The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 28, 1944 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS — NEW8PAI fcR Of NOHTHEAST AltKANSAfl ANn RcMiTm-ia-i" ..,,.,,,-,,,,.» -(LI-NO. 2<10 Dally Hewi 1 courier Blythevllle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader ABKAKSAa AND BOUTHKA8T MltUOUHI ^KANSAS, THURSDAY, DKCKMBICK 28, |<).|<l SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS : 3 ^^^ - u«.»\»»u:< VMI «r.iO f I Vfi IjJilN IS _SIDKJF NAZI SAUENT UNDEUTTACK Council Names Holland Judge Of Muny Court Appointed to Succeed Henderson Who Takes County Office Jan. 1 V. O. Holland, long an attorney here and who has served as city police and county judge, has been appointed Municipal Court Jud"c to fill the vacancy Jan. 1, when Doj'le Henderson becomes tax as- •sessor of Mississippi County. Mr. HeiideiT.on can not serve in- two political positions under ihe Arkansas Jaw, making it necessary for llic BlythevUle City Council to make the appointment. Mr. Holland announced today he will not be a candidate for tlie office, lo be filled by election in April, but will serve as judge only until lliat time. The appointment was announced today following an adjourned session yesterday of Ihc December C'ily Council. When Mr. Holland becomes Municipal Court Judge Jan. 1 he will fill a position he first held in 1Q18 when the court was the city police court and he was named to that position. He served as judge of the city police court until 1923 when elected Mississippi County judge. The city police court Inter was cxpand- 'icd into a Municipal Court, in "which the territory was increased and justices of peace courts included. Elected to that office three terms, he served through 1929 when he retired from public office Coming here in 1912 from -Arizona, where hc spent less than three years, hc was reared in Dyer County, Tenn. He has practiced law here sine,; that time and for a number of years has been a partner of Jesse Taylor in ttie law firm of Holland and Tay.'or. No Coddling 0! Prisoners Here Internationa! Rules Are Strictly Observed; Special Favors Denied There ! is iio. coddling of German prisoners at the Elytheville camp, recording to Capt. Kenneth C. Coffman; cammanding officer,'-and reports from tlie other five camps in Mississippi County are the same. Prisoners are well treated, according t.-j rules set down by the inieriiattonal agreement but no special favors given, it wa£ declared. Tlie • only holiday in the year, set aside for German prisoners of war is Christmas and that holiday was observed in all the camps established in this scclion. Prisoners were given the regular Army Christmas menu for dinner and supper. No work had been planned for !hnl day, because of the holiday, and prisoners working in fields r.rc enjoying a lengthy no-work period at Ihis time, because of the unfavorable weather. There are few attempted escapes at the camps in Mississippi County, where it is estimated at least 2500 prisoners are quartered, and those escaping soon arc apprehended. Tile Blythcvillc camp, planned for COO prisoners, is practically filled and it is believed L camps at L-tixora, Victoria. Osceola. Dassctt and Reiser also are practically filled. Weather Delays Operations On Barfield Road The unfavorable weather of this week has mndc il necessary to stop work on building of the new hard road to Darfieltl with only a small amount ol preliminarv work done prior (o Dec. 22, fimil" date fo r beginning operations. H is expected ihe construction company will begin rebuilding Ihc inpsenl graveled road immediately niter weather permits operations it was announced. The slightly more than seven mile stretch to be rebuilt will be graveled and hard surfaced to the Mississippi River, which is l! le beginning of Highway 18 o r Herman Davis Highway extending through BIyllievillc and east to Joncsboro. Famed Priest Fails To Save Young Slayers JACKSON, Miss., Dec. 28 (UP) —Governor Bailey has declined to commute Ihe deatlr sentences of the two Ifl-year-old sailors who will face the electric chair in Wnynesboro, Hfiss., lonwrrow morning, Tho tivo (ire Maurice Shimnlok of Madison, Wis., and Joseph Lec- mon, of Maylcnc, Ala., convicted of the murder of. ex-Sheriff Tom S. Boykin, of Wayne County. Governor Bailey's statement in full was: "In tlie case of Maurice Shim- niok and Joseph Leeinon, I have decided not to interfere with tlie judgement of the courts. I have read the record carefully and have read and considered the great number of appeals for clemency which have reached me. "The penally inflicted in (his case was imposed by a jury. Under our law, it is the duty of tlie jury lo fix the punishment and I can not see my way clear lo overturn the verdict of the jury and the judgment oi the courts." Yesterday the Governor - conferred at length with Father Flanagan of Boys' Town. Ncbr. The fruned Catholic priest came to Jackson to add his pica to .others for clemency. Leemon and Shininiok are in the Lauderdale county jail in Meridian, but execution of the death .sentences in Mississippi's portable electric chair place at Wnynesboro. Heads Kiwanis take For Lupe Velez Held In Mexico City MEXICO CITY, Dec. 28. (UP) — Iiiipe Velez was buried yesterday iu the Civil cemetery of Mexico City. Her funeral was the largest Mexico has seen since the burial or President Obrcgoa who was assassinated In 1927. Thousands or persons milled around the blink of the grave of the Hollywood actress who took her own life. Weather ARKANSAS— Rain this allcrnoon' tonight and Friday, except freezing rain in northeast and extreme nortti portions tonight and early Friday. Continued cold tonight. Not quite so cold Friday afternoon. N. YStocks AT&T ................ 163 1-4 Amcr Tobacco ............ 64 5-8 Atmconda Copper ........ 281-4 Belli Steel ................ 64 7-S Chrysler .................. 90 1-2 Coca Cola ............... 134 Ocn Electric .............. 30 Gen Motors .............. 631-4 Montgomery Ward ........ 50 1-2 N Y Central .............. 223-8 Int Harvester .............. 7!) 3-4 Standard of N J .......... 56 Texas Corp. 491-8 Seefc Thief Who Sto/e Whiskey and Cigarets NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Dec. 28. (UH)—North Little Rock police are still investigating the theft of several cases of hard-to-gcl whiskies and two cartons of popular brand elgarels from a North Little Rock liquor store Tuesday night. Coeds known to have been stolen from the Marshall. Stoul Liquor Store included five cases of leading brands of liquor, 34 fifths of assorted whiskies, 5!^ fifths of popular brand gins, and the cartons of cigarets. Grenada, Miss., Hotel Is Destroyed By Fire GRENADA, Miss., Dec. 28 (UP) — Tile three-story, 70-room Grenada Hotel was destroyed by fire early today, but there were no casualties. Grenada firemen were aided by Camp McCain Army fire crews in battling the flames at the stucco building. Loss is estimated at 535,000. Memphis Plans To Aid Traffic New Approach System To River Bridge Will Cost Three Million MEMPHIS, Dec. 28. (UP)— Memphis city officials today announce thrce-mitlion-doltar street improvement plan in connection with tlie new four-lane Mississippi River bridge. Officials system to say the Ihe new approach span provide speedier passage from all imiwrlant highways' through Memphis to the new bridge by eliminating routes through the business <lislricl. Some of the high points included in the IICK approach pattern arc: Extension of the bridge proper from the Memphis bluif to Pennsylvania slreet along a 400-foot wide plaza which will be beautified with shrubbery and landscaping. Construction of an 80-foot-wldc connecting link from Mississippi and Iowa streets northeastward lo Lamar. Installation of several railroad underpasses. Elimination of one overhead structure. In addition, other streets will be widened. Incidentally, bids on tlie new eight - and-ti-half million dollw bridge will ue received FY*. 28. O. P. Ralncy, installed as president of (he Blylhevitle Kiwanis Club last week, presided at his first meeting yesterday noon when club members attended their regular weekly luncheon meeting nt Hotel Noble. Plans for the year's work were <hsciisse c | and committees were announced by the new president. Tlie committee in charge of Ihe toy project al Christmas time, ex- pressecl its (hanks to the merchants ot the cily who cooperated in ibis movemenl. and committee members were instructed to send letters of thanks to these merchant.'!. Americans Hold The Initiati Army Seizes Montgomery Ward Stores In SeVen Cities While Avery Defies Roosevelt Order By IJnltiM] Press Tho Army took possession of' MonlKOmury Ward nron- (Tlies in seven cilie.s toiluv. Laney Program Being Opposed Merger Of Agencies For Economy's Sake Meets Disapproval CAMDEN, Ark., Dec. 28 (UP '' hat he Is encounterini! opposition to his program for reduction ol the cost of state government In a talk before members of the •Camden-Uoii* Club Wednesday>Laney said that pressure tias been applied to him hi opposition to Ills proposal to merge seven stale agencies, a merger which he says would s ice an estimated $250,000 from the state's expenses. "I expected that," the governor- elect said. "There are many selfish interests at work and there are many persons who favor economy as long as it is not nt their expense." Hinting that hc had been threatened ; wll)|. political reprisals If h c persisted in his And for tho second time thin your Sowell Avon- chairman 01 tho company's board of <liriH:lor«, has refused lo .violil (o I'rcMulunl Roosevelt's ,si>«nro onlor. Thu order WHS served on Avery Um inoniin K bv Major General Joseph Byron of llic Army Service Korces ' IlallecU not only the grout m»il onlor plniit i,i Chicmto h ui , U'lirrf stores m, Denver, SI. I'uul, Janu.ini, N.J., San UiiiacI, Calif, and Portland, Ore. I he Ward managements In all« . _.. seven cities had refused lo abide by'- War Labor directives tin wage In- .1 creases and maintenance of union membership. -' Avery after talking In his olllcf. with n delegation of Army oflicers, insisted lie will not accept the prcsi- denllal order. He refused to comment further. Last April Avery was carried from ills office by Iwo soldiers when he rejected notification of federal sclnut'c. Awaits Injunction General Byron Is awaiting an Injunction from Ihc Federal Court forbidding Montgomery Ward's officers lo interfere wilh operation of the properties by tlie government. The seizure of Ihc Chicago plant came about four hours after CIO employes went on strike. As soon as the government took over, the picket lines broke up and the union leaders announced Ihc strike was over. In half an hour. Uie troops had posted signs announcing the seizure and completed the occupation Picket lines «l the Ward .stores In ^^ Detroit cheered wildly when Arniy officers arrived lo lake over' the four Ward stores. "Hurray," they' shouted, "here comes Uncle Sam pf last." -. ' Samuel'Wplchpk, president of'iii!' CIO' Retail"'Workers Union, hns pledged full union support to the government operating agents. He called on Ward employes to give their whole-hearted co-operation to the oITlcials placed over them by the President. And he asked, in turn, that the Submarine Lost, Navy Announces Seawolf Long Overdue Prom Pacific Patrol; Carried Crew Of 62 ^WASHINGTON, Dec. 2B. <U1'')- The Navy has announced the loss of another American submarine In tlie war against Jnp,i,,. The 1-150 Ion Scawolf, with a crew of at least GS men, is overdue on Pacific-patrol, and is presumed lost, She was commanded by Licul Oomdr. Albert Honllcr of White Plains. N. Y. • The Seaivolf Is the ;Mlh Anicrl- TODAY'S WAK ANALVS1N Von Rundstcdf Again Thrown On Defensive »y united WI:I;KS staff IVrilcr can undersell crnfl lost In the But they have mode Ihe J«j« pay rtcarly. United States submarines have sunk 93! Japanese ships. Tlie 'ndlvldiml war record of Ihe Sca- I'olf is not disclosed, bill It's ob- lously a good one, for her former &rap,is- of ule AnieFicmi: U-20 raid nn lokyo yesterday show thai 12 direct hits were scored on iho rv,,ka- Juna Aircraft Works In the wcsl- in suburbs. However, Die Army does , government give the workers n "delayed Christmas present" in tlie form of nearly two million dollars' in back pay. To i:uforce Directives Iii his executive order, President Laney said" "T'lm^ 1 ^, "'T™! 1 ' Roosevelt promised Ward employe; n' ' "° ". X!! 5 ^," '" »'»l_«« """I'vcs of tiie War * where bor Board would IK pnl into effect immediately. And many of these remaining in ofllce, I know I can come two years from now If ^7^7 sszzrjz s^r 0 ^' 1 "'He' K^K? K" ' I T <"'" """« 1 "' ' '»-»<" "*«?*. ***•« ntie't-n^U • .^SKK "°"™ lcr "' s retroactive of administration they arc entitled (will to and to build our slate soundlv and progressively." your employment remain unchanged." He iisked Jap Warships Shell Mindoro; Three Go Down Jly United I-i-fss In the Philippines, the Japs have josl another chunk of ihcir Heel "y trying to bombard American positions on Mindoro Island Our planes .sank Hiree j a p destroyers n ml damaged a battleship and a cruiser from an enemy -task force that tried lo sneak in for the bombardment. Only three destroyers in the task force escaped damage. They :igansl tlie got in a few licks island, bill Brigadier General Dtmckcl, the American commander on Mindoro, says the enemy shells. were neither accurate nor effective. Tokyo claims Jap planes sir.-) hit Mindoro. bombing American airfields near San Jose, but this is not confirmed On the Asia mainland, three columns of British Imperial troops are converging on the big west- ! c °n )l>r: >l has been arrested In con- crn Burma port of Akyab. Two. " cctio11 with the death of Hal columns have reached the lip of l>(ircl »nan, widely-known planter of for their help as patriotic Americans to enable Ihc Army lo carry out Us mission, Mr. Roosevelt In giving his reasons for seizing ihe Ward stores said. "This company, under Mr. Avery's leadership, lias waged a bitter fight against (he bona-lide unions of its employes throughout the war in reckless disregard of the government's cfTorls lo maintain harmony." lie added. "Montgomery Ward's record of labor relations has been a record of continuous trouble." Tlie President pointed oul that hc was forced to order government seizure of Ward properties twice before—once in Chicago and once In Springfield, III. Mr. Roosevelt said, "We cannot allow his firm to set ,-islric the wartime imlicies of the United States government jusl because Mr. Sewcll Avery docs not approve of the jov- ernmcnt's procedure in handling labor disputes." --- .,..,„., ,.„,, ,i,j,,j tt not yet claim lhal ihe plant lm s been knocked out, although Ihi- damage scored In three raids un- doublctlly lms thrown production way off schedule. Incidentally, the Japs claim they feet Tokyo used a hew anti-aircraft gun capable of throwing shells BO.OOO into Uie air, .against, the raiders. Hut Ihis claim sounds hardly more, credible limn n,e companion claim lhal 80 per cent of Ihi- Supcrbombers were knocked tlowji General Arnold, commander of Uie Supcrforlrcss air force, hns officially listed one H-20 as missing i,, the raid. Incidentally. Ihc Japs claim a small force of Supcrbombcrs dropped liicemlinry bombs on a prefec- turc just north of Tokyo totlay The enemy radio claims the D-2fls (rtal lo reach Tokyo bill were driven oft. Corn Shipments To State Fewer Despite Quarantine, State Not Suffering From Feed Shortage Less corn Is reaching Ihe Germans have lost their biggest, most dnrlim, mid most nearly successful gamble of the war In llic west. The Niv/.ls have climbed out on 60-mile limb which Is uhcadv IjL'li sawed oir In the middle. I-'roni now on, General Von Itund- stedt's major slrnlegy In the big bulge his armies have driven Into Belgium probably will bo basically defensive. Thai. In fuel. Is the great change tho most Important transition, that has liikon place on liio western front In the past two days, In Uie first 10 [lays of Uio Gorman drive. Hit! American First Army was back on Us heels. Our tioups were.forced lo lluhl bailies W | 1C| . U and when the enemy chose. Om counter-moves were miulo according to what tin: enemy did. Tide lias Turned Now, (he whole picture Is rcvmcd The Germans must, light on the American (hut: schedule. To save themselves from deslniolton. they iimsl make Ihclr.counter moves ac- cordlniMo what we do. The overall Inlllallve is ours. The Gin-mans still hnyc' powerful forces In Ihe urea they've'Infested And Von limidstedt• undoubtedly hns still more reserves he can pom- In. Very - likely, ho iittcmpt to mount now attacks, possibly nuahist the not-then) salient of his bulge, In an cflorl lo expand'It. Almost certainly iio will take sluing counlor- acllon against, the deep penetration the Third Army lias gouged In the waist of his southern Hank by reaching the trapped Americans til Has- Dut llic.Important thing Is tbal every move Von llttiuistedl nmkc.s will be basically defensive, designed essentially In save ills fore™ from utter destruction. U appears (|idte'uli-jir Unit the Initial American counter-strategy, now that the main Gcrnnin drive has broken dawn, will be lo slice olf bolh ends of the noiih-lo-soiilh supply line running between Liege and Arlon, through liastogne. Von Uumlslcdl must prevent this til all costs, at least until ho can pull h|s major forces back from the end of the limb. The Germans Imve.. selves maslers In saving saiiiiiion's, notwithstanding n, c | r dtsiislcrs at Stalingrad two years ago, ant] al Ihe FII In IMS Gap in Normnndy last snni- nici 1 . Nails Face Disaster As ycl, there Is not the slightest any sign that the Germans face such catastrophe In Uelghun. They will pay heavily because their forces arc In-tlie open while on the move. Tremendous Allied ah- .superiority can continue lo Indict great destruction on tho enemy columns in suite of the fact (hat, i large part of the area Is relatively protected by woodlands. Hul unless Ihe Germans make some bud miscalculations. Ihcy stand a good chance of saving a good portion of the powerful forces they mil Into the olfenslvc. The question then boils down to how much advantage Von llund- stcdl has gullied in proportion lo the Negro Soldier Held In Death Of Planter CLAHKSDALK. Miss., Dec. 28. (UP)— A 25-year-old Negro Army .he Mayu Peninsula al Foul Point, only 1 four miles across water from Akyab. And n British radio correspondent says the Japs apparently have abandoned the entire peninsula. Another unit ,of Indian troops lias reached a village 22 miles southeast of Buthdaung. and 32 miles jiortbenst of Akyab. Meanwhile, it Is revealed that in the past year Allied forces have recaptured 30.0CO snuare miles of Burma, representing about one eighth of Ihe country. Livestock ST. LOUIS NATIONAL STOCKYARDS. Dec, 28. (UP)— Livestock: ; rot;s 8,700, salable 7,00fl- top 1470180-300 Ibs. 14.10; 140-160 Ibs. 13.50 HAD; sows 13.95. Cattle 2,800, salable 2,500; calves 1,000 all snlnblc; cows 8.00-U.OO; canners and cullers 600-775 slaughter steers 9.50-1G.75; slaughter heifers 8.50-1G.OO; stocker and feeder steers 8.50-13.50, , this scclion. Officers say thur Ihc Negro, U'c Ar- Cascy, formerly of Clarksrialc, was arrested at Helena, Ark., yesterday afternoon. Although lie was returned to Mississippi, police are keeping his whereabouts a secret Casey allegedly beat the 85- year-old planter to death Tuesday night on a highway near here. New York Cotton open high low close Mar. . 21!)3 2I!)9 2193 219!) 2IO-! May . 2189 21M 2180 2193 3188 July . 2152 21(i2 2152 2161 2151 Oct. . 2063 5M8 2063 206.7 2061 Dec. . 2059 20S9 2059 2055 2048 N. 0. Cotton open high low close Mar. . 2197 2201 2197 2200 May . 2192 21% 2192 2104 July . 2154 21G-") 2154 2164 Oct. . 20G4 2070 2064 2069 Dec. . - - -- 2057 2198 2192 2154 2164 2052 ..... „ ........ B llm these two states must be shelled as tlie corn borer Infestation It carried only in llic cob. mosl shippers are sending their com lo Tennessee and !x>u!siana, where no ban is yel placed corn. Tlie (inaranlinc was announced on unsheUcc In Arkansas and Mississippi after wide-spread Infestation of the corn borer had occurred fn Missouri Kentucky, Illinois and Iowa. Because of the infestation in adjacent Southeast Missouri, a si vcy was made In this Immediate .section but none found. Tlie Arkansas permit station at the Missouri line, four miles norlh of Dlytheville, is receiving much unshellcd corn for transit through this state lo Mississippi and Louisiana but only a small amount of -shelled com is being checked, it was said. Shippers, notified of the quarantine, were nsked I.-; shell the com nl place of shipment so lhat Arkansas and Mississippi would not .suffer from lack of corn, purchased In large quantities from Ihe corn bell, How long the quarantine will be In effect Is unknown but it Is expcclcd lo continue imlll the infestation Is wiped out in the af- Icctcd states. Chicago Rye open hlsh Mas- July low close But ttic mosl Important consideration from the German point of slcdt lias gained. Hc has already gained the Iwo weeks while he has been on the offensive. The Rocr river line, Ihfc Sanr river line, and the American Seventh Army front came virtually to a standstill while Ihe Germans drove Into Belgium. How much more time hns lie gained? Has he, as .some of Ihc ;norc pcsslmlsllc observers believe, added three lo six months onto the war? Has he pushed llic calendar for V-Day in Europe from spring of next year Inlo summer, or perhaps everything depends on the rccuper- ve Yanks Capture Town 15 Miles North Of Bastogne, Squeezing Down On Waist Of Enemy Bulge ' Doe. 28 (U.i'.)—Aiiipi'ican doughboys in Bi>!- .nxcniboiii'tj this nftonioon were punchhij,' inlo' swlioiil I'i'oin llu-co (lircclioiiK, from the noi-llr west niul the Houlh, ami front dispatches Say'the' •"•»'»"« ""»' liold Ihu Inilinlive everywhere, at least Icrii- , - IK'ninly, wi I, iu> recent Gcrmmi gains reported at any. point HOWU.VUI-, Allied HemlqimrterK ruMcil ii word of caution wnnimg Unit more hoiivy German attacks can be expected' Miu best newij IcHlay camo from tho northern flank of (he siiliciU. Hie Hi-ilish radio says the Americans in that .sector have cnplnml a town 16 miles (lite north of Bastogne Late Bulletins A'l'IIKN'S, l)c«. ^8. (UP)—1'rc- mler (icnrRv 1'ajMiulrcau Is un- ileris-lniiif irllhuul (ifflcbl conflr- niutloii In linris still his r«ii(iiitt- llon In Kill). Grnrge nt Glccce mid MiKiit-sli-il (lie ii|ii>«lnlment «f a (lirec-miHiilicr fcsency. NI:W YOIIK, Dec. n. (lir)— The llvrlln riulin s;iys iho <jcr- I1UIU.S have lus! Kohtcrnaefi, sinilh «i'ii aiii-hur iiiisl of (be of flit! salient, nhh'b suprt'nie lieml- ijiiiirleili rt-vii.'ik'd imly today had lii-iin In enemy hnttcls. Churchill, Eden Returning Home Regency For Greece Believed Next Stop To End Civil War LONDON, Doc. 28. (UI')—Prime BilStoglU. Thril means that Doughboys push- Ing' from the north and from the south have squeezed the waist of Marshal Von Rundsledl'.s oJTonsiv'c to a width of 15 miles and threatens lo lop oft the western Imlf of Ihc Na?.l salient. •' . As for the. southern Hank of the' salient, Supremo Headquarters re-- veals the-Anierleaiis have gained an average' pt 10 miles' since they be- BIIII punching northward live c|ays ii«o. • A Into Tninsoceaii broadcast' admits the Nazis tire employing u M-callcd 'Iclii'sUc defense" nil along the 3!>-mt!e line froin Echtornach lo Dastogne.-In fact the Nazis have'-' just admitted tlie' loss of Echlcr-. niich, HID Bonlliern anchor OL the Oeriiuin lino.- • • ,;• • .. - • . . Defending- Units Identified ' Incidentally, [lie Berlin radio has Identified' the ..American units rescued lit nnstojrno, as the 101st Airborne Division, the 10th Armored Division and remnants of the 28th' infantry Division.-Keep those linlU in .i»Ind, they'll, certainly hnve ,, liluh- place on America's nll-lltn'e. honor roll. . • • . : ' ';••• On.the western'edge- of the German salient,.before Ihe'MeuSe rlvei', Allied li'eadfiui'ulers says the 'Nanis --., —. .... ,„. ,— 411lm . llliv< ! teDii ptished buck three miles, Mlnlsler Churchill, afler twice miss-'' '" B tllc ' l - 1(lom y kovcn niltcs from I"!! ptissible dcaln or Injury Is 1 re- llie rlve1 '-' " ltli; '' s first "riiajor ,ob- ixii'lecl to have left Alhe'ri^ fot Jccrm !',' • '- ' - -' London. - - -' - I .In'.l|ic-MilM< jimi, slrpim Ameri- The IJrlllsh radio says the Prime ft "'M/i-hnvc jrnrrouiulnl a Inrge Minister and Foreign SL-crctary An Pullzcr f °V cc and,now are closing thony Kdcn hove .vtarU'd home niid '" (m - "'" k ]"-•SfiVct'itlrhumltccl p'fls- itiat Iliey will ask Klin; George of 0 " e "* lll i t ' ft . ) nr B<!'.number ofienemy Greece lo accept a lesencv for lih • tiinlc6 already, have been' captured. -'• • , • On all sides of Ihe salient, the . Germans arc reported still; fighting , bitterly, bill for the moment, al least thoy are fighting to hold their gains rather Ihnti to extend them. ; -I'rciilcts V»?l -Disasler . . fn Wtisiiliigtpn, Secretary of War SUmson-predicted that-this enemy throw of Ihe dice; Hitler's gamble to crush ^he Allies, will end in disaster for.-Germany. Stlmsoii said he :ls confident we arc winning. And he pointed out thai Ihe Germans arc unable lo cx- ptind Ihc base of their salient which would ;bo necessary for any further gains westward. . > • T|ie secretary of war also emphasized lhat aside from the MghUnf spirit of .our troops, no other factor Iu Ihc present- situation means so . much as fjiic weather. • In this connection, murky wenth-r cr grounded most of tlie tactical air forces today'after five days of excellent fiyirtg weather. Bui almost 2000 American Plying Fortresses, Liberators tind fighters flew from Britain to .strike at 10 Important rail yards,<brldges and other links In Ihe German transport net which feeds the breakthrough front. The. heavytveigbts dropped more than 2500 tons of explosives In one hour. And for the first time in days, 'early reports made no mention 'of opposition from German planes. U. S. Prisoners Slain American' Army officials on the western front announce that Nazi SS guardsmen murdered a United country immediately. The British lenders are snlil feel that King George, by appointing a regenl, would be' Inking a big step toward ending civil war hi Greece, the civil war which gave Churchill livd or Ms narrowest es- ea|iL'.s-niu:e from dynamite' and once from machine sun IjulleLs. Archbishop Uamnskhms of Athens Is regarded as the most likely choice for regent. If appointed, it's believed Damasklnos 1 would accept Ihu resignation of Premier Pupandrcou and gut some other political figure to form a new, more liberal gov- erniiicnl. Wlille such a .settlement appears to be In the making, fighting still IN KoliiR strong In the capital am! northwest Greece. A new diplomatic problem has cropped up between the Untied Slates, Great liriliiln and Russia. America ami Ilirtaln are asking the Soviet Union for a detailed explanation of what hns happened to equipment stripped Irom captured Romanian oil fields. So far. Ihe ftiisslans have given > complete explanation of the nnuiiint and typo of equipment removed to Iluxsln from Ihe Roman- Ian till regions. The United Stales and Great Britain are grcally concerned over Ihc amount and type of machinery removed, became British and American companies own aboul 85 per cent of Ilomanta's " facilities. On the Hungarian oil producing o/i the Hungarian battlefronl, States lieutenant and four Dough- ficld reports say Ihe nghl for Buda- boys captured In the German of- pcsl Is reaching the flna Russian forces shoolln: their way of the western part of the capItaV. Slayer Is Given Stay of Sentence By Gov. Adkins UTTLE ROCK, Dec. 28. (UP) — Governor Homer Adkins has grant- d a 90-day slay of sentence to Hal Scailc, former Marvell sailor who is sentenced f.ccond degree lo 10 murder charge in alive powers of the Allied cxpedl- I'hillip.s Circuit Corrt. last Spring, tlonary forces on Ihe one hand, and Adkins says the stay will cohtlmie on the other hand, whether the Germans have enough stamina left to wilhsland simultaneous blows from the west and the east. The answer probably will unfold in the next few, weeks. Belated Christmas Snow Starts Falling Here Today The weatherman promised snow for Christmas but delivered It just, four days late. After a light rain which turned into slccl this morning, snow was rapidly covering Ihe ground early in the afternoon. Hcports from Senatli and '.other points of Southeast Missouri .lay . . until the April Icrm of the Phillips Circuit Court when a second charge against Scaifc will be tried. Scaifc, formerly stationed with the Nav.v at Memphis, was accused of killing his wife and mother in- law follow lug a family quarrel at their home In Marvell. Hc was convicted of second degree murder in connection with the slaying of his wife, and a charge of first degree murder for the skying of his mother-in-law is still pending. A petition seeking clemency for Scaifc was signed by 10 of the jurors who convicted the ex-sailor. witli, feusive. The announcement said the Germans riddled the Americans with bullets and then trampled their faces with hobnailed boots. , The story was revealed by a single survivor of the incident who played dead although badly wounded. Later, Ihe survivor crawled a tortuous mile and a half back to enemy lines. American authorities say the report has been verified and tallies with the announced policy of tlie SS Elite Guard In this campaign. The German high command has confirmed the death by suicide of Nazi Field Marshal Von Kluge after the battle of Normandy. Tlie British radio, yioilng a German order of the day, says Von Klugc turned over his command of the western front after losing that battle and committed suicide on Aug. 1. on a ,,.^-_ ,,, .. ^. _ ,...,.. |suilll.>l ill UMUL||(,-i|<aV IMIX1VJHI I Vllfc- 112 113*1 11H1.113'i 112", closed that snow had been falling I May 10914 UO',4 I09!J 110%109y, heavily there since early morning. July Chicago Wheat open high low close IM'J 1G3-S 164 155!i 155V1 15'lii 104 155-)i Reports Picas For Pardon Of Negro LITTLE ROCK. Dec. 28. (UP)-Governor Homer Adkins says he has received ulore than 100 letters from individuals and organizallons urging him to pardon Tee Davis, Crit- tcnden County Nsgro sentenced in 1943 on a charge of assault to kill. Davis was charged with firhii! upon a deputy sheriff, Harold Weaver, who-was. Investigating a series, of thefts .In/ the county. Tlie sen- .. tence was sffifmed by liic Sta(e..'. Supreme Court. J ' Adkins says' he Is making an in--- '- vestigatioii' of the case.

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