Schools Called Detrimental LITTLE ROCK, Dec. 2fi (U.P.)— There's going lo be opposition to the proposal by the 1945 Arkansas legislature's joint budget committee that the Arkansas schools for the t'eaf and blind be consolidated under one director. Some CO Little Rock residents, nil denf, have issued a statement terming the proposal "more of a political move than one of economy." And here's their explanation of their opposition, in the words of the official slatement: "To place bolh schools under one head would bn creating a position for politicians to vie for every two to four years, thus bringing about a situation that would be a detriment to the education of these two schools." And the group appointed a committee lo drait a resolution rc- quesling the legislature lo block such a move. chaplain of BIytheville Army Air Field. Taps were sounded during the consecration of mass. Sergeants stationed at niylhcvillc Army Air Field served as pallbearers aiul soldiers stationed there fired the volley over the grove at Elmwood Cemetery.' The ting was removed from the casket by Sergeant Roberts' nephew, Corp. Richard Robcrls of Barksdale Field, la., and Slaff Sergt. Tony Diaz of Camp Campbell, most intimate friends of Sergeant Roberts there and who accompanied llic body lo BIytheville. Sergeant Robcrls, BIytheville High School nthlele who Inler served as co-caplain of the University of Alabama football team during his senior year there and participated In the national Golden Gloves boxing tournament, was an instructor in gunnery at Camp Campbell. He died early Friday after havi..,, been struck in the head with n bullet while on the range. Out of town people here for tiic funeral included his wife, !v___. James G. Roberts and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Buckles of Tuscaloosa, Ala., who are guests of Mr and Mrs. Dick Roberts; Mr. ami Mrs. O. R. Thomasson of Pascola Mo., Mr. and Mrs. Guy Rodgers of Jonesboro, Corp. Richard Roberts of Barksdalc Field, La., and SlatT Scrgt. Tony Diaz of Camp Campbell, guests of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Roberts and Sergeant Roberts' mother, Mrs. Lnu- rn Roberts. y ilot Missing n Philippines Cables Family First Lieut. Lcroy H. Ross, re- orlcd missing in action in the Phll- ipincs area since Nov. 24, today ablcd his family here that he was ell and snfc and was now on leave. lo further details were given in the Sentence Commuted Tom Yate was amone the 25 convicts serving terms in the Arkansas pcnllentlarv granted clemency or comniunlalions of sentence by Gov. Homer M. Adkins as a Christmas gesture. Sentenced in 1939 for 21 years on charges of burglary and grnnd Inr- rcny, the sentence wns commuted to 15 years. Soldier Listed As Missing Has Written Mother Arkansas Will Share Federal Highway Funds LITTLE ROCK. Dec. 26. (UP) — Arkansas Highway Direclor H. W. Mitchell says Arkansas will share in distribution of 100 million dollars in federal rond funds within 30 days. That's tire amount of the jmstwar highway construction act signed by President Roosevelt last Wednesday. However, Mitchell says he doesn't know how much money Arkansas will receive. But adds, "We will get our share." The highway direclor says his department is conducting an early survey of the highway needs in Hie slale. Whatever funds Arkansas receives under the postwar highway construction act, Arknnsns must imlch federal aid on a 50-50 basis, After having been missing in action since Scpl. 2, Pfc. Lloyd Jones is alive. His molher. Mrs! Beulah Jones, D29 Soulh Lake, received letter this morning from her soi who again has tlie same overseas address as before reported missing The brief note, in his own hand writing, .sild: "f can't write mud sending you two pic lures." The letter wa.s dated Dec. 1 Where he has been since re Ported missing while fighting will the Infantry in Italy has not bcei disclosed ns his mother had re ceived no word from her son or an personnel of the Army or War DC partmcnt, except for the forma message slating her son was miss ing. Tlic only child ot Mrs. Jone Private Jones attended school hei before entering the Army. The 20 year-old soldier began his foreig service last Spring and was know to be with the infantry in Italy. It was exactly two months ago today she received the message from the War Department. Chicago Wheat open high low close bounty's Ginnings Total 176,685 Bales Despite recent unfavorable weather, Mississippi County's 19-14 cotton ginninus continued to remain fur in excess of totals reported for .similar periods last season,- according to Chester Danebowcr of Luxorri, county cotton statistician. A total of 170.085 bales o[ cotton from tlic 194-1 crop wns ginned prior to Dec. 13, Mr. Danehower reported this niornlng. This compares with a total o| KiO.975 bales ginned prior lo Dec 13, 1!M3. ,.,:.--^-iT - !.',: able. Pilot, of a -38. Lieutenant Ross ins served overseas since Feb. 2, nil was stationed in New Guinea eforc moving inlo llic Philippines vith General MacArthur. Ho Ls the son of Mr. and Mrs. Police Lenient This Christmas Report Few Arrests In Relatively Quiet Weekend Holiday Christmas 10-14 wns. on the whole, cpiieler In Blythevllle thnn In previous years with less law-breaking although full crews of officers worked day and nlaht during the three-imy-Vj'JfiiiVj. ' -r 4 -:- who Imbibed n little loo freely, but who were not causing nny trouble, learned officers hnve soft hearts at Christmas hecniise they were taken lioine. Hnslcnd of to jnil, with no public drunk cases on the docket todny. But those who' persisted in "disturbing the peace" were nrresled. •Two while men became Jit' (ho war on Belgian, lnslc.nd of German soil. The question Is whether (his flimio Is worth the cntxlln Iho Germans arc being forced to consume, and just how much caudle tlie Germans have left. • Von Uundstcdl gnlned a tremendous advantage over Iho American first army forces when he had a • full week of bud weather Covering his offensive, Inunvlieil against a lliltily-lield section of the American First Army front. The chances arc good Hint during the llr«t week of ground gaining. Ihe Germans Inflicted far more dnmnce on tint Americans, tlmn Ihe Americans could Inflict, oil them. In oilier'" words, Von Rundstedt gained terrific iidynulagc'.s at, a cheap cost during tho first week. But llich thu price began going up as tho weather cleared, and Allied counler-'mcaBure.s began going into operation, " - t Wllh good wcalhcv, the Allies threw,thu lull force of their air nrm against the ami braunht Ihc drive practically U) n hall. Had the. Germans slaycd hailed, H would have meant but one thing, that Von Rundstcdt, did not Inland to risk everything on this one slab. That instead of being a mnjor offensive, tho German drive Into nelgluur was nothing more thnn a mfuiimoth ground raid designed lo throw us off balance, but nothing more. sitch, however, Von Runslcdl would - have guinea very lltllc. A week's delay, perhaps n llttllu more, white ivi intched uijtwrocked ,cani- mitnlcnllons lines.-Bill, at great sacrifice In German armor which would hnvo been trapped nnd'cut lo pIccM In Belgium. Just lo sit light and try U) holtl onto Ills-gains would not be profll- able cither, unless Iho Germans hat) damaged th c First, Army beyond LONDON, Doc. 2l> (U.l'.)-A(lolf Hitler 'himself is -the 1 hi'iuii lichinil (In: 1% Centum counter offensive;" ' ''i ; „. , A lilU ' <l'si'!>teh i rrom Allied Supreme 'Headquarters Kiiys "' I' 01 ? 0 " 11 "? '«»»Miv«1 "'»' planned tho' all-outturn» ll| K" durln K llw "«"»»'» w >>™ the' world buzzed .with rumors Dial ho was dciul, ill or insane. The 'dispatch also rcveiil.4 thnl Nn/i nropfiRHiidislsi purposely threw up « wmolic .screen of rnmoi-H while Hitler devoted himself to (Icvi.iinj; (he offensive. • ' • After Hitler sot up the uniiid attack, lie/turned over its execution to Mar.shul Von Kundstcdt, along with two nml possibly l|ii'ce full Germiui iirmies to hurlngainst the 1 Allies Valtcr J. of 1705 West Vine. Hearing Slated -or Landowners n SE Missouri A hearing for landowners or their nithorizcd representatives in I'cni- 'scot County, Mo., second required >tep toward the creation of a Soil 3on.servnllon District, will be held it the Courthouse in Cnriithcrsrille, Mo.. Wednesday, 2 p.m. This announcement is made by •I. F. Miller, Dean of the College of Agriculture, of thc University of Missouri who is chairman of the State Soil Districts Commission. !•'. Grcenwell of Hayti is a nember of this Stale Commission •UK! will participate in the hearing. Tlic proposed District Is lo include all of Pcmiscot County but participation in any of Ihc offers j The sun was out over most of of thc District must be voluntary } Arkansas this morning. in a,'fight which resulted In injury to one and the other sought by officers, with names not disclosed pending furlher invcsllgn- Uon and arrest. Three Wcgro cutting scrapes rc- .sutled in llirce men being seriously cut nnd seven nrreslcd on charges of disturbing the pence by fighting. It is believed all the injured Negroes will recover. Several cnrs nnd trucks were reported stolen with officers aiding in search for llicsc but none belong to Blylhcvilie residents. There were several minor wrecks but no serious traffic accidents were reported. No other accidents were reported. In contrast to the usual heavy (rnffic on [lie highways, with fast driving, there was little traffic or speeding with no arrests on this charge. The drizzling rain through most of Ihe day. worn tires nnd less garolinc contributed to this change. White the city and county officers were kept busy firemen only one rtm during the past three days and this was n minor fire. the .point of quick recovery. Tims, Von Rundstedt wns committed It hurl more reserves inlo (he bulge to save- lliosc already (here, and lo Rd them moving forward again. Nn»- Weather Favors Allies But now, one Important element Navy Secretary Denies Rumors All Ship And Plane Losses Ma<Je Known, Forrcsral Declares ; WASHINGTON, Ore. BG. <U1>> — Secretary of Hie Navy FoiTcstui Kays those minors thut Washington has lot revealed nil tho losses nt the American licet In the October naval bailie- of Ihe Philippine.'! are not true, Forrcslnl says the Navy published 11 full list of American ships ami planes lost in Ihe battle. Hut the secretary addji Hint the Navy Is not iinnoimdng, for reason! of security, Ihc damage Ililllclcd or our warships by Japanese Innd- bnscd air attacks In thc Philippines since that lime. ' However from the a rupted plans fur future" hnvni' lion. Forrcslnl points mil the Navy's silence'has left the field clour to the Jap radio to make fantastic claims, often made merely to n.sli for Informal ton In the form of denials. Hut when Hie Japs g» fishing with that soil of halt, the Navy doesn't bite. ForrcHtal warns us not to lie led nslriiy by raise rumors. lie says the best way to gungo thc actual results of Jap air attacks on our licet Is lo watch the prog- Tho offensive was planned In l crush tho Allied armies In the west. Bui tho first 'objective was the Vleuso rlvor..lmo,;and. the Belgian fortress cities of Liege, Nnmur and Olnnnt. The offensive was frustrated In part when Iho American First Army fulled to collapse. Thnl forced the enemy to Him southwards imd nway from Liege. .'•'.' However, .the headquarters statement warns tlmt,moro German gains must bo expected before the full pic- 'I turo of tho present confused military situation Is clarified. Gntn.v Continue One Ihlnn |s clear. The German drive Iscoiitliiulng to spread across Belgium. • / - : '.'.'• General Eisenhower reports thai Niul adviuicc . troops are only four miles from Dlimnl on tho Mouse. That represents u gain of 11 miles "- l 'HT dis- at- froiii Rochcfort, which fell lo 'the ' | Germans 3G hours ago. : •'I'lio German gain was made possible by the.. col|npse of the : First Army triangle between the. northern and southern prongs of the offensive. The Germans pounded through American-defense -positions, thus enabling the'two prongs'to join, niui the way for n fri ndyfincecl movi sthnri 52.'.mile's'due west In Belgium. . Supreme, headquarters filso reveals thut,German forces approach- Ing Ihe Meuse ran Inlo'Allied troops apparently iiumchl .slop tlic Mails' short' "' Ing thi -ort' of 10 fight lo the river. In his favor Is missing. 'Hie weather ress ° r tllc w«r I" the I'aclllc. For no longer Is so bad Hint Allied CXIim l>le the fall of Lcytc and lira planes cannot operate. Thnl spells Invasion of Mlndoro lire concrete, destruction In high figures for the tlcinonstnillons of the continued ef- Ocnnniui. . fcctlvcncss of the American Navy " ' the pnst tiircc days ot '" tlle Philippines. 'I'hc flnnl phase of the Lo'ylc campaign wns carried out with the aid ol amphibious landing attacks and our fighting troops were kept free from enemy bombardment from Ihe Arkansas Towns Report Mercury At Low Marks fcood flying weather for oxanlple, Ihe terrific Allied nlr blows against Ihe Ocrn'inn 6o|imnu Inside Belgium, hnve cost llic enemy more tlinii 2200 tniiks and other vehicles Hcslrojicd or diiinnged. In addition, they Imvc last more than 400 planes In the same period, while our air losses have been about, one quarter of Hint figure. No (irnijr In tlic world cnn stand such prolific losses very long and maintain Its righting power. Lot's not attempt lo minimize Ihe KllunLlon. The German offensive In Belgium Is serious. Its renewal Is causing still more damage. If It reaches Us major objective, which probably Is at Icnsl lo drive to the Mouse River along a wide front. It may drag out llic war mniiy months longer. Fan From Objective on the part of each to be present at- Mils hearing. They will be given an opportunity to express their opinions cither for or against tllc organization. Petitions have been signed by at least 25 landowners In each township in Pcmiscot County, ' were circulated by interested hud- owners and [caning citizens in ;ill parts of the county. If the hearing results favorably 'or the petitioners a next step would be to arrange for a special election lo be held in llic County on the proposal to create a district. Local farmers are convinced they have a very ferlilc soil ami they ]iur|Xffic lo keep It that way and feel that an organized Soil l)is- Irict will contribute gram it was said. to this pro- One Christmas Baby The only Christmas baby reported in Dlythcvlllc this year was Ihe -son born Sunday night lo Mr. and Mrs. Slarlyn Young. The Christmas Eve baby, born at Blythoville Hospital, tins been named David Lee Young. He Is the fiftti clilld of Mr. nml Mrs. Young whose other children arc Richard Slarlyn, Virginia- July 103'%J04»s 1G3'/, 1G4 103-r, ' Carroll, John Ifobrrl and Terry Kt'.'s 156 15456 15514 154Vi Mack. LI'lTLE ROCK. Dec. 26 (U.P.) — most of but thc weatherman said Arkansas can expect It to be cloudy and colder this afternoon and lonlght. Thc weatherman reported that it was pretty chilly In several Arkansas cities and towns this morning. Coldest spot In the stale, according to Ihc Little Rock Weather Bureau, was Norfnrk D.irn, where thc mercury dropped to 13 degrees. Next In line was Harrison with a 20-degrcc low. BIytheville was close behind with a chilly 22 degrees. Batc.svillc and WsUmit Ridge each reported lows of 23 degrees. Little Rock and Brinkley had 29-degrcc minimums and Fort Smith reported a 30-dcgrce low. A general rain over tlie state has resulted in a slight rise in the. Arkansas river. And Ihc Ouachila Ivcr Is slightly above Mood since nt Arkadclnhla. Livestock ST. LOUIS, Dec. 20 (U.P.)— Hogs 5,200, salable 5,000. Top 14.70. 180270 pounds 14.70. 110-160 pounds, 13.25-14.25; good rows 13.95. Cattle 3,200, salable 3,000. Calves 1,000, all salable. Mixed yearlings nnd heifers 10.25-13.50; eows 8.0011.00. Cnnncrs and cutlers 5,50-7.50; slaughter steers P,25-1fi,7f>; ler heifers 8.00-13.50. !>ut It's still a long way from (lint objective, and It's n'lesllonnble whether Ihc German army cnn stand terrific losses without, breaking down. Weather conditions may Pln v a Inrge part In determining Just how successful Ihc enemy can be. The Germans, however, have reached the point where the mutter of toss Is a matter ol equation. For example, when the front line was back Inside Germany ns it wns before the German offensive, the Nn- zis wrc losing about a division n day trying [« hold the Americans out of the Cologne plnias. That, remember, was Just trying to hold, without getting anywhere, without even reducing pressure. sen. Says ttic secretary of tli ic Navy, "In spile of nil the Japanese liayi been ante to do bolh with their tinvy nnd with their land-based aircraft, we and not they are winning thc campaign for the Philippines." In China, General Chcnnnult's airmen spent thc weekend making widespread raids on enemy shipping, supply roules and inslalla- Uons. The Mth Air Force raiders sank two large Jap lankcrs. damaged five more and destroyed -10 enemy planes. American sea and nir power arc performing an equally vital task In Ihe west Central Pnctnc clearing the 11-20 path lo Tokyo. Col. Lawrence Cnrr, commander of thc Seventh Bomber Command, calls the second coordinated sen and nlr blow nt thc Jnp nlr base of Iwo Jiinn n prelude for the final thrust tit Ihc enemy homeland. In fnct. thc entire picture In thc Central Pacific Is gelling more som- bre for Tokyo, And loday ihe Jap War Ministry appointed a new in- speclor-gencral of army aviation, a sign that the enemy morale needs another boost. The new member o[ thc Japanese supreme wnr council U General Annmi, former vice minister of war. He succeeds Lieutenant General In fact-, while this was going on s "8 ilwilr a- The fact that llic enc- thc Americans were building up still my lost nwirlv S 000 planes in the drive. ! poser, preparing for a final! Pll »H>l>lnes probably is the reason for SugawarVs sliifls. chief Thus, It's not hard to figure that Incidentally, General MncArlhur General Von Rundstedt decided he had rather take his losses In Bel- glum instead of Germany. Nazi commanders prefer their troops to die as far from Ihe homeland as possible. New York Cotton Mnr. May July Oct. open high low close . 2195 2197 2191 2191 2194 2183 2149 2056 2191 2153 2002 2185 2148 2056 2185 2149 2056 2187 2149 2058 2045b 2045 N. 0. Cotton Mar. May July Ocl. Dec. 2197 2199 2191 2194 2153 2155 2061 2064 2197 2190 2151 2001 2197 2191 2154 2001 21S6 2100 2151 2031 2049 2049 Is wearing his new insignia today, a circle of five stars. The super- rank posed a knotty problem on Leyte, for you cnn't just rush out and buy things like that, but a Filipino silversmith came to the rescue and did a hurry up job on suitable Insignia. They were hammered, from silver coins donated by the General's aides. Weather ARKANSAS—Mostly cloudy and colder this afternoon and tonight. Wednesday continued cloudy and not quite so sold in west portion in the afternoon, Incidentally,"llic'specification of Allied Iroops rather • thnn American suggests the possibility that elc- nionls of tlie British-Second. Army have moved down to Join the battle of Belgium.'' ,' On the southern side of the German salient, thc Americans have scored 'slight gains after powerful counter-attacks. The Americans have tnkcn high ground three miles west of tho Luxembourg frontier. Allied W.irplanes Busy The Allied air forces are out In strength today In nn attempt to stem tho Na-rf ndvnncc by tactical sorites nnd by hitting at German supply centers behind'the lines. Tho American Ninth Air Force pilots had Mown 325 missions ', by noon, destroying six German lauks and damaging five. They n'lso had shot down 22 German fighters and damaged five agnlnst an American loss of four. American -Flying Fortresses and Libernlort from Britnln flew lo western Germany lo pound two rail yards in the Coblcnz area and bridges on n railroad between Cobleiii; nnd Bonn, both cities that hnridtc trntlic for German armies on Ihe breakthrough front. Some 150 heavy bombers took part, escorted by 300 flghlers. Col. William Cleveland of Taconia. Wash., who led n flight of Llbera- \ tors In today's raids, said he could see flghlers below the big bombers diving for the ground lo shoot up every German in sight. American plnncs from Italy also Joined the nlr battle. Liberalo'rs and Flying Fortresses attacked three German synthetic oil refineries in Silesia today and hit two bridges in Ihe Brenner Pass In northern Italy. Incidentally, Swiss reports say the Allies destroyed the biggest po'wder factory in northern Italy yesterday during a raid on Milan. As for the battlefronts in Italy, Italian frontier reports say the Germans hav6 ordered the fortification of thc Po valley for 12 miles on either side of the river in expectation of an Allied push aimed nt lib- crating north Italy in the Spring. In today's ground action, Canadian Iroops of thc Eighth Army occupied Rossettn, 10 miles northwest of Ravenna, after savage house to house fighting Christmas Day. Manila Man Wounded Pvt. Austin L. Smith, of Manila, has beeri wounded while serving In (he Mediterranean area of operations, H has been announced, by the Wnr Department-. He Is son of James R. Smith of Manila. Rf.infall in Blythevllle over the weekend totaled 2.9ii Inches, according lo Ihe official weather oil- server. Fire Is Extinguished , Only riin made by the fire department over the weekend was lo the home of Mrs. Harmon Taylor, 1001 West Hcarn. A faulty flue arrangement caused the wall board to become Ignited Sunday morning, 8:30 o'clock, but IheJIames soon were extinguished willi" slight damages. ,

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