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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS i . . *" ' THE nOMIK! A NT Mim'Gn* lion ,-»'.. «..,-*»••<«••< • n _ . ._. VOL. XLI—NO. 247 Blythevllle Dally Newi Blythevllle Herald Blythevllle Courier lilaalorippl Valley Leader THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHKAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, JANUARY G, 1D-15 BINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS HALSEY'S FLIERS IN SMASHING VICTORY TODAY'S WAR ANALYSIS Warsaw Again May Be Scene Of Big Battle , By DAVID WEEKS United Press Staff Writer The fourth battle for Warsaw may be getting under way soon. Reports from eastern Europe indicate that the Russians are massing huge quantities of supplies and men in preparation for the final storming of the Polish capital. Warsaw is more than the capital nl a defeated nation. It is the outstanding symbol in Europe of popular . resistance against the Nazis, It represents the unquenchable determination of little people lo keep on fighting what for more than five years must have appeared to them a lost cause. Warsaw is a dead city, yet at the same time, n. city alive with the spirit nt freedom. The Germans never could kill that. The Nazis killed about 8 million Poles, 25 per cent, of the nation's population. They stacked the bodies high and boasted that here was the way to break a nation, to crusli it utterly, and bend it to a foreign will. I Resistance Increases But they reckoned wrong. As the stacks of dead piled higher, the flames of resistance mounted at the same pace. Actually, the battle of Warsaw has never ended. But it has had three magnificent, horribly magnificent, high points. .Three gnte- somely beautiful episodes that be. speak the determination of a peo- P.le to die wholesale that their nation might: live. The beginning of this suicidal fight goes back to the beginning of World.-War'Two.- To Sept. 1 1939. The . Germans : invaded Poland with tanks, railroad guns ajid bombing planes. The Poies fought back with .rifles, hovsedrawu guns and practically no,;, air force. In seven days -the siege of Warsaw had'begun; Poland's-military leaders knew, the" Jig-VATS up. Hopeless- ,ly outtfamied, tHit- b «iVii<;d aft" " " planned, they fled,: ' ' ' ..But not so the people of War- sa,w. The mayor of, the city went on the radio. Hts'capital was fall- Ing down around his ears. But he stuck to it. Hc exhorted the Poles to fight. And they fought. For three magnificent weeks the Poles fought for the ground that was their capital. The buildings kep tumbling down as bombing planet dropped enormous loads, and German artillery crashed thousands of shells into • the city. " :i . v ,; .Finally, after, 21 days, the • able , overtook Warsaw.' The c'ltj • fell. The Germans marched In They organized breadlines and tool pictures of Poles lining tip for ; daily ration. They spread thes< pictures throughout the world boasting that Nazi soldiers wen sharing their food with their for mer enemies. The next week, th German commander billed tin. Poles for $00,000 to pay for the bread and soup of the first tlirc days. Capital Is Looted Then began the squeeze. Warsni was milked dry. The Nazis IrotCL Warsaw of everything of value down to the last stick of furniture Truck vans lined the roads bae! to Germany for weeks, carryin , off (he booty. The Gestapo became rulhlcs, against all Poles in general am Jews in particular. But the Pole fought back in the only way pos sible. German leaders were mys teriously shot. The German slaughtered more Poles nnd deport ed others. More Nazis were killed More Poles were slaughtered. On April 19, 1913, the second bi; battle of Warsaw started. Th Polish Ghetto rose up and for si: weeks they held off (he tanks nm artillery of the German arm} Fifty thousand Jews were slaugh tercd and another 100,000 wer wounded before that battle ended The people of Warsaw mad their greatest nnd most magnlfi cent bid for freedom last Summei The Russians were pounding n lo the Vistula river on the caster side of Warsaw. They had force bridgeheads across the Vistula o the far approaches above and be low the capital. Genera! Bor and a bajid of long suffering underground Poles ros up and fought the Germans in side Warsaw tooth and nail. Wee aftcrweek, Bor and his band bat lied. But something happened. Th Russians got lo the Vistula bu could go no further. Another valient effort by th l Poles to free their capita,! cnde * in failure and horrible slaughtc Warsaw, a charred hulk, fell sile again, Rv>m all n.ppearance.s, the fight ing in World War Two Is return ing lo the battleground where started. Who knows but what might end where It began. N. 0. Cotton open hlah low close pr.c Mar. . 2217 2220 2217 2218 221 May . 2215 221R 3213 2214 221 .Inly . 2184 2184 2183 2181 218 Oct. . 2099 2039 2097 2097 209 Dec, . -2091 2096 2591 2091 200 New Deputy Prosecutors On North Salient Mr. Wright Mr . Cos(on Mississippi County's two new deputy prosecuting attorneys arc eroy Wright, who also serves as city attorney here, and James G. ' 'oston of Osceola. They were appointed Monday by James Cecil Hale of Marion when ic became prosecuting attorney of this district which Includes MIs- issippi, Clay, Cross, Craighead, Critlcnden, Greene nnd PoluseU omitics. Jverton In Gamp With Local Man Soldier Who Escaped Japs Was Imprisoned With Ensign Levy Ensign Ben H. Levy Jr., Imprison id by the Japs at Bataan, was alive ast March when Sergt. Cletis O. Dverton of Holla, Ark., .was trans- erred from a prison camp on Mindanao, eventually to return to Arkansas after escaping from a torpedoed ship. ' '."'-.. ..-. Sergeant Overtoil, who is/visiting n .Blytheville this week, knew the Sr/tiiDvlllc-man-'jit the Davao Ferial Colony where both had been in- erned. . • i . This direct news was first assurance Ensign Levy's father, B. H. Levy, had since April, 1943, of Ills only son being alive. One of the 10 men who escaped vith Commander McCoy at that ime wrote several months ago that Ensign Levy was alive and work- ng in the fields when the 10 left. Sergeant Overtoil also knew Lieut. Col. J. I/.,Lewis of Jonesborq and Lake Village, brother-in-law of Nfr's Charles Penh. 'Mrs. Lewis 'and two sons came today ,-to hear from Sergeant Overton, news of Colonel Lcw- s as of last -March. He already has talked with rcla- ives of tEnsign'Levy. Sergeant Overton said he had inquiries from hundreds of the prisoners there, asking of news. "I knew most of them but some : did not know byname so am unable to tell relatives who write un- ess I have pictures to recognize. In every case I am trying to answer each letter for I know what it means," he said. Sergeant Overtoil was one of the !3 American prisoners who managed -o escape last September from a torpedoed Jap freighter while being moved to another place. Hc is visiting his bride, Lieut. Maxinc Overtoil, an Army nurse it Blytheville Army Air Field, following their recent marriage immediately upon his arrival at his home Nazi Force Trying To Relieve Budapest Smashed, Reds Claim; Pressure On Defenders Grows LONDON, Jan. 6 (U.P.}—All hope seems lo have vanished for the Na/.i defenders of encircled Budapest. UlcsL reports from London say the German relief army that was mai-chiiitr toward the Hungarian capital has been stopped cold. Russian tanks and infantry columns droyc northward to pinch off Nazi .Paiifcer spearheads' trial had penetrated Red Army defenses in the attempted relief duvc. The leading Panzer uiiils are reported to have-been annihilated and the entire relief drive has ground to a hall. Brooklyn Movie Brings Tears To Eyes of Writer New York, Jan. G (U.P.)—Betty Smith sat in a darkened projection room and watched her book, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," grow into a movie. Like n lot of other movie goers, Brooklyn's favorite authoress wept as she watched the characters she etched in words come to life on the screen. ' Yes, she wept, like any ordinary n:ovie fan, but after the picture had run Us full course or two-and- crie-h'alf hours Mi's. Smith said she liked Mfti lot. Her only complaint was that the screen version didn't have ejiqugh gags.nbput ; .Brooklyn in -it. • .......,-. Mrs. Smith thought there should have been more lines like the one: "He is a fireman in Manhattan. I guess he couldn't make tiie grade in Brooklyn." : . And the authoress objected to the lines saying Johnny Nolan was found dead in Manhattan. Remarked Mrs. Smith, every Brook- lynite will laugh at that—and they shouldn't. Hollywood, ought to know Brooklynltes say they wouldn't be found-dead in Manhattan." _Mrs.' Smith' ; sayii she offered her book to the movies before she did to the publishers. Any film company could have had it for $5000. But they didn't want it until it was a best seller. They waited, and Mrs. Smith finally collected $55,000 for the screen rights. However, although a triumphant* Hcd Army communique say.s the' drive has been halted all along the line (here is no claim that the Germans have given up nil hope of lifting the siege of Budapest. Perhaps the enemy will launch another push to rescue their trapped-forces hut they'll have to act quickly. Artillery rounds Defenders Inside Budapest the plight of Ihe Axis defenders Is growing worse hourly. Massed fire from the deadly nussian artillery is pounding their defenses to rubble. Soviet shock troops have now cleared the' from more than half of the city's 3000 blocks, and they've captured the race track In Pest, the eastern section of -the capital. The Germans had been using the race track as a landing field for their supply planes. ' , In Italy today, Allied hcado,unr- lers says Canadian troops have cleared the entire southern shore of the Valli Dl Commacchio, a lake- on Ihe Adriatic coast df Italy. Below Bologna American Fifth Army patrols still are prodding German positions. And it's, reported that adverse weather has curtailed 'air operations all along the Italian front, EI.AS Forces Said Withdrawn The situation In Greece is rather confusing todiiy. Dispatches from Athens' say the British have completed occupation of the Greek cap, itnl. And Uie British rariio'iii 'Athens says DLA5 guerrillas have withdrawn their forces from both Athens 'and the port of Athens, Piraeus. However, a British communique covering yesterday's operations has failed to confirm the complete clearing of the capital although it says ELAS resistance Is on a much reduced scale.' At the same time a United Press dispatch from Athens reports that the city is "starlllngly free" from gunfire and that there Is speculation that the ELAS forces may have withdrawn as a result of the mauling they took yesterday. Snow and Cold Affect Nation Midwest Areas Under A Blanket Of White; Mercury Low In East Adklns Grants Full Pardon To E. A. Budd LITTLE ROCK, Jan. 6 (UP) — Governor Homer Adkins-has granted a full pardon and restoration r< citizenship to E. A. Budd, Fayetlc- villc business man. Budd was convicted in Washington Circuit Court last July and sentenced to five years for voluntary manslaughter (*. Miss Norma Smith, 42-year-old Fayettevillc .school teacher. A.dklns says four physicians advised him that Miss Smith was suffering f rom a brain tumor which caused her death several weeks after she was allegedly beaten by Budd. Leniency for Budd was opposed by prosecuting attorney Jeff Duty of Faycltcvilie. In a letter to Ad- klns last week, the prosecutor declared "clemency In this case would lend to create more disrespect for the law than any other one thing." The Arkansas Supreme coiirt last Monday denied Budd's appeal for an order setting aside the verdict of Ihe lower court. Mechanical Picker For Small Farmers CLARKSDALE, Miss., Jan. 6 (UP) —A Coahoma County farmer believes he has perfected a mechanical cotton picker which even the smallest planter can afford to purchase. J. H. Hamner says he has built a cotton picking machine which can be built cheaply and which will be manufactured In this area. According lo Hamner, the puller is mounted on a tractor, and consists of a large flywheel which acts as-a drive pulley. To the pulley is belted a high-speed cyclone cx- linusl fan. He says the fan furnishes such strong suction that all the cotton enters the "Intake" and is blown into a trailer fastened behind the tractor. Timber Worker Suffers Severely Lacerated Arm Marvin Barnes, 32, limber worker of Holland, Mo., almost lost : his arm when hc fell into a cut-off saw yesterday afternoon while cutting trees In the woods west of Holland. Brought to Walls Hospital, many stitches were taken to close the bone-deep gashes at the left elbow. Hc lost his balance when he stumbled whicli caused him to fall into the saw, it was said. Physicians said they believed the arm would not have to be amputated. Sheriffs Pick Hale Jackson For President Hale Jackson, sheriff and . collector nf Mississippi County, was unanimously elected president of the Arkansas .Sheriffs' Association in a meeting yesterday in Little Rock to succeed Sheriff Courtney Langston of Lee County. The group adopteti n resolution urging banks lo require use of ihumbprinls In cashing checks for unidentified endorsers and suggesting that all state employes in responsible positions be required to be fingerprinted. Hy United Press Ol c Man" Winter, ,is. visiting i|ir and wide over thc,nallon, Tile cold wave lias moved Into :he East, and 'hi the; MldWesl the Weatherman has'dished up a snowstorm, that probably ' will continue for the next day or so. 'An ncciunulatetl : snow fnll of nearly nine inches Is expected in Chicago. Three Inches,of snow already covers the Chicago' and Milwaukee areas. A white blanket of snow also covers (he Plain slates, the upper Mississippi Valley, northern Indtruin and 1 northern Ohio. The snow fell last night, and Is slated to continue through lonlglitvTlic'wcatlicr man adds that pos.slble snow flur- ries'nrc • In store for tomorrow. However, in these areas the tolal snow, fall Is. not expected t/> exceed more-than; two Incites'. Thi woalh- er. man says the southern lip of Lake Michigan will be the exception, but those who reside on the .southern shore of Lake Michigan may well gel out the snow shovel, for nine inches of snow ts predicted in that area, too. But Enemy Still Has Upper Hand On Southern End Third, Seventh Armies Under Heavy Pressure ... From German Attacks • PARIS, Jan. 0. (UP)-The situation oil (hi! western (rout lodny Is still fluid, the Allied olfcnsive Is gaining In the north, but the German counter-drives arc milking progress farther south. In. the Ardennes salient,, Drlllsli and American troops arc lilt-hint, forward to seize more (owns ant nprc stretches of fimen ground. Tho Tommies nnd Doughboys nre sluu- Btng it out in the face • of the worn weiUhciy the -worst- ground comll lions', and the worst enemy resist mice ever met on the western front It's nn 'liu|cfli)ltc line that murk the scene of biitllo on, lliii maps. For nil along I'hu front tank and Infantry bnUloii are sce-suwlng back and -fprll], will) perhaps -100,000 men committed on both sides. '.On the northern and northwestern Brinks'American First and 'British Second Army fighter;! nrc Inillllng yard by yni-tt ngnlnsl resistance that seems lo be stiffening by Ihu hour. Tlinw Brlnijs Mud 'And those advances, 'which average Tour miles all along a 21-mile front, have' been run up despite n sudden thaw which has turned many sectors of'the line'Into ti slushy quagliilrc. . : Once agiiln- the weather seems lo have Joined the Nnzi ranks. Latest h(.'iul[|imilcis dispatches say that Marshal Montgomery'.^ advance troops.nro within.two' mllps.of the vital St. Vlth-La Roche highway at a. number of places^ nnd r nre less than four ri'illes from'Ln Roche, ' That means that- the waist of Uic:Nnxl,siillant now Is narrowed to barely 12'mlles as the Tommies nnd Doughboys push on toward General PutUm's Third Army men trying to break through from north of Bas- 331 Planes, 95 Ships On Fprmosa.Oklnawci Where Foe GaiHeretd Striking Forces WASHINGTON, JiinJ. 0 (U.P.)—The American' Nftvy lias won lln.firHt big victory of 1946, ' ' ' Klici-M of Admiral Hiilsey-'s famed Thirrj Fleet has week-" ed ^31 JnimicHo ijliiiies'iuid 95 Japanese ships in their two- diiy iiHHiuil hgninsL Formosa'lind QH'nawa/; i -• Kurlhormoro, it is believed that Admiral" Halsey,' Uic ' so-called "Lion of the Pacific," struck th? 'Japanese in the I'oi-niosa nrcn at a time when they wen) pu|!ihg>ttjeir forces • together for a counter-offensive in the/Philippines. The, exceptionally high toll of enemy losses-serves to bolster State Of Union Message To Be Awaited Today WASHINGTON, Jail. ' n. "(UP) — Congress nnd the nation this morn- tig awaited the President's r.hnual The. coldest spot in the nation last night, was In Pcllslon, Mich., wlierc the thermometer read 26 he- low zero. Cadillac, Mich., recorded 24 below. .-The federal weather forecaster leaves one thing 1 out of his predictions on the weather; he falls :o gtiess when it wl!| get warm again, at least In the northern half of the nation. New York Cotton open hi^h low close Mar. . 2217 2218 2217 2218 2216 May . 2210 2211 2209 2209 2200 July , 2179 2180 2178 2180 2178 Oct. . 2095 2097 2095 209G 2095 Dec. . 2092 2092 2089 2090 2032 Four Arkansas Cities Seek State Guard Unit LITTE ROCK, Jan. 6 (UP) — State Guard headquarters say that at least four Arkansas cities have made a bid for the orphaned Stale Guard " n 't at Camden. El Dorado has promised a good armory,* men nnd n well-trained unit if the unit were moved to that city. Hot Springs, Warren and Prcscolt have also asked for the unit. The company was disbanded after the Camden city council leas- erf ils armory lo a thcalcr chain operator. That left the guardsmen without drilling space or place to store equipment. Pet Poisoner Still At Work On Ash Street ; Thai some one is determined to poison all animals in n neighborhood on West Ash street is belief of Capt. and Mrs, Kenneth C. Coffman, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Meyers and others of that block, with nil attempt made to poison a fox terrier of the Coffman family only a short time after Ilic collie of the Meyers family and a cat of'a Negro family died of poison. Death of pets,in tills neighborhood followed poisoning of about five dogs on South Lake street and one or more dogs in the 600 block of West Walnut street recently, distressing Blythevllle. mnny pet owners of Honorary Colonels The Rev. D. K. Foster of Caruth- crsvlllc, Mo., and O. A. Acorn of Wardcll, Mo., were among the 112 well known political leaders, attorneys, legislative agents, bankers and business men of the state who havo been appointed honorary colonels on the staff of Gov.-Elect Phil M Donnelly. Chicago Rye open May . 117',4 high low close my, in 1 /, July . 1I3!4 115C-S 113X 114'/i 113v.< "Spotty", pet of little Lloyd Coifman, 1045 West Ash, was poisoned late Thursday afternoon within lo minutes after allowed outdoors for exercise. The dog had been kepi lip )ecause of the poisoning of pets In that neighborhood. Within a few minutes, the dog •etunicd lo the door, very ill. Since ihal time, the animal has been seated and is expected to recover because a veterinarian was able to begin treatment Immediately. "Spotty" and "Lassie" the collie pet of Joan Meyers, along with the cat belonging to a Negro living in the rear of that block, were pets of children In that neighborhood, Fear that young children In tlm, neighborhood might also eat some of the poison, and; Is the concern of the parents, who plan to me all possible means"'fo identify the culprit, It was snld. ' N. Y: Stocks AT&T 16-1 5-8 Amer Tobacco 66 1-2 Anaconda Copper 30 1-8 Beth Steel 68 3-f Chrysler . D5 Chicago Wheat open high low close 1C6H IGB-)! 1657J 166 166!$ July . 158',6 150« 158% 158S 158% Weather ARKANSAS:Cloudy with rain In east and south, portions this afternoon and tonight. Colder. Sunday partly cloudy and colder. Gen. Electric ............. 395-8 Gen Motors .............. 641 Montgomery Ward ....... 50 7-8 N Y Central ............. 24 l-\ Int Harvester ............ 801-2 North Am Aviation ....... 10 1-2 Republic Steel ............ 20 l- Rsdlo .................... 10 3-8 Socony Vacuum .......... H 3-1 Studcbaker 18 3-4 Standard of N J .. ....... 57 1-4 Texas Corp Packard U S Steel 50 53-8 01 Wallace Hay Misses Train; fscapcs'Wreck Wallace Hay, seaman first class of the Nnvy, due to have been on the west-bound train wrecked near Ogden, U!ah, Dec. 31, missed the train In St. Louis, he has Informed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dcwcy Hay. i The" sailor had to lake a later train, which passed near the wreck, he wrote. He had spent a furlough here. ABINGTON, Mass. (UP)—When John Coleman sought security for n $10 loan to n friend, the man entrusted him with a gravestone Inscribed "Matthew Reed, Died Dec, 2(1, IRIiO." tog ne. And that/very fact seems to hnve set off.a now wave of Hani counterattacks against Patton's forces. They have been driven buck more than a mile from the Mlchnmps area lortheust of llnslognc, but have iwen able lo withstand another Na?.l thrust 1 nearby. While 10 miles southeast of n«s- logne milts of the U. S. 2Cth and 36th divisions luive hammered out gains of about 200 yards on the southern approaches to Wlltz. But every gain that has been won on Hie Ardennes salient's borders has been' countered by losses to the south. ', . True, 'General Patch's Seventh Army fighters have cleared the Nazis from their deepest penetration 12 and -10 miles west of Bltchc. But elsewhere along the lino It's news of reverses.. Nazi Snipers In Winxcn Due south of Beesh, the Gcrmanf. hnve Infiltrated the town of Wingcn on the rail and road lines linking the Seventh Army front between Saarhnickcn nnd Hnguenau. Many of those troops have been driven out by counter-attacking American troops, Hut, today's headquarters communique concedes that snipers nrc still in the city. About 25 miles east of Hltchc the Yanks who withdrew from Wlssem- bourg have retreated more than five miles on the Al.snce plain, with the Germans hot on their heels There was no official word this morning about some 800 Germans who crossed the Rhine river before dawn Friday H miles northeast of Strnslwurg. But first accounts liini that the Rhine crossing was just a diversionary Ihrcat. Captured Nazis have been found to have only one day's rations, nnd Ihey nre second rate troops. The Allied troops along the winding western front arc getting full- scale support from Allied airmen again today. American and British bombers have delivered many heavy blows nt Nazi troops positions in the Ardennes bulge and key points funneling supplies to the German armies. The assaults were paced by an Eighth Air Force fleet of at least 800 Flying Fortresses and Liberators, es« cortcd by 550 Mustang fighters. Koad and rail bridges across the Rhine at Cologne and Bonn were hit, together with several freight yards and communication centers in western Germany. The British bombers took the t... war direct to the Nazi's front line positions, hilling Houffallze and nearby points In the center of the Ardennes salient. The double blows come on the heels of UAF strikes Into Germany last night. Botli Berlin and Hanover were hit twice, Hanover by the Ijineastcr four-i>ngutcd bombers, Berlin by Mosquitoes. ate of 'the union message. II will IK; read before a J Joint scs- ilon of Congress just after the formality of counting electoral votes Is ended. Thu session begins nt-*t o'clock nnd the vote counting is the first order of business. Then comes Mr. it ooso veil's message. It is expected lo contain 'recommendations for new manpowe laws. . . ' ' : , The President probnbly will iisk Congress for a-iinltonnl service law atjiiln; a law which ho requested Ins)' y ei| r but failed to Ret. A House labor subcommittee has nskcd that no 'additional manpower legislation be passed until It has hnd moi'o .tting to' Investigate tno problems ot such laws, and nil their ramiflcntjons. "• Also iii Washington': 'Tho. rievj telephone Industry pnnel, set-up^ hy thi) ,Wnr.. Labor iionnl-io iiim'iUe disputes Involving -telephone companion and employes, Is -faced' with a backlog of ,501110 100. cases. - Am some of these arc disputes which may lead to anolhor serious tl-cup of national communications. ' • The Maritime Commission Is asking Conjjrcss to fix basic prices for postwar sale of government-owned ships to private owners, which Ihe commission says is an Itniwfthhl purl of reconversion. hia theory/ r ,,, The • Japanese' forces^jheavy ns ;hey Mem to have been, offeied »hat Admiral Nlinlti called only,''' 'ineffective air opposition", to the 1 two-day strike which ended, on Wed-' nesday. ' ' ' , Earlier today, United Press Cor- reaporfderit 4 U6yd .Tupllng, aboaid Admiral McCain's flagship, said the Navy plane*" abx> had ranged over a 450-mile , stretch' of the China const, reaching from Hong Kong down to Foochbp. But the headquarters, communlqile announcing the two-day Formosa action does lint mention the raids on the China coast Cinscquently,' the total of enemy losses may go up considerably when headquarters conninv: Tupllng's, account, - Boniir Islands Shelled Headquarters^docs confirm earlier JnpaSiese • reports . that American warshipb ( h,ave bombarded the Islands of 1 Chichi and Haha In the Bonlns, The communique says the two small Islands were shelled two days after 'the'. Formosa 'raids. That Another Costly Fire In Memphis Sparks From Welding Start $60,000 Blaze Yesterday Afternoon MEMPHIS, Jan. G. {UP)— A fire which started when the spnrks from an electric, welder Ignited the plywood Interior of a transport truck swept through the Ply and Harwood building for a 560.000 loss yesterday afternoon. It was the second large fire for Memphis in less than a week. Automobiles, trucks, tractors and other equipment valued at about $25,000 was destroyed along with the $35,000 building which housed the concern. ! The three alarm blaze brought 15 pumpers and other trucks and equipment to the scene and still additional men were called to fight the blaze which threatened lo spread to other buildings when oil drums and gasoline lanks began to explode, sending the blaze still higher. Yesterday's fire .was not more than n hnlf block, from the Jolly Cab Company garage which was destroyed by fire earlier this week when 27 cars and trucks were destroyed in a $100,000 fire. Some of the Jolly equipment was threatened again yesterday. In normal times, England imports 15,000,000 false leclh from the United States, as compared with 12,000,000 produced at home. Sentry Kills Soldier At Camp Robinson CAMP nOBINSON, Ark., Jan. 6 (UP)—A 22-year-old Army private stationed at Camp Robinson was killed early yesterday when shot by a sentry when he refused to obey the command of the sentry to halt. Colonel Grover C. Graham, camp commander, says Private James C. Glllern of Dunmnrc, Penn., was shot as ho attempted to Mcapc questioning by military police. Graham says the soldier appeared at the gate at two yesterday morning. Since h c had violated the It p'. in. curfew, a military policeman halted him for questioning. When Gll- lern ran, the guard ordered him to hnlt. After giving the halt command twice, the sentry fired low. The bullet apparently ricocheted and struck the soldier., . '..;.'. Graham says the guards arc Binder orders never to fire except In casts of extreme emergency, An Ih- vcsllg a lion U under way. '. ••{ Admiral Nlmltz. ijays.lhe enemy had only one plane to send against -> the American iforces which attacked the Bonins. JButihe adds,that, enemy shore batteries did some "mi- 1161 d»mnge"-lb American fleet units v .The Wai Department hus announced-another Suirerfor} raid on the Japanese" homeland, 'this time, fiom buses'in China Generr.l Curtis Lomny's,fliers bombed industrial - ' targets on^lhe'Japanssd Island of Kyushu, '.southernmost, of the groun i Oilier than the brief announcement,' Washington has rcleas'ed no details of the raid A Japanese bioadcost says the, raid was carried 1 out by 86 Super- / forts Tho enemy adds that the' bombers dropped their, explosives blindly through a'lieavji cloud 'covei nnd Insist*, te'usual, that the damage wasionly'"e)(tr'enjejy slight" Japanese Wafcn Convoys Tokyo alone has news today of the fighting in the Philippines Japanese broadcasts say no less than three, American convoys, including transport.'), aircraft carriers arid battleships, sailed Into the waters west of Luzon Yesterday Radio Tokyo arldi that/'the fleets apparently "hnve the intention of attempting fresh landings somewhere, probably . at Luzon." One of'the convoys was reported sailing directly off the west" coast of Luzon. But Allied headquarters at Pearl. Harbor is keeping quiet about the enemy reports. , Luzon does ( seem to be facing a new threat—B threat posed, by American invasion troops who now are standing along a front below the southern coast'of .the island whlSh measures almost -100 miles. The occupation of Marinduque yesterday puts American forces only 10 miles from the loner ,edge of the Island And It is,believed that the Doughboys who landed on the east and west^ coasts of r Mlndoro nt the first of the week may by now have worked their way. to the northern coast—and thus may be standing just nine miles below Luzon. General MacArthur. also has troops on Samar, 'just' below. Luzon. Incidentally} the Japanese have started describing the,campaigns on Leyte and Mmdoro as "local operations." And -they're-broadcasting continual warnings to the people that vtiat/they .'call.'the'"decisive- struggle" of.-the Philippines, to te fought on Ijuzon, is about to begin. . The newi- of American; air triumphs in the Pacific is backed up by news of fresh air success in China, A communique from the United States Hth .Air .Force announces that American P.iir: have destroyed or damaged.96 Japanese planes in three raids against'cnemy Installations in south-central China. Pic. Fred P. Wyatt Is Missing In Action , Pfc. Fred P. Wyatt of Joncsboro,\ brother • of William Wyatt of Blytheville, has been reported missing in action In Germany as of Dec, • 18, according to a message reccii- j ed today bj his ,wife, who, with < their baby how makes her home Jn Black Oak with her parents. ' The 20-j ear-old infantryman vras well known in Bljtheville where ha often \lsited his brother m.d faml- ; !>' He was Jiere in August of !as>t * year just prior to going o\erseas I, where he is a mtmbe? of t the Ffrjl < \ Army. , ', ^ *~ r ^ i The son of Mr. and Mrs''SUnl- i ford Wyatt •><>{ JonetUwo, Private I Wyalt has several r -* v -- *---"- —

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