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VOL. XU—NO. 241 BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS 1M11 UOMINANV NliVVSPAl'liH OF NOKTHEAKT ARK-AWOIC i. m „.-, _ *••-• T l*^ Blythevllle Dally Blythevllle Courier Blythevllle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader OF MOHTHEA^JtKANSAS AND SOUTJIKAST MISSOURI "I-YT1IKVILLK. jVKKANSAS, FRIDAY, DKCKMHUK 20, SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS YANKS TIGHTEN WAIST OF G£RMAN BULG TODAY'S WAK ANALYSIS Japs Hoarding Resources For Luzon Battle By DAVID WKEKS United Press Staff Writer The Japanese apparently have decided to fight the tattle of Luzon Island on Luzon Island. It's a sudden change In Jap tactics, in the early stages of tlic American Invasion in tlic Philippines, the Japanese strategy initially took shape as an Herculean effort lo drive us out. Then when that failed and the enemy lost a big chunk of bis fleet, the next effort was lo try to contain General MacArthur to Ills initial foothold on Leyte Island. Tlie Japs poured an estimated 114,000 troops onto Leyte in a desperate effort to confine the Philippines invasion to one island. They lost thcHi to (lie last man. Actually, (his was the first battle of Luzon. When General MacArthiir invaded Mindoro, the threat lo Luzon became acute. Mindoro is an island nearly twice as big as Leyie. and hard up against tne southern door of Luzon, with excellent ntrdronip facilities within fighter-plane range of Manila. yet, the jap resistance to the invasion of Mindoro was negligible and none has developed since. Strong Fauces on Luzon General Yaimishita, (he jap commander in (he Philippines, is known to have concentrated large forces in southern Luzon. He had hundreds of barges there capable of carrying them across the eight and a half mile water gap to northern Mindoro. Yet, he has not made a single move to put reinforcements ashore. It is against all the expectations of tlie Allied commanders. American General Kreuger, the man who planned the Mindoro invasion for MacArthur, said bluntly that there woul ( j be a lot of hard fighting before Mindoro would be conquered It hasn't developed yet. Tlie reason for the sudden shift - is beco / etear.«yhe Japs .finally-hsvepSitt-' i W lighting, on - other 'Wands vroulrt be to lose the delenders of Luzon piecemeal. Thus, the enemy is hoarding bis manpower and resources on Luzon for the showdown baltle of the Philippines Luzon will be the final battle of the Philippines. Hut it will also be the biggest'and the toughest The Japs realize the value of Luzon . toth defensively for themselves and offensively for 'us. ! Tlic.loss of Luzon means the los of the Philippines. Japan's lot leaders rmvc emphasized to thci own people that th c fate of Japai rests on holding the Philippines They will not give it up without struggle. Balaan \n Tlr.vcrsc There will lie another Bataan another Corregidor, on Luzon, whet t ic American Forces invade. Only it will be In reverse. Thc Japs wil "old these places, as American forces did nearly three years aeo don-n to the last ditch. And for the siUnc reason. Control of Bataai and Corregktor means control of Manila Bay. And the Japs will trj to hold us out of the bay as long as they can. J B" 1 ., 'he real Japanese Bataan probably will take place on the northern fringe of Luzon island. Hie mam .forces of thc Japanese army will have to lie driven into me sea from northern Luzon, much as they were at Buna and gone, long ago, in sourthern New Guinea Thc conquest ot Luzon is a major objective for General MacAr- tiuir. u represents thc realization of his determination to return lo the ground where the Japs won the first round from him in tile early days of the war. But in the larger picture of the war against Japan, it is onlv Avery Will Not Be Ejected From Chicago Office Ward Executive Will Direct Operations Of Unaffected Property By United Press Business went, on as usual lod; m the government-seized plant c Montgomery Ward al Chicago. To all outward appearance Montgomery Ward officials are 01 t-ratmg the huge white plant rathe than Army officers who took ov yesterday under orders of Pres dent Roosevelt. And Ward vi< president Pearson says busine probably will be carried on ; usual until the courts rule othci wise. Ward Chairman Ecwell Aver had not appeared in his office I und-mornlng, but his £M retar snid he was expected. However, there apparently \vi be no repetition of the incident I the last government seizure whe Avery was carried out of his offic by two soldiers. An Army spokes mail ex-plained today that Ave. will be free lo come and go fo Purposes .y[ operating Ihe 600 War establishments not affected by tl present seizure order. Avery "Harmless" And Attorney General Biddle i attempt wi bccaus Is "pei way station on the ron<j that leads ultimately to Tokyo. It is the next Projection of the Ions military left arm that is reaching toward the enemy homeland, with Formosa just ahead. The right arm is reaching around ic other side of Japan, through the Marianas, with the Bonins just ahead. The left arm carries the liind power. The right arm carries tlic air power of our Super- fortresses. One complements the other Japan is being strangled. Snow and Ice Cover Highways Of Arkansas LITTLE ROCK, Dec. 29. (UP)— North Arkansas was blanketed with snow and ice this morning, and the Arkansas Highway Department lias urged motorists to delay trips through iliai' section until "the ice covered roads become cleared. Paragould, in northeast Arkansas, and Harrison, in northwest Arkansas, reported snows measuring one and a half.to two inches. And Bates- vine has a two Inch blanket of snow. Traffic Is continuing in those sections, but the Highway Department says the roads probably will remain covered with Ice today. South Arkansas had heavy rainfall, but (lie Highway Department sold It did not freeze on the roads. The weatherman has forecast slightly warmer weather for loday, accompanied by more rain. Washington says no be made to remove Avery as Biddle puts it, Avery fectly harmless.'' Meantime, tlic government fore, headed by Major General Byror las established itself only a fc\ feet from Avery's office, officials said they do not yet Im possession of the Monlgomerj Ward books, but said details how employes will be paid by th government now arc being workc At the same time, the govern ment threatened to tiike ovc in Kansas City, M O N..'J., in addition t 'or IgnbffnFwar • Labor Board" d 1 rectives. • In -Washington taday. Senate Langer of North Dakota deplore ihc effect he feared thc Mont ijomery Ward controversy woulc ;ave on the Armed forces Th Republican senator said "Th uckering of labor and capital mus be very disgusting to the toy ighting on the battlefronts I must be damaging to the moral of those who are' giving thojr all' Spokesmen for the 'War Labo Board, at Washington J said Modaj the WLB will pursue diffcren courses of action in handling dc fiance lo its authority by Ward Chairman Avery and by Presidcn Pctrillo of the American Fciiera tion of Musicians. The WLB explains that Wards was engaged In war work while the Petrulo case had largely lost 1L connection with the war effort Tiie Board added that needs of the war effort form the ,solc standard tor WLB Judgment' of defiance cases. Young Slayers Die For Crime Mississippi Exacts Death Penalty For Murder In 1943 WAYNESBORO. Miss., Dec. 29 IUP) — Two teen-aged Navy men have paid the supreme penalty in Mississippi's electric chair for the slaying O f former Sheriff Tliomns S. Boy kin. Joseph Lecmon, of Maylcne, Ala, and Maurice Shimniok, ol Madison Wis., were executed shortly after midmghl despite intercession in :ncir case by Boy's Town's famed Father Flanagan. The pair was convicted in Wayne County court of the Nov. 13, 1943 nurdcr of Doykin whom Ihey blackjacked, knifed and robbed afler he Jickcd them up in his car near Meridian. They, at the time of the murder, were AWOL from their Bariu, Ala, naval base. Lecmon. a son of Mr. and Mrs. O. w. Lecmon, of Maylenc, was tlie irst lo die. in a last statement, to i minister present he declared he vns not afraid of death, Parents of lolh youths were at nearby Meridian where they had been held ittor to tlie execution. Shimniok told reporuirs hoy lie nd Lecmon had planned their rob- eiy, but not a munJir, enroutc >ack to the naval base. Both youths displayed packets of an mail much of which they said inrl come from girl slitdeiits at icarby nine Mountain College. N. 0. Cotton' lar. lay uly 3d. )cc. open high . 2202 2210 2195 2205 2166 2179 2073 2076 2065 200U low close pr.cl. 2201 5.206 2200 21D5 2.MO 2194 2166 2173 2164 2071 2072 2069 2065 2001 2051 Their Goal: Homes in U. S. A. to see their future homes in U. S. A Williams Bill Would Put State In Wholesale Liquor Business That .the stsle of Arkansas soon will be in tbe liquor business ap- lears tlie concensus over the state with State Senator B. Prank Wlliams of Osceola to introduce one several .bills slated to be voted uponc which . would- provide more revenue for the stale. The hill, drawn by ihc Mississip- )i Comity senator, would place tlic state in the wholesale litu.vir tnisi- icss only and would eliminate only vholesale dealers with no change .o be made in handling of retail .ales. Under terms of this measure here would be a warehouse iii inch Congressional district with re- ail firms lo purchase from these nstcsid of from the private wliole- ialers,. as is now done. It is believed from $3,000,000 lo i3,500,000 additional revenue would be placed In thc state's treasury nnually. Proponents of the vari- us liquor bills say lliis would be solution lo thc additional money iceded for agencies now deriving uiids from tlie two per cent, sales ax but which need more money nd would prevent agitation for n increased sales lax. Uecause liquor was legall/cd in Arkansas to nbtain revenue for the tntc, most legislators believe the tntc should take steps lo get all lie revenue possible from ourcc, it was declared. institutions as schools. in charge of wholesale dlsliibu liun. "Sale of lituior was legalized ii Arkansas to provide revenue s> (he slate should have all the rev cnue possible as long as It is prac tlcal to obtiiin as. would be. fi Hie wholesale distribution," lie sn ld Stelling Lauds Soldier Of U. S. BAAF Commander Sees Future Benefits Of Wartime Training "The American Soldier of Today" was described by Lieut. Cy) Howard C. Stelling. commanding officer of Blythcville Army Air Field who spoke at the regular weekly mcctiiiK ol Rotary Club luncheon held ycstcntav at Hotel members Noble. Colonel Sidling paid highest tribute lo thc American soldier and, called it a modern miracle that the United States liad been able to lake a group of youngsters mould them into a nshtini; Such ludiiiff teachers' salaries, tubcrcu- osis .sntiilnrliims. schools for the chine capable ol meeting and dc- fcnling Japs and Germans who have been Iraiucd since childhood in all tiie arts ol warfare. -. , t a »l. he wnrticri Ills listeners, these caf. sch<y>ls for the blind and wcl- !' s!lmo b °J' s have learned to do thing: arc agencies would be benefited "'"' " lc - v " re Katng lo continue lo revenue, it was c '° tni "B s - '''hey will never be con, tcnl to come back and fit into the same little groove they occupied before going Into service. "HV; up to us to find proper places for Ibcm y tlie additional ointed out. That retailers of liquor and Jolm !. Public would benefit from the tale entering the wholesale liquor uslncss was pointed out. Under terms of the pronosed ncasure. nil retailers would rc- cive thc same proportion of li- uor and would be charged Die nme price which would make the ublic have linuor when it was vailable almost, at ceiling price. There are only six wholesale li- ,ior dealers in Arkansas, to be ffectcd should tlie state go inlo he wholesale business, with "large refits" made by Ihcrn to be con- erted into use by slate agencies such a bill is passed. Senator Williams plans to in- roduce his bill immediately afler igislalure convenes Jan. 8. His bill is snld lo be very sim- nr lo a measure drawn up by ep. Paul Van Dalsem of Perry lunty. U Is understood some of Ihe :veral other measures to be In- oduccd would put (lie slate in oth Ihc wholesale and relall II- uor business with all bills pro- oslng that Ihe slate distribute Ihc hiskcy wholesale. Of Ihc 46 wet sialcs in Ihc tilled Slates, 21 states are In ie wholesale linuor business and 'inc of these also T distribution. Because Ihc public opposes incase In laws, it Is believed lei?- lalors will recognize this slcp as means of obtaining revenue ithout "hurting" ally, cxcw! -the was said. Tn an Interview todav Senator illlatm pointed out that while \w. ould like to see his bill nassed e most Important thing, in his 'Inloii. was to get any cood bill isicd which would put the state retail whisky any .1110 finan- six wholesalers. because if we don't, they will make their own places and root us oldsters out." Colonel Sidling staled. "The Army Is :: :nlxcd-up aflair where you find millionaires with Ibo ranks of privates, corporals who should be captains and captains who should be corporals. Bui alter the war Ihcsc same millionaires arc Boing to bt; looking after their buddies—buddies who might have been drug clerks, soda clerks, garage attendants before thc war. but who :iUcr the war will see themselves projected Into some business enterprise by another buddic who had the capital to sec them through." Colonel Htcliing told of toys who, n year or two ago were so reckless their parents were afraid to give them an atr illic for fear they might hurl someone, and who loday are Hying lour motored bombers over Tokyo, iinti ivho tomorrow may be flying multi-motored planes carry'»!; a thousand passengers to England in eight hours lime. And lie concluded ills talk by saying that men like himself, of fairly high Army rank, "had better shake hands willi ihosc kids while they're on the way up. because Ibey're sure going lo pass us on our way down." Guests in audition to Colonel Stelllng were Capt. William Hurtt- g.in of Courlhimi. Ala., Ihe ttcv. William P. Cooley of Harrison. Ark., P. E. Cooley, Midshipman Lloyd Dlo- ineycr of Annapolis, Md., and Itoss Dillon Hughes Jr. Japanese Revea New Air Assault On Home Island: Enemy Also Reports Big American Convoy In Mindanao Sea ll.v Illillcil I'ri'ss American plunes Imvn batten Japan's empire and tlie homelan Uudlo Tokyo says our plane struck nl -south-cenlnil Honshu th main Jap holm: Island, tonlrh (Japanese (line), oilier America nlr attacks have |ill the Vniu-l/, river porl ol Ankhig. Hanoi, th capita! of French Imlo-chlmi, an south Chinese porl ol Ciinlon, •Enrlj' (his morning enemy broad casts said American planes wcr dosing In on the Tokyo-Yokohnnii urea, But after an nlr raid slrei sounded, the raiders wheeled north ward toward thc Kwaulo district nnd Ihe large Industrial cities o Kobe and Osaka. Single Siiperforls engaged In re conniiissance had dropped Incen diary bombs on the areii three lime: during Ihe day preceding the assault The raid on Anklng, the capita of the Chinese province of Anhwel was made by seven Amcrlcnii plmie.i lucre the Japs claim warships irobably small gunboats on tin YangUc, shot down two of llu "alders. Slightly earlier radio Tokyo hiu reported the Hanoi attack Tei Lightning and Warhawk lighter bombed and slralcd (he city. The Clinton raid was made by II \mcrlcan bombers from China bas es. The enemy claims to have sho town seven ol Ihc attackers, am :o have damaged three more Reports of all the air attack, come from tlic enemy with no American confirmation. 'Although General iMacArlhm mys the lighting in tlie Philippines s in n lull, the Japs report n large American invasion convoy Is steam ,ng westward through Hie Mlmlanai 3ea. .Radio Tokyo's, dtspalch salt he Japs think Uil.t coiivov mny tie Hie spearhead of the anliclpalc< nvaslon of tliclr main Phlllpjilm island of Luzon. The Japs claim lo have sunk ,si> of the 30 transports In the convoy Hid to have damaged two others Ii Ulacks ycslerday. They say Ihc con- 'oy is guarded by at least '.'.o cruisers aiicl destroyers. So far the Japanese report hasn't iccn confirmed. But enemy broadcasts have reported earlier Inva- lons several days ahead of our of- Icial sources, so this may \,u tlic eal thing. In Burma, tlie British I4lh Anuj w Is within 07 miles of Mandalaj i the northwest. V*. H. Walden s Missing On Western Front IM. Howard T. Walden, 33, lor- icr decorator for Oraber Dcpart- icnt stores lierc nnd at Kcnnctt fo., Is missing in action, the War )eparlmcnl lias informed his wife. Irs. Ruby earner Walden, Missing since Dec. 1, Private Walen was serving in France willi thc 5th Division of Ihe Infantry. Scv- nth Army. Beginning his foreign service only n-o months ago. he missed his first clion by a day and hnd been rcsl- iS wllh thc division, following bat- c. In Ills last letter received, dal- d Nov. 23 he wrote they would re- urn to the front soon for action. In Ihc Army cighl months, he as stationed at Camp Robinson, Ittle Rock, before going overseas. Son of Mrs. Harry Walden of Kcn- ctt. Private Walden was boni at onila, .La., and reared at Good me, La., before moving to Keimelt nd later lo Blylhcvillc. He is an ily child. His wife is making her home willi er sislcr. Mrs. Russell Galnes and mily, at 1317 West Holly. 'lough Subsidiary Buys Memphis Radio Station MEMPHIS. Dec. 2D. (UPl—Tlie cdcral Communications Commis- 011 has approved thc srdc of Mcm- lis radio station WMPS. The Memphis Broadcasting Coin- any has sold the station for $350,- iO. It was announced. New owner r the station Is WMPS, Inc., a holly-owned subsidiary of Plough, ic., Memphis cosmetics firm. Harold R. Krclslcin, vice prcsi- ent and general, manager of that ation. will remain in the Same ipaclly, it is announced. Woman Is Killed Negroes Injured, In Car Collision M AH ION. Ark.. Doc. 21). <UI')A trtiHe u-nmnn was kllli-d and (v\ Negro men nlliciilly Injured In II folllsiiin of two cars near here VPH lei-day. ' " V-'atnlly injured in (lie crnsli wr Mrs. Minlii IVrki'r. wife of Or A C Parker, of Ctiirkrdnli>, Ark. Marlon County HlicrllV Oc (looclwln says the car In whii'li tl Iwo men WOK: riding puta! aroun » truck and plunged headim hit Mrs. Parker's machine. Survivors of Mm dead wuumn in elude Inn 1 hushaiKl, lici- pamils an three faster children. Negro Held For Attack, Robbery Admits To Officers Ho Robbed Aged Man After Injuring Him A 21-year-old Negro, Itaymon Hllliard Dui-ge.w. luis confessed t robbing an aged Negro, Jolin Hob crl.s, after attacking him, i><,|| (! Chief WHIInni llcrryman aniuiuni: cd loday following a prollmliiar hearing In which Burgess was hel lo Circuit-Court wtilmiilbond,pcnd g outcome ol Huberts' Injuries. Roberts, from whom $:toi» wa stolen Christmas Kw. wus reporlei much Improve,] tniluy after luivlni been In a serious condition bccausi of Injuries allegedly Inflicted h im-guss. ; . ' In his confession, officers sail tui'Kc.is ixtmlMed strlklnx Hie ol< Negro over Ihe head willi a poke and that when Uie blow fulled t daze him and Ruburls grapplci with him, DUI-KCSS drew Ills knlfo Palling (o stub Robi-ils, the yomi( egro ullcgcdly picked u)) a piece o fire wood and struck him over th lieiul, which caused Roberts lo lal .mconsclous. > Neighbors of Roberts, who live on South Franklin street, nronsci >y the-noise pounded upon |lu> duo: w Hurgcss removed tlie .mono; from the other man's pocket am escaped through the window, h snld. He nlso confessed to going lo he Negro's house to rob him aftci 'earning he carried a large sum o :noncy. An-oslod several hours laler i>> city police. $270.75 of tlic moncj vns recovered after having bcci ildden in his shoes and clothing. Roberts, biully beaten In the nt- ack, was removed to his home Inlay after his condition Improved! He told officers he could Idcnll- y Ills attrickcr. Jlureess Is an ex-convict, having ecu released last January Iran he Arkansas penitentiary after liiB » term for robbery follow- ug conviction in a trial at Osccola Iliccrs said. -ivestock Weather ARKANSAS: Cloudy with diiw.lc lliis nflenvmn nnd tonight. Not quite so cold tonight. Saturday partly cloudy ami warmer in onsl slid south portion. ST. LOUIS, I)cc. 29 (UP)—Hogs 8,000, all salable, Top 14.70. 180-300 Ibs 14.70. 140-160 llw 13.75-14.40, Sows 13,95. Catllc 2,150, salable 1,800. Calves 800, all .inlable. Mlxc<l yearlings and hellers 15.50. cows 8-11. Canncrs and cullers 6-7.75, Slaughter steers 9.50-16.75. Slaughter heifers 8.5016. Stocker and feeder steers 813.50. Sentenced For jrand Larceny Negro Woman Pleads Guilty In Theft Or $135 Cash and Check Theft of $1:15 In cash and an r'li orsrd check tit SI.IB from Charles ord. Negro, was announced loday ollowlng settlement of the case csterday In an adjourned session f Criminal Court. Judge Zal B arrlson presided. Alma Burrell, 35-year-old Negro oman, was sentenced lo a year In ic stale penitentiary when she en- cred a plea of guilty to a grand irccny charge. Leroy Cousins. 33. Negro, was fined 50 and ordered lo pay restitution n a charge of knowingly receiving tolcn properly In connection with 'Icgcd inert of approximately $10 ' the money. Another Negro woman. Frances dalr, 30, was lined a similar sum id ordered to pay restitution on a milar charge Involving approxi- latcly 510. Police recovered $35 of the money nd the iinciished check with cilf- ird Walkins and Elbcrl Alley mak- iff the arrest. Ford, who lives on a farm in the iindy Ridge community, is alleged ) have had his pockctbook stolen y the Burrell woman Dec. 17 while ding in a car. In jail since their arrests. Die ISiir- II woman is expected lo be rc- ovcd to the Mate prison Immc- atcly and thc oilier two Negroes lid their fines and were released. Standard Oil Company of Indiana this year will present 511 employees wilh a lotal of 9,160 years of (crvicc with plus in recognition of 10 lo 40 years of service each. Chicago Wheat open high low close pr.cl, May . 164 IM 103 KM 164 July . 155 155 154'.i 154 r -s 154 : !i Chicago Rye open high low close pr.cl. May . 113'i 114'; 112 114 113", July . 110!', Ill iOOls llO-i; 110?; PAULS. Dec. 29 (UJ'.) WHH|Mv,,, s t Mvouml U,o TW Americans aro'tlghlcninir' in 16 mile* from Urn Me so river m KOOI II milos buck of Us furthest penetration ACIUSH Die w,,j,a of tl-u Gorman bulgo, two American fnrccH nro itnvmir toward ouch oilier, from' the nor hi " r for't! " i fo, the , Gcrmim elements to 15 miles ll 1 * '' Churchill And Eden Return From Athens LONDON, Dec, w. <U[>>— 1'rlinu MlnlsU'i- WliLitou Churehill and Ills foreign seoi-ctnry, Anthony Eden have returned lo London from Atliciis where they look part in Orouk pi-ace discussions, but there no pence In Athens. British and urcc'k Kovcriiiiienl troops with timk Mi]i|»rl. stalled shelling buildings In .southeast Athens held by lull-wing KI.AS forces. An afternoon coimmi))l(|uc reports good progress being made in u three-way offensive unninst Ihe ELAS However, Churehill ami Eden are cxpucted to comnumlealo lininnll- utcly with King George ol Greece nnd present him win, slronif de- inrinds that lie accc|)t « regency proposal formulated in A In ens. They ho]>e to solve the regency problem IIH ciiilckly i\s possible, to clear the way for Archbishop Daumskinos to form n new Ctrsck »ovori)inonl.-i ^ not less. A datigerous Qermsn threat seems lo be developing behind this waist on tlie northern shoulder of the German Hank. Dispatches from this front say Marshal von Rundstcdt Is nuisslnt! la rB c forces of men and nrnioi- nrowid Mslmccly, presumably In preiwratlon for a new offensive n lined at LlcgD and the Important Allied communication system run- nliiK lo the Rocr river /rent. However, the dispatches 'say our commanders' are fully aware of the new throat, and that any new enemy ot- fensivn w [|| not c ,,t c h us by surprise At the moment, the German bulifc iiio nolglum rouBhly rcseinblfs un hour Bluss.wllh n 50-mlle-wldc base stemming out of Germany, a 30- mllc-wMe top ustcndinrj- into licl- Klum, nnd a IS-'mlle wide waist. Americans ", Gaining ... And (he wnlsl k growing slimmer »y llio bour us the Third Army , drives, up from the north and the ' I'lrsl Army drives down from ,lhe Actually, General I'ntton's hard- nUllng tanks tire, cultlnj; down live whole -Iraw. -ol .Hie. southern Jlank Soviets Drive Past Budapest Vienna "long a.35-mile, front.froui'.Echlor- nnch lo Baslogne, •',•'••'• , J;« : ,hns scorctl his .deepest pene- - tvattou'Jnlq- UiolNiwfiflanloat HR^, logftc, which Is astride', the north ' to south-supply .road between Liege nnd Arlofj. First..Army', forces arc pushing :<\o<nn the samc"road toward Palton's men. And It's at nils point that the First and "Third Army-lines are only 15 miles' apart Elsewhere along the front back lo jEchlcrnach, Pallon has scored slca- j dy gains averaging iibotiL two miles LONDON. Dec. 2!) (U.P.)—The ' ?_.'.'.'!?. B -'"» 0 M ? folccs °l lc > le <l their" Illifslims liave left anollii'i- Axii' v " 0 "' 1uc ' r " 0 " ei } 8 ' vc -' Ihcse gains were not . wllliout cost, in order to Join thc attack "gnliist tlic German offensive Pat- Ion had lo pull his forces out of Ibc Sanr river bridgehead at nill- ngcn. thus giving up n bridgehead thai Inid laken Iwo weeks of liarci- flBhtlug to establish. Bui the dividends will be great if Pulton can slice across thc waist of tlic bulge and cut. of! Ihe large German forces sllll at thc western end of tlic salient. Altogether'," it's estimated tlmt von Rundstcdt hns some 200,000 Infantrymen and hundreds of tanks 00-mlle- Austrian lave left another Axis capital In flames us they strike orward nlong a brond vide fr.-ml toward Ihe •npltiil of Vienna. Thc Soviet forces are rolling up lie Danube valley, leaving behind hem Inippcd Na/l garrisons In Judapest who face death or sur- cndcr, Moscow says tlie Clerman md Hungarian troo.ni In the city ire burning large sections of Ibc apiliil. 6'ovlel front dlspnlchcs describe lie parLs of Budapest surrounding Palace as a mass of roaring flames. They he Hoyal moke ami __ 'tnirt Unit Gcrm.'in SS troops are Ipslroylnt; the city systcmntlcallv is they relreiit lo a tightly walled cr.lloti deep In the hearl of the ){>lcjii;unred Ifimgnrlaii capital. Bui most of the latest Soviet :omii)iiril(|uc einphn.vizcs tlic clc- •c'.iping battle for Austria. U ays Hie Nnals are losing heavily nnd war materiel, par- icularly In the area west of !3uda- ost, between Lake lialalon and lin Danube river. In conjunction with lliese bal- les. London renorls that British, mcrlcan nnd Russian rcprescnta- ivcs already arc discussing arm- illcc terms for Tfungary. Incidentallv. still anolher soon- o-be-llberatcd European nation Is UK: news In London. It's re- cnlcd that an American embassy talf now Is being trained lor nsc Norwav, when It becomes lib- rated. Tlie staff is cxoecled to nernte one of Europe's major Iplomnlic linlenlni! iiosls for thc '. S. State Department. Civil Docket Arranged Docket of ihc civil Term of Cirill Court, to convene here Jan, 15, •as made Ihis morning by altornc.vs lid Judge Zal B. Harrison, who will reside. ,,, Thc docket is a light one with nly a small number of cases slated or trial. M. Y. Stocks T us 1-4 iner Tobacco 651-4. naconda Copper 28 7-8 eth Steel 65 1-2 luysler 95 1-2 oca Cola 137 en lilectric 391-4 en Motors 6-13-4 ionlgomcry Ward 51 1-2 Y Central 23 1-4 it Harvester so ciiubltc Steel adlo icons- Vacuum ... tudebaker andard of N J exas Corp S Steel 19 3-4 10 1-2 13 3-4 10 1-8 55 1-2 49 3-8 GO 1-4 and armored vehicles in Ihal bulge- now struggling desperately to pull back their over-extended lines. Panitf Unit Wiped Oul 'Ilic battle In Belgium look Us most decisive turn tn our favor yesterday when a whole Nazi Panzer regiment, cnuglit way out on the limb ol thc salient without gasoline, was wiped out to a man by American tanks. Infantrymen and artillery. Of aroiiry 3000 men in Ihe lank regiment. 2000 were killed nnd 1000 caplured. Prom reports estimate that the Nazi offensive thus far has cose the Germans 1000 tanks. At the same time, It Is emphasized that American losses have not been lighl. •Heavy fog and mist settled over Hie battlefronls early loday, and the tactical arm of our air force could not give much support to our troops. But more than 1500 American heavy bombers swept behind thc German lines to JiRni- mcr at rail and road junctions and kev bridges feeding their Belgian front. two fronts today, American generals present verified reports of German air attacks on American field hospitals. Up in Belgium, German fliers\made three bomb runs over an American hospital. U. S. Hospitals Hit Thc first two, limes they missed but on Ihe .third they hit squarely In tile middle of the plainly marked hospital buildings with 500- pound bombs. Fifteen persons were killed and 50 hurt. At Morccourt in Alsace, 40 miles behind the 7th Army front, German airmen bombed an American hospital that was still marked with the big 'red crosses the Germans themselves painted on the roofs when they used the same hospital before retreating from Alsace. One civilian was killed and many patients and. hospital workers were wounded. New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. open high . 2200 .2209 , 2194 2202 2164 2176 2069 20CO low close pr.cl. 2200 2206 2193 2194 2197 2193 2I6i 2171 2161 207G 2069 2071 2061) 2060 2064 2063 2055 .

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